About Il Fornaio - Pasadena

Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers.
Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

24 West Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday, 9:00am - 11:00am. Lunch: Daily, 11:30am - 3:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 3:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday, 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Fair Oaks Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 683-9797

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
Banquet facilities and a Catering menu is available for events in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley area.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available on Colorado Blvd., with validation it is $8.00.

Public Transit:
Metrolink and Gold Line

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly Wine Dinners and Saturday Cooking classes. Please call for upcoming dates

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

Private Dining

Il Fornaio in Pasadena offers private dining for parties of 8-250. We house 6 private rooms, a large main dining room and a beautiful outdoor Piazza. Come celebrate with excellent service in warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine.

Il Fornaio - Pasadena Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for a Date (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Romantic (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Authentic (18)
Business Meals (17)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (12)
People Watching (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Casual (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Fun (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Seasonal (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Healthy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Cozy (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Waterfront (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

I went here with my girlfriend for date night. The restaurant was mostly empty but then again it was already 9 pm. The bread was decent, a little over salted. My girlfriend got the linguine mare, I got one of the special steaks. The pasta was pretty ok, nice flavor of the seafood but my steak was completely raw around the bone, trust me I love rare. That's why I ordered it this way but it was undercooked. I had to wait 10 minutes for them to fix my steak. Then we ordered the almond cake and we're a little surprised to find that it was actually just a chocolate cake with very little almond flavor and with a salted caramel sauce that didn't fit the dish at all. Overall the food quality felt pretty poor. I'm a pastry cook for the resort at pelican hill and was very disappointed with most of the food and when they did nothing but fix the steak up a little bit I was really upset at this place.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent food as always. Terrific fish dishes, superb calamari. We go there monthly and have never been disappointed. It can be noisy inside if you're too close to the bar or the kitchen, but otherwise, just great!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Overall it was a delectable experience with my Date 🙏🏻❤️👫❤️👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Amazing service from hostess to waiter

Tags: Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Tea, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Vegan, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Organic, Fun, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, People Watching, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Great Beer, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very busy and noisy but the food was very good.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was so so possibly due to Thanksgiving crowd....

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Il Fornaio Pasadena has long been a go to for a quality dinner out. The patio is especially lovely. This was our first time trying it for Thanksgiving and I think a new tradition is born. We all loved our food, as we always do there. But most surprising was the turkey dinner plate was PERFECT! We all ate every bite. $49 for 4 courses including super pumpkin pie was just right, and we all agreed it was as satisfying as eating at home --and so much more enjoyable as a day!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We sat on the patio so we could bring our dog. She is 80 pounds and the staff was very nice to avoid her big body as they passed by. The food was amazing as always and the staff accommodated our 3.5+ meal that we enjoyed leisurely. Thanks Gerry for a special evening!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent service from our arrival throughout the evening! Great birthday celebration and all the staff were very attentive but not intrusive!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The regional menu was wonderful. Cindy our waitress was new and very hard working. The wines were perfect. The ambiance of Il Fornaio is as tasty as the meal.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was fresh and delicious. Ambiance was absolutely beautiful. Service was absolutely lacking from the waiter. He was pretentious and not helpful or participative. It ruined the experience and really has me wondering if I will ever go back. Right now I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone as there are many other terrific Italian restaurants out there with superb service, food and ambiance to make a dining experience all that you wish it to be for a special occasion. Quite an unfortunate outcome to my evening as we were celebrating a special event and the poor service from the waiter, not the other wait staff, really ruined it.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always excellent quality food and attentive service. We make a reservation just to make sure we have a table and can sit outside because we love their outdoor dining area. When it’s chilly they have heaters so it’s always a great atmosphere. I can’t say enough about how great the food is!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Casual, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We and our friends had a wonderful time and a fabulous waitress. We would definitely come back to this restaurant.l

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, great service, and great atmosphere!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We really like the location and there outdoor patio was fantastic! Our server Tony was excellent! We will definitely recommend to friends!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Just a nice place for a nice meal. Always good food and service. Big and snall groups work.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We were in a smaller room which was great as it was quieter than the main restaurant. The service was great and special attention was given to the birthday lady in our party.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

So sorry to say this restaurant has gone downhill - plain food, chewy bread and a tiny glass of gin- please go elsewhere for a celebration

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have been coming here in the last 10 years regularly. It is a great place. Keep up the good work. To be true to your name keep good bread coming. I find wine prices a bit expensive, and corkage fee of $20 is a bit steep.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Location and services were Excellent , but the food has changed -- Not as good as it used to be. Maybe they have new kitchen staff, but the food was NOT very good. I have been going to this location for many years , and last Saturday it was NOT good at all. Food was just TASTELESS, something needs to be done to rectify this issue. Hope to be back and taste the changes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was great! Seafood pasta was fresh and perfectly el dente. Restaurant was not loud, so everyone could have a decent conversation. The chocolate brownie was to die for, a perfect end to the meal. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Keep up the good consistent work.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We were looking for a dinner place for before a concert. An email from Il Fornaio mentioned a seafood risotto that sounded (and was) wonderful. A very pleasant dinner before an enjoyable concert.

Tags: Authentic, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food was good and authentic. The ambiance and location were excellent. The best part would still come down to the staff who were welcoming, helpful, friendly and courteous. One disappointing aspect was that Il Fornaio advertises itself as providing a free corkage on MONDAYS. We brought our own bottle of wine as this was a special occasion, yet we were charged a $20 corkage fee on a Monday for one bottle of wine. Should have honored their advertised free corkage on Mondays.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great place. I have been coming here for so many years. Food is good, bread is GREAT. I wish they didnt charge corkage fee.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We always enjoy the patio, and when we arrived for our 7:15 res on a Saturday night they whisked us away to our table on the patio. Problem was that we were sort of jammed together w/another table w/a larger group. I asked for a table by the wall....no problem. Off to a new table! Excellent and reliable!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I've gone to Il Fornaio many times and have always looked forward to it, until now. Our experience Saturday night has definitely dampened my enthusiasm. I was seated before my husband, and although several tables were seated after I sat down, the wait staff never once approached my table to ask if I wanted water or something else to drink, but they did ask all the other tables around me. When my husband arrived, we still had to wait quite a while to get any service. We ordered cocktails, but they weren't delivered until I got up and went to the waiter to remind him about the cocktails - they were finally delivered after we'd been served (and finished) our appetizers. Given the prices of the meals and cocktails at Il Fornaio, I would expect better service and better tasting food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Il Fornaio is one of our favorite restaurants in LA. We are fans of Italy. A visit to Il Fornaio brings back the memories. The staff is highly attentive. We like the location in Old Town Pasadena. Parking is convenient (they validate for the public parking structures). We have our favorite menu items, but have always enjoyed anything that we order. We need to go more often to try other things. Also like their seasonal variations, and regions of Italy variations throughout the year.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Felt like the kitchen had an off night. Husband's calimari was totally inedible, his prawns were completely oversalted, and his halibut wasn't cooked right. My chicken was good. We had performance tickets so we chose not to send it back. But even if we wanted to, the waiter didn't come back to check on how the food turned out.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I usually like this restaurant but it's either changed management or we were there on a bad day. We sat on the patio, which I highly recommend. My husband joined us after about 10 minutes and during that time, the waitress would appear and then disappear. We never heard the specials. I ordered an ice coffee and got charged for a latte. Nothing was left on the table - no cream for the coffee, no additional oil and vinegar for the bread. I put in the reservation that it was my mom's 88th birthday and we had to tell both the bus boy and waitress that before the waitress got us a special dessert. And she brought it out after I left the table for the restroom. The food was OK but not up to snuff. I'd probably eat there again, but not for brunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Best experience ever

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I am so disappointed in this dining experience! I was taking my daughter and her boyfriend out for her 18th birthday. Dinner was very basic. Their comments, "this is like Olive Garden, with a much bigger price tag!" Embarrassing! I will not go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

All was tasty except the cannolies. The service was excellent. Loved the cappuccino.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Too loud during crowded times. Unable to hear across table. Overall very nice

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had very good seafood & excellent service on a nice patio.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 29, 2017

service was excellent and atmosphere was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The four of us had a nice evening. The food and service was great! I would highly recommend it for authentic Italian dishes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great location for family celebrations & get-together with friends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had great service even with it being a busy Saturday night.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Simple. What else is there to say?

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We like Il Fornaio, and enjoy dining there, but we haven't been very satisfied with the service staff there. Everybody is so rushed or stressed and almost nervous juat tp get through the night, instead of making their guests feel happy and relaxed.
Never talk about their menu or any introductions.
Guests are just numbers.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

It had been awhile since I'd dined at the Pasadena branch of Il Fornaio but after our last meal there, it won't be long before I return. Our dinner was sandwiched in-between enjoying the Norton Simon & getting to the Pasadena Park & Ride to take us to the Hollywood Bowl for Tom Petty. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and helped us stay on schedule. The restaurant faces a nice courtyard (inside & patio dining) & can be a little hard 2 find. Several parking structures are available. When U make reservations find out which one they have a contract with so they can validate your tic.
Nice menu, $20 corkage, wonderful bread (they sell it). I love their monthly Festa Regionale menus focusing on regions in Italy (Sicily last month). You can choose between different options to make an individualized price-fixed meal, which at $37 was a tasty bargain.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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