Il Fornaio - Pasadena

4.5
2673 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Step inside Il Fornaio and take an award-winning culinary journey through Italy. Specialties include house made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with great cocktails and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list.
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vipninag
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious and service excellent for my birthday celebration!

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RobinK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio never disappoints! We had great cocktails and a very generous appetizer of fried Calamari. Then, a very tasty Cesar salad, delicious Lasagna and excellent service! We went on a Monday night, it was not too noisy at all and they seated people far enough apart to feel safe. We left full and happy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance.

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vipFrank
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, great food. Good restaurant, highly recommended!

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CarleenM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive, friendly and just really nice. She made out get together really enjoyable.

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vipBennyL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our server was spectacular. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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CynthiaC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and a wonderful experience. Will definitely be going back!

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here for a long time and, like all servers and food. This time, the server Nicholas was exceptionally kind and courteous. Kidos to him.

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sandy
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! It is a pleasure and often a novelty in LA to eat in a restaurant where the waiters know how to do their jobs and provide excellent service.

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vipGeorgio
Los Angeles
123 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very satisfactory, no complain

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food Amazing service

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JoeB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall2food1service3ambience4

unfortunately salad was not dressed. gnocchi was way overcooked. We didn't complain as it seemed pointless and just wanted to leave.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was top shelf!
The food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner

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Teri
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very nice time at Il Fornaio-Pasadena. The service was excellent and the atmosphere bright & busy but not loud, very pleasant. Our only disappointment was that 4 of 5 of us ordered a gnocchi entre & the gnocchi was overcooked - really mushy. Too bad because the bolognese with them was so delicious! Quite pricey as well.

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EmilyB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have been to Il Fornaio several times and was really disappointed for the first time. For starters, the bruschetta didn’t have much flavor and the bread was really tough. I ordered the short ribs and it was not tender nor had much flavor. My friend had the lasagna and said it was good. Our server started out strong and then went MIA. I saw her chatty with another server at one point and a manager did tell them to break it up. I was disappointed overall and don’t know that I’d go back next time I am in town.

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vipMKCCFP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Resturant is unwilling to split salads, which are large, even for an extra fee. An extra plate is brought in it’s up to the diner to split their own salad. There’s no reason why this can’t be done in the kitchen. Dining room is large and open and would tend to be noisy under any circumstance. This occasion was New Year’s Eve and the restaurant was crowded.

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Veggiemama55
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We all had pasta dishes which were good, but not great. We enjoyed the complimentary bread & olive oil.
Our server was attentive on a busy NYE. We liked the contemporary ambience.

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MarkS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Years Eve with friends - great time, great food, great service.

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vipRobertC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary. Warm. Comfortable. Great specials on New Year’s Eve. Always elegant.

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Ambiancegal
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always festive during the holiday season. Good menu choices and excellent service at lunch!

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vipmimi
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall, very nice. However, I ordered The lasagna and it will
Cold in the middle, so they must have just warmed it up; disappointing at this price.

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DavidF
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good and the service was polite but not attentive. It took us 2 hours to dine because the waiter took a lot of time between communications. It’s possible that they were low on staff.

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JenniferP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The Bolognese is amazing but I’ve never had anything else here that I’d order again. It’s loud but expected at an Italian restaurant. It was busy so it could be why the service was slow, the wrong entree was brought out, and the soup was cold. But when brought to the attention of the manager he quickly corrected the errors, removed the cold soup from the bill and sent over a glass of wine. I will go back for the tagliatelle bolognese. It’s excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very efficient service

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RobinM
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful restaurant. Food was yummy, service was very good. The hostess was helpful, friendly and kind. Great place to ring in Christmas.

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vipSandraJ
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Better than ever. Everything was perfect.

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JaneT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top Service from longtime server friend.Excellent Bread, Entree and Dessert

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NoeliaC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service !
Definitely coming back

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vipdiningoutandabout
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening on their beautiful patio for a birthday (which was not recognized nor mentioned, so adding that note on the OT res is pointless). We were able to be spaced out and all arriving guests and staff were masked. The inside restaurant was packed.,, glad we reserved a spot on the patio. We ended up compromising on our wine selection due to very limited offerings by the glass making a bottle the only acceptable option—- just an FYI. We will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Latte was really horrible in flavor and texture. Strangely served in a beer mug. Food was subpar.

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BrendaC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m new plant based eater but knew eating at Il Fornaio, being a fav restaurant of my niece, I would need to be flexible. I found four items and ordered three. Enjoyed them all. My niece and I had a wonderful experience.

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AnaB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and were promptly seated. Our table was in the patio, the heaters were on, it felt welcoming. Without delay the hostess brought the bread basket and the waiter brought the drinks. We had pasta -one was gluten free, lasagna and pizza. The quality of both food and drinks was excellent. The server was attentive. It was overall an enjoyable evening.
My only suggestion would be to increase the distance among tables.

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ErinE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and it was lovely and quiet. Inside is noisier, I know from experience. Great food.

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Mediocre food with a high price. Great service and atmosphere, if that’s what you’re willing to pay for.

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AlanD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been here in awhile, and had an excellent evening. Great waitress and busboys!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very festive and great food❤️

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vipItaliano
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always reliable Italian food served in a good location in old town Pasadena

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vipSmokey
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Initial seating was great, food was wonderful as usual, waiter hard to find, never came back to check if meal was ok, used plates were left between courses in stead of removed while waiting, server argumentative about luke-warm coffee with dessert. We'll return because this service was an anomaly

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Pasadena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 683-9797.

Il Fornaio - Pasadena is rated 4.5 stars by 2673 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.