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About Il Forno

The “food, owners and servers are all so very Italian” at this “neighborhood favorite” next to Santa Monica Airport (and its branch on Colorado Avenue) where locals go for “delicious, unpretentious”, “reasonably priced” fare and “friendly”, “attentive” service in a “low-key” setting that’s “perfect” when “you want a tablecloth but don’t want to get dressed up.

2901 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Moonday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:30 - 10:30pm Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday - 5:30pm - 10:00pm Dinner: Friday - Saturday - 5:30pm - 10:30pm Dinner: Sunday - 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Between 29th and 30th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 450-1241

Website:
http://www.ilfornocaffe.com/

Catering:
Full catering service available, office catering, at home cooking, to go pick up.

Parking Details:
Parking available behind the restaurant and under the restaurant at no charge

Public Transit:
Santa Monica Blue Buss #8 at 28th street and walk back one block.

Executive Chef:
Domenico Salvatore

Private Party Facilities:
Il Forno has everything you need to create the perfect party, office meeting, family or social event. Whether at your location (office, home, etc.) or ours, we can plan and deliver a custom menu for your guests. We can accommodate any event including Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, and Office parties. For your special event, Il Forno offers two Private dining areas. For more information on our catering services please call or email us.

Private Party Contact:
Sorin Costache: (310) 450-1241

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Il Forno Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (35)
Authentic (30)
Good for a Date (27)
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Casual (26)
Great for Lunch (25)
Special Occasion (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Cozy (14)
Fun (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Business Meals (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Healthy (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Romantic (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Finally a place in LA that is not overly pretentious. Great friendly service and really delicious food. It felt like a place locals would go back to over and over. Will definitely be adding it to our list of regular spots, worth going a little out of our way for.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Consistently good!!! Have been coming here for years and it never disappoints!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Been coming here for 30 years. It’s a great delicious neighborhood spot.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Great pasta dishes and salads! Service was top notch. Loved the basket of bread!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Enjoy the dineLA menu. Great variety of choices, excellent quality and ample portions. The cold seafood salad was especially good as an appetizer

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

We love Il Forno ... great food and great staff. We come about once a week and this time was for dineLA... really delish.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was really nice, the service was prompt, and sitting outside allowed us to soak in the sunshine.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

The staff was incredible and attentive to our needs! Made me feel special on my birthday!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Noise gives me indigestion. Yet Il Forno's outdoor tables are the perfect antidote. On a mild winter evening (hey, it's California), it's a nearly idyllic place to be (though on a Saturday night, you're likely to be surrounded by everyone who's waiting for a table; hint: go early or late).

The food is... good. Nothing particularly special but tasty. The seafood salad (frutta di mare) was piquant (love that word) with just the right (ready?) zing. But the pizza with prosciutto cried out for better knife work in prep. There's nothing that makes you feel more ridiculous than having a long slice of prosciutto refuse to come apart when you bite it, forcing you to grab it with your fingers to restrain it. This assumes you eat pizza like a New Yorker by folding it in half. If you eat it with a knife and fork (shame on you), this won't be a problem. But it wouldn't have been a problem if the prep chef had cut the ham into smaller bits. I'm there to eat food, not fight with it.

The tarte tatin had an ideal of balance of sweet and tart, though how a French dessert made it into an Italian restaurant that should serve torta di mele is a mystery.

Il Forno is a reliable neighborhood trattoria that's worth a try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Il Forno is one of our favorite restaurants. We like it because the food is consistently good. One of us had the monkfish which was incredibly flavorful. The other ordered cioppino, which I didn't think was as good as the similar "bollito" I had ordered a year ago or so.

The service is good; the waiters are attentive but not constantly hovering.

Sorry for any misspellings in Italian!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The best. We have gone to Il Forno for 25 years and are always welcomed like family. The food choice is wonderful and the long time standards are always amazing, no matter how many times we order them.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always our favorite restaurant - great fresh food, love the service, good wine list

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came to celebrate the holidays and seeing family from outta town. Service was gracious and not rushed, even when most of my party was running late. They brought out a complimentary birthday dessert at the end. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed their food, portions were generous.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Enjoyed spending New Years Eve for dinner at Il Forno. Delicious sea bass dinner, and my husband, New York steak, perfectly prepared, and personally served by the chef. Outdoor door dining was made available by enclosing a special area, very romantic and comfortable. We regularly lunch at Il Forno, service and food consistently great. Looking forward to next visit, soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Vegan, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

As always il forno does not dissapoint! The chef made me gnocchi even though it was not on the lunch menu. Best gnocchi in Los Angeles. Clean delicious authentic food with an open kitchen and open air dining. IL forno is my favorite Italian restaurant!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Everything was impeccable: the welcome, the service, the food, the ambiance. Plus parking is easy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This is an amazing place. We had a family gathering, nine of us, on a busy Christmas Eve, with two small kids. Although the restaurant was very busy, we never wanted for service. They really know how to treat their guests.

We shared four different appetizers consisting of various cold cuts, cheeses and some with seafood delights sundried tomatoes, yellow beets, chianti poached pears, shrimp, scallops. Healthy and tasty.

We picked several salads to share. The three & five-year-old grandkids ended up loving a spinach salad with chianti poached pears, roasted hazelnuts & goat cheese in lemon ginger dressing.

The pastas, main courses - lamb, fish, lobster, scallops and vegetarian - all great. My daughter picked an unforgettable pizza that had a chicken egg, tomato sauce, wild mushrooms & crispy prosciutto.

They have good selection of Italian and California wines.

The owners were there greeting guests and watching over everthing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Neighborhood favorite since 1985 - same owner and waiters all this time! The kind of place that remembers your name and great food!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

MIchael the best as always. Food great and accomodating of my daughters birthday party

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great Italian food. Pasta and meats and fish are all wonderfully prepared. Casual atmosphere. Friendly servers.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. They offer a variety of pastas, fish, and salads. And they will cater to specific requests. Although it is busy at dinner time, it is usually possible to score a table.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Il Forno is a wonderful restaurant. The people are always so kind. The food was amazing, yet simple.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

This was a good find. Delicious traditional food tucked away but definitely popular with the locals fresh ingredients and traditional food with large servings.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We ate at Il Forno for the first time tonight. We wanted a nice but not too stuffy nice restaurant for my husband and I to take our daughter out for dinner after her ballet recital. The positive reviews and location convinced me to reserve at Il Forno. We were so happy we did. Being seated at a great corner table made us feel special and out of the way from all the hustle and bustle of the waiters. They work their tails off serving the customers. We had a great experience from the start with a cordial manager, to an efficient and informative waiter, to our back waiter always anticipating our needs. My daughter had a bouquet of roses and our waiter took the initiative to bring us a tall glass to serve as a vase. We so appreciated that. The food was excellent too. The brochette starter was wonderful garliciness! King salmon was perfectly cooked and a very large portion with roasted vegetables. The chicken was beautifully prepared with a delicious Marsala sauce topped with shiitake mushrooms. The daily pasta special with crab was good (the pasta especially so), but I would try something else next time. The flavor reminded me of my mother's tuna noodle casserole. But still I ate the whole bowl. Off we went without dessert or drinks. Need to try those next time. I think we've found a new neighborhood favorite!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We LOVE Il Forno! Great place, great food, great friends!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always enjoy Il Forno. Very consistent. Was treated to a complimentary tiramisu, delicious. Highly recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a fantastic time at the restaurant. I live in San Francisco and when I visit friends in Lis Angeles and meet with y wonderful friends, We Love the restaurant and Love the waiters, Joyce

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great experience with great food. I would recommend Il Forno to anyone looking for a nice Italian dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The carpet room is what you should request when making a reservation. It’s quieter and hence a little easier to have a conversation.
Otherwise, the food is fantastic but it can get very loud in the glass enclosed main dining area.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I took my employees there for our annual holiday dinner. We were treated totally. The food was delicious. Everyone had a good meal and a good time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant, friendly, and excellent Italian cuisine.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very good restaurant........HOWEVER.....noise level extremely high ...could not even hear waiter.

Staff graciously relocated us outside after 20 minutes inside. I will only go back if it is warm enough to sit outside.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Delicious as always, the best bread ever. I also enjoyed the house CHIANTI.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Been coming here from it's beginning about 30 years ago. Wish there was one closer to where I live in Pasadena

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent Italian Cuisine. Very reasonably priced. Staff is excellent. Parking can be problem, but with patience, a spot can be found.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food great. Oscar the waiter great.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Interesting and tasty pasta choices. Go early as it fills up and becomes noisy after 7pm. Good seafood and meat as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, service and prices - just a little hard to hear each other for dinner conversation otherwise a lovely evening!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything I’ve eaten here has been delicious. The service is also excellent.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Second time I've been here and the reception was cold, at best. The First time I came here was the charm. The hot, warm bread and dipping sauce tastes better than the actually entrees in my opinion. I came for a special occasion, and they delivered on making the end of our meal special.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for a Date
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