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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Casual (28)
Good for a Date (22)
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Authentic (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fun (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Healthy (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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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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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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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had not been to Il Forno is about a year. Just been trying other places, but then remembered this gem that is in the neighborhood. Food was excellent and service was very good. Place was very busy with a party in one of the main rooms. Owner is a very gracious and nice man.
Looking forward to going back again soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Reservation made for quiet table. Got there and the quiet room we asked for was full. They should have called to let us know. Room we we seated in was so noisy, we left

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolutely awesome experience, great food, great service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Consistently great food and service all staff friendly we were even offered a complimentry birthday dessert.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It was my fiancée’s birthday. She loves Il Forno and chose it as her birthday dinner. They did not disappoint! Great food, good wine list, friendly staff. We’ll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We have been coming to Il Forno for many years. The waitstaff is authentic - "from the boot" and many of the customers are repeaters from the neighborhood. We know the people, the staff and many of the other customers. It's right in the middle of our comfort zone and we'll continue to return

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

My wife and son treated me for my Birthday. It was a great evening! Wonder food and restaurant. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Love this restaurant - food is consistent - fresh, tasty and served hot! Staff is always happy. Our favorite dining experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I loved this restaurant. However for a date it doesn't work out unless you're outside.
It's more quiet outside for having private conversation. Over all this is an amazing restaurant and my waiter was very educated on the menu and drinks. He even new of entertainment close by I could take my date. I would definitely come back to this amazing restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The chef I met knows his food!
The value and taste is amazing!!
Maybe a fresh flower on the table
Would be nice!!

Tags: Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great local spot, been there for long time. A bit noisy though, probably best outside if desirous of having a group conversation. Being a wine guy, and the folks I was with, the corkage is reasonable at $20, but the 2 bottle limit seems very restrictive. We ended up buying off the list. Some of the prices were reasonable. Especially the whites by the glass. Get the Arneis, wonderful. But, they decanted both our bottles, as requested and the service was fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We were a party of 7, 5 adults, 2 children. Sitting outside on the patio is really wonderful.
They have heaters but we didn't need them. Food is truly wonderful and so is the
service. They also have booths outside that are really cozy and romantic. Ice cream deserts were especially popular with the kids - 5 & 8. A great Saturday evening. +++++

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Pleasant relaxed place for lunch. Well spaced tables. Excellent bread, but from there all downhill from barely okay fish to almost inedible special prosciutto thin pasta of the day. Nice place but what a pity about the food!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Il forno is one of our long time favorites. We've been coming here for over 15 years. The food is terrific and they accommodate changes or food restrictions. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. We love it!

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Another great meal at Il Forno. This time a friend was going to be in town, and she's kind of a fussy eater, but I knew she'd find something she loved at Il Forno, and that they're utterly gracious about substitutions. So a group of us went, and I was right on all counts. I love their pastas, but I decided on the Risotto Nero this time, and it was delicious. My friend had her seafood pasta with substitutions, and was blissfully happy. We wound up staying long after we finished (no one was waiting for tables, so we were cool there) and they weren't at all annoyed with that, they just left us to sit and talk and talk and talk. A gem!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food was over salted, couldn't even taste the sauce

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great combination of family dining and excellent Italian food.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Consummate pleasure! Outstanding Italian cuisine and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This occasion was a wine dinner with sommelier Diane DeLuca introducing the wines and Chef Domenico Salvatore doing the cooking. Good pairings, nice crowd, very good value.
I love this place! They always welcome everyone like family, and the owner, chef and much of the staff have been there since it opened. The service is attentive but not overbearing. It is a wonderful choice for a cozy weeknight dinner of familiar food, but also a great spot for group celebrations with their seasonal menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

My husband went for the special wine pairing dinner and it was so well done. It was fun, informative, delicious and a very good value. I hope the do more!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

We just love the place!!!!!!! everyone so friendly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

We absolutely loved the evening at Il Forno. This is our second time there as it is between Ventura for our son and Huntington Beach where we live. The customer service was the BEST! We didn't even order wine and weren't made to feel cheap or unimportant. The two young men, Christopher and Jonathan were especially appreciated by our family. Our son's name is Jonathan, whose birthday we celebrated. My niece who was with us loved them as her son's name is Christopher. We will definitely be back. Josh, the owner was very gracious, as well. The food was terrific!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Perfect as always

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Very good place to enjoy a reasonably priced meal. I stick with the seafood.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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