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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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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (32)
Authentic (29)
Good for a Date (29)
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Casual (25)
Great for Lunch (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Cozy (15)
Business Meals (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fun (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 19 hours ago

Fantastic food, hospitality, and service!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

Never disappointed in food or wait staff. Despite the holiday they accomadated an extra person in our party.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

The flavors are superb. The service is friendly and attentive. Not noisy. Medium pricey.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Never a bad meal here.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Our beautiful daughter joined us for a wonderful lunch. Il Forno is her favorite, loves the delicious food. Salvatore always pleases the palate.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Came for Dine L.A. staff was extremely friendly. Made it feel like home.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Been going here for years, it's a fantastic neighborhood gem. Locals love it.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The dine la meal was excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was unremarkable and the service abysmal. Despite having a reservation for 7:15, we were seated by 7:45.

The pastas were not well-timed by the kitchen and rather than al dente, they arrived soggy with nary a hint of snap. Very disappointing for an Italian restaurant where the chefs should have known better.

My Caesar tasted pre-made and stored hours before in the refrigerator.

Of course, Il Forno still has great bread. However, this was hardly enough to override a very disappointing dinner, the noise level and non-attentive service.

We remember Il Forno when it first opened as a delightful neighborhood restaurant serving good nouveau Italian. Today, the food is more like what you would expect from a cafeteria.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was great, the steak is amazing. The manager is very friendly. The only thing is we felt a bit rushed as the food came out too quickly one plate after another. It was a busy night and it felt like they needed to clear the tables within 2 hours to accommodate next quests, otherwise it’s a good restaurant to go to.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I have been here several times over the years and the food is consistently good, and the DineLA deal was terrific value. It's a little noisy, especially if you're seated near a large group.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food consistently and the portions are perfect. A great value and dishes tasted fresh and super delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We love Il Forno!! Last night we hosted family members from different parts of the country, one of whom was celebrating a major birthday. The food and service as always was fabulous. Michael, our server, is a gem! Being seated in the quieter "Willy's Room" was a plus for the demographics of this particular group (while the bigger room near the open kitchen side is our go-to when we have the grandkids with us or a big noisy group). We asked on our Open Table reservation for the birthday to be acknowledged at dessert time and a yummy slice hazelnut cake with a candle magically appeared without having to ask again. Another birthday was celebrated at another table shortly thereafter, reinforcing our thought that Il Forno is the perfect place for any occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We made reservation at 19:45. And we arrived 5 minuets an advance. We waited 20 minutes hostess but nobody came to us. Restaurant was full.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Lovely neighborhood restaurant that accepts way too many reservations on Saturday night. It is jammed, uncomfortable, uncomfortably noisy! Never again on a weekend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My birthday celebration on the evening of January 20 was splendid. The food was delicious, the service excellent and all our 8 guests had a wonderful time! We usually prefer to dine on the patio, but it was chilly outside and the wind was blustery, so we enjoyed eating in the dining room. We love taking our German Shepherd Hannah to dine with us and she is very happy to lie peacefully next to us as we enjoy our food and wine. We'll see you again very soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 19, 2018

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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 on January 17, 2018

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I love this restaurant and the people who work there!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 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 13, 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 7, 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 5, 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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 24, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 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 23, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 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 17, 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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