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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (39)
Casual (34)
Good for Birthdays (24)
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Authentic (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for a Date (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Kid-friendly (13)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Fun (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 hours ago

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

Food great. Oscar the waiter great.

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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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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Absolutely fabulous...i've been going to this restaurant for over 20 years and i have never been disappointed. The staff are always pleasant and welcoming and the chefs are excellent.

I recommend this place to anyone looking for authentic italian food and a superior service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We've been coming here on occasion for many years. Each year my wife and I both agree, they are getting better.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great service. The mairtre’d was incredibly gracious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

New favorite! A warm and friendly place with the feel of a neighborhood favorite. Great ambience and food.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The positive reviews on OpenTable were correct. This place does indeed deliver solid, delicious food (the fresh pastas in particular), and I thought the price point was excellent relative to the quality of the dishes. The host was very friendly. One of our kids let slip that the meal was to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and the restaurant surprised us with a tiramisu cake. It was a really kind gesture. We will definitely return for another family meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Il Forno is a neighborhood Italian restaurant with both good, old-fashioned Italian and some more modern twists. The staff and food are excellent, they have a good wine list and the value is top notch. Highly recommended, but make sure to make a reservation!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Il Forno is a wonderful and relaxing place to have a meal and catch-up with people. The food is delicious and the serving staff are knowledgeable and sweet!

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Usually we have great service at this restaurant, but not this past Saturday. My friend and I had a 6:15 dinner reservation, we got to the table and got our bread and wonderful dip immediately. We brought a bottle of wine, and the waiter brought us a couple glasses, and then took our order. And that's where the evening went downhill. We ordered two simple pasta dishes, and did not get served for 40 minutes. We asked our waiter where our food was, and he was apologetic and said he would get right on it. Another 15 minutes goes by. No food. Finally the waiter brought our food, and asked if we would like grated cheese on our entrées, which we said yes we would. Crickets. Had to remind him. Again, they were very apologetic and did the right thing by taking the corkage off and taking a glass of wine that my friend had ordered off our bill.

Love this place, just had an off night. Will I come back? Of course I will. The food is fantastic!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 27, 2017

One of our favorite places to eat the food is great , great specials, bread wonderful and service always attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Very nice Italian food. Had a very good steak, With artichokes
Tomatoes and capers. I was a bit hesitant because I don't like fussy sauce on my meat, but It was clean and excellent.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent food quality and excellent service. Still too expensive for what you get but if you have to pay a high price at least get the high end quality and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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