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For 2
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7:00 PM
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Il Forno

4.7
794 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(310) 450-1241
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Domenico Salvatore
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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.
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Private party contact
Sorin Costache: (310) 450-1241
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Catering
Full catering service available, office catering, at home cooking, to go pick up.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 29th and 30th
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Parking details
Parking available behind the restaurant and under the restaurant at no charge
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Public transit
Santa Monica Blue Buss #8 at 28th street and walk back one block.
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Additional
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 794 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JacobA 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Everything was delicious! Especially loved that there wasn't a split-plate charge so we could try more dishes. Will be coming back soon. Sad we hadn't been there sooner in the 4 years we've lived in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food, hospitality, and service!

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vipHonestDiner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Every single person that we encountered there was incredibly nice, incredibly friendly, a lot of hand shaking and so many smiles. Truly felt like we were extended family. Food was delicious and good sized portions. Great overall experience.

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vipMicelis (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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BruceK (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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vipHgreen777 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Never a bad meal here.

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vipSissy (Los Angeles)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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vipKpfour (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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vipGaryM (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The dine la meal was excellent.

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JanetL (Los Angeles)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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vipWelcometoSM (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

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vipNini (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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