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Il Fornaio - Pasadena

4.5
4.5
2871 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Step inside Il Fornaio and take an award-winning culinary journey through Italy. Specialties include house made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with great cocktails and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 65 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (626) 683-9797

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Banquet facilities and a Catering menu is available for events in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley area.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio in Pasadena offers private dining for parties of 8-250. We house 6 private rooms, a large main dining room and a beautiful outdoor Piazza. Come celebrate with excellent service in warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine.

  • Private party contact

    Natalia Robles: (877) 625-0843

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Cross street

    Fair Oaks Blvd.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available on Colorado Blvd., with validation it is $8.00.

  • Public transit

    Metrolink and Gold Line

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,871 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

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  1. G

    Georgio

    Los Angeles

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite desert is Affogato , I try it with top notch Italian Restaurants, they can come close to IlFornaio, the Pizza is outstanding, +the beet salad is outstanding too, the bar tender is Awesome , so everything is fabulous, price wise much cheaper than most Restaurants I visited in Pasadena
  2. CC

    ChrisC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Whether in Sacramento or Pasadena, Il Fornaio continues to be one of the consistently solid dining experiences for business or vacation. The chefs are continually coming up with new dishes, the service is always solid, and the main menu provides all the popular Italian style offerings.
  3. MA

    MichaelA

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our good friends 64th birthday. We had a wonderful time. Our waiter Andrew was fantastic!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Maybe a bad night... Food and service were marginal. Not in a rush to go back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always happy to be here, yummy and cozy, service is great!
  6. PL

    PizzaLove

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    It was good to see il Fornaio being back to life (and full capacity) after COVID. The food is back to its pre-pandemic excellence and the menu has been updated. I am not giving a full star rating as service was a bit overwhelmed with the Saturday evening work load. After all this is nothing to complain about as staff remained polite and helpful despite being very busy.
  7. MB

    MargaretB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff, delicious food, and nice outside dining.
  8. S

    Samo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was very good. Will go there again for sure. Good food good service good price
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my dad for his 81st Birthday. His first time in the area. He had a great time and loved the atmosphere.
  10. JZ

    JohnZ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food4service5ambience1
    Much too noisy to have conversation with our guests. Good food and great service. Value fair with inflation tax included.
  11. K

    Kenny

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Having enjoyed this restaurant for many years, I was disappointed. The entree was served about 5 minutes after the appetizer rather than the 15 minutes required to eat the appetizer. The roast chicken was a bit tough. The heirloom tomatoes did not live up to their name, being not quite ripe and not very tasteful. The bill was about 20% higher than I expected but, surprise, the restaurant added 3-1/2% to the total as an "inflation surcharge"! Imagine that, getting an inflated bill that is further inflated by an inflation surcharge! All things considered, it was an okay dinner that cost too much, and not the Il Fornaio I remembered and expected.
  12. IC

    IzzaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service with Tess was amazing! My mother-daughter date was so memorable. The food was yummy! So so good.
  13. CM

    CarleenM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good and our server was the best. She was very attentive, friendly, patient with all our questions and she gave good suggestions.
  14. TM

    TMHP

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    This use to be one of my favorite restaurants. The food was very bland, hopefully it was just an off night for the chef.
  15. J

    Janedi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Very noisy. Hard to converse with fellow diners. Food was not hot, but waiter returned it to the kitchen and served us hot, fresh plate.
  16. PG

    PatriciaG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    IL Fornaio is always the perfect ambiance for catching up with friends. The experience begins with a warm welcome with the Hostess, Service is friendly and attentive, the food is superb!
  17. D

    Dani

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Noisy place The sauce of the ravioli the zucca was very different than before, in the bad way
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent bean soup and fantastic tagliatelle bolognese.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Unfortunately, this is one restaurant we will not be returning to. The layout of the restaurant is meant for quantity and not privacy. In regards to the service, it was mediocre at best. The lag time between drinks and meals was too long. I had the salmon, which was dried and unflavorful. The potatoes were over-cooked and tasted like rubber. The vegetables left a nasty sour taste in my mouth. The option of using salt and pepper didn’t make it any better. My husband had the New York Steak! The amount of fat on his steak was ridiculous. It was dried out and extremely salty. Those with high blood pressure should be made aware. His vegetable and potatoes were the same as my experience. We are unable to speak about the outside but looking at it from the inside is the same regarding quantity over privacy. This restaurant, as beautiful as it is on the inside and what the pictures make it seem, was more of a family restaurant you can bring children to on a soccer night and watch the games on the television - that’s how loud it was. The dollar value of what we spent did not match our experience. We probably would have had a better time at the Olive Garden and saved some money!
  20. D

    Detroiter

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ended up eating outside due to the noise level inside. Food was great, service prompt and courteous. Went there twice in one week while staying in Pasadena.
  21. L

    Luvgoodfood

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just great
  22. EJ

    EvelynJ

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went to lunch for my mom’s 86th birthday. The server was the highlight. … great personality and good at her job. The food was not what I expected. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Il Fornaio and it seems as though the restaurant or chain has been sold. The food was very mediocre.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary. Everything was great as usual
  24. r

    raffib

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we love Il Fornaio... the kids and us love the food and the service ,. Fabulous people, fun and relaxing Raffi boyajian 818-438-0315
  25. RS

    RoderickS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We were going to go to Santorini, but they didn't have any tables until 9. At Il Fornaio, the noise level was a little on the high side, with a lot of dishes and plates banging and clanging. We waited for a little while for our server to come. After she took our drink orders, it took about fifteen minutes for our water, bread, and wine to come. The water and the bread should be on the table within a few minutes of customers arriving. And, when a restaurant is busy, it's extremely important for drinks to come almost right away, since diners are going to have to wait a long time for their meals. The food was decent, but not necessarily a good value. At thirty dollars a plate, one would expect a little better service and a little better taste.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The meals were over priced and poorly prepared. I’ve been to this restaurant quite a few times. I don’t mind paying for good food. The menu is good but preparation is inconsistent. This time around two orders of lamb chops were over cooked. One order of salmon was inedible because it was over cooked. The vegetables were an afterthought, tough and dry. The service was very slow. I think I’ve reached a tipping point and won’t return.
  27. d

    deni

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice service on a very busy night! Good food and reasonably priced wine list
  28. P

    Patron

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall I had a great experience. However, service could be more enthusiastic. The server greeted us but did not make us feel special. There was no genuine smile nor a formal greeting, just eye contact. The restaurant was busy when we arrived at 7:30 p.m., so I liken the lack of enthusiasm to being overwhelmed. Also, it would be nice to have heard, "you're table is ready, please follow me" when we were walked to our table. Our server was great! Friendly, patient, interested in making our experience more than just a meal. The person that brought out the bread, on the other hand, looked frustrated (again, the restaurant was busy). Food, wine, and overall ambience was excellent!
  29. BF

    BelindaF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent! The website should explain how to get to the front door, or signs on Union street to find this lovely restaurant would be helpful. Some old guy walked up, asked me if I was looking for the restaurant. I told him yes and he gave me directions. All 5 of us had trouble finding it. Everything was delicious!
  30. m

    morley

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    sit on the patio and enjoy the best Italian food in Pasadena.
  31. MA

    MAbo

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    great ambiance and no wait, but the food left alot to be desired today. It's a nice place to eat but not a place that you have to dine at.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    My first time dining here was better than this second. My husband's wine glass came out with lipstick stains twice, and our waitress initially had a dry attitude when we said we were ready to order. Apparently she wasn't ready for us to order and responded in a snarky way. She softened after having to bring a 3rd wine glass out for my husband, sensing our positive attitude because we truly were trying to enjoy our date night in spite of a hiccup. Food was better the first time as well. The chicken in the pasta dish felt rubbery, whereas my first experience at ll Fornaio it was so good. I'm debating if I'd want to return.
  33. m

    mark

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Frequent diner. Always enjoy the food, drink, and service.
  34. HM

    HerminehM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When we think of celebrations, Il Fornaio is always our first option and it never disappoints . From the starters to the desert the quality and taste of everything is always outstanding. The staff is very knowledgeable and they make great recommendations. The level of service they provide is unmatched and the atmosphere is calm and pleasant. They also have a wide selection of wines and they make the best mix drinks !🍾🥂 A little suggestion from their desert menu, try the Tiramisu 👌🏻 You won’t regret it ! It is an ideal place for those who want a romantic night out. I recommend this place highly.
  35. CA

    CAGramma

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Server was outstanding, very attentive, friendly, professional and thoughtful. Establishment is very clean, bright and cheerful place to enjoy lunch or dinner with friends and family.
  36. SM

    SynM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was amazing, service was good but our waiter never introduced himself, never gave his name, although his service was good.
  37. RB

    RomanB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, and the service was excellent.
  38. G

    Georgio

    Los Angeles

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was everything very good, we are very satisfied, I love Afocado it’s my favorite
  39. s

    sergiop

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    we enjoyed dinner on the large patio. the pizza and pasta dish were quite good. only disappointment was a 2% surcharge for inflation. can’t they update their prices on the menu?
  40. a

    allpro

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very relaxing!

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Pasadena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 683-9797.

Il Fornaio - Pasadena is rated 4.5 stars by 2871 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 65 times today
Google Map for Il Fornaio - Pasadena

24 West Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fair Oaks Blvd.

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available on Colorado Blvd., with validation it is $8.00.

  • Public transit

    Metrolink and Gold Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (626) 683-9797

  • Catering

    Banquet facilities and a Catering menu is available for events in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley area.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio in Pasadena offers private dining for parties of 8-250. We house 6 private rooms, a large main dining room and a beautiful outdoor Piazza. Come celebrate with excellent service in warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine.

  • Private party contact

    Natalia Robles: (877) 625-0843

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