About Il Fornaio - Irvine

18051 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612
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Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday, 11:30am - 4:00pm. Sunday, closed. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.

Cross Street:
Von Karman Ave and Quartz

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 261-1444

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
Catering available for business, personal or holiday events. Please call the Event Coordinator to arrange.

Parking Details:
Complimentary self-parking or valet validated at restaurant.

Public Transit:
Orange County Transit

Executive Chef:
Jeff Burt

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Promotions

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Treat the mom's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!
Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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Treat the dad's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Private Dining

Bring your next special occasion to Il Fornaio and work with a friendly and knowledgeable event coordinator. Celebrate with excellent service in warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine. We have several private and semi-private same available.

Il Fornaio - Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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great for lunch (74)
great for outdoor dining (65)
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notable wine list (32)
great for brunch (22)
kid-friendly (18)
hot spot (14)
vibrant bar scene (11)
late-night find (7)
scenic view (3)
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food5
ambience5
service5

Everything was excellent.

Dined 3 days ago

Everything was excellent.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Birthday Celebration

Dined on April 24, 2016

It was a 16 year old's birthday and we had the entire inside patio to ourselves for dinner. They had my favorite wine, Chateau Montelena, by the glass! Everyone had a great time and the service people were on top of it and great.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Birthday celebration

Dined on April 22, 2016

We celebrated a family birthday here and sat on the patio. This was a great option and made for a relaxing family time. The service was outstanding and the various entrees delicious.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

A special night out

Dined on April 17, 2016

The service is always friendly and efficient. The meals are magnificent, very authentic. We like the monthly regional meals, always a look forward to night. We also like to stop by at the bar for happy hour or a meal at the bar.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding food and service.

Dined on April 17, 2016

My son and I dined here to celebrate his acceptance into UCLA. The food was delicious the service outstanding and overall a spectacular experience. They made a special day extra special !

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Another excellent meal

Dined on April 17, 2016

Thank you so much for an excellent dinner and service. Thanks so much

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Consistently great

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Always a great spot for fantastic Italian cuisine with a fun and relaxing atmosphere. A little bocci with wine after a great meal, with or without the kids make for a great night out. Perfect for getting a break from the crowded and overpriced NB restaurants!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Always a great lunch

vip
Dined on April 11, 2016

Il Fornaio is walking distance to my work, and I always enjoy eating there...the seabass special was SO delicious! The serve quickly during lunch, so you can get in and out in an hour.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Italian Night

Dined on April 10, 2016

Each year Il Fornaio sponsors a different Italian region each month. We have been to 4-6 in the past and wanted to try Tuscany food this time. The food was excellent and supported by good Tuscan wine. Very worthwhile. We will repeat

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4

Good food, bit expensive, server think i ...

Dined on April 6, 2016

Good food, bit expensive, server think it is okay to interrupt

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Il Fornaio is favorite Italian restaurant

vip
Dined on April 6, 2016

The staff at Il Fornaio always treat everyone like you are part of their famiy. The food is great, the service is great, and the Manager Marcello is the best! All the waiters, and busboys are very helpful, and attentive, and every month there is a different regionale menu. We go there a least once a month, if not more often, and have for over 20 years.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

It's like visitin Rome for lunch!!!!

Dined on April 5, 2016

The food is always great and with true italian flavors and style. On this last visit we started with the most amazing Cioppino seafood soup that had me licking the bowl with my bread!! Very consistent and the service is good. Would recommend for business lunch and everyday dinning.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

One of my favorites.

Dined on April 4, 2016

Just go and see for yourself. You will not be dissapointed.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

Everything about this restaurant was gre ...

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Everything about this restaurant was great. The server did an excellent job. Glad we went here.

food3
ambience1
service4

The restaurant is loud and lacks and int ...

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

The restaurant is loud and lacks and intimate atmosphere.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A favorite of our family

Dined on March 27, 2016

Great place for lunch or dinner! Service always attentive. Food well prepared and authentic Italian. Coming in for just pizza, a quick bite or a full multi course dinner the staff and service is most welcoming. Our friends loved the specialty Il Fornaio bread and Calamari Fritti. So sad we do not have one in the Palm Springs/La Quinta area. I am sorry I did not get our servers name, but very nice and thank you to the manager, Marcello.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

Great Restaurant!

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

We are regulars and always enjoy Il Fornaio. The food is exceptional and service usually stellar! However, on this last particular visit we were disappointed by our server; was our first time in this server's station. Not very friendly, forgot our to-go order at the end of the dine in meal and didn't apologize in any manner for this. There are more details about this poor service experience (things I wouldn't expect from an Il Fornaio representative!), but I rather not go into it as mentioned previously, service is usually stellar, this was an anomaly. Il Fornaio will still be on my regular rotation of local restaurants my wife and I frequent!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Birthday

Dined on March 25, 2016

Excellent service and ambiance. Waiter provided a superb service.

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Another fabulous regional menu dinner

vip
Dined on March 23, 2016

This month's regional menu featured Liguria and it was delicious. I especially recommend the perfectly cooked mussels with garlic and white wine for a starter. They were so tender and flavorful, some of the best mussels I have tasted. The black cod entree is also not to be missed, a generous portion of succulent white fish, expertly cooked on the grill. And the pasta is always great at Il Fornaio. Service, as usual, was friendly and efficient.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service4

My wife meal reminded her of a dish she ...

Dined on March 20, 2016

My wife meal reminded her of a dish she had in Rome. Mine was good as well. I just realized I'm not that into rizzoto. Dessert was excellent. We did have to track someone down for drink refills. Our waiter was pretty busy with a larger table and forgot about us. Overall everyone left full with a happy belly.

food5
ambience5
service5

Came here with a group of 8 people. The ...

Dined on March 20, 2016

Came here with a group of 8 people. The atmosphere is very nice and the staff is on point with accommodating. Treat you like family and always very attentive. I would come back here again. Everyone enjoyed their food as did I. One of the best restaurants I've been to.

food5
ambience5
service5

A great team building place in Irvine. E ...

vip
Dined on March 16, 2016

A great team building place in Irvine. Everything was awesome.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Consistently good

Dined on March 15, 2016

The food is extremely good without being over-the-top pretentious. The wine flight and "Taste of Liguria" (menu changes) were great deals. Our fussier teenagers found things to eat that they liked. It is a bit noisy.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4

Casual and good food.

Dined on March 14, 2016

Casual and good food.

food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Good option near airport

vip
Dined on March 14, 2016

Meeting friends before catching a plane, this restaurant provided good food and service that worked really well for us. It's becoming an annual tradition and our positive experience means we'll be back next year.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Not able to react to increased activity...

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

We love eating at Il Fornaio and have visited several of their locations so our experience was likely a fluke. But, that being said we were disappointed. Our server forgot drink orders, served some salads, forgot others etc. The restaurant ran out of minestrone soup-our server notified us 20 minutes later apologizing and stating that they were very busy, much busier than expected with walk in diners. As a party of five with reservations it was disheartening to hear our experience was being diminished due to their inability to handle walk in diners..

Tags: good for groups
food3
ambience2
service2
value1

Long wait and overpriced

vip
Dined on March 13, 2016

Despite having a reservation, we waited half an hour to be seated, with nowhere to sit while we waited, having been told, "We are overbooked tonight." Then we waited another twenty minutes before our food order was taken, twenty more minutes to get appetizers. The table was very crowded, the noise was deafening, and the dinner was overpriced in terms of food and overall experience. We left without ordering dessert, just too unpleasant.

food5
ambience3
service5

A very crowded and busy Saturday night d ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

A very crowded and busy Saturday night dinner. Service was a tad slow but the food did not disappoint. A large menu selection and pricing is fair based on location, food quality and selection. Large wine catalog with selections to satisfy almost all who enjoy Overall, a very good experience except for a slow service probably because each table was filled. Nice part was we weren't rushed to turn the table

food5
ambience5
service5

Our waiter was simply the sweetest gent ...

Dined on March 10, 2016

Our waiter was simply the sweetest gentlemen I've had the honor to get. We had a wonderful lunch.

food5
ambience4
service3

Hostess was delightful- but our server w ...

vip
Dined on March 10, 2016

Hostess was delightful- but our server was not. Terse and difficult to track down- waited almost 10 mins just to get the drink I ordered! Food was tasty though. Thankfully have had good experience with Il Fornaio previously, otherwise this would've really soured it for us.

food5
ambience4
service5

Great food! Great service! Beautiful bui ...

Dined on March 8, 2016

Great food! Great service! Beautiful building & light...Grumpy aloof & insincere brunette hostess at lunch.

food4
ambience4
service5

My fiance and i went for restaurant week ...

Dined on March 8, 2016

My fiance and i went for restaurant week and were surprised by the monthly special menu. We ordered one meal selection from each menu. The pasta was cooked to a perfect el dente and each of our choices was comforting, flavorful, and rich without being heavy. I ordered the veal scalopine and both loved it. The lemon added a wonderful brightness to the dish. We were a bit disappointed in the pancetta-wrapped veal sausage. It was a little over cooked and under seasoned. The affogato was the perfect end to the meal. Great drinks and friendly service, too!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Il Fornaio - Lunch

Dined on March 7, 2016

I went for restaurant week, and sometimes during restaurant week places get hectic and service lacking. This wasn't the case with Il Fornaio. Service was very attentive and prompt, and the food was delicious. Great setting and nice to step away from the office for a quick lunch break.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

Fast service with attention to detail

Dined on March 6, 2016

Prompt seating. Excellent wait staff. Immediate delivery of cocktails and some excellent bread to much on. Food was delicious (Minestrone soup, butternut squash ravioli, tube pasta with vodka tomato sauce) Good selection of wine. The table was a bit cramped for two, and the chairs were not too comfortable.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

The service was very attentive. Good for a chain.

Dined on March 6, 2016

Our entrees were served quickly and my friend had the mushroom risotto which was fresh and delicious. I had the linguine with fresh fish which was also very good and I had to take half of the portion home as it was filling. The vibe is noisy but perhaps that's OC. We both would go back and plan to visit our location in Del Mar.

Tags: good for groups
food2
ambience4
service4
value2

Food

Dined on March 4, 2016

I would say that overall the food was a little heavy for my taste, I expected the Kalahari grotto to be lightly battered and crispy. The angioplasty was not very appetizing. I expected a little more as I have been to other I'm Fornaio restaurants which were quite good. Obviously this is just my opinion.

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Fabulous Italian but a little noisy

vip
Dined on February 28, 2016

The food is always good at Il Fornaio but the noise level and proximity to kitchen or a serving station can be a little off putting. Try to get a table away from the hustle and bustle and you'll have a wonderful dinner.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Il Fornaio always pleases

Dined on February 26, 2016

We came with a group and were seated in a semi-private table at the back. Service was excellent. Even in our secluded spot, it was loud for a group consisting of older adults (50+0), but we had a memorable time and enjoyed our entrees and desserts.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing dining experience.

Dined on February 22, 2016

The food was amazing, our server was on it, and the overall dining experience was excellent. Menu prices are on point - great value for authentic italian food.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Another wonderful dinner for Festa Regio ...

vip
Dined on February 22, 2016

Another wonderful dinner for Festa Regionale. The region was Umbria this month. The soup was very good and the lamb chops were so delicious and perfectly cooked. The wine flight was very enjoyable too!

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