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18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003 (Michelson)
+1 949-261-1444
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11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Newport Beach
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Over the years I have had several work lunches here and have never been disappointed. The restaurant has a touch of elegance yet affordability. My daughter took her 'entourage' here for their prom night. They were given a private room and treated like royalty. It was the highlight of the evening and they wish they had stayed the rest of... More 

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Thank JimmyD05
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and posting, I was very happy to read your daughter and friends enjoyed their stay with us for such special celebration. We continue to work on hospitality and employee recognition, and your detailed comments are very helpful: thank you. I will make sure to recognize the staff in question for their authentic hospitality. Sincerely More 

Caifornia
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really can't positively recommend this restaurant. It is not so bad that I would say to stay away, but it was not a particularly good experience. First, it is hard to get to right now due to construction. Second, the restaurant tried to seat us in a crappy table when good tables were available. Third, even in a better... More 

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Thank GreatBearCaifornia
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit and your posting. I am sorry you were not happy with your experience. We take pride in our authentic Italian food and friendly 5 star service that we provided to our community for the last 25 years, but obviously we fell short during your visit. Please accept my sincere apologies as it is not... More 

Irvine, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They do s nice job and the outdoor seating is enjoyable.Major construction going on right now,but not a big problem

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Thank jimwgauss
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your posting. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you continue to do so during your future visits. Best regards More 

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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time I have eaten here and both were great experiences. The mixed seafood grill that I just had was delicious and gluten free!

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Thank NWJohnJames
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hello John, thank you for your visit and posting, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We continue to work on hospitality and guest satisfaction and your comments are very helpful, thank you. FYI, we have a gluten free menu available for more choices. I hope you come back soon try some of our monthly regional specialties.... More 

Newport Beach, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is always consistently good and enjoyable. The servers trained at a high level. The desserts and wine list divine. The only area for opportunity is with their cocktails that don't always hit the same level as this wonderful restaurant.

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Thank David E
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and posting, I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We continue to work on hospitality and guest satisfaction and your comments are very valuable, thank you. Hope you continue to enjoy your future visits with us. Sincerely More 

Newport Beach, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is just something I love about Il Fornaio. The delicious and fresh baked varieties of bread are definitely a big part of it, the food is great, with lots of choices & selections, and the staff are always extremely knowledgeable and courteous. Combine this with an aesthetically beautiful building, and you get a great place to go to for... More 

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Thank saascreenname
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your posting. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate your loyalty and enthusiasm about Il Fornaio. Hope you continue to enjoy your future visits with us. Sincerely More 

Irvine, California
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't say enough about this restaurant, from the wait staff to the cocktails to the food and the presentation. Be sure not to under dress or you're likely to feel uncomfortable. Easy access, valet parking, prime location and even offers cooking classes. I went there for my birthday and it was one I'll always remember.

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Thank Steve S
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your very detailed posting. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you continue to do so for the future visits. Your comments are very valuable as we continue to work on hospitality and guest satisfaction: thank you. Sincerely More 

Enfield, Connecticut, United States
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Back in the 1990s, I was a Southern California Restaurant writer. I reviewed Il Fornaio for my column running in The Orange County Register's 13 city papers. So when my husband and I found ourselves traveling to The Atrium hotel in Irvine, he asked me if I would like to dine there--24 years later, back in December, 2016. Just the... More 

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Thank Marjorie S
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hello Marjorie, thank you for your visit and yor posting, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay again after so many years sine your last visit. We appreciate your comments and continue to work n hospitality, guest satisfaction and employee recognition: thank you! Hope you continue to enjoy you future visits with us. Best regards More 

Fullerton, California
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205 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I love this restaurant for its ambiance. If you want a date night, this is the place for you. I had the seafood plate which was delicious. The service was quite nice. It came out to about $100.00 for 2 people so I am not sure why it is classified as "$$". The place is a little hidden so make... More 

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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

After getting to our hotel on Sunday night and completing our business tasks, my adult son and I looked for a place to eat. He looked; I drove. We chose Il Fornaio (The Oven) in Irvine. We got there at 9:40 p.m. and although the gigantic and well-appointed restaurant was near its 10:00 p.m. closing time, all entrees were available... More 

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Thank Richard M
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your posting, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We continue to work on hospitality, guest satisfaction and employee recognition and your coments is very valuable: Thank you. I hope you come back to visit us again when you are in the area to try some of our monthly regional specialties.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003
    (Michelson)
  • Public Transportation: Orange County Transit
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-261-1444

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?