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18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003 (Michelson)
+1 949-261-1444
Today
11:30 - 23:00
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Hours:
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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Enfield, Connecticut, United States
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

Newport Beach, California
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58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

The service is outstanding. My special thanks to Edwin and Marcelo. Great ambiance and food for a very good price. It's a nice place for a romantic, business or family lunch. Their wine list and food are really good. My suggestion: Cappellacci di Zucca

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

Hello Larissa, thank you for your visit and for your posting, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. It was our pleasure to serve you. Best regards More 

Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The service and the food are consistently good....not always the case for a larger chain type restaurant. I only wish there was one closer.

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Thank travelingfam2000
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your posting, I am very happy that you consistently enjoy your stay with us. I will make sure to share this with the staff and management as an example that great hospitality is always appreciated and needed. Hope you come back soon. Happy Holidays More 

Irvine, California
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Great atmosphere. Great service Love the place, but the vegan options were very limited Had minestrone and a little salad and a glass of house wine $40 with the tip

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Thank 102Silvia
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your comments, I am very happy you enjoyed your visit. In regards to the vegan options we don't have a menu but we can create dishes based on the ingredients available that time. Hope you come to visit us again soon. Sincerely More 

Irvine, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I was here for a business dinner with co-workers. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. I was impressed by how attentive and charismatic the team was. The meatball apps were great, and I loved the Lobster ravioli. A+ service and solid food!

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Thank mainguyenlai888
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 sta, and that the staff was very hospitable. We continue to work on guest satisfaction, hospitality and employee recognition, and your comments are very valuable: thank you. I hope you come back soon. Best reghards More 

Los Angeles
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is such a wonderful restaurant for business lunch or romantic quiet dinner for two. Prices are reasonable.

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Thank pilotdiana
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 hopefully you will be back soon to try some of our regional specialties, or our great happy hour (Mon-Fry 4:30-6:30). Best regards More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

I was in Irvine, CA on a business trip and found this restaurant on TripAdvisor. The high praise from my fellow TripAdvisor reviewers is well deserved. The service is unparalleled, the staff is friendly, engaging, and professional. The pizza ranks among the best I have had, thin, crispy crust, just enough sauce, and great toppings. I arrived for happy hour,... More 

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

Hello Richard, thank you for your visit and for your posting, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and the staff was was very attentive and hospitable. I hope you come back soon when you are in the area to try some of our monthly regional specialties. Best regards More 

Sugar Land Texas
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259 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

I was there for a business dinner. The place was packed but they delivered the food quickly. Our waiter was extremely professional and met all of our needs. The food was good. I had the veal dish and too much lemon was used in the sauce. Several of my peers complimented the food. The prices were a little steep but... More 

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

Thank you for your visit and your posting. I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope you come back soon to enjoy some of our monthly regional specialties. Best regards 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
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, Kids, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, 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?