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Il Fornaio

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1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3773 (Aviation Blvd.)
+1 310-725-9555
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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181 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Service, menu choices, and interior ambience well suited to conversations. Italian specialties well prepared even though a national chain. On the expensive side.

Thank hakccmd
Redondo Beach, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

They have the best testing food. They offer a regional menu which you get to sample several dishes from a region in Itlay it is the best way to sample dishes from different regions. The food is the best. Every thing is very tasty and very reasonably priced. The food has alway been very tasty. We've never had a bad... More 

Thank Leighton L
Weston, Florida
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We were a party of six on a Saturday night. Happy they take reservations - seems like a good spot for very large groups. While food was god it's mostly standard fare. We had a very nice waitress and enjoyed ourselves. Food was good but nothing I would run back for. We were in a pinch and needed a reservation-and... More 

Thank Debbienyman
Los Angeles, California
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144 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I've been to other Fornaio restaurants, including the Irvine area. I didn't feel the dishes were as good as the other restaurants and service was just ok. And the fact management was having a management meeting in the middle of the restaurant at dinner time with scowls on the face....really??? Not sure I would visit again.

Thank Great2TravelCA
Fernanda C, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to review our restaurant. Your input and feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every guest visit. I greatly appreciate your comments about aspects of our service that need improving. We will make certain to correct those issues. We hope to see you... More 

Los Angeles, California
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253 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We make the effort to visit Il Fornaio as often as we can. We enjoy the food, which is consistently good and the well staffed service. On our last visit, we asked our server Jose why the service was so good. He said that he felt that they received excellent training which is likely true but we also noticed that... More 

Thank Shawn M
Fernanda C, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Dear Shawn, Thank you for sending such kind, enthusiastic complements, I certainly appreciate your rave review. Your positive feedback allows me to know our efforts are appreciated and I hope you will come to see us again! Warms regards, Fernanda Cassani General Manager Il Fornaio Manhattan Beach Fcassani@ilfo.com More 

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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

So happy to have stumbled upon this wonderful Italian restaurant for a mid day lunch/dinner while on vacation in the Southern California area. The food was delicious and they served more than generous portions, our quartino of an imported blend red wine was perfect. The only thing that we could say that we were not a fan of was the... More 

Thank rubyskymom
Irvine, California
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90 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Il Fornaio @Manhattan Beach is a great choice. The table bread, the olive oil, the balsamic vinaigrette, the salads, the main dishes -- they are all so tasty.

Thank Christopher M
Hawthorne, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

While we have eaten lunch and dinner at this Il Fornaio, it's their Happy Hour which is so great and so reasonable. Hours are usually M-F from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., but get there early to get a seat in the front of the restaurant (near the bar area).

Thank 1958Rita
San Diego, California
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90 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We had a nice evening at Il Fornaio; however, the food and service were nothing to write home about. The service was just OK, had to track down waiter to get additional olive oil for our bread and the restaurant was not busy. The best thing we can say about the food is the warm fresh bread served with quality... More 

Thank Joyce A
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Authentic Italian food and great wine selection. Great atmosphere if you want to take someone special or if you are just going with friends... The happy hour is excellent. It's a great place to unwind from a hard day at work.. The happy hour food selection is pretty good too...

Thank Faranak M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3773
    (Aviation Blvd.)
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Manhattan Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 310-725-9555
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. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

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