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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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San Diego, California
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clean and attractive restaurant, pleasant and helpful staff, good food and decent beer selection. Food came quickly and it was delicious. This is a good place for family, business or a date night! Free parking in the lot and easy to find and access.

Thank JacquiSanDiego
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Really good food and service. We take one bottle of wine for dinner. The Pasta are delicious bread with oil and balsamic Vinagreta delicious

Thank Bonitaga1
El Segundo, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Ok, I could not find the one dish I really wanted to have on that day. So, I picked one menu, then asked if they make that pasta source as I requested, it is a completely different source and different dish. 15 minutes later, I had my own dish not on the menu and they did not charge me anything... More 

1 Thank Kyoko0106
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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189 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

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 11 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Leighton L
Weston, Florida
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Debbienyman
Los Angeles, California
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155 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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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299 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank BoboTravlr
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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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank rubyskymom
Irvine, California
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90 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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

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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?