Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.7
3132 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Step inside Il Fornaio and take an award-winning culinary journey through Italy. Specialties include housemade pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with great cocktails and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list.
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4.6
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Zapped82
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First visit in over ten years and was pleasantly surprised by how well run as well as the food. Had a late evening dinner that was done well and very tasty. Will be returning soon.

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vipSaeed
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place for any occasion. The food is great and so is the service. They accommodate any size party and are very welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

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Marty
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was so nice to be back in Il Fornaio. We came a time or two during the pandemic, but this was the first time back inside. My friend and I enjoyed the food, the wine, and the service! It was also nice for Arturo to take a second to come over to say hello on his way to a party that was just arriving.

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ZoharL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I think you need to work on your ventilation since there was a heavy smell of fish frying when you expect Italian food smell

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food, slightly slow service but it was ok. Overall experience was 5 stars.

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vipMC63
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good, but service incredibly slow........too slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service….we will come here again!

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DebM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent that why go from the food to the service.
Keep it up

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SabrinaN
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Thanksgiving dinner. Service and food was amazing!

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OCDiner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Thanksgiving dinner out. They offered a set menu, as well as a regular menu. Calamari starter was great. Mixed seafood plate was excellent. Turkey entree was very nice. Good selection of wines. Our waiter was a bit impersonal but otherwise a nice dining experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From entering the restaurant to leaving, everything was wonderful. Service was great, staff is very attentive, and welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our family Thanksgiving dinner , wonderful experience. Everything was perfect!!

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Lisa
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner! Very pleasant and enjoyable as always🦃

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Charity
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. Only request, please put Spumoni ice cream back on the menu.

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vipcigarsRcool
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving menu was excellent.

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JaniceR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They do a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner and the service was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient.

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Carmie
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Turkey Dinner! It was fantastic! Better than home made

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Luis awesome waiter

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vipTimL
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

All staff was amazing and the atmosphere was festive! Our party of 4 ordered the full Thanksgiving menu. Two Turkey dinners and two ham. Nice afternoon at Il Fornaio.

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Nicky16
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love our Il Fornaio evenings. Everything is always wonderful

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AnthonyD
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best, most authentic Italian with brilliant warmth and excellent food. It’s a must.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled upon this place on a visit to Newport Coast. Excellent experience. We all loved our meals.

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vipJustBob
Orange County
106 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was top notch. We have ryder the short ribs and they were excellent

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KurtN
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had a great meal at Il Fornaio . . . She had one of the best Ciopinnos ever . . full of fresh, flavorful fish, scallops, shrimp, mussels. I had the special Linguine Siciliana . . . fresh fish, peppers, light tomato sauce and linguine made fresh that day. Service was very good, generous glasses of wine. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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runningmom
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We are a little disappointed in the entrees, actually. We have been before and it was excellent. The pasta sauce had a burnt flavor to it and my husband's dish was just bland. The service was just so so, not much warmth or enthusiasm. Maybe we had too high of expectations since our first couple of times were so good. I am being generous with 3 stars. Also, they asked what the occasion was, a birthday, but no acknowledgment of that.

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DanC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very well-prepared but menu options were more limited than in the past. Our server, Daniel, went the extra mile with excellent service.
I ordered the seafood linguine and it was delicious. Ambiance subdued and sophisticated. We will be back.

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Danl
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I love Il Fornio but then one in Irvine has a tiled floor and we were sat the noise level was bad. with all the talking. I will go back and try sitting elsewhere.

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AudreyN
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, service and ambiance was excellent. A favorite go-to restaurant, especially to celebrate a special occasion. Georgia, our server, was a truly delightful, thoughtful and kind. She made the celebration so much more wonderful. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the wonderful service and amazing food! Our daughter sat at a different table with friends for her birthday. The waitress was so thoughtful as she came and found us when they were ready to sing “Happy Birthday”. That’s above and beyond. Thank you so much!!!

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Mase
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal on the patio - to me it has a much nicer ambiance than the inside. Food is quality, one of the better Italian places in OC I've had in a while. Waiter was very friendly and helpful, which always makes the difference.

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Juanita
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a lovely place to enjoy an Italian meal. Love the 3 hour free parking validation.

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vipAlfrabro
Orange County
93 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food always great!

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vipItalianGal
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had another wonderful experience at IL Fornaio! The food and service are always superb! I loved my special fish of the day and the pastas and pizza were equally delicious! Nothing comes out of the kitchen that isn’t delicious!

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SariZ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for special occasions, business lunches and dinners.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sunday dinner. Loved the filet of sole .
Lana our wait person on top of her game.

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vipCJones
Orange County
175 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were great, the ambience was great, the service was great.

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JennB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible in every way!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was good. Waiter wasn’t very attentive but could just be that particular waiter.

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vipVitoandsam
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always the best!!

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Irvine offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 261-1444.

Il Fornaio - Irvine is rated 4.7 stars by 3132 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.