Il Fornaio - Irvine

4.6
3023 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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
118 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service -

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Dinner
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always, Il Fornaio is one of our favorite places to eat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable as always!

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vipItalianGal
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious family meal! Can’t wait to go back. The calamari and pizza were perfect started for our family. The rest of the meal was perfect with short ribs, salad, and pasta. We finished with peach ice cream! We were never rushed snd enjoyed all our dishes! Can’t wait to go back!

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BrianP
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fabulous! Happy to be getting out and enjoying great food again.

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GeorgeP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and the wait staff were attentive, friendly, and fun. Special call out Lana and Maya for providing great service.

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vipLiketogo2
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! Always a winning dining experience at Il Fornaio!!!!

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vipKatherineJ
Orange County
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Another lovely evening meal on the patio!! Glad to see business picking up! We’ll be back soon!

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vipJazzman
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely venue with great italuan food, well prepared. Many starters. Lots of pasta though disappointed they were out of seafood pasta. They charge extra 4 bread and add a covid surcharge, which makes little sense given that there r no longer any mask or other restrictions at restaurants in ca. Sercvice spotty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
118 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service. They constantly checked back and made it a great customer experience. Bravo!

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StefanJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious, service was quick, ambience was fancy, and it was an overall enjoyable dinner!

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vipNapahouseparty
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Was a bit surprised that bread is now a $2 charge and there is now a 2% Covid sanitation surcharge (all they do is change the tablecloth just like they always have). This surcharge is the primary reason for 3 Stars.

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BitaK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. We always go for our special days.

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Homa
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening celebrating my husband's birthday with family and friends. The food was exquisite and the service was exceptional.

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JRYv
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mood mediocre at best. Service terrible. Zero atmosphere. Another overrated Orange County spot that is not with the time or money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
118 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. They should send the manager and the entire staff from the Beverly Hills location down to Irvine to get trained to know what true service and professional customer experience is as well as cooking lessons. The service and food at Irvine was 5 star hard to believe Beverly Hills location is even part of this same restaurant group. Bravo Irvine team -- you were exceptional -- every single one of you!

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MichaelP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely amazing!! The service is excellent and the Staff is super friendly!!

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. I’ll Fornio treated our two birthday guests with extra attention, a birthday song and small hot fudge sundaes. Very nice.

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Xbucki
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was vey nice except an exceptionally large party on the patio was so loud it was hard to hear my date when she was talking

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NoelW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall, it was OK. Atmosphere was good, food was good, service was good. Nothing was great or made me feel like I need to go back because it was so delicious. We are in OC and the competition is pretty fierce. Il Fornaio needs to step it up a notch.

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jonti
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal on their comfortable patio. The waiter was attentive and pleasant.

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Todd
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Birthday dinner for my wife. She asked for angel-hair pasta with oil. The pasta was over cooked. My pizza was OK and my granddaughter seemed to enjoy her pasta. Service as good.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Honestly perfect.

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vipJayN
Edinburgh
28 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice location and ambiance but the food is OK…. Nothing very special.

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GeraldH
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation dinner for our son.

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Shasha
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I love Il Fornaio. By far the best Italian restaurant in SoCal, not taking into account the few superb and private ones here and there. Everything was awesome. The waiter seemed a little bit confused and inexperienced, but overall he was polite and kind.

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KellyD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food sand very nice services

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. As always great experience, great food, great vibe. Can’t wait to come back!!!

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vipJoanneS
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal!! Food was excellent, service superb and ambiance excellent. We go every week and I always order the grilled fish, scallops, shrimp and calamari meal and my husband gets the pasta with vodka sauce. Yummmm!
Great place to bring people for a special occasion, you will be delighted!

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GeorgeA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thank you Isidro , for you food suggestions , we have a great time.

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vipBucknut
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner with friends last night. Calamari with top-notch, as was the ossobuco.
I had the pasta Siciliano....perfect. I haven't been there is several years, so I had forgotten how good the food was. Very nice ambience inside. Perfect night!

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Merry
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Chose Il Fornaio as a convenient location for a business dinner with an out of town client. The service was embarrassingly bad. Had to ask a busboy to send over our waiter after 20 minutes of waiting. The food was overpriced for the quality. The salmon was over cooked.

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Janos
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice experience in dining after more than a year of pandemic shut-down..

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CMRC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

First time, would gonna like for excellent food. Service good be a bit more attentive and friendly, felt corporate. Spacious and great to be back dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lana took the best care of us!
So happy to be back in person!!

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AbbyE
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, gorgeous ambiance and superb wait staff! We send our compliments to our waiter, Paul, for helping to make our birthday celebration so memorable!

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vipKatherineJ
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are thrilled by the old standbys and amazed by some new additions! I tried the gnocchi last night which were light airy pillows of deliciousness!! The mushrooms and chicken in the light cream sauce were the perfect accompaniment. Just excellent!!!

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TiffanyB
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food! Fantastic anniversary dinner for my partner & I! Will be back!

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HiDi
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were surprised to see a 2% Covid surcharge added to our bill. The salmon on my salad had little flavor other than a "fishy" taste. The noise level on the covered portion of the outdoor patio was very high, making it hard to have a conversation at our table. Service was okay.
Il Fornaio used to be long- time favorite of ours; we hadn't been for several years and we were unfortunately overall pretty disappointed.

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JoelO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place. Not too crowded during weekday evenings.

FAQs

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

Il Fornaio - Irvine is rated 4.6 stars by 3023 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Irvine does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

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.