Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach

4.4
2552 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Step inside Il Fornaio and take an award-winning culinary journey through Italy. Specialties include house made 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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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnnaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Been going here for 19 years. Was always great, but service now is awful. 3rd time I have had to wait 30 plus min even though I make reservations. Terrible communication. Ended up sitting in bar. Waiter was nice but we won't be back. Sad.

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vipRobertC
Los Angeles
135 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food (finally). Server was overwhelmed with Father’s Day crowd I guess we had to ask for bread four times (they charge for it now). We’ll give it another try when it’s not a holiday.

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vipGimmeFood
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, as always. Service was professional, but a bit “cold”. We had to ask several times for drink refills, other items, since he rarely checked in on us. He couldn’t provide us with a suggestion on sparkling wine, and you can tell they must not serve much, since the label on the bottle was moldy. But still a very nice meal overall. I had the grilled seafood platter which was delicious!

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vipLucy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I ordered burrata with heirloom tomatoes. The tomatoes were not heirloom tomatoes. They were regular tomatoes and probably not even hothouse as they were tasteless. The burrata was either a bad quality or old. It lacked the creamy, tasty flavor, I expect from burrata.

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vipChudReview
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoy this this place. They may be a little out of practice in serving a big dining room at near full capacity as the service was a little shaky compared to usual.

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Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not what it used to be - maybe still recovering from the last year. Food was OK but nothing special, it was noisy and there was some confusion around our seating despite having a reservation.

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AlanO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was okay. Nothing special. Service was very good.

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Lauram
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

What is the Covid surcharge for? Never seen that before? Pizza not recommended. Food mediocre

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Riddler
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Well, I have been to this restaurant for dinner many times and I have always had a nice experience. I wanted my husband to try it so we went last night. Unfortunately, our server didn't get hubby's order right and when he admitted his error, he pretty much stopped serving us. The food was good, but I was very disappointed with the service. I thought that the server should have done something to compensate for his error...like maybe free desert? But nothing.

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vipHaKD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Pasta was so good. The bread was yummy...

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RandomCustomer
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was a $100 dinner and they made my girlfriend put her box of leftovers together herself. Like, really dude?

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WinstonS
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. I was hard to hear our fast talking server. He spoke too quickly and his accent didn't help.

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IreneT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Disappointed in the food and service. Our waiter was very transactional, not friendly or helpful. Food was not as good as it used to be and we were shocked when we saw the bill. Won't be back for a long time.

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vipDLove
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great - service was lacking a bit from What I expected. Will certainly try again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super yummy

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vipThecalabasasDiner
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very rude at reception

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good experience. Ok food, not so Italian the wine and and buffarata was great. Rissoto was a little bland. But overall a cool spot

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RichC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice of items on the menu—they’ll even take special orders that aren’t on the menu. This isn’t a big national chain Italian restaurant, so you pay a little more, but it’s worth it. Good choice of aperitifs, wines, and digestifs.

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Bob38
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was excellent and the food was very good. We will return..

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Sanqui
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

If you are looking for something intimate this is the spot for you! The ambience is perfect! The food was amazing, the wine was great. Definitely, will be returning.

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MammaMia
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This space is absolutely beautiful and the service staff is always on point. Definitely opt for the bread basket! We look forward to returning to try the pizza.

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DerekG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We had been craving Italian food. Everything was great!

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vipBret
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a great place. I love the ambiance, the decor, the service and the food. Suggest trying the lamb chops with spinach and mashed potatoes. The white wine specials are great for the price.

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yairu5
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I decided to go with my GF to have diner for the first time since it was closed for coding last year. I absolutely had a great diner. The service was great. I must say, I’m a little disappointed at the fact this restaurant doesn’t give complimentary bread to get your started. I was told the menu was recently changed and the bread will be given for additional charge. It was little loud, maybe because I was seated sorta next to the kitchen. I totally recommend the lasagna. Overall I give a 4 stars. Btw, be prepared to spend some money. Inflation is no joke.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just for all I heard food was not that much to look at for a 54 dollar ribeye service was ok nothing to brag about.

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Disappointed
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was a disappointment as we have enjoyed Il Fornaio in San Jose several times.
The decor seems tired and our server Trinidad was distracted and slow.

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vipJohn
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Server was speaking politics very loud with following guests. Not an appropriate setting. I own 5 venues in San Diego and I know when to tell my staff to stop being loud with uncomfortable subjects. Cheers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and I loved the ambiance.

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NininiLo
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was impressed by the shrimp, but I was expecting the food to be on par with the ambiance and the prices, but it just wasn't. I am used to small servings at nicer places. An appetizer, drinks (plural), entree, and dessert was barely enough to get full.

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EbonyM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We made a reservation for 8pm. We got there at 7:45 we were not seated until 8:15pm. Then our waiter was not attentive. My husband had to ask for water 3 times before he actually got it and it was 20 mins before we left. They took out menus so we didn’t order desert even though it was our intention. I also never got a chance to order my glass of wine because our waiter rarely came to our table. The food was great. Overall I wish we had a better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Mother’s Day celebration

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vipMaryH
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!! Thank you!

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CarieB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambiance, space feels open and airy. Food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Our waiter, Dan, was phenomenal - very friendly and very helpful!

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ChristopherT
Tucson
17 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Il Fornaio is a nice place that didn't live up to my expectations based on the reviews. The truffle and mushroom flavor of the Norcina Con Pollo was excellent, but this was offset by chicken pieces that were chunky firm. They had a very nice selection of Italian varietal wines, but our server wasn't much help selecting among them. The Italian decor and the small (Covid-limited) crowd made the ambiance very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. It was nice to dine in once again. The food was doctors and fresh. The service was amazing.

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vipDriver
Los Angeles
118 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Bus boy was a star. Got a nice tip from me. Waitress needs additional training.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great seegice

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 725-9555.

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach is rated 4.4 stars by 2552 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Manhattan Beach 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.