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18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003 (Michelson)
+1 949-261-1444
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 22:00
Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here with business colleagues and was surprised to learn this is part of a chain in CA. With the variety of excellent meal choices, wines, service and architecture was pleasantly surprised. This is within walking distance of the nearby hotel so if in the area, definitely worth the short walk instead of eating at the hotel. Risotto was fantastic... More 

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288 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 462 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've come to Il Fornaio for years, usually just for special occasions. The food is good (not outstanding), but the ambiance and service are consistently spectacular. Parking is not convenient. You'll be parking in a nearby parking structure and hoofing it unless you valet. Special occasion - go for it. My last visit was on Mother's Day. My 2 oldest... More 

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Thank Connie I
San Diego, California
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in a private room behind the kitchen. I was a little surprised as the hostess walked me towards the entrance to what was clearly the kitchen When we entered the private dining room, it was clear that the dining space was private and large enough for our group. The menu options were enticing enough to make choosing difficult.... More 

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Thank IkesEx
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your posting, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope you come back soon to try some of our monthly regional specialties. Best regards More 

Livermore, California
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119 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a business meeting near the airport and it just happened to be on Valentine's Day. Getting dinner reservations this evening was a challenge but we managed to connect with the Il Fornaio. The bad news is outside of the restaurant where there is a lot of construction and parking is terrible. At least they validate so you can... More 

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Thank Bill M
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your comments, I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us. I am sorry you were not happy with your table. We continue to work on guest satisfaction and hospitality and your comments are very valuable. I hope you come back soon to try some more of our monthly regional specialties. Best regards More 

Newport Beach
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Over the years I have had several work lunches here and have never been disappointed. The restaurant has a touch of elegance yet affordability. My daughter took her 'entourage' here for their prom night. They were given a private room and treated like royalty. It was the highlight of the evening and they wish they had stayed the rest of... More 

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Thank JimmyD05
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and posting, I was very happy to read your daughter and friends enjoyed their stay with us for such special celebration. We continue to work on hospitality and employee recognition, and your detailed comments are very helpful: thank you. I will make sure to recognize the staff in question for their authentic hospitality. Sincerely More 

Caifornia
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80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I really can't positively recommend this restaurant. It is not so bad that I would say to stay away, but it was not a particularly good experience. First, it is hard to get to right now due to construction. Second, the restaurant tried to seat us in a crappy table when good tables were available. Third, even in a better... More 

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Thank GreatBearCaifornia
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit and your posting. I am sorry you were not happy with your experience. We take pride in our authentic Italian food and friendly 5 star service that we provided to our community for the last 25 years, but obviously we fell short during your visit. Please accept my sincere apologies as it is not... More 

Irvine, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

They do s nice job and the outdoor seating is enjoyable.Major construction going on right now,but not a big problem

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Thank jimwgauss
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your posting. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you continue to do so during your future visits. Best regards More 

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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Second time I have eaten here and both were great experiences. The mixed seafood grill that I just had was delicious and gluten free!

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Thank NWJohnJames
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hello John, thank you for your visit and posting, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We continue to work on hospitality and guest satisfaction and your comments are very helpful, thank you. FYI, we have a gluten free menu available for more choices. I hope you come back soon try some of our monthly regional specialties.... More 

Newport Beach, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is always consistently good and enjoyable. The servers trained at a high level. The desserts and wine list divine. The only area for opportunity is with their cocktails that don't always hit the same level as this wonderful restaurant.

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Thank David E
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and posting, I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We continue to work on hospitality and guest satisfaction and your comments are very valuable, thank you. Hope you continue to enjoy your future visits with us. Sincerely More 

Newport Beach, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

There is just something I love about Il Fornaio. The delicious and fresh baked varieties of bread are definitely a big part of it, the food is great, with lots of choices & selections, and the staff are always extremely knowledgeable and courteous. Combine this with an aesthetically beautiful building, and you get a great place to go to for... More 

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Thank saascreenname
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your posting. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate your loyalty and enthusiasm about Il Fornaio. Hope you continue to enjoy your future visits with us. Sincerely More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 40
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003
    (Michelson)
  • Public Transportation: Orange County Transit
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-261-1444

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