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Il Fornaio

1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3773
+1 310-725-9555
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (21 reviews)
“bread” (19 reviews)
“carpaccio” (3 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3773
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This restaurant used to be my favorite but their menu has changed, much more pasta than grill. Their lamb chops with fresh porcine used to be amazing. This time I had squash pasta, and it was nice but not enough wow factors to merit 5...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Mariya I
Reviewed 1 week ago

We met with seven of our VERY good friends. We were seated immediately and offered water. Several of us ordered the Meatballs, bruschetta al Pomodoro, , the eggplant appetizer, the flat bread with heirloom tomatoes, pasta with duck and, of course, wine. Our only negative...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sdrnek46
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is physically beautiful. Dim and romantic and well decorated/designed. If you want ambiance it will not disappoint. Basically everything else disappoints. The food is okay (not great/not bad),it is just served in portions that are way out of line with the price. The...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank optimistraveler
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a pleasant dinner at this restaurant a few days ago, but felt the portions were pretty small for the price paid. Brant is no longer included in the price and you have to buy it separately. The bread was very tasty but for...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank janad63
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Visited for an early dinner - we were greeted warmly and seated immediately. The wait staff was very nice, helpful but not intrusive. The food was wonderful - fresh and very tasty. It is a little pricey, but the quality of the experience is worth...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank EAWH77
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is beautiful and has a great ambience. Their menu is great and dinner was delicious. My wife had something off the steady menu and I tried one of the specials, both of us were please with our dinners. The colleagues we were with...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank DJBrandon
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Excited to try for our first time. Lovey ambiance and fabulous environment. Ordered $32 grilled seafood dish. 3 ounces of cod, 2 medium shrimp. 2 small teaspoon sized scallops. Really? Your kidding, Right?????

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Very nicely decorated with good staff and our food was fresh and tasty. Started with meatball appetizer and it’s so good I believe that’ll be my meal next time, no sharing! The antipasto platter was also excellent with a nice assortment, prosciutto, salame, small Parmesan...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank denitrip
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

For a white table cloth restaurant, I expected better service from here- our waitress didn’t really pay a whole lot of attention to us, and he restaurant wasn’t even busy (it was early evening). The food, which looked great on paper, tasted rubbery and dry....More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank IA_Farmer1985
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Consistently good food. During our recent visit the water brought my wife the wrong main course. Il Fornaio apologized and fixed the problem quickly. Always a consistently good choice to dine.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank ENJ0Yeating
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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