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Far Niente

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Italian, Winery
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204 1/2 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203-2610 (Wilson)
Metro and Bee Line right in front of Restaurant.
(818) 242-3835
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great food, but a little pricey

I stopped into Far Niente for lunch one day. it was a pleasant atmosphere, menu with many choices, but the prices were a little out of range for a lunchtime menu. The food was superior, the service fine. I had an appetizer and salad, that were fresh, creative and tasty. Because it was on Brand... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Poonie1951
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Newhall, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Reservations
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32 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Newhall, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I stopped into Far Niente for lunch one day. it was a pleasant atmosphere, menu with many choices, but the prices were a little out of range for a lunchtime menu. The food was superior, the service fine. I had an appetizer and salad, that were fresh, creative and tasty. Because it was on Brand Avenue, it was close to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I have gone to Far Niente about once a year for the last 20 years. Not sure if we just had a bad night or not but the service was awful, the environment is much lighter than it used to be and lacks the charm it once had. On a positive note, the food was very good, and the wine... More 

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Woodland Hills, California
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This was a total let down. I used to hear great things about this place and I always wanted to go but just never found myself in Glendale. Until the other night. I went to Far Niente with some people who have been going once a year or so for the last decade. I learned the the restaurant was sold... More 

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london
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We went here on a Monday night and it was very busy so my hopes were high. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations the food was ok but that was all. Plus points were the décor which is lovely especially if you are having a romantic meal and the fabulous ice cream with sour cherries. On the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We went here on a Monday night and it was very busy so my hopes were high. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations the food was ok but that was all. Plus points were the décor which is lovely especially if you are having a romantic meal and the fabulous ice cream with sour cherries. On the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This must be one of the best Italian meals I had in last 12 months outside of Italy. The menu should satisfy every Italian food lover and the wine selection is very good as well. I recommend the mussels and clams for your appetizer and scallops for main entree are just unbelievable tasty. The most important thing - it's authentic.

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York, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Took some business folks to this restaurant last week. Good food, good service, good value. The place is under new ownership since the beginning if the year. We will return.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

From the reviews, I expected more...only average and nothing more. Picked this place on my birthday for a quiet dinner with my husband. Both of us thought it was just average, both food and service. Will not be back...so many other options all around this place.

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Glendale, California
Top Contributor
206 reviews 206 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

We have dined at every Italian restaurant in the area and Far Niente is the best. The super thin pizza dough bread that they provide is worth the visit alone. The pastas and entrees all include a salad and the food is creative and excellent. It's a nice atmosphere, feels like a small New York restaurant.

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Orlando, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We were exhausted after travelling all day from the east coast. Far Niente was a welcome treat located in a very pretty little town. My husband's coq au vin was the best I have ever had. My sea bass was cooked perfectly, and my sister's salmon ravioli well crafted and wonderfully seasoned. The waiter was not only handsome, but very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 204 1/2 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203-2610
    (Wilson)
  • Public Transportation: Metro and Bee Line right in front of Restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Glendale
  • Phone Number: (818) 242-3835

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Winery

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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