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Il Fornaio

1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3779
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Ranked #57 of 178 Restaurants in Manhattan Beach
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Price range: $10 - $50
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Bakery, Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Aviation Blvd.
Transit: Blue Line
Description: 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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English first
Mission Viejo, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I have been to this and other Il Fornaio locations before and always had a good experience but this time they were very disappointing. I came with a group of 8 associates. The service was incredibly slow and nonchalant. The food was expensive and a little cold. If this is their standard these days they are in trouble. I wished... More

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Los Angeles, California
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174 reviews 174 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We went here for a family event. I really, really liked the food (I've been to other Il Fornaios but this was my first visit to the Manhattan Beach location). My husband and I shared their mixed seafood grill and a chopped salad, The seafood grill was out of this world. Everything was perfectly cooked. Elegant atmosphere, attentive service. Prices... More

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Los Angeles, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The decor is upscale, service excellent. Bread is freshly baked and delicious. Crusty rolls with olive slices were fabulous. Did not love the food. The special salad of the day (with apples and walnuts and raisins and Brie) contained almost no Brie but was drenched in an overly sweet raspberry vinaigrette that rendered the dish almost inedible. Caesar salad was... More

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Toronto, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had a late lunch here on a Monday for about 10 people. The service was a bit slow considering the place was fairly empty (the restaurant is large). The food was not particularly memorable but the prices were reasonable, especially given that the atmosphere is actually quite nice and formal. Bread and olive oil were delicious. The dessert cart... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Business travel. Restaurant choices near LAX are thin. Short drive and worth the visit. Food and wine was good. Nice portions, good service. Worth a repeat visit when staying near LAX

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Manhattan Beach, California, USA
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Stopped in after our workout and had a fabulous meal! Salads were great!! I would certainly eat there again!

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El Segundo, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The restaurant is beautiful, but the good is only slightly above average. Not the Italian food that we were looking for. We had high expectations than what this restaurant provided.

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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I may have gone here for Happy Hour once and signed up for their emails. Word of advice. Don't. They will never take you off the list and flood your mailbox with insignificant emails. Even if you unsubscribe and call multiple times, you will still get these emails. harassment.

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Outstanding service and good value for lunch especially business. Food is freshly prepared and a broad selection of salads, pastas etc available with fantastic bread!

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Corona, California, USA
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food is excellent; so is the service. The surrounding is very nice and comfortable. However the menue pricing and quantity is misleading!

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