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1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3779 (Aviation Blvd.)
Blue Line
310-725-9555
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Entertaining clients

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delicious Food, Inviting Ambiance..

We went to dine here several times and each time it was so good. Besides the entrees being delicious their pizza is good too. Each time we went we sat by the big cozy fireplace. Very inviting classy ambiance as well. Very romantic place. Our waiter the first time we went could have been in a better... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Michelle L
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New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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97 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We went to dine here several times and each time it was so good. Besides the entrees being delicious their pizza is good too. Each time we went we sat by the big cozy fireplace. Very inviting classy ambiance as well. Very romantic place. Our waiter the first time we went could have been in a better mood however each... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We love this place. Always have a regional menu with a meal from different regions of Italy. Fairly priced and always fresh food

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Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The food and service is wonderful. Drinks were kept full and wait staff made sure we enjoyed the food. The food arrived in a timely manner.

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Beverly Hills, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I went with other two couples for dinner on Valentine's Day. I know is crazy to go out that day but I have to say Il Fornaio Manhattan did a great job. The dinner was delicious the service was impeccable. The servers are so well train, we had one person with many allergies and they manage to get his food... More 

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Long Island NY
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We were looking for an Italian restaurant so saw it in hotel magazine.... The place is gorgeous,decorated beautifully.. A little overpriced. We had the calamari and a pizza for appetizers. Pizza was ok, calamari not crispy but not rubbery either. The dinners were ok.... Pasta with chicken and broccoli a little bland, risotto was salty and ravioli was ok.. The... More 

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Munich, Germany
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I was there two times with biz partners for lunch an had both times very good Italian pasta. Nothing to complain. Would come back to try the restaurant in the evening.

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Portland, OR
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. I know it's a chain, but it doesn't really feel like one. Great for a business dinner or date night.

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Beverly Hills, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I love the Christmas decoration of this restaurant is so classic and elegant! We went for dinner on Saturday, the restaurant was very busy but that didn't make any difference on the food or the great service that they always provide; you can feel how well the employees are treated because they pass to their guest. We will go again... More 

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great food, a little pricey, mostly on the wine, but well worth it. Great atmosphere to go with it and a very professional wait staff.

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Every time I visit an Il Fornaio I have a great experience, and this time was no exception. We made a reservation and were seated promptly. The service was very friendly. They have a big selection on their menu and everything I've had there is delicious. The food also comes out surprisingly quick. I would definitely recommend eating here for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3779
    (Aviation Blvd.)
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Manhattan Beach
  • Phone Number: 310-725-9555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Bakery

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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