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1551 Ocean Ave, Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2111
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Ranked #193 of 579 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $0 - $50
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Santa Monica
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Colorado
Transit: Blue Line #7 & RTD
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. 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
Santa Monica, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Fantastic Venue! Wonderful Italian food, friendly service, Wonderful location on Ocean Ave. Right afterwards you can stroll down by the Ocean....Enjoy!!

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Bergamo, Italy
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165 reviews 165 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

average quality of the food unfortunately i expected so much more especially after reading reviews on this place! Pizza is not so good and far from being a real italian pizza. Place is nice and clean but not the best option in Santa Monica.

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Sag Harbor, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I love the food here, it's yummy. I like the menu, I like the service I like the decor. It's a winner.

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Henderson, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

For rodeo drive,this restaurant was surprisingly reasonable and very good.Staff was very nice,not rushed although it was packed! Thank goodness we made a reservation ! Ate there 1:30 on a tues! 3 adults ...we ordered 2 Caesar salads, Tom & ( the best fresh) mozzarella and a margarita pizza.bills was $45,including 2sodas....... and it was plenty of food. Nice outdoor... More 

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Horley, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We asked to sit outside and the waiter took us to our table. They had not set the table, we had to ask the waiter for water, napkins and knife and forks. We then asked for bread and olive oil. We ordered a bottle of wine - the waiter poured the wine but did not notice that the wine glass... More 

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Santa Monica, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Pizzas, pastas, sandwiches -- in a restaurant setting at very reasonable prices. Servers are very friendly and they offer free parking in the lot behind the building. Great place for a workday lunch meeting.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We ate here on 4th of July 2012 and absolutely loved it here! The service was extremely friendly, and helpful, the food was delicious and really good sized portions as well! The carpaccio starter and the seafood linguini (I think that's what it was, it had half a lobster in it) were absolutely delicious, and I would love to go... More 

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Milan, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I'm Italian and went to this restaurant after 20 days spent in the US. I was really willing to eat some Italian food and decided along with my fiancé to have a pizza and 2 dishes of pasta. The pizza was very good, really..it tasted pretty much like the one you eat in Italy. Also the pasta, with my surprise,... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The ABSOLUTELY WORST service I have ever had. Perhaps the waiter is adverse to serving women who are eating alone. It took forever to actually get service. Then the waiter brought me my glass of wine. No bread as the other diners received. I had to ask the guy clearing the next table for some bread. Then the waiter brought... More 

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Fulshear, Texas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

I have been to Il Fornaio in Corte Madera many times and enjoyed it each time. The Santa Monica location was just as nice. The food is very good. They have a gluten free pasta option which is nice. Price is very good. Service is casual but attentive.

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Additional Information about Il Fornaio

Address: 1551 Ocean Ave, Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2111
Phone Number: 310-451-7800
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 50
Cuisine: Italian

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