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18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003 (Michelson)
+1 949-261-1444
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Santa Rosa, California
Level Contributor
378 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

First to the food. I've been visiting various Il Fornaio restaurants over the past 20 years, and my view is the food is great for basic dishes such as pastas, but as the chefs go up to a higher degree of difficulty, the quality begins to suffer. I had a sole dish that was O.K., but the chili sauce conflicted... More 

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Thank Scott95401
IRVINE, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very good food, and twice we have accepted the waiter's wine recommendation. Buth times it was delightful! We also played bocce out front, with drinks delivered to us. They are remodelling the front area, and maybe the bocce courts are being moved... A good, friendly restaurant - well worth a visit.

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Thank P3664QZchrisw
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and posting, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and that the server was very professional and hospitable. I hope you come back again soon to try some of our monthly regional specialties. Regards More 

Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
170 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Normally I don't eat Italian unless my wife makes it or I'm in Italy. But I got hooked by the menu, sounded great. This place is really attractive, just a pleasure to be there. And the staff is nice. I had a good Caprese. Actually very good, I think someone shopped hard for the right ingredients. The fish mixed grill... More 

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Thank calvino
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your posting, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We continue to work on guest satisfaction and hospitality and your feedback is very valuable: thank you. Hope you come back soon to try some of our monthly regional specialties. Best regards More 

Irvine, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I go to Il Fornaio monthly. The service is great, the food delicious and the monthly regional set menu is especially good and reasonable

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Thank Carol G
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your posting, we appreciate your loyalty and feedback. I am very happy you continue to enjoy the monthly regional specialties, and hope you continue to do so during your future visits. Best regards More 

Irvine, California, USA
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113 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been here many times. It is good and always consistent. Not knock your socks off, but good, with a good selection.

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Thank Ron M
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and posting, I am happy you continue to enjoy your visits with us and hope you continue to do so during your future visits, and if there is anything we can do to enhance your stay, please let us know. Sincerely More 

Huntington Beach
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79 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went with a buddy last night. I had told him I would prefer to go to a different restaurant but his opinion was similar to what other have written here and he wanted the 3 course pre fix meal. He is a regular there and he assured me we would have a good experience. We did not. The food... More 

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Thank arthurkHB
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your posting, we appreciate your patronage. I am really sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us and our staff was not attentive to your needs and request, please accept my sincere apologies as it is not our standards. We continue to work on 100% guest satisfaction, hospitality and employee recognition and... More 

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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a business dinner here- 19 people! They put us in the center which is sort of an outside area but it was completely covered, at least at this point. Very nice atmosphere, wonderful wait staff! My Insalata del Fornaio salad was good, the bread was warm and crunchy, and the main dish was superb! Conchiglie al Pollo- fresh shell... More 

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Thank Dnnstory
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and feedback, I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope you come back soon to try our happy hour (Mon-Fri, 4:30-6:30) or some of our monthly regional specialties that we serve for dinner. Best regards More 

Level Contributor
19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Want to impress someone special and they love Italian food - then you found the place . Look nowhere else in Orange county - believe me I have looked. We come here for special occasions , date night and special lunches. we would here every day but then it would not be special would it? I have not had one... More 

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1 Thank MichaelChavez
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hello Michael, thank you for your visit and your posting. I am very happy you enjoy your stay with us and hope you continue to do so for long time to come. Best regards More 

Long Beach, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definite go here. Yum food, friendly service, and excellent food. Great ambiance. Did I say the food is excellent?

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Thank SarahInLB
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and posting, I am very happy you enyed your stay with us and hope you continue to do so for your future visits. We value your patronage and feedback: thank you! Sincerely More 

Fort Smith, Arkansas
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154 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

The restaurant itself looks very Italian and has a special vibe to it. Food was great, I ordered the risotto and had a tiramisu for dessert.

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Thank Evaristo-Lopez
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your feedback. I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope you come back soon to try some of our monthly regional specialties. Best regards More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$10 - $40
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
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 - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003
    (Michelson)
  • Public Transportation: Orange County Transit
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-261-1444

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