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Il Fornaio

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1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3779 (Aviation Blvd.)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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
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Manhattan Beach, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It can get a little loud on busy nights, but food is always excellent. Fireplace is great in the winter, separate rooms for groups.

Thank Michele R
San Jose, CA
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was by far the largest and beautifully decorated Il Fornaio we have been to. The food and ambiance were very good. My only complaint would be that it was much to warm inside.

Thank Suel3754
Los Angeles, California
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188 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Il Fornaio is a great place to celebrate an occasion as we recently did with 2 other couples. The food is great and the staff very attentive and accommodating. I especially appreciate the fairly priced wine list and the variety of offerings. Their wine pairing is also an easy approach to pairing wines with your meal if you are not... More 

Thank Shawn M
Redondo Beach, California
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95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here pretty frequently for years. The food is consistently good. In addition to the regular menu, they have a special monthly one that focuses on a specific region with pretty interesting choices. It's quite surprising that it's a chain, with many locations worldwide even, quite a few of which are actually in Italy. The service is very... More 

Thank Pennie F
Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

This place has a good atmosphere, great service and very well made traditional Italian dishes. There is Also a very good wine list

Thank rossacammell
Dallas, Texas
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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Dining at its best. We enjoyed drinks, appetizers and wonderful pizza, salads, pastas and the atmosphere was elegant and tasteful. They are also conveniently located and an easy walk from Ayers Hotel.

Thank CynthiaCharleen
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the best places for happy hour😊 and if you are hungry there is a great list of pastas and pizzas to choose from😊 great place after work to unwind😊 Great ambiance for a date☺️

Thank Faranak M
Manhattan Beach, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Some people are intimidated by this restaurant, but if you have basic manners, there is no need to be. Personally, I would't call it a family restaurant, unless your family are all adults. To me, it is best suited for dates, business or meals with good friends. Excellent food, excellent waitstaff, healthy options, substitutions to add double veggies instead of... More 

Thank Paula P
Fernanda C, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Dear Paula, It is always nice to hear that our restaurant meets the expectations of our guests. Thank you for your comments and insight and I will make sure to pass on the compliment forward to the Chef. Thank you so much for taking the time to review our restaurant. Best Regards Fernanda Cassani General Manager More 

Torrance, California
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419 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

As majority of franchise food restaurant serve low quality food, this place does the same job. The food are too far from Authenticity. I hate sort of "Americanaized Cuisine"

Thank minimize940314
Los Angeles, California
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188 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a celebratory meal after shopping nearby. The food was very good and the service a real treat. We've noticed at other restaurants that service seems to be gradually declining. What a pleasure to experience a very good meal with exceptional service. Really makes your meal a staycation that makes you feel pampered like you expect to be.

Thank Shawn M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $50
Italian, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?