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Il Fornaio

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Santa Monica
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1551 Ocean Ave, Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2108 (Colorado)
310-451-7800
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Today
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
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
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Santa Monica, California
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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This was one of my husband's favorite places to go when he wanted something different. He said the minestrone soup was the best along with the bread and steak were very good.

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Thank Leah B
Santa Monica, California
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113 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

It closed down & it's been Seasons 52 for a few years. Why is this on the site? Il Fornai is great - visit another location!

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Thank SMOgal
Los Angeles, California
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102 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The food is never overcooked, and always fresh. The service is prompt and friendly. My experience is that the Beverly Hills restaurant is less noisy than the others, so if you, like me, like quiet, go there.

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Thank KCV999
Santa Monica, California
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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Thank alikeller7
Bergamo, Italy
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297 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 383 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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Thank RealBusinessReview
Sag Harbor, New York
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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Thank hobojungle
Henderson, Nevada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 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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92 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 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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Thank Thefiveyeargang
Santa Monica, California
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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Thank Peter F
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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Thank AKHtravellers

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$50
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1551 Ocean Ave, Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2108
    (Colorado)
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line #7 & RTD
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-451-7800
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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