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Il Fornaio

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1551 Ocean Ave, Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2108
+1 310-451-7800
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
May 22, 2017
“Happy Italian food in a pleasant setting”
Oct 12, 2016
“Enjoy good dinner and friendly Service”
Open Now
11:30 am - 3:00 pmAll hours
Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
1551 Ocean Ave, Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2108
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11 - 20 of 73 reviews

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...More

Thank Thefiveyeargang
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.

Thank Peter F
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...More

Thank AKHtravellers
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...More

Thank SamAroundtheworld83
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...More

2  Thank sheenawhite
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...More

Thank Fbhfour
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Was many times to Il Fornaio in former times, so they had and may still have one of the same chain in Beverly Hills. The price is worth to visit it and we had pretty good plates, just close to Sta.Monica Pier.

Thank masmiguelDusseldorf
Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

Great food, very helpful staff, good music... And price ok. It was a surprise being so close to the beach and all

Thank Dorothyangie
Reviewed October 16, 2012

One of the best homemade potato gnocchi I ate in restaurant!!! The atmosphere is nice, good service, fair price and excellent location. I recommend the lasagna and pizzas ... but I believe that everything should be a delight.

Thank fabiloefadami
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Very unlucky to pick the ravioli, tiny portion of non seasoned pasta. Our server was very slow. Just pick other place! Price was not worth neither our time!

Thank Shana Z
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1551 Ocean Ave, Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2108
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line #7 & RTD
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-451-7800
  • E-mail
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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