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Il Fornaio

1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3773
+1 310-725-9555
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (19 reviews)
“bread” (16 reviews)
“minestrone” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3773
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11 - 20 of 170 reviews

Reviewed 28 April 2017

I am not an American but was on business during Thanks Giving and all I can say is thanks Il Fornaio.....it was the only restaurant I could find open (everywhere was closed !) and had a great menu. The staff were so polite .... menu...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Clean and attractive restaurant, pleasant and helpful staff, good food and decent beer selection. Food came quickly and it was delicious. This is a good place for family, business or a date night! Free parking in the lot and easy to find and access.

Thank JacquiSanDiego
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Really good food and service. We take one bottle of wine for dinner. The Pasta are delicious bread with oil and balsamic Vinagreta delicious

Thank Bonitaga1
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Ok, I could not find the one dish I really wanted to have on that day. So, I picked one menu, then asked if they make that pasta source as I requested, it is a completely different source and different dish. 15 minutes later, I...More

1  Thank Kyoko0106
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Service, menu choices, and interior ambience well suited to conversations. Italian specialties well prepared even though a national chain. On the expensive side.

Thank hakccmd
Reviewed 8 December 2016

They have the best testing food. They offer a regional menu which you get to sample several dishes from a region in Itlay it is the best way to sample dishes from different regions. The food is the best. Every thing is very tasty and...More

1  Thank Leighton L
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We were a party of six on a Saturday night. Happy they take reservations - seems like a good spot for very large groups. While food was god it's mostly standard fare. We had a very nice waitress and enjoyed ourselves. Food was good but...More

1  Thank Debbienyman
Reviewed 16 October 2016

I've been to other Fornaio restaurants, including the Irvine area. I didn't feel the dishes were as good as the other restaurants and service was just ok. And the fact management was having a management meeting in the middle of the restaurant at dinner time...More

Thank Great2TravelCA
Fernanda C, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2016

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to review our restaurant. Your input and feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every guest visit. I greatly appreciate your comments about aspects of our service that...More

Reviewed 12 October 2016

We make the effort to visit Il Fornaio as often as we can. We enjoy the food, which is consistently good and the well staffed service. On our last visit, we asked our server Jose why the service was so good. He said that he...More

1  Thank BoboTravlr
Fernanda C, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2016

Dear Shawn, Thank you for sending such kind, enthusiastic complements, I certainly appreciate your rave review. Your positive feedback allows me to know our efforts are appreciated and I hope you will come to see us again! Warms regards, Fernanda Cassani General Manager Il Fornaio...More

Reviewed 3 October 2016

So happy to have stumbled upon this wonderful Italian restaurant for a mid day lunch/dinner while on vacation in the Southern California area. The food was delicious and they served more than generous portions, our quartino of an imported blend red wine was perfect. The...More

1  Thank rubyskymom
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Is it ok to bring my 2 year old grandson ?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3773
    (Aviation Blvd.)
  • Public Transportation: Blue Line
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Manhattan Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 310-725-9555
  • 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. 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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