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Il Fornaio

1551 Ocean Ave, Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2108
+1 310-451-7800
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
22 May 2017
“Happy Italian food in a pleasant setting”
17 Oct 2016
“AMAZING Italian”
Open Now
17:30 - 22:00 Hours
Italian, Pizza
££ - £££
1551 Ocean Ave, Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2108
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Excellent simple decor and friendly staff add to the tasty cuisine. No doubt you are in an Italian restaurant and almost feels like being in Italy itself. Moderate prices make this a family destination as well.

Thank Cos39
Reviewed 17 October 2016

My husband was taken here in April and thought is was so great he brought me here when I came with him this trip for work. I was so impressed with the quality of the food and the wine! The service was great as well....More

Thank Courtney F
Reviewed 12 October 2016

My husband and I have eaten here numerous times. It is always good-tasting hearty food and plentiful with an Italian accent. The tables are not crowded together so it is not too noisy and the room has a nice atmosphere. They even have a small...More

Thank Judi F
Reviewed 24 May 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.

Thank Leah B
Reviewed 15 March 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!

1  Thank SMOgal
Reviewed 16 October 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.

Thank KCV999
Reviewed 29 September 2014

Fantastic Venue! Wonderful Italian food, friendly service, Wonderful location on Ocean Ave. Right afterwards you can stroll down by the Ocean....Enjoy!!

Thank alikeller7
Reviewed 5 November 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.

Thank RealBusinessReview
Reviewed 28 October 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.

Thank hobojungle
Reviewed 28 August 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...More

Thank Mrsc82909
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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