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Il Fornaio

18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003
+1 949-261-1444
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (30 reviews)
“bread” (31 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Every time we eat here, the food still amazes me. Italian cuisine, but it can be rich or light and always fresh tasting and fulfilling. The taste and presentation are excellent. The staff is professional and kind.

Thank TRAVELER88000
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Run to Il Fornio to enjoy the best Italian experience in the OC. We always start with a pizza that has a meatball on each slice it is delicious and worthy of eating a whole pie if I could haha! Next we get the Caesar...More

Thank Joslo3
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had dinner at Il Fornaio in Irvine last night and the food was delicious and the service was even better. We shared plates of the special ravioli that was tender and succulent and bursting with flavor and the seafood grill that included scallops, shrimp,...More

Thank RichCalif
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Business dinner, superbly attentive staff and amazing appetizers. Private kitchen dining options for a truly unique experience. Main courses are authentic Italian dishes. Try the black and blue, fork tender steak, no knife needed!

Thank beachmedic93
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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Really surprised to find this place as we were struggling to find anywhere to eat in the area within walking distance of the hotel. Great selections, portions, wines and service was most pleasant. Went back a second night.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Right next door to Il Fornaio is the Il Fornaio Cucina Italian lunch kitchen. They make delicious salads and sandwiches to go. You can also your lunch outside on their patio or in a small courtyard with shade. Great for lunch!

Thank Jed B
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Thank you for your visit and comments. I am very happy you enjoyed your visit at the bakery café and hope you come back soon. Best regards

Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Visiting from out of town. Sat outside and enjoyed California sunshine with dinner. The seafood special was extremely well prepared, scallops were delightful. Took and risk and it paid off coming, would recommend to others. Simple and delightful

Thank Jenny B
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Hello Jenny, thank you for your patronage and comments, I am very happy you enjoyed your experience with us. Best regards

Reviewed 14 April 2018

I have been to this restaurant many times over the years. Courteous staff, simple, good food at reasonable prices. I will continue to dine here.

Thank KurtH1951
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Took the kids and grandkids for dinner tonight at Il Fornaio at their request Maybe a 50/50 night for good food To begun, we had a great server — could not have asked for a nicer and more helpful server Sadly,that was the highlight of...More

Thank davefoshee
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Hello Dave, thank you for your visit and your detailed comments. I am sorry you were not pleased with the food quality, please accept my sincere apologies for the incident as it is not our standard. We continue to work on guest satisfaction and hospitality...More

Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

The SoCal version of this restaurant is very different from NorCal. It is big, great for large parties, and noisy. I think this place is probably best for large parties. We had Saltimbocca was not tender and took some effort to cut, let alone chew....More

Thank Gina A
Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Hello Gina, thank you for your patronage in Northern California, your recent visit and feedback. We continue to work on guest satisfaction and hospitality and your comments are very valuable, thank you. I hope you come and visit again when you are in the area...More

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1 July 2015|
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Response from ClaraMarlene | Reviewed this property |
It is a nice and safe walk from the Irvine Marriott at 18000 Von Karman Avenue. Please be aware that they are four Marriot Hotels in the area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
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
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18051 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612-1003
  • Public Transportation: Orange County Transit
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-261-1444
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