We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Il Fornaio

24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
+1 626-683-9797
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good36%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (22 reviews)
“affogato” (3 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (215)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 201 reviews

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Ask for the three course tour meal. It's a great deal. Three or four choices for each course of great value. It was only 36$ when we visited. Food is great wine selection is good service was very cordial and fine though I'm sure our...More

Thank Ed5Rogers
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a very nice restaurant tucked away in Pasadena Old Town. I always get a fish dish. They have outdoor seating as well. Nice area to stroll around before or after dinner.

Thank Jersey M
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

This place has superb food, excellent service, and fantastic atmosphere. I strongly suggest the Taste of Basilicata, even though my wife and daughters preferred a la carte. Really, I don't think there's a bad dish at Il Fornaio. Also, a very classy touch in bringing...More

Thank Gary W
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

This is a favorite restaurant of ours. Today we sat outside to eat our lunch before visiting a museum nearby. There is parking on the street and also in a parking structure.

Thank 10,234
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We lived in Italy for many years and found Il Fornaio to be pretty close to the real thing in terms of food, service and atmosphere. Nice to have white table cloths for lunch -- seems like a dying touch in America. The Rustica appetizer...More

Thank RuNanS
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

The food is always very good at Il Fornaio. The service staff are very nice, though the food is a little slow coming out of the kitchen. The bar is very inviting, and if the weather is nice, the outside patio is appealing.

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

I'm from Phila so I'm on lookout for Italian rest - real ones. This place could make it back home -- thats saying a lot. Had the calamari, a delicious leek n pot soup and a special order of ling w clam sauce, that wasnt...More

Thank JeremiahF
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Parking on Friday night is difficult. The parking structures were full at 6:30 p.m. We ate on the patio with high glass walls. Perfect weather for that. A friendly waiter took our drink, dinner, and dessert orders. Everything else was done by about four or...More

Thank CASanMarino
Reviewed 13 May 2017

I had a very good moment while eating in that restaurant. Believe me as I'm Italian and used to check restaurants. The menu is not too long which is good. Dishes are from Italian tradition and well cooked. Personnel is prepared and smiling and plenty...More

Thank 270GianlucaP
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Working nearby, I've stopped in for the build-your-own salad del on Wednesday, which is a good deal at $6.00. The Thursday pasta deal offers a decent portion of rotini pasta with several different sauces. Their wood-fired oven pizza was delightful. There's casual seating in a...More

Thank lietuva_9
Nearby Restaurants
285 reviews
.09 km away
Cafe Santorini
356 reviews
.05 km away
The Cheesecake Factory
338 reviews
.11 km away
Nearby Attractions
Old Pasadena
567 reviews
.08 km away
City of Pasadena City Hall
173 reviews
.67 km away
Pasadena Antique Mall
20 reviews
.70 km away
Central Park
37 reviews
.63 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Bruce C
22 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Diane F | Reviewed this property |
Many antipasti and pasta dishes, some unusual and inventive. Specializes in regional cuisine of Italy on rotating menu.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
    (Fair Oaks Blvd.)
  • Public Transportation: Metrolink and Gold Line
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-683-9797
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing