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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Il Fornaio

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1800 Rosecrans Ave, Ste F, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3773 (Aviation Blvd.)
+1 310-725-9555
11:30 - 23:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

169 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 157: English reviews
El Segundo, California
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 had my own dish not on the menu and they did not charge me anything... More 

Thank Kyoko0106
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Level Contributor
187 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Redondo Beach, California
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 very reasonably priced. The food has alway been very tasty. We've never had a bad... More 

Thank Leighton L
Weston, Florida
Level Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 nothing I would run back for. We were in a pinch and needed a reservation-and... More 

Thank Debbienyman
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
148 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 with scowls on the face....really??? Not sure I would visit again.

Thank Great2TravelCA
Fernanda C, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

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 need improving. We will make certain to correct those issues. We hope to see you... More 

Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
280 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 felt that they received excellent training which is likely true but we also noticed that... More 

Thank Bobo12120
Fernanda C, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

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 Manhattan Beach Fcassani@ilfo.com More 

Level Contributor
46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 only thing that we could say that we were not a fan of was the... More 

Thank rubyskymom
Irvine, California
Level Contributor
90 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Il Fornaio @Manhattan Beach is a great choice. The table bread, the olive oil, the balsamic vinaigrette, the salads, the main dishes -- they are all so tasty.

Thank Christopher M
Hawthorne, California
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

While we have eaten lunch and dinner at this Il Fornaio, it's their Happy Hour which is so great and so reasonable. Hours are usually M-F from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., but get there early to get a seat in the front of the restaurant (near the bar area).

Thank 1958Rita
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
91 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We had a nice evening at Il Fornaio; however, the food and service were nothing to write home about. The service was just OK, had to track down waiter to get additional olive oil for our bread and the restaurant was not busy. The best thing we can say about the food is the warm fresh bread served with quality... More 

Thank Joyce A

Travellers who viewed Il Fornaio also viewed


Been to Il Fornaio? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
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
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.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Il Fornaio staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?