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Il Fornaio

24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
+1 626-683-9797
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (22 reviews)
“tiramisu” (9 reviews)
“pollo” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
24 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103-3627
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a find in old town Pasadena! Gorgeous, classy restaurant. Service was fantastic, thank you Sean! Food was incredible...recommendations were spot on in helping to decide on menu items for our dinners!

Thank Vicki T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love Il Fornaio. A favorite Italian spot in Pasadena been going for years. I had previous been unhappy with their compli policy and he GM wrote and said he would honor it. Last busy Angela the asst Mgr was awesome and Michael our waiter...More

Thank Cape-SoCal
Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Well, Il Fornaio is one of my favorite Italian restaurants. I have done family and client dinners, parties etc etc at Many of their establishments in Ca, Az and NV. Always great. So it’s when there is a problem the rubber hits the road. Their...More

Thank Cape-SoCal
Daiano M, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Dear Cape-SoCal, I am very sorry to hear about your experience with us. We definitely don't want to lose your loyalty and I want to make it right, because this is what hospitality should be. First and foremost I would like to thank you for...More

Reviewed April 9, 2018

Great menu with excellent food choices and service--tons of things to choose from and although they are a chain, they are one of the best out there

Thank 822JohnS
Reviewed April 8, 2018

I agree that this place provides "usual but consistently good food", which is a great achievement by itself. There were couple of hick-ups but our guy Nicholas did his best to make our stay very pleasant and relaxed. Bistecca Fiorentina was executed perfectly. 2 things...More

Thank George_D74
Reviewed March 26, 2018

It's been at least 8 years since I've dined at Il Fornaio and it's just as good as I remembered. I went here for lunch with my co-workers. I ordered the Piatto Smeralda. The serving was larger than I anticipated so I took half of...More

Thank ugooli
Reviewed March 17, 2018

I'd missed authentic Italian food since leaving NYC and moving to Pasadena, and although this is a chain, they do a great job with both food and service! They have regional specialties which vary through the year, as well as an expansive main menu. Only...More

Thank Nina G
Reviewed March 16, 2018

No El Fornaio where we live so we went for the old standbys. Pizza and meatballs. Great dining room and professional service. Moderate prices. Highly recommend. Nice outside option in good weather.

Thank canuck22SanFrancisco
Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant building, although a bit noisy, and the patio looked like a “10” when the weather improves. Provided a window table we requested on OpenTable when we made the reservation. Service was below par, did not promptly request to fill my empty wine glass,...More

Thank Seabreeze48
Reviewed March 4, 2018

The restaurant was pleasant and well appointed. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. We ordered two small pizza's for four of us along with 4 glasses of wine. The meal was fine and the wine tasty. I felt that the overall cost at $117 was...More

Thank Ken K
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Bruce C
January 21, 2017|
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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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
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