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“Lovely fast service, great lunch”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #7 of 696 Restaurants in Irvine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Michelson
Transit: Orange County Transit
Reviewed October 16, 2017

Food was delicious. Had a lovely salmon plate. Disappointed that they were out of the lamb shank, however, everything else very tasty.

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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2017

Thank you for your visit and your comments, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you come back soon.
Sincerely

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Reviewed October 10, 2017

Went there during our recent visit to OC, dining with friends we haven't seen for more than 10 years. It all started with a very friendly and personal greeting which made us feel very welcome. Main courses (most of us had fish dishes) were very good and tasty. The antipasti platters (2 for 4 guest) were rather small and didn't even serve one sample per person. (You can do better ...) wine selection was good and prices not over the top. Personally I would have preferred a broader Primitivo selection but we settled for two bottles of the Amarone which is always a safe and great choice.
Overall good value for money and given the personal welcome and overall good service I'd go back when back in US.

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Thank Matthias Z
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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2017

Thank you for your visit and feedback. We continue to work on guest satisfaction and hospitality and your comments are very valuable, thank you! I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you come back next time you visit the US.
Best regards

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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Our family and friends have been enjoying IL Fornaio for over 20 years. Our event last night was delightful and was marked by the excellent planning of Marcello, Adrian and the efficient servers who made the event special. This month features the region of Friuli and the menu reflects the best of that area. The pork dish and gnocchi were outstanding. We reserved the "Lago" room, excellent for a large group with a lovely patio. Hospitality abounds here, our favorite Italian restaurant in O C.

Thank Nancy K
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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2017

Nancy, thank you for your patronage and relationship all those years, I am very happy you and the whole family enjoyed Brian's 70th birthday celebration.
Sincerely
Marcello

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Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

Had a working lunch here. It's centrally located on Von Karmen Avenue. The sitting area was well-lit and spacious.

The salad was fresh and consisted of a nice mix of greens. The side order of salmon was panfried perfectly - crispy but juicy.

The service was decent.

A nice lunch place.

Thank ToroFarm
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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2017

Thank you for your visit and your feedback, I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you come back to visit again soon.
Best regards

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Reviewed September 7, 2017

My husband took me here for a birthday dinner and although the food was good, the service was not. It took a few minutes for the waiter to arrive and when he did, he seemed hurried and not too friendly. He brought us waters and plopped them on the table and quickly walked off. We ordered drinks and my cocktail was very watered down and the fruit was not properly mixed which is a bummer since it was a little pricey. Once we finally ordered,, the waiter did not write down anything and therefore proceeded to submit my husband's order incorrectly. We waited minutes to bring it to his attention but he was nowhere near us when we needed him. Decided to just wrap up and go. Never again.

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Thank Cris514
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Marcello A, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Hello Cris, thank you for your visit and your posting, I am very sorry you did not have a good experience with our service, please accept my sincere apologies as it is not our standard. We take pride in our 5 star friendly service but we fell short during your visit. We continue to work on guest satisfaction and hospitality and your comments are very valuable and appreciated, thank you. I hope you forgive us and come back to visit us again.
Sincerely

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