1551 Ocean Ave Ste 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401
TollFree: (888) 482-5426
Cuisines: Caterers, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Bakeries, Continental
06/15/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The food is good, everything on the menu is excellent. This isn't a fancy joint by any stretch but they have great food, great wine and excellent service. Cool ambiance at night, outdoor seating available. If you're looking for a casual and reasonably priced italian restaurant with awesome food, this is the spot.
02/12/2006Provided by Citysearch -
i strongly recommend the Il Fornaio at Pasadena or El segundo. this particular one at santa monica wasn't that great. maybe b/c it was the time i went..we went during a weekday at the santa monica location, it wasn't good. the food was cold, service wasnt great.
Pasadena -- moden design, good service, food and desert.
El segundo -- i usually go during the lunch hour (close to where i work) great lunch!
TRY this DESERT! and u will L-O-V-E it!
Zabaione alla Gritti 6.95
Chilled zabaione with fresh berries, Bellini sorbet, fresh whipped cream and amarena cherry
07/31/2005Provided by Citysearch -
'Il Fornaio della Spiaggia' is a must visit. Don't let the fact that it's a 'chain' fool you. This restaurant would stands among the top of it's class. The cuisine is drawn from many parts of Italy (not just the North).
The monthly regional menus introduce foods from each of Italy's varied regions thus providing access to flavors not found in ANY restaurant. We are truly spoiled with these restaurants in our midst.
Everything about this restaurant, from the architecture, materials (marble), lighting are authentically right off the streets of Rome, Naples or Florence. The wait staff is incredibly well trained, their uniforms are classic 'cameriere' and the assitants are incredible!
No detail left unmonitored or unchecked. Watch the native Italian supervising the kitchen.
If you are lucky enough to be there when the giant prawns are on the menu - ORDER THEM!
02/26/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I was happy to find that Il Forniao wasn't as loud as I'd heard on a Friday night; the room was quite pleasant and the booths commodious. The food suffers from trying a little too hard. For instance, the duck special had a strong smoky flavor and an intense balsamic reduction; the result was too intensely flavored in too many directions. The regular dishes fared better - the veal scallopini was excellent, and the stuffed pastas were perfect. I'd say this is a good choice for a business dinner as long as you stick with the basics.
07/03/2004Provided by Citysearch -
I live in SM and have always found the Il Fornaio there to be a good spot for taking more or less anyone. Plus you can walk over to the pier after dinner!
I strongly disagree with the reviewer who compared Il Fornaio to the Red Lobster if he/she meant that literally. That's like comparing John O'Groats to Coco's. If you really can't tell the difference then stick to McD's!