Il Fornaio - Burlingame
Birthday celebrationWhen Renira heard we were celebrating a birthday, she brought a bowl of ice cream with a candle to the table. It was much appreciated!6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Except for the NoiseI've been to this restaurant a lot but this last time I was there (a Wednesday evening) I couldn't even hear what people were saying to me because it was so noisy!6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Best NightI honestly wasn't expecting it to be so lovely, but I'm extremely satisfied with the VPI treatment my boyfriend and I got. We were randomly selected for the "Table of Honor" and we just had the best night.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good, not greatThe beet salad was stupendous, but the chicken special (stuffed with Swiss chard) was a tad on the dry side and the accompanying potatoes a bit soggy. The fava beans and spinach were excellent. So was the Umbrian Chardonnay.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGood as ever . We stoppedGood as ever . We stopped for an early dinner before flying back to AU5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMSuper restaurant, but not the breadFrom food to service to ambience, this restaurant consistently ranks very high. However, Il Fornaio in Italian means "The Baker". The quality of the bread was for many years not only superb, but award winning in France. Recently, all that changed when management decided to close its Northern California bakery and ship baked goods pre-frozen from Southern California to its restaurants. What a pity and a downright shame presumably in the name of cost cutting -- to go from worldwide award winning baked goods emblematic of its name to a bread assortment now being served that is well below par with fast food restaurants and local sub shops. I sincerely hope management wakes up to this denigrating fact, and soon.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome...Again, I and my party had a fabulous dinner at Il Fornaio.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!I eat there often. It never disappoints. The food is always great!5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat VibeWe had a wonderful experience @ Il Fornaio in Burlingame. Terrific service, great ambiance and excellent food. I had a fish special of roasted brazalino it was so wonderful and fresh! I completely recommend Il Fornaio, it was a fantasic experience!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMRed Table ServiceMy friend and I celebrated my birthday at Il Fornaio. We received a special service package that included a number of complimentary items. Dalton, the Manager was welcoming and saw that our service and food was first class. I'd definitely recommend Il Fornaio for a birthday celebration.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMLove IL Fornaio !!They do a fantastic job. We have recently added them to our list of company event venues. Looking forward to going back.
Very polished, attentive staff.
Wonderful food - from the fresh baked breads all the way to the perfect desserts.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day on TuesdaySurprised restaurant was crowded [a good sign] but it was also very noisy. Their bread is, of course, so wonderful and comes to the table hot. Dishes we had were all very good - carpaccio, beet salad [though a bit overdressed], salmon [we asked for medium rare but it came out medium, it wasn't dry but it wasn't as moist as we wanted], seafood risotto [regional dish] was to die for! [would order again!], and my husband loved his seafood mix grill [another regional special]. The chocolate almond cake dessert with salted caramel ice cream was to die for. I like my coffee really hot. It was just nearly hot. Service was very good. Will definitely come back for a special occasion.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's DayMy son met me there for a Mother's Day dinner. It was very delicious and a great choice for a special day. Waiter wasn't the best. Wine list is really over the top as far as expensive. We both wanted a glass of "house" cabernet. The waiter claimed they did not have any "house' wine, which we found unusual. We arrived half hour early due to my son's flight coming in early at SFO. The restaurant was very cordial and seated us as soon as possible.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day - we only waitedMother's Day - we only waited about 5 minutes
The food was excellent and the service was wonderful.
Our waiter was superior and very attentive.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was very good and serviceFood was very good and service was attentive and professional but I found the prices to be a bit steep. I will definitely be back but not as often as I would if it was a bit more affordable. Save this one for an "occasion" rather than a spur of the moment night out.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWay to LoudI was disappointed on how loud it was i had to yell to my party across the table.
Maggie5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways PleasedWe're always pleased after enjoying a meal at Il Fornaio in Burlingame. Usually with family, but this time at a business meeting, the place is always a perfect fit. With so many restaurants to choose from in Burlingame, this neighborhood gem is a favorite of ours.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLack of service was a detractorIt seemed like there were plenty of waiters but no one helped each other, certainly not ours. Our table was not ready until almost a half hour after our reservation. It took a long time to order. Not all the drinks or plates came at the same time. All in all, good food, bad service.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful restaurant. VeryWonderful restaurant. Very noisy but will go back.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGood but loudGood food, reliable service but too loud for normal conversation.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent!!!!The food was excellent!!!! However, the service was just OK. Our waiter, Keumars, was very obnoxious.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMIl Fornaio made a late lunchIl Fornaio made a late lunch for a party of 8 seem easy. The selections were broad enough to meet everyone's needs and wants. Nothing was so special that it stood out, but my experience is that big groups present challenges for restaurants and we never experienced even a hiccup. All the food was presented timely, and hot meals were served hot and cold salads served cold.
The waitperson picked out an assortment of cookies from the front counter for our dessert. That's a very nice finish to the meal and made the coffee/tea that much better.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMI wrote a special requestI wrote a special request and the staff attended to each detail. The couple was seated in a quiet area so they could talk and be heard. The food was of high quality and the wait staff attentive! Excellent.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe braised short ribs hadThe braised short ribs had an excellent flavor, but the beef was slightly dry and the sauce would probably benefit from less bay leaf. The Pennoni alla Vodka was perfect. The Moscato d'Asti was a very balanced sweet wine that seemed to complement everything. The Crespelle di Mele is a light, tasty desert that has a wonderful variety of flavors and is light enough to top off even the most filling meal.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways great and friendlyAlways great and friendly service from Karina.. She makes us feel special and is one of the biggest reasons we go to Il Fornaio so often....The whole group there is wonderful and the food is very good.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for a businessGreat place for a business lunch when one party is located mid-peninsula and the other party is SF based. Food is always good, service is experienced and excellent and the noise level is not too excessive to conduct business.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMSuper, as always. The Manager,Super, as always. The Manager, Dalton, and his amazing staff, especially Cammie, Rhonda and Saemas, treat everyone as family.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOur Great Easter Exoerience!While we have been at thie restaurant many times before, mostly fro brunch or late breakfast and dinners,
I could say that the meal at this 2013 Easter Brunch was our most enjoyable meal and combined with
the great service provided by our nice server Darlene, it make the while exoerience an outstanding one!
From the moment we arrived and were very courteously and quickly escorted to our table with a big, and warm smile by
one of the hostesses we felt the energy and desire of the staff to make a difference.
Were in previous occasions we may have a had hard time getting a second cup of coffee or a refill,
that was not the case with Darlene that made sure we had everything we needed while discretely anticipating
our every need.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for Easter breakfastVery good! Good selection for breakfast, although the menu rarely gets updated. The food was still deee-lish! The service is wonderful and they made sure our mimosas were always full. We will definitely be returning!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and serviceExcellent food and service made for a delicious and memorable brunch. We will be back when next in the area.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good Italian food. MonthlyVery good Italian food. Monthly specials from various regions in Italy.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was very nice to have oneIt was very nice to have one of il fornio's visiting chef's from a region of italy I have not visited. this introduced me to a new style in italian flare and taste. outstanding!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Go-To Place...A really nice and reliable place for great food - we were looking for a last minute reservation that still delivered great food at a reasonable price and Il Fornaio delivered. Roasted chicken was amazing!3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMNever disappointed, no matterNever disappointed, no matter how many times we have been here.2/25/2013 12:00:00 AMsurprisedGood food, but not the best service.
also, they said the stopped buying romanry Rolls, which were my favorite. "We changed bakery suppliers". The chain STARTED OUT AS A BAKERY!!!, now they don't even bake their own bread???2/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThis Il Fornaio may have becomeThis Il Fornaio may have become my new favorite. Excellent service and well portioned, tasty food. Great cocktail too. This place was packed when we went. Very lively and happening restaurant. Thanks for a lovely evening!1/31/2013 12:00:00 AMeverything was wonderful,food,everything was wonderful,food, service and the vibe in the restaurant. Joseph made our visit extra special by his warmth making feel like we are visiting a friend!!1/17/2013 12:00:00 AMwe had a house fire and neededwe had a house fire and needed to be seated right away, and we were, the food was wonderful, service excellent. Everyone treated us very warm and made us forget our worries for a while!!12/29/2012 12:00:00 AMFantastic!Fantastic service and excellent food. My dad and I had dinner here Christmas eve. The place was packed but we had reservations and sat right on time. Perfect service, friendly and happy. The food was also perfect. Great experience.12/24/2012 12:00:00 AMWarm atmosphere for Christmas.Warm atmosphere for Christmas. The wine list was very interesting and the waiter helped us choose wines we enjoyed.12/23/2012 12:00:00 AM