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Il Fornaio - Burlingame
Il Fornaio - Burlingame

Il Fornaio - Burlingame Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com
  • Phone: (650) 375-8000
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Saturday 10:00 - 11:00am & Sunday: 9:00 - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00 - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Maurizio Mazzon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available upon special request. Please contact our Event Coordinator for more details: kchlubna@ilfo.com.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We welcome the opportunity to plan your next private dining occasion.
    Please contact our Event Coordinator at 650.375.8000 or kchlubna@ilfo.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Donnelly Ave., 1 block N. of Burlingame Ave.
  • Public Transit: Burlingame Cal-Trans Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for a fee of $9 per car.
A word from Il Fornaio - Burlingame
Il Fornaio is renowned for its authentic award winning Italian cuisine. 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. Annual winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent service and good atmosphere with very good Iralian food on menu and wine list."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The only reason my friend and I have been meeting here since 1992 is because of the location, ambience and service. The food has always been mediocre at best; if I forget to specify that I'd like my poached eggs with a soft yolk, you can bet that they'll with yolks as hard as hard-boiled eggs, forcing me to have to send them back. The kicker is that the menu that hasn't changed in 22 years. There hasn't even been a "Brunch Specials" addendum -- exact, same menu for TWENTY TWO YEARS! After this last time, we've decided to start meeting elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Always a good Italian meal - love the seasonal special meals from around Italy"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We had a group of 4 for dinner. The 3-course sampler was definitely the way to go -- best value by far. The pork shank was a HUGE serving, though quite tasty. The petrale sole was breaded and probably baked; it might have been nice to have had some browning as one might get by pan-frying. As it was, it came a little soggy, though tasty. We also enjoyed the 3-flight wine sampler. To call the noise level "energetic" seems a bit of a euphemism. It wasn't downright distracting, but we sometimes had a little trouble hearing each other."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The dining room is open and very attractive, but it was Saturday night and quite noisy. Our waitress gave a long description of the specials, but we could not actually understand anything she said. The young man that brought bread/olive oil and cleared the table was personable and interacted in a very nice way."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Il Fornaio does not miss with Italian food. There are tried and true favorites but I love the regional specialties they have with paired wines. Had a pasta with wild boar meatballs. Generous portions, both my friend who had a special ravioli and I took half our entree home. Of course had had a chopped salad first which was also very good. No room for dessert."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My wife and I visited this restaurant at the last minute and were very impressed with every aspect of our experience. The service was friendly and excellent; the food was wonderful (I had a chicken dish and my wife had veal). The table bread was warm and crusty. And the cost was quite reasonable. If we can we certainly will return."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "If they could only put some heart into the food preparation, it would be GREAT!!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Hi - on a beautiful summer evening we enjoyed dinner in the veranda seating. The pasta is fresh and perfectly cooked, the sauces were a bit heavy. But overall a very enjoyable dinner. We had the pasta with chicken and broccoli and the Tuscan chicken dinner. The servers were very busy but attentive."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food and choices are slipping a bit ! We found the special appetizers lacking in newness and my main course (sole) needed more spices - it was quite bland."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Would recommend a later reservation after the kids are gone., if you are looking for that intimate conversation."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Been coming here for years and the food is always spot on. Good service, nice surroundings. It can get loud, so it's not the most romantic spot. Do stop in for happy hour -- great prices on appetizers!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Our server was very professional and courteous. When there was a small problem with my entree she took care of it immediately and the very nice manager checked in to make sure I was satisfied. This was a good visit and we really enjoy the regional menu promotions."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Despite the white table cloths, they are very kid friendly and the menu is great. Very accommodating, great service. Just always a solid, local place."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • " The food is good here but just a little more attention to detail could make it better. The veal in the Scaloppine Ai Carciofi E Limone was tender but the artichokes were canned and the lemon was muted so the dish didn’t have the freshness it should. The diced tomatoes on the bruschetta were not as sweet and firm as they should be (the tomatoes were either prepared too far ahead of time or not great tomatoes to begin with) and the bread should have been toasted more with olive oil. The carpacchio was an excellent if light appetizer, and the Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese was likewise well prepared. The filet of sole was fresh; I’ve generally had good luck with fish dished here."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our waitress was awesome. She was energetic but not intrusive. She allowed us to talk and visit with friends that we hadn't seen in years but also was there whenever we needed her. She made the evening perfect. The food was great, nice selection and met expectations in terms of quality and quantity."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Good food and nice option to have smaller portions."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Staying in the area to fly out next day, found this very nice restaurant and loved the small portions in the menu. The carpaccio, the ravioli alla lucano, the pasta with pesto sauce and the dolce trio dessert were all fabulous. Service was superb. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Had the rare opportunity for a leisurely lunch and Il Fornaio was the perfect spot. I love the building and relaxed, open atmosphere. The service was attentive but unrushed and the food never disappoints. I had the Piatto Smeralda (grilled seafood on a bed of spinach and arugula, perfect since I watch carbs and thoroughly enjoyed my roll dipped in olive oli and vinegar), while my friend had Conchighle al Pollo (pasta with chicken breast, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes). We both cleaned our plates, and nevertheless ordered coffee and split the Tortino al Lemon Verde (key lime custard with amaretto cookie crust), which was to die for. Overall a wonderful meal and experience."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This is a nice spot. Very attractive venue but the food is only so-so. I had the Canneloni and it wasn't very good. My wife had the seafood grill which she enjoyed. The service was very good but all in all it was a disappointing dinner and I wouldn't hurry back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Have been to the Burlingame Il Fornaio several times previously and enjoyed both food and service. This visit was disappointing."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were a group of eight and arrived at our reserved time. The valet service makes it convenient. Inside, our table was ready as we requested. The food was good and the service great. We had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a party of 10 including 3 children celebrating a couple of birthdays. The waiter was hard of hearing and very harried, they may have been understaffed as it was pretty crowded. One person order the Chicken and it was grossly undercooked. He sent it back and reordered a fish dish. Because they cook everything from scratch, it took over 20 minutes to get his new meal. The rest of us had finished dinner by that time. Kind of ruined the meal for the rest of us. The rest of the meals were good, nice place for children menu-wise and noise level wise. We'll give it another try, but getting the meal right the first time is pretty important to the overall experience."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I ordered a salad that was in the daily lunch specials of the day. Greens w/ tomatoes and prawns. I requested lite on the dressing. Should have had the dressing on the side. My salad was soaked in dressing, the lettuce was soggy and had wilted brown pieces of lettuce as well. The presentation of the salad was an embarrassment to say the least!!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "food was very good, salmon salad delicious. We had excellent service, better than usual."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The waiter was not very attentive, he forgot things, didn't seem to know what he was doing, and when my food finally came out there was a noticeable hair on my plate. The waiter's first instinct was to brush the hair off and leave the plate sitting in front of me... After an awkward silence he took it back to the kitchen and had it remade. The food tasted great, but I was underwhelmed with the service, presentation, and noisy atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Last minute reservation on a Saturday night, we were early and got seated a few minutes after arrival. Hostess seemed a bit aloof but place was packed. The bread was good, the evoo and balsamic had zero flavor. We split a caprese salad, again almost zero flavor and the tomatoes were not caprese even though they are currently in season. The Capellini was perfectly cooked but could have used a slosh more evoo and white wine. I asked for added shrimp and got 4. The best part of the meal was dessert. The sorbet was the best, most flavorful I have ever had, so much so I got the name of it from the chef. Service was outstanding. Lots of the "old school" wait staff. The wine list was nice but did not have allot of Italian wine, oddly enough."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food and service were very good. I highly recomment it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Good atmosphere and food but too noisy to have a meaningful conversation."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We haven't dined at Il Fornaio for several years and had forgotten how good the food was. As a byproduct of the increase of competition in Burlingame, the restaurant isn't as packed with customers at the bar making it less noisy. There was also was a favorable ratio of waiters to customers. I'd forgotten about the speciality events menu offered from time to time and this time took advantage of the wine paring suggestions. I am not a fan of rosé wine, but found the match delightful with my soft shell crab starter."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our bill was quite pricey and the service was mediocre. In fact, we were sort of neglected even though it was a slow night. It's good food and nice ambiance. But then you see what you paid and you're like "huh. not sure that was worth it""
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This was the best meal we have ever eaten at Il Fornaio."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Loved the restaurant. However, if you make a reservation for a certain time, don't come any earlier. You won't get seated until your reservation time. I made one for 8:15 and arrived around 7:50 and had to wait while everyone else was being seated."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "great regular menu and a fun regionale menu if you want to try something new. Our favorite waitress Karina always give us a warm welcome as well as the manager Joseph."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I had a very pleasant dinner here for my birthday. It was just the perfect casual setting I wanted and the service was very good."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "They did not get this booking which was very embraessing seeing as I had business guests from out of town."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We could not have chosen a more enjoyable restaurant for a special occasion. First off, I must applaud the splendid service of our wait person, Andrea R. The restaurant would do well to keep her and advance her at all costs! The food was very delicious with an outstanding presentation. I had the special salmon with grilled vegetables, done to perfection. The birthday had pasta with assorted fish which she said was the best she had ever had. We finished off with three deserts that left us "licking the plates". Hats off to the crew at Il Fornaio!!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We held a business lunch with four people and service was very poor. We could barely hear or understand our waitress and the service she provided was poor. We had to request refills of water and two in our party had pasta and we had to request cheese. Restaurant was not overly busy, but waitress may have been relatively new."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Wanted something special for a large family gathering - was perfect"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The service was wonderful. And the food ambience were very good. My family eats there often, and we always enjoy it."
    Dined on 6/29/2014