Il Fornaio - Burlingame
Il Fornaio - Burlingame

Il Fornaio - Burlingame

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 6503758000x
  • 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: 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.
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Il Fornaio - Burlingame reviews from OpenTable diners
232 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (102)neighborhood gem (99)great for lunch (90)special occasion (78)great for brunch (68)fit for foodies (62)kid-friendly (61)vibrant bar scene (37)romantic (31)great for outdoor dining (24)notable wine list (23)hot spot (19)late-night find (6)scenic view (5)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Three of the four entrees were overcooked and took over 25 minutes to deliver to the table. Waitstaff was slow to respond or explain. Noise level was headache inducing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable Standard
    SFFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The atmosphere here is nice. The food is pretty good. My dining companion had the risotto which she said was delicious. My two salads (caprese and pear/prosciutto) were decidedly boring and didn't have much flavor. I ended up eating about half of each. Service was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love coming here!
    Yum2meVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It's always a great place to eat in downtown Burlingame
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptionally mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This place used to be a go-to restaurant, somewhat reliable food-wise. Now it has become pretty awful. Dry chicken; tasteless pasta; oily ceasar salad. And so loud we could not even hear each other screaming. Do not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KismetVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Maybe 2.5 stars but food seems to be declining as of late. Sloppy presentations and taste.... The special Dolci dessert billed as panna cotta was especially bad. No resemblance with a light and fluffy panna cotta.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elizabeth
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Restaurant has an inviting decor with open space and lots of windows. Service was excellent as usual. We split a salad and the entre and had the house chianti . Food and wine delicious. The place does tend to get noisy as it fills, especially on a Friday night but this only adds to the festive feeling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently mediocre
    Ollie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    When choosing a restaurant in Burlingame, I reserved Il Fornaio, because I knew what I was getting. For a business lunch the facilities seem reasonably upscale without being too fancy. The food is mediocre. The good thing that they do offer is consistency, and it's not that the food is bad, it's just nothing special. I will probably go to Il Fornaio again for that reason either in Palo Alto, where I live, or in one of the other locations. IF there is a choise, where you know the food will actually be more than just OK, I encourage you to go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a nice restaurant
    raysta
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have eaten at this restaurant 3 times now and will continue to come back because of the ambiance. It is a very friendly and clean place to have lunch or dinner and the service is very good. During this last visit I tried the porchetta, which was not to my liking. My colleagues where pleased with their meals and whereas one was vegetarian and was able to find enough options, this made the dinner a success. I liked it when the Executive Chef came out and personally greeted many of the tables. I will return to I'll Fornaio the next time I'm in the Bay area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable and consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A go-to restaurant, near SFO, very dependable. They need to keep it fresh and run the risk of over producing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bonmangare
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have always been a fan of the restaurant...This Sunday meal was memorable...I understand they have a new chef, Bruno.....of lately it had been hit or miss...Bravo Bruno!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as I expected
    MarkF
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was just okay for the price. The antipasto was very over priced for a couple of slices of prosciutto, some olives and grilled Zucchini and eggplant. The roasted chicken was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always a thrill to dine here. The menu was very creative...lots of new things and the old standards too. Wonderful hand made rivolis!!!Thank you Il Fornaio for consistently delivering a enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommended
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delicious grilled seafood salad. Yummy fresh baked bread. Bright and airy dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service was a bit spotty. Could have been more attentive
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good meal
    birthdaybunch
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Overall, we had a very nice meal. Even thought the restaurant was full, the service was excellent. The waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly, and the food arrived quickly. We had three different pasta dishes for dinner and all were really tasty. The salads, especially those with the gorgonzola dressing, were bland and flavorless - they might want to rethink that dressing. Aside from the salad, we had a great experience and look forward to going back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at ll Fornaio
    LuvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food is consistently mediocre. They have a great location and nice ambiance, but the food should be much better. My pasta was luke warm and just fair, at best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great/service horrible
    AleixVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The waiter was extremely rude, but after my friend talked to the manager about it, we got a different waiter, Francisco, and he was excellent. We were also comp with an appetizer. I've been going to Il Fornaio for years and had never experienced the rudeness that we did from our waiter. He definitely should not be working there or completely change the way he deals with customers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient location, good food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wish we had chosen outdoor seating. The noise level inhibited conversation. We were celebrating a birthday, and the restaurant offered us dessert, a pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    acoustics terrible- could scarcely carry on conversation with table mates. Hot foods arrived cold. "caesar" dressing was unremarkable. service very slow- shortage of wait persons? portions very small for the prices. can't think of a reason to come back here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Janette
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The minestrone soup was watery had no flavor. The ravioli sauce was nothing to write home about not even a decent review. The seafood pasta was delicious. The lamb had no flavor had to add salt to help. Not impressed and will not be going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good Italian menu & wine list
    EastBayCustomerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent service and good atmosphere with very good Iralian food on menu and wine list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh.
    SFFoodieVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Always a good Italian meal - love the seasonal special meals from around Italy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good, but loud
    cvllelaw
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy room, quiet waitress
    localcoupleVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PAfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
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  • Lovely meal
    daytripperVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't expect great food
    ExpectGreatCustService
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    If they could only put some heart into the food preparation, it would be GREAT!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect outdoor space
    NewyorkerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • KismetVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Ggod Food and Service
    PeterJohn
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Would recommend a later reservation after the kids are gone., if you are looking for that intimate conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Classic, reliable, go-to spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    GourmetGalVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, solid local place
    EmmaMcCullochVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but could be improve
    LtDexter
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
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  • Great Food and Great Service
    DiningBear38
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
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  • Good food
    Sharon
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Good food and nice option to have smaller portions.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From the Caribbean
    NinaG
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful lunch
    JenniVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only Ok
    TandJ
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate