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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
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "We had not been to Il Fornaio for a long time. We thoroughly enjoyed it especially the Bellini's. They were great as well as the food. We are thinking of going back to celebrate my Husband's Birthday."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "while this is a chain, the food and service remind you of a neighborhood family owned restaurant, always enjoy traveling to Burlingame to eat here."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was good - service too. Great variety. Did not get my points on Open Table - not happy about this."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great food! A great place to eat Italian food and drink great Italian and California wine."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I've been to Il Fornaio in SF and really enjoyed the dining experience. However, the Burlingame experience was much different. Although our waiter was very friendly he was not very attentive (never refilled our beverage glasses, never refilled our bread basket although said he would immediately, slow bringing our dessert menu after we asked for it). I was very disappointed that my entree was not hot and this was probably because it sat for a while before being brought to the table. My husband's entree was also not hot. I will probably give restaurant another change just to see if it was an off day for them."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Over the years, we enjoyed Il Fornaio in Burlingame for the good food, warm atmosphere and reasonable prices. On two occasions, the manager did not resolve our complaints regarding over charges and the restaurant main office stepped in to resolve the situations. Hopefully, all goes well for future customers. Check please."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We have been many times. This is the first time we had a horrible wait person. He was rude from the start. He tried to rush us thru every thing. He kept pushing to order. Then when we did he insisted on taking our appetizer and entree at the same time so he could put them in at the same time . He kept slamming the drawer behind him to the side of our table. I would.never and I repeat never have him again. He ruined a night we had planned with friends we had not seen in a long tome. What a shame for someone like this to work at your restaurant. What a larger shame we had to have him!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed a birthday celebration with the lamb chops , pizza, carpaccio, as well as other delicious pasta entrees. The vibe is energetic and everyone seems happy. The service from Francisco was superior."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "They were very busy (as they usually are on a Saturday night), so the service was hectic/spotty. For the party of 22, we had only one waitress, which had she not had a few other tables in various locations of the restaurant, wouldn't be a problem. However, a few times during the service, even the other staff realized that we did not have timely service, so other staff members pitched in and corrected the situation. Otherwise, very accomodating and courteous service. The food is good (i don't think, people go here exclusively for food), but the combination of location, ambiance, and appropriate pricing, makes this place a good dining option. The noise level is high, so not very good for romantic dinners. Very kid-friendly."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Not our first time. Great service as always. Had two kids in our party and they seemed to enjoy it also."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our team had a very nice dinner here. We had 11 people. They combined two round tables somehow creating a nice 8 shaped table that allowed for an intimate feeling for such a large number. Great appetizers and entrees. Everyone enjoyed the meal and had a great time."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had booked well ahead a "day after" Fathers Day dinner celebration for 6 and had requested a table by the window. Upon arrival we were "greeted" by an unsmiling hostess. She curtly told us to "hold on". When she finally looked at us again I gave our name and reminded her of my request. She rudely informed me that we had a table in another location. When I expressed my disappointment she shrugged and spoke in a condescending and dismissive voice. There was no "I'm sorry, you should have been informed...", or perhaps "how about this nice round over near the window". Even though the service was five star and the food terrific, we will only patronize the Palo Alto location in the future. My son and daughter-in-law were flabbergasted."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Whenever I have reason to schedule a business lunch, I always think of this Il Fornaio first. The food and service are reliably excellent, and the ambiance of this particular Il Fornaio is especially nice."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Yes - Il Fornaio is still delivering great service & delicious food!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a large group and they accomodated us well with our OpenTable reservation. Appetizers, main course and desserts were all good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We've had great experiences there, but this time we had mediocre service. Firstly, we had a 4 p.m. reservation made well in advance and the restaurant was fairly empty, but they tried to put us away from the main room, to a corner room that was temperature and atmosphere cold. Secondly, the servers seemed overworked and exhausted. Attitude was low energy and sarcastic with rolling of eyes after responding to our inquiries. The server was unable to hear and/or understand one of our guests' question, and didn't make any effort to understand, but seemed to be annoyed with taking our table orders: drink and food. It was definitely what we did not expect."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Cappellacci di Zucca was the star of the evening. This classic butternut squash ravioli combines complex flavors and textures to create a memorable taste sensation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Waitress lost our order, manager brought out an abundance of appetizers while we waited for our orders, which was great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Karina our favorite waitress is always so warm, always busy but always give us a chat and asks how our family is doing... food consistently good and we love the festa regionale gives us an opportunity or not to try something new...."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Always enjoy this restaurant. Good service, great food, close to where I live."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Consistently great food at all Il Fornaios. I can count on them for a good business dinner. The mixed seafood grill is my favorite."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We are long-time Il Fornaio fans and visit whenever we are in the vicinity of one. The Burlingame one is outstanding both in its free-standing neighborhood location and the quality of the food. The service is attentive and friendly, giving the location an up beat and enjoyable vibe. The monthly regional "Festas" feature authentic fare from the various regions of Italy."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food quality very good, with good portions of food. Waiter was excellent and attentive. However, as is typically the case at this Il Forniao, it was much too noisy. It was so noisy that it was difficult to hear the people at our table talk to me. I assume it is not just the crowd of people at the restaurant, but the acoustics in the design. The noise level is my one big objection to coming here. In a way, I don't really know why I keep coming back -- maybe it's because my wife likes the place."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "i have been to il fornaio in the past, many times, and i wait many years in between visits. Now i remember why. Food is unimpressive. Our server seemed to want to talk over our heads instead of directing her answers to us. Drinks were tasty! Busboys very pleasant. And hostess very pleasant. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had dinner on a Saturday night, the food was good but we could not hear as the noise level was way over the top. I would recommend lunch but not for dinner, way too noisy, not a place to meet for good conversation."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I was in town for a half marathon and wanted pasta the night before. This was the perfect place with many different options. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014