Il Fornaio - Corte Madera
Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: (415) 927-4400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am - 11:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: CJ Snyder
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Paradise Dr.
  • Public Transit: Golden Gate Transit
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking in Town Center parking lot directly adjacent to Il Fornaio!
A word from Il Fornaio - Corte Madera
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. 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. Winner of the annual Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2002.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Il Fornaio - Corte Madera reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (63)great for lunch (58)fit for foodies (54)good for groups (50)special occasion (44)great for brunch (35)vibrant bar scene (24)great for outdoor dining (23)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (22)romantic (20)hot spot (14)late-night find (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • RobandLore
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I have been coming to this restaurant for many years and have never had a bad experience. The food, service and ambiance is consistent and excellent. Keep up the great work!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FESTE REGIONALE NOV
    RagsVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The special menu again was a hit - especially the potato leek soup and the salad. Wife enjoyed the carnoli rice with shrimp dish and the cannelini was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good -- but bring back olive bread
    DiningMattersVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    A consistently good meal and decent service. Reliable not extraordinary but that's ok. However, two long-time favorites were missing from the menu -- real Olive bread (not the rolls) and spinach salad. Minestrone is excellent as is the seafood grill. Margarita pizza is also tasty. Been going for years and never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Booley
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I met friends for dinner. Service was excellent and food was good. Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Service is horrible!!!
    Tiburon
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I decided to give Il Fornaio another try recently and unfortunately it was not a good experience. Service is pretty terrible. It's like they don't care about their customers. It took over 1 hour for us to get our meal. Pass.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • punctualVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent food and service, very enjoyable. A very nice table in the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have been to Il Fornaio many times and this recent outing to the restaurant was very disappointing. First of all, when I made the reservation I mentioned that it was to celebrate our friend's 59th wedding anniversary; however, management did not in anyway acknowledge this most significant event. In addition, the service was very unsatisfactory. We requested lemon for our water and it never arrived and we also had to request a number of times for bread. The waiter was more interested in getting us in and out. It appeared that serving our table was a chore rather than being more attentive to our needs.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gatitos
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Eveything was great. Except for I love the butternut ravioli. This time it was different, but ok.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Reliable
    Bobbinumber1VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Once again, the food was delicious, and the service efficient and friendly. Can't ask for much more!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    Pcdc
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Neighborhood gem Fresh, creative, delicious New menus are featuring different regions, and the regular menu stays consistent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food is excellent and the service is friendly and always available. It was a bit noisy as one would experience at any Italian family gathering. We will be back again and look forward to sampling more items from the robust menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite regular dining spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I have dined regularly at Il Fornaio with a group of friends. The food is consistently good as is the service. The pasta and seafood dishes are always good choices. We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good local restaurant
    SuenanVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Good food, comfortable environment, friendly atmosphere. Not a fast food restaurant. Food properly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Roadrider125VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We eat at Il Fornaio regularly and continue to be impressed with the high quality food. But even better is the excellent waitstaff. All are experienced, long-term professionals. It is always a pleasure to be personally recognized at such a busy restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively restaurant
    SSFlady
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had never been to this restaurant before but enjoyed our dinner. We had excellent service. There was quite a bit of activity since there was a rather large group next to out table. All in all a good choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    BDDiners
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have eaten here many times and have found that it is consistently better during the week when they are less rushed. I had the special ravioli - very good. My husband had the special duck and it was not at all tender - edible but barely so. The serving that came out before his looked burnt to a crisp so he felt lucky. Service was rushed - the waiter could not wait for me to put my purse away, put on my glasses or finish chewing to answer his questions. We have had many exceptional meals here, but our recent experience was not up to par. Get the Scottish salmon, lasagna or cannelloni!
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  • Never fails to impress
    Rick
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    What can i say - another great meal at Il Fornaio! Great food, great service, friendly greeting - simply the best. Thanks for another great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed this time
    LiketodineVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A long-time favorite restaurant of ours but after this last visit I can't imagine going back, let alone recommending it. Waited 20 min or more between apps and meals, and had to ask server to return to the table for water refills, the check, to run our card...just about everything! We were there to celebrate a birthday, but the service was so lousy we ended up leaving with an incomplete celebration. Never one to complain, I decided to tell the host. His response was that we were seated in a section that no one was staffing. Not our fault. It was the worst service I think we have ever received. And this is the first negative review I've ever submitted. Just felt others should know.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Carolyn
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Wine was not good. Nice enough to replace with another glass. But, I did not care the second glass either. Acidic and not full bodied (which I had asked for). Ravioli sauce was thin and watery. I asked for a discontinued appetizer. They were nice enough to make it for us, even though it was no longer on menu. Broccoli was done to perfection. It was excellent (scallops, calamari, prawns, in a garlic lemon butter). Veal Scaloppini was just so-so. Bread was cold and not too fresh. Disappointing meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Restaurant that never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Il Fornaio is a restaurant that consistenly has good food, good service and great ambience! We always choose to eat in the patio area....it's just abit more casual and relaxed. We love the Pollo Toscano , Cappellacci di zucca with a glass of the textbook chardonnay
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    MariniteVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food prepared to our desire with substitutions willingly made. Good size portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very Italian meal
    MangiareVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food is really deliciuos and the quality superb
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • forgot how good Il Fornaio is
    JJinMarinVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Il Fornaio is a close and convenient choice but we over looked it until last night. Our meal was excellent -- we shared a beet salad that was excellent and plenty for two and each had an entree. I had a pasta dish with lamb ragu sauce and tiny "meatballs" -- a new twist on a meatball dish and good. My husband had the mixed seafood grill -- shrimp, calamari, scallops with roasted potatoes and veggies. Our waiter was excellent -- personable, attentive, fun to talk to and knowledgeable. Good evening -- we resolved to come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hiker
    hiker
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A very pleasant dinner after a day of hiking on the Marin Headlands. The restaurant was bright and lively. We had good service and the food was good. A very nice ambiance. We would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening!
    Lovitalianfood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have been dining at Il Fornaio in Corte Madera for many years. It continues to be one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Marin. Great atmosphere, good service and authentic Italian food. Thank you for making my evening special!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PATRICIA
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    They have the best Mesquite grilled salmon ever!!The management and waiters are all very professional, friendly, and accommodating!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Setto69
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I stopped in for a late lunch and were greeted by a very nice young woman. The one thing that we felt could have been better was the service. The waiter did not fill our drinks when they were almost empty. He did refill our water but when it came to our drinks he had to be reminded to fill them. When the food arrived it was hot and great. The ravioli was great and my wife's pasta dish was delicious. After we were done our plates sat on our table for longer than they should have. It was at least 15-20 minutes that the plates sat right in front of us empty and reafy to be taken away. The service needs to be more attentive even when it's an early dinner or late lunch. Fill those drinks quicker with a smile.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little above Avg
    cpetrillo1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    When I spoke to people who ate at this restaurant they expressed, Great Food, Great Service and a nice volume level in which you could have a conversation. Well, "not"... Food was above average, Service was below average and noise level was loud. We ask to move to another table that noise level was a little lower and were told NO. Anyway, we made the best out of it but in no way we were pleased. Would I go back? If a couple of restaurants in the area were closed, I would probably give it another try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    chris
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I love eating here! Delicious food, lots of great choices, wonderful special seasonal regional Italian menus, great service, really nice people working here, lovely atmosphere. This restaurant is Solid. I have chosen to eat here hundreds of times through the years for brunch, lunch or dinner. In all those visits, very rarely was service or food not totally up to par... less than a handful of times. The only thing I miss is that during the recession they discontinued serving their awesome homemade breadsticks in the yummy bread basket. I wish they would bring the breadsticks back! They were the best I ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GfanVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very good and attentive service, food is very good and priced right, reasonably priced and varied wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy food
    Vegan4LifeVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    WE LOVE THIS RESTAURANT! Another great experience with wonderful service and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good choice for Lunch
    PJfrmSoCalVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very Good Lunch! Very Nice Atmosphere! Great Service! I will go back there when I am in Marin County on business.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went for a Sunday brunch. The restaurant was not at all crowded, but service was slow and food was not hot enough when it arrived. We had to ask three times to get a simple hot tea.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very average
    FoodieInTraining
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    In such a foodie city, there were very average standards for a high price. For example, the omlette that I order (smoked salmon and goat cheese) was about the smallest omlett I have ever seen. I would say 1.5 eggs (maybe were used). The "exotic fruit tray" which is ten bucks, has only melons, two strawberries, and two small pieces of not ripe mange. We were very disappointment. To top it off our waiter knew almost nothing about the bar. I asked what the well vodka was and not only did he not know, but he put the order in, when that wasn't my question. Then I recieved a 10 dollar drink in a small 3 ounce glass with no straw.. come on Il Fornaio! for corporate headquarters being in the same mall, this should NOT happen. Get it together!
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  • Pleasant
    hiker
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We enjoyed a pleasant evening at this restaurant. The service was somewhat slow and inattentive but as it was very busy, I'm sure the waiter was doing his best to keep up! The food was good and the ambience bustling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Il Fornaio Corte Madera
    hungrybert
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Lived in town when Il Fornaio opened and it became my favorite in Marin. I live in Sonoma county now, so when I do get back to Il Fornaio it is like seeing an old friend. On this dinner I had the best lamp chops I have had. Cooked to perfection with just enough seasoning so to let the taste of the lamb come through. The server was attentive and knowledgeable. We sat outside on the enclosed patio. The noise level was very low which added to the ambiance. I highly recommend Il Fornaio to anyone who values great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dr. Roberto Haro
    cereberal
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The ambience and location for Il Fornaio in Corte Madera is excellent. Service is friendly and efficient, and servers very helpful. The food is always very well prepared and served with great attention to detail and appeal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TheBest
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Il Fornaio is a consistently excellent dining experience. Definitely the go-to-place for lunch or dinner, starting at 11:30am and serving straight through until night closing. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be better!
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband and I ordered to split the ravioli and then the duck. Both the pasta and duck were brought at the same time - an unfortunate lack of sequence because one or the other got cold. The same was true for our guests who also split plates. The duck was difficult to eat, especially without a sharp knife, and the texture was tough and not savory. We sat outside which was very pleasant, but an indoor party was very demanding of, and even shouting at our good-intentioned waiter which made it very difficult for him. The spinach salad and asparagus salads were very good, but on the whole it was not the finest dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I enjoy Il Fornaio restaurants but the service at this location is terrible. I always enjoy our lunch but don't expect much in the way of service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall