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Il Fornaio - Corte Madera
Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera Details

  • 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, 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.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Food terrific and cooked perfectly. Service very good, as usual. It has a very elegant feeling to the room by the patio."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Good food, good service what else should you expect"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "There were seven of us and I believe that most of us liked the food. Unfortunately, my seafood dish, Griliata Pesce Misto was over cooked. It was unfortunate, because the dish could have been spectacular. The waiter was gone most of the time and took a very long time showing up to the table. We ordered wine and it took forever to get it. The service had a lot to be desired. I was disappointed but my friends were a delight to dine with."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Good food and good service...great for birthday celebrations."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "At Il Fornio we always get great service, food is always really tasty with a nice spin making it not the usual Italian fare. The wine selection by the glass has much verity to choose from, the by the bottle list is quite extensive and we have enjoyed many really nice glasses and bottles of wine there. Great for lunch as well as dinner. A solid dependable place to bring family, friends and clients."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Love the food and service here. Noise level is extremely high. Was hard to carry on a conversation"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We wanted to celebrate Father's Day near San Rafael and lucked out with this restaurant. We ordered from the Brunch menu and the food was very good. If we had gone there later in the day, the main menu looked great too. The menus have a large selection and the food had a unique taste to it. I got the poached eggs with crab cakes and spinach. If we had gone for dinner, maybe the grilled salmon would be my selection. Anyway, the food was a bit rich, but great for Father's Day. We are glad they had tables available with only a few days notice. We got lost on the way there because there are two streets with almost the same name in Corte Madera. It is on the street in the large shopping center very close to the freeway."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Have done six of the Feste Regionale and they were all good at the Corte Madera Il Fornaio. Splendid and diverse cuisine, well-made."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Always a favorite for special occasions, like Mother's Day, this was a Father's Day gathering of 5 plus a toddler. A quiet glass of wine at the bar before the party arrived, proved that the house Chianti was delicious and we stuck with that for the entire meal. Most of us choose the special Sicilian menu, as it was the last day on the menu. No one was disappointed. It was delicious. Moist fish, tender lamb, a soup to die for! Our waiter did his part to make the meal flow seamlessly. The noise level rose as the diners multiplied but doesn't it always? During the week, when we've dined as just a couple, it was quiet and romantic. I hope the Sicilian menu comes back soon but we won't wait for it. Il Fornaio is a gem."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The last of the six different dinners on their 'Passaporto' tasting trip was not up to the others in quality. The first course calamari was wonderful; the second course pasta was dry and short on sauce; the two main courses were only half eaten, as one was very dry and overcooked with no sauce, and the other was fish that was smothered in a pile of chopped, runny tomatoes, etc., so that one couldn't taste the delicate fish. We were disappointed, but we enjoyed the other 5 Passaporto dinners there."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "One of the best in Marin. The menu was very complete and interesting. The food was fabulous. And best of all the service was great. Our food server was very knowledgeable friendly and funny. We had a great time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Special menu featuring Sicily included a 1/2 lobster, mussels and shrimp on a bed of pasta. outstanding and reasonably priced. the spumoni dessert was also great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "You can't beat Il Fornaio. The food is always great & everybody always wants to go."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This review is for the evening of June 3. We were at Il Fornaio - Corte Madera to meet a couple with whom we had spoken on the phone and shared common interests (long-distance hiking), but had never met. We hit it off and conversation flowed easily. We had met at 8:00 p.m.; time slipped by and the crowd began to thin. At 11 PM, we noticed that the other tables had emptied. As we prepared to leave, we noticed that the kitchen was empty and only one employee was still in the restaurant--quietly reading his newspaper until he could finish the closing process. I later checked and read that the restaurant closes at 10 PM; we were allowed an hour's grace period--now that is what I call service. And BTW the Ravoli with vodka sauce was outstanding"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Love the garden room. Enjoyed our meal and service great."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Noise level was loud, must yell to be heard to dining partners. Very good sauces for pasta. Seated promptly. Great bread."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We live in Napa, and enjoy dining at Il Fornaio when we visit Marin. This time, the pizza was disappointing, however, and the caprese was just so-so, especially at the price."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Consistent high quality - Excellent service, wide menu choice, beautiful food presentation and preparation quality. Hot and flavorful. It hit all the notes, nothing was lacking. They know how to run a good restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Made the reservations on open table and put in a comment that it was our anniversary and wanted a quiet table. When we arrived we got the quiet table and also a complementary glass of champagne. The service was great. The food was great and after dinner the manager, Stephanie, came over to our table and asked if everything was to our liking. It was a wonderful dinner and we will go back!!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I always like to order the specials because they truly are!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Il Fornaio used to be so great, so it was a disappointment to go there and find rude, disdainful service, mushy tomatoes in a Sicilian salad (and have the waiter fight about it!) and the pasta overcooked. Sad, sad dinner, which I was hoping would be a special treat. I had the Pennoni alla Vodka - Large pasta tubes with bacon, vodka-cream-tomato sauce and Grana Padano - and would NOT recommend it."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "First time for one of us and also celebrating a birthday. Nothing notable done for birthday which was disappointing, but for being a first timer, each of us was given a choice of free wine or free dessert. That was nice. We opted for the wine. Food was tasty--ordered pizza margarita, lasagna, cappelini al pomodoro, beet salad, and caesar salad. Everything was prepared well and service was pleasant and professional."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal at Il Fornaio - very professional, knowledgeable wait-staff. Good cocktail & god guidance from our waiter to get a nice meal. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Overpriced and mediocre food. Olive Garden would have been better"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We always have a good experience when we have lunch here...good service, choices for everyone, parking close by, attractive space, etc."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time! So convenient to walk in amongst all the people waiting and be seated right away because of the open table reservation. Great food, great service-very attentive."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "great place for memorable meal & ambience, excellent food and festive atmosphere "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Bad service. Mother's Day dinner ruined. The kids food was very late and they missed half. No one checked on us. Overall disappointed."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "after writing a bit of an unhappy review end of last year, critiquing the service and the bar, I am delighted to report that Il Fornio Corte Madera stepped up and it is 100% better. Thanks for listening, Il Fornio"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This neighborhood gem, despite being in a mall, is constantly updating the menu for seasonal freshness and creativity. Delicious!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I enjoy the food here and the multiple choices for dining areas adds to the pleasure. You can site outside (although near traffic), outdoor covered patio, and multiple indoor spots. I prefer being in the outside covered patio. Warm rare evenings are fine here, and the heat lamps provide warmth on most colder evenings. Sound levels are lower here. Wait staff can vary but we've been very pleased. Food can be very good - but make sure you request that the fish be undercooked. They have a tendency to overcook it. Swordfish can be somewhat like sawdust when overcooked!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I was very happy with the grilled vegetables appetizer and the lamb chops. Pasta was excellent too! Service was friendly and responsive."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Great service..."Celso was awesome" food was good but small portions."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Il fornaio is always a great spot to go Food and service always consistent Love it!!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Noisy restaurant. Waiter too overwhelmed to properly service our table. Portion size on pasta shells with chicken dish was TINY.. Cannelloni stuffing good as was the roasted chicken dish. Requested decaf and on the refills asked again is this decaf and lo and behold we had been drinking regular coffee! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "No one refills your water, bring more bread and olive oil. Our waiter looks totally overworked and constantly running around. There are plenty of Italian restaurants with far better food and much better service. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Great neighborhood location, good freeway access. Love the patio with the fireplace."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "As expected, another great evening at Il Fornaio. The restaurant is cozy, friendly and lively, yet you're able to converse. Our various seafood or chicken selections were cooked to perfection, accompanied by sides of fresh vegetables, well presented. Our server was attentive, yet respectful of not being intrusive (a pet peeve of mine). We were a table of four and the only negative comment would be that the two of us near the wall, were handed our plates and then had to hand back our used plates/utinsils, across the other two. It was awkward and not refined. Best to separate the tables a bit to allow the server to individually place and retrieve the servings. Still, always a great choice. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I have been coming to this restaurant for years. It is always warm and welcoming--just like coming home. A perfect place to relax. Calm and quiet. I never feel hurried here. The service is friendly and efficient. For me, what a neighbor restaurant should be."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This is one of those memorable restaurants where the food, service and ambiance always impress. The menu is rich with good choices, and the waiters will tailor food to meet a person's request. My guest wanted a calamari salad, which was not on the menu. However, the waiter said he could get him the calamari salad and keep the other shell fish in it. The salad was delicious. Talk about a place that caters to its clients. It is worth a trip to this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/24/2014