Il Fornaio - Corte Madera
Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 4159274400x
  • 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 Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Il Fornaio - Corte Madera reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (69)great for lunch (68)special occasion (64)good for groups (62)fit for foodies (55)great for brunch (45)romantic (30)kid-friendly (30)notable wine list (26)great for outdoor dining (25)vibrant bar scene (24)late-night find (9)hot spot (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
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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
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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
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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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  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
  • Warm and Delicious
    RegularPlaceVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Three of us went for a special occasion. The food was warm and flavorful. I had a delicious grilled fish with fabulous couscous. It was so satisfying! We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    as usual the staff makes the restaurant. and all in this establishment were outstanding. Management should take care not to lose anyone. A delightful and great evening. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    BigAlVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went here to celebrate a birthday. In my opinion, this is the best Italian restaurant in Marin County. Great service and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nightingale
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service was slow; however, we were in no hurry. The soup had to be sent back as it was "cold". The rest of the meal was okay. Had to ask for additional water, bread, etc. But, we still enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slipping
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Have eaten here for over a decade and feels like the food is slipping. Our waiter was good but the bus boy was not. The hostess informed my daughter she was putting a tampon in while in the restroom with her. Not very appropriate and informed my wife sooner or later she will hear about it after she commented, my daughter is 6. Net/net management has work to do here and won't be coming back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • again outstanding
    RagsVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The specialty menu from venezia was tasty and interesting. we liked the heirloom tomato salad specialty delicious w tasty but not over the top marinade. Petrale excellent as was the pasta Bigoli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    always a nice lunch with great service. Owner is terrific.....warm and friendly. Food very good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • continued Feste enjoyment
    bobnbob
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This was our latest outing with the Feste Regionale experience and it was the best yet, esp. the petrale sole. Splendid menu and splendid preparation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening.
    bebe
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Enjoyed the additional menu choices for that night. Service was great, and we all enjoyed our food choices. Looking forward to trying the new monthly menu nights.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the ambience
    PATRICIA
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant for the salmon entree. It is the best prepared salmon we have ever had, and we love sitting in a booth by the bar to people watch! The staff , and management are always friendly , kind , helpful and respectful!:-)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We love this restaurant !
    PATRICIA
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We like to sit in a booth in the front to people watch while enjoying our favorite grilled salmon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • S Zaslav
    KukanaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My business go-to restaurant. Easy access and food is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blue Moon
    Bobbinumber1VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food and service was terrific, as usual. Noise level a little higher due to more children than usual, but a very enjoyable experience, once again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • arkangel
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food terrific and cooked perfectly. Service very good, as usual. It has a very elegant feeling to the room by the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thunder
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Good food, good service what else should you expect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KathleenVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Good food and good service...great for birthday celebrations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    ChapeauVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great location, easy parking, consistently good, excellent options (dining room booths or tables, eat in bar at tables or at bar, on indoor terrace or outside tables...or my favorite, at counter watching food being prepared. Great place to meet for a drink.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.