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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "always a nice lunch with great service. Owner is terrific.....warm and friendly. Food very good"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!:-)"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We like to sit in a booth in the front to people watch while enjoying our favorite grilled salmon!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Love the food and service here. Noise level is extremely high. Was hard to carry on a conversation"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "This neighborhood gem, despite being in a mall, is constantly updating the menu for seasonal freshness and creativity. Delicious!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014