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Il Fornaio - Palo Alto
Il Fornaio - Palo Alto

Il Fornaio - Palo Alto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ilfornaio.com
  • Phone: (650) 853-3888
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10;00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering available. Please contact Event Coordinator for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hamilton
  • Public Transit: Cal Train
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $10. In addition, there is also the hotel parking lot, as well as a public lot available.
A word from Il Fornaio - Palo Alto
Il Fornaio means "The Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique 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 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Got to have the French Toast with mascapone cheese and a drizzle of maple syrup. OUTSTANDING!! Oh, and order a sausage with it and you're all set for the best breakfast ever."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Service was very good as was the food. Manager came and spoke with us and found out it was our anniversary so one dessert was comped which was nice. The table next to us was pretty loud but thankfully they left half way through."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Wonderful interior garden courtyard dinning space, impeccable service and flavors, tastes and textures that delight the palate. Definitely two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Il Fornaio's passport tasting menus has made it a monthly habit for us. But unless the food and service was as excellent as it is the chance to win a trip to Italy would not keep us coming back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We've been to the Seattle location and are pleased to see the same outstanding service, quality food, and interesting selections (ordered from regional menu, roasted pear ravioli was wonderful). As 1st timers to that location, the manager sent us a starter, personally welcomed us and checked in after our food came. Staff were all attentive and I overheard them graciously accommodating the diet restrictions of the table behind us. Food came out timely, not rushed. It is a chain and our expectations weren't a 5 star experience, we wanted a pleasant night out with predictable quality but something other than the usual. They more than met that with tasty food, SERVICE, and quiet table where we could easily talk. Only con- it was a little warm."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Selected Il Fornaio for dinner with another couple. Their comment "We enjoyed your selection of a great restaurant. We all had a good dinner"."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary here and was not disappointed. Loved the Veneto Regional menu choices. Great food, wonderful atmosphere and fantastic Tiramisu!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A few of us from out of town had dinner here and were impressed by the variety of items on the menu. The butternut squash ravioli, while it may sound a little odd, is actually quite good. You can order the "small" portion and share it as an appetizer if you just want to give it a shot without committing to the full dinner. Three of us ordered three entrees and divided them up so that we could each sample different items: two ravioli dishes and the beef tenderloin, which was excellent. The service was very good and the drinks were well-made and tasty, if a little pricey. I would definitely go back for the food and service. Maybe I would have wine with dinner instead of mixed drinks from the bar."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was the first time our party had brunch. Our party ate in the garden area which was just delightful. Everyone enjoyed their meals and our waiter was just perfect with his service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My meal was delicious! Crisp, fresh, warm bread and rather good olive oil to dip into. Lemonade. "Caasoonzei Stracchino e Pere" which was ravioli with roasted pear. I closed my eyes to enjoy it and in a delicate 3 cheese sauce decorated with asparagus and toasted walnuts. My dessert of three wonderful flavors of "Vanilla Bean" and "Deep Dark Chocolate gelato" and fruity"Raspberry Sorbet." . My husband enjoyed his meal of "Pollo al Curry con Tortino di Riso al Salto" which was baked chicken in a curry cream sauce with mushroom and cheese risotto and his old favorite dessert of a delicious hot bitter coffee poured over vanilla gelato. All the tables were taken in front with people who were happy to be there and enjoying their meal."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great service. Server extremely attentive and professional."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Our dinner was very disappointing. The service was .... NOT attentive, I'm not asking for exceptional but if you order a pasta dish, one would expect to at least be asked if they'd like cheese or ground pepper. The waiter was not around. We had to wait a long time for any attention or for the food. He never came back to ask if we needed anything. Most of that could be forgiven IF the food tasted good, but it did NOT. We were a party of eight and no one had a dish that was good! One GOOD thing was that the hostess was very helpful in finding us a nice table. Thank you to her!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I cannot say anything particularly bad about the restaurant. The food was good, yet not interesting. The noise of the restaurant became enjoyable as soon as a patron from another table politely asked some parents at an adjoining table to lower their children's voices. Given that this is classy restaurant I would have expected the management to speak to the parents to reduce the loud yelling of their children. Sadly, the restaurant's management took no action. I would say this restaurant is solidly good, yet the menu is outdated. There are so many other inventive restaurants fit for foodies in the Peninsula that unless you are looking for a bland experience look elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Many big tables available, yet they seated our party of six at a small table near the doorway, and brought an extra chair, making it very crowded. We detected racism for this, since everyone else (white) were sitting at the front of the restaurant at bigger tables than ours. The pasta sauce was bland. The calamari was chewy and not seasoned. The pizza was extremely soggy, when we pointed it out, instead of fixing it, the waiter (condescendingly) explained that it was supposed to be so! After I signed the credit card receipt, the waiter was quick to take it away! It doesn't happen in any restaurant. Overall very unpleasant experience, ruined my daughter's birthday! I will not recommend this restaurant to anyone!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food was disappointing. The salad dressing was tasteless and short on oil, the cannellonis were cold inside even though the sauce was piping hot. We had much better experience on previous visits. This one was the opposite. The service was very professional."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "They have calories counts on the menu. Great for people that are health concious"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I've been going to Il Fornaio for years now and I love the food there and how unfailingly pleasant it is to eat there. The service is attentive, friendly and unpretentious. I hope it stays there for years to come."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The ambience of this one is so very nice, each employee is happy to answer any questions & I just love the fresh flowers done in the european style. The food was very nice with ample portions, delicious, & elegantly plated. This was a great experience & a great memory that will always be special. Thank-you!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "As always, Il Fornia Palo Alto is the place to be to meet someone as the bar patio is hopping and the back dining room is nicely appointed and romantic. Excellent servce and excellent food."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Came here with my 2 daughters. This is one of my favorite restaurants, but not this time. I got the feeling they wanted to get us in and out as quickly as possible. The food was average, somewhat under-seasoned. The service was terrible - the server asked us what we wanted FIVE times in the first 10 minutes we were there, putting pressure on my daughters. Once we ordered and the food arrived (incredibly quickly, as if it had been pre-cooked), he disappeared. I had to ask others for additional items he neglected to bring. Hopefully this is a one-off. If not, I (and others, I assume) will stop going there."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A very busy Saturday evening during Stanford graduation weekend impacted the service somewhat. However the ambiance and energy in the dining room were great, as well as the food. Would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The night we dined the restaurant was exceptionally busy. We enjoy dining at Il Fornaio but because of the restaurant being so busy service was slow and the noise level made it hard to hear people at our table."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Made reservation for wrong day. Graciously accommodated party of 12 even though restaurant was VERY busy w Stanford graduation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our waiter (David W.) was cheerful and helpful, and very accommodating to our dietary restrictions."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a graduation party at the restaurant. The service for our group of 14 was exceptional and good delicious."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "huge restaurant with different areas for groups, private parties, etc., but our group of 4 really enjoyed the outdoor area covered and under the heat lamps. the carpaccio and calamari appetizers were yummy. loved the calamari sauce! spaghetti with the maine lobster and mussels was good with a great tasting tomato sauce. the beet salad and caprese salad were fresh and delicious. the service was attentive but not intrusive. we hadn't been here in a long time and the experience was very pleasant -- we stayed for quite a few hours with a couple of bottles of wine and great conversation. no wonder it's such a busy spot!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Il Fornaio is our. Go-to spot for out-of-town visitors. Its consistently pleasant atmosphere, fine service and great food always please. You won't ever be sorry you chose Il Fornaio."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It was a lovely evening and the service is excellent! David is their best waiter. His trick with the bread crumbs is entertaining! The ice creams are wonderful! Deep, deep Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean and Raspberry! Like music! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This place is always great for a nice date. The service is quick and friendly and the food is reliably delicious. I love their "taste of ---" menu's that provide a fixed price 3 course meal, and it always leaves me with leftovers."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I was so impressed. I think it's the most beautiful Il Fornaio restaurant I've ever been to. I love the outdoor patios with the fountains. I wanted pictures taken there. I feel like I'm in Italy or on vacation somewhere. The food was great and the service was fast. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I had the special which was Sea Bass and it was awful. I did not even finish it, It was soggy and no good at all. The salmon salads were average. The calamari appetizer was not very good. The bill was close to $100.00 for lunch. A bill I would not mind for Three if the food was outstanding. This was a speiclal occasion, and I was very disappointed. I would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We have eaten at this establishment about a half dozen times. On each occasion the meal has been good and the service is consistently good. You can count on the food to be well prepared and to your liking. The restaurant is usually a bit noisey although you can carry on a conversation. The booths for two are really a bit small especially when food begins to arrive. Generally a nice place to eat."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great ambience, great place for brunch. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The Palo Alto Il Fornaio has a great ambiance and the courtyard area is great - food is always consistently good, as is the service!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Service was awkward but enthusiastic. Food was undercooked (and yes we know what pasta al dente is). Great location and vibrant scene."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Took our stepmother out on her Birthday for early dinner. Service was very good, and the wait person was friendly and efficient. It wasn't the best food in the world but adequate, and the ambiance made it all worthwhile and elegantly fun. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My husband and I had lunch at Il Fornaio to celebrate a special occasion. It is a neighborhood restaurant in a quaint hotel in Palo Alto. The menu was great and the food was delightful as always. We live nearby, and we are happy that there is still white table cloth formal dining available in our culture, as it is becoming more rare. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "As usual Il Forniao delivered a delicious Sunday supper to me and my family. The menu has enough variety to please all. The decor is comfortable and service is warm."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I can count on Il Fornaio for the serene atmosphere I need for a business meeting where I can't afford to be distracted from a serious conversation. The food is beautifully presented and consistently good. The whole experience is upscale without flamboyance."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This was my first time at this restaurant. The decor was nice, specially loved the patio seating. The food though was something else. I have never had worse italian food so far! The bread was too salty, the ravioli's outer layer was so think/chewy, the pizza was bland! I don't think I will ever go back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/16/2014