Il Fornaio - Reston
Il Fornaio - Reston

Il Fornaio - Reston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 7034375544x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am; Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Gerbino
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Entrance is on the corner of St. Francis and Market Street. Take the retail elevator to Market Street.
A word from Il Fornaio - Reston
In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sight, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio. Literally "the baker" in Italian, Il Fornaio offers wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade and imported pastas; pizzas from a wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch. The first two weeks of each month a special menu from a different region of Italy is featured as part of Festa Regionale.
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Il Fornaio - Reston reviews from OpenTable diners
186 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)good for groups (69)fit for foodies (66)neighborhood gem (64)great for outdoor dining (63)notable wine list (55)romantic (54)great for lunch (45)great for brunch (27)vibrant bar scene (25)kid-friendly (23)hot spot (22)late-night find (9)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Great Italian
    Mark
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great restaurant. The food and the service is perfect.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rough night for Il Fornaio
    HellercaneVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I have been dining at locations all over the U S for ten years. This was my first bad experience. the restaurant was full of groups and the noise was unacceptable. It took us over 45 minutes to get any appetizers and the service was slow all night. This impression was so unfavorable that I felt compelled to share so others' important business meals are not impacted. It was a bad night in Restin.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but long wait
    Janet
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Went with a work group and had a reservation forb12. The food was good but it took far to long to hace orders taken etc. I also wish there were more options on the appetizer list. Overall i eould go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Supper
    TravelingMomVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our dinner was excellent!! Visiting from out of town for a soccer tournament and found this gem on OpenTable. Definitely go back when in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10/12 Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food and service was excellent! However, towards the end of dinner there was a large group, around 15 or so middle school aged girls who we're seated at the end of the dining room. There we're many families dinning and the children we're rude and loud. We would have stayed longer except my party of 4 could not talk to each other as these children became increasingly loud me we could no longer hear one another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I'd been once for a business lunch, so we tried this for a party of 6 for a wedding anniversary dinner and it was horrible. First, the service was way rushed and we had to slow them down. Second, and more importantly, the food was way below expectations. My wife's seafood pasta was nothing different than you could make at home (ours is better!), my lamb chops were rubbery and tasteless, the potenta appetizer/side just looked plain nasty, and the short ribs my son had looked very unappetizing and you couldn't even cut them (and short ribs are supposed to fall off the bone!). We walked out completely bummed we wasted that much money. And, although they don't have to, they didn't even give us an annniversary wish or complementary dessert.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Food Was Fantastic
    Deloris
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food tasted wonderful and served very attractively; service was fast, and the dining atmosphere was very warm, attractive, and inviting. It was a wonderful dining experience for me and my family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not my favorite Italian
    Italiangrl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Service was great but the restaurant was to noisy and cramped. The food was decent but everything tasted kind of off. Not bad but not amazing, and too expensive for the quality of the food
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and food
    Mark
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is my go to Italian restaurant in Virginia. It's very cosy and classy, however, many times you can just show up and they will be able to fit you into a table. The food and Service is great. The bar drinks and Linguini with seafood is exelent
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good mixed seafood grill
    smhaus
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good lunch/brunch specials. I really liked the mixed seafood grill
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    Neveragain
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    For a chain I felt the food was good. It had a nice atmosphere & the device was great!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Il Fornaio....
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    They are consistent with their dishes, lunch or dinner the food is amazing......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    There is nothing like the taste and texture of fresh pasta served Al dente. The half Moon shaped pasta filled with Italian sausage was a gastronomic delight. I have been looking for an Italian restaurant in Va to replace my favorites in NY since I left 20 years ago. I'm pretty sure I have found it. Hard to believe it is a franchise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it!
    Mark
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My wife's birthday was this week, and we wanted something memorable to share with friends. Il Fornaio is that memory! Going back 7 years, we first came here for luncheon... and returned over and over with both set of our parents and many of our good friends. Every course at our dinner this week was remarkable, and each of us had something different at each course. My salmon fillet was divine and the rack of lamb was succulent. they hospitality and gestures throughout the meal that made it so great. You almost feel as though you are in an Italian home. The whole staff made certain that we felt at home and enjoyed our special occasion. we'll be back!
    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, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Expectations
    Disapointed
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My first visit here. The bread basket was disapointing. The bread seemed like it was left from the night before, it was stale. The entree came whole I was eating my appetizer. The service was very good, but server should make sure that there is time between courses.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    nychick
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The atmosphere was nice but pretty loud. The food was just okay, everything seemed bland. The service was fine and everyone seemed very pleasant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    Mark
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I had an amazing experience at Il Fornaio it is just gorgeously decorated: the interior is elegant and classy but comfortable enough that you can kick back and relax with friends. The servers are lovely and very knowledgeable about wines and are very accommodating about any requests you have. Five stars just for service alone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere!
    Hforis
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went to Il Fornaio to celebrate my mom's birthday. The service and food were excellent. They even invited my kid's to the chef station to make their own pizzas. This was a big hit and fun way to start the night. Thanks for making the dinner so enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance Fantastic - Food Eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I was really excited to go here but unfortunately I don't think I will be returning anytime soon. The ambiance, service, general environment were all great. However, the food was nothing impressive and way overpriced for the quality. I could have done better at home. However, if I do go back, I will probably try the bar as it looked very cool and inviting. Also - they do have a wonderful wine selection!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great italian food
    NoPieforThanksgiving
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    the food was excellent, more truly italian then many italian restaurants in the area. Being there for my birthday they even gave me a complimentary dessert, an esquisite tiramisu'. The ambiance was relaxing with soft lighting and sound. The rasberry martini was wonderful. I had risotto with shrimp and mushroom and it was superb! A just right portion with awesome flaver.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • (Not) for Special Occasion
    Whats4Supper
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I was disappointed that a restaurant that likes to consider itself a place to go for special occasions was able to get the special request on the reservation (a quiet table for a birthday-they sat us next to the front door), food (the chicken was overly salted and very dry - it was like it had been under a heat lamp for over 30 min), AND service (they couldn't describe or recommend any of the dishes) so wrong . I had been there before and had decent pasta meals, but did not want pasta, so I ordered the stuffed chicken special. I could only eat half of it. They did offer a free dessert, which I appreciated. I expected better quality and service. The Macaroni Grill may not have the ambiance, but the entrees and service are better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian
    Familyof3VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always our go to for Italian and great service! We did not like the lobster bisque which tasted too much like fish soup but they quickly took it back and gave us dessert on the house. Manager came by two times to make sure we were happy and they always do. Fantastic salad and dinner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely spot for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Easily accommodated our group of 10. Tried the french toast and omelette. Both were very good. Wait staff was very friendly and prices were reasonable for good food and a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    bigguy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Welcome,food and service are superb at Il Forrnaio in Reston, VA. We've been here with large family group, friends and just ourselves and we have never had a bad experience. I heartily recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family--don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First bad experience
    zanexecVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Took clients to dinner on Friday night and was very disappointed. The waiter was too rushed and the place was crowded. Not enough attention to detail, wine glasses left on the table, forgetting silverware, no spoon with gelato, etc. But the worst was the kitchen....my meal came not as I ordered, but burnt and inedible. Pastas for some of the guests were fine, but lacked again attention to the small things that make this restaurant a nice place to visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Perfect Outing
    SueBoo
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have been fans of the Il Fornaio restaurants from San Francisco to San Jose, and now Reston. Very authentic Italian menu, beautiful breads, and great events - including seasonal, celebratory and cooking classes! But we just wanted a nice, quiet evening with good food and good service and that's what we got on a balmy night, sitting outside at Il Fornaio Reston (because it can get a little noisy inside)! We chose the Three Course Prix Fixe Meal and the Three Wine flight and couldn't fault it. Added to superb service it is one of our faves.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Off Night
    TAB1115
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This must have been an off night for them because we have a had a good experience in the past. There weren't many people in the restaurant at all but the service was ridiculously slow. Food was mediocre at best. It was like the staff was unhappy to be there on a slow night. I will think twice before going back now.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cathy
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great food as always... wonderful service. Wine list could be enhanced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good location and ambiance
    Teresa
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We enjoyed our lunch, the service was excellent and the food very tasty. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • way too fast
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I was very disappointed in Il Fornaio this time (we had been there before). We had selected it as a midway point to meet two people from out of town, one of whom we were meeting for the first time. As a result, I had asked for a table where we could talk in the hope we could sit and enjoy our conversation during and after dinner. Ironically, the restaurant was less crowded and thus quieter than usual, so we would have been able to talk. The problem was that we were hurried through our meal. The first course came immediately and the second course came while I was still eating my first course (the others had just finished). We felt rushed so we ate quickly and left. This is not the experience we had expected when we selected Il Fornaio.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    FussyVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Il Fornaio is one of our favorite local restaurants and we go often. This time we took advantage of the happy hour menu, and sitting outside on a lovely summer evening. All of the appetizers were great, as usual. We ordered the personal pizzas for our entree. Not up to par. Doughy crust. Toppings not melted through. Our waitress had to be asked or reminder for everything. Again not typical, but I thought it was worth noting since consistency is important if we are to continue to be regular diners.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and place
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I had a business lunch at 1pm on Sept. 26th and the food was excellent. The service was average only because our very kind waitress only checked-in on us a few times. The most annoying part was one of the chefs banging on something quite loudly (apparently prepping/chopping something) for more than 20 minutes which really disrupted our lunch. Hopefully that was a rare occasion because otherwise the food and atmosphere was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • IL Fornaio delivers
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We found this place checking the Il Fornaio's website to see if they had expanded farther west than NV. We were delighted to find that it had opened in VA and found that it maintained the high quality we were used to. We can claim now to have eaten at all their restaurants in CA, NV and VA! The service is outstanding and their Italian fare has become comfort food to us as it bring us great memories of our years in CA. Even though we are watching our weight, we had a three-meal course. How can't you not? Everything in the menu is irresistible. I hope they will bring back the rabbit with pancetta and the Valentino desert. They are oldies, but they are good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    GlutenFreeVA
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband took me here as a surprise. I am gluten intollerant and eat a strict GF diet, I was very surprised and impressed with the size and quality of the GF menu - not just salads and naked burgers. The Pasta alla Vodka was to die for. The wait staff was polite and not intrusive, management came to talk to us - I could not have been happier. Plan on going again soon to celebrate my husband's birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Restaurant Around
    Chris
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and I love this place, and it is always at the top of our list when deciding on where to spend our date nights. The service is always excellent , even the managers take their time to come around to say hello. We have never had a bad meal and cannot get enough of certain dishes (my wife loves the Penoni Alla Vodka while I keep coming back for the Tagliata). It's tough not to fill up on their delicious bread and we highly recommend the calamari. Overall, you just cannot go wrong by going to Il Fornaio for a night out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great Service and delicious meals. Great for celebrating special occasions as we did for birthday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Servie--Food Okay
    Drew
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our waiter; Aaron was amazing! He knew when to stop by and check in on our table--very knowledgable of the menu (wines too!) Food was a bit bland--they changed their bread seletion, it's okay. I'll be back-
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    sweeteats
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Brian was the perfect server -- he was a great help with menu suggestions and was encouraging with our additions to our entries. He even had the bartender come up with a lovely non-alcoholic, non-soda lunch drink. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blah
    jace
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I wish I'd gone up the street to Ted's Bulletin for better food, atmosphere, & more reasonable pricing. Never again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but....
    LoveItalian
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food is excellent and so is the service but wish they would find some ways to cut down on the noise. For such a nice restaurant it is much too noisy and difficult to hear if you sit inside. For this reason we chose to sit outside but had to wait for a table even after making a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic