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Il Fornaio - Reston
Il Fornaio - Reston

Il Fornaio - Reston Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com
  • Email: reston@ilfo.com
  • Phone: (703) 437-5544
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Tried the monthly regional menu...it was fabulous! The service was excellent and our waiter made some great suggestions. I am never disappointed at Il Forniao & recommend it to all my friends."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Service was impeccable and seamless. The food was generally good and delivered timely. All of our salads and entrees and bread were excellent, but the carpaccio was bland and could have used a little more kick. Wine was overpriced--do you really need to add a 300% markup?"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Ambiance, food, service was perfect. Parking convenient & nice area to walk around afterwards to enjoy the first warm spring weekend of 2014!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It was quite noisy and we couldn't talk to the people as a whole unless you sat next to them. The food was pricey for the quality. There are much better restaurants in the Reston area. The majority in the group mentioned they would not come back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went here for lunch with work team. Il Fornaio is a fancy sit down restaurant. Lunch is about $15-25 per person for a lunch. Our server was polite and prompt. The setting was clean and looked nice. I got the 3-course lunch for $19.95 with a soup, spaghetti, and cannoli. Soup tasted fresh and organic. Spaghetti was unique, more of a herb sauce rather than a traditional tomato sauce. Cannoli was good, except the outside shell tasted like it was fried in old oil. Tiramisu tasted fantastic though!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "A pleasant Italian restaurant addition to Reston Town Center. Convenient parking one block away, friendly waitstaff, who will help guide you through the specials and menu options. Our meal was preceded with warm, crusty bread and olive-balsamic oils for dipping. The cold seafood appetizer was sufficient to share between two, and the separate pasta entrees were just as hoped for. Dessert was again shared; a trio of delicious gelato's with cookie accompaniment."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Everything was great! Food and service were excellent! Will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This place was packed/the energy level is high. The noise level is also pretty high as well. Food was good but not particularly memorable. We asked to have our meal paced slowly since we were there to relax and enjoy the conversation. The food came out whiz bang fast instead. I guess they were trying to move the table. It was a Saturday night so, sure, we weren't going to be able to linger all that long but as soon as we had finished that last bite of appetizer, the main courses were slapped on the table. It is a cool looking place and a has a nice vibe for a quick and fairly elegant meal out. Just don't go there with thoughts of a quiet, romantic Italian dinner."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overall a nice dining experience. We all ordered rack of lamb and it was very nice but for some unknown reason it took a long time to receive it. Server stated they wanted it cooked properly (?? we all ordered medium) so maybe they overcooked the first order or just dropped the ball. The person who delivered our entrees also apologized for the delay. Not a huge problem. We have eaten here before and always enjoyed our meals."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the food and was pleasantly surprised that there were several organic options on the menu. The service was very good and the tables are spread out so you are not on top of each other even when the restaurant is full."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "To celebrate our special event, my wife and I decided to return to Il Fornaio after the fantastic dining experience we had there with our daughters and grandchildren. We were warmly met at the hostess station with a smile and a welcome and escorted to the quiet table I requested. After seating us, the hostess confirmed our anniversary celebration with me to ensure she could advise the staff. Carlos was prompt to start his awesome service and took our drink order. Within a few minutes, the manager on duty greeted us with complimentary glasses of champagne and wished us well on our wedding anniversary. The appetizers, main course, dessert, and bottle of wine were great, but Carlos was the star of our evening!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "a word about the other patrons. I had to notify a member of your staff as the people seated next to us began experiencing some gas about halfway through dessert. Your restaurant does not seem like the type of place that this would be ok. I am thankful that we were about to leave when it started, but this is RIDICULOUS! My money is just as green as his and I deserve to eat without the aromatics that this guy was giving off!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I chose Il Fornaio for my wedding reception (small group), and they exceeded all my expectations in terms of service, quality and ambiance. Everyone loved the food, the menu was well balanced with traditional dishes and more exotic/foodie type dishes."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had an excellant experience at this place. Seafood was cooked to perfection and the service was fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Service was phenomenal for a Sunday brunch. Staff was attentive and accommodating to a birthday. The food was great and the atmosphere was perfect. Overall a great dining experience and I'll definitely be back for dinner."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food is like your Italian mama made. Roberto, the chef, puts his heart into creating wonderful dishes. The menu changes with their Regional menu but they still maintain wonderful standards like buttery squash ravioli! The wait and management staff are friendly and accommodating. This restaurant though a little pricy makes you feel welcome and unrushed."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Solid experience. Nice risotto. Watching being too close to the kitchen if you're not a fan of cooking smoke. Great service from friendly staff!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Recommend reservations - even on weeknights. It is a hopping place many nights, and can be a tad loud, but the food was excellent and our waiter very professional. I took my younger daughter (15) there and though we enjoyed ourselves, I'm not sure it is the best choice for families."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The wine selection is poor though. great service. little pricey."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The 3 course lunch was very nice: perfect portions, great selection and delicious"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Our particular server was a bit cold but I did see others nearby doing a much better job. Perhaps she was just having a bad day. The food was very good .... Pricey but not outrageous ... My only real complaint was it was sooo crowded and so very loud and a little claustrophobic. But I think you can say that about almost every restaurant in Reston Towncenter. I would go again."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great food and great service! I would recommend to everyone."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was a great place to take my group. The services an food was excellant"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We started out with the Boars meatball and polenta appetizer; the polenta was good, but the meatballs were just OK. My wife got the beet salad, which was excellent and I got the Il forniao house salad that was also excellent. For entries she chose the beef tenderloin with potatoes and spinach; the beef was cooked a perfect medium rare and tasted very good. I ordered the cannelloni stuffed with chicken, spinach and cheese and topped with bechamel sauce. The cannelloni were very good, but the sauce was a little too heavy. If you order the cannelloni, I would recommend substituting a marinara sauce instead. Overall it was very good and the waitstaff was attentive and did not rush us in any way."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Very disappointed in our latest visit to Il Fornaio. Very crowded and very noisy. Did not receive first course until 45 minutes after order. Long delays between courses. My wife's chicken was dry. My son and I ordered same main course; his was dry and seemed to have a different sauce than mine. Waiter (who we have had before) was good given the apparently overburdened kitchen. In fact, he told us restaurant had 300 reservations...most between 7 and 8:30. Clearly, this restaurant cannot handle large number of reservations. We wIll never go on Saturday night again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Fresh bread and oil are delicious. Service was very attentive. Lunch and dessert were high quality, presented well and very tasty."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "First time at Il Fornaio and was quite impressed. The restaurant features a region of Italy each month. I had the tasting menu which is one of the appetizers, pasta dish, and the main course. Everything was excellent. My main course was the sea bass which was cooked perfectly and the portion was very good (i.e. satisfying, not over abundant). My wife had the seafood risotto which was probably one of the best I've ever tasted."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I reserved this restaurant for a large group function we had 15 people. Everybody had cleaned their plate and enjoyed their meal."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed celebrating a 21st birthday here! The Pasta con Polpettine was outstanding (the polpettine were made with wild boar). We would definitely come again, perhaps to enjoy one of the special regional menus or a wine tasting meal."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great food with attentive staff in nice atmosphere. Come for business and pleasure"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Service was horrible. Food.took over.an.hour to.arrive and then continued.downhill from there. Ma.ager actually said "if.you wanted to hurry there are plenty of.fast.food.places.around!""
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We arrived at 6:30 for a 6:45 reservation and didn't get seat until 7:15. What was the point of the reservation?"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to have a spur of the moment date night which landed us at Il Fornaio (and I am glad it did). Everything about our experience there was great. Our server was very engaging and had a great personality. Since we have never been to Il Fornaio, we relied on the server for several suggestions for food and drink which turned out to be awesome. We did the taste of the month menu which is a special menu that focuses on a particular region in Italy and contains dishes inspired from the area. For $30, we received three dishes (one from each section on the menu). It was a great way to experience the food and the portions spread out through the three dishes left us feeling very satisfied. We can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Il Fornaio never fails to provide delicious, professionally prepared and served, authentic Italian cuisine. We started with the Carpaccio de Melanazane (grilled,thinly sliced eggplant, with goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and tomato). I followed with the Zuppe di Pesce and my wife had the linguine frutti di mare. Both were served with a tasty, slightly spicy red tomato sauce/broth. The seafood was tender and flavorful. The bread was hearty and delicious. I washed it all down with a lovely dry white wine. We capped of dinner by sharing the trio dessert plate of tiramisu, apple crepe with vanilla ice cream, and chocolate torte. It was sumptuous! We need an Il Forniao IN THE CITY!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It was cold, we were standing at the front door of the restaurant at 745 on a saturday night and could not get inside - the door was locked, accidentally of course - but we stood there knocking and waving to the people around the front desk for a few moments before someone figured out that the door was locked. The manager and the hostess looked annoyed, and neither of them gave us any eye contact or said a word to us about the fact that we had just been locked out of the restaurant. There was a lot of shuffling and rearranging of menus and still no eye contact. Finally I leaned over the desk and said, "uh hi, we're here for a reservation" the place is loud, stuffy and hot both times I have been there. But Food is good, worth the hassle."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We live in Falls Church and were getting together with friends visiting family in Herndon. I Iooked at restaurants at Reston Town Center and came up with this Italian restaurant, mainly because I liked the look of the place. All four of us had the fixed prix offering. It was excellent. The portions were small, yet with three courses, an ample amount of food. Stunning place as well. Yes, we will return."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food is very good here and we love going out to the Town Center. The wine list has some unique and unusual finds, with great descriptions. My only issue is the service--while moderately attentive, it is VERY impersonal, which makes the dining experience not as enjoyable. When we go out it is nice to feel like we are welcome guests at a restaurant--not merely warm bodies providing a tip."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everything is delicious, and the vibe is such you could be in NYC, energetic, friendly, excellent service. Its Happy Hour is the BEST in Reston Town Center or Tyson's. Menu offerings, not happy hour lower octane options. They also have great cooking classes and fun events for family and adults. It generates a loyal fan base for good reason."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My wife and I had great team. Food was awesome! The server was fabulous, he recommended great choice for both wine and food. Looking forward to visiting it again."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The service was slow - the waiter did not pay attention and charged the wrong brand of wine (4 glasses of it!!!) when that brand was out and the more expensive one - the food was dry and bland. VERY disappointed,"
    Dined on 2/19/2014