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Il Fornaio - Sacramento
Il Fornaio - Sacramento

Il Fornaio - Sacramento Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com
  • Phone: (916) 446-4100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday : 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bruno Amato
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Retail Catering: When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! Catering services include: boxed lunches, pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies platters and much more. Perfect for any social or business meeting. Call for delivery details and minimum order information (service charge applies). Planning a wedding or large corporate event? Full Service Catering is available at our Sacramento location. Authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine and our experienced catering staff can offer Five-Star service when handling all the details of your next special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Public Transit: Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated, complimentary parking available in private lot. Street parking and valet are also available.
A word from Il Fornaio - Sacramento
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Sacramento, this award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 wine list. Enjoy wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a wonderful dinner.... had to leave for a play - but would have stayed longer for dessert and coffee.... and the easy relaxing european feel that we felt. Very happy. Try it - you will love it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Always excellent food and great service. We have gone to the restaurant many times and will return."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Do not frequent at lunch hour but were thrilled to have Francesco as our wait person. He is outstanding and made the meal extra special"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We went on a Tuesday evening when I thought it would be quiet (my guest was my elderly Father) and it was an excellent choice!. The food was great, it was quiet, service was great, and we had a very pleasant meal. This is one of my Father's favorite restaurants!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food tastes nothing from anywhere else. Are these real Italian food? I bet my money on YES! The service is nothing I have ever had. They are attentive, knowledge, polite, happy to serve you whoever you are. The restaurant looks 5 stars! Nice! The price is quite reasonable! Great dinner for a decent price. I pay very much attention to what I pay for my food. And it's worth it! The desert selection, wow, don't miss out!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Service was fantastic....Francisco took great care of us for our 58th Anniversary.....regional 3 course was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Fantastic food -prepared perfectly. Recommendation on wine was wonderful. Server was knowledgable and friendly. Overall, fantastic dining experience. Next time we are in Sacramento, Il Fornaio will be a dinner stop for sure."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It is nice to have a place you can go where the food, service, and experience are consistent.. consistently good!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food and service excellent as usual and we took our son this time and the wait staff explained the menu and helped him decide on his selections. He just turned 12 and he enjoyed the evening and food as much as we did and dessert also. He enjoyed the staffs personal attention and enjoyed the 2.5 hour experence! Hats off to you all thxs for a great evening!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This is one of the finest dining experiences in Sacramento. We come here for special occasions as we are always treated like we are special and that they appreciate our business. It is not too expensive and not cheap either. If you want an elegant meal it usually costs more than average. I accept that. We have always had exceptional service food and ambiance. We will always return for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "A very pleasant dining experience. My wife and I went here on our second anniversary, as we had our rehearsal dinner here and thought it would be fun to revisit. I had the eggplant special from the Sicilian menu which was absolutely delicious, my wife had the penne in vodka, also wonderful and we shared a bruschetta. My wife and I both ordered the wine flight tasting and picked different wines so that we could in essence try all 5 on offer. They were very nice and paced very well with the rest of the food we ordered. The only slightly off note was that our waiter did not ever seem to smile during the evening, not that I minded over much, his service was excellent in that he was both attentive and not too present, it was just rather odd."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "this is a well run restaurant and the service was outstanding. Food was good and our table setting was great."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food and service were perfect. We got our food in a timely manner, the waiter and staff were outstanding. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "excellent food and service.....great ambience....very quiet for big place"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Was not up to usual standard. Food was mediocre & the only reason I gave it 3 stars was the excellent service."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I went there with my husband for our 8th wedding anniversary. It was romantic, the lighting was perfect (not as dim as the one in roseville), the service was spectacular, and the food so delicious. They are more up scale, but worth every penny!! We will definitely return soon! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Il Fornaio has become a downtown favorite for lunch, happy hour, and the delicious regional meals served for its Passaporto program. We are rarely disappointed."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Have always loved Il Fornaio in downtown Sacramento for brunches...excellent breakfast foods, unlimited shellfish table that is restocked constantly, great carving and omelette station. Wish they had more of their excellent breads and rolls, which they are known for in SF. Our last waiter was so excellent...and with reservations through OpenTable, we're always seated immediately!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My wife an I had lunch for our 15th wedding anniversary and loved it. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive to our needs. The food was very good although my wife felt the white fish was a little undercooked. We will go again."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I booked my graduation party of 16. I’ve had large parties at IF in Roseville and it was great. Here the 16 were seated at 2 sep tables! My fam had come from far away to see me, I don't get to see them often, and I wasn't seated with them! I talked to the manager, we were moved to a table that all of us could be seated at, but I shouldn't have to ask. They only had one server for the entire group! Usu this isn't an issue but the server still had other tables she was in charge of! Everything took forever. Orders were taken an hr after being seated. The service and poor execution of reservations are my main complaints. This experience left a bad taste - I won't be back. I left a tip, I'm glad they didn't charge gratuity, it wasn't deserved."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Located on the ground floor of the impressive Wells Fargo Bank Building on Capitol Mall, this is one of the most beautifully appointed restaurants in Sacramento -- with Carrera marble, polished wooden moldings, and rich fabric everywhere -- and the quality of the food matches the ambiance.We started our meal by sharing a simple angel hair pasta with a light fresh tomato sauce. Our waiter graciously accomodated our request to share this pasta by plating it separately for each of us. I thoroughly enjoyed the lightly panko-crusted fillet of sole with a tomato-cucumber relish. My husband's chicken and eggplant scallopini was beautiful and flavorful. For dessert we shared a perfect affogatto. Service was attentive and professional in every way."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were celebrating a graduation and had a group of 10. We were seated in an area where it was quiet and peaceful - not a lot of other guest around. The server and the assistant were attentive, gave recommendations overall a wonderful experience. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Every time I come here they exceed my expectations! I love this restaurant and it's amazing staff! I highly recommend you spend an afternoon or evening here!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I look forward to dining at Il Forniao's on a regular basis (twice monthly). Love the regional menu. We've also celebrated my son's wedding at Il Forniao in Las Vegas, and in Sacramento for the family members that could not make it to Las Vegas. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great dining experience! The staff is amazing and it is always a treat to get to dine at this location. Patrick the GM does an amazing job. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This was a very nice experience. The food was very good, particularly the salads and pasta dishes. Mixed reviews at our table about the entrees: branzino and a chicken dish from the regional specialty menu. The chicken seemed dry to the person who had it. The branzino was very good. Wine was okay, but we didn't really examine the wine list. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Expected the food to be much, better, so disappointing. Service and manager were great though. Best thing was the bread, everything else I tried was mediocre at best."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Have been here a number of times, always good service, great atmosphere and wonderful dinners. We live in Reno and always stop for a Il Forniao dinner when heading home. Have enjoyed the one in San Jose and Carmel by the sea. This last stop was of special importance because we celebrated two birthdays and Mothers Day. We like to stay at the Holiday Inn on J St. because it is in walking distance to Il Forniao however plans may change in the future because Holiday Inn is in need of double pane windows to cut down on the outside noise. They are apparently to cheap to remedy this problem. If you have any influence, tell them about the noise. Thanks"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to this location for brunch and felt the food was average. The pastas were not hot and the desserts were very limited. Mostly only carrot cake."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Everything was great! Quickly seated, always nice ambience, very helpful wait-staff, prompt service but they ensured we were well taken care of."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The bass was the worst ever.. no taste to it.. not enough sauce. very dry My wifes pork dish very very tough. hard to chew. We have always had wonderful meals here.. what a dissappointment. Our daughter and her fiance took us here for my wife's Mother's Day. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "As usual, my wife and I went to Il Fornaio for brunch again on Mother's Day. They did not disappoint. Excellent service, good food. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is it was a buffet and while the food was good overall, some was great and some was OK. The ambiance and the overall feel of this restaurant is why we love it. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Staff was amazing! Packed for Mother's Day brunch and we never had to look for staff. They met every need and even lingered to treat us as if we were their only table! Food was very good, especially at a brunch. All serving trays were constantly filled. Great job!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food, superb service and charming atmosphere. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food, as usual, perfect service...makes a lovely evening."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The wait time for dinner on a Thursday evening was unacceptably long. Our dinner was served a full 30 minutes AFTER our appetizer plates were cleared from our table. The food was very good, but not quite worth it to risk another long wait time for our dinner to arrive."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "wonderful experience both in the bar, we arrived early to enjoy a cocktail during Happy Hour 4-6. Delicious raspberry martini happy hour $6, the only thing missing was the rim dipped in red sugar. Dinner was delicious as always, I've never had a bad meal here..."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "If you ask and get Francisco you will not be disappointed. He's one of the best waiter's around. Francisco! He's the best!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Francisco is the waiter you want. He is so attentive!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "six close friends out to dinner. Great Service, delicious food & bread, wine... all was great and a good time. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014