Il Fornaio - Sacramento
Il Fornaio - Sacramento

Il Fornaio - Sacramento

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 9164464100
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Il Fornaio - Sacramento reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (65)romantic (55)fit for foodies (55)good for groups (43)notable wine list (42)great for lunch (32)neighborhood gem (21)great for brunch (14)great for outdoor dining (10)kid-friendly (10)scenic view (9)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Beautiful Restaurant
    Denise
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful, the staff is friendly and gracious, and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Office Meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Fantastic food and service for our group of 14. Could not have asked. For better service and the food was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Took my friend for a very special occasion. She was very pleased! The ambiance is fabulous as well as the food. Our waiter was very charming and made sure we were well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my 40Th Birthday
    foodie4sure
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It was just the right place to Celebrate. The Food and the staff there were just excellent! The sang Happy Birthday to me in Italian ,it was just Beautiful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saved By Experience!
    thereaderkat
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My partner and I reserved a table for a late week night dinner on our way to the Sacramento Airport. The young woman who seated us--at a tiny table for two next to the kitchen--clearly didn't realize that it was unlikely anyone else was coming in that evening. Our waitress did, however and asked if we'd be more comfortable in one of the empty booths which were in abundance. Once moved, we both agreed that we had thought it odd that we were seated where we were on first arriving, but neither of us was going to say anything since we did have that date with airport security. Once the table was straightened out, our waitress was great and the food is consistantly good at II Fornairo's whether Sacramento or San Francisco. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was excellent!
    Erick
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Service was great! Server's food recommendation was exceptional! Me and my wife always have a great experience every time we visit. At the end of the night my wife and I we're very satisfied from the over all experience :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    winter
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Loved my ragu. My champagne was yummy and the strawberry tiramisu was scrumptuous .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional service and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    first time there and won't be our last! perfect evening! Our waiter was extra special! He really made us feel special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would Definitely Come Back
    MattiMatt
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was my first time eating at Il Fornaio and it was awesome. The food was great, the service was too notch, and the atmosphere was just perfect for a date.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    accordnguyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I normally frequent the Il Fornaio in Burlingame, which has great food, but a totally different ambience; it's more "Energetic". The manager was young and Italian who spoke Italian extremely well. Although there weren't many diners at 7:30, the server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent server. Horrible hostess
    purpleretro
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I want to be clear that our waitress was amazing. She was really knowledge, personable, and attentive. The food was also delicious. The only downside was the hostess. I really wondered if she was high because it's hard to imagine someone could naturally be that slow and weird. We had a reservation for 7 pm and we arrived at exactly 7 on the dot. A group was walking in at the same time as us and said they had a 7:30 reservation but were there early. She decided to seat them first. We then stood for approximately another 10 to 15 minutes while she stared at us with a weird smile. We could see multiple tables open behind her! Then another girl came up and they had a little whispered conversation and we were finally seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Have been coming here for all of our birthday celebrations with our siblings, great spot!! Love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood find!
    squigs
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A very delicious relaxing evening! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a place to eat in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night
    MelD
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We took our friends here for their 15th wedding anniversary .. It was very elegant, the staff was awesome, and the food was delicious! They also had an extensive gluten free menu to choose from. We are definitely coming back and would recommend Il Fornio to anyone..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    MeekoB94501VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Menu was wonderful and the food was great although my veal was a little over done. Still good. Service was outstanding and was treated to a beautiful dessert for my birthday dinner. Terrific ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    goodfoodgoodwine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We returned to Il Fornaio to celebrate our 27th anniversary and we're not disappointed. All requests had been perfectly set up to include Prosecco Maschio at the table upon arrival. The service throughout was superb. Francesco's attentiveness & professionalism was impeccable. And the food....! Simply outstanding from the fresh pasta primo piatto through the exquisitely grilled secondo, to excellent dessert. They even had Vecchia Romagna Italian brandy and Vin Santo available. Outstanding! A great evening. We lived in Italy for over two years and are always looking for authentic Italian cuisine and hospitality. Il Fornaio Sacramento is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravis! Again
    CarajoMangare
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A taste of Sardinia was offered in the Passport program. Enough said? This program of preparing Italy's regional dishes is wonderful. You're not stuck with the adventure; you can enjoy the full menu, but the tastes are worth exploring. I've had all kinds of risottos, but this one was made with a longer grain, crab, fish, turnips and saffron dust! Good. And the maiale (pork) came out on a long bone, not a shank cut, adorned with a beautiful tomato ragu. There was enough to feed three people. Good. The only flaw was the ratio of vegetable to meat. They served gorgeous slim carrots and emerald green broccolini with pasta. More vegetables, please. The service was stylish and old world. In short, lovely and friendly. Wine & dessert, great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my favorite
    Festa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love Festa Regionale. It has made me a more discerning diner, and a better cook as well! I look forward to this every month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Il Fornaio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We celebrated our friends 31st birthday, and we wanted to take her somewhere nice. But this place didn't quite meet the expectations of a so called "fine dining" place. I'll keep it short and simple, food was terrible, service was good, and they have a great wine list. I've wine and dined in many places in Sacramento, but this was my least favorite. They either need to hire a new chef, or come up with a more delectable menu. The fish I ordered was way too fishy, even with all of that red tomato sauce on there. My friend had a horrible birthday experience, but luckily, my daughter enjoyed her chicken tenders and fries. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fiesta Regionale Dinner
    Hippocrates
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    All the wines we tasted as part of the wine flight were worth the venture, and the lobster was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing as usual
    DawnyNSacramento
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Love, love, love Il Fornio. The food is amazing and the wine list is awesome. Next time I'm going to do the regional menu. Yes, we'll be going again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a nice date night
    kjoyceful
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I've only been to this restaurant twice so far, once during their 4-6 pm happy hour and the second time for a nice dinner with the hubby. Both experiences were just lovely. The food was just great- everything tasted fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere is really nice whether you want a nice intimate date, or if you want to enjoy their happy hour special with some good company. Their hostesses and servers were friendly and very knowledgable, and we never felt rushed or neglected during our meals. We will definitely be back again to enjoy the delicious food and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    JavCP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food, the service, the attention to detail... All were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliably great
    frekwentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Il Fornaio is extremely reliable for awesome food! So glad they are open Sundays-so few places are anymore. Bread was warm and soft. Salads fresh and cold and crispy. Caprese was excellent (though tomatoes did not taste like fresh picked tomatoes which are so plentiful this time of year. Maybe they were, but I've had better.) We got everything from fish to pasta to meat, and all was so superb. Dessert was also very good. They use high quality, real ingredients for all their food. Service was fine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    BlueSpeed
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We go to Il Fornaio on special occasions, in this case on our anniversary. We sat right next to the kitchen because we like watching the chefs and waiters at work. Our waitress was excellent: knowledgeable and very attentive to our needs. The pace of the evening was relaxed as we like it but with no lulls between the courses. We had the dinner featuring dishes from Sardinia. The food was excellent as was dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prompt service and good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were given a good booth and seated immediately. The waiters were prompt and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • refreshing
    Tazzmom
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    wanted to get out of the office and go somewhere close (walking distance) this fit the bill. Excellent service. would appreciate some additional options since I eat organic and limited amounts of meat. Would also have likes to sit out in the garden area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truely Authentic
    onTheRoad
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I felt like I was back in Bologna, Italy! Waitstaff was very attentive when they needed and the Tagliatelle Bolognese was intense and served in a traditional portion. This meal was a true delight.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Consistently good food and good service. Menu usually has some variations which ar usually very good. I had a delicious pear stuffes ravoli with a gorgonzola cream sauce. very unique and very tasty
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebration in fine style
    bebacksoon
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our waitress greeted us in a friendly way, then helped us make wine and dining choices. The salad and entrees suited us well for a special birthday dinner. Service was outstanding with much care, but no hovering. Most memorable was the singing of the traditional birthday song==in Italian!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Gfood9
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very enjoyable in every way. Great Italian food, wine, service, and place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • expensive?-yes, overpriced?- NO
    mriucd
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love the food, service and location!!! I just told them what I had in mind and they told me they will take care of it!! the food was out of this world!! yes we left $ 80, but I felt full and satisfied for the next day!!! This will definitely be our go to restaurant for special occasions!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Something New
    RebeccaBonBon
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our favorite part about this restaurant is the "Festa Regionale" menu. Each month they feature a different region of Italy with special dishes and wines, and the choices are consistently excellent. This is in addition to their regular menu so you can always get your favorites. The setting is very beautiful and the parking garage makes each visit simple and convenient. I also appreciate how graciously they accommodate my vegan diet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent meal, as always! We dined off the regional menu selections and the dishes were delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Service
    Heath
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The pear ravioli was delicious and the veal tender. Service was excellent - never came close to running out of water and our waiter was prompt and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful regional menu .
    Sugars
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I loved the lamb ragu! Pleanty of menu choices to please everyone. Besides their regular menu, they have a menu that changes with a focus on different regions. Everything sounded great...it was hard to choose.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spider
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The best ambiance in Sacramento, a soaring room, well spaced tables, modest noise. European service, food to match. Excellent bread, lasagna that's world class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Impressed!
    suzybee
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I am always impressed with our dining experience at Il Fornaio. It is fine dining with a quiet, cozy atmosphere. The food is fabulous, cooked to perfection. Their service is superb. I always look forward to eating here and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • kendie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DoctorAl
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Always excellent food and great service. We have gone to the restaurant many times and will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet