Il Fornaio - Sacramento
Il Fornaio - Sacramento

Il Fornaio - Sacramento

  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Il Fornaio - Sacramento reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (73)fit for foodies (57)romantic (56)good for groups (52)notable wine list (37)great for lunch (35)neighborhood gem (23)great for outdoor dining (18)hot spot (14)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (10)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (8)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Delicious and Lovely
    Cindy
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Such a light and bright restaurant. The staff was amazing and very helpful and accommodating. The food was delicious and the desserts were wonderful. The only negative was that our table was pretty close to the private room and the waiters kept bumping into us with the dessert cart and such as they were passing back and forth. The Risotto was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends and Il Fornaio
    PapaBearMJ
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My wife and I had dinner with friends of ours that we hadn't seen in a couple of years and decided on making it a downtown destination celebration of getting back together. Il Fornaio came highly recommended from other friends so the decision was made. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the restaurant. The service, wine, food and ambience was perfect. We spent two wonderful unrushed hours catching up and commenting on our experience at the Il Fornaio. My wife and I are looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location, food & service
    JOMcD
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Long time since I had visited, but I remembered that the restaurant is upscale and a nice showoff to my girlfriend for a belated birthday gift. Eveyone sorely enjoyed their visit. I would highly recommend this restaurant for some good Italian food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicy chicken
    SilviaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have dinner at Il Fornaio a lot. We have never ordered the chicken with spicy sauce. Unfortunately, we failed to read the entire description so the sauce a bit spicier than we are comfortable with. The beet salad was fabulous as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Professional meeting
    Lovepizza
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Arrived about 15 minutes early and my colleagues and I were promptly seated even thou our reservation was for 4pm. Service was excellent. The food was exactly what we expected - delicious!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant but pricey
    foodplayer
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This is a great location, especially for history buffs. Food was exceptionally pricey considering how little we purchased. The food is very flavorful however quite expensive for just a small entree. Side dishes, salads, etc are all extra and very expensive. We only had two entrees (total), one dinner salad and one beverage and it was still a $100 meal. Staff can be a little unctuous, which can be off-putting. Overall it was a fair meal in a pleasant location for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    TuscanLady
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We have been coming to Il Fornaio in Sacramento for many years, and we are never disappointed. We recently celebrated a birthday by having dinner there, and it was wonderful again. The servers are attentive, friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. The food is well-prepared and yummy! The atmosphere of the restaurant lends itself to both casual dining and a more formal and or romantic setting. We really like this restaurant, and we recommend it to folks seeking a nice meal and dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasant Evening, Overall
    Mahlergirl
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We chose Il Fornaio for my husband's birthday, and brought our teenage daughter with us. Our reservation was ready promptly. The servers were very attentive - we received water and delicious bread almost immediately. Our waiter was very courteous and helpful as well. Both my husband and daughter were pleased with their dishes - a prosciutto and arugula pizza for the kid, and grilled seafood pasta for my husband. I ordered one of the specials - chicken stuffed with ham and cheese. The chicken was dry inside, too crunchy, and topped with a somewhat unappetizing orange sauce. I was disappointed with my entree, but I was the only one. My husband received a tasty complimentary tiramisu for his birthday, which we all helped him enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once great now only fair/good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The space/decor at Il Fornaio remains classy and elegant. What's not so great is the food and service. We waited for a table even with reservations on a slow Saturday night. The salty pasta entrée and other lackluster entrees appeared like the kitchen was just going through the motions. Our waiter was spread too thin. It showed when we waited almost 20 minutes for a dessert menu. Then when offered a free dessert by the waiter for the delay (which was nice), the waiter then backed away from the offer when we made our selections and said "Oh, but you cant have THAT dessert..." Awkward and unprofessional. When Il Fornaio opened there was less competition; Now with better options like Ella, Mulvaney's, Waterboy, etc., weakness shows.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    patriots2487
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary. She had never been to any Il Fornaio restaurant before, but she loved it! We had a nice, romantic dinner at a corner table secluded from everyone. Great service; our waitress was incredible. Great food as well. We both tried something new, and both dishes were incredible. The manager was going around and talking to his patrons. I would definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Dining Experience
    floydsterVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant in a very good location. Friendly greeter, excellent food and service all combine for a very pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Office Meeting
    Jglen
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1281 reviews are from the Il Fornaio - Sacramento reviews archive.