Il Fornaio - San Francisco
Il Fornaio - San Francisco

Il Fornaio - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: (415) 986-0100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am -2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ivan Giansante
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For delivery and pick-up orders please call 415 986 0100. Full service catering is also available.
  • Special Events: Wine Dinners and cooking classes held every month - please call for date & time.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Greenwich
  • Public Transit: Muni Bus: 10 Townsend; Muni Metro: F Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available on the street as well as parking at a garage located on Sansome St. which is one block over from us.
A word from Il Fornaio - San Francisco
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
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Il Fornaio - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (36)neighborhood gem (25)special occasion (19)fit for foodies (18)great for lunch (18)great for outdoor dining (17)great for brunch (15)romantic (13)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • BigEater
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The three-course menu was amazing! Also the wine flight was perfectly pair with the menu. In fact, neither of us could finish our entrees as it was just too much food. Don't usually go to San Francisco for chains, but definitely worth visiting again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wake UP Il Fornaio
    SanFranFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Your restaurant looks so tired - time to refreshen
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Norsktorsk
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Friday night, quiet, very nice polite friendly service. The food was quite nice. Minimal wine list. Great value. We would go there again.
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  • Sammy
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    As always, a wonderful place to enjoy a meal with friends. excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    chicken excellent caesar salad mediocre free corkage on sundays very generous pasta excellent
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like going home
    zerone
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Love this food, the folks, and the fountain. Please let me know, OPEN TABLE when I've reached 50 characters, and consider waiving this requirement, because I'm not going to go through this again. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • CupolaVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I recently moved in the area and have dined at Il Fornaio several times. I am disappointed with the consistency in the quality of the food. At my last visit, the pizza was so overcooked! I am now hesitant to bring friends here as I never know whether the quality of the food will be up or down. I used to dine at Il Forniao Corte Madera, the quality of the food there was always consistent.
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  • Risotto undercooked
    Somm
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Didn't finish half my plate and sever never asked why, the risotto was undercooked every bite was gritty and grainy, disappointing! Not how it used to be nor is their head chef capable of QA before sending out a dish
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  • Poorly Managed is our Guess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This used to be a great restaurant; no longer. The food was positively horrible. Oversalted, and mostly, uninspired. Many others in the chain are excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • A familiar find in-between
    MikeSi120VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Friendly staff and convenient for residents and employees who work around the area. The restaurant is clean, more compact than it's sister property in Walnut Creek and a bit more "snug" with seating (sitting right next to another table). The food was "okay" at this location; nothing to write home about, but surely not so that would make me refuse a return visit. Overall, I'm certain I'll see the inside of this place again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closing soon
    floridadiners
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Got there and even though it had many tables filled only three servers. Saw hostess waiting on tables eventually. Ran out of fresh basil and bread by 7. No one ran and got more. Low class
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  • quiet
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We never tire of going to Il Fornaio in San Francisco, and try to enjoy at least one Festa Regionale meal a month. Service and food are consistently good, and it is nice to see regulars who have been with Il Fornaio for years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian
    Rockandrollgirl
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good assosrtment of italian dishes. Nice gluten freee options for me, which is appreciated. Service was good, nice outdoor patio covered w heat lamps.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meet and eat
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Nice place to meet friends and share a good dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Regular Customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We eat at Il Fornaio restaurants regularly--both the Burlingame and the San Francisco location. The food is always fresh and very tasty. This time, we brought along a free coupon for birthday Tiramasu and also our Open Table Checks, so the meal was very affordable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kid Friendly
    Cicagna
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good place for a dinner with kids. Nice outside space and restaurant provided a good location in the restaurant for a group with children.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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  • mediocre food
    robertpaulVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Nothing was prepared well....salad had too little dressing....veal was not cooked properly.....pasta was dry....overall a very mediocre dining experience.
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  • Way too much salt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Brought a couple of new work colleagues here to celebrate a promotion. I ordered the special risotto but it was so salty I could barely eat it. Being with new people from work I did not want to send it back and make a scene but I wish I had. Watch the salt!
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  • Avoid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food here is terrible. Worst cannelloni I have ever had. Spinach and chicken flavors didn't meld and too much flavorless sauce. Bologna sauce was way too salty and the calamari were very greasy and not crisp. The place was almost empty at 7:45 PM on a Thursday night in high tourist season. Easy to see why. Absolutely avoid.
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  • Very nice and consistent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I always enjoy il fornaio. The breads and salads are great. Pasta and main courses are great too!
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  • Chef Ivan Rocks!!!
    Vegan4LifeVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Chef at Il Fornaio's San Francisco restaurant should be Michelin Star rated. He went out of his way to accommodate my wife and I which are both vegan and have other food allergies. What he came up with blew us away! Thank you from the bottom of our heart, you made our experience so fantastic and wonderful. A truly talented individual.
    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, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • don't have one
    donothaveone
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    had a lo-ong brunch, with friendly service, and were not sent away for overextending our stay, it was an unhurried Sunday midday
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 968 reviews are from the Il Fornaio - San Francisco reviews archive.
  • Staff is Great!
    thereaderkat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We come here once or twice a month and the staff always makes us feel welcome whether we show up at a normal dinner time or late night. The food is good and usually there are one or two creative suggestions. Best of all is the spumoni!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wasn't impressed
    BarbieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Three of us dined and my meal seemed to be the best. The other's just thought it was OK. Where were all the people on a Saturday night over the holiday?
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Service was bad.RFood was mediocre.Food wait was very long.
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  • Best dinner place in San Francisco
    Phil
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We attended a conference and went to dinner here. The food was great and the service was amazing. I recommend this place to anyone who is looking for good food and a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I found the overall experience exceptional. All aspects of my experence (food, wine, service, ambience) were exceptional. We took our time eating, ordered with help from the waiter, never once felt rushed, and completely enjoyed the experience. I highly recommend Il fornaio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sammy
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    always the perfect spot for a business lunch or lunch with friend.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely place food 2nd rate
    Mttool
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Seemed like cheap seafood and no flavor complexity worth bringing me back. The bread was exceptional. Are lovely gracious waitress's was the best service person I've ever had. Belarus is her home country I can't remember her name shes just adorable.
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    romantic
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  • Yummy
    Yummy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This restaurant provided everything we were looking for; an interior that allowed us to hear the conversation, excellent food and wine, very good service without interfering or rushing us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    Vegan4LifeVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Everything was so wonderful! Thank you for making our evening out with friends excellent.
    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, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I loved their bread, hot & fresh out the oven. The food was also delicious and tasty. We would definitely go there to eat again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I have been coming here for years and it is like old faithful - consistently excellent. I like the location, the decor, the service, and the food very much. Wine is excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Nice setting with a waterfall!
    DocLaura
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Apparently part of an Italian chain (ie in Italy). Alaskan cod perfect, butternut squash ravioli also very good. Server too busy, did a good but breathless job! Lovely covered patio would be awesome for brunch/lunch as opens on a private square with a waterfall.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old standby
    Cream2puffVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Lovely ambiance and very good food. More diners would add to the enjoyment of eating at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as Walnut Creek
    teapotty50
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Meal was very disappointing. Ordered off special menu, food too salty, balance of flavors not good. Companions food likewise not great for the price. Also they didn't have my reservation. Have never been disappointed at Il Fornaio in Walnut Creek.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Italian
    AlexandAmy
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant very close to where we live, steps away from The Embarcadero in Levi's Plaza. We were expecting just good Italian food. What we got was AMAZING Sicilian inspired food presented in an elegant setting. Their pasta is obviously fresh made, and prepared with such great care and fresh ingredients that make the dishes extraordinary. Every thing we ordered was fantastic. All complimented by great, attentive service, great drinks, and a quiet but welcoming atmosphere. It is also pretty great to be greeted by an actual Italian when you arrive. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Regional seasonal cooking is worth looking out for. Very accommodating to specific dietary needs. Great service, very good food.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Still good after many years
    BeantownGuy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have been enjoying dinners at Il Fornaio for many years - and I have never hesitated returning. I enjoy Saturday evenings as street parking is never an issue, and the restaurant isn't packed - very peaceful and enjoyable. Their daily specials are always worth considering, but the standard menu will certainly have something to offer that will please everyone. The wait staff are excellent, and their recommendations haven't steered me wrong yet. Very reasonable prices
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent!
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Il Fornaio has an excellent brunch menu but we chose from the main menu. The roast chicken and the cannelloni were delicious. The atmosphere is comfortable and the service was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate