Il Fornaio - San Francisco
Il Fornaio - San Francisco

Il Fornaio - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 4159860100x
  • 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
77 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (31)special occasion (24)great for lunch (22)neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (17)great for outdoor dining (17)romantic (17)great for brunch (16)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (5)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
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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?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Service was bad.RFood was mediocre.Food wait was very long.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT EVENT RESTAURANT
    DAVESDINNER
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I'VE HAD THREE GRADUATION DINNERS AND A 21ST BIRTHDAY DINNER AT IL FORNAIO. EVERY TIME THE SERVICE HAS BEEN FRIENDLY AND RESPONSIVE, THE FOOD VERY GOOD WITH A GOOD SELECTION, AND THE WINE CAN BE TERRIFIC. THIS TIME THE WHITE WINE MENU WAS FAIR, BUT THE RED WAS VERY GOOD. FOR EVENTS THE RESTAURANT IS VERY FLEXIBLE AND WILL GET WHAT YOU WANT. I'D GO BACK IN A HEARTBEAT!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Excellent service - the manager was extremelly responsive to our requests and service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Ulysse
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We traditionally eat here for Mother's day and are happy with the experience. This Mother's day (5-11-14) we were seated promptly and ordered but had to wait over an hour for the food to arrive. My wife, the mother, wanted brazen but by 6:15 pm there was none left. In excusable. It was a pretty tedious experience. If the restaurant can't handle Mother's day crowds it should cut back on its advertising.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • child friendly
    ladida
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    child friendly place to go for brunch. love the outdoor area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 946 reviews are from the Il Fornaio - San Francisco reviews archive.
  • Fast Lunch
    djshaferVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We had a great lunch and in and out of there within an hour (even with dessert at the end). They know people are on their lunch hour, and they deliver great service to make it work. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    Jeff
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We have had several meals at Il Fornaio and several celebratory dinners. The staff has always been wonderful. This lunch was a small wedding party and we couldn't have been better cared for. I heartily recommend Il Fornaio for any meal, esp. for celebrations!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best Italian restaurant in SF.
    Awesome
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I went into this restaurant by accident and this was one of the best Italian restaurant that I have ever been too. The service, ambiance, bread, food everything is great.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Il Fornaio Restaurant--Battery ST
    4gutesessen
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This is a favorite of ours--we schedule monthly visits during the time of the Regional Dinner Offerings. This provides us with a tasting of the various cuisines of each region in Italy, which are quite differing and unique from each other. The staff is especially friendly, attentive and well-informed of both the differing menu offerings as well as the accompanying regional wines. A pleasant side perk is the accompanying food-oriented gift to the "passporto-carrying" guests.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific as Usual
    MindilLew
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We enjoy gathering at Il Fornaio as a family with folks coming from both north and south SF areas. The restaurant is comfortable. There is a broad enough selection to satisfy our vegan, vegetarian and carnivores and foodies like me in the family. The service is good as well. We will continue meeting here for our family events for sure. It is a beautiful setting and I like the feel of coming to an established San Francisco area favorite.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for brunch
    Foodlover
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    HAs a wonderfulEaster brunch. Great atmosphere and the "greenhouse area" makes you feel outside yet in.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite spot in the area
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I really like this restaurant, not only due to its food, but also due to its service The pizza is highly recommendable, since it is not an American one, always have a look at the seasonal menu, since it is related to an Italian region
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat to visit Il
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Always a treat to visit Il Fornaio. The service is great, the dining room and patio are lovely and the menu is huge and there is something to tantalize everyone. The salads are amazing as are the pastas. We go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient Location
    Fogjazz
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Il Fornaio may never win a James Beard award, but the location and low traffic does make it a convenient place for a decent meal and a good quiet talk. Our brunch was good even if nothing especially creative. The only minor disappointment was the service, the one poor overworked waitress simply could not get around to all of the tables frequently enough. Maybe with a menu update they could pull in a little more business to justify some added staffing?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find near Embarcadero
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This place is a hidden gem in open sight near Embarcadero. The food was great. Wonderful small plates and small size pasta options make this a great place to dine. Top that with a wonderful wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was excellent
    Judy
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    service was great, food was delicious, love Il Fo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a real find that's
    AddieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is a real find that's been there a long time. Not noisy, good food and wine, easy parking. Def. a repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good, a
    BusinessRegular
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was very good, a little slow to arrive but we were a large party and it was lunch-time on a Friday. Our server was very friendly and helpful. Overall, a good dining experience. The only downside is that I notice it always seems to take a while for us to be seated, even though we made our reservation in advance. Also, the greeting staff could be friendlier/more helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hadn't been to this restaurant
    Trap41VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I hadn't been to this restaurant for quite a while and will go back again and again. Not only is the food outstanding and plentiful but the prices are great. We sat at the bar first and found the drinks were priced well below other restaurants even for call liquor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great dinner with friends
    Vegan4LifeVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Thanks Il Fornaio San Francisco for another great experience. We dined from your Basilicata Festa menu for the first time and it was fantastic. We loved everything from the special wine from that region to the appetizers, main course and dessert. Our friends loved it too. They'll be back as well. Thanks Chef Ivan for visiting our table to discuss the menu and accommodating our dietary restrictions. Love you guys.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.