Il Fornaio - San Jose
Il Fornaio - San Jose

Il Fornaio - San Jose

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 4082713366
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Claudio Zorloni
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Il Fornaio offers full service off-site catering. Please contact the Il Fornaio catering department at (408)271-3350.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Carlos St.
  • Public Transit: City bus stops are located nearby
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available; the cost is $8 for the first 2 hours, and then posted rates thereafter. There is also complimentary validated parking in the convention center parking structure, then the city will charge for the third hour and then full price after three hours. There is also street parking available,
A word from Il Fornaio - San Jose
Il Fornaio means "The Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique 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 2013.
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Il Fornaio - San Jose reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (123)good for groups (90)fit for foodies (59)romantic (54)great for lunch (49)neighborhood gem (49)notable wine list (41)great for brunch (38)kid-friendly (23)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (4)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Dining at the St. Claire
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a very good meal. The service was wonderful, the ambiance lovely and we were asked if we needed to be somewhere at a specific time so that they could accommocate us in a timely manner. I have been to this restaurant numerous times and have never been disappointed in their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time but........
    Billybassoon
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a marvelous dinner celebrating daughters birthday. Great wine, great food and tiramasu to die for. Great ambience. Only disappointment is that a number of guests dress like they are going out to McDonalds. Il Fornaio Is a classy place but seeing an overweight guy sitting in the waiting area dressed in a wife beater tee shirt was not appetizing. How about "no sleeves on shirt, no service."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect pre-show dinner
    JenLD
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The restaurant is located inside the historic and beautiful Hotel St. Claire. The bread, pasta and pizza were terrific and the service very considerate of our wish to make an 8pm show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed in one of our old favs
    mjhy2k
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This has always been a good place to eat. Our last visit was not. Pasta was cold! Even after being told the plate is hot it just came out of our pizza oven. The plate wasn't hot. Water tasted like chlorine even after the second glass that the waiter brought. He finally brought me bottled water (complimentary) The service was ok, but we could tell the servers were stretched with no bus help. Our table was on a very busy, narrow isle. We probably won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After Theater Dinner
    OutAndAbout
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Il Fornaio was the perfect restaurant choice after a California Theater matinee. The table selection was honored and reservation made flexible due to the show's end. Despite a long line, we were immediately seated and then enjoyed a pre-arranged Proseco toast. Our waiter was gracious and well informed about the menu, even describing the peperocino sauce made for the Petto Di Pollo dish. The food arrived hot and delicious. Only the service by the staff assistants was sorely lacking. Orders for lemon and iced tea were forgotten despite numerous reminders and waiter apologies. At the end of our dinner a complimentary 90th birthday dessert complete with candles arrived. It was a perfect ending for a special celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service & overcooked appetizer
    Just4dinner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were shown to a nice table, but we were confused over who our waiter was. The waiter we ended up with was not very attentive and we had long waits between items served. We started with calamari, which seemed to take a long time in coming. It was overcooked and the tubes and tentacles were quite small and slightly burnt, not what I expected. While strolling to the restroom, I noticed two ladies seated at a table with a plate of calamari, large pieces cooked to a light golden brown, the way I am used to seeing. I noticed other tables who had arrived after us being served, but we continued to wait. The entree was fine, decent portions. We never had dessert, it took 15 min for the waiter to bring dessert menus and we ran out of time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It's a little expensive, but the food and service were very good. The menu, however is limited and could be expanded to include some ordinary Italian dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OurClubVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Il Fornaio was wonderful on Thursday. The regional menu was fresh and served beautifully. The best part of Il Fornaio, San Jose is the staff. From the moment you are greeted at the door to the wait staff and manager, Cole it could not be better. We will be back go back very soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made special occasion even better!
    DubtowngalVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had an impromptu dinner at Il Fornaio when our daughter got engaged to her girlfriend. The server was so attentive and offered them complimentary bubbly. The food was excellent -- two of us had the tasting menue for the night -- and the wine list also was good. We have had lunch there before and it is always a nice dining experience, but the service this visit made the special evening even better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    auntie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Always enjoy our meal at this restaurant. However, this time less than perfect and manager took 1/2 off my dinner as veal was tough! and not tender at all! Suggest you allow diners to enjoy happy hour prices at their dinner table. We could only partake of happy hour by sitting in the bar area and then going to our table for dinner!!! Crazy thing to do as we had made dinner reservations in advance, not just dropped in.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but poor service
    JJK7VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great dining experience is not just delicious food, but service has to be great. We had dinner reservation @ 6:00 PM and it wasn't too busy from what we can see. We had to ask for butter, salt & pepper and water several times. Perhaps they were under staffed but it really was annoying to keep asking for things. As for the food, they never disappoint.. We all got pasta and they were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd Visit Slow Service
    VIP1000dinesVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had breakfast the day before and it was very good. Food still very good, however service was slow. Everyone pitched in and worked it out in the end.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Monthly Regional Menu is great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My friend and I go to this restaurant as part of our mini-vacay weekend for the summer jazz fest. This is our second time in 3 years and we were happy to see that they had the monthly regional prix-fixe tasting menu available again. For the month of August, the selected region was Sardegna. We really enjoyed the food and the wine pairings. And, of course, Il Fornaio (if I remember correctly) was originally known for its bread!! I will say that, by the time the 3rd course came, we had pretty much reached our limit. We took one look at it when it was served and asked them to please bring some 'to-go' boxes for us. And we each had a GREAT lunch to take to work after the weekend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Breakfast here
    VIP1000dinesVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Amazing fresh bread and breakfast items that won't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Five of us dined to celebrate a birthday. It was delicious food as usual, nice wine from the regional list, and the special birthday dessert was a surprise to the guest (I noted it was a birthday on the open table reservation form) so her name was spelled right.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Fornaio
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Have to confess to being somewhat of a regular. Always find the food well prepared and service good. Also, this location is especially nice, in the old St Claire Hotel. This visit was to taste the food of Sardinia. Il Fornaio brings in regional foods several times a year, offered via a tasting menu - 3 course meal (or ala carte). Reasonably priced and delicious.... who could ask for more. Loved the half-glass option for the regional wines, allowing you to experience all the different wines, with over consumption. The entire experience gets 5 stars in my book....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday at Il Fornaio
    NYdiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was good, however, at 6:30 on a Saturday they were out of my first choice - the porterhouse steak... veal was a satisfactory second choice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Performing Art Center Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great spot for a quick and yummy dinner before a performance. 1 LARGE block from the Performing Arts Center. Park under the Hilton in the Convention Center Parking lot for quick access after the performance.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Late Afternoon Restaurant
    MVDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    If you don't care what time you eat and want to avoid the lunch and dinner rush, then eat between 2pm and 5pm. It was a wonderful quiet experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Dissapoints
    comfortfoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I am always pleased with my Il Fornaio experience. I've come to expect new dishes on the menu and to always find my favorites - and they always deliver. The service is really attentive, just like being in a good friend's home. The portions are so generous - a true Italian restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    A favorite ours! Always great service and consistently good food; husband finds the Gluten free menu always has plenty of good choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Service was very good. They were helpful from the very beginning and throughout our dining experience. Very friendly and helpful. Good ambience by the window and near the kitchen area. My salmon was good and the portions were generous for lunch. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The night we had dinner there, the air conditioning was not working. Pretty miserable on a hot day. Seems like they could have compensated the patrons in some way. Food was good and service was snappy. They asked if we were attending a sow, wich we were, so the service was good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staying Power
    Retts
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The location of this restaurant is more of a draw then its menu. It's near major venues, such as the Center for Performing Arts. It's convenient. Food is good, not great. Restaurant does have staying power.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    PSPtoSFOVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good compared to most of what San Jose has to offer, though for a special event I would still prefer eating up the peninsula or in San Francisco. Service was inattentive and slow.
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  • Great as always
    SanJose
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The passport menu is always fantastic. Happy hour has great drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great downtown gem.
    EatDowntown
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Fantastic dinner date downtown. The food, the wine and the desserts were all top notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We were on our way to the theater, and had reservations for dinner. The waiter was wonderful and the food was divine! We thoroughly enjoyed every moment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bev2
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Fabulous as always! It's my go-to restaurant when I have event tickets, and for the monthly passport food experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Fornaio in San Jose
    LisaD1255
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went to El Fornaio prior to the Ringo Starr concert. Perfection - as our group was quite hungry and the waiter accommodated all our needs. I asked for a piece of cake for our birthday guest and they made sure we got it before departing for the show. Thank you for that! Made the evening quite special. Food was so good, wish we had more time, but we had to dash! :) We will come back again. Aces staff and servers. Overall I will give the restaurant a 10 out of 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love That Restaurant
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I have never been disappointed in their food or service . This time was no exception.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Horrible service. Waiter was completely disinterested in serving us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous retro decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Il Fornaio in San Jose is in an old building reminiscent of the 1930s, with wood and marble dividers and paneling - and they have modernized aspects of it as well to keep it up-to-date and fresh looking. It's the same good food, wonderful bread, good Italian wines, and comfortable atmosphere as other Il Fornaio restaurants - a sure thing. We greatly enjoyed our dinner--the spumoni ice cream for dessert is a must. We ordered several of the Veneto regional specialties dishes and received a jar of sea salt mix as a gift, very nice and a surprise; also a little "passport" to be stamped each time we take part in one of the regional offers (each month), and there is a raffle at completion for a trip to Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian Spot!
    aloha8o8
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've been to other Il Fornaio locations but this one tops it off! Excellent service, ambiance, and delicious food! I reserved a table for 15 for my post graduation lunch and the table was ready with a zero wait time. It was quiet in the restaurant and no one in my party had to wave a waiter down; the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Jose must
    NormVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    A great place to eat Italian with regional menus. Food is tasty and a selection great selection of wine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service slow
    KittyO
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I like this restaurant (chain) but the service was very slow that night. May because one big group was there. A bit noisy, too. Except for these issues, this restaurant is good. I like Il Fornaio restaurant in other locations especially in Burlingame, Palo Alto and Del Mar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shirley
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    we had one more person than we had made reservations for. Accomodation was quick and friendly. We had sat in traffic for 2 hours giving us a very short time for dinner...again accomodation was responsive and done with grace. We had two handicapped women in the party and they were treated just like everyone else. Thank you for a pleasant meal with you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    GoodFood4Us
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Always love Il Fornaio! First time at this one & didn't disappoint in terms of food, service & ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    love2eat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Love this restaurant! Especially for special occasions/celebrations. Food is excellent! Service is usually superb. Would have been nice if the special risotto could have been made w/o wine in it... so it could be ordered for those who cannot have wine in their diet (even if it's cooked in the sauce).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much Garlic
    stephinnyc
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I ordered an ahi tuna salad. Way over dressed with garlic. Nice portion of tuna.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.