Il Fornaio - San Jose
Il Fornaio - San Jose

Il Fornaio - San Jose

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 4082713366x
  • 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
187 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (107)good for groups (91)fit for foodies (67)romantic (55)neighborhood gem (50)great for lunch (40)notable wine list (34)great for brunch (22)kid-friendly (22)hot spot (10)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Always Good
    RomanticREALTOR
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The staff is always friendly and attentive. We go at least once a month. Their Passport meals are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary celebration
    Greatfood
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Took our son and his wife of 25 years to dinner to celebrate their anniversary. Excellent all the way around!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Phenomenal Italian Food
    Love74Italian
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious! Everything was fresh and vibrant with flavor. The food presentation was beautiful. The service was impeccable top notch and super yummy drinks from the bar. We hope to return one day again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    davidwc
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went here with friends for our anniversary eve dinner. We had wonderful service from Ariana who was very helpful in making suggestions from the menu. We ended up sharing a salad and the regional Prix menu from Lombardi. The food was delicious!!! In honor of our anniversary the restaurant treated us to a bottle of Preseco. It was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect spot in downtown San Jose
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I love this Il Fornaio for its atmosphere (the murals, etc.) and the way the room is divided into smaller sections with glass screening. Keeps the noise level down while while maintaining the festive feel. Even though it's a chain, it always feels like a "neighborhood gem" !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is a great restaurant to have great food and spend fun time with freinds.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This location is in an old hotel and is inviting as well as convenient if you're going to a show in downtown San Jose. The service is very good as is the wine list. The food has good choices but also some items that aren't as good. My pasta with mushroom dish was boring and a bit bland. We also had roasted chicken which was very good. Based on the chickn, I'd return. Based on the pasta, I wouldn't.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong
    Brandy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Il Fornaio downtown San Jose has done it once again. We recently had a an amazing meal and service with a beautiful view overlooking the Market Street park in San Jose. We've been coming here for years for special occasions and yes, I've had slightly bad service before or a subtle nuance in my meal, but overall, it's a lovely place to come with family for a special occasion. Thank you Il Fornaio for going above and beyond. It was a most memorable celebration for us! See you in November!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday lunch at Il Forniao!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a birthday lunch for three co-workers and everything was fabulous! Great service, amazing food and great atmosphere! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for fresh authentic Italian food and amazing service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary dinner!
    dtw927VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Visited Il Fornaio once again in San Jose (In the Sainte Claire hotel) for an anniversary dinner last weekend. Great appetizer of calamaretti fritto, pasta dinners and their fabulous afogatto dessert. Very good wine list, attentive but not intrusive service, and we went with the server's recommendations and were better for it......a great place for an upscale pasta meal, with all the trimmings! Just remember to go on a evening or afternoon when there are no events at either the nearby San Jose Center or SAP Center/Stadium, otherwise there are crowds to contend with. You can easily check event dates online. Buono appetito!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food after the SJ Opera
    PanacheLass
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We all arrived at once; have suggested that they use a waiter to get the names of those who have reservations and show them to their seats ASAP
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food and service were great. My wife and I both had the mixed seafood grill which was an large selection of fish, scallops, prawns and calamari. Perfectly cooked and very flavorful. Being in a historic hotel contributes to the nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for date night
    Datenight
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Requested window and/or quiet romantic table at reservation request. Got exactly as requested followed by a fabulous meal, fantastic service and overall wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    Sanjosediner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent service, food and environment. Seated on time, got us out on time for our theater engagement and the dinner was delicious. Whenever I'm looking for a guaranteed good experience for a small dinner party, I go to Il Fornaio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Splendid
    maggieinlg
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    As usual our food was outstanding, the service was wonderful and was just an overall enjoyable evening. We are never disappointed here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a Business Dinner
    FrankB
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was great, had the mixed seafood grill which I would heartily recommend. Service was very good. The place is looking a little run down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classic but out of date
    kroset
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    the food was ok. for the price, not ok. very basic and somewhat poorly prepared, i.e. the pasta was overcooked, the lobster bisque didn't taste of lobster, and it had no lobster within and the truffle oil float was overwhelming. salads were overdressed. the prices were very high for the quality of the ingredients. the classic dishes weren't really classically prepared. sent a couple of things back and they were never credited to our over $400 bill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed Message
    Frustrated
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was a business dinner with new Japanese clients who were staying at the nearby Fairmont Hotel. The restaurant was very crowded but our table was ready. Service was good as was the bread and dessert, but the entrees were very disappointing. (My pasta tasted like it had just been unfrozen.)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best Il Fornaio experience
    Operadiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Always a problem here, the AC meant that we were sitting in a cool breeze, with the air cooling our food as well as ourselves. We were seated rapidly, despite being in the "after opera matinee" rush. Our choice of wine was not available (a dry white), and we were offered a substitute, without being given time to taste it. We decided that it was too sweet and perfume. Once we attacked the waiter's attention, it was immediately replaced by our second choice. This was better, but not chilled enough to our liking. The food was good, though we were put off by the green tinge to the mussels in the seafood pasta. In the UK this is a sign that they are "off". Apparently not so in CA. The waiter's advice on the food was spot on and excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nostalgic Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It was nice to see how Downtown SJ has grown and advance,and the St Claire Hotel and the restaurant within Il Fornaio makes it proud and elegant. Nice dinning experience for the elderly and young. Nice mix.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushing
    ComfortZoneVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Unfortunately, we arrived late and had tickets to one of the last shows for Wicked. There were 7 of us, including 3 children and a 90+ senior. We all wished we had time to sit and enjoy the food and ambiance. But, the wait team was very respectful of our time constraints and service piping hot food in a jiffy that tasted very good. We'll have to return again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hostess and waiter were great
    hpycmpr
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The hostess was able to accommodate a party of 7 thirty minutes earlier than the scheduled reservation,which was appreciated as we were with our aging parents. She was pleasant even though the restaurant was busy and crowded. The waiter was also outstanding and helpful. Great personality and made good suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sea bass
    CasualDiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I ordered sea bass and I doubt that it was sea bass. The staff admitted it was not Chilean sea bass. Nice preparation but poor quality of fish - barely edible. I have eaten at the Palo Alto and San Jose locations many times but I will never return to the San Jose location. I have zero tolerance for restaurants serving poor quality seafood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bread and service were excellent
    NatiVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Pasta and salad came out quickly which was a pleasant surprise but they were both bland. So disappointed!
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  • Molto Bene!
    foodfriendly
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I love Il Fornaio. The menu is interesting and the wait staff helpful and efficient. The restaurant is beautiful and lively. I especially enjoyed the sea bass asparagus saffron risotto. The fish was perfectly cooked, and tender asparagus and grape tomatoes were a lovely contrast to the saffron rice. Great place for a lingering meal or before a show. Wait staff asked if we were headed to a performance and made sure we were served, without feeling rushed, with time to spare. Great dining experience all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service-Food sent back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Came here for brunch before a performance of Wicked downtown, service was poor, eggs had to be sent back to get corrected and generally a bad experience. Dissapointing since we have been to other locations many times with no issuse. Must have been a bad day.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was good and fast (almost too fast) but at least we had time to enjoy our meal and finish leisurely before going to the opera. Last time we were here we waited and waited and wondered if we would finish in time. So the chef and service has improved. The lobster bisque was not tasty.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    CynthiaC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our server asked right away if we were there prior to a show (we were) so she could make sure we were out on time. She gave us excellent suggestions for food, and the new dishes were EXCELLENT. Our only complaint was the Butternut Squash Ravioli was only warm while the pesto pasta was piping hot - but all were still delicious including wine, coffee and dessert. Server was attentive, food was brought quickly, we never felt rushed, and were were out in time for opening night at the opera.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FootLooseVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service was outstanding. Be sure to sit in Rumi's section.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service great! Food was horrible. This restaurant has gone down hill. Sorry to right this review but we all were not happy with the food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waited way too long for our food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We waited a while for our food. There was a show going on downtown and i think people attending the show were given preference. I said "I think," can't confirm that. I ordered the sea bass and it was raw in the middle. My order wasn't comp'd but we were offered free dessert. A little disappointing. Our server did a good job.
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  • Location works
    docvic
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Definitely this restaurant capitalizes on its location...not a keeper.
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  • So disappointing!
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have eaten at Il Fornaio in Seattle many times, and consider it one of our favorite go to spots for a consistently delicious and enjoyable meal. We now live in San Jose, but expected to be equally as pleased in choosing the location here. While the service was fine (only mixed up one dish and immediately fixed it), the food was incredibly disappointing. One of the things that has always impressed me is that while Il Fornaio is considered a 'chain', it never felt like one...until this experience. Pasta was overcooked, vodka sauce (usually, my favorite), was watery, steak, while tender and perfectly cooked, lacked flavor. The salad was the best part of my meal. Considering we 'splurged' for this special occasion...unfortunate experience.
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  • Always great
    512damonVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My wife and I decided we like Il Fornaio over Original Joe's. Joe's may have the cooler brand, but Il Fornaio has a fresher menu, better service, and equally if not better food. Joe's get stale with the exact same menu for years and years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    While the food and atmosphere were excellent, the service was practically non-existent. The servers were courteous and professional, but nowhere to be found, seemed to always be waiting for them to return to the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We dined here (again), this time an early dinner after a matinee performance of Wicked. Food and service were excellent as usual. The restaurant was nearly full by the time we left, which is always a good sign.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Formerly great, now bland food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great setting and the food used to be phenomenal. My wife and I took my college-aged son for his birthday. All 3 of us had different dishes, 2 from the specials and one from their normal menu. All of us agreed that our food was well prepared, beautifully plated, and very bland. The red sauce on the pasta tasted like just plain tomato; the fish was well cooked but tasteless with no flavor to the sauce, and the meat dish was the same. The breads are great and we used to love this place, but we won't be back. Too many other great options to choose from.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Even tho it's a chain, Il Fornaio is still a very good Italian eatery....and each location is different. We've dined at most of their Bay Area restaurants and haveen disappointed. Our most recent pre-theater dinner in San Jose was no exception. And it's close to CPA.
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  • Always excellent ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    You simply can't go wrong here ... the venue is lovely, the service attentive, the menu varied and expertly prepared, the wine list is thoughtful, and the overall attention to detail and willingness to "go the extra mile" is palpable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.