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Il Fornaio - Seattle
Il Fornaio - Seattle

Il Fornaio - Seattle Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com
  • Phone: (206) 264-0994
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday -
    Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Franz Junga
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you!
    Catering services include:
    • Boxed Lunch – sandwich, salad, Italian cookie and drink packaged individually.
    • Platters – pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies. Perfect for any meeting held at Il Fornaio or your location.
    • Ala Carte – We will accommodate any to go order from our regular menus.
    • Delivery – Delivery available for catering orders with a $25 minimum (15 percent service charge applies).

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Metro line stops at 6th and Olive.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Convenient self or valet parking is available in Pacific Place parking lot. Street parking is also available.
A word from Il Fornaio - Seattle
In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sight, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio Seattle. Literally "the baker" in Italian, Il Fornaio offers wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade and imported pastas; pizzas from an apple wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch. Voted as Seattle Magazine's 2006 Reader's Choice for "Best
Italian" and repeat recipient of Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence," this award-winning restaurant is located in downtown Seattle at Sixth and Pine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "As always, the service and the food were marvelous!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was just okay, waitress did not seem to be very happy, and the place was empty. Worth looking around for a better option."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times, but not in the last several months or so, and WOW, something must have happened in the wine list department to render the cheapest bottle of Italian white $38! My dining companion from the Bay Area, who is used to high prices was indeed still awed by the prices on the wine list. I won't go there again, despite the obsequious service and decent food. $19 pasta and a $46 bottle of wine? Seems an odd way to run a restaurant. Well-located, and lovely decor, but not nice enough to have to gasp at the wine bill. There should always be an affordable bottle (I mean $25) on any wine list at a pasta restaurant, even one with pretensions like this one. It was nearly empty at dinnert on a Sunday nite, and I know why."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We noticed the restaurant was sparsely populated. I think they should validate parking as most merchants in Pacific Place do."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Regionale menu was superb again. The special wines and menu items offered during the first two weeks of the month are always worth a visit. The heirloom tomato appetizer was incredibly delicious this time."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our experience here. The service was great, food was delicious and the ambience and décor were beautiful. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We come here often and are never disappointed. The food is always amazing, creative, and ingredients fresh."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Ordered dessert and after 15 minutes the server asked if I recevied my order. I repled no and asked that it be cancelled. The dessert showed up 2 minutes later. The restaurant comped the coffere which was nice."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were a party of 7 ranging from age 9 to 61. Il Fornaio was able to accommodate our group nicely. (They offer a kids menu, which is great for the younger ones.) The menu choices were plentiful and all tasted good. Desserts were a bit flat but the appetizers and entrees made up for that. The restaurant has a nice ambiance. Overall it was a very pleasant evening."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "It's time for a remodel. Il Fornaio is simply not the flagship franchise restaurant that it once was. Upon opening, the space was opulent and classy, but there are now signs everywhere that the center is not holding. The food, at one time well above the standard fare has fallen behind, simply because the restaurant has refused to do a makeover. Same for the space. Everywhere you look, wood looks battered and beaten, aged and forgotten. The ceiling is a sight. For what they now are, the food is overpriced. With a little love and some capital, this could be a thriving restaurant again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Some of the bread on the table was too hard to eat. The calamari was soggy, but I prefer a little crispy. The ceaserina had too much dressing. The entree portions were good, but the food wasn't that great. My husband got the runs until the next afternoon and he doesn't know what part caused it. I received a free birthday tiramisu which was nice. Our server was nice and recommended a good wine pairing. Overall the experience was so so..."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our lunch was very nice and the food was excellent. The prices were rather high for lunch but we enjoyed our food and the service was great. I would come again for lunch or dinner for a special occasion. I used our Open Table $20 certificate and that that worked fine."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Had a great meal and wonderful time. Menu is diverse, service attentive without being annoying, and prices are reasonable for the taste and size of the meals."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant more than a few times. It has become one of my favorite spots when in Seattle. Although a chain, which I usually avoid, this restaurant is not the norm. Their food quality is fresh and well prepared. The staff is friendly and helpful. I look forward to my travels to Seattle and Il Fornaio will always be on my dining list. Note: This is one of the very few restaurants that respond to reviews on open table. It shows their concern for quality and service Thank you"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Dined early at 5PM after theater. Butternut squash ravioli and Zabaione all Gritti were keepers. Canneloni was good but not special. Manhattan was made to order and outstanding. Can't say enough good about waiter "Nicky". She was unusually knowledgeable about the menu and cuisine in general. Her service was perfect throughout the meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Il Fornaio is a very beautiful restaurant especially for a mall location. The food was somewhat disappointing, OK but nothing special. The service was excellent. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Returned here for dinner after three years. Last visit was disappointing as was this. Was hoping for an improvement but no such luck. Was greeted by hostess who intoned the same "be right with you" without looking up as she had to the guests waiting in front of us. Was seated after a 10 minute wait even though we had reservations. Were served water right away but no waitress for a bit. After receiving menus ordered salads and an entree. Were directed to their regional menu but frankly was uninteresting. Salads arrived drowning in a very acidic dressing and large pieces of greens. Entrees arrived before we were done with salads so a little awkward on a small table. Entrees looked like canned pasta with sauce and tasted the same. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • " There were 4 of us & everyone liked their food. We barely made it to our play on time though due to slower service. Next time we'll plan for an extra half hour."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Our food was good, server, Carlos was very good. Tables were too close together, I felt I could join in the conversation of the table next to us."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had five different dishes, two were gluten free, fresh tasting and delicious"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Always tasty!! Good reliable food. Service was a bit less than wonderful this time. But will go back anyway. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is the second time my wife and I have had dinner here before a show at the Paramount and we would highly recommend it. We will be back. The food was delicious and the staff were very accomodating."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We visited Pacific Place and Westlake Center with the intent of riding the monorail and visit the Space Needle. As we finished touring and shopping around downtown, my handy Open Table app showed that Il Fornaio had plenty of tables available. Service was excellent, menu and wine suggestions were great and the staff was very accommodating of my stepdad's scooter. Overall a great meal.... 3 adults, 1 bottle of wine, coffee, dessert, 3 meals, a salad and soup for $120... "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Il Fornaio is a very good Italian restaurant and the best chain restaurant of any sort that I have ever dined at. However, unless one is looking for both great food and ambiance, it is not a good value for money as there are many very good Italian restaurants that have equal or better food at more reasonable prices. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "When staying in the hotel zone near the Seattle Convention Center, it's an easy few-block walk to Il Fornaio for genuinely respectable Italian cuisine. I've never had a bad meal here, and didn't this time -- though our server was unusually inattentive (for this price bracket) and seemingly misheard one of our party. I will probably be back on a future trip to Seattle, but with a bit more trepidation and/or possibility of looking elsewhere in the vibrant dining scene."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Always a favorite place of mine when dining with clients and co-workers. Food is always #1. Our hostess, Jenny (been there 13 years or so) always a doll. She knew we were celebrating a new employee arrival, so she kicked us off with a complimentary appetizer. Way to go. Thank you! "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I had the tasters special. I had no clue as to what the dishes were called but they were the best Italian food I have ever had. The wine list is hard to beat and the serve is perfect. My company that evening loved their meals as well. My daughter only likes chicken fettuccini which isn't on the menu and they couldn't have been nicer about making it for her. She loved it. Defininatly going to go back. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great pasta! I'll be looking for a closer location in Denver. Nice ambiance and good service."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Girls night out celebrating a birthday. Brushetta was so good, especially pesto and eggplant. So enjoyed that squash tortellini with sage cream and dessert selection...perfect."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food was amazing as usual. However our waitress was incredibly slow. It took us over an hour after finishing dinner to get out of the restaurant. This said, she was clearly flustered at having too many tables at once. For a Friday night, this should not be a problem... there should either be enough servers on duty or more capable ones. Still would return for great sauces."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Didn't realize it's a chain, and a bit uppity at that. Our waiter, Joshua, affected a very phoney Italian persona, and was snobbish to the point of rudeness when my wife tried to order a change of salad dressing. He was inattentive thru out the meal. The food was under-seasoned & over-priced for the portion size. The beet salad was quite good. The shrimp in the Linguini de Mare were very fresh, but the scallops were old. The Pappardelle were very nice, but the mushroom sauce tame and bland. Both dishes were unremarkable. We had gone early before a show at ACT and were hoping to find another nice dinner option within walking distance of the convention center. The view from the 2nd floor was nice - but we'll keep looking."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Though the food was passable, the service was very intrusive. Our waiter (I cannot remember his name) had a rather inauthentic manner (kind of gushing) and kept interrupting our conversation. My son and I were quite distracted by his tattered white jacket that had red sauce splattered on it. When I told him we had a play starting and wanted out check, he failed to bring it. I had to ask twice. Another server tried to take my food before I was finished. Not our best experience at Il Fornaio."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "That's how I'd describe Il Fornaio. Good food, good service, a predictable experience. Always need a dining option before the 5th Avenue. Tulio's used to be the standard, but their food, service, and creativity have really slipped in the past few years. You can always tell when a restaurant is going stale, because they have the exact same items on the menu for 4-5 years running. Il Fornaio doesn't offer much in the way of diversity either, since it's basically a California chain restaurant, but it does offer a larger menu that is, by and large, effectively executed. The kicker? It's more affordable as well. They get a thumbs up from me. To be clear, this isn't the Dahlia or Sazerac.... it's just a steady and reliable dining option."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I love the Festa Regionale menus every month. I go to some restaurants to get the same 2 or 3 good dishes on their menu. At Il Fornaio, I get to enjoy fantastic new creations every month. On this visit, the Burrata, Penne, and Merluzzo were all superb - all recommended by my waiter. The flavor combinations were perfectly balanced - something other Italian restaurants haven't quite figured out. I can always count on high quality food here. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We are starved for really good Italian food on the Olympic Peninsula. On a routine visit to Seattle, we decided to try Il Fornaio. We are certainly glad we did. We both had the regional special and it was excellent. But I think the overriding element that we noticed we the attentive service. Great restaurant. We'll be back many times in the future."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I take my father out every week for dinner and we choose different restaurants in Seattle. We are partial to Italian food. This was an outstanding dining experience. Excellent food, perfectly cooked pasta, and a great atmosphere. Our waiter was outstanding. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "There wasn't a part of the experience that we didn't love. It was me and my girlfriend and we have already told several other couples that they should try it. Thank you chef, and waitress for making our experience a good one."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was exceptional, the service was amazing, and the environment classy."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our server made our lunch very enjoyable. She was very professional, not pushy, not intrusive but kept our table clean and our glasses full. We will be returning when we can."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I've been to Il Fornaio in multiple cities many times, but this is my first visit as a solo diner. The service was fantastic--left me alone when I was absorbed in something, was there whenever I needed it without hovering, etc. Additionally, I had a rather late seating time, yet I was never rushed or made to feel as if I needed to get out early. My only disappointment is that the melanzane was no longer on the menu--how I missed the eggplant pasta! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/12/2014