Il Fornaio - Seattle
Daughter's graduation dinnerThank you very much for the wonderful waitstaff and delicious food. Our server was courteous and wonderful. My daughter enjoyed her meal and the service which was provided. The entire table was truly delighted with everything. Thank you.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat lunch spot!Been here many times for lunch and happy hour. Never been disappointed. Food is quite good and service is always excellent.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was awesome but...Me, my husband and a couple friends made reservations here. I like that there is a parking garage right below the restaurant. The food was wonderful and price was affordable with good portion sizes. The only complaint I had was that the menu headings were in Italian so I really didn't know what I was ordering. There were descriptions beneath the headings but I'd have to read through the whole menu before I decide. So it took a little longer to order. It felt a little over our heads and was a bit awkward when ordering...we all had trouble with the annunciation when given our orders. But the food came out pretty quickly, delicious, our glasses were refilled often and the server checked in on us a few times and our orders.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner!We have been to Il Fornaio several times but this was one of the best. Part of the reason was a mistake in seating us at a table for 4 when there were only 2 of us. I now realize that the normal tables for two are too small. We had bread, oil and vinegar, a bruschetta appetizer, plates and everything fit on the table! I'm sure that the smaller tables allow more seating but they too small for comfort.
Try the salted caramel gelato. It was excellent.
We were going to a show at the Paramount and were out in an hour and 10 minutes and did not feel rushed at all.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe special, ling cod withThe special, ling cod with a basalmic and berry reduction sauce was amazing. Don't forget to save room for dessert.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and serviceThe food was awesome. The ravioli stuffed with squash was devine. Mike J was a great waiter and we had a great date night with friends5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMI'VE BEEN A CUSTOMER OF ILI'VE BEEN A CUSTOMER OF IL FURNAIO SINCE IT OPENED IN SEATTLE. I'M NOT THERE AS MUCH SINCE I RETIRED BUT
IT'S THE SPOT MY FRIENDS AND I MEET WHEN WE HAVE AN "OCCASION" LIKE WE DID YESTERDAY. A FRIEND FROM ARIZONA WAS IN TOWN AND THEY ALL WANTED TO GO TO IL FURNAIO. WE LOVE IT!5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMOdd Location, Good FoodDon't let the location throw you. Much better than you'd expect from a restaurant in a downtown mall. Great place to eat when you're heading to the movies or a show downtown.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMA Dependable GemIl Fornaio is always a special experience for my wife and me. The service is attentive but unobtrusive. The staff is friendly without being familiar and are always enthusiastic about doing what they can to make their guests comfortable. The atmosphere strikes a soothing balance between elegance and familiar comfort. All their food is wonderful, and, appropriately to their name, the bread is consistently superb. The wine list is extensive enough to find something for every palate and the bar is knowledgeable and talented. I would like to add some caveat, but I honestly have no complaints about Il Fornaio. An elegant dinner for two for under $100 and a welcome respite from everyday dining. Il Fornaio even now offers gluten-free pasta.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day BrunchEverything we ordered was great! Il Fornaio's delivers every time.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, service is excellent.Great food, service is excellent. Plenty of room for larger party's.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMEvery thing was as it shouldEvery thing was as it should be no problems.. Food good service good.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food and a greatWonderful food and a great selection. The daily specials added variety to the menu. Nice wine list and good recommendations to go with meal type.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was very good.The service was very good. The waiter was personable and very competent.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed my dinner at Il FornaioEnjoyed my dinner at Il Fornaio on Friday night. Nice selection of food choices and drinks. Service was very attentive but not overly so. Ambiance is lovely. Be sure to make reservations on the weekend!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service and very accommodatinGreat service and very accommodating. Food was delicious and beautifully presented.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMMy colleagues and i all hadMy colleagues and i all had seafood dishes and they were quite good. Halibut season had just arrived, and the Alaskan halibut was delicious and perfectly cooked. When I arrived at the restaurant and found that it was located inside a chopping mall (albeit on the periphery), I was wary, but the food was enjoyable.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent server service asExcellent server service as usual. The greeting at the door is more abrupt than one would like, but good food and attentive service always bring me back.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service however soupGreat service however soup and pasta lacked flavor or seasoning!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Steelhead SalmonExcellent Steelhead Salmon with delicious vegetables.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was the first time IThis was the first time I had eaten at Il Fornaio, it won't be the last4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT JOB! I will DEFINITELY returnThe food was simply outstanding. I took a lady there for a date and we both had a wonderful time. The server was very professional and took great care of us. I am a server at Sand Point Country Club and pay special attention to people in the service industry. I am pleased to say I was more than impressed. I wish for the life of me I could remember our server's name. My reservation was on April 7 at 7:30pm. So whoever the lady was, she did an excellent job. Also, the last time I was there I was impressed with the gentleman who showed us the desserts. He was very genuine and knowledgable and it left a great impression. In fact, he was the reason I decided to take my date there. Every employee we came in contact with was excellent. Thanks!!!!!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely wonderful dishesAbsolutely wonderful dishes on this months Tour of ITaly. Service amazing, wonderful staff work with each other, not cutthroat.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe both opted to try the specialWe both opted to try the special 3-course menu for $29.99. The waiter explained that the first 2 courses (appetizer and pasta) would be smaller but the main course would be regular size (fine by us). Before the appetizer arrived we enjoyed a generous basket of bread along with an oil and vinegar plate for dipping. Between us we had the fava/artichoke soup, bread with a trio of toppings, stuffed ravioli, linguini with seafood and, for the main course, the boar. Everything was delicious -- especially the soup and the boar which was cooked in a tasty sauce and was very tender. It was served with gnocchi and broccolini (the latter was a bit salty for our taste). We go to Il Fornaio whenever we visit Seattle from B.C. and always enjoy it.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe experience we had at IlThe experience we had at Il Fornaio was outstanding. Our waitperson, Jax, was extremely knowledgeable, and an absolute gem when making selection recommendations - even clarifying how certain dishes we were interested in were prepared. She would also make pairing recommendations, and did an excellent job doing so.
The majority of our selections were off the current Toscano menu, and were fresh, decidedly different, and were delicious.
Without question, we will return.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMMy family and I we often eatMy family and I we often eat at il Fornaio. We are originally from North of Italy, near Venice, therefor, we really appreciate and enjoy our cousine. Il Fornaio have amazing Chefs, they really know their busness. Often my brother and I enjoy a weekend lunch, and then some shopping in Downtown Seattle, we are all thrilled to have such a classic, stylish restaurant in the city.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat meal and kid-friendlyFor a restaurant attached to a mall I didn't have extremely high expectations but we were pleasantly surprised. We had a great waitress - very prompt and friendly. We were eating with our 3 1/2 year old daughter and we ate quite early. I had beef carpaccio, which was excellent, and pasta bolognese, which was good. My wife had one of the specials and a starter salad and she enjoyed both. Overall we had a great experience and would definitely go back the next time we are in Seattle.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMIl Fornaio excellent as ever!I made a Last minute reservation via I-Phone with some special instructions. Although when we arrive the restaurant was busy, they gave us special treatment, seating us at a wonderful window table. As usual, the service was great, food wonderful and they got us out in time to go to the theatre!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food, attentiveVery good food, attentive service. Busy for weekday lunch, but the staff can handle it. Pricey, but the food warrants the prices.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMVery appealing decor and atmosphereVery appealing decor and atmosphere. Food was very tasty and the server was most pleasant and helpful.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have been eating here regularlyWe have been eating here regularly since it opened years ago. In addition to the main menu, its regionale menu changes every month, as a guest chef features the food of his/her home region. This month was Calabria: the items we tasted Casaricce e Badolatu (Calabrian tuna and lovely savories with pasta) and 'Novoltinu e Pisce Spata (incredibly moist,skewered swordfish with a light filling) were among the most memorable Italian dishes we have ever had.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Calabria menu is wonderful.The Calabria menu is wonderful. We particularly enjoyed the flavorful bruschette on cucumbers, the spinach ravioli with delicate mushrooms, and the swordfish rolls. The wines were superb as well. I love the Festa Regionale concept.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, fine food...Excellent food! Great Value and the best service ever: Jeff made our luncheon complete with his excellent service and great attitude: Bright eyed, alert and very accommodating and friendly. We could tell, he likes people and displayed the skills of an experienced server. He is one of the reasons, we will return :-)3/8/2013 12:00:00 AM