Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek
Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek

Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: (925) 296-0100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mario Radilla
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Delivery service available for orders over $100 in the Walnut Creek area.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Broadway
  • Public Transit: BART
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet located in Broadway Pointe Plaza, entrance located on Duncan off North Main. Cost is $6.00 with validation.
A word from Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek
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 - Walnut Creek reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (84)good for groups (66)special occasion (60)great for lunch (60)neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (48)kid-friendly (29)romantic (28)great for brunch (24)notable wine list (19)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (13)late-night find (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Very nice
    ShellVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The service was very pleasant and attentive. Il Fornaio has greatly improved, and the change is welcome! Form the hostess to the waiter service, everyone was welcoming and attentive. The ambiance of the restaurant is warm and welcoming. We had the frittata and also the french toast at brunch. The egg dish was well prepared but not overdone, and the french toast was delicate and flavorful. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience. It is great to be in a place where you can actually hear your dining companion without having to raise your voice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Reliable Choice
    cdow1968
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Being new to the Dating Scene, I wanted a good reliable place where I KNEW the food and atmosphere would not disappoint, needless to say I choose Il Fornaio. The food was excellent, as expected, the service was equally as perfect, and it was comfortable allowing for good conversation. Thank you for was expected to be an excellent experience, which it was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs New Management
    Tunk
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Il Fornaio enjoys a prime location in Walnut Creek and so it will attract diners due to its proximity to shopping and its pretty interior and outside patio for dining. But my last few experiences with this restaurant have been utterly disappointing. The food is mediocre at best, as is the service. Our waitress at lunch let us know in a not so subtle fashion how much she doesn't like her job. We had to ask for refills for water, coffee, vinegar. The server did not care enough to anticipate her customer's needs. The food was not served hot, and that made a big difference in the quality of the Calamari appetizer we ordered. The whole scene seems like no one is paying attention. I'm in no hurry to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor performance
    Hoban
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food here on Saturday night was tasteless. It was so boring buffalo wild wings actually became a topic at dinner, and decided we would not be coming back to this restaurant
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suburbanfoodie2
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Had a delicious dinner on a Sat night. Was particularly impressed with our seating....in a small room with 4 tables near the front of the restaurant. Perfect for conversation. Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our wait-person provided exceptional levels of service. Very professional, attentive, timely and personable. She provide the right amount of service an interaction.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review of food
    JimsOuting
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The veal was a bit on the tough side. Also, the pasta dish my mother first requested was out. So...I was a bit disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal!
    Love2EatOutVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I have been coming to this restaurant with my family for years. It is always consistently good, with excellent service. I have always had a great meal here and you can't beat their delicious bread. There is something to appeal to every type of eater here. Plus they have great wine by the glass. It is fairly expensive, but servings are generous and quality excellent. I am happy to pay for good food and overall experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant
    ShellVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a nice, pleasant meal. We ordered brunch dishes including the waffle with whipped cream and strawberries. The waffle could have had less whipped topping, it was lost in all that cream. The eggs were well cooked and served with potatoes. Service was good and overall we had a very enjoyable meal
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A satisfying taste of Italy!
    wcfoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I've been to Il Fornaio several times over the years, but I really appreciated it on this last visit. The pasta dishes were unique and the pasta itself fresh. Our server was able to recommend just the right Italian red for my taste. She was attentive all evening, but didn't hover. I don't write many reviews, but I am happy to say that I recommend Il Fornaio if you're looking for fresh and interesting Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, solid dining experience
    HeidiAVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Good food and service. Nice to find free range chicken and some organic vegetable options. Decent wine list. Overall, we were happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner and a movie
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We had dinner after a late afternoon movie and as usual, everything was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Near miss
    FoggySF
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Hadn't been to Il Fornaio for some due to desire to avoid carbs, so I was looking forward to returning with out of town guests who love Italian food. We went for dinner and were seated in the loggia on a warm October night. The outer doors were open and we were seated right next to the doors so could enjoy the warm breeze. That part was great, but the food was only mediocre and service similar. I was so disappointed that three out of four dinners were rated only B- or C. My sausage raviolis in butter and brown sugar were great but the canneloni, butternut squash ravs and risotto specials were bland or downright unappetizing. So go maybe for the atmosphere, or the plain spaghetti. But if you are looking for gourmet Italian, pass on by.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable but not memorable
    NummVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We go to Il Fornaio occasionally as my daughter loves the place. My wife and I don't mind going there but it would not be on our list as the food is marginal. The food is nothing special. They do have a great location close to Broadway Shopping Plaza.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy Italian
    Lovetocookandeat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant has a nice atmosphere inside and out on the patio. It feels grand and classy, perfect for any meal, a business lunch, happy hour or a romantic dinner to celebrate any occasion. The food is classic Italian with a bit of an upscale vibe. The service is good, and happy hour is my favorite time because they have $6 pizza and $6 glasses of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good eats at reasonable prices.
    hokey1950
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My friend and I had lunch there on Sunday. We ordered the same dish, except hers was gluten free. The food was delicious, particularly the gravy. Definitely homemade with nice chunks of fresh tomatoes. The pasta was excellent and the sea food was fresh. Great ambiance sitting outside, yet it was quiet enough to have a good conversation. The service could have been a little better. It seemed that once we did not order any wine or alcohol, the service slowed. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • really good food w/ ample portions
    bikersVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a great meal (petto di pollo for me) & a delicious lemon dessert. It is so nice to have good food and have enough of it to make you walk away feeling "full & very satisfied." The house chopped salad and calamari were good as always! An extra treat was leaving w/ a gift of soup starter which I will make today!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chain Restaurant with ok food
    NummVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Nothing special about Il Fornaio: Reasonable prices, average food, convenient location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Service
    EatsOut
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our server, Michael, was very attentive and knowledgeable when asked about food recommendations and overall great customer service. Good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining!
    MMS0BAY
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our reservation was 5:45 on a Saturday. The server was attentive but sensitive to not hovering and made the dining experience very pleasant! The food was delicious! The ambience, food and service made for a very relaxing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Il Fornaio is always a great place for a business lunch or dinner. The waitress was great. And the food is always consistent and good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was a little slow
    BarbieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First time visiting and have to say service was a little slow. Got our appetizer before our drinks came. We did notice that tables that ordered a bottle of wine got their drinks before our individual glasses were served. Appetizer was some tempura thing - veggies were all a little soggy for me. Dinner was good for all of us as was dessert. It was pretty warm in the restaurant, we asked for the doors to be open which they complied until right at the end where the bus boy asked if he could close the door and then only closed the one closest to us? What's up with that? Either close them all or leave ours open as we asked for the air. Felt like we were treated differently for a table of 4 women.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall pretty good
    KJ56
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Overall the food was good. The only things that I wasn't as happy with was the kids pasta serving and the waiter's attitude. My 7 year old daughter ordered pasta with Parmesan and what came was a very small serving. Maybe a dozen pasta tubes that she polished off quickly and was still hungry. For the service itself, the waiter was rather gruff and not very friendly. Just seemed to be going through the motions and not looking to provide much more than taking orders and delivering the bill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Best part was our server Sherry. She was just great, did not hesitate to fill our every need, and with a smile to boot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Spot
    SuzanLaw
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This restaurant has a varied menu. I love their salads and chicken dishes. I appreciate that calories are listed next to every item. I am continuously surprised at the wonderful meal I can have for 700 calories which allows me to have 1 scope of their very decadent salted caramel gelator for 125 calories. Love the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    WalnutCreekDiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great place, great food, great service but too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service!
    Table4TD
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A very nice setting, dinner menu full of great choices, excellent dessert, & service is professional & friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food for lunch, great setting. Everything was very good. The seafood was perfectly fresh, and the service was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AbbyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our waiter was very attentive, knowledgeable and very funny. Food is delicious there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this restaurent
    AllenVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was good as always. Best waitstaff ever. Everyone is so friendly. Would recommend it to all of our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    cheftodd
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It had been a year since I ventured into this great spot Without a doubt the food was off the hook- the service was outstanding! I highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great menu
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I love the specials and the opportunity to try dishes from different areas of Italy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Ella
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Loved our server. She was the greatest. Great food. Every time we are at the restaurant, it gets better and better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious!
    madeleineVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Il Fornaio is consistently good........lovely restaurant.......regional dishes were excellent! Service--the best!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork too fat-GREAT server response
    TedSVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Both my wife and her mother's pork belly was way too fat. ( I don't know the Italian name) My wife's was almost total fat. We usually don't complain but this time she did and the waiter, Ramiro B. was very attentive. He took her plate away and returned with a complete credit for her entire meal. She was very pleased and we will continue to frequent El Fornaio and will recommend it to our friends. Thank you...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My ravioli sauce had artichoke heart leaves which were a little bit woody. My friend had the fish dish which smelled a little fishy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible service
    JPeazy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was good, but the service was horrible. I made a reservation for the evening, when we all got there the place was semi-empty. They sat us quickly, but we waiting over 25 minutes for anyone to notice us. We had to flag a random waiter to get any sort of service and she wasn't friendly at all. Our food came in slowly and the servers hardly paid any attention to their customers. Some of them were just hanging around the hostess booth chatting. Since, the food was good I had to at least give them 2 stars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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  • wonderful spot
    Benildo
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always welcoming. Great place! I have never had a bad experience at Il Fornaio
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch at Il Fornaio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had lunch here last weekend and the food was great. I highly recommend the 1/2 rotisserie chicken for its smoky flavor and tender meat. My daughter loved the cheese pizza and my wife enjoyed her split chicken breast with wing meat. The restaurant's interior is well appointed and cozy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Fornaio
    CordVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very good service and food. Nice wine list, but a little pricey for the wine. You can get salads and entrees in smaller potions for a lower cost. We dine there often..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.