last minute idea...
My wife and I wanted to get out of the Central Valley heat, knew we were going to have numerous glasses of wine, we selected a hotel that was within walking distance of Il Forniao and enjoyed the evening...great last minute getaway..
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Avoid the tourists
It's not on the wharf and it's not in Union Square so the tourists don't get here and that's fine by me. The food is very good. Try the Il Fornaio Chianti, at about $30.00 a bottle it was perfect with the pasta. The only negative was they served our gelato in a warm dish so we got gelato soup.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service personnel were
The service personnel were very accommodating. They easily dealt with the wheelchair of one of our group.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Il Fornaio is the standard which I judge other restaurants. Attentive service, Epic food and great ambiance. If only other places would take note of theses things. Another great lunch and another impressed client.
Thank you for the 5th time.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am very sad....that this restaurant is not in my town. Loved it and would go every week if it was in my town. I will definitely go back next time I'm in San Francisco... Miss it already!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
good, but not so good
I went in with a party of 13. Now, reservations were for 830, water delivered to table around 845. Then didnt see the waiter for another 20 minutes. This is the second Il Fornaio that didnt have a chicken or eggplant parmisan. I always thought that to be a staple on any italian menu. Well, finally the waiter took our food order, but it took another 15 minutes to come back and take a drink order. When dinner was over, two of the couples were told that a particular dessert was out and not available for ordering. Would have been nice to know that when the menus were dropped off. Overall, the company kept made the experience a fun one.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Food
I have been coming to this restaurant for several years and highly recommend it. Parking is relatively easy, food is excellent, service is good - plenty of room between tables so you are not too close to neighboring tables. Prices are reasonable.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place for date night
We made reservations at the last minute and we did not have any problem. The staff is amazing. They are friendly and very aware of their customers.
We can't wait to go back!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been here many times, with big groups and small groups. Food is always good. Service is always good.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Pre-Concert Meal
We had a very nice dinner before a performance at America's Cup Pavilion on Saturday. Seating was in the garden room with views of the fountain and the beautiful floral arrangements. Our waiter was very good and offered excellent suggestions for entree and wine.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful dinner
I have eaten at il Fornaio in many different locations over the past 15 years. The San Francisco restaurant is the best. The service was a little slow. but the food was fantastic. I had heirloom tomatoe salad and capelinni and both were perfect.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic summer evening out
We had a very nice dinner before going to the concert this past Saturday night over at the America's Cup Pavilion. Everything was so good and to be honest, we really didn't want to leave. We sat out on the patio area, the perfect with heat lamps temperature although we really didn't need them. The food and service were excellent and we were able to leave on time to make the concert which is a two minute walk from the restaurant. The restaurant was packed and had such a good vibe. It smelled so good. You could actually smell bread and sauces cooking as we approached the front door. We love this place! - Also, we met the new general manager that night who introduced himself at our table. Very nice person. He will do well here.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
THe food is average -- suitable
THe food is average -- suitable for those who don't mind corporate, watered-down Italian dishes.. The service was ok -- a busperson spilled red wine on one of our party and the restaurant did nothing to make it right -- not even a replacement of the spilled wine. They were out of the dessert that almost everyone in our party of 10 ordered, but we were given sorbetto at no cost. The atmosphere was very pleasant -- this is the best thing Il Fornaio has going for it -- crisp, white tablecloths, attractive room and garden dining. It was a good choice for our large out of town group with varied tastes, but won't be for you it if you want something that tastes homecooked or even cared about.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, very convenient
A group of us ate here before a concert at America's Cup Pavilion on a Tuesday night. We were a half hour late because of traffic on the Embarcadero. I called twice to warn the hostess, and she was very understanding. When we finally arrived, they had a great table set up for us on the patio. They expedited our orders and got us to the show on time. We really appreciated it! And... the food was great and the restaurant is beautiful. What more could you ask for?
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally a good Italian restaurant!
Took two colleagues to lunch during the week and we had a blast. The restaurant has a good Italian feel and you can actually see the cooks making the pasta. The food was divine and reasonably priced. The waitress was friendly but not overbearing and came up with good recommendations especially for the trio of deserts. I will go back with my husband as the restaurant has a very romantic outside area.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian Gem-Not to Be Missed
Even though Il Fornaio has been around a long time, please do not miss the opportunity to visit this Italian Gem under the deft hand of General Manager Veniero Monti. He brings many years of experience and wonderful charm to a restaurant with good "bones," pun intended. Our antipasto plate was innovative and the bartender was able to find one bottle of our favorite wine! The salads were ample, as well as the main courses. We all shared each other's dishes - scallopini, two pastas and a risotto - all delicious and cooked just right. Wait staff was personable and paced the evening well. A delightful experience. We now want to return to try the Festa Regionale offering with different regions being highlighted each month.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Patricia was fantastic! We went before a concert and she kept us on mark and time. Recommendations, perfect!!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Food, Service and Ambience
I took my friend, who is visiting from British Columbia, to the City for lunch. I picked Il Fornaio because I love the location and we both wanted Italian food. We were both so glad we went there. We had the best table in the house. We were seated on the lovely outdoor patio with a great view of the park and the waterfall. The food from appetizers to the main course was excellent. We shared the buratta and the beef carpaccio, both were wonderful. But the best of all was the Chef's special of the day --a lamb ragu. It was simply amazing. All of the staff were friendly and attentive. We had a chance to meet the Chef. He brought our meal to the table. Our waiter Robert was wonderful as well and the GM, Veniero, was so engaging.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A sweet Italian place
I would recommend this restaurant to any one looking to feel classy and enjoy good Italian food. Our waiter took a while to warm up to us, but the overall experience was romantic and special. The location is perfect; we strolled through the fountains at Levi plaza before and after, and next time hope to enjoy the Americas cup pier as well.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Time, Short Notice
We booked our table for 7 on a Tuesday for 5:45 PM on short notice. They had our table pre-made, as we arrived early. Both the hostess and waiter were excellent. I ordered a pasta dish with bacon and a creamy tomato/vodka sauce. The kitchen staff custom made my sauce with no parmesean cheese, without me asking. The waiter overheard me mention that I don't eat cheese but would deal with the parmesean in the sauce. Our table ordered a Salmon dish, two different pasta dishes, and a Pizza. No complaints from anybody. 3.5 Hours later, we were still having a blast, and as it was a slow evening, the staff let us be with no attempt to rush us out the door. Fantastic experience on the whole and I absolutly would come back.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A memorable meal
From the moment our party of six entered, we felt well cared for. The wine list was plentiful, the specials added a sense of spontaneous delight. I especially enjoyed the Canneloni Soup and house made raviolis.
We were eating on a timeline, and our waiter kept the courses coming, without rushing them to us. When it was time to go, the manager stepped outside to hail us a cab. Excellent food, great service, elegant setting.... A very memorable meal
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous dining experience!
Thank you to our excellent server who made our birthday lunch extra special. She even brought a silver champagne bucket to put our sunflowers in. The whole staff was gracious and thoughtful. Thank you for a fabulous dining experience!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great Italian restaurant with even better specials. The Salmon was amazing, and the homemade ravioli's were so flavorful. We had an excellent waiter and enjoyed sitting outside on the patio.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the Regional Specials
Il Fornaio restaurants are presenting regional specialties from areas around Italy. All are tasty and interesting; I recommend it.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three times in a year
We dined in SF twice and Walnut Creek once in the last year, with another couple two of the times
In SF it was a perfect dining experience with the usual noise level in WC we sat outside and it was perfect
We will return to both
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fit for Friends
We like to bring our out-of-town friends here. The overall experience is always pleasant with good-to-very good food, not touristy type Italian food.
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
always a nice place in the financial district to enjoy well prepared Italian food
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quality Italian restaurant.
The Maitre D' came by multiple times and made sure we were happy and enjoying our experience.
Food was very good, wine also. Nice ambience. The waiter made a couple of goofs, perhaps language barrier, but service was attentive.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good wine, good service
Yes, Il Fornaio has multiple locations. But this one in San Francisco has ll of the charm of a stand alone neighborhood gem.
The location is right off of Levi Plaza. The diners are a mix of tourists who leak over from Pier 39 and many locals.
We had a family get together on Sunday. Everyone enjoyed their food. The service was perfect. We stayed far longer at the table than other guests, and they just kept checking in to see if we wanted more water, more wine or anything else.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my wife's birthday and I wanted dinner to be special and it was.
The service was prompt and responsive and dinner was superb.
We agreed - we will be back. I
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The only downside to our evening out, was the server pushing us along. As soon as we arrived at 5:00, he asked us if we were going to the concert (at 7:30). We were and then he started the rush of ordering food. We just wanted to relax for a few hours before our evening.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Il Fornaio was a total gem. We enjoyed the moment we stepped into the restaurant. The rich smell from the kitchen that atmosphere and the staff was superb. We enjoy gluten free meals and the pasta was so good that when we finished our meals both of us wanted more but decided to enjoy the deserts.
When we come back to San Francisco we will come back to Il Fornaio.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful place to have
A wonderful place to have a special celebratory lunch. Sitting on the piano and looking at the waterfall surrounded by lush gardens was memorable!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Anniversary Celebration!
Exactly 20 years ago, my now husband and I went to Il Fornaio to celebrate the night he proposed to me. So it was fitting for us to go back for our Anniversary celebration (now married 19 years!). The food was great, our server was incredibly sweet and attentive.
As we were paying our bill, we told our server about our story and she was so sweet and congratulated us. Very soon after, the Restaurant Manager stopped by our table to congratulate us as well, and they offered us a complimentary dessert (delish) and some Prosecco (also delish). We appreciated their kindness and our delicious lunch! They made our Anniversary celebration so wonderful and memorable. We'll be back :)
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had gone there on a Friday night to meet out of town guests for a nice quite relaxed dinner. Had a really good time, ambience was excellent and the food was perfect for the occasion
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another wonderful meal at
Another wonderful meal at one of our favorites in San Francisco.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great experience
Thanks to the expert hand of GM Veniero Monti all was well Friday night at Il Fornaio. Friendly, attentive staff; lovely ambiance in the Great Room; delicious Festa Regionale menu featuring Lombardia. We will be back next month for the next Festa Regiaonale experience.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Post-Nike Half Reward
We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful food at Il Fornaio. It was especially good in that we could absolutely indulge ourselves after running the Nike Women's Half Marathon!! We especially loved the salmon bruschetta and the eggs benedict!!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service par none! Food excellent with wide variety of choices & excellent wine list. Highly recommend.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant is at a special location and the italian environment made us think we were back in Italy. The food was perfect and the dessert was delicious. I recommend this place for a dinner for two!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always good, kind to kids
Every time we come we leave happy. The staff is great as is the food. Our two year old loves it, too. One of the few higher end restaurants good for kids, too.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a perfect place to
This is a perfect place to bring hungry teenagers for a birthday celebration!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm a Frequent Diner at Il Fornaio
The restaurant is very convenient to my workplace, so I'm here often. I like the serving staff very much (and since they seem to stick around, I think that they are treated well). I very much appreciate the menu notes about calories and the option of ordering a small pasta portion. The quality of the food is consistent and the dining area is light-filled and pleasant. I can count on this place for a very nice lunch.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great authentic Italian cuisine
I really like the restaurant for its pasta and Italian pizza, which is completely different for what you get at places like Tonys pizza. The wine list is good, the staff is very friendly, on,y the seating takes sometimes a few minutes, even if tables are available and set up.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was good, service was
Food was good, service was good. Good place for a business lunch. Service could have been a little faster, took a while to seat our group, couldn't seem to find our reservation.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Italian food
Enjoyed everything and service was great. Only thing that felt steep was the check. Over $70 for a pizza a glass of wine, a beer and a dessert shared by 2. Having said that, I'll go back
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful group experience!
Thank you San Francisco Il Fornaio for accommodating our group of 9 at the last minute! We all had a truly wonderful experience and I can't thank you enough for the excellent service and wonderful food. Chef Ivan was kind enough to make us special pasta to accommodate the Vegans in our group and came up with an amazing salad and pasta. We had excellent wine that was suggested by our server. Overall the night was a great perfect!
Thanks to all!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice experience
Traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner was quite good, with excellent soup and nice touches like vanilla bean gelato with the pumpkin pie, and the service was attentive and excellent. Very nice experience. Recommended.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to several Il Fornaio's before in the past. Our last visit was in San Francisco. We took my mother out for Thanksgiving lunch and we had a wonderful experience. Everything was top notch, from the service, the food, the selection, and the embience. My Mother was very pleased and so were we. A return is in the future for us. Highly recommend*
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an excellent meal at Il Fornaio. The food was delicious and our server was attentive. He kindly remembered to put a candle on my boyfriend's dessert as it was his birthday.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM