Il Fornaio - Burlingame

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$30 and under
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Italian
Il Fornaio is renowned for its authentic award winning Italian cuisine. 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. Annual winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Kick off 2020 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3461 People Are Saying
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CB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service as always by David. The wild caught grilled salmon with kabocha squash and spinach was delicious as was the mushroom soup. We also had Roederer champagne which complemented our meal perfectly. Thank you! Already looking forward to our next visit

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s wonderful service, good food, beautiful place for gathering together

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food has NO taste, seafood appetizer was microscopic... stay home

TG
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time, noice was a bit high and we weren’t expecting a bar with sports On at an Italian place.

It will be great if there was a separation between the bar and the dining area.

PM
Jackson Hole
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure to visit Il Fornaio Burlingame. My husband and I were entertaining long time friends and wanted it to be special. And, it was. Food was great (as always), wine selection was broad and well priced. And, the waiter was perfect -- charming, efficient, and attentive. Great choice for our luncheon.

VV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to Il Fornaio - Burlingame many times over the years with a favorite Aunt who lives nearby. We had a lunch there in her honor after her memorial service. The food is always good and there is a favorite for everyone. The quality has been maintained over many years. We always take out of town visitors to an Il Fornaio.

SF
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great birthday for my daughter !

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and wonderful service. The flickering light was the only downside.

C
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Calamari appetizer was amazing. Main courses - mix. Roast chicken was very moist and appealed to my picky eater daughter. The pastas my husband and I ordered needed more than the grated cheese for taste - had to add salt and pepper. Been here a couple of times and pastas were better. It might be just my husband or my own palates.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the new menu

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always loving dining here. It’s our favorite. Consistently good food and service.

JW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. The ravioli with pear & Gorgonzola was delightful and the salmon was delicious as always.

FB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered the salmon salad. Upon arrival, the salmon was over-cooked and in small, broken pieces. When I brought it to the attention of the waiter, he immediately took it back to the kitchen and they cooked a new order for me. I would never order this dish again. Also, the restaurant was quite noisy and it was hard for our party of 6 to communicate. I felt it was a little pricey for lunch.

P
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, its always great. nice healthy lunch in a very comfortable atmosphere with great service and quality food. The awesome wine selection also helps.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food bad service. Server never mentioned his name, but he looked like he wanted to die to say the least. I’ve never had a problem with Il Fornaios service until this last time.

a
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is very consistent. On our most recent visit, the food was outstanding, as usual. However, the service was really lacking. While the noise doesn't bother me, it is quite loud in there and can be difficult for anyone with hearing problems.

JO
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I travel to San Francisco I often stay by the airport on my first night in and on the night before my trip out. I always go to IlFornaio. It is such an excellent authentic restaurant.
The restaurant is Beautiful, Burlington game is a great town and the entire experience is perfection. The food at IlFornaio is the star of the show, every dish is prepared perfectly with the
Freshest ingredients prepared exceptionally It is also so very authentic.It is my go to

EL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Carla, our waitress was just fantastic!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing ambience. The housemade garlic bread and olive oil served is amazing, the service is a little slow, 45 mins waiting time for you to receive your dish but the dessert menu is vivid and the Dinner plates are really good.

j
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started with beet salad with goat cheese, great. Followed by festa regionale risotto with shrimp and artichoke hearts, highly recommend it. Husband had lasagna, which was good too. Ended with the festa dessert, chocolate torte with salted caramel gelato and chocolate sauce. So decadent. But, what made our evening perfect was the people at Il Fornaio. Our waitress Heather remembered we just got back from vacation, asked us about it. Made great food recommendations and her service is impeccable. A meal is not just about the food, but, the company and Heather always makes us feel special!

F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Bad service from the buzzer to the waiter a three hour tour that got worse as the eve went on

OR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having used the restaurant several times it never disappoints. Any food choice is great quality. The staff are attentive and pleasant.

J
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food specials from Pulgia menu were great! Loved the boneless short ribs.

EG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitress was delightful! Food was very tasty!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Of our four-person party, two diners had seafood pasta that they both found to be greasy; another had the half chicken that was dry and cold. I had a seafood combination that was really good, although the broccolini was undercooked. There was up-sell pressure from the waiter who had the misfortune to ask how dinner was. My partner told him. He summoned the manager, a woman who was polite, apologized, and discounted the bill. Sadly, I fear that the restaurant (where my partner and I used to eat with regularity over about 15 years because it is midway from our two homes) is on an unrelenting decline. It had improved a couple of years ago but appears to have returned to its downward progression.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in for a random get together with friends spurred on by an email invitation for happy hour all day. We had a great time. Our server was terrific.

j
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Thought a late afternoon lunch would be nice and less crowded. It was less crowded but the food came out in an untimely manner. The restaurant was not crowded. The server was not great. The simplest of orders, Caesar salads and two pizzas.
The salads came out fine. But waited for the pizzas almost 1/2 hour. Now pizzas, like they serve, are cooked at 700+degrees and take approximately 7 minutes...why it took 1/2 hour????
When the pizzas finally came out, they were doughy, undercooked yuck! We are a piece each and we’re done. Thinking we would just take the rest home and recook so the crust was more crispy. We ended up throwing it away.
Really a bummer for this location! We frequent the Walnut Creek location and their service and food is far superior! Probably will not return to this restaurant!

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We both had the gnocchi with bolognesse sauce and it was outstanding.
Always great service, we were in and out in under an hour without feeling rushed at all.

VC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Chicken pasta had very little chicken, disappointing

o
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

first of all the service was lousy. secondly, my gnocchi was ok....my wife's pasta was ok. our friends both had scallopine which tasted awful and, if you could have eaten it, you would have needed a skill saw to cut it. very interesting. we eat at il fornaio in palo alto and it's pretty good. the place in carmel is great. even tho menus are the same the chef makes a difference.

s
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Haven't been here in a while. The food seems to be noticeably better - everything was delicious and well-prepared. The cadence of the meal was great as well. The server could have been warmer - he was the kind of server who has been at it a long time and knows his job so well that he doesn't try as hard as he used to anymore. It wasn't an issue, just something I noticed. Dropping the fresh plates down on the table with a thud vs placing them gently would be an example of what I mean. This isn't a mess hall, it's a fine dining establishment. Take better care with the details of how you deliver the experience.

H
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks to Heather for making the meal for our party of 5 so enjoyable and special. It was a great evening.

EP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Bella was great. We ordered 3 flattened grill black cod, delicious.

PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The spinach salmon salad was heavy on the dressing - I should have asked for the dressing on the side. But the salmon was plentiful and perfectly done. The pasta dishes (pomodori) were also cooked to perfection. Wait staff was attentive. The noise level was moderate as it was a Wednesday for lunch and wasn't as crowded as it usually is later in the week.

TP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food wasn't very good unfortunately. We were there for lunch - I had the INSALATA DI POLLO DAL GIRARROSTO and it barely had any chicken on it. For $20, I should get a lot more than just a few pieces. I am a big fan of Il Fornaio which is why I took my boss there. He said his meal wasn't very good either. He had the PETTO DI POLLO AL PEPERONCINO.
I will be back, but with hesitation though. Really bummed out about this visit. You're better than this!

KO
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon.
Wouldn't have changed a thing other than Il Fornaio might want to wrap their lemons with net so the seeds don't escape onto the plate. A tiny detail, but a classy one.

MH
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I started to go to Il Fornaio since the early 1990s and appreciate their creative cousin true to Italian food in the bay area and even in Beverly Hills. I especially like their consistent food quality that hasn't changed since the early days up until yesterday. Thanks to the kitchen and the waiting staff who pay attention to serving their old-timers as well as the new generation of clients. Thanks!

H
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents anniversary. Doug gave great service! Thanks

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant 💕

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