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 3479 People Are Saying
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R
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the November Regional Passport menu featuring the dishes of Piemonte region of Italy. The sea bass, chicken piccata, and the ravioli dishes were wonderful. Our server, Heather, was friendly, knowledgeable, and very efficient.
We again had a great dining experience.

NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Noisy madhouse, but worse of all the cost. Entrees for 35 at a restaurant that has little or no ambiance is unacceptable. It seems that a lot is taken for granted.

H
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Heather was great! Her recommendations , friendliness, and superb service made it a great evening. Thanks!

BP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Vibrant and fun. Service was rushed and server seemed rushed herself. Food was good not exceptional. Caesar salad was tasty, braised beef not the best I’ve had but the seafood linguine and seafood stew/soup was very good.

W
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to spot on the Peninsula is Il Fornaio. Relaxing and conducive environs for conversations, biz or sharing life events.

BF
San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The one area I thought was NOT a good value is the starter courses (salads, soups, appetizers). They seem SO overpriced! Entree prices aren't too bad. But the starters are way TOO high for what they are. That said, the food is very good and the ambience at the Burlingame location is quite up-lifting--lots of windows, light, airy and appropriately energetic.

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Restaurant is lovely. That said, I had one of the worst meals I have had in a very long tine. Chicken breast was undercooked and tasted like rubber. Inedible. When waiter asked if I wanted to take it home, I told him that no, I didn’t like it. He just continued on his way - couldn’t care less. After we put credit card out to pay the tab, it was a solid 20 minutes before the waiter collected it. Disappointing experience. Will not bring clients there again for lunch.

DW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the Osso Bucco - wasn’t disappointed ! Excellent all around!

J
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT SERVICE, DELICIOUS FOOD AND WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE! CANNOT WAIT TO RETURN.

j
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

another fabulous evening at Il Fornaio. Our favorite server Heather was there to make recommendations and provide us with her wonderful service and her beautiful smile. Looking forward to our next visit

MB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Everything was great but the service could have been more attentive. There was about a 15 min wait before we got a chance to order. Wine glasses were empty for a while before we were asked if we wanted something else. bartender was sociable for the drinks before dinner and food was terrific.

J
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were pleasently surprised with the entire experience. Enjoyed the food and ambience. Will go again when in San Francisco.

BB
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After years of business lunches, it was nice to have a relaxing dinner. Service was friendly and excellent, and we enjoyed the pasta dishes. The lobster bisque was good, but not exceptional.

l
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This is a good destination for business meetings due to the size of the restaurant, layout, and menu selections. I'd like Il Fornaio to serve more sustainable fish and organic chicken whenever possible.

s
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

the food here is solidly good. They won't be competing for any James Beard awards, however, it's well-prepared and the source ingredients are good. The service is another story. I have been here twice in the past 2-3 months. I find the service to be inattentive to the point where you want to get up and go searching for your server. Staff drops plates on the table with a thud. The guy serving the water clearly does it without much care. They could do a lot to tighten up their front of the house game.

R
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed another delicious Regional Passport dinner. Food was excellent, and so was our server, Heather.

M
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed brunch there. I had the french toast. It was like almost like my mom's 40 years ago -- excellent! My mom's was the best of course. We also enjoyed bacon - it was a little overcooked and crunchy. I will go back!

SF
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Server was EXCELLENT. I believe he is new, but level of service is SF-high-end special. An off night in the kitchen, as my tomatoes in caprese salad were overripe and the veal in my scallopini was dry. Overall, we love this restaurant and will give tonight’s off night on food a pass and are excited to come back and be pampered by this server.

CB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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 on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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

TG
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and great service!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, great birthday for my daughter !

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

C
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the new menu

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

FB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food4service1ambience4

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
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
27 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Carla, our waitress was just fantastic!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
87 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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