Il Fornaio - Burlingame

4.4
3767 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipHMB13
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio which was great for discussion with good food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my daughter’s birthday. The service was excellent and food was amazing.

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vipJoeB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Have been here many times over the years. Last night the place was empty (it was early) and the service was non existent. Was seated then ignored for 10 minutes. I guess it was more important to prep the staff for the evening than actually service customers

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vipEliL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carla was our waitress and she is outstanding!!!

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ocularone
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lace for drinks and apps at the bar. Nice seating inside andout’

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JamesC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service is good and food are reasonably priced. The pasta and pizza are good choices.

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vipblaize
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

new shortened menu, with nothing very interesting on it and much higher prices.

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AlfonsoR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service. Celebrating my sister and her husband's 13th anniversary yesterday, my husband and I joined them as we had our own 20th anniversary last month. Hostess very kind so was the waitress and the entire personnel. The ribs were delicious so was the swordfish plate. The waitress made our night very special with a complimentary tiramisu dessert to end our night. The manager Matthew personally thanked us for our visit. Great place to dine and special place to celebrate special occasions!

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TerriD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service are consistently excellent. We had the chicken pesto pasta, bruschetta, lentil soup and a pizza and while are all good, the carpaccio is especially delicious.

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Besi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food is always excellent, but this time the service wasn't the best, which is surprising. Perhaps, there just wasn't enough servers scheduled, I don't know. Will go back, maybe just not on a Sunday.

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makoto724
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Bay Area.

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David
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The parklet at Il Fornaio is well designed and distractions from the street traffic are minimized. The service is superb, and the food is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Bad service and cold food. First one there and waited an hour to eat cold fish.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual Service was good. Could have been a bit more attentive to refilling water and other requests, but still a great experience. One thing I noticed was that we were charged for bread. They asked if we wanted bread and we had said yes, but there was no mention that they would charge us for bread which normally they didnt in the past. When questioned about it they said they started charging during Covid. It's not about the charge, it's about being transparent.

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vipWilliam
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, a wonderful wine list and outstanding service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Talk about a once dependable, consistent casual dining brand that literally is a shell of its former self. Not sure what has happened to their Burlingame location, which was my go to, but everything about this Italian concept is simply tired. Perhaps the impact of Covid? Lack of staff? There was just no touch of that Italian F&B magic anymore. Sad.

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mishab
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overpriced meal, nothing special. Friendly staff. Outside seating area is great.

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Star
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great experience to celebrate my daughter's birthday.

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vipCharChad
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderfully delicious meal. I can honestly say I’ve never had a bad meal there. And I have tried many things on their menu. But the daily specials are winners too. Heather was our server and she is a star. She is very sweet but best she knows the menu and gives very good suggestions.

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JasonI
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Same old Il Fornaio but the menu seems less extensive. They also now charge you $2.00 if you want bread. But, if you do that, you don't get the variety of breads they used to have (olive loaf), just maybe 5-6 slices of french bread.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Something happened during covid. The food is not very good anymore. Gave it 3 chances. We’re done.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting distant relatives for the first time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I had the petrale sole special -- it wasn't bad, but not great. Gelati misti desert was excellent. The service was very good. The one thing that bothered me was the noise made by the staff when they cleared away the heaters in the outdoor area as the restaurant neared closing time. It seems they should have waited till we had left.

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vipsteve
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

The tomatoes on the Bruschetta and the pomodoro salad were absolutely tasteless. No bread was brought until requested when the main courses were served. The food was so-so for me (Pacheri alla vodka), but the salmon looked good for two of the other diners. One person had a pizza, and it looked OK.
We ate outside so there was no ambience to report. The inside remains light and spacious and well appointed. as it has been over the years. It was three diner's birthday, and the management knew it, and made no effort to acknowledge it in any way other then when I checked in. All in all it was a disappointing lunch.

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vipCharChad
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food is delicious and you can not go wrong in ordering anything on the menu. Our server, Heather, couldn’t be sweeter. She also has great recommendations. Can’t say enough nice things about her and also the restaurant.

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JenniferC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service and respectful of social distancing with outdoor dining. Food is consistently good, although Veal was missing from the menu.

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Anonymous
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere and the food was good. The waitress was new and the menu was a little limited (about half the size of pre-pandemic), but unfortunately, that comes with the times. Overall, it was a nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a nice lunch outside which was great. Food was very nice and service was good. The servers seemed a little over attentive, two sets of servers who were not coordinating kept asking if we needed anything. Better to have more service than less though in my opinion!

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vipSara
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Burlingame. Unfortunately the past several times we’ve been there, the food is not as good or over cooked? The service is a mess. It seems like since reopening after the 2020 shut down they never really found their footing or maybe have had a lot of stuff changes.

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viptrf333
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friends reunions

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1234
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing! So happy to be back. Smaller menu due to pandemic (missing some long standing favorites), but everything was great and we had a wonderful evening.

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PamelaH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was deplorable- perhaps due to Covid related employee shortage? The usual attention to the customer was simply not there. With the price of entrees, and past experiences at this standby Italian restaurant, I was definitely disappointed. I live in Marin and came down to the Burlingame restaurant to dine with a friend. Corte Madeira’s restaurant is like a different experience entirely.

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EileenA
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mi piace molto Il Fornaio! I am so grateful that the Burlingame location exists. I was terribly sad to lose the Levi Plaza Il Fornaio. Still not over that loss!

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BriannaJ
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, easy to make reservations and a polite staff

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LizF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and with so many places not having enough servers that was not the case. Service was great.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Superb salmon. Due to several large parties, they stashed us in a tiny outdoor table on a noisy, toxic street yet still exposed to the large crowd. Inappropriate in this time of Covid.

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vipHarlita
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to to Heather. We had a great dinner.

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vipozikboy
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always consistently good and predictable. Nice open air environment and outdoor seating if you have Covid concerns

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StephanieL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Nothing was good about this place except bread and the olive oil.

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Burlingame offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 375-8000.

Il Fornaio - Burlingame is rated 4.4 stars by 3767 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Burlingame does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.