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Treat the mom in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Really disappointing after so many good dinners at other Il Fornaio locations. Waited 15 minutes after seating for server to visit. Caesar salad that was so memorable from other locations seemed to come from a bag. Special Sardegna salad with fennel had no detectable fennel and ravioli with mint had seemingly no mint. Special dessert of blueberry panna cotta could have been jello. Shockingly disappointing experience.
very good experience, great service made us feel very special favorite restaurant!
The Wednesday before we had a wonderful meal and service. So this particular Sunday we were sat at one of those small tables for two where you can hardly fit the bread, wine and water glasses, etc. I ordered Veal Scallopini and got pieces of veal, baby carrots and green beans floating in grease I must assume was olive oil. Never had V.S. served like that.
We split a salad that the waiter did not think of splitting before serving it to us on our ridiculously small table, then he brought our entrees while we were half way through our salads, which meant we had to squeeze plates to the point 1/3 of the salad plates were hanging precariously at the edge of our table.
What a difference 4 days made! I can not believe this was the same place. The Restautant was 1/2 full so I do not why they did not give us a “NORMAL” size table. Also the waiter needs training!
The food quality was disappointing. My entree (veal and vegs) was cold so I returned it and I think they just warmed it up in a microwave!
Quick seating, server brought bread oil & vinegar quickly
Food was amazing flavorful, calamari was free with a yelp checkin.
The table service was great and the food was good. It wasn’t as busy as normal so we could talk and have a great conversation. What caused me to rate the restaurant lower than I normally would was a very rude hostess at the check-in desk. Sarah was horrible. No greeting. Asked twice for a high chair and she ignored it both times. She was eating at the front reception desk which is very unprofessional. Very rude and made us feel like we were an imposition. Not the norm for this place.
Awesome meal and exceptional service from start to finish.
The place is a chain restaurant, but you would never know it. The service was excellent. Our waiter was fun and knowledgeable. To get a reservation. We got an excellent table because of that. They bring you a nice big basket of bread olive oil “Italian butter” and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Il Fornaio never disappoints. Il Fornaio Burlingame has great service
and excellent cusine. I love the panna cotta and the lobster with
Compliments to our server, Vena!! We’ve been dining here for years and she remembers our preferences!
Easter Sunday dinner, family just flew back from overseas and we went straight to the restaurant, order a salad, appetizer and our dinner choices.
Water glasses were not refilled in a timely manner, we had to ask another waiter to refill our water glasses, it was not like the Restaurant was full of guests. What made the experience bad was after our salad and appetizer, we were told there was a mistake or errors, we waited close to 20 min for our dinner. My family was hungry and tired from their flight and to be honest, we were willing to skip dinner now.
We have eaten at El Fornaio every month for the last 6 months, so we were disappointed.
Really slow service and not particularly friendly or gracious. Took two hours to dine bc kitchen was so slow. And food is always sub par. Only redeeming factor is ambiance. Tasteless food.
Easter was fantastic especially because we had brunch. The lobster was amazing.
I just love this place and will continue to enjoy every moment of it. Highly recommend coming
Great food and service as always - great place we always enjoy going to
The food was just so-so. I’m not sure we’re coming back again.
Not a good day for Il Fornia. Typically a good go to place. We had several issues:
Waitress removed wine glass from my daughter's place setting (she's 23) and we were there celebrating her new job. We gave her a glass from another setting at our table. We ordered wine and the server poured for my wife and me but not my daughter...did't even ask. I told the waitress that my daugeter would be having wine and she said, "Ok, I'll come around" She went around to my daughters side of the table and walked right by and went to the kitchen. So I poured the wine for my daughter. We ordered dinner and it took a long time to come out. My daughter ordered the Buccattini Carbornara. When she put her fork in it the entire serving of pasta lifted off the plate almost like it was a fake plate of pasta. When she separated the pasta it was very hot...it appeared that the food was sitting for a long time before the server got to it and then to cover it up she must have microwaved it. It was pretty gross. Oh and before the wine I ordered a Manhattan. One of the other servers bumped into my table spilling my drink, mainly on the table. I waited for him to come over and clean it but he just said "sorry, sorry" so I cleaned it up with my napkin. Another server saw that I was cleaning up the spill and gave me another napkin. I guess it's up to the guests to clean up after the servers. I've had good meals there in the past and will probably go back but it may be a while.
We are a group of retired ladies from College of San Mateo and take turns hosting each other to lunch. I can always count on I'll Fornio for amazing food and fantastic service. Thank you. Beverley.
This used to be a great place. Food was tasteless. Ordered a bunch of appetisers and main courses. Bruschetta was especially bad--canned tomatoes:( We will not be back!
We were so appalled that you are serving octopus! If you knew how intelligent and necessary they are you would not do it. Please study this issue and act accordingly.
Consistently good Italian pasta, pizza and the Sole special was perfect. Warm bread always served with meals. Salads fresh and creative. We were so fortunate to have our favorite server, Pete, who gives his all to ensure diners satisfaction. He is a gem
I went there with my two students who had just completed a two week intensive. We had done a lot of eating out before the night at Il Fornaio, but nothing compared. We loved the atmosphere, the windows, the outstanding food, and our excellent waiter who came from El Salvadore (who we thought was from Italy). I can't wait to go again!
Beautiful dinner with family. Food was delicious and service was attentive and prompt. Totally recommend for any occasion. Will definitely return.
Service was great! Food was fabulous! And perfect place for a birthday party!
Service wasn't good. Food caliber has gone down tremendously. Lots of new faces at the restaurant so not sure what's going on.
Pretty disappointed in the food. Two people had the capellini pomodoro which was pretty flavorless. It was two 13 year old girls who had it and their food tastes aren't that sophisticated and both of them said it was bland. I had the salmon with asparagus and artichokes and also pretty flavorless. The only good thing we had was the beet and arugula salad which was delicious. I have eaten here before and been very happy, but other than the salad, there was nothing good about our meal.
So I went to eat with my date. Yum. We had the best pasta and my date had a pizza. We had cesar salad also. Outstanding incredible unbelievably amazing. I love u Il fornaio Burlingame I will be back often. Thank u to the chef and manager for always keeping me incredibly happy.
We have dined at several of this chains restaurants, but this was nowhere near to the level of the others. The service was shocking. They must have been in a hurry to turn the table since the busboy started to clear our plates before we had even finished. My wife had to grab her plate back as she still had a third of her dinner uneaten on her plate! Really, really disappointed
It was awesome!
Great place for good food, great service and perfect location
Always enjoy Il Fornaio however the parking is terrible. I was there the other day with the rain coming down in buckets at 11:20 AM The valet did not arrive on time at 11:30 as the sign is posted so I left the car and went inside. They workers inside were very understanding and within a few minutes I had a receipt for my car. This should not happen.
I enjoyed being with my friends and having good food but I will have to think again if I want to return to Il Fornaio in Burlingame because of the parking....
I’ll Fornaio has excellent food. Our server was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant is pleasant and fun. I would definitely recommend.
Great ambience, cordial service and fine food. Wine prices low for restaurant dining and a nice variety.
I hate organic...so definitely would never even try it...but the ambiance has always -- for 30 years -- been fantastic...but last Monday night, my birthday, was fantastic...only because of our waiter, Kevin!!! and I do mean ONLY...
Had a very good lunch with an excellent server to celebrate with two friends.
I’ve been to most of the il fornaios in the Bay Area... hands down best one in my opinion
The waiter Mr. Lee is great love the place love the food lover location love the valet parking great bar got to go
The food here is good and price is reasonable and good value. It is very popular
in a very high end neighborhood.
Service was slow; food was fine. Good choices for children. No mention of Birthday. Mentioned when I made reservations with Open Table.
Il Fornaio has long been a reliable place to gather with our family and friends, but sadly this meal (brunch) at Il Fornaio felt a bit tired...my friend's oatmeal was cold and he had asked to have extras on the side, which server forgot. The others at the table all had omelettes, which were fairly tasty but mine also arrived a bit on the cool side. The toast accompanying the omelettes was cold, and without butter - not at all appealing. The side of applewood bacon was very good, not too salty or fatty - all good, but also lukewarm. It didn't seem to be that busy yet the meal was just okay. I will definitely try out some new places for brunch before I return to an old favorite. Hopefully better next time!
Once we were seated. The waiter and manager treat use excellent. They made a poor start to our brunch into a great dinning experience.