Bring your next special occasion to Il Fornaio and work with a friendly and knowledgeable Event Coordinator. Celebrate with excellent service in a warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine. We look forward to helping you plan your next memorable occasion.View Private Dining Details
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
Celebrate Easter at Il Fornaio with your friends and family at Il Fornaio! Large parties welcome upon reservation.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
I used to go to Il Fornaio all the time because the quality of the food was great. My chicken was tough, the vegetables must have been cooked in rancid oil because they tasted awful, and the potatoes were so so. I cannot believe the amount of business the restaurant does with the food they serve. Kudos to them for charging a lot of money for terrible food and get away with it.
The staff here was awesome last week when we came in with my friend to celebrate him having been to 100 countries. Also, we came in with my landlord who brought his lifesize doll, and nobody was rude to us. This was his first time taking her out, and it was great since I'd been worrying all day that there may be hiccups.
The food is excellent as always. They carry my favorite varietal by the glass, so had to have that.
The food was outstanding, with the exception of the pizza, which had a "pita-like" crust -- not what one expects from Il Fornaio.
Have been here many times over the years! It is always consistent.. the ambiance is special. The structure of the actual building is unique and creates a beautiful setting. Have enjoyed it every time I have been here! Service was great tonight and food as usual great. Thanks you for such a great restaurant. It was very busy even on a Wednesday night .. very few tables open. speaks for the popularity! A friend was visiting from out of state and she loved the experience as well.
Bad service and cold mash potatoes. Waiter ignored us and host had to deliver meals. Waiter was an old guy that just couldn't keep up I'm sorry to say...
Didn’t have a great experience with our waiter. If it wasn’t for someone I knew el fornaio would have received 2 Stars.
I probably won’t be coming back anytime soon.
Delicious meal as always along with the usual great service. The char on the Regional Passport menu was wonderful.
Always predictably great! Very consistent. Great menu options
We dine often and like the atmosphere, menu, food is tasty and service is good. I'd give more stars for food but the kitchen has a bad habit of plating the entree sides first, so those get cold while waiting for the main item or for all the orders to be ready. Chefs (and servers) need to be on top of their game and ensure every meal is served hot - it's simply the basics of dining.
Food was fine, service fine, except when it came to the bill. I was charged a different table’s bill and would had been very hard to catch if I didn’t pay attention to the table number. Check your bill AND the signature statement. Wasn’t busy as we were first for lunch, so little excuse for the mixup. Hard to find waiter afterwards to fix.
An isolated incident as I have always had great food and service at this place. Waitress was less than thrilled to be at work and food was blah. Caesar salad drenched in powdery Parmesan cheese and pizza was cold and undercooked. . I will go back because again this place is usually a hit.
I have been there on several events and not one was disappointing. All was excellant
Great food , but poor service at times. Walked up to front host desk and was greeted by “ can I cross you off the list?”. No hello or greeting. Service staff were unorganized and late to serve you. Glad the food quality was better!
The bread is the best. Service was subpar. Food was ok
We’re trying to figure out why this restaurant is busy? Just don’t get it, food is terrible but at least everything else is good.
Lovely, lively, open ambiance. Friendly waiters. Good food. It's a place where you feel welcome and the food is very good. If noise levels are an issue be sure and go "early", it helps, and you still get the full experience. Highly recommendable.
Veggies with meal over cooked recooked cold and never should have been plated. Seriously
This is the go to place for my sister and family members for many, many years. This visit my sister and I met for lunch. Which we frequently do. Made reservations for1:30pm after the rush.
The restaurant was somewhat busy when we arrived they winded down we each ordered one of our favorites grilled salmon with vegetables. I asked for mine without potatoes- more veggies. Excellent execution by Griscella. Starter salads. Excellent.
MaÍn course. The salmon was perfect but the veggies on both plates cold over cooked recooked. Really bad. To Griscellas credit she proved a fresh plate of green beans. Like yes bright green color was there on the plate. No comparison. Not sure what the kitchen was thinking
The prices have gone up the wait staff service was excellent. The kitchen was off. Expect more
Always a reliable place for a comforting meal with friends.
I liked the food here, but the costs are pretentious! I bought a bowl of Capellini and meatballs for almost $20! Mind you, not a big Olive Garden bowl, but a large bowl with a regular amount of pasta and maybe 4 small meatballs in it! I will have a hard time visiting this place for dinner anytime soon when I can go to a local restaurant and spend much less for the same quality of food. We went for lunch, so the prices were less, but I was accidentally given the dinner menu, holy crap!!!!
Pizza was greasy...
Question: When is an OpenTable reservation NOT a reservation? Answer: When it's a reservation at Il Fornaio in Burlingame.
In short, a walk-in couple got a table even after we waited for almost an hour. It's even worse given that I was standing close to the so called 'seating' manager's station and she seated them first anyway.
We would've walked out that instant, but it was already late at night and my wife and son were very hungry after my son's school program. I had no choice but to complain to the manager and eventually we got seated. However, we haven't been back there since and will never come back.
DINERS BEWARE: A 'reservation' at Il Fornaio in Burlingame may equate only to a suggested time and does not guarantee seats.
We went there for Christmas Eve this year and had a lovely dinner! Il Fornaio never lets us down..
food very good. atmosphere at a holiday time great! Server great! Noisy at times.
Disappointing Christmas Eve dinner. The quality of the food was not worth what we paid.
I booked Il Fornaio Burlingame for a birthday brunch which also coincided with Christmas Eve. I intentionally booked earlier in the service to avoid any crowds that we might encounter. Knowing that it was a holiday we arrived on time. Our party was 6 and we brought a 7 which they graciously accommodated (although it was a round table with plenty of room so it was an easy accommodation) and the pleasant experience stopped there. Our entire brunch lasted two hours. While the restaurant was less than 25% full when we started and maybe 50% full when we finished, the only attentive service received was by the staff refilling our water glasses. We were not served our meal until over one hour into our time there (at least 45 min after ordering). The food was cold. For everyone. And after we were served - we never saw our server again. It took over 20 min to get our bill. And of course - a mandatory automatic gratuity due to the party size. To say this was a disappointment would be a great understatement. The restaurant wasn’t full, only had 1 other large party, and had many members of the wait staff. We have dined with Il Fornaio many times before in various locations and never with an experience like this. It was unfortunate both for the holiday and the celebration our family was attempting to have. I don’t think we will be able to return and will find other locations.
Service was great and our server was amazing! Wild salmon was the best!
Terrible service. Will not go back
Food was very average. I ordered veal al limone—and it tasted like roast beef, not veal . It was tough and tasteless. The beet salad was drenched in dressing. Service was ok-but clearly this restaurant is very average compared to the many better choices of Italian food in the bay area . It’s living off its reputation in the past which was deserved-but no more. Bar is nice and I liked the lighting .
The wait was a bit long even I had confirmed reservation! I arrived 15 minutes early and expected to be sit on time. But, my wait turned out to be another 10 mins.
I have eaten at I’ll Fornaio Burlingame since it opened. The food has definitely improved. More attentioned is given to details, and every plate at our table was a winner.
The food was excellent, but the dining room was excessively noisy for an afternoon lunch. My 96 year old father could not carry on a conversation with my daughter and me since he could not hear what we said (this does not happen at home). Disabled patrons should be warned that there is no handicapped parking nearby (and non-handicapped people should be aware that you'll be extremely lucky to get street or public parking of any kind), but a good option is to pay the $12 fee for valet parking at the door to the restaurant.
They were overwhelmed by pre-holiday crunch. Usually quite reliable.
Our waiter Kevin was overloaded and at times forgot our order or other small request like coffee at the end.
I've dined there and other Il Fornaios many times for 40 or so years. Consistently good food and service.
We always love Il Fornaio! Delicious!
ever since i’m trying to book with open table, the table i’m getting seems to be the worst in the restaurant. next to a do-not-know-what’s-it-called-station with tools, condiments, extra silverware, trash, and much more, the busiest waiter space, it’s difficult to stay with your table and not be distracted by these disturbances. also, not seeing your host for way too long when you would like to ask or order more, finally letting you place the order, delivering what you ordered when you are done. the restaurant is loud and noisy, unable to enjoy a conversation at the table without yelling. staff, when breaking a glass at before mentioned station, doesn’t even bother apologizing when what seemed to be milk spilled all over our shoes. lastly, the price of the food does not justify the quality, nothing special, just plain every day fare, or anything extra delicious or unique to that place.
italian style family dining — i don’t think so!!!
Went here for a Sunday breakfast/brunch meeting with traveling business associates because of the close proximity to the SF Airport. The menu was limited, with little to no options for vegetarians or NON-pork eaters. The service was slow and the food was cold by the time it was served. Thank goodness the cocktails were abundant, saved the day.
As usual, good food but inattentive service and a 10-minute wait to be seated after reservation time.
The waiter was funny and made up for the food which wasn't exceptional. The lasagna was plopped on a plate with nothing else--not very pretty--tasted good, though. There seemed to be a lack of vegetable offerings.