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About Il Fornaio - Burlingame

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.

327 Lorton Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Saturday 10:00 - 11:00am & Sunday: 9:00 - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00 - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Donnelly Ave., 1 block N. of Burlingame Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 375-8000

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
Catering is available upon special request. Please contact our Event Coordinator for more details: kchlubna@ilfo.com.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for a fee of $9 per car.

Public Transit:
Burlingame Cal-Trans Station

Executive Chef:
Maurizio Mazzon

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We welcome the opportunity to plan your next private dining occasion.
Please contact our Event Coordinator at 650.375.8000 or kchlubna@ilfo.com.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate your Valentine with a special selection of dishes inspired by the Italian region of Umbria, the home of Saint Valentine. End your evening with Fondente ai Tre Cuori, a heart-shaped flourless dark chocolate cake with white chocolate and mixed-berry gelee hearts.

Private Dining

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.

Il Fornaio - Burlingame Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (44)
Great for Lunch (40)
Good for a Date (38)
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Good for Birthdays (37)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Good for Groups (33)
Business Meals (32)
Authentic (28)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Casual (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Great for Brunch (21)
Fun (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Kid-friendly (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Romantic (15)
Hot Spot (13)
Seasonal (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Healthy (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Happy Hour (9)
People Watching (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Cozy (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Vegan (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

I love this restaurant and this location. The food is always excellent, the staff super friendly and efficient, this is fast becoming my regular local place to visit. I can also go alone, which for a woman in vey important. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Organic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun, Worth the Drive, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The service was delayed and the waiter told us that they had not anticipated so many people coming for lunch and so they were behind. I appreciated the information but the wait was too long.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was very good, but the last 5 times I’ve been there, the service has been awful—terribly slow!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

WE go every month and have for the past 10+ years - love the place!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

What a disappointment. We haven't been in a few years but always experienced a good meal in the past and considered it reliable. Everything has gone downhill. Three of us went and each person had sub par food and drink.
To start the tonic water was flat and my wife's drink had to be sent back. We had beef carapace and a beet salad to start. Both had a ton of shaved cheese on them. Our dinner entrees were all bad. My son had the smallest portion of veal scallopini I have ever seen. It was drowned in sauce and tough I ordered venison which was chewy and flavorless. I did not think it possible to eliminate flavor from venison but they did it. The sauce was cold as if the stew preparation had been microwaved. There was a teaspoon splash of cold berry sauce on the side which was flavorful but not nearly enough to help out the meat. The polenta tasted like water. My wife had pasta which had to be salted and peppered Everything lacked seasoning. We ordered chocolate hazelnut cake to share for dessert. It was so dry we didn't finish it. Coffee was burnt.
The server was nice and the restaurant was full but not busy. It was a Sunday night. Overall we will not go back. Our meal was $200 and it was like cafeteria quality.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was great. Food was good. They just seemed confused in getting people with reservations to their tables

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Delicious meal as always along with the usual great service. The char on the Regional Passport menu was wonderful.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always predictably great! Very consistent. Great menu options

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I have been there on several events and not one was disappointing. All was excellant

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The bread is the best. Service was subpar. Food was ok

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always a reliable place for a comforting meal with friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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!!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Pizza was greasy...

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went there for Christmas Eve this year and had a lovely dinner! Il Fornaio never lets us down..

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

food very good. atmosphere at a holiday time great! Server great! Noisy at times.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Disappointing Christmas Eve dinner. The quality of the food was not worth what we paid.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Service was great and our server was amazing! Wild salmon was the best!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Terrible service. Will not go back

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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 .

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

They were overwhelmed by pre-holiday crunch. Usually quite reliable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Our waiter Kevin was overloaded and at times forgot our order or other small request like coffee at the end.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I've dined there and other Il Fornaios many times for 40 or so years. Consistently good food and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We always love Il Fornaio! Delicious!

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