Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

4.6
2561 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. 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. Winner of the annual Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2002.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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SuzyD
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent as usual. Wait person was courteous, pleasant and efficient.
I like that it was quiet and I could hear my friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Seem to be reeling from COVID

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vipKatherineD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Unfortunately it was Mother’s Day and I think they were SUPER short staffed so when it took 50 mins to get our drinks that set the tone for the rest of the meal. BUT the food was absolutely delicious!! And we did have a nice if bot Looong lunch. I would recommend this place but hopefully they can get staffed :)

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MichaelT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I have dined at this establishment numerous tines over the past 10 years and this particular visit was the most disappointing. It took well over 1 hour to be served after the order was placed and after our meal we ordered desert and after a 20 minute wait we were told they were too busy to serve desert which is unheard of and pathetic. The foot was excellent as always but the service was very poor.

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SuzanneE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a nice setting
Attentive waiter
Pleasure to be out in world once again

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Service was not attentive. We finished our meal before our 2nd drinks arrived. Disappointing.

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nyroth
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s the best Il fornaio in the chain.

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Lala
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Marco was the best waiter ever, food was delicious and ambiance very pleasant.
Highly recommended!

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jeanned
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was poor from the start. When he first came by, we ordered an appetizer and tried to order drinks but he had gone on. Throughout the evening, service was disappointing to the four of us. We were happy with our food and drinks.

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MindilLew
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dependable for delicious Italian fare in a lovely setting.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Maitre D very helpful. Always good!

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vipCayman
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio is my go to restaurant for special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was disappointing. Waited almost 30 minutes before a server came to ask what we would like to drink. In the past was much better.

KB
KathrynB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience, outside, wonderful service. My Petrale sole was wonderful but could have been a tad warmer. And my husband had the minestrone soup. He did not think it was “up to par” with past memory of having it. But, we love I’ll Fournaio, and, we will be back.

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NicholasK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good, not great. A bit expensive for what you pay for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together.

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SteveV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb as was the wait staff and ambiance. It was perfect. If I lived closer, I’d eat there a lot. As it is, I could see going back there if the occasion permits.

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DavidS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time back after the Covid shut down. It was marvelous! The Petrale sole was the best ever and the potatoes and mixed vegetables were just right. We also had the Regina salad with arugula and tomatoes, avocado, etc. It was dressed lightly with a lemony dressing that complimented the flavors of the peppery arugula and the creamy avocado. These are dishes we have had many times at this restaurant over the years and the quality of the ingredients and the preparation was on point.

Our waiter Umberto was well trained, attentive but just the right amount. The staff was many if not all new faces but they worked hard and did an excellent job. Absolutely no complaints.

We were very glad to be back in one of our favorite restaurants. Bravo!!

SP
ShantyP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently excellent. Service is most often very good. Depending on what you order and drink, the bill can get a bit high compared to other similar restaurants. However, because of the consistency in quality, it's usually worth the price to know that you will have a high quality experience.

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vipDavidR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have eaten at Il Fornaio dozens of times. Food and service definitely not up to par. Maybe came very slowly, and my linguine seemed like it had been plated long before - just not very tasty. And the salad was just middling also.

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vipIraP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time indoor dining. Felt very safe as tables were spread out. Menu is a little more limited due to pandemic, but most of the regular dishes were available.

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vipGailG
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We were there at 3:30 PM. Unfortunately, the staff took that time to begin moving tables all around the area where we were seated. This was extremely disruptive to our making conversation with the other couple who joined us and soured us to the experience of dining there. Our meals were not up to par that day...Caesar salad was very bland and pizza crust was soggy in the middle. Not sure I'll be able to convince my husband to go back there.

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vipjuliem
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place to take mom for lunch or early dinner! The service is excellent and attentive; the food is delicious with lots of variety on the menu. Spacious dining room with patio seating available.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Outdoor heater didn’t work at a peak hour?
Food was very mediocre

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viploas
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great dinner on Saturday. Food was good, service was woonderful

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vipDonna
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor options for seating. Well distanced covered and with heaters. Perfect place to meet friends for lunch. Food was wonderful. Service was timely and friendly.

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MarkD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife birthday and we had a wonderful dining experience. The General Manager Roberto was so kind to come over to our table and say Happy Birthday. We love this restaurant!!

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Shelleybear
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful gathering and meal at your restaurant, however when we stepped outside the restaurant, our car adjust been broken into and it was in plain sight. Police and security were there on the spot and let us know that this is a frequent occurrence at this shopping center ("every day"). No signs posted anywhere and we have spent the last 3 days dealing with our losses- a real buzzkill to an amazing afternoon. Diners beware of where you park!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff is amazing
Food is consistently fabulous
This is a go-to no brainer for us to meet friends & family
Light and airy

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vipBigStu
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun menu, and always a comfortable and interesting setting. Food is well done.
We had the Regina Salad, noodles with beef sauce (lots of beef!), and the salmon.

Consumed entirely! :-)

MD
vipMarinDiner2020
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Il Fornaio has adapted to the Covid requirements beautifully. Tables are spread out both inside and out. Service attentive without being intrusive. Our caprese salad was delicious. The pasta and fish dishes were also tasty. For about 90 minutes, life felt almost normal again! Nicely done.

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vipChrisCC
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints and we love the wait staff.

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Daisy
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for reliably good Italian food. Excellent Caesar salad. Nice seating near the fireplace.

J
vipJill
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was friendly, attentive, and got everything right. The socially distanced seating worked very well. The house salad was absolutely delicious. We had pasta with seafood--pasta good, seafood not good. We took a walk down the mall where the ambience was lively and the landscaping perfectly chosen and well maintained.

All in all, it was a lovely afternoon.

TJ
TJames
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fresh and delicious. Service from all was excellent. Our server Marco in particular was gem.

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Goldie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is always welcoming.
I love being greeted in Italian!!
The portions were generous,
I had the seafood misto and every ingredient was done to perfection.
The servers were attentive and on it!
Highly recommend !

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pedrosorren
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would like to see more meat options on the menu. I Miss the old, pre-COVID options.

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vipSeeFoodDiet
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service.

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 927-4400.

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera is rated 4.6 stars by 2561 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera 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.