About Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

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.

223 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am - 11:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Paradise Dr.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(415) 927-4400

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

Parking Details:
Public parking in Town Center parking lot directly adjacent to Il Fornaio!

Public Transit:
Golden Gate Transit

Executive Chef:
CJ Snyder

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

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

Il Fornaio can accommodate 10 to 75 people for a la carte or a fixed menu is optional.

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (42)
Special Occasion (38)
Good for Birthdays (34)
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Casual (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Authentic (28)
Good for Groups (28)
Business Meals (26)
Fun (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Cozy (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Romantic (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Healthy (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Seasonal (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Disabled Access (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Kid-friendly (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
People Watching (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Organic (8)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Great Beer (5)
Scenic View (5)
Spicy (5)
Vegan (5)
Live Music (4)
Waterfront (3)
Live Sports (2)
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was lukewarm, some if it (shellfish) inedible. Service was very slow. Waited an hour after first course for main entree No one checked in on us to refresh drinks or see how we were doing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were celebrating my daughter’s birthday and it was clearly a busy night. We had a reservation and were seated in a reasonable amount of time but it took over an hour and 15 minutes to receive our food. That is unacceptably long, especially when you’re with kids. Our server was apologetic but even our water glasses were not refilled. I haven’t been here often and never had a bad experience before. It was pretty disappointing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Disaster!!! The wait to get our meals was ridiculously long. There was 30 minutes between each course. We ordered a salad and soup, pasta, a meat dish and ice cream for dessert. The pasta dish came out cold. The Veal dish was unevenly cooked. Some was fine some was raw. It took waiter 30 minutes to deliver one scoop of ice cream for dessert. The people sitting behind us left because they waited a long time for their food and it never came.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My friends and I get together every month for the passport meals. Every month we enjoy eating our way through a different region of Italy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Just popped in for a quick bit, everything was again fantastic. Sherri was our server again and she's just the best!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Casual, Authentic, Organic, Waterfront, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had lunch with friends and were given choice of seating. They have vegan minestrone that was very good and a poached salmon panini with arugula salad that easily could be shared. Special pasta with prawns and anything from the Rotissierre is recommended. Service and ice tea, coffee refills were spot on with seasoned waitpersons. Only problem is parking on Weds. due to farmer’s market and nearby gym. We’ve also had nice brunches: try fresh apple juice and ask for seating in patio near fireplace.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I had the salmon over spinach and I swear it was the best salmon I've ever had. I want their secrets for how they prepare it. SO GOOD!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Pleasantly surprised at the level of service, quality of the food and ambiance for a restaurant that is a 'chain'. The vibe did not say chain restaurant at all. The quality of the food was impressive as well as delicious. Would recommend for a date night.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good place, good food and a REWARDS PROGRAM, that stopped working. The waiter said the reward would end soon. Ended suddenly without any regard for people with points, Sunday January 7, 2018

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Terrible service, rude waiter, it take them for ever to attend the table. Very poor service

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good selection of food - great service and easy parking.
What more could one ask for . . . ?

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service was EXTREMELY slow. Had a reservation; ended up in a very drafty area in patio seating. moved table once; still bad. I have never had such slow service, and incomplete table setting. Had to request another setting. Was very UNLIKE Il Fornaio. Luckily, we are semi regulars and knew something was off -- at least we hope that was the situation

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Consistently excellent food and service! One of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Worst service I have encountered in the past 10 years

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

Thanks so much for making my dad's birthday such a great experience. Sherry our waitress was fantastic as usual but went out of her way to make my dad feel special. Everything we had was spot on fantastic.

I truly appreciate all that you do here. Excellent food and service during every experience. Bravo!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, People Watching, Fun, Romantic, Organic, Cozy, Spicy, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Afternoon Coffee, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Despite a fairly empty restaurant for lunch on New Year's Day, our server took about 15 minutes to come to our table. He seemed fairly disinterested, despite the fact that he hadn't worked on NYE. Food was nice, but when the bill arrived, and I put down my credit card as well as a $20 gift card, the bill came back with the full amount, without deducting the $20. Oh,our server said, I didn't see it. Well,I responded,I did give it to you. A few minutes later, he returned to the table, saying the manager would be over, something about a problem with the gift card, which BTW, was a complimentary one valid from 1/1- March. Over comes the manager, who says that since it's a holiday, their corporate offices weren't open to activate the gift card. Not my problem,I responded. He started to give me a little push back, saying I should come back in a day or two. Nope. FINALLY, he said he would see if he could take off part of the food order. Really? I had to fight for him to do his job? No thanks. I am not going there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great ambiance and service. Trying to remember the name of the server (he was Latino). I want to say his name was Javier. He was fabulous, professional, engaging and fun

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

Nice people, nice ambiance, but food good just not wonderful.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Il Fornaio is a dependable restaurant with style. The service is particularly attentive. A number of the servers have been there for years, which speaks well of the management.

The food is very good, not great, but dependable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We went for a birthday lunch on a busy day during holiday season. Our waitress seemed pretty new and was very eager to do a good job. My friend and I both ordered the sautéed petrale. It was "decent"-seemed extremely salty. If the restaurant hadn't been so very busy and the waitress so anxious to please, I would have sent it back. I just ate it, leaving some and enjoying my friend's company. It took forever to get our meals (busy, busy day). I must say that this meal at Il Fornaio was the most disappointing I've had for quite some time. But, I know they are usually much better and will be back again, at a less busy time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I have been to Il Fornaio many times and the service and food are usual excellent. Maybe due to the holidays things were s little off on this visit. It took forever for the waiter to appear and when the food showed up he couldn't remember who ordered what dish. The food had very little flavor. Usually a 4 1/2 star restaurant but today it was a 3 star experience. I do love the ambiance and I will return again and again even though this day was a little off.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fantastic Food, My family has had Christmas Eve dinner at this Il Fornaio for 11 years. It is tradition! Of course we eat here at other times, but Christmas is special!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food and service has greatly improved.
Pasta was excellent! And the supmoni was the best.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Another great meal. We had a great time with family on a very busy night at the restaurant. Despite it being crazy busy, our service was fantastic and our server didn't miss a beat. Great all the way around. Excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Scenic View, Live Music, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Disabled Access, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Spicy, Waterfront, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Authentic, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I have been eating at Il Fornaio for many years. Great menu options, very good food and ectremely friendly waiters. My only negative is that the prices keep creeping up so my everyday dining has turned into “special occasions” only.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Reservations helpful in getting seated promptly but not mandatory; particularly enjoy the regional menus which change monthly. The 3 course fixed price is good value with liberal choices. Wine list quite reasonably priced

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

It was a nice meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

very good service, although at times seemed under staffed in the 'happy hour' area. Too many 'hosts' at the podium doing nothing.
good food...

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

From prior occasions, my expectation of this restaurant was high, which was why I made the reservation to get together with good friends here.

We were seated promptly in a comfortable booth for 4, but there were only 2 place settings. We had to ask for the other 2 place settings repeatedly and finally just got up and got them ourselves from another table. No one seemed to notice or care. We were served their delicious bread and dipping sauce, but only enough for 2 people, so we had to ask for another serving when someone finally noticed we wanted something more. Our waitress seemed disturbed that she had to provide these things because I think someone else usually does this. We all decided to order the same thing which I had had there many times, but this time the polenta was tasteless and cold. Three of us ordered a hot brandy and we got brandy with the hot water being served over 5 mins later.

I am not usually so disappointed in service and am grateful and forgiving of restaurant staff given the difficult things that can happen, but this was extraordinarily absent of even mediocre service. Nevertheless, we left a generous tip.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 18, 2017

A Sunday night (12/17) but the restaurant was packed like sardines. Had reservations at 7:30 p.m. but were seated 15 minutes late. Not a problem. But the table we were seated at had only napkins on it - nothing else. The salt/pepper were still up on the ledge next to our table. Service assistant gave us the bread plates and silverware from the table next to us. Obviously the hostess was trying to get us seated ASAP but the service assistants were not up to her speed.

Waited about 5 minutes for server, who took our drink order. I requested water at same time. Drinks came quickly - no water. Requested water a second time. Had to request bread. Had to request butter or oil/vinegar. Had to request a little more oil/vinegar. Had to request a water refill. Second drink order also arrived very quickly - kudos to the bartenders.

The food came quickly and was excellent (kudos to excellent cooks). But like most other restaurants these days the server/food runner who delivered our food was not our server. Not a problem. But then he had to ask who had what. Very annoying to me. Not hard to figure out.

I had the mixed seafood grill and my wife had the vodka-tomato pasta with some kind of meat. Could not have been better! For the price, however, a choice of a small house/Caesar salad or cup of soup should be included. And of course the wine is overpriced, especially being so close to Sonoma and Napa. Our total bill was $105 - two entrees and four glasses of wine. No appetizer, no salad or soup and no dessert.

Service was only average. What is needed here is better table management. An 18-21 year old person does not have the maturity to do this. One needs some good excuses/reasons to hold tables, get tables to leave etc. Manage station rotation and seating better and this restaurant would be great. The employees would also be happier. Management needs to take control instead of letting the customer control.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Have been going here for years for the rotisserie chicken. It's pretty good, but the bread used to be great and this time it was dry and over cooked.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was very good, but the service was a little spotty (had to ask twice for more water, coffee). And this restaurant needs to learn how to prepare a Bloody Mary! One of the worst I've ever had: no horseradish, no celery salt, no spice at all, flat and watery.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Il Fornaio was its usual predictable yummy self. Even with the holiday madness our server was attentive and quick.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

lovely place for old friends to meet and chat for a couple of hours.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great place for a family dinner. Nice regional chain offering good quality food, very tastey and welcoming service. I always enjoy our food here and they do a great job of catering to the children.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always a winner with superb food and service . Not a false note in any of the menu offerings .

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This is one of our most favorite restaurants. But, for my wife’s meal to be served as she pu it, “luke warm “ is inexcusable.we have both had the dish at several of their restaurants and it is always served steaming hot. My wife never complains,but had I known,I would have sent it back. This tells me that the dish sat for awhile before be served.I had the same dish at the Burlingame restaurants yesterday. Different was night and day.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Nice atmosphere and consistently good food. Fresh pasta.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food was interesting and well prepared. They had a diverse menu with lots of options. Since the sides, especially the vegetables, are important to me, I was very pleased with the variety and the care with the cooking. The environment was charming and encompassing. The wait staff was solid--not hovering but not neglectful. The ease of location and parking make it a great spot for Marin.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Everything was great

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