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Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

4.3
1972 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am - 11:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 927-4400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
CJ Snyder
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Paradise Dr.
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Parking details
Public parking in Town Center parking lot directly adjacent to Il Fornaio!
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Public transit
Golden Gate Transit
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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

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

What 1972 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
service
4.3
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3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Always a tasty and reliable meal is a very pleasant atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I don't know... I think Il Fornaio is maybe getting a little tired. The staff seemed rushed and inattentive, (the waiter was literally looking away at other tables as he took our order, half-listening). He forgot my wine, the wine glass had fingerprints all over it - whose? It felt like one of those restaurants that's been around for a long time, but hasn't really injected anything new, and doesn't really care what things look like anymore. The check came in a folded piece of paper that was greasy with more fingerprints. I don't know...

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Just love it. Great service. The food is great and delicious, really nice service and very friendly.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Service last 3 times has been bad. This time waiter corrected our pronunciation (which certainly wasn’t good, but did he have to correct us?), had to request water 3 times, had to flag waiter for a glass of wine, had to flag waiter to remove dinner plates and request desert. Definitely below average service, but we like the food and ambience.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Enjoy, in particular the changing regional cuisines. Pasta dishes always reliable choices. Staff friendly

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Il Fornaio is maintaining its tenacious grip on mediocrity. Pleasant ambience holding steady, wines are pretty good if selection is made carefully, service is consistently fine, but food -- the reason you go there -- is, well, mediocre. Will this branch of the venerable chain ever get a Chef Partner to whip back it into decent shape? Like a boat at sea with a slow leak, Il Fornaio Corte Madera is slipping into oblivion, and now lags well behind the four other highly laudable Italian restaurants in southern Marin. Too bad.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Il Fornaio is a very good restaurant in all phases. The food is very good and the service always attentive and capable. Even when the restaurant is crowded they seem to manage the reservations so that the wait is not extensive. The ambiance is pleasing although it is relatively noisy.

The wine list is relatively extensive and moderately priced.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

As always, we enjoyed a wonderful dining experience at Il Fornaio. Our waiter Martin was wonderful!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We have eaten here often and have never been disappointed. Service is top-notch, menu is varied, good wine selection.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I frequnt Il Fornaio Corte Madera for business lunches. It is always busy, but we are always greeted enthusiastically and do not have to wait very long for our table. I tend to order the salmon and vegetables. They are generally cooked just right. Service is great however, it would be helpful if they bring the check soon after we have finished the meal.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Il Fornaio is one of our local go-to restaurants. We enjoy sitting in the bar area at a table and ordering a pizza and cocktails ,if we're alone. It's also a good place to gather with friends to make a foursome for lunch or dinner. The food never disappoints and the culinary offerings from different Italian regions are something to which one looks forward. In an age of revolving restaurants and constant change ups, Il Fornaio is a beacon of constancy in its food and service!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Generally great food, occasionally a disappointing entree.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent service. Ambiance pleasing. Food left a lot to be desired. I ordered gluten-free pasta with chicken, broccoli, etc. One of my friends ordered the same menu item, but with regular pasta (not gluten free) . My dish was dry and his dish had a nice light tomato juicey type sauce. I found my dish to be tasteless. Also, the chicken in pasta dish was dry. I tried the salmon with vegetables that another friend ordered. The salmon was on the dry side. One of our members ordered the angel hair pasta with tomato sauce. He seemed to like his dish.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Il Fornaio is our restaurant of choice for consistent Italian fare. Sardena was the area featured and we ordered from this menu. Terrific! We had Branzino and Salmon cooked to perfection. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food and atmosphere, great, as always! Service was off - asked waiter to decant a bottle of wine. He brought a dirty carafe, then replaced it when asked, but never poured the wine into it, and never served the wine, either initially or to refill glasses (he never stopped by to ask how things were, etc.). We did it, naturally, but it was odd. He came several times to take our order, but we were busy talking, and while he did the basic requirements, he never engaged with us to ask how our food was, offer much above what was needed. Will definitely go back, in spite of him; this is a GREAT venue and the food is wonderful and the service is usually top notch.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Our waiter’s service was attentive and pleasant. However, I asked for black coffee and was given and charged for cappuccino. When I reviewed the bill, I also noted that he had added and charged for an additional entree. I was able - through the manager - to have the bill adjusted, but a word of warning. You may get the same waiter!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine here. Food and service consistently good.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Sherri took great care of us. The busperson refused to grab a few bread sticks for my daughter as he said it was only for the bar. Sherri promptly grabbed them for us then noticed the skimpy olive oil pour he did and replenished our plates.

The prices are frankly too high for the quality of food. The pasta dishes are swimming in sauce.

Sherri made this an enjoyable experience but for the quality of food and price I’d rather go to Valenti’s.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food and service are great. The drinks always taste like they were watered down. Bartender could use an upgrade.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We came for Easter brunch. We were seated on the patio, as requested in our OpenTable reservation. The food was thoroughly enjoyable and the service was attentive. We will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter brunch with another couple. A few things were forgotten (coffee was never brought and one plate was missing the toast) but understandable given it was a busy Holiday morning. Food was delicious and atmosphere is sophisticated without being pretentious. Always a favorite of ours.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I was a little disappointed in that the ideal reservation time for our party would have been between 10am and 1130am, however the opentable app made it appear that the only open reservation was at 945am or 1230pm. When we arrived at the restaurant it was not only very empty but also somewhat vacant for the next hour of dining while we were there.

Separately, our server was somewhat slow in bringing out our food, which is normally fine, but would have been appreciated given we had a toddler as part of our party. In general, parties with children require more attentiveness.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Il Fornaio is a class act. The food is always excellent and very nicely presented. My favorite Italian restaurant in all of the Bay Area.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Getting together with my family from Canada. You can always count on a great meal and wonderful service. Thank you. Beverley.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I've been coming to Il Fornaio for years and am never disappointed. The salmon was perfectly cooked, and when I asked for all vegetables instead of potatoes I got spinach, which I love. My server, Sherry, knew we had limited time and she was efficient and yet friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always good

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Bad service day...

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We both enjoyed our dinner, food was good. I ordered the mixed seafood grill and the flavors were excellent, but the very very thin piece of salmon was overcooked (not sure how they could not overcook it, considering it was only about ¼" thick). The broccoli was first rate.

Prices are on the high side, and service, while enthusiastic, tended to be a bit frenetic, with longer than normal delays. We were there on a Friday evening, and the place was packed, so that may have something to do with it. Maybe next time we should go on a weeknight.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Met some friends visiting from Montana and had a nice meal here. It was VERY loud and crowded, could do with a few less tables in each section to make the experience better. Food was very good as was the service.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I have been a customer almost from the day Il Fornaio opened.
The only quibble I have is that the restaurant is extremely noisy,
which unfortunately is the case with many restaurants.
This location is the original Il Fornaio. If it were privately owned
there might be fewer tables and not so noisy, but that's just
wishful thinking. In any case , the food is great.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Never disappoints....a favorite spot....great sekection....healthy, delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Always nice to go to Il Fornaio. Asked for and sat near the fireplace on a cold rainy night. Our server was excellent. Very accommodating and friendly. It was a group of gals so can be more work. Food was good, drinks were good and enjoyed the evening.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We enjoy the passport special every month. A great way to get together with friends or family
And maybe win a trip to Italy.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Alberto made the evening. Thank you. Pamela Ashkenazy

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We often eat lunch at that location of Il Fornio and are very happy with it. We were very disappointed in our dinner experience, particularly our waiter who seemed like he didn't want to serve us. The food at lunch seems to be better than what we had for dinner. We will return for lunch but it will be along time before we return there for dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Tis always predictably very good and a lively place for a meal off the kitchen counter or for two or more people at tables inside or on the porch. Diners have enjoyed this restaurant now for many years and rarely if ever have I walked out without feeling well fed and pleasantly served.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The food is fresh with many choices. I also appreciate the portion sizes. The presentation also contributed to a lovely meal... the chocolate gelato is exceptional. We had a wonderland waiter who was knowledgeable & had a great sense of humor.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

After quite a long time we returned here for an early dinner before the theater, and we were not disappointed! And a good think we had reservations, even for our early 530pm arrival, because they were packed when we got our entrees. Loved it.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Disappointed in the Petto Pollo; the bird was simply not well cooked; perhaps overcooked. The spinach and potatoes were great. The wine - Zinfandel - superb. The service; especially good.

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