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Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

4.3
1928 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
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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What 1928 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipVegan4Life (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Thanks again to our wonderful server Sherri who is simply the best. We received excellent service last night and Sherri is 100% responsible for that. She's truly one of the reasons why we love dining at Il Fornaio Corte Madera.

Grazie!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Il Fornaio is a great place where you can taste good italian food
People are really friendly and the service is good

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Aware (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Uneven as between courses and service

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Vicster (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

As usual, it was incredible service from the moment you step into the restaurant. They make you feel at home like you are in italy...the people are wonderful from beginning to saying Ciao when you leave! Love the friendliness..and food was good too!
Thank you for your hospitality! Ciao

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8888888 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Altho the food was great, the service was superb. A place to visit again. Thx

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Bronagh (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Il Fornaio never disappoints. From the welcome at the door to the placement of the tables the restaurant is warm . The service is very efficient and the servers very pleasant and helpful.
The food is delicious and there are many choices.

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Michael (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Consistently good on all fronts. Even on Valentine's Day (our last visit). Meals did come out at a slower pace but nothing was compromised.

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AidaL 
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

JFood was very good but service to begin with was very slow. Short on staff and our waiter had too many tables to cover.

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vipItalophile (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Five of us stopped in for salads, some robust Italian red and to share a couple of pizze. Salad and wine did not disappoint. But the superb, erstwhile pizzaiolo, Davide, has moved on to greener pastures, and the pizza was mediocre — thick, doughy crust (like east coast or Chicago interlopers like it), and sparse toppings. Far from la vera pizza italiana. Too bad. We offer incantations for improvement in the weeks and months ahead.

By the way, it seems like W was President when this Il Fornaio last had an executive Chef. How can it improve without skill and leadership on the inside?

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LloydP (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food is always good. They jammed lots of extra tables in for that evening. Value was fair perhaps the prices were reflected by the high demand for Valentine's day.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Service & food delivery were prompt & efficient; waitress was anxious to please & gracious.

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DebD (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

When I called to advise my uber was running 10 min late the hostess advised I didn’t have a reservation. Thank goodness I had a screen shot of my open table reservation. Was embarrassing for me as I was with my boss.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

My friends enjoyed their carpaccio and angel hair pasta with fresh tomato sauce. My ravioli was tepid and kind of gluey.

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vipItalian (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great service and great place for Sunday brunch. The French toast was wonderful!!

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vipGerken (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food isconsistently good. Love our waiter Ceslo
Great personality and always advises great dishes
For lunch — great salads and pizza

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Locals (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Salads weren’t served, pizza had to be sent back undercooked, had to remind waiter of dessert order.
It was very busy that night and we still enjoyed the evening

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Consistently one of the best values with good fare in Marin County

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Cassie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Fabulous as usual! So close to home and always a great menu and great food.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food and service

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vipRAMatIlFornaio (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Il Fornaio is kind of a funky place. The decor is very nice, the people are mostly cool, and the food is very good. The pizza is excellent and so are many of the dishes. They have a happy hour Monday through Friday which is outstanding. If you want a good meal at a good price, do the happy hour.

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Luigi (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We have been to Il Fornaio in Corte Madera several times with another couple who live in Marin County.

The food is always delicious and well prepared. The service is cordial and efficient, and we have never felt either rushed or ignored.

We will continue to dine there because it has always been a pleasant place for us.

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Lisa (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Seafood salad: Mostly great, flavors, freshness, but the beans in the salad were undercooked, almost crunchy.

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Doug (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Two of the dinners needed to be returned twice and then replaced by fresh plates. Not the servers fault but ruined meal as dinner experienced wasn’t shared. Ironically I had lunch there same day and meal was over cooked and poor service including forgetting to bring espresso that got cold. Just not my day!

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vipAl12cor (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

I'll Fornaio provides consistently fine food and service. It is pleasure to dine there.

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vipsweetP (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

I have dined at Il Fornaio for many years and the one thing you can depend on is the food, especially their bread and soups. This time when I found out bread soup was on the menu, I eagerly ordered it, because it is delicious. Unfortunately, they forgot to bring it. So when they served the entrees, I asked about the soup and it was delivered in a few minutes (thankfully very hot and as good as always). That glitch was the start of our waiter's forgetfulness. He didn't come around to ask how our meal was, if we wanted more water (no one ever filled our water glasses), and we had to flag him down to get the check. I have to say, though, this is par for the course with Il Fornaio - the service is almost always appalling. This was for lunch during the week - you can imagine what kind of non-service is provided during a weekend dinner.

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Andra (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Every thing was great just wish the waiter would have offered us more water while we were paying our bill.😃

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vipBB17 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Our meal was not as enjoyable as was deserved by the food, due to a waiter who always appeared rushed, brusque, nervous, and didn't serve it in a timely manner. We were two hours at the table--far too long for the simple meal we ordered. The service issue really spoiled it for us. Probably won't go back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Service is generally pretty good but tonight it was world class. Our server was a pro. Food was good too but service can make or break any dining experience. I hope she gets some recognition.

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ChowBella (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

The food and restaurant are always great - a SOLID bet for any dining occasion. But what always stands out is the service! The servers are SO friendly, so helpful, and very attentive. It's one of the better staffs of waiters I've experienced. So, well done!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

I ordered the butternut squash pasta. The pasta itself was wonderful, but the sauce was not what I expected. I would have preferred more brown butter and less tomato. The worst part was the crispy sage. The leaves were inexplicably battered, then fried. I've had many versions of this dish (I make it myself sometimes), and the sage is always simply fried as is. This results in a nice, crisp and most importantly, flavorful addition to the dish. In this case, the battered sage leaves had no flavor at all.

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