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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

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

service

4.2

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4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (42)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
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Special Occasion (30)
Casual (28)
Good for Groups (26)
Authentic (25)
Good for a Date (25)
Business Meals (24)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Fun (20)
Healthy (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Romantic (14)
Seasonal (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Cozy (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
People Watching (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Organic (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Waterfront (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Delicious meal- fresh & great presentation.
It took 30 mins to get our bill, asked twice and also asked another waiter for the 3rd time. Too long of waiting when the place was empty around 3:30 pm. Our lunch reservation was at 1 pm, Long wait for water, bill, etc...

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Disorganized. Had reservations at 6:30 and was seated by 6:50 at a terrible table. Server barely provided service. We complained several times and final received decent service from the manager who comped us with a wonderful appetizer.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Always excellent service, excellent food, and nice atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Disabled Access, People Watching, Live Sports, Fun, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Longtime favorite. Always good; service very good.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Terrific for (first) date. Amenable service, peaceful environment.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This is a great restaurant in the Corte Madera area. Always consistently good, and the service is excellent. The bread is fresh baked and delicious. Pastas and pizza are so good there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

WE MADE A RESERVATION SEVERAL WEEKS IN ADVANCE FOR MID EVENING, SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THIS RESTAURANT NORMALLY CLOSES. AS SOON AS WE WERE SEATED THE WAITER TOLD US HE WOULD NEED TO TAKE OUR ORDER IMMEDIATELY, SINCE THE KITCHEN WAS CLOSING. MANAGEMENT TRIED TO ASSURE US THAT THEY WERE NOT CLOSING FOR SEVERAL HOURS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE BELIEVED THEM. WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO EAT OUR ENTREE, THE KITCHEN CLOSED DOWN AND THE STAFF WAS EATING THEIR MEALS NEXT TO US. WE SUSPECT NOW THAT THE PERSON SERVING US WAS NOT A WAITER, BUT SOME OTHER STAFF PERSON WHO GOT STUCK DEALING WITH US. HE WAS CLEARLY UNTRAINED AND NOT HAPPY THAT WE WERE THERE, WHEN EVERYONE CLEARLY WANTED TO GO HOME.
THE MEAL WAS ACTUALLY VERY GOOD. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IF THEY HAD BEEN HONEST. WE COULD HAVE ORDERED THE MEAL TO TAKE HOME AND HAD A DRINK AT THE BAR WHILE WAITING FOR IT TO BE PREPARED.
THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF OUR GO TO RESTAURANTS FOR A LONG TIME. WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD GOOD FOOD AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE. THIS TIME MANAGEMENT WAS POOR. OUR RESERVATION SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND AN UNTRAINED PERSON SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO SERVE. IT WAS AN UNHAPPY THANKSGIVING.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

as always this place delivers. the food, the service and the overall value is pretty matchless because it repeats at this standard time and time again. that is not easy to do and it deserves the highest compliments for being able to do so.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We dined here on Thanksgiving. It had a special menu as most restaurants open on special days do. Food was good, service was excellent considering the work load on the staff. Our waiter and her support staff was excellent.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving meal and service was excellent! Plan to go back again next year for Thanksgiving!!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Tasty entrees and good bread., nice to have option of size of portions. Take out is an option since service is usually lacking, did not see waiter during the meal, had to get our bread dishes ourselves from an empty table.
Noisy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Friends visiting from Italy love to dine here for a taste of home.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The service was very slow and inattentive. When the waiter was our table, he was very rushed and pre-occupied. We were there for a special occasion, and we certainly didn't feel special, particularly for the price of the food. The meal was good, once it arrived.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We made a reservation for 4 but when we arrived we were told there would be a short ten minute wait. The lobby quickly filled up as 15-20 minutes went by. My husband moved through the crowd to remind the Receptionist that we were still waiting when we were quickly brought to a small table clearly meant for 3. No silverware and 3 chairs. Took forever to get water and bread. Then when our food arrived the Table was very crowded. Plus the room had a cold draft the entire time. The food and wine were good but we feel that the place was way overbooked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is consistently delicious. Some of us tried the Taste of Piemonte, three-course special and were delighted by the number of choices and creativity which were very tasty. The only complaint is that we were first offered seats right by the entrance to the dining area which meant all arriving guests would be gathering next to our table only staved off by a low barrier. We requested the table next to it which was nestled in a corner but they were clearing it to use as a table for 6 (note: no one was seated in it all evening). It seemed that for punishment that had to wait and be seated in the enclosed patio area and warmed only by high ceiling heaters because they seated another party of 4 in the middle of the restaurant a few minutes after we declined our first table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We have a meeting there once a quarter and love Umberto. He gives us all separate checks and keeps everything organized, even when he is really busy. We love his competence and warmth and sense of humor. Plus the food is always really good - we have yet to be disappointed.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

An excellent lunchtime with a friend. Very leisurely - we weren't rushed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We've been here so many times over the past 15 years but I never bothered to write a review. Doing it now because Il Fornaio has a cozy atmosphere and good food. First impression: same as always - poor, slow service. Get seated, and then no one stops by for at least 5-10 minutes. When you finally get a waiter, if you hesitate for even 5 seconds he will ask if he can come back. We said NO - just hang on a minute. Not his fault - all the waiters are running like crazy because the place is understaffed. After giving our drink order, still took a good 10 minutes for the drinks to arrive. Call me silly but I think this is too long to wait on a Monday night when the restaurant is half empty. Dinner was good, service still sketchy. We had to ask for fresh pepper, more water, another drink - the waiters are so rushed they are not proactive and you have to flag them down. All in all, I'd give it a 2.5 out of 5. Marin needs more good restaurants!!!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Thanks to Chef Carlos for another great, super savory vegan meal! We love going here and consider this the best Italian restaurant in the bay area hands down. Thanks always for being flexible when we order something from the menu that's altered to become vegan and gluten-free. I can't tell you how nice that is to never have to worry about that at Il Fornaio Corte Madera.

Our server was great too - Sierra. I think she might have been new but you would never have known that as she was very on top of everything and knew the menu well. Excellent job!

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Organic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our food was delicious! I had the risotto special. My friend custom created his dish due to dietary restrictions. The waiter was fabulous! He asked a lot of questions, and was very willing to create the perfect dish. My friend doesn't eat much, usually - but cleaned his plate and then ate most of our shared zabaione! The food here is consistently delicious, and they really care that you have a pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Il Fornaio is one of my "go-to" restaurants. The food is always good and the service is always excellent. It is the type of place that you can go for a great lunch or dinner and it is in an excellent location with plenty of parking. I meet a girlfriend there several times a year to get caught up and enjoy a great dinner. I had the Il Fornaio salad and the butternut squash raviolis which are always wonderful. My friend had a late lunch so she had soup and salad and liked both of them. The atmosphere is friendly and easy and they don't rush you which is great. I would highly recommend Il Fornaio to anyone for a great meal and easy atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

a few weeks ago i gave a very poor rating for the dinnertime service and food. I've been going to this Il Fornaio for almost 30 years - easily at least once a week, since i lived close by. i moved farther north 2 years ago, but like to come back, since it was abut my favorite place. unfortunately - at least at dinners - it has gotten dramatically worse in terms of service and food quality.

i said in that review that i'd go back and visit for lunch to see if it was as bad as dinner. it wasn't - it was still efficient and well run for the most part and the food was good quality and prepared well. the only knock - it took a server 10 minutes to come and see if i wanted anything to drink to start. After the initial drink order, he was very good. the manager during the lunch seemed to have much better control on what was going on - unlike the lady who manages the dinner hours.

so - i'm still good for lunch - but won't be going for dinner.

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

I toke advantage of a special offered by the Italian Film Festival, and the pizza, appetizer and wine were all tasty.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was great. BUT how can anyone ruin poached eggs? Mine had a shell and to well done. My husbands were both hard boiled. The order came wrong. We have been going to Il Fornaio for years--it will be a long time until we would go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have twice gone to Il Forniao for breakfast. Both occasions were good. Good breakfast menu. We'll be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Birthday for our little daughter. The service and food both are excellent

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Yes woul recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Good authentic dishes, Carlos is a great server very friendly and attentive. Had a pleasant dining experience. Tables too close we could hear other conversations and a bit noisy.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was a little loud there but once the crowd died down it was just fine. We ate with another couple and everyone enjoyed their meal. Nice to have sea food and fresh gnocchi.
All in all a very nice meal. Would suggest it for a special and not so special occasion.
DM

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of my all time favorites. Never disappoints!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I've been going to the Corte Madera Il Fornaio for almost as long as it has been open (28 years) and i'm afraid i just made my last visit unless they get their act together. the food was mediocre - the fish special was dry, no real sauce to it; the chop special was good. other meals I've had recently were of the same mixed bag. that never used to be true. it was a rare exception when the food was this bad.
the service was terrible and the management indifferent to the lousy service. this has been a trend for the last year or more. there is a tension between the manager and the service staff. we arrived for an early dinner this time (we eat there about 1-2 times a month - used to be weekly when we lived in CM) and it took 20 minutes to even place a drink order, despite my asking for a server 3 different times. the staff was pre-occupied with setting up the tables for dinner (we arrived at 5:30) and paid no attention. when i complained to the mgr, she was indifferent, but i did begin to get service. then they couldn't get us out of there fast enough (there were only 2 of us); rushing the food and clearing the table and then not coming to take any dessert or drink order after. when I mentioned this to the mgr again, i was offered a bag of risotto to ease my complaint. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
this location used to be one of the best in class, with professional servers and and bartenders. There are only 2 good bartenders left and maybe 1-2 server's. the rest are slow, pay no attention to customers and seem to spend their time avoiding the lady manager.

they have a BIG problem - especially at dinner hour. Fortunately, i don't have to be part of it any more. i will say, lunch seems to be better managed and i may check it one more time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband I just love this place. We go when we feel a need to be pampered and treated like valued customers - because, sadly that doesn't happen everywhere these days. I needed a pick-me-up and said, "Honey, let's go to Il Fornaio!" It worked!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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