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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (39)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Good for Birthdays (33)
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Business Meals (31)
Special Occasion (31)
Good for Groups (30)
Casual (29)
Authentic (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Romantic (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Fun (17)
Healthy (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Seasonal (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Great for Brunch (13)
Cozy (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Organic (7)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vegan (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
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Spicy (4)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2011

Actually, it was a little disappointing. We had a 10:30 reservation that they couldn’t find but no worries. Not too busy at that time. My friend, who is a local who has moved out of the area was really looking forward to a yummy pasta but they could not accommodate. My friend had coffee that was so weak that we needed to order an expresso shot to give it some flavor. I had poached eggs with a lobster sauce that had no flavor, whatsoever. It looked lovely but really, no flavor. There was a time a few years ago that the food had fallen flat and then the revamp came and the food was good again. Time for another revamp!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2011

Great, energetic server! Lots of great recommendations and wine pairing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2011

I LOVE IL Fornaio. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Marin.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2011

Il Fornaio is one of my favorite restaurants in Marin I eat there quite often never
disappointed

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2011

consistent quality, creativity, and wonderful service
this is a neighborhood gem, even though it is in a mall,
the menu changes to present regions in Italy, but they always keep some of the favorite items on the menu,

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2011

Can you imagine an Italian restaurant that would run out of both San Pellegrino and Arrugula?

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2011

We arrived around 4:00 and the staff was just changing shifts and offering the dinner menu but they allowed all of us (4) to order one of my favorites from the lunch menu. Much appreciated! And, as always, the food was yummy and sophisticated!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2011

The food is always consistent but the service lately has been just average. Service at the beginning of the meal is great then falls off badly after the entre has been served.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2011

We love the special regional Italian menus they have for a couple of weeks each month.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2011

We went for one of their special regional menus. It was not their best effort to my tastebuds, but I've really enjoyed all of the other regional menu items I've tried, so I'll certainly go back again. The service is always good and the personnel warm and friendly without being obnoxiously so.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2011

Table service was not up to par.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2011

Good good good ::: They took good care of us ::: They usually do...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2011

Perfect for the business lunch. Consider a lighter desert - perhaps a cheese plate.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2011

It feels like I'm going to a friend's home...never get tired of it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2011

The food was quite good and the service was excellent - just the right balance of hovering/attention. I hadn't been to Il Fornaio in quite awhile and I was pleasantly surprised to see how well Il Foraniao had maintained its quality in a more updated setting.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2011

A local favorite. I go there several times a week and can always count on it for bringing guests.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2011

Great lunch spot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2011

Four of us went to try the Festa Regionale for Sicily. We tried the 3 course tasting menu accompanied by the Sicilian wine flight to match our selections. Our water was knowledgable & delivered each course & wine well. We were not rushed & enjoyed it thoroughly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2011

The Il Fornaio Canaloni was soooo delicious. The Teramasui (sp??) was so light & delightful. Service the Best. Could be romantic.. noise level is a little loud. Very busy make reservations. Dress is casual to dressy casual. I would highly recomend Il Fornaio. Not your typical Italian restruant faire.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2011

50 minutes to get served. Salmon shrunk and overcooked. Not my regular Il Fornaio experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2011

We have been fans of Il Fornaio for years. We tend to eat at the ones in San Francisco and Burlingame he most because they are closer to our home. We ate at the one in Corta Madera last Sunday and the Lasagna was greasy and not good. The veal was pretty good

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2011

One of our favorties! Always wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2011

A great standard -- and the seasonale menu where different regions of Italy are featured -- is just wonderful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2011

there were 4 of us and everyone had a great meal , mostly pasta dishes and calamari. the tiramisu was outstanding, great bread too. My husband lost his driver's license and they found it and held it for him the next day. Very reputable staff! Attentive service,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2011

Delicious brunch, excellent service, loved the overall experience. Even though we have been there many times before, going back again after almost a year was almost like going to a new restaurant. Will definitely return.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2011

Jean was wonderful. A great guide through the food and wine list!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2011

We visited Il Fornaio on a Thursday evening with 4 friends from the East Coast. I had requested a quiet table as it had seemed quite noisy the last few times we had been there. We had a lovely round table in the back, and the waitress who served us was delightful. She did not seem hurried or frantic, in fact the restaurant had a relaxed, laid back, but very efficient atmosphere. We were proud to show our friends one of our favorite neighborhood 'gems' and happy that they all enjoyed excellent food, well-prepared, and even a lavish desert!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2011

We were very pleased with the total dining experience. Our special needs for a party of 7 (later reduced to 5) were met totally. The waitress was especially acommodating and friendly and the prices reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2011

We had a larger group (9 pp)and everyone really enjoyed the ambiance and meals. It was a great experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2011

The food is always good here. My Duck Balsamico was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2011

Attentive and friendly service. Pasta entrees are well prepared, tasty and presented. Fried calamari was over breaded.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2011

We had reservations for a group of 5 and it got bumped up to 8 at the last minute. Il Fornaio was able to accommodate us with no problem on a Saturday night. This was very much appreciated! We had a great meal over the course of the evening. The restaurant is beautiful and the ambiance transported us to Italy. The service was attentive and friendly. The menu is quite large so there is something for everyone. I would definatley come back. I recommend this restaurant to others who are looking for a nice romantic place with reasonable prices and good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2011

I actually love this place for some reason I cannot quite put my finger on. They do have very good service. They have Good food. I really enjoy the service and the food is consistently good. One drawback: this restaurant is always loud but is seems such a small consideration to me because I simply enjoy the place.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2011

i have avoided going to this il fornaio due to the quality of service and food. since it seems to be quite busy on a regular basis, i decided to give it another chance in hopes that things had changed.
unfortunately, service and food was just as bad as ever starting from checking in, to parties being seated at different tables, to a patronizing waiter who did not respond to our requests, to the unpalatable food. the one redeeming quality was the bottle of wine that was recommended.
it is a shame that this one does not come close to the one in burlingame which is far superior in every way.
never again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2011

constently good service and food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2011

they have their Veneto Fest Regionale on till Aug 14. The Grigliata di Pesce con Polenta is to die for. Very fresh fish, grilled just right with a hint of garlic and basil.
Gnocchi de Castrá - gnocchi in a lamb ragu - was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2011

We had a 10pm reservation and were half hour late (they close at 11). Despite this, we were seated right away and never felt rushed in any way. Our waiter (forgot his name) did a great job and the food was great as always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2011

Corte Madera Il Fornaio ABSOLUTELY IS a VERY, VERY GOOD restaurant with VERY, VERY good food, service, atmosphere, and wine list and bar area. This restaurant DEFINATELY IS a "Let's go back AGAIN and AGAIN" type of restaurant. Also, ALL of their VERY GOOD food, service, atmosphere, etc. is CONSISTENT, every time a customer goes there for lunch of dinner.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2011

Marin restaurants are pretty rare in anything unique, so Il Fornaio fits the average pattern.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2011

The spinach in the spinach salad was wilted and appeared overcooked in olive oil. Too many walnuts that were uncut which made the size awkward to handle.

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