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

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

90% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (42)
Special Occasion (35)
Casual (34)
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Good for Birthdays (33)
Good for a Date (31)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for Groups (26)
Authentic (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Business Meals (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Cozy (22)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Fun (21)
Healthy (18)
Romantic (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Disabled Access (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Seasonal (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
People Watching (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Organic (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Great Beer (5)
Scenic View (5)
Spicy (5)
Vegan (5)
Live Music (4)
Waterfront (3)
Live Sports (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food and service

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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 5, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Casual, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.😃

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Good service, but should be more open to customers changing sides included with the entree.
Prices were high, but the ambiance was very good. Food was good and portions reasonable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Although a chain, Il Fornaio is an Italian favorite of mine because I enjoy the menu and the ambiance. It's very comfortable setting with more than adequate staffing, so I do recommend it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Six of us after seeing a play in SF. We were crammed into a small space and had made reservations. Waiter was nice but very rushed. Busboy forgot to bring back our leftover chicken. Food is decent. Sometimes very good; sometimes just okay. Pleasant atmosphere aside from the seating arrangements.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 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 8, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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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