Il Fornaio - Corte Madera

4.3
2656 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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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claudioB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh made in house pasta, great bolognese sauce, and excellent front of the house.

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JamesB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food. Really nice atmosphere both inside and out.

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vipPepperment
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They've kept the best favorites, the food is very well-prepared and the salads dressed perfectly!

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vipMarindoc
San Francisco
152 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First (inside) seating was near a yet to arrive large dinner party and the host redirected us to a wonderful table, quiet and well lit. The waitperson soon showed up and asked if we would like some appetizers or drink and told us the specials. We ordered a brand named rye whiskey for our Manhattan. It tasted somewhat watered down- either a light pour or spent too much time in the ice shaker. In the past visits, I have noticed the same trend. You might consider the libation on the side or order wine, beer. We ordered the minestrone cup, it was served hot tasted perfect. We each ordered a pasta, both the gnocchi and Cascara (sp,?) were excellent, again hot from the kitchen, and accompanied by a perfectly prepared sautéed Norwegian portion also just out of the pan. Desserts are mostly for the dairy lover, nothing for the lactose challenged. due to higher than average prices especially nautical foods, * for quality and appearance of food. ** for mixed cocktails. Figure about $100 for 2. Still remains one of our neighbor faves

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Rebecca
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our family came here to celebrate our birthday! They have the entire patio open so it was really nice and spaceous. We'd expect the evening to be chilling sitting outside in October but they set it up nicely with plants and overhead heaters. Didn't need to put on our jackets! The food was delicious with single-person pizza, pasta, gnocchi, and salad options. They served a cake for free due to the birthday event. We've been to the same store in Sac and were impressed with both places. Did I mention the service was 1st class? They really make you feel like a queen here! Would come again!

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vipwinegirl
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seafood grill was great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and food were wonderful as usual.

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NazarioB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!!!

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice birthday celebration and they surprised us with a birthday treat candle. The food was delicious, the staff was great.

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RamoCurian
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great table outside. There were issues with the kitchen last night- it unfortunately is a sign of the great resignation. Staff did everything they could to make up for the lapses and we appreciated that. Thank you!

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MarioP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience except for the noisy group of seven at a nearby table.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was immediately greeting with enthusiastic joy that I was there. They didn’t know me but felt like they were long lost friends (two lovely ladies). Requested booth due to hearing issues I have and hard to be in middle of two tables with people talking. They were immediately compassionate and seated at booth with glass on one side so was perfect for me. Umberto was our waiter and was a JOY!! Best service I’ve had in ages. Will definitely return and personally ask for his table. Thank you Il Fornaio for perfect evening!!!!

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vipGabbi
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The appetizers were wonderful … the food so so… pasta was over cooked and tasteless … the pizza very good..

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vipFooDFun
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely outdoor lunch here for my friend's birthday. The young woman who seated us became the person who took our orders. We were under the impression that she was fillling in for someone, because we need to remind her of requests we'd made (e.g., she returned to our table to ask which bruschetta appetizer (salmon - beyond delicious!!) we wanted, which we had already told her. We asked twice for other items (To go box, salt, refills, etc.) But she was cheerful and charming.
We felt especially welcomed by Marco, who recognized us as return diners, and treated us like royalty!

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vipBarbaraL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wonderful waiter, unfortunately we had to waive someone down to request more olive oil & balsamic.

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MarieR
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable today as was the food.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. Our waiter was attentive and friendly

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NazarioB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place, food and service!!! We’ll be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing!!

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Mediocre
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We met our sister and brother-in-law for a lovely dinner. It was outdoor seating and was plenty warm once the outdoor heater was on. The bread was plentiful and delicious. I had a glass of Prosecco recommended by the waiter which was delightful. My brother-in-law had a Manhattan which he enjoyed. We had the salmon swordfish and two orders of the short ribs. Each of us were very happy with our entrée. We had fried calamari for an appetizer which disappeared rapidly. For dessertWe had cannelloni and pumpkin sorbet and mango bread pudding with lovely decaf coffee. It was a fine evening of delicious food and wonderful company. I highly recommend it

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vipDeeDee
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and off the charts service. Mario thank you for making our meal extra special with your wonderful service and personality.

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Kenny
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here before, but it had been a long time. I was especially pleased when I arrived at the bar as the bartender, Andrew, was fantastic making me feel “at home.” We we’re unhurried and enjoyed our drink before going to our table. We found the same ambiance at the table, very friendly and comfortable. I decided to go more “Italian” than I normally do and order a cup of minestrone soup along with a nice Italian pasta. Excellent, we had a very pleasant evening.

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vipNancyS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s birthday celebration.

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barj
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It has been our tradition to lunch at I’ll Fornaio as often as possible. It was a little chilly, but the wine helped!

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heidip
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was amazing specials wonderful
The wine list great

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vipmyra
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Glad that you still have a competent wait staff available and that you still serve lunch.

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VictoriaS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have eaten at Il Fornaio before. It is a nice restaurant with good atmosphere, low noise level and good service. In the past our food and beverage choices were also good. My husband and I chose pasta dishes. Nothing complicated or unusual. My lasagna was swimming in grease and the sauce was tasteless. My husband’s tagliatelle was also very greasy and bland. Nice bread though! We were not very happy about our meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

One of the worst meals I have eaten, though I didn't eat it, in years. The lasagna came in a dish of orange water , it was absolutely tasteless. There were no mushrooms , no seasoning and no bechamel. When we told the waiter to take it away he apologized and said he had told the kitchen it should not go out but they overruled him. The lady at the next table had already sent back her pizza once and said that the replacement one was awful. This restaurant is a disgrace

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vipMaluD
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meals at IL Fornaio are always delicious and enjoyable! Service is great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. I recommend all the pasta dishes. Quiet restaurant and easy to carry a conversation.

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vipRobert
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ever, good food, good service, great place to have a long lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was great! Would recommend

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JenniferB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It took an hr. for our order to be taken. Lovely day to hang out but a 2 hr lunch was not what we had in mind.

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Funtime
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

We have been eating at Il Fornaio in Corte Madera for 22 years; it is our go-to place for celebrations and taking visitors out, even though we live in Sonoma County.
Our waiter on this visit was incredibly rude to us throughout lunch, answering every question rudely and hardly even listening to our order.
Very very disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Many problems at our dinner. The service was terrible.
The chicken dish that three people ordered was tough and had very little flavor .
Major problem with our server dividing our check incorrectly. Then voided out the mistake , but not informing our party. We had to contact the restaurant .

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Diningguy
Palm Springs
43 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good dining experience. Our waiter was very friendly and efficient.
The food was delicious and nicely prepared.

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vipGreatspot
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Our waitress was great. We’ve been customers for 40 years. However we were not informed of the new policy that there was a charge for bread. I feel as though that should be made known to the customer. Other than that everything was great.

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vipDonnaR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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vipregularlydineout
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The food was not very good this time. The fish seemed to be Prepared a day or two ahead of time. Normally I’ve had good meals here but this time they disappointed.

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 927-4400.

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera is rated 4.3 stars by 2656 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Corte Madera does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.