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Il Fornaio - Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Il Fornaio - Palo Alto

4.5
4.5
2727 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
  • Good for groups
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Good for special occasions
Step inside Il Fornaio and take an award-winning culinary journey through Italy. Specialties include house made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with great cocktails and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 853-3888
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Off-site catering available. Please contact Event Coordinator for more details.
  • Private party facilities
    Celebrating 30 years in downtown Palo Alto, Il Fornaio offers 2 private dining rooms and a heated, covered, garden Piazza. Banquet menus for large parties features the best of Il Fornaio's authentic Italian cuisine and Chef Maurizio's signature dishes.
  • Private party contact
    Juli Calderon: (650) 853-3720
  • Neighborhood
    Palo Alto
  • Cross street
    University
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available for $20. In addition, there is also the hotel parking lot, as well as a public lot available.
  • Public transit
    Cal Train
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,727 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

2,727 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday dinner for our adult son. We reserved a table on the patio and only one “wonky” table was available. The maitre’d worked to set up a better table for us which we appreciated. Food and service were great. We love the ambience of the outdoor patio.

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  2. BillS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place. Well done interior. Very good service. We ordered the scallops and braised short rib ravioli. The ravioli was well prepared and tasty. The scallops were overcooked and tough. The sauce was pretty bland. Very nice restaurant but ultimately you go for the food.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time and we chose this spot to celebrate our milestone anniversary. We really enjoyed the ambiance seated on the patio. The waitress was really sweet and very attentive. That was a huge plus, we appreciate great service especially on a special occasion. She had a couple rough guests and still kept her composure and professionalism, impressed. The food was beyond delicious! From the cocktails to dessert spectacular! When we get a babysitter lined up next we will definitely be back! Great date night spot or family and friends spot to enjoy great italian food.

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  4. JudieD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The patio was lovely even on the heat. There were only 4 people there at an early time, and the service was excellent...food was hot and water refilled often.

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  5. 2HappyLocals

    Central Coast

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Throughly enjoyed dinner. This service was excellent, food delicious and atmosphere was inviting. We will eat here again.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, service was below expectations though . I will be back but hope the service improves a lot

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Il Fornaio has a great ambiance for a special occasion with a group of friends. Food is very good and service is excellent.

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  8. Cubro

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and reasonably priced. Service was friendly.

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  9. GuidoG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Being short staffed is unfortunate. Having ill mannered, idle and disrespectful associates is beyond tolerable. You should do better. You have the potential.

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  10. Mahana

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very extensive menu with pretty much something for everyone. Very attentive and flexible service even in the busiest of times which this was! Pasta dishes a bit pricey.

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FAQs

Il Fornaio - Palo Alto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 853-3888.

Il Fornaio - Palo Alto is rated 4.5 stars by 2727 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Il Fornaio - Palo Alto

520 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Additional information

  • Cross street
    University
  • Neighborhood
    Palo Alto
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is available for $20. In addition, there is also the hotel parking lot, as well as a public lot available.
  • Public transit
    Cal Train
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (650) 853-3888
  • Catering
    Off-site catering available. Please contact Event Coordinator for more details.
  • Private party facilities
    Celebrating 30 years in downtown Palo Alto, Il Fornaio offers 2 private dining rooms and a heated, covered, garden Piazza. Banquet menus for large parties features the best of Il Fornaio's authentic Italian cuisine and Chef Maurizio's signature dishes.
  • Private party contact
    Juli Calderon: (650) 853-3720
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