Il Fornaio - Palo Alto
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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations
Treat the dad's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Consistently delicious food. This is one of our favorite local spots for a nice meal
The server made a mistake on our drink order, forgot to take our order until many others had ordered, Never offered us more drinks when we would have ordered more. Poor service!!
Our favorite Italian restaurant! We frequent Il Fornaio often, especially when we have out of town guests.
Unfortunately our most recent visit was very disappointing. The service we experienced was very bad! Our drink order was incorrect and we advised our waiter but accepted what was brought to our table. We then order an appetizer, two different salads and our entree. To our rude awakening, our entree were brought, and when we enquired about our appetizer and salads. Our waiter forgot to order it; we wanted it any way. When our appetizer was lately brought, there still was no salad. When the salad arrived, it was only one salad and had to request specifically for the other different salad. One of the entree we ordered was a cioppino, which required a soup spoon. We had to ask for one! We ordered de-cafe coffee and was concerned that it was definitely a de-cafe. It was! Unfortunately we had to ask for the milk/sugar etc. The waiter was very pleasant but it was an off night when it came to our experience.
Food was great as usual. Would have loved to try the spinach ravioli. But with only 5, i figured it would not have been enough.
Nice food, quick serife
Was really looking forward to our experience with all the great reviews. Food was good, but it was all cold. Didn’t have the greatest service, not sure if it was because it was a busy night or if we were but in the back of the restaurant.
We have been goi g to Il Fornaio for over 20 years. We have celebratory meals there and take guests there. We can always count on great food and enjoy talking with the friendly staff.
I took a friend out on a bday dinner and the restaraunt exceeded its expectation on making it special for him :D
We have dined at multiple Il Fornaio restaurants, this one in particular numerous times. Each time we had a really nice time, however, this time was a bit of a turn off. Our server was an older man, and he greeted the table and took our drink order, which was fine. He started taking my husband's beverage order and I unthinkingly interrupted by asked my I'd I could have regular vodka instead of the vanilla vodka as I noticed it was in the cocktail I ordered. I also apologized for interrupting, but I think it bothered him? What really did it in for me was how he delivered my cocktail, which was served up in a martini glass. He did not use a tray and held the glass with two hands completely encasing the rim of the glass with his hands. My eyes bugged out as he dropped it off at the table, he then returned with my husband's lemonade. Needless to say I did not put my mouth anywhere near that glass, and almost asked for an extra glass, but instead took my husband's straw and drank my cocktail that way. It was just so unprofessional and a major turn off considering we've had really great experiences there. Being in the as sevice industry as well, I could not get over the way my drink was presented. It was kind of mind boggling. He was very short and casual in his continued service, and we did tip 18%, but it is something that may keep me from returning to that particular location in the future.
I have always liked Il Fornaio. The table we got though was narrow, and tucked away in one far corner, to the point that even the waiter had trouble reaching out to the person seated at the other end of the table. I would never want that table again, but I like the place, for its food, the overall ambience (particularly when the patio is open, and it was not open that day), the friendly service, and such.
We came especially for the seafood stew/soup. It was outstanding.
We had a lovely anniversary dinner here. The service was great. They gave us a nice quiet table. They even surprised us with dessert and glasses of Prosecco. What a treat!
There were flies inside. Food was also very mediocre
Il Fornaio is always reliable, with exemplary service and always good food. Plus lots of convenient parking and a great location. It's unfortunate that they've apparently stopped baking a lot of the products they used to bake, especially given their name, but it is what it is.
Open Table reservation was confirmed and then cancelled. No reason given. Service was slow considering moderate volume of customers. Food was not as good as experienced in prior visits. Overall the experience was neutral to fair.
Service was very slow.
Waiter doing his best , but he had too many tables to serve.
Good food but they ran out of lamb shanks! So had to have short ribs.
Once again, we had a great experience and lunch at Il Fornio. Their Mother’s Day menu was superb. Both breakfast and lunch items. Solid food. Exceptional service. Our go to restaurant for many many years. Thank you!!!!!
They were very nice to let so many people in - on Mother's Day - even though they were very crowded.
Open Table showed quite a few time slots - even though the restaurant was filled to the brim. It was very much appreciated.
we were given a quiet table as requested. A great might for a family of 6 adults.
We always enjoy Il Fornaio. Consistently good service and good food. Have never been disappointed.
Very nice meal, wait staff were very attentive, great atmosphere, quite noisy! Would definitely go back anytime.
Food was excellent service was a little spotty. The waiter was either very busy or a little forgetful.
Allways a reliable venue. Good food and service ina pleasant environment
I have many business breakfasts and lunches at Il Fornaio, and forgot about how good the dinner offering is. Great food, service and ambience.
The food is always good here! Nice ambiance.
They sit us right away ( We're a few mins early). Our waiter just OK. The bush boy thou very friendly and helpful.
Wonderful service, so polite and attentive. Our waiter was always there for us a party of six. Before we knew we needed a topping off drinks and food. Their steaks are out of this world, the sauce was something spectacular.
Terrific upscale Italian Food without a huge price tag. Their Pizza Margarita is always good. All their pies are good. Go have lunch or dinner, it's always a good time.
Great food! Great Service! Overall the restaurant was a great place to have lunch or dinner!
We had a wonderful visit on Easter Sunday for dinner. The special menu had nice choices, and the roasted lamb chops were very nicely done ✅. The house salad was also nicely dressed with a light olive oil and vinegar dressing! Don’t miss the fresh fruit Zabaglione!
We were seated in front of the open kitchen and I was constantly bumped into by the wait staff and their food cart. We had the calamari, bruschetta and flat bread for appetizers and all were good. Salads were yummy. I do not recommend the pizzas, mine was soggy, or the pasta, lacked seasoning. Highlight of the meal for us was dessert - tiramisu and chocolate cake were both delicious. Don't think I'll come back.
All three of us loved our food. The service was excellent. We sat on the patio and the ambiance was delightful.
Great food,ambiance, and service. We had a large party for Easter, and everything was perfect!
The Costicine d'Agnello al Mirto menu was super! This was the best dinner I’ve had at Il Fornio, and we are regulars, even had my daughter’s wedding here.
Great lentil soup, the lamb rack, and chocolate cake with gelato - all great!
Their food is always fabulous! Staff is wonderful and love the ambience. Highly recommend Il Fornaio for an enjoyable evening.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant the service and the food. A delightful evening.
Ezra is the greatest server.
Calm, knowledgeable caring
Mediocre Italian food. The place has a nice feel but the food isn't worth writing home about.
Poor experience overall from service to food. This will be the last time I've taken my family here.