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7:00 PM
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Il Fornaio - Palo Alto

4.1
1995 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Il Fornaio means "The Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique 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 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 10:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10;00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 853-3888
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michele Godina
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Catering
Off-site catering available. Please contact Event Coordinator for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hamilton
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for $10. In addition, there is also the hotel parking lot, as well as a public lot available.
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Public transit
Cal Train
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Celebrating 20 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 Michele's signature dishes.

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Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate your Valentine with a special selection of dishes inspired by the Italian region of Umbria, the home of Saint Valentine. End your evening with Fondente ai Tre Cuori, a heart-shaped flourless dark chocolate cake with white chocolate and mixed-berry gelee hearts.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 1995 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.1
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

Good food, good service, modest portion sizes.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

I was at Il Fornaio on 1/13/18 with 3 friends to celebrate a birthday. After enjoying our soup/ salad, we had to wait for more than one hour for our entrees. we expressed being unhappy with the long delay. our waitress and manager apologized for the delay giving us different reasons for the delay. In the end , we were generously compensated and walked out thanking the manager for taking care of us . we look forward to going back in the future for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Consistent food quality and service. Nice ambience and friendly staff.

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vipBeauty (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Soup and Pizza good the fish very bad , pasta ok the desert excellent

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RF2018 
5.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a great team dinner for our organization at Il Fornaio in Palo Alto. The person who helped us set it up was very accommodating and even swapped out an appetizer last-minute for our vegan team member. The food was delicious, and we had our own small private room. I highly recommend the restaurant, and we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 9, 2018

Excellent choice for our business lunch meeting.

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vipCrabmeatlover (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 8, 2018

Service was very good. Our waitress was very attentive. Though the grilled seafood combo I ordered was a bit over cooked and dry.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was OK but not great. Attentive service. Nice ambiance and location

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Good food but not much of it. Caprese salad OK, nothing special. It was served on a hot plate which I thought was weird. The venison was tasty. The spinach concoction, what little there was of it, was OK. At least it was all expensive. Service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

We used to frequent Il Fornaio several times a year but haven’t been in several months. Not sure I will go back. Our recent dinner was very disappointing due to horrible service and I mean horrible. The waiter was rude, you know the kind that makes it seem like an inconvenience out to serve you? My food was cold but we waited so long that I ate it anyway. I asked the manager to bring me an item but she never returned. Unfortunate as it used to be better.

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