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Sat, 2/17
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9:30 PM
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Il Fornaio - Palo Alto

4.1
2010 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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What 2010 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CurtT 
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

This was for Valentines Day +1. Great service.The servers are well trained. I had the rack of lamb and it was delish. My wife had the special ravioli with butternut squash and it also was very tasty. We will return!

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vipple2you (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Consistently pleasant and enjoyable.

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vipjudic (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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vipSSPa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Karen, our server was great. Food great as usual. The only issue we had was that we had a table near the door.. Every time the door was opened, there was a cold draft. So, all four of us were not really comfortable the whole dinner. Too bad, Il Fornaio (Palo Alto) doesn’t put up some type of curtain, or something, to block the inflow of a cold wind onto their diners

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IseldaP 
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Waiter did not bring bread to the table. He rolled his eyes every time we asked a question. We've been coming here for years and this is the first time we had issues with the service.

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vipwendee (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

This was a very "off night" for Il Fornaio Palo Alto. Usually, the food and service are remarkably consistent. Waiter was absent, took a long time between seating, ordering, dessert, bill service. Food was off. Disappointed that the tasting menu was gone. Salad (speciality--farro and greens) was under-seasoned with not enough acid. Small portions for main courses (speciality, salmon) and for the pasta course. I had from the regular menu (seafood grill), so portion was sufficient. I am not sure I would return even though we have been good customers for several years.

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OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Quite noisy.

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Fleece (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

I LOVE IL FORNAIO!!!!

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LINDAM (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

There were only two of us so we couldn't sample a lot of the entrees. We ordered the butternut squash ravioli which was quite nicely made and tasty. The letdown was with the Margarita Pizza which was very soggy, cold and lacking in basil. The bread was average. We had to get up and go get our own balsamic vinegar to add to the olive oil because the waiter put so miniscule a dab. If I were to go again I believe I would stick with the pasta entrees.

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vipNYQ1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

It was a family oriented restaurant and definitely I am bringing my husband again here for a date night for the dinner. I wish they had gluten free pizza as I rally craved for a pizza but couldn’t enjoy it because they didn’t have gluten free pizza on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We use to eat at Il Fornaio a lot however moved further away from Palo Alto therefore this was our first time back in a number of years. We've always be pleased with the restaurant and service. We were celebrating our relatives wedding anniversary

Since this was lunch time service was a little slow due to a lot of people. People were nice and polite.

The food was good and we most likely will be back.

Cranes

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Jerry (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The entrees were simply terrible. One ravioli entrée was cold, overly sweet, and mushy. An expensive veal entrée had nice veal cutlets covered with shredded sour artichoke pieces. On the same plate were some greasy, garlic-leaden, cold roasted potatoes and nearly raw over-garlicked green beans and raw carrots. What a mess.
I won't be rushing back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We went for a birthday dinner with my grandparents, and the food and service were fine, but with the open kitchen it was so loud that my poor grandparents couldn't hear a word all night, which was a little upsetting. The restaurant and staff handled our group of 7 very well, so I would recommend this location for groups of people with great hearing!

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luvtoeat (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Consistently good quality food and great service. Our server, Chris, was outstanding. The executive chef deboned my seabass. Everyone loved their food. We have been coming here for a couple decades and glad it's still going strong.

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vipMMMMM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Very pleased with food and service. Will return soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Good food, good service, modest portion sizes.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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 12, 2018

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

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vipBeauty (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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RF2018 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 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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