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Il Fornaio - Palo Alto

4.1
2017 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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 2017 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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MERSH 
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant looks clean and
Service was OK.
But most importantly, food was not that impressive.

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ClaG (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Il Fornaio used to be great, but it is really on the downhill....
Dusty, old fashionned, they really need to change everything and renew it.
Food was ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Very disappointed. Seated outside in the cold and reseated in the corner. Waiter was great, managers poor.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Belated Valentines Day celebration. The food was wonderful an the service attentive and pleasant. We have always enjoyed dining a IllFornio.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We picked il fornaio because we wanted good food which could meet the diverse needs of our group and would accept a reservation. We did not want to wait in line! We found instead excellent salads, the best meatballs my 16 year old son says he ever had, table bread so fresh, flavorful and tender that I was hard pressed to only have a taste after the clamor arose about how good it was (and we had some French bread snobs in our group) great salmon, pizza, pasta and... the desserts! We are coming back soon! Seriously, I’m salivating as I type!

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CurtT (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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 on February 15, 2018

Consistently pleasant and enjoyable.

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AlisonyogiD (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We came here for Valentine's Day- the restaurant was fast and everything tasted really good! We even got a nice little bottle of olive oil to take home as a gift. Always a great place for special dinners- woudln't get the $19 calamari appetizer just on any night of the week.

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vipjudic (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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vipSSPa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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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