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Il Fornaio - Palo Alto

4.2
2053 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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat the mom 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, May 13, 2018

What 2053 People Are Saying
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3.7
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Traditional Italian food--good selections and cooking style.
The risotto dish was cooked perfectly--not soggy, not crunchy uncooked. The pizzas were delicious. Good flavor selections of gelato. Our waiter, Christopher, was cheerful, patient answering our questions on some items in the menu, and attentive to water refills and spacing on serving the dishes.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

it was ok; the service wasn't great, it was kind of slow and I was never asked if I liked my entrée (which I did not). also it took them two tries before they got the alcoholic drink right.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My family was celebrating my Mother's 97th Birthday and we all had a great time. We had family members on special diets and the waiter was great at making sure that the food was prepared to everyone's needs.

Great service, great food, great time!!!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We had dinner before a concert. The food was good and the service was prompt for our tight schedule.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We had a bit of a challenge with our dinner. We had taken the train to the restaurant and we have a 2 year old in tow. It was fun! But when we realized that to go home we would only have a little over an hour for ordering, getting our food and eating, everything became rushed. Our waiter was ah-mazing!!! He was so accommodating, thoughtful and flexible. He alerted us to the time when we'd have to leave to get to the train station on time.

The food was excellent as always. I've been coming to Il Fornaio Palo Alto for years. It's the place my kids ask to go for their birthdays and special occasions. Always a favorite! Thank you!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great diners with fri

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very good, will visit again in future. Always consistent good food, ambience, and service

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Family get together!!

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very disappointing. Food has gone downhill. Menu has shrunk. Service was uneven. I won’t be back.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very good experience, but not anymore the outstanding one that was used to be. The place has dropped baking and serving pastries at breakfast, I don't know why. Pastries were the significant plus. I don't think I'll come back again.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I am a Vegan, and went for one of the few vegan food items - the capellini pomodoro. It was very fresh and tasted great.
I am quite a regular at Il Fornaio, it is always a trustworthy fresh Italian food in a little old style place.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent dinner and drinks, friendly waitstaff and very accommodating for small children.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The food was good - everyone seemed to enjoy, but the service and general attention was extremely poor. Felt that they could have done much better there, and it wasn't a busy night - they clearly could have put us in a better seating setup in the Courtyard rather than along the hallway. Very poor. Will not return.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were here for Easter Brunch. The menu was great, food and service wonderful. Our only issue was that the Mimosa and Bloody Mary drinks were watered down. Not good!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great for Easter Brunch!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Waiter messed up multiple parts of our order, brought things we didn't need, didn't bring things (like sugar for coffee) we did need. Brunch didn't arrive till an hour after we arrived. Either waiter or kitchen had misplaced our order. Manager had two pizzas and an appetizer brought to make it up to us (Though that plus our order was way too much food). We suspect the waiter will be looking for a job soon. We still will go there for special occasions.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had a Sunday breakfast with friends that was a major disappointment. We four had eggs (2 each) , three sides of bacon, three lattes & 1 regular coffee. The toast was hard and cold, the eggs were very slightly warm & the bill was almost $100! The service was poor, pushy & non apologetic about the eggs or toast.

We normally meet for breakfast there 2 or 3 times a month,. BUT, we will not be going back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent! Delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food and atmosphere was fun. Easy place to get a reservation and our server was really friendly and helpful.

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

This restaurant really has much too high an estimation of itself. The food is inconsistent. Mostly this relates to the Master chef in regards to menu offerings and quality of dishes. We have had many dining experiences at the location in San Diego and have never experienced undercooked food or stale bread. This restaurant has provided both on various occasions. The Sioux Chefs do am excellent job with what they are given. For the food and the value, there are better options available nearby.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Park on street or across at parking garage. Restaurant in hotel, so don't valet at $20. Great service. Great Italian food selection. Spumoni gelator (wow!) Great choices. Small, intimate booth or table. Might be expensive for lunch, but food and service definitely worth the price.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The cesar salad was OK, but the salmon special was mushy and flavorless.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Il Fornaio at Palo Alto is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner, it has great ambiance, outstanding food, excellent service and it is extremely well located. I highly recommend it.

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

One of the worst dining experiences I have had. Incompetence at every level. Service was terrible. Food was mediocre. I will not eat there again.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The Hosts were some what "Cold" and not too welcoming. They might need a class in being warm and nice to people :)

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was good. They made a special dish at my request.
The service was a bit slow.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

This restaurant is good. The service has always been spotty. Waiters and waitresses get the initial service done and then don’t bother to look at your table again. Trying to get their attention is a challenge. The restaurant wasn’t full and we weren’t in a hurry but trying to catch our waitress’s eye took a very long time.

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Item on daily menu was already gone (this has happened 3 times in last 15 visits—a 20% disappointment rate); glass of wine on menu was gone (how can this happen?! wine doesn't age-out and it is unlikely that suddenly 5 guests ordered the same wine from the last bottle—more likely an inventory control issue); service was slow although crowd was more than usual. Very cosy except continual draft when front door opened on cold winter night. Bread quality, usually a superior option at Il Fornaio, was less than standard. Won't keep us from returning, but a disappointing dining evening.

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1.0Dined on February 26, 2018

I've eaten at this restaurant many times with good to very good results. Not this time. To begin with service was awful. Our waitress would disappear for long periods of time, leaving us searching for her. After our meal arrived, things got worse. My Branzino was overcooked, poorly filleted and had hardly any meat on it. My granddaughter's spaghetti was gooey and my wife's Cesar salad was lettuce with vinegar and oil dressing on it. The manager ignored us even though we were a group of 7 right on the main aisle. I've eaten here 15 to 20 times over the years, but never again!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

it took 1 hr for the waiter to get back saying ran out of sauce for mac cheese, then another 10 min to said no alfredo sauce...

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

i was their for a birthday brunch. food was ok service was slow.
i was their for lunch the day before same waiter slow.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

When you order a meal with wine, the wine should come before you have finished your meal. The service last night was horrible. We had to beg other servers to replenish our water and to notify our waiter to please bring our wine. He was useless....we felt we were at a self serve restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Our server was very personable. Great food and service.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Very nice atmosphere, loyal following, but resting on their laurels. Some of the food is terrific (risottos, soups, desserts,broccolini) but some is not (overcooked fish). Service is erratic.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Food a service were fine. There were some nice additions to the menu since my group was there in December. We were disappointed that there was no longer a large/small option on the pasta dishes.

I had the risotto (chicken, asparagus, truffles) which was small serving...as I wanted.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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