About Il Fornaio - Palo Alto
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.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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
$30 and under
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Off-site catering available. Please contact Event Coordinator for more details.
Valet parking is available for $10. In addition, there is also the hotel parking lot, as well as a public lot available.
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
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.
Il Fornaio - Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
One of the worse Italian restaurants we have ever been. The food is bland and the service mediocre and inattentive. We returned the crustini because it arrived soggy and the salmon was overcooked and without flavor. Pasta was generic and the pizza was Pillsbury doughy. The cocktails ere bitter and too strong. A total amateur job.
With all this, the prices were typical Palo Alto: too high but with poor quality food.
Il Fornaio is a very good restaurant that has been in business in Palo Alto for a long time. Dec. 24 was a special abbreviated menu so not the usual long list of many regional dishes. The staff are very pleasant and helpful and the service good. The food is much more authentic than in most American Italian restaurants so it is quite a bit more like being in Italy.
We attended Il Fornaio for Christmas Eve dinner. We were able to snag a back booth for 2. It was a lot quieter than most of the tables in the restaurant, it tends to be noisy there much of the time. The food was great, a good-sized meal, not too big, not too small, just right. Good salad. Overall service was great. We really enjoyed the ambiance and the food was really good. A bit on the pricey side, only for special occasions for us, but overall a great restaurant for holiday dining.
Felt rushed by the kitchen staff, main course came along at the same time than the appetizers.
Waiter was good.
Oh, I was about to forget and this isn’t fair: really nice gesture from the manager, he sent us 2 glasses of champagne upon our arrival because we were celebrating our anniversary.
We had a party of eight for dinner and we were seated in an area in the back, but it was nice because it was quieter back there. Service was excellent but the food was not hot. The bruschetta calda was garlicky and full of tomatoes and was very tasty as were the calamaretti Fritti. The beet salad was also flavorful and full of beets. I recommend the penne with vodka sauce, but not the butternut ravioli. The seafood risotto was good, but lacking in seafood. The steaks were also very good. We were given a complimentary homemade dessert which was like a bread with a cream sauce that was very light and tasty. Overall, it was a nice dinner, but the food needs to be hotter.
The food at Il Fornaio is always wonderful tasting and beautifully presented. One never feels rushed to make a decision, finish a course or leave the table which is refreshing in an area where so many restaurants seem to want to turn over tables as quickly as possible.
Six of us gathered for brunch/lunch. We were all familiar with Il Fornaio so we were expecting a lovely meal. My friend that sat next to me ordered the same omelette as I did. It was barely warm & very dry. The waiter was terrible. He never brought one person’s tea and wasn’t even apologetic when this was brought to his attention. He wasn’t at all attentive to our table & didn’t check back with us until he came for the bill. Very disappointing! I hope you pass this on to the restaurant.
We had a dinner with the usual great service and timing-I've been to this restaurant several times in the past few years. The one thing I would say is it was very crowded in the back seating area, we were squeezed in with servers having not enough room to move and people getting blocked from entering and exiting-very noticed.
Typical Il Fornaio menu with varied delicacies from Italy, on this occasion from many regions. The food was good, the service prompt. I rated the food down because the recommended wine was mis-represented and not a good choice (very harsh and bitter). Other than that, we enjoy our monthly visits to the restaurant with its ever-changing menu.
Have been a frequent visitor for over twenty years, although havent been in over a year. Returned to have a business lunch but had forgotten how small the two-top tables are here. Best scenario is a table for 3 since you will get a larger table and still have room for papers, etc.
Il Fornaio (Palo Alto) is the restaurant I picked to take my mother-in-law out for her birthday party. She wanted Italian food and she was not disappointed. I think everyone loved the food, except my husband who got a chicken sandwich instead of an entree. His sandwich was huge and that was one of the things he didn't like. I ordered a chicken and vegetable pasta dish with a wine sauce. It was very, very good. My mother-n-law got spaghetti and meatballs, which she loved, and took home half of it for lunch the next day. The rest of our party were very happy with the dishes they ordered. Best of all, the Tiramisu was fabulous. I have spent my life collecting Tiramisu experiences, and this was right up there on the top!
The experience was very nice. I didn't finish my tortellini and asked for a container. The waiter took my plate to put it in a to-go container and was disappointed when I opened it later because he didn't put very much of the sauce. I had the butternut squash pasta so my take home container was very dry, and I had made sure I left enough sauce to eat later.
The food was good but the service was horrible. We sat with empty cocktail and water glasses and had to ask several times for a brottle of wine. We were seated on the patio where the heaters were either way too hot or had to be turned off and then it was freezing cold. This restaurant might be better in the summer but they definitely need to improve on their staff.
Even tho Il Fornaio is a chain, it excels at Italian cuisine. We dined at various locations, and they havcen't dropped the ball on any of these visits. We met old friends on a Monday night, so the place wasn't jammed as it is on week-ends. Our server was delightful, a gal from Mexico (although we first thought Italian). The seafood mixed grill was a REALLY good, and I would recommend it when it is on the menu. Everyone was quite pleased with their entrée. A winner!
Nice place for dinner in an elegant ambient. The service was great and friendly.The best thing are wonderful deserts .My friend ordered tiramisu and it was really perfect. We enjoyed the wine too
The place is maybe a little bit too noisy. I would recommend this restaurant always. The complete experience is worth the price. We will come again
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