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.View Private Dining Details
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
Celebrate Easter at Il Fornaio with your friends and family at Il Fornaio! Large parties welcome upon reservation.
Sunday, April 1, 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.
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.
The Hosts were some what "Cold" and not too welcoming. They might need a class in being warm and nice to people :)
The food was good. They made a special dish at my request.
The service was a bit slow.
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.
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.
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!
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...
i was their for a birthday brunch. food was ok service was slow.
i was their for lunch the day before same waiter slow.
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.
Our server was very personable. Great food and service.
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.
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.
The restaurant looks clean and
Service was OK.
But most importantly, food was not that impressive.
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.
Very disappointed. Seated outside in the cold and reseated in the corner. Waiter was great, managers poor.
Belated Valentines Day celebration. The food was wonderful an the service attentive and pleasant. We have always enjoyed dining a IllFornio.
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!
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!
Consistently pleasant and enjoyable.
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.
Excellent food, service and atmosphere.
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
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.
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.
I LOVE IL FORNAIO!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Very pleased with food and service. Will return soon.
Good food, good service, modest portion sizes.
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.
Consistent food quality and service. Nice ambience and friendly staff.
Soup and Pizza good the fish very bad , pasta ok the desert excellent
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!
Excellent choice for our business lunch meeting.