Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.6
2639 reviews
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Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Sacramento, this award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 wine list. Enjoy wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch.
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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and great wine. We enjoyed our waiting recommending wines for us to try. It was a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The hostess was pretty stiff, borderline rule, clearly did not want to be there. Our server was friendly but inattentive, paid a lot more attention to the tables around us. We sat with empty drinks for 20 minutes, waited a while for pretty much everything else, and the fastest thing he did for us all night was drop the check and wait for my boyfriend to put his card in while he stood there. We got our first round of drinks at the bar, we told him this when we sat down, but toward the end of the meal he came over and was like did you guys pay for those? And we reminded him we closed out at the bar, and he asked what we got again so he could make sure. To round out the evening, he complained about a large party he had the other night that didn’t tip. We usually really enjoy our visits here and the food was great as always (except the appetizer that was kind of burnt) but this was a real let down. We were celebrating Valentine’s Day a couple days late since we don’t usually get the day together, and overall it was a pretty disappointing evening. We’ll probably try a few other spots before throwing this back into the rotation.

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G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time dining here and this time was seated in the adjoining enclosed patio. The noise level is much quieter in the patio due to the natural acoustic dufferences between the large, high celing open architecture of the main dining area and the walled, enclosed, low celing of the patio. Food is high quality, service is satisfactory, prices are very reasonable for the quality of the establishment and authenticity and quality of the food. Highly recommended.

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AC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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KD
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing, our second time coming here. We were here last year same day, Valentine’s Day. The service was great, good food and drinks and the perfect romantic settings for the evening. We will definitely be back!

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JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere for Valentine's day...the hostess made sure to have my flowers i delivered earlier on my table before my arrival.... Very romantic... Thanks ladies!!

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RM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

we have been to the resteraunt several time and always were very pleased This time we were so disappointed instead of being seated in the main dining room we were seated in the patio over flow that was heated with portable heaters Brrr the table we very small and slammed together the table was actually to small for both our appetizers Our food came after quite a wait after the appetizers the server promised that the rack of lamb would be very pink nope gray and cold I think the main take away if you are going to put guest on a outdoor patio when it is dropping into the 30s you should let the customer know I made the reservations at least a month ahead it just suck that my wife had to eat her dinner with her overcoat on

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day was just as expected from a restaurant of this caliber. Excellent choice.

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SM
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant in a beautiful building in downtown Sacramento, great ambiance, great service, and great food...Bravo!

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KH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Seriously, the most authentic Italian food I’ve tried in Sacramento. Having been to Italy and learning the servers from my aunt, it seriously is the most authentic, delicious Italian food. 11/10 would recommend. Definitely will come back.

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MW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer Service. We celebrated our daughters wedding there on Valentine's Day. I had brought in our own wedding cake topper for my daughter to be placed with several dessert cake slices and the staff went above and beyond to make our celebration special so thank you all.

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MA
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was hoping I can order my favorite menu but the server told me they wont be able to make it because the Pollo chicken I like is only for dinner menu

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DH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our meal. The service was responsive and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the spinach ravioli and my husband enjoyed the short ribs. We even indulged in a molten chocolate cake with salted caramel gelato which hit the spot. We enjoy and always return to this restaurant for our anniversary. Until next time.

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SF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC service!! So accommodating and the food is excellent. Would definitely frequent again.

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the server he was fantastic. Thanks for a memorable 1 year anniversary dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great place to celebrate a birthday lunch.

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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service not to their standards and food was bland.

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OT
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice birthday celebration!

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SL
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Kings game across the street

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GD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food , no blasting TV , great place to actually have conversations

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good, not great. Server had a bit of an attitude, which was pretty surprising. Nice inside... I’ll go back but not hurry back.

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KO
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Our waitress was rude and never came by our table. My water was empty for most my meal.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My skeptical 89 year old mom, the birthday girl, actually said, “I had a marvelous evening!” Not just nice. Not fine. She actually said marvelous!!!! I’m feeling so proud of myself for taking her to Il Fornaio!! Lol Thank you to their amazing staff!!!!

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OT
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, excellent food, if a bit uneven - the risotto was outstanding. Good, helpful service staff and a stylish dining room.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my boyfriend to Il Fornaio for his birthday. I made the reservation via OpenTable and indicated that it was a birthday. Our server was notified of the occasion without my reminding him and sang happy birthday in Italian to him. The food was phenomenal and the service was even better. The building and the restaurant itself was beautiful and the atmosphere was calm, yet lively. There is a parking structure right next to it which really helped as well. I would HIGHLY recommend Il Fornaio and I can't wait to go back again!

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FT
Sacramento
31 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beverly was our server. She’s been with the restaurant for 23 years! She was fabulous, personable, and attentive. Came with friends and enjoyed a leisurely dinner with great food, fabulous atmosphere, and excellent service. Il Fornio is consistently great.

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IV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service the waiter was outstanding with her service and staff overall was very attentive highly recommend this restaurant to anyone

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A
Sacramento
43 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The rib-eye and sea bass were delicious and plated beautifully. Our server, Said M. Was great as usual, as is all the staff Il Forniao. What a way to feel special when you’re not celebrating anything.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner

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AO
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, a very nice place to take a date. Service was beyond amazing. Server was very quick and helpful with being able to navigate the menu.

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S
Sacramento
106 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Interesting menu. Great Martinis. Our best dinner there. And Andreas is a great waiter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Service was very good. Nice place with an open setting. Food was also delicious.

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KR
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for the first time because I was taking part in Dine Downtown. It was amazing. The restaurant is beautiful. The staff were super pleasant and very on top of everything. Would happily come here over and over.

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G
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was our second try to Il Fornaio. It was like night and day experience from our first; the service really was such as you would expect at fine dining, and the food was spot on (Short ribs and beef tenderloin were tender, flavorful and cooked correctly). I would suggest trying all courses (insalate, primo, secondo) to get an accurate feel on the restaurant's capability.

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D
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From my reservation on OpenTable - the hostess greeted us by name and specifically asked who was celebrating a birthday since I stated that on our reservation. Every staff member greeted us with a smile and a hello. Food service timing was excellent - appetizer was spaced out perfectly before our main course arrived. The food was delicious and flavorful.

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k
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decide to come for Dine Downtown for the special 3 course for $35. We have been here before, but it has been awhile. It's always a great experience here. Waiters and staff are attentive but not overbearing. The set 3 course meal was awesome. The waiter knew the wine list and gave a perfect recommendation. He had the chicken and I had the short rib. The portions were generous. Both came with spinach. His had potatoes that were cooked perfectly and mine came with mashed potatoes. The meal started with a salad and bread. I really liked the timing between each course. It wasn't rushed and it wasn't sitting there tapping our fingers. The dessert was amazing! Almond chocolate cake with butterscotch ice-cream. A wonderful evening out. This restaurant has their service and food down to a science!

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dine Downtown Sacramento week. The food was amazing!

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LS
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Husband wears hearing aids. They went out of their way to find us a quiet spot where he would be able to hear conversation. Very accommodating.

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n
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My only complaint was the slow service. But the Dine Downtown special was enjoyable.

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d
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sit in outside patio. Can be loud but good vibe. Kid friendly

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