Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.5
3098 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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 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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MarjroieM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and great food in a beautiful setting in Sacramento. This restaurant is consistently excellent. Always a wonderful experience!!

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hungt
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I took my wife and family to celebrate our Anniversary, which was indicated on my reservation. However, the waiter did not even ask for the reason for our dinner there.
I am disappointed for the carelessness

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AntwanS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food taste great. Service was great. Pricing was affordable. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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Rickjones012
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two menus, great options.

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LindaM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We’ve done two dinners in the last few weeks at Il Fornaio. Both times the food has been mediocre. Over twenty years of dining there we have become accustomed to great service and excellent food. So it has been disappointing to have the food be just mediocre. With individual meals it seems to be excellent as usual, but with larger gatherings it seems like Il Fornaio has been going down hill and/or is ill-prepared.

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Sharon
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for their Thanksgiving Dinner, the food was excellent! Il Fornaio never disappoints. I travel a lot and it reminds me of the classic restaurants of Rome, Milan, Venice.......

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DonC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Honored reservation on time. Service was as expected on a major holiday. Thanksgiving dinner was very good, though nothing on the plate was warmer than room temperature - on a normal day I would have sent my plate back for a do over.

Had not been there in many years and I remembered part of the reason for long absence - the noisiest restaurant I've been to in years.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving with friends and family.. seated by the outside area, very cold

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MickiK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our waiter MP. We were not seated near anybody - social distancing was perfect. Food was delicious.

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derek61
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Not our usual splendid Il Fornaio experience. Maybe a new chef/sous? At any rate, the Calamari Fritti was sent back for being calamari jerky. Pasta was over cooked.

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SallieD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Beautiful restaurant. Concerned about our schedule, which was appreciated. Strong recommend.

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ClifE
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

They seemed to see guests as an imposition, from the first ignoring by the greeter to the servers attitude . The food was good but forgettably so . It felt like a restaurant that had a former heyday and now is run-in on autopilot.,

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MarcS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Chicken was undercooked, skin was very rubbery. Veg was either over cooked or under cooks. Food was over priced for what we go. Seafood was over cooked as well.

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vipNYES
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Although the restaurant was shortstaffed that evening, service did not suffer at all. The waiter and his assistant were very attentive, as were the hostess and manager. I had the lasagna and my wife had the gnocchi, both of which were very good. They picked up on my notation in the online reservation that we were celebrating my wife‘s birthday and recognized her appropriately with her dessert. I had the cannoli, which was also very good. We did think it odd that bread cost two dollars for a basket. I don’t recall having to pay for bread at this restaurant before, and if this is a new practice, I suggest that they not charge for bread. It feels like nickel and diming. Overall we had an excellent experience.

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MohamadA
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It is a very classy place to be in. You get to feel that real italian atmosphere .

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Mirih
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location and delicious food. Our sever was great and attentive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday it was a nice evening

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HilaryH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our dinner at Il Fornaio. The salmon and sea bass were perfectly cooked. It was nice that Il Fornaio has good gluten free options for guests. Our server Mateo did a nice job as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good, a bit loud but, overall would happily come again.

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pattid
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

The absolutely worst service I have had in a long time. It took 15 minutes to order. If she was busy I would understand but the restaurant was not busy at all. I had to ask another server for my bill. It was a terrible experience for a business luncheon

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IsabelR
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The food, the ambiance and the service. I definitely recommend this restaurant and will definitely be returning!

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Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just delightful. Ambiance, food and service

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Corky
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio is always an exceptional eating experience. The staff are courteous, the food is eloquently prepared and the setting is very classy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Can’t wait to go back!

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Lizzi
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was marvelous from the moment I checked in with the hostess at the restaurant till my family and I left for the evening. While I was waiting for my family to park another employee came to me and asked if I parked in the garage, she will validate my ticket. Our server was great,
friendly and attentive. Everything was fantastic. It was a wonderful birthday celebration. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We like to have special meals at Il Fornaio as it is more expensive than our regular dining places. The place is super clean, well setup and comfortable. The service is alway impeccable.

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Goodspot
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience. Location is ideal for easy on and off of the freeway.

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wonderful
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A grown up restaurant - good for families yet quiet - open, airy decor- friendly, professional service - good food

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MichelleM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date with my 16 year old daughter before our Harry Styles concert!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience. Our server was great and friendly.

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AssiaB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive and knowledgeable staff. Thank you!

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vipSasha
Sacramento
133 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was so delicious on Saturday that we had to return on Monday. Having Michael there is such a treat. Food/drinks we're AMAZING.
Looking forward to returning soon!

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TimothyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a very fine restaurant. The food, while somewhat pricey is wonderful.

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DavidG
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice place with a good atmosphere. The Salmon was fairly good just not a lot of flavor. Great service and the “Angela’s Table” Red Zinfandel was very good. Should have ordered the pizza as it looked really good.

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BillF
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff (courteous and knowledgeable)

Food was delicious

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MomOB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The entire experience was very pleasant!
This is always a great spot to gather with friends.

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MarionR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was pretty good and everyone at our table enjoyed their entree. However service was poor. It was an hour from when we were seated until the waitress took our meal order. We got cocktails right away, but we had to flag down an underwaiter to get some bread. Couldn't even get an appetizer order in. I would not go back.

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BobS
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Very disappointing experience. Waiter was very solicitous but handicapped by the food preparations. Ordered two Manhattans and received bourbon and waters (?). They forgot to put in the Vermouth. Then we waited for over an hour for our entrees.

Can't blame the waiter for that. He was most gracious and compted the entire meal. He was well tipped.

Have been to Il Fornaio many time and this is the first time we have been disappointed.

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vipLauren
Sacramento
50 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner with three of our adult kids! Loved the calamari and bruschetta appetizers as well as several of the specialty cocktails. Two of us had the special seafood n sausage pasta, one had bolognese, and two of us had the halibut n m potatoes— all to rave reviews. Tiramisu and coffees with excellent service throughout our meal. What a fun evening!

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vipMila
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love coming here for happy hour or just for dinner. Food and drinks is always delicious and our waiter was just excellent and the ambiance was great ! Looking forward to another evening here🥰

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Sacramento offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 446-4100.

Il Fornaio - Sacramento is rated 4.5 stars by 3098 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.