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Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.5
4.5
3129 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 446-4100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mitch Davis

  • Catering

    Retail Catering: When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! Catering services include: boxed lunches, pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies platters and much more. Perfect for any social or business meeting. Call for delivery details and minimum order information (service charge applies). Planning a wedding or large corporate event? Full Service Catering is available at our Sacramento location. Authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine and our experienced catering staff can offer Five-Star service when handling all the details of your next special event.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio is located in downtown Sacramento just four blocks from the state capitol. In a beautiful and elegant setting we offer delicious authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service. We have a number of private dining options available along with special menus to match your group's needs.

  • Private party contact

    Fiorella Suaurez: (866) 944-2827

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Parking details

    Il Forniao parking is located inside the Wells Fargo Parking Garage. We offer complimentary validation of 2 hours, excluding event nights held at the Golden One Center. Street parking and valet (M-F 8am till 4:30pm) are also available.

  • Public transit

    Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,129 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SE

    SherryE

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food1service5ambience5

    The restaurant and outside courtyard is beautiful. Kyle was an excellent waiter, personable and attentive. Our pizza was not prepared properly so we had to wait for another one. The second pizza was not correct either. We missed half the concert we were attending due to the long wait. We still had an enjoyable experience.

  2. C

    Ciao

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Sacramento. It never disappoints! The architect lends to the old world ambience and the seating environments are lovely. The homemade pasta is a must and now they have some vegan options as well. Wonderful for cozy friend get together or a special celebration.

  3. r

    richard68

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A nice place to relax and enjoy wonderful tasty food.

  4. HC

    HaleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was very yummy and staff was super nice and welcoming.

  5. CS

    ChristineS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a solid choice for good service, quality Italian food.

  6. N

    Nancy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    It would have been nice to have been seated in the nicer area with the white table cloths but instead we were seated in the outer area near the windows. Online it shows pictures with the white table cloths so I assumed that is where we would be seated. We were not even asked what area we would prefer, and since it was our first time at this restaurant we didn't realize the "casual" seating area we were given until we noticed the two different seating areas until after we had ordered our meals. For the money we paid I was expecting better ambience. The food was good.

  7. S

    Sparky

    Yosemite

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were in the garden area and it was lovely. The young lady who waited on us was delightful and provided us with excellent service. We were celebrating our anniversary and we couldn’t have picked a better place to have this special dinner. We have dined here many times before but usually for a late lunch and it is always a culinary delight!

  8. D

    Deandude

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is always a great go to place if you love Italian food. I’ve been here many times over the years and it has always been excellent. I’ve never had a bad experience. The service is always great and the ambience and the location are beautiful and amazing. We were seated in the outdoor/indoor patio which was spot on. Today I had the Ravioli Locana. It was very exquisite and delicious. I had a nice local beer (Panic IPA) from Sacramento’s very own Track 7 brewery to go along with it. Even the fresh bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip it in was truly amazing. I didn’t have it today but the bruschetta is also absolutely mouthwatering. And then I had the Affogato Al Caffe for desert - vanilla gelato and whip cream with a shot of espresso slowly drizzled over the top. Mmmmm Mmm, SO fabulous 💯 What a perfect dinner tonight……Thanks 🤩

  9. s

    sendyc

    Sacramento

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great small group get together. Wait staff was attentive, and perfect dinner. Plates were great, ravioli pasta, seafood platter, and dessert. Lots of fun and safe social distance from other tables. We all had a great time.

  10. F

    Foodnerd

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have had tremendous experiences! Our waitstaff people have been friendly and very good. The food is lights out killer, but the gem of the place is Judith, the hostess. She is always delightful!! Thank you for a great time every time. Dan and Donna. Elk Grove

  11. g

    guests

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    It was very nice.

  12. TT

    TwinkaT

    Portland

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    I usually am very happy at Il Fornaio, but not unlike many establishments these days, I believe they were understaffed last night. It took a very long time to order and have all of our dishes delivered to the table. Our waiter was great, well-masked and very kind. However, the bus girl and boy who were delivering things and taking things from the table throughout our meal were unmasked; it seemed odd to mask one server and not the others. Our chicken dishes were somewhat tough and did not arrive at the table very warm. Lukewarm mashed potatoes are somewhat underwhelming. We did love our beet salad, and the carpaccio was delicious. We will return again as we have usually had a good experience. Last night might have been a difficult one for the staff which could be why things were a bit off-kilter.

  13. JL

    JLJB

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Good food overall, although i was very disappointed with the special that we were told was a “sausage and shrimp” spaghetti. In fact, it was Shrimp and Salmon spaghetti. It just wasn’t good. The rest of our table enjoyed their meal. Service was good, friendly and pretty spot on throughout.

  14. DB

    DavidB

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    IlFornaio is Back to the quality and service that you had 2 years ago.

  15. UC

    UCDavisVisitor

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We enjoyed all dishes from appetizers to dessert. Pasta was very fresh, although would have liked more sauce on it. Salmon was cooked to perfection. We would definitely go back when in the area again.

  16. SD

    ShannonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome! Great food and service. Did a team dinner here and they loved it!

  17. IJ

    IanJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Just awful. Terrible service. Food tasted like a TV dinner fresh out of the microwave. I can't believe I paid $97 for this trash.

  18. LL

    LauraL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    There was a long wait for the food which we were not warned about. When it finally came it was very underwhelming. The pizza was recommended to us but had a disappointing flavor. The pastas we ordered were lacking in flavor as well. Overall, it was a nice ambiance but mediocre food.

  19. DD

    DavidD

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Food is very good. Pastas are a bargain. Seating in "foyer type area--kind of a hallway between main room and patio is not that attractive and a big noisy. Seems like an odd place to seat guests unless restaurant is croweded.

  20. JW

    JacquelineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service are outstanding. Highly recommend

  21. LN

    LeynaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our first visit here but it won’t be our last. We ordered all the popular dishes we saw on Yelp and they did not disappoint. We were sad that they no longer served the black truffle shells but they more than made up for it with the other dishes. The only thing that was disappointing to me, though, was that we weren’t seated near the windows even though they had seating available. Next time I’ll definitely request to sit out there to take I. The full ambience. Definitely will return.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Went there right after graduation. I was happy with the way place looked, felt very welcoming.

  23. RH

    RandyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Service was OK. The wine prices are outrageous! The staff in general are very good. The waiter was not as attentive as he should be. The location and ambiance is excellent especially if you are attending an event at the Golden One.

  24. JM

    JinnyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and so was the service but I thought the food was way overpriced and I don't think with those prices we should have to pay for bread

  25. DD

    DanD

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The service was excellent, and the food was very good. The entrees were rushed by the kitchen but otherwise a very pleasant experience.

  26. TS

    TSTravel

    Sacramento

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Nice dinner - homemade pasta is excellent. Fewer menu choices than pre-pandemic. Prices are also about $7-$10 per item than pre-pandemic. Restaurant seems a bit shot-handed on wait staff like everywhere else. Still good food, though!

  27. NC

    NielsenC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We enjoyed celebrating our anniversary again after many years of celebrating at il Fornaio👌

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great server Abby

  29. GL

    GeneL

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food and service. Only complaint, not enough of it (food). For the price you pay, I would expect a little larger portion. It seems the Roseville location serves larger portions.

  30. R

    Robert

    Sacramento

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    If they email you about a special, call first to see if they are offering it. We did not. When we ordered the special for two we were told they did not know anything about an advertised special. When the wait staff asked a manager, which took some time, we were told this store is not offering this special. Our pasta dishes sat on the counter to long. One was room temperature on top and hot in the middle. The other had pasta stuck together in a ball with sauce on top. We have been to this restaurant many times in the past and have never experienced this type of service.

  31. s

    sendyc

    Sacramento

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the new menu of fresh made ravioli sausage pasta with lots of tasty tomatoes and the chicken mushroom was so delicious! Services always perfect. Really enjoyed it.

  32. MF

    MaurizioF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I'm Italian, how don't love it...very beautiful place

  33. CC

    CCabrera

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Highly recommend (:

  34. J

    Jane

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Their pastas are really delicious. The service was terrible, our server wouldn’t come to us and she was running around looking busy when there were only like three other tables. We waited 15 minutes for our check.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Disappointing! What has happened to Il Fornaio? The food is mediocre. The menu has limited choices. The chicken dish with fungi was on par with something from a corner diner or a truck stop. The place still shimmers with elegance but except for the bread, it is no longer the treat it used to be.

  36. MK

    McKenzie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service. The menu had lots of options, and the portion sizes were great. The location and restaurant are beautiful!

  37. D

    Dany

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was nice, they don’t bother you while you eat or try to talk with family. The food was amazing and this restaurant personally made me understand and enjoy small portions. You eat some delicious food but don’t feel bloated all day. The restaurant was clean and elegant.

  38. OS

    OlgaS

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Great value! Very good food, service and ambiance. Will be back for sure!

  39. L

    Lark

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came to celebrate daughter’s graduation. They easily accommodated 10 of us with advance notice. When we arrived we got our own private room. Marcelo was great, attentive, and kind. Everyone loved the food. We had a little bit of everything from chicken pesto pasta, lasagna, seafood and pizza. Thank you to the team for making this a special day for us.

  40. MH

    MaryH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5

    A friend picked this place based on a past experience at a different location. Judith the hostess was great she was very nice and welcoming. The food tastes like it was not fresh. We ordered, the 8 ounce rib eyes, shrimp pasta, seafood platter and it was all over cooked dry and mushy. Our appetizer was the calamari which tasted like it was previously frozen and the margahrita pizza which was actually good. I

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 3129 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Il Fornaio - Sacramento

400 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA 95814

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Il Forniao parking is located inside the Wells Fargo Parking Garage. We offer complimentary validation of 2 hours, excluding event nights held at the Golden One Center. Street parking and valet (M-F 8am till 4:30pm) are also available.

  • Public transit

    Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mitch Davis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (916) 446-4100

  • Catering

    Retail Catering: When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! Catering services include: boxed lunches, pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies platters and much more. Perfect for any social or business meeting. Call for delivery details and minimum order information (service charge applies). Planning a wedding or large corporate event? Full Service Catering is available at our Sacramento location. Authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine and our experienced catering staff can offer Five-Star service when handling all the details of your next special event.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio is located in downtown Sacramento just four blocks from the state capitol. In a beautiful and elegant setting we offer delicious authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service. We have a number of private dining options available along with special menus to match your group's needs.

  • Private party contact

    Fiorella Suaurez: (866) 944-2827

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