Il Fornaio - Sacramento

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$30 and under
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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 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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Kick off 2020 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2873 People Are Saying
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was ok. The calamari was thinly battered but did not have the crunch. Maybe too lightly battered.

You are paying for the experience. Service was excellent. It was nice to have 2 hours of free parking at the garage next to the restaurant.

It was nice that the restaurant gave complimentary ice cream for birthday.

K
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My 57th Birthday, celebrating with my lifelong girlfriends. Three friends...1) for 47 years 2) 41 years 3) friends for 30 years.

DL
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family meal after Ikea shopping. Water slipped from tray and fell on Dave's back. Food was really good! Thank you!

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

Our dinner was perfectly fine but not outstanding. The service and ambiance is quite nice. The food was ok. The calamari was quite good as was one of the pasta entrees. Another pasta dish was not very flavorful; it was bland.

S
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I brought a friend to dinner who had never been to II Fornaio before. I've been many times. Our server Keith was great he explained the menu items answered all our questions about the seasonal selections. He even brought us bruchetta to welcome a first time diner. Excellent service and great food.

DR
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Our server was amazing! She was knowledgeable about everything and very attentive to our every need. I’m sorry I didn’t get her name. She is a consummate professional. We were there celebrating a birthday and she provided a complimentary appetizer and dessert for the birthday girl. It was enough for all three of us to share. The entrees were delicious. Everyone was very friendly. We ended up spending three hours there for lunch and never felt like we were staying too long. Everyone made us feel very welcome. All in all a very pleasurable dining experience! I would certainly recommend this place to anyone. I will absolutely be returning soon. Thanks for everything!

G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great retirement dinner!

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love dining at Il Fornaio, I always have a great experience. The food is always very tasty and the ambiance is perfect for any occasion.

ER
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was not good at all and it was expensive. Go to Biba’s instead

OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing experience here, the staff was very kind, helpful, they checked up on us after we began to make sure everything was good with our meals. We sat outside and it was very beautiful there, they have heaters there too in case you get cold.

BS
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Quiet Sunday so noise level was perfect; very few folks out in Sacramento that night! Had a wonderful waiter that went out of his way for one of our group with very restrictive diet - highest marks to him for his 'we can do' spirit. Food as always was great, good wine, yummy dessert.
Hadn't been to this Il Fornaio before (Pasadena, Carmel, Denver, Seattle) but as expected, an inviting place to sit and dine at leisure.
This chain continues to provide an outstanding service every time we go.

BM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Definitely will come back.

LD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old world surroundings, highly personable professional staff, excellent food.

OT
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The II Fornaio in downtown Sacramento should not be confused with other II Fornaio chains such as the Roseville or other locations. This one stands out from the others. The decor is nice and welcoming, the food seems to be cooked on another level from the other establishments. Going to the Roseville, CA location is akin to eating at a fancy looking Olive Garden, where as the downtown Sacramento location is like eating at what you would expect to receive at another 'fancy' place such as Biba. However, it does come with a price tag. Most items are at least $19, with the exception of the appetizers.
My guess is this place was set up with the tax spending politicians in mind, knowing that they could enjoy a good meal close to the capital building on your dollar.
NOTE: Parking is validated if you park in the Wells Fargo building parking lots.

SN
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and company was good! A family get together for 4, we had a wonderful time!

MD
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I love interaction with wait staff regarding choices. Love not having to ask for everything - experienced wait staff anticipate our need.

C
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for six. Mixed drinks and wine. Two of us got the Giant Ravioli with beef broth versus the typical red sauce, and it was marvelous. Not a drop remained in our bowls. Two us got the plate of scampi. One person got the Zuppa di Pesci and another got a pizza. No one seemed otherwise than extremely satisfied. The waitress was very friendly and smiled a lot. She helped with a bar mixup, made helpful suggestions on wine, and got us a honey flavored grappa. Quite good. A wonderful evening all around. A little loud, but we were certainly contributing.

B
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a nice dinner before a concert and for my daughter’s 16th birthday.

WS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I chose Il Fornaio to take a special friend to dinner. The food and service were excellent, as I had expected, but the noise level was high, making it hard to carry on a conversation.

BS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable seating, great location, validated parking. Waitress provided some great suggestions for appetizers, the antipasto plate was delicious, beautifully prepared, and started off the birthday celebration with a bang. Members of our party had different dishes - pasta, pizza, meat, and I had the grilled mixed seafood plate. The scallops, salmon, prawns, and fish were all spiced and cooked to perfection, not over, nor under cooked, just perfect. Great wine selection and dessert menu. Service by our waitress and wait staff was attentive throughout the meal. Fresh bread and olive oil was tasty as always. Highly recommend Il Fornaio.

PM
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our food and service was very good. Our waiter was outstanding, he obviously has been doing this for some time.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday - all good

JH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant and ll Fornaio location!! So glad they brought back their lasagna - my favorite.
Only regret, wish we lived closer so we could visit more often.

MC
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our Wedding Anniversary
They had a spumoni Ice Cream with a candle.
Loved it

TV
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday. It was a great lunch with wonderful service. Parking at swells Fargo parking garage makes it easily access. We’ll be back soon!

DA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was my wife's birthday dinner for 8. she was with her 3 adult children together for first time in a couple of years. we had a private room . very nice. all the staff were 5 star quality . the food the best.
my wife says we will definitely come back.

SI
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It's II Fornaio, but it's not as good as the one in San Francisco. Not sure why. Service was okay but food seemed to lack imagination. We arrived early at 6pm during a week night and were the only ones there. Bar looks fun!
Sat towards the back, ordered cocktail then a bottle of wine. Water was stretched too thin between tables which picked up by 7pm. I ordered the lasagna which was just okay. This is now one of the nicest local easy to get to restaurants for me so I need to figure out how to get it right.

Last time I visited II Fornaio in San Francisco, a asked the Chef to just make what we felt was best given the ingredients and it was wonderful. Maybe that's what I'll try with the Sacramento location and see how they compare.

JC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service

JB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff made it a magical night! The food and service was amazing! I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

CL
Sacramento
55 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed a Caesar salad with grilled shrimp. Absolutely delicious and the perfect lunch. My friend had the Regina salad with ahi and loved it. Service was impeccable - best I've had in awhile. Attentive with water refills, bread/olive oil, and the check. Highly recommend.

CC
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were outstanding! As was the service we received, in particular from Jose.

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect place to enjoy tasty real Italian food in a relaxed environment.

GM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
And great service I’ll love to go back again!!!!

KE
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

if you've never been there,you should go............................................ ..........................

C
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, reminiscent of a restaurant in Italy, superb service, paid attention to a food allergy, delicious cuisine!

KK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service. Over cooked chicken

IF
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

KB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love that there is a dedicated GF menu! I ordered from the GF menu and the waitperson made a point to ask me if I had diet restrictions or a life choice to eat GF. Because 4 of us have Celiac Disease it was very much appreciated! And the food was very good.

A
Sacramento
50 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The linguini with clams were delicious. And our server, Jose was outstanding. Thank you.

R
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Il Fornaio Tuesday afternoon for a late lunch. Our server, Courtnie, was vibrant, pleasant, attentive and most helpful. Her knowledge of the menu and Il Fornaio programs was excellent. Courtnie anticipated our needs in an unobtrusive way. The bread was excellent as usual and was renewed as appropriate. My wife has a seafood grill that was outstanding; she said that the scallops were the best she has eaten. My lasagna was perfectly prepared, one of the best that I have encountered. If you are looking for a superb Italian meal, Il Fornaio is the place that you will find it.

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