Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.6
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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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4.6
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4.6
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K
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are friendly and efficient. We were there on a Friday night, and our table was ready to go. It was my second visit; the service and food consistently good, and I appreciate the variety of price points on the menue. I won’t hesitate to come back with a small or a large party.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. A bit expensive.

DV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, and loved our waiter Andre and his thoughtfulness.

h
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service and good food. Just not over the top

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Loved the ambiance and food; unfortunately had a real hard time understanding our waiter. The waiter had such a strong accent that getting our questions answered was hard.

MO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Service. Nice Ambience. Very tasty meal. Convenient to Golden 1 Center.

m
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. All 4 of us enjoyed our delicious meals. Perfect service. Thank you.

c
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, ambiance, and service! Our server, Jose, was excellent!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was New Year’s Eve and the place was great food was great and our servers were awesome

FF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Being my birthday, I wanted a quiet place to enjoy a romantic dinner with my fiance.
We were given a nice table for two in a nice part of the restaurant away from the bar.
It was all going well when six people arrived and were given the six seat table next to us.
From the moment they sat down they were so noisy that we couldn't even hear ourselves talking.
We had to raised our voices so much that we were almost screaming to each other.
The high pitched laughter from two of the women was almost unbearable.
Although the food was great and the service excellent, next time I will search for a quieter restaurant.

WA
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love come to El Fornaio. Service is great, very attentive and such a great atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual however my wife has a sensitivity to gluten and suffered through the pain after dinner. However whenever she has food that’s made from organic pasta and flour she suffers no side affects. Therefore we wish organic wheat products were used at your restaurant. Otherwise our experience was great! Thanks!

f
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girlfriends end of the year dinner

PC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and service is excellent parking is easy. The price of food in general is expensive

CR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time... Great food ...Fantastic service! We really enjoyed ourselves! Thank you... Thank you Very Much! @)---)---

M
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very beautiful restaurant. Great menu, food was amazing, and our server was fantastic.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Horrible service waiting over an hour and forty minutes for food and little comfort or even explanation from the waitress

L
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Christmas Eve dinner was lovely. Great service. Food was delicious. Love the ambiance during the Christmas Season. Thank you.

GP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love our Christmas Eve tradition of coming to this beautiful, friendly, delicious restaurant.

A
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All was great. Your waitress (Courtnie) was a delight, always with a beautiful smile!

R
Sacramento
50 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The setting is beautiful, downtown Sacramento, validated parking. Wine is priced reasonably by restaurant standards. Wine by the glass available in 4 & 6 oz servings. My wife ordered roasted chicken, moist with nice sauce. I ordered pasta tagliatelle bolognese, hearty and fine winter dish. Location, setting , food and service would make Il Fornaio a good restaurant for couples or a group.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with family

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If the question is where to go for nice atmosphere and good food, then I'd recommend Il Fornaio if they've got a bunch of money to spend on a meal. A dozen pieces of pasta with a sauce should not break the bank!! My cocktail was good but way too costly. I small scoop of gelato - $8.00!!! The mark up is ridiculous! I cannot afford to go back again.

H
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas with family

DP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My tilapia entree was excellent, and my friend's salad was very good also. Our server, Haley was outstatnding.

G
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, friendly atmosphere, variety of wine options and food menu.

TJ
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with neighbors. Excellent service. Food never disappoints. Delightful dining experience.

HF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My friends and I chose the restaurant for our Christmas get together dinne. Our experience there was horrible. First our waitress Beverly was not
attentive to us. Took her so long to get our orders and felt like we were burdens to her. And seemed very rushed and rude. Our dinner was awful. I ordered this chicken pasta that was so dry and no flavor and only had three pieces of small bite chicken in it. Our drinks so so tiny and the price was not worth it at all. Needless to say our time there was horrible.
Never again that we will be back and told other friends and colleagues about our awful experience .

t
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful holiday setting and fabulous food. The lasagna was outstanding.

JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and they offered an amazing selection of gluten free food to accommodate my food allergies.

JW
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Split breast chicken was very flavorful in one dish. The pasta dish however needed more sauce and more vegetables, it was disappointing.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service, hot food that’s delicious. Impressive wine list and the best calamari appetizer. Going back in four days!

AD
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You could feel the festive spirit of Il Fornaio this time of year with the food, with every table taken, and the smiles on everyone's face.

FB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Anniversary

C
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

is was to busy on that day, service was slow and food was not good.

r
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lively bar scene and very accommodating staff... servings are perfect... menu options adequate... been here twice and hasn't failed

ER
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food, everything was so tasty. Only downside was that the waitress goofed on our order and bill TWICE. I’m not sure why she brought A while pizza as an appetizer when we asked for bruschetta, but it was good and we didn’t bother sending it back. Everything on the menu sounded delicious and it was hard to choose one thing anyway

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We had reservations. We waited at least 30 minutes after ordering wine before it arrived at our table. Our waitress rarely checked on us and wasn’t pleasant at all. The special I ordered was tasteless. We were extremely disappointed in the experience and will never return.

v
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent… I’m sorry I don’t remember her name.

N
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 20 minutes for a server to come before I left. This place is a joke.