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Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.5
4.5
3110 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 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Dolci

    Ricette Tradizionali

    desserts crafted from traditional italian family recipes

    • Tiramisù$11.00

      treviso-style tiramisù with ladyfingers soaked in rum & espresso, layered with mascarpone & topped with a dusting of cocoa powder

      • Cannoli Siciliani$11.00

        cannoli filled with sheep's milk ricotta, candied orange, bittersweet chocolate & pistachios

        • Budino di Pane al Cioccolato$11.00

          chocolate bread pudding with apples, golden raisins, figs & brandy; served with chocolate sauce, crème anglaise & caramel sea salt gelato

          Gelati

          desserts created with italian gelato

          • Affogato al Caffè$10.00

            espresso poured over two scoops of vanilla gelato & topped with fresh whipped cream

            • Gelati Misti$11.00

              one scoop each of dark chocolate & vanilla gelato & one scoop of raspberry sorbet

              • Scoop of Gelato

                vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel sea salt, raspberry sorbet

                • each$6.00

              Last updated: February 3, 2022

              What 3,110 people are saying

              Overall ratings and reviews

              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

              NoiseModerate

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              • Sacramento

                Italian

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              1. MF

                MaurizioF

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 2 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              2. CC

                CCabrera

                Sacramento

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined 2 days ago

                overall5food4service4ambience5

                Highly recommend (:

              3. J

                Jane

                Los Angeles

                7 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                7 reviews

                Dined 2 days ago

                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.

              4. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Sacramento

                41 reviews

                vip
                3.0

                41 reviews

                Dined 3 days ago

                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.

              5. MK

                McKenzie

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 3 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

              6. D

                Dany

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 4 days ago

                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.

              7. OS

                OlgaS

                Sacramento

                13 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                13 reviews

                Dined 5 days ago

                overall5food4service4ambience4

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

              8. L

                Lark

                San Francisco

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined 5 days ago

                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.

              9. MH

                MaryH

                1 review

                2.0

                1 review

                Dined 5 days ago

                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

              10. DB

                DanB

                1 review

                1.0

                1 review

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall1food2service1ambience3

                Rude bartender - Frank - a real negative person - I’ll never TI h business men there again for drinks. Not enough servers really hurts the experience - like going to the Sizzler. Building is beautiful and I don’t see how you cans tee it up. Carmel is superb. Dan

              11. D

                Diner

                Sacramento

                1 review

                2.0

                1 review

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall2food2service1ambience3

                Service was very slow and inattentive. Server couldn’t remember order. Two dinners were cold. Lasagne was bland. Vegan salad was delicious.

              12. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Sacramento

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Graduation

              13. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 7 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great Birthday

              14. PM

                PeggyM

                San Francisco

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on May 16, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great food, service& ambiance! Highly recommend this restaurant for a quality experience.

              15. G

                Gludies

                Central Coast

                2 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on May 15, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Top 5 restaurant in Sac. Architectly beautiful in a lovely building.

              16. j

                jojo

                Sacramento

                10 reviews

                4.0

                10 reviews

                Dined on May 14, 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience2

                What has usually been a "10" experience at IL Fornaio, slipped to an "8" for me last night. With a reservation for 2 to celebrate a birthday, we were first led to the farthest table from main restaurant next to the street. Outside, on Capitol Mall, a loud food fair was taking place. I asked for an inside booth, and was told they are reserved for 3+ parties only. There were plenty of booths still open at 5:30 but we were given a small 2 top table a room over from the street noise. Much plate and glass maneuvering had to occur throughout our meal to accommodate our dishes. Although our meal was delicious, the ambiance and seating was not.

              17. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Sacramento

                2 reviews

                2.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on May 12, 2022

                overall2food4service1ambience2

                The food was great, but our waiter only came by twice the entire time we were there. Had to get up and walk to where the waiters station was to ask for our check. We wanted to order more food, but not with that service. The waiter never came by to check on us at all after our food was served. The noise level was very loud. We sat in the semi outdoor structure, but there were several folks a few tables over literally yelling the entire time. We asked to be moved and were denied the opportunity even though there were empty tables. Would not recommend if you want a relaxing night out. Felt neglected the entire time.

              18. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Nashville

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 12, 2022

                overall3food3service3ambience4

                It was a nice dinner but my chicken was very dry. The caesar salad was good. Its also very loud.

              19. C

                Cath

                San Francisco

                5 reviews

                2.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on May 12, 2022

                overall2food1service2ambience3

                Great location and pretty restaurant, but my food was inedible. The chicken was unsalted and so overcooked that I could not cook it. The antipasto platter was ridiculously small for the price. Our poor waitress was extremely overworked. More staff are needed, and some quality control in the kitchen needs to happen.

              20. k

                kevint

                Birmingham

                2 reviews

                2.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on May 11, 2022

                overall2food3service2ambience3

                Poor slow service waiter made rude comments to my wife loud food good at best

              21. RT

                RTorres

                San Francisco

                54 reviews

                2.0

                54 reviews

                Dined on May 9, 2022

                overall2food3service3ambience2

                Our server, Joaquin, was very nice. Basics, had to ask for more water, it’s pasta! serving is so small for an entree!!! Waited for drinks forever, same with entrées. Salad came out quickly. We like Il Fornaio, this was our first time to this one. We’ll stick to the Roseville one from now on.

              22. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 8, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We ordered Lasagna, which it was so delicious, layers of pasta softy, meat well cooked and good seasoned. Red sauce it makes unique flavor.

              23. TE

                TonyE

                Sacramento

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on May 8, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We were greeted warmly by the hostess who promptly checked our reservations. She then said to the other hostess “put them in Jose’s section”. We followed the hostess to a nice little table for two in a room off the main dining room. After being seated the waiter Jose promptly greeted us. He grabbed our drink order and upon returning shared with us the special of the evening. I watched him as he engaged the other tables. He knew when to approach and when to allow the guests to enjoy their conversation and meal. My wife and I asked him where he was from and he shared that he was from a little town outside Puerto Vallarta. Since we had just vacationed there it sparked a beautiful conversation and he shared some stories of the area. He was very engaging. Everything about our evening was enhanced by Jose. If you decide to dine at Ill Fornaio then I would highly recommend you request Jose as your server. He was polished, professional, and someone who takes great pride in their work. You will have a wonderful evening!

              24. RL

                RickL

                1 review

                2.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall2food1service1ambience5

                The service was mediocre at best. My wine glass was empty, sitting on the edge of the table throughout my meal. The server arrived as we finished and asked if there was anything else we needed. A glass of wine with dinner would have been nice! The meal was nothing like I expected it to be. The lasagna was bland at best and the surface was burned, leaving the taste of burned cheese.

              25. t

                trembd

                Dallas

                13 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                13 reviews

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                My waiter was friendly and fantastic service. The building has gorgeous high ceilings with decorated molding. The penne all vodka is the best in the world. They validate parking for the wells fargo center. Book a reservation. You will have to wait without one.

              26. G

                Greataste99

                Sacramento

                15 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                15 reviews

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Parking policy has changed. It used to be free unless and now is limited to two hours. Would suggest providing 3 hours of free parking as it would be more reflective of Italian dining experience and hospitality. I was not aware of the change of the policy and we incurred additional $36 of parking because we have 3 cars (different households) by enjoying our family gatherings at the restaurant.

              27. F

                Flossgood

                Sacramento

                17 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                17 reviews

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great food as usual! Jose our waiter was awesome!

              28. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Portland

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on May 6, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent. Definitely a top notch dining experience.

              29. DB

                DeborahB

                Central Coast

                4 reviews

                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on May 6, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Always great but always a little noisy. Not a problem unless trying to talk to the waiter. Wonderful food and friendly staff.

              30. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Sacramento

                4 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on May 4, 2022

                overall4food3service5ambience3

                Server, Sami was fantastic. Really didn’t enjoy the table where they sat us, although we had made reservations, the table was dusty, close to a busser station with lots of traffic. (Patio area) 🤦🏼‍♀️

              31. KT

                KarenT

                San Francisco

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 3, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Loved the personal suggestions and excellent service by our waiter, Joaquin.

              32. SS

                SalaamS

                Sacramento

                3 reviews

                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on May 2, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Our server was named Brian. He was so attentive and offered various suggestions. Great service indeed!

              33. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Salt Lake City

                1 review

                2.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 30, 2022

                overall2food2service5ambience4

                The service was excellent, the place was clean, the ambiance was lovely. The food was good, not great but also very over priced for the limited portions and the quality. Again it was good…just not $25 a small plate with almost no meat good. Overall we were disappointed. We joked about giving the old spaghetti factory (a place we both don’t care for) a try again, seemed like better value.

              34. CN

                CodyN

                San Francisco

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 28, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                One of the best Anniversary dinners we have been on! Everything was great - from our server, to the food, to the atmosphere and the service. We definitely will be back. Thank you for the great ending to our night!

              35. FD

                FineDining12470

                Sacramento

                2 reviews

                3.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on April 26, 2022

                overall3food3service4ambience5

                This restaurant's ambience and decor makes it a nice place to have a cocktail but we found the food only fair. When you couple that with the prices, it's not ideal in my opinion. Service was friendly but absent minded. It's not a place we will visit again for dinner nor is it a place we regret going to

              36. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Sacramento

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on April 25, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The food is high class and elegant, it also tasted wonderful. The service is grade A.

              37. PD

                PDutt

                Sacramento

                2 reviews

                1.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on April 24, 2022

                overall1food1service1ambience5

                It was my birthday. My son came from from college to spend the day with me. I was looking forward to a special dinner with my family. I have been to Il Fornaio’s several times previously. This time it was very disappointing. The restaurant did not have over half the items on the menu. Service was lousy and no one paid attention to any details. The ambiance was nice but everything else was mediocre.

              38. J

                Judy

                Sacramento

                2 reviews

                2.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on April 24, 2022

                overall2food3service5ambience4

                Our server was exceptional ; however, they were all out of caprese salad, chicken, short ribs, chocolate gelato, and bread pudding…all items we ordered. The waitress explained they were in the process of changing menus, hence the reason they were running out of some items. We did not want to get on her as it was not her fault. The manager came by and we expressed our concern to here. We suggested they may want to let people know before they even come to the restaurant. She said it was her goal to run out of food and tried to put the blame on the server. Come on, it is late April in Sacramento, the tomato capital, you specialize in Italian food of which olive oil, basil, and mozzarella are staples and you can’t make a caprese salad? She was so rude and dismissive. We didn’t even get to talk about the cold potatoes!

              39. O

                Oldalmale

                Sacramento

                18 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                18 reviews

                Dined on April 21, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Excellent and friendly service, wonderful menu and great tasting food

              40. F

                Foodnerd

                Sacramento

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 19, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Oh my, we have found a new favorite restaurant in sacramento. Our pasta selections were great and the appetizers were very tasty. Thank you to Il Fornaio!!

              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 3110 OpenTable diners.

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

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              Booked 36 times today
              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 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm 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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