Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.7
2580 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday : 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(916) 446-4100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bruno Amato
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
4th Street
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Parking details
Validated, complimentary parking available in private lot. Street parking and valet are also available.
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had another delicious meal at Il Fornaio in Sacramento! The food and service at this location are consistent and reliable. Plus I love the magnificent architecture in the building where Il Fornaio is located!

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TT
Portland
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We asked for a corner table and were happy our request was perfectly filled. Our server was professional, helpful and accommodating; it was a pleasure being served by her.

My carpaccio dish was a revelation and my friend thoroughly enjoyed her mixed meat polenta dish, ordered from the chef’s special dish menu.

All in all, a fine meal, served with gracious hospitality.

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going here for over 10 years. Great food and a great experience.

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m
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious as always. Beautiful ristorante. Good service.

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A
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Forniao was outstanding, as usual. We enjoyed dishes off the regional menu. It’s a great place for special occasions and everyday dining. If you want to take someone somewhere where you want to make sure they’re not disappointed, you can trust this is the place.

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N
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Wish they had a bigger selection of dessert wines.

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J
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is our favorite place for special meals with friends in the area. Ambience is great for upbeat, see-and-be seen meals but noisy and too highly lighted for romantic situations.

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LS
Sacramento
76 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful professional staff. The fish dinners we ordered were wonderful. Sole and Salmon. We brought an elderly friend with us and I called ahead to ask that his vegetables be cut up for him without us making the request in front of him. All was done without a hint of the request and served beautifully. Il Fornaio is a class act restaurant with lovely immaculately kept environment.

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PC
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was very good but not exceptional. Drinks top notch.

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j
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to get dinner before a Kings game! Great food and wonderful service!

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WT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! Super friendly server!

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

Nice out of the way Italian dinner in the lobby of the Wells Fargo commercial building. It's a high celing, open plan diner with an accompanying bar and open view kitchen. This lends itself to a moderately loud atmosphere. Great menu options, reasonably priced for the type of restaurant it is. Range of authentic meals and desserts.

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DS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wait staff impeccable service
wine delicious and let us taste several prior to ordering which was most appreciated!

Came late and shut the place down, yet never felt rushed

A beautiful venue, a beautiful night

we will be back!'

Family of four

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BI
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the most romantic setting for our date night! I loved everything about it, from the ambiance to the soft sound of people conversing to the Italy like feel. The food was exquisite and the drinks were a delight! We love Cabernet and their selection was perfect and not over the top. Our waiter was attentive and made our night memorable. Thanks for having such a great establishment.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere for special celebrations. Service is excellent. Our food was prepared to perfection. Thanks!

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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was a bit sub-par this time around but they were slammed and it was still a good night. Steak was over-cooked and my pasta was watery. This was unusual but we attributed it to the crazy crowds on NYE.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations for 8. A few of us arrived early & the hostess let us know our table would be ready soon. We were seated on time. It was NYE & they were still serving their regular menu plus several daily specials. All of our food arrived together & in reasonable time for such a busy, large restaurant. All of our meals were delicious. Our server was also accommodating of any menu changes. We all had a great experience and would dine her again.

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BM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most attractive restaurant in Sacramento. Food is very good Italian (more Italian-Italian than Italian-American).

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A
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious New Year's Eve dinner. Special thanks to our young Italian waiter - he was knowledgeable, efficient and gracious. He and the chef agreed to add artfully arranged strips of grilled salmon to Il Fornaio's outstanding butternut squash pasta, upon my request.
Our table for two was a bit uncomfortable because the heavy round base took up all of the floor space.
The high ceilinged main dining room is elegant. Il Fornaio also has private party rooms which we have enjoyed with guests after local meetings. A real neighborhood gem.

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CN
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

We were disappointed at the food. It was a little greasy.
Also, the Wine was a little flat. Since it was a special occasion New Year's Eve, we didn't want to ruin the date. Thanks

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OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior, responsive service as usual. The Montepulciano wine was excellent. Many menu choices reflected an authentic Italian flair. When you look around and see some waiters who have been there for years, you know that it must be a great place to work, as well. We have dined there many times and will be back again soon. The food is consistently excellent. Mille Gracie!

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W
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After I submitted my review of Il Fornaio expressing disappointment in our dining experience, I was very pleasantly surprised to hear from the restaurant management. Their understanding made me feel much better and we will be returning to give it another try. My impression of their service is now higher.

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KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner before Golden One performance! Food is wonderful and the architecture is beautiful!

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h
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Was way too smoky for us compared to other locations.

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TC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hannah our server made Christmas Eve special! The decor was festive. Thank you for a great evening!

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OT
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner

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l
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was excellent, but the service was poor. Initially it took 20mins for the server to come over and introduce herself and take our drink orders. The water and bread was placed on the table prior to the order. My cup of soup had been forgotten before the main meal was served. Our two parking tickets were not validated properly and we ended up paying $14 x 2 to exit the parking garage. The servers are usually impeccable and on-point. Hopefully this incident will not happen to us again.

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LR
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ambience Exmp; Birthday, Anniversary, etc..

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MM
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant with some very good service. We sat at the bar rather than a table. Colin was our server and did a fantastic job of pacing dinner, and providing excellent wine tips.

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R
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful holiday setting with a vibrant Italian cuisine made this a special evening for our family

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for special occasions for many years and are never disappointed.
I love the squash ravioli!!

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D
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine list, food and ambience. Had a great, romantic time with my girlfriend

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l
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never eaten a bad or even mediocre meal at il Fornaio. Top quality food - tasty and fresh. Service is impeccable - just the right amount of friendliness, professionalism, energetic and fun. Highly recommend il Fornaio.

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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Said needs to do a little more training. Our Hungarian server was very nice and very good except that she wasn't attentive. I had to get up twice and remind her to bring the wine and the coffee.

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KB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Our server, Keith, was amazing.

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EM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Sacramento’s finest restaurants. The dining experience, food and service here is always outstanding! I would recommend it to everyone.

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AD
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent excellent cuisine; superb service; wonderful ambience!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great experience. They followed my special instructions very well.

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GL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My party was placed in the banquet room. It was perfect for our party of nine. The service was outstanding. Matteo and his fellow staff were very attentive to our needs. The food was excellent. We will be back.

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. Special occasion for daughter’s big 18th birthday.
It was busy for holidays and they never disappoint. Great fun, food and memories.

Thanks!!

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