Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.6
2664 reviews
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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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Celebrate Easter at Il Fornaio with your friends and family at Il Fornaio! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived an hour early for our reservation but were seated right away. The staff was kind and attentive. The food was delicious and hot. The only real complaint I have is the cost.....$185 for three low end meals (no steak or fancy seafood) and no alcohol was a bit steep.

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

Outstanding service and food. We were motivated to come in this evening by the lemon/lavender email and were very glad that we did. The lasagna and seafood linguine were superb, the gelato a perfect ending. Service was impeccable.

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

Amazing food, friendly professional service. Highly recommended to enjoy a great time with friends and family.

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

Ill Fornaio continues to be a go to place for us. Quality of both food and service is outstanding! We especially like the monthly feature of different regions of Italy. We’ve always had good service but Andreas is outstanding..

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PD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Caitlyn was possibly the worst server we have ever had. We were dining with 4 people, 3 who had been, at one time, in the food service industry. We requested bread 3 times, after 30 minutes, finally got it brought by the manager, brought wrong wine order twice, requested a straw and that was ignored, salad took 30 minutes after ordered. There were empty tables all around us so I do not think it was she was too busy. She seemed to be purposely turning her back to us. We finally voiced our concerns and the manager took over service from there. We often go to Il Fornaio before Kings games or events at Golden One Center and enjoy their happy hour and ambiance. We will continue to go.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Sadly was disappointed at one of my favorite restaurants. I made a reservation and noted it was for a birthday. When we arrived the hostess didn’t even look up at us for several minutes-note this was a late evening reservation and the restaurant was not busy. The hostess was more interested in finishing her task at her desk than in greeting us. She almost begrudgingly seated us and made no pleasantries or acknowledgement of our birthday/reservation. Dinner service was fair-nothing spectacular but not bad -food took quite a while to come out and my son’s pasta was less than al dente -a little hard but he was starving and we waited a while so he ate it vs complaining. I never write bad reviews but just had to comment on the subpar service after the amount of money we paid for dinner. I mentioned to the waiter it was my daughters birthday but he obviously forgot. When he brought the dessert menu I told my daughter to pick what she wanted as it was her day-after we ordered dessert waiter brought their “free” ice cream-we wouldn’t have ordered dessert if we knew he was going to bring one?? To add insult to injury my daughter couldn’t finish the dessert I paid for and asked for it to be wrapped up-and he forgot -he must have thrown it away as we never saw him again-sadly I had already tipped him. We left with a bad taste in our mouths about the service. My advice would be not to go there after 8:30 as I thought they all just wanted to go home and we were there too late.

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R
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. The service and food was excellent. Will be dining here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing literally everything!!!!!!

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NR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great planned experience for our meeting and the overall environment and workings of the restaurant was nice.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Mark was very attentive, polite and courteous. The food was amazing. So much that we ate everything! If we are in Sacramento again, we will return for sure.

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YC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food is always wonderful and this visit was no exception. This server was able to take care of my dietary restrictions and my meal was delicious. All of us are very pleased. The ambience is beautiful and they have a wonderful wine list.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious with good wines to pair. Atmosphere was great, allowing for young children to feel comfortable as well.

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TZ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better the superb from the minute we walked in the door. Service top notch. Meal exquisite. Desserts to die for.

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PS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in a hurry with a 6:15 reservation and a concert at Golden 1 at 7:30. Told our waiter and he did a great job getting our order right away, getting us served and bring the bill right away. We made it on time. Food was great.

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Sacramento
26 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were surprised to see how good the food was. Great spaghetti and meatballs! Nice atmosphere in the atrium section. Very close to Golden 1 Center , but get there early —5:30 and place packed pre-event

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PG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Disappointing that they only had two hour parking as they were busy we had to rush dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The hostess was nice, the atmosphere was good also. They validate parking, unless there’s an event, so that’s a plus. The fried calamari was pretty good with the spicy marinara. Both my “special” seafood pasta pasta dish and my wife’s Bolognese, were super salty. So much so that I couldn’t finish half of it. The waiter never ask how we liked our dinners and the young lady assisting him just asked if she can pack it up, almost as if she knew not to ask. Anyways, we’ve been waiting to eat here for more than a year, unfortunately, it was a wasted date night and $80. Wont be going back. Also, the chairs are hard as a rock!!

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MI
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MY WIFE AND I HAD AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. THE AMBIANCE AND DÉCOR ARE BEAUTIFUL. LUCA OUR WAITER IS AMAZING. HE MADE SURE EVERYTHING WAS TO OUR LIKING. THE APPETIZER AND ENTREES WERE DELICIOUS. WE TRIED THE TORTA ALLO ZABAIONE DESSERT, WHICH WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! THE CHERRY ON TOP WAS WHEN LUCA WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO CHOOSE A DESSERT TO PRESENT TO MY WIFE TO CELEBRATE OUR FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. WE GREATLY APPERICATE YOUR GESTURE LUCA! THANKS FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE WE WILL BE BACK.

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TF
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Sitting in the glass atrium was uncomfortable. When the heaters were on, it was way to hot. When the heaters were off, you could feel a cold breeze. Good food, good service, nice location. Just nothing to brag about.

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MK
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff. There is a lack of non-alcoholic drinks menu but you can just tell them whatever drink you want. Excellent food. Best ravioli I’ve ever eaten.

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KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food didn't have much flavor. I got short ribs and a dessert. My mom is all Italian and so is my mother-in-law. We have Italian Night once a month... I've been to Italy twice.... It was just ok

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and great wine. We enjoyed our waiting recommending wines for us to try. It was a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The hostess was pretty stiff, borderline rule, clearly did not want to be there. Our server was friendly but inattentive, paid a lot more attention to the tables around us. We sat with empty drinks for 20 minutes, waited a while for pretty much everything else, and the fastest thing he did for us all night was drop the check and wait for my boyfriend to put his card in while he stood there. We got our first round of drinks at the bar, we told him this when we sat down, but toward the end of the meal he came over and was like did you guys pay for those? And we reminded him we closed out at the bar, and he asked what we got again so he could make sure. To round out the evening, he complained about a large party he had the other night that didn’t tip. We usually really enjoy our visits here and the food was great as always (except the appetizer that was kind of burnt) but this was a real let down. We were celebrating Valentine’s Day a couple days late since we don’t usually get the day together, and overall it was a pretty disappointing evening. We’ll probably try a few other spots before throwing this back into the rotation.

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JB
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Il Fornaio, and is currently our favorite restaurant in Sac. The food was excellent, the whole family loved the entrees, and the service, as with the first visit, was topnotch. The tiramisu for dessert is some of the best I've had, all in all a great experience. We'll be back!

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G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time dining here and this time was seated in the adjoining enclosed patio. The noise level is much quieter in the patio due to the natural acoustic dufferences between the large, high celing open architecture of the main dining area and the walled, enclosed, low celing of the patio. Food is high quality, service is satisfactory, prices are very reasonable for the quality of the establishment and authenticity and quality of the food. Highly recommended.

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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KD
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing, our second time coming here. We were here last year same day, Valentine’s Day. The service was great, good food and drinks and the perfect romantic settings for the evening. We will definitely be back!

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere for Valentine's day...the hostess made sure to have my flowers i delivered earlier on my table before my arrival.... Very romantic... Thanks ladies!!

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RM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

we have been to the resteraunt several time and always were very pleased This time we were so disappointed instead of being seated in the main dining room we were seated in the patio over flow that was heated with portable heaters Brrr the table we very small and slammed together the table was actually to small for both our appetizers Our food came after quite a wait after the appetizers the server promised that the rack of lamb would be very pink nope gray and cold I think the main take away if you are going to put guest on a outdoor patio when it is dropping into the 30s you should let the customer know I made the reservations at least a month ahead it just suck that my wife had to eat her dinner with her overcoat on

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day was just as expected from a restaurant of this caliber. Excellent choice.

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SM
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant in a beautiful building in downtown Sacramento, great ambiance, great service, and great food...Bravo!

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Seriously, the most authentic Italian food I’ve tried in Sacramento. Having been to Italy and learning the servers from my aunt, it seriously is the most authentic, delicious Italian food. 11/10 would recommend. Definitely will come back.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The waitress was condescending (rude)I asked her about the menu , if we could order off the regular menu. She replied they’re wouldn’t be two menus if you can order from only one . Although my husband only had one regular menu and not two menus.
The restaurant had a special valentine menu that they had with their regular menu. Naturally I was confused.
She could have replied differently but didn’t. I had the feeling she thought she was better than me because she worked in nice restaurant.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the second time that we have dined at this location and unfortunately, it was not as enjoyable as the first. I had the same dish both time, the CAPPELLACCI DI ZUCCA. The pasta came out somewhat oily (I actually picked up the pasta with my fork and tipped it sideways drained the oil off onto my plate on several of them) and the noodles were also quite dense. Our waiter was very attentive and polite, but did not go over any of the menu options. The lady that was clearing our table was standing waiting as I took my last bite. As I picked up a small portion of the last piece of bread to dip into the oil, she had taken my bread plate and was practically taking the oil plate as I was finishing dipping (we still had more bread in our basket and she did not ask if I was finished). This was on Valentines day, so they were most likely trying to keep people moving through as quickly as possible, but I felt that was a bit rushed. I don't know that I would recommend the location to someone, if so, it would be along with a recap of our experience.

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer Service. We celebrated our daughters wedding there on Valentine's Day. I had brought in our own wedding cake topper for my daughter to be placed with several dessert cake slices and the staff went above and beyond to make our celebration special so thank you all.

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MA
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was hoping I can order my favorite menu but the server told me they wont be able to make it because the Pollo chicken I like is only for dinner menu

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our meal. The service was responsive and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the spinach ravioli and my husband enjoyed the short ribs. We even indulged in a molten chocolate cake with salted caramel gelato which hit the spot. We enjoy and always return to this restaurant for our anniversary. Until next time.

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SF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FANTASTIC service!! So accommodating and the food is excellent. Would definitely frequent again.

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the server he was fantastic. Thanks for a memorable 1 year anniversary dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great place to celebrate a birthday lunch.

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