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About Il Fornaio - Sacramento

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.

400 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
4th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 446-4100

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Validated, complimentary parking available in private lot. Street parking and valet 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.

Executive Chef:
Bruno Amato

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

Il Fornaio - Sacramento Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (81)
Good for a Date (68)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
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Good for Birthdays (55)
Romantic (45)
Pre/post Theatre (44)
Good for Groups (41)
Authentic (40)
Business Meals (37)
Great for Lunch (36)
Notable Wine List (34)
Fun (33)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Worth the Drive (27)
Seasonal (24)
Tasting Menu (24)
Comfort Food (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Casual (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Cozy (14)
Healthy (13)
Late-night Find (12)
People Watching (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Scenic View (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food! We did the dine downtown and the food was amazing. We had salmon and lamb. Would highly recommend.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Nice good Service great food!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

I dine with my family at Il Fornaio fairly regularly and the food is always delicious and creative. I have noticed however that the service is worsening over my past few visits, even when it was not very busy. The servers are not attentive and do not seem to be interested in finding out if the dining experience is optimum. They appear cold and impersonal. It's a shame as the food and restaurant as a whole are great- but seriously need to work on the service!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Service and food as always were excellent! Friendly staff, great ambiance on the patio, and delicious food. I'm not usually a fan of chain restaurants, but this one is an exception!

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Second time there! Took my adult children before a Kings game. Great food, notable cocktails

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Sunday / 7th evening: Both Host and Hostess were terribly uninterested and seemed inconvenienced at our timely arrival (party of 3, had reservations).
Indifferent host tried to seat us at table protruding from line of booths, though almost half the booths were empty (@6:15 pm). I asked for, and we were accommodated (w/o good grace) at a vacant booth. Later noticed another (also minority) family seated at the inconveniently-placed table ... probably just a coincidence?

Food was fine. Our son likes the calamari.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We enjoyed the experience overall. The food was good and we couldn't wait to try the special dessert of Apple Strudel. However, the service was so slow that we didn't have time to order it. Our reservations were at 6 and by 7:40, we still had not been offered a chance to order the dessert. It was fun to listen to the operatic version of Happy Birthday a couple of times! The menu was varied and the food was good. I just wish the service had been better.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Came to celebrate a college graduation. Had written this on the open table reservation when made. No acknowledgement of special occasion. Server took one of the 4 wine glasses off the table which belonged to the college graduate who is 22 years old. Guess the server assumed she wasn’t old enough to drink, but left glass on table for our son who isn’t even 21. This was embarrassing for the college grad and seemed presumptuous. The 4 of us split two $12.50 salads that came without dressing on them. Had to wait a while and flag the server down to tell her they forgot dressing and she assumed we just needed extra dressing and brought a small bowl without apologizing or acknowledging that this was a mistake. Server barely gave eye contact and was not friendly. Disappointing service for a bill that was almost $200.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good service, seated right away where we had requested on open table

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was average, not worth the price. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good either. Everything about the restaurant was that way

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

This is a great Special Occasion venue. The food is always good. We have been here many times over the years. I have a hard time not getting the Linguine mare chiaro, which is so good, but got the ravioli last time which was amazing. The desserts are great too - especially like the Spumone Gelato - Very unique

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Wonderful food, excellent waitstaff. Reasonable price. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It is an annual tradition to have New Year’s Eve dinner at Il. Love the staff, decorations and the efforts made to provide live musicians. The staff always there to provide exceptional service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We go every year for New Year’s Eve and wouldn’t change it! The food is delicious, the service is outstanding and the firework show right by is fantastic!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a great NYE dinner at Il Fornaio. We invited some friends that had never been and they really enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the food. We were seated by the live music on NYE which was fabulous. Thanks again for a wonderful evening !

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I was looking forward to a scrumptious dinner, based on my experience at Il Fornaio in Carmel. It was New Year's Eve. Service was good but food mediocre - we waited 45 minutes for our entrees that tasted like they had sat under a warming light for a long time - pasta was tough and chicken dry; portions small. Not the quality and prep advertised. Desserts were equally underwhelming. So disappointed, and sick that I wasted $140.

Tags: Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Another night of great service and ambiance! All four meals were better than antcipated. We ordered an appetizer, salads, raviolis, pizza and wine. The servings were ample for the males and the flavor was big and robust in each meal. We will all return soon, thanks to our wonderful waiter, who split his time between the young adult table and the old married couple. Bravo!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Cozy
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

A fabulous experience that will hopefully be repeated again soon! We celebrated my wife's birthday with family and were able to surprise her with the attendance of one daughter with help from Il Fornaio staff. From the elegant surroundings, delicious food, and attentively timed navigation through the course of the meal paced on our schedule, we relished our visit. Pure excellence! Thank you!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Perfect place for dinner and drinks before a Sacramento Kings game, as it's just a short walk (1 block) to the arena. Food, cocktail and wine selection is consistently good, good service and a nice ambience.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I am never disappointed. The food is flavorful and the waitstaff is always wonderful.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was our 2nd time trying this restaurant and what a difference a great server can make. During our first experience we had a horrible waitress that ruined our entire experience. This time was a completely different experience. The food was fantastic, the wine great, the ambiance pleasant, and the entire service staff was amazing! I am already looking forward to our next dinner here!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always excellent. Beverly was the very best in terms of service and hats off to Patrick. Always like all of the staff there.

Thanks!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Had a great meal with family here. Our server was very attentive and gracious. My meal was the alla vodka and it was delicious! Definitely want to come back soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was average and not inspiring - the opposite of delicate that you associate with fine Italian food. Veal piccata was tough and sauce was thick like gravy. Ravioli were also very thick and chewy. On the plus side - Atmosphere is charming & wait staff was knowledgeable and very efficient.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had a wonderful, festive dinner with friends, celebrating the holiday season. Our waiter, Zackary, was outstanding in his service, his humor and his knowledge of the menu and wine pairings.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This wasn't the best trip I've had to Il Fornaio, it was jam packed and our waiter was clearly under a lot of pressure, which translated to a bit of pressure on our holiday lunch to hurry up, make decisions, interrupt our conversations constantly. I think this is understandable in the middle of the holiday rush. More disappointing, the food was a little so-so. I've always had a good experience here in the past so I'd say it was an off-day. I'd recommend the restaurant re-consider the ravioli, it wasn't up to usual standards.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

it was extremely comfortable, inviting, the whole atmosphere was "delicious".
the waitress was attentive but never obtrusive, and so very kind and helpful.
the oh-so-high ceilings were cool, but the atmosphere never cold.
and our gluten free dishes were scrumptious (am i allowed to say that?
thank you kindly
tom and nina

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our server...Andreas....was superb....food was incredible....loved everything

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We chose Il Fornaio for our anniversary dinner date. We were able to reserve the restaurant with no problems. The service from the hostess to the waiter to gal bringing us our water and bread was very friendly and warm. The atmosphere is a bit loud but we had a cozy table in the back and we didn't find the noise to be a problem. The restaurant has an old yet modern feel. There is small architecture details that give it that old Italy feel. Our waiter was very helpful with menu questions and suggestions. Both of our meals were amazing. We shared the seafood risotto and the Spaghetti Mazara which had fresh melt in your mouth lobster in it. They paired our dinners with the appropriate wines and they did compliment the meal quiet nicely. Since we were celebrating our anniversary they did bring us a complimentary desert to share which was a nice touch. The restaurant is inside the Wells Fargo building and it was decorated so beautifully for Christmas. Made for a good photo op. I would definitely suggest Il Fornaio to anyone looking for a good authentic Italian meal. Romantic and fun for any date.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This restaurant seems to consistently please us-- the attention to detail is there in both the food and service, and the atmosphere is very enjoyable-- "festively" loud, but not too loud to prevent hearing one another (even in very busy times). Delicious food, and service always professional.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and great service but just too loud for my taste.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Always great food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great location for business meals. Our server was very attentive. Cappelini pomodoro was tasty and good size lunch portion.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

As always, The food was fantastic and the service outstanding.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I love this restaurant and the building itself. This time the party of 4 each tried different dishes....one person ordered the ravioli, one the veal, one the short ribs and one the spaghetti and meat balls. We sampled each other choices and loved them all! This time of year the Wells Fargo lobby is gorgeous with its huge Christmas trees creatively decorated. A perfect setting for a holiday photo op.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We were 12 for dinner. The restaurant called and offered us a banquet room, which was perfect. We were able to freely move around and enjoy each other. Our server judged our needs perfectly and contributed to a fun night.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Our group of friends had our holiday dinner at the restaurant. We were fortunate to get a room with plenty of space, including extra tables for gifts. The service was excellent and they took good care of us. Thank you for a wonderful time! We will come back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We traditionally eat at Il Fornaio on Christmas Eve, but family won't be together this year so we came early. The three course option was a great value. One person in our party selected and enjoyed it. Another had perfectly prepared and tender Veal Scallopini, I had the half roasted chicken. Meats, vegetables, potatoes, polenta, sauces all prepared perfectly, presented beautifully. Great wines for accompanied and delicious dessert options. Only downside was that it seemed noisier than usual... Highly recommend for the holidays.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Waitstaff,Food, Ambiance all exceptional and beyond expectation. Will return when possible...

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Tyler was fantastic! Excellent service. Wonderful evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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