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.View Private Dining Details
Recently enjoyed a nice lunch with a friend. We sat "outside", which is really a covered patio area and nice and warm. Lovely restaurant, impeccable service. Nice menu with some good choices, pizza, pasta, and salads. Not your typical Italian restaurant. It's more upscale. Definitively will come here again!
Wonderful place to visit and enjoy a delicious meal with friends.
Food and service were both very good. However, we were seated on the porch on a cold night. Some of the heaters were not reliably working, and we had to request to move to a different table. The heater was better, but the temperature varied between cool and too hot.. An upscale restaurant like Il Fornaio can do better than this.
Excellent evening. The food and service was outstanding. We will be back.
Absolutely scrumptious cuisine--we all had the regional menu. The management is wonderful and all servers attentive. I think it is the best restaurant in Sacramento......elegant, but not fussy.
Thank you for consistently delicious food and a beautiful ambience.
Great dinner and fun evening. Veal Scallapini was wonderful as was the Vodka Pasta. The desert was supposed to be warm but was not. Everything else was wonderful.
We were her to celebrate my birthday. Every person we were in contact were especially friendly. The food was very good. My husband had the ravioli from the regional menu and they were excellent. We would definitely recommend it to others and come back ourselves.
All seven of us enjoyed the wait staff, the quality of the food and the atmosphere. Location is excellent and enjoyed a nice walk afterwards. Will be back.
Loved this place. First time going there and it was on Valentine’s Day. I made reservations and as soon as i got there our table was ready. Our waiter was extremely nice but not a fake nice. Like a real nice lol. I would definitely recommend this place. I was scared when the bill came to the table because I figured it would be extremely expensive but it was only 36$ and we got drinks. Loved this place! I will be back. Hope you guys go.
It was great
Good food, very nice setting, wish our waiter treated us a little better. Soon as he found out the table sitting next to us had lots money and bought the last bottle of a very expensive champagne he started to treat us different and paid more attention to the other party, plan to visit again just hoping for a different waiter
Food was sensational as always. People go out of their way to accommodate you. Magnifico! Grazi Il Fornaio!
Our food was awesome, especially the steak and our server Michelle was great.
Great food and ambience. We will definitely be back with friends to enjoy your restaurant again.
Valentine’s Day Lunch with my Wife.
This was our first time there, our kids enjoyed their pasta and pizza, manager and server were very pleasant and polite. Service was excellent. We had a great time! Just a wonderful experience, we will be going back! Definitely!
In summary would suggest you pass on Il Fornaio, you're not missing out. My experience was mediocre at best.
When brought to our table I had to notify the gentleman seating us that there was only 1 seat at our table (there were 2 of us) as he was walking away. We did not receive an explanation of the menu other than "specials are in the middle". Other than when we checked in we were not asked if this was a special event (was my wife's birthday). The food was OK (sausage ravioli and pork medallions), definitely not exceptional. This may have been the first time I've not eaten everything on my plate. Maybe I'm just old enough to know when to stop ,or I just wasn't compelled to eat any more of the entree. I've never had zabione before so I don't know how it compares but I didn't finish that either. The tiramisu was good though a bit more bitter than what I've tried before. We definitely did not receive our money's worth.
After reading my above post the General manager reached out to me to apologize and make amends.
Excellent all the way around, however, some of your furniture in the waiting area was threadbare. Not appealing.
Great dinner as usual. I do miss the passport tasting menus which was nice since I could try the different courses without ordering too much food. Hopefully they consider bringing them back. Wine parings are wonderful.
Even with a reservation and with the restaurant not full there was a wait. The food is decent, but for the price it would be more of a value to go to an authentic Italian restaurant. Service was underwhelming especially for the price. Nothing bad, but nothing outstanding. Not worth the price. Unlikely to return.
Love the beautiful setting and wonderful food and great service. They do have a few vegan options and several vegetarian offerings. They have chefs that come over from Italy and they do different regional menus throughout the year. Love this place.
Very enjoyable dining experience.
Will always recommend this restaurant.
Absolutely love this place. perfect food as always. Only thing I would say is that I sat near a wall with some decorative trim on it that was covered in a rather thick layer of dust.
Came in from Folsom and it was a very, very pleasurable experience. Jose was our waiter and he did an exemplary job!
We arrived early for our reservations and requested a booth vs a table. The hostess said that all the booths were booked but she would seat us at a nice romantic table on the patio. When we were seated we got a window table in the main seating area and not the patio as promised. WE were there for over an hour and the booth right across from us was empty the whole time. In fact there were several booths empty for a long time. I am wondering why the hostess said that all the booths were booked. Very disappointing. Probably will not go back to this restaurant after being treated like this.
Great manager and staff. Always trying to please their clients
Best I can say about my dining experience is “average”.Special of the day entree of filet of sole was NOT special. Dish lacked flavor and was smothered with an indistinguishable sauce. Disappointed with my selection. Not rushing back anytime soon.
I'm never disappointed by the food at Il Fornaio, regardless of the location. On this evening I have to note that the service was outstanding. Thank you.
My boyfriend and I came here for our anniversary and they treated us like royalty! We had sparkling water and appetizers on the house and our waiter was truly amazing! Everyone was very sweet who worked there and we will definitely be coming back! Thank you!