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Thu, 2/22
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Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.5
2258 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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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

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.

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What 2258 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRusty25 (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined a day ago

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful place to visit and enjoy a delicious meal with friends.

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vipChuck (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

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vipPedro (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent evening. The food and service was outstanding. We will be back.

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vipmadeleine (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
1.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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PAULINEC 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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KenyaB 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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PaigeF (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was great

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KamonteD (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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DominicC (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was sensational as always. People go out of their way to accommodate you. Magnifico! Grazi Il Fornaio!

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AlexanderS (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our food was awesome, especially the steak and our server Michelle was great.

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TerrenceW (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and ambience. We will definitely be back with friends to enjoy your restaurant again.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day Lunch with my Wife.

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BallPlayingMom (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Lunch

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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!

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Edward (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

Update*
After reading my above post the General manager reached out to me to apologize and make amends.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent all the way around, however, some of your furniture in the waiting area was threadbare. Not appealing.

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vipdickanddi (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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vipJanepaled (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Very enjoyable dining experience.
Will always recommend this restaurant.

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Nathan (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Came in from Folsom and it was a very, very pleasurable experience. Jose was our waiter and he did an exemplary job!

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JOHNF (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great manager and staff. Always trying to please their clients

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Miefmuffin (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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!

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