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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (76)
Good for a Date (70)
Good for Birthdays (54)
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Good for Anniversaries (53)
Romantic (45)
Pre/post Theatre (42)
Authentic (39)
Good for Groups (37)
Great for Lunch (36)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Notable Wine List (33)
Business Meals (31)
Worth the Drive (25)
Fun (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Seasonal (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Tasting Menu (19)
Casual (16)
Cozy (16)
Healthy (13)
Late-night Find (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Scenic View (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Hot Spot (8)
People Watching (8)
Afternoon Tea (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

Good place for a special occasion. Food is great, just expensive for the amount you receive. Otherwise, great ambiance and great for a date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant is one of the most beautiful in Northern California and this Christmas season the Wells Fargo lobby is a wonderland of beauty...a must see.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent service. Great food. Drink prices very high. Would recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I had the sea bass special with piccata, it was very good, the fish seemed very fresh. My wife had the sausage ravioli which was also good. We had reservations and dined early but the restaurant filled quickly and was packed by 7:00.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The place was packed and loud. Minestrone soup was okay, the bread was good, the chicken was okay, the Shirah (Clarksburgh) was poo-poo, but the Butternut Squash Ravioli and the servers were worth every penny, and worth coming back for. Loved them!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was fantastic, the waiter was prompt and engaging, and the restaurant was both energetic and stunning. If you don't mind a little noise, this is probably the best Italian restaurant in town. You need to make a reservation due to the popularity.

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Authentic, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Would not recommend. Food was lacking in flavor, originality and presentation.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and service. We selected the small size which was perfect and left room for dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We are big fans of Il Fornaio in Sacramento! The location, food and ambiance are great. We’ve had only good experiences there.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Tapas, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Birthday. The staff responded nicely.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A place which usually does not disappoint in any respect. Good food, attentive service, and a nicely appointed dining room.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very nice, would have preferred to have been seated in the main part of the restaurant where it was better lit. I should have asked for a table change.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was great. We were seated on time. It is a beautiful restaurant. The staf was outstanding. I recommend it to anybody looking for a fine meal. Two people without drinks wa $110

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had Thanksgiving dinner at Il Fornaio. The menu was extensive with an advertised traditional turkey dinner. Our dinner was very good with the exception of the gravy on the mashed potatoes. There was tomato sauce in the gravy which we did not like at all.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

So many choices and everyone enjoyed their dinners. All exceptional. The wait staff were wonderful. Eating on a holiday and yet did not make you feel rushed.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed a very nice Thanksgiving meal. The mixed grill of seafood was excellent. It was so nice to sit down and be served, rather than going to a buffet!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent service and the food was tasty!

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We are new to Sacramento, but we always enjoyed Il Fornaio in San Jose when we lived near there. For our first meal at Il fornaio in Sacramento, we were 6 family members for Thanksgiving dinner. We ordered a variety of meals from the holiday and everyday menus, and they were all excellent and generous portions. Service was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great, upscale, romantic atmosphere. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Beautiful restaurant full of light due to floor-to-ceiling windows. Conversation-friendly noise level (except the patron next to us sounded like he was mic'ed). Very good service, delicious food. A little spendy for what you get but not deal-breakingly. Beautiful Wells Fargo lobby adjacent. The major drawback is the terrible parking structure available. Minuscule slots for cars after driving forever to find spaces not marked Reserved. And $1.75/20 minutes. Good thing Il Fornaio validates for 2 hours.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

We go on a regular basis for either dinner or appetizer. The food is great

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our server was fantastic and amazingly professional. He made it a great experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Although there were empty booths we were Seated at a horrific table that was like stuck into the end of the kitchen. Not setup and there were holes all over the chairs. They brought the pasta at the same time as the salad so no chance to eat properly. The food was good but overall a very poor dinner experience for me and my guests.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always great food and service. GM Patrick sets a the bar high for his employees as he is always on moving and taking care of people.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always a great experience at this restaurant. It's the best option for a great meal before an event at the Golden One Center too! Our waiter Tyler was really great and our second time having him serve us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Best place we’ve been in a long time. Great service and exceptional food

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wine was delicious, calamari was yummy. I was a little disappointed in the pizza, but I am willing to try again.
Also Fridays are so busy that I may change my night as while the server was very pleasant and attentive it seemed a bit slower than normal especially bring our wine. Maybe the bar was backed up. I do love your rewards program. Definitely motivating us to come in more. One more thing—I love Patrick. I appreciate his momentary drop by to say hello.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always great.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Ambience in tge restaurant is really nice. Food and customer service is excellent.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great regional menu with wonderful wine pairings. Waiter Francesco was superb as usual.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wow. My first visit and the tagliatelle with meat sauce was everything I hoped it would be. The servers were friendly and attentive without hovering. It was fairly loud because the place was packed. Still, I plan to go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

We loved the restaurant. It was beautiful, the food was delicious. We will definitely go again.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Fun, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Il Fornaio's is above and beyond outstanding customer service, and there is absolutely nothing to complain about. The service, the atmosphere, the selection on the menu, and the wines are phenomenal. Thank you for making each visit memorable. This is why I always request to return over and over

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent! It was our anniversary and we were treated royally! Out dishes were splendid!
THis is the fouth time we have been here, and we will keep coming! Happy hour prices are very reasonable. Wait staff very friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Ill Fornaios is very a formal restaurant but the staff are very friendly and helpful which makes for a pleasant experience. I come here for special events and it is always a hit!

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was decent

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We asked to sit at a table served by Sayied. He is excellent.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We have a reservation for a group of 12. Even though 3 got sick, they gave us a private for 12.
It was heaven. Everyone could talk and heard each other. The food and beverages were excellent. The service was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

We tried their monthly prefixe 3 course tasting menu. What a value and every course was delicious. All four of us ordered something different from the others so we all had bites of each others dishes. Total home run on all counts.

It is amazing that a restaurant that big can serve so many people so effectively. We were there right after a play so there was a crowd from that and then the event at the Center finished and there was a glut of people then too. So the tables got filled pretty rapidly but the staff kept pace and the food was delivered promptly. Great time!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Normally I would give this Restaurant high marks as I have been there many times ; however, this time was a disappointment. 2 and half hours to get dinner, and it wasn't because we were casual dinners nor the fact that Disney on Ice was at Golden 1, just lack of attention. The food when served was cold.

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