Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
3007 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
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.

Support Il Fornaio - Sacramento during COVID-19

What 3007 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
JS
JonathanS
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

RW
RichardW
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Meals are priced reasonably.

MD
MarchDiners
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the food and great service. It’s worth the drive to downtown. We will miss dining in during this time. We were doing the passport dishes - it’s been fun. Too bad it’s disrupted now.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Still as good as I remember. Great wines and the food is good but the bread seemed stale. The service was good but there were a few moments where we waited for our wine flights to have with our dinner. Dinner came, still no wine, but the glasses were there. We ate half or dinner, still no wine. We ended up stopping eating in order to have wine with our dinner. Finally the wine came but by then our dinner was cold. It was loud even though it wasn't particularly busy for a Monday night. The reservation ran through open table but didn't transfer that we were celebrating a birthday. So they asked when we arrived. I was hoping for a more seamless acknowledgement in regards to the birthday. Over all I definitely recommend and they validate parking!

RB
vipRudyB
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for the regional meal after the theater and the meal was fantastic. Service was impeccable, from the waiter to the bus staff. I always enjoy going to Il Fornaio for the regional meals because it is like going to a new restaurant every month. I cannot remember the last time I ordered from the regular menu.

WA
WindyA
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Il Fornaio. It was our daughter’s 20th birthday and that is where she wanted to go.
The service is always fabulous as well as the food.

RH
RH1234
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

I used to love their veal scallopini but they discontinued it! That's pretty disappointing. I hope they bring it back

BN
BobNKathy
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great but it took 40 minutes from order (7:30) till the food arrived (8:10). The noise level was moderately high making table talk a little difficult but not too bad.

K
Kelly
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants. Top notch food and friendly staff. On this visit we were seated next to the kitchen which was noisy (though interesting to watch chef), and table service (topping water, taking orders etc) was slower than I would have liked. Overall still a pleasant experience.

TD
TiffiniD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere with excellent service. We would definitely go back. Just wish they still had the butternut squash pasta.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ll Fornaio has the best service, and outstanding waiters! This is a yearly visit, and we have never been disappointed!

CP
ColetteP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food, amazing staff & always a great experience.

AC
AC2020
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Fairly disappointed in how my anniversary dinner went. I proposed there 15 yrs ago. Perhaps mgmt has changed but my anniversary was not acknowledged until after we paid. My guess is they forgot? Big no no and easily avoidable on restaurant part. Again, maybe change in philosophy, but I was used to 1, a greeting of the anniversary as I check in... that did not happen. Perhaps free appetizer or a drink... again I don’t feel entitled to that but prior visits had me think it could be coming. I don’t think I’d come back, the food is decent but I think there are other places that will treat their customers better. Again, I’m not looking for a handout, but my biggest gripe was the acknowledgment of the anniversary only after we paid, who does that? Not enough attention to detail, I was disappointed as this specific location has lots of meaning to my wife and I....

H
Huskiesfan
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I had dinner the other night. The seafood risotto was delicious. My son’s steak was perfect. The staff were friendly and efficient, and the venue is beautiful. This is one of the premier places to eat in Sacramento!

LF
vipLoveFood
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our second time at this location and we love the ease or parking and the selection of food. We have been to many other locations but this is by far the best. The only down fall is the bartender. He was pretty rude the first time we were here and very rude Saturday night. My husband and I think that on the nights that Golden 1 Center is having an event that Il Fornaio should open a bit earlier or at least the bar area.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We arrived a little before our reservation, and when we checked in we told them.we were going to grab a drink at the bar. The hostess said ok, just let us know when you are ready to be seated. There was a bar full of people and only one bartender. Before he could get to us the hostess was calling us to be seated. As we were walking to our table what I think was the manager could sense my disappointment, and said a bartender had called in sick. Not my problem! Don't tell me to enjoy a drink and then call me to be seated.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Beautiful interior as well.

BM
BusybeeMom
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We arrived early, about 5 minutes and were seated at our reservation time, 5:45 pm on a Sunday holiday weekend. We were seated in the atrium, which was just the right temperature. I ordered the wine flight, they were out of the rose and offered the house rose instead, but they were willing to switch out another wine if the house rose did not work. We both othered a meal with chicken, one a chicken rotisserie, which was incredibly moise and one chicken spicy breast, our favorite. If you enjoy a little 'kick' in your food, I would highly recommend the spicy chicken breast. We topped it off sharing the hazelnut chocolate cake, it was incredible. This is a great place for an intimate romantic evening. They also accomodate groups, but with all the glass around, I am not sure if I would recommend little ones.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine, food, and ambiance was amazing. We had a fantastic time. What a great date night we had. We would come back again for sure.

T
vipThauros
Sacramento
37 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food as good as ever. Service spot on, even though very busy. Feels authentically Italian.

EK
EricK
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can absolutely recommend this restaurant. Maybe twice a year we go here - and always a great experience. Great servers, nice environment, a bit of class - and great food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, wine and ambiance were awesome!!

VW
VeronicaW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was extremely nice despite working past closing on Valentine’s Day, and the service was expeditious, but still gave us enough time to talk and enjoy our time together. Truly couldn’t have picked a better spot to spend our Valentine’s Day date, and I highly recommend going to Il Fornaio for any occasion!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food at this restaurant was GREAT! The service on the other hand was another story. My girlfriend and I are in our early 20’s and we went here for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Our reservation was at 9:15PM and the restaurant closes at 11PM. At exactly 11 o’clock sharp the restaurant turned off the music & their bussers & servers began yelling and laughing across the restaurant as if they had been closed for 3 hours and all their guest were gone. I understand the restaurant workers want to go home in a quick manner & the night must have been a hectic one but I really felt like I as well as my date should have been able to finish our meal in a nice and wonderful fashion just as the couples who went to the restaurant earlier in the night we’re able to. Our server at this restaurant was also not very attentive or friendly at all. The server only visited our table a total of 5 times the entire night & 4 of them were to bring our food & 1 drink. We practically had to beg her for refills on our beverages & even then she did not come back consistently to ask if we needed anything but did so to a few older couples who were sitting around us. I felt that because we were a younger couple & this restaurant is a bit more “upscale” we were not treated as well. I understand Valentine’s Day must’ve have been a crazy and hectic night at this restaurant but if you can not accommodate and give the same experience to your later night guests as your earlier night guests then you shouldn’t offer reservations so late in the evening and you shouldn’t be open on a busy holiday.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and ambiance

R
vipReaper21
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The food was delicious and our server Leann was absolutely amazing. Had such a wonderful experience. Can’t wait to come back.

s
scotts
Sacramento
31 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ceaser salad nice, tagliatelle w/ a great ragu, seafood stew excellent w/ toasted bread so yummy in the broth+, tusca chicken good.too full for deserts

AG
AlejandroG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was JUST AMAZING, our waiter was sooooo nice and took care of everything, our experience was just perfect.

LV
LucilleV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great food! Pricey but worth it! We will be back again!!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Great ambience to enjoy mediocre food and slow service at a drafty table. Spoiled a pre-valentine date. Not the servers fault stick with the pasta is my recommendation.

MD
MarchDiners
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious, as usual. Really enjoy the monthly special menus.
Service was not as we have had in the past. Had to ask for things and received items after parties seated near us. I hate to say it, but, those tables had male customers and I believe that is why they were served before us. This practice should never have happened, but certainly not in 2020. All of our money spends. Don’t treat anyone like second class.

G
vipGreataste99
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The reason it didn't receive an outstanding was the location of the table the hostess took me. I had a reservation and I used to go there about three times a month. I did ask for a change because there were many empty tables. But the hostess said everything was reserved :(

DZ
DavidZ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Made for a memorable night! Service was excellent and the food outstanding.

g
vipghaup13507
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were in Sacramento for a 7:00 concert at Golden 1. We had 5:00 reservations and showed up a couple minutes early. We didn’t get our food until after 6:00!!! Other tables got their food - even those that came after us. We complained and the waitress was kind and very apologetic. The food, once it arrived, was very good. They had us worried though!

FM
vipFreyaM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice atmosphere and decor. I love the marble absolutely everywhere!

L
Lety
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly staff!

LE
Luv2Eat
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a savory meal for our early Valentine's day celebration!

CM
ChristineM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation for 5:45 we were early and they set us earlier. Every thing was wonderful , but it can get very loud in there.

KB
vipKevinB
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

g
gypsee
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, drinks and service were beyond expectations. This is why Il Fornaio is one of our favorite places. Keep up the good work!

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Sacramento offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 446-4100.

Il Fornaio - Sacramento is rated 4.5 stars by 3007 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Sacramento does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.