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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

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (89)
Good for a Date (79)
Good for Anniversaries (62)
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Romantic (55)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Authentic (50)
Pre/post Theatre (42)
Good for Groups (41)
Notable Wine List (36)
Fun (35)
Great for Lunch (35)
Business Meals (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Worth the Drive (28)
Comfort Food (25)
Seasonal (22)
Tasting Menu (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Casual (21)
Cozy (21)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Healthy (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
People Watching (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Scenic View (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Disabled Access (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Organic, Authentic, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

It was great

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine’s Day Lunch with my Wife.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Lunch

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 7 days ago

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!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Sacramento)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·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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 (Sacramento)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very enjoyable dining experience.
Will always recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·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.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Sacramento)·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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great manager and staff. Always trying to please their clients

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 (Sacramento)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·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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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great place to go. Near Theater and across from Capital One Center.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My table was ready and the service as well as the food was very good

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Nice job! The place was really busy, but we got our meals and drinks in perfect timing and the service was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

All four of us ordered different menu items and we were all happy with the food served.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Some friends and I stopped in before a concert. We were seated quickly and had fast service! And one waiter with a long beard was rather friendly and easy on the eyes.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Very nice. Professional wait staff. The Manager is always on the floor and is very engaged in the customer service of the operation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great waiter

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Wonderful meal, quiet ambience, and very attentive service.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fabulous service and amazing food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always good food. . soup wasn't hot enough and salad seemed like it had been sitting near a warm place. .but the flavor was there--did not return it. They get very busy and possibly this was problem.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Fantastic private dinner. Francesco was a fabulously attentive waiter. Food was great. Fiorella can help you with as private event, and she does a great job. Excellent food, service, wine and staff.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Our meal was very good as usual. Service could have been better, but it was OK, just not great. The lunch time crowd is a little noisy.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Nice place. Food was pretty good. Good wine list.

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