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Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.5
2312 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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat the mom in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2312 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our second time around, excellent service, fast and impeccable!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Another excellent evening of dining at Il Fornaiao Delicious food, excellent service, great date night with my husband. We dined before a play.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our service was very good and the food was great! Would definitely recommend it.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I absolutely loved this place for a friends’ get-together. We made a reservation & were given a room. I loved the ambience & the STAFF! The staff was amazing! So kind & welcoming.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The waitress was sweet, knowledgeable, prompt and her wine recommendation was perfect. Ambience drew us there and the dessert was superb. The only thing that wasn’t 100% spot on was our main course- the special, Lobster spaghetti. It was a bit over cooked and rubbery unfortunately.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

the food, wine , service , ambiance all excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We have dinner at Il Fornaio at least once a month. Their Italian regional menu is always delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

50 th wedding celebration

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The staff were very accommodating to the delays of the arrival of our of town guest. As always the service is gracious and thoughtful.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Everything from the seating at a booth to paying the bill was perfect. Said is a fabulous server and served us very well. Great drinks, excellent food. Said recommended the spaghetti with lobster. It was fabulous. So good that I finished the whole plate!
This is one of our favorite places to go for a lovely evening of good wine and good food......a real Sacramento treat!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Good Food. Great Service, and Ambiance was nice. We had questionable seating, where we feel we were pushed all the way in a corner while there was still a lotta space on the main floor.
That to me is a big deal as my $100 bill is the same (with me being casually dressed) as the other guy who just happens to walk in wearing a sports jacket.

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2.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The service was good but it took a very long time to get our food.

The crab risotto tasted incredibly fishy and the spaghetti with lobster was over cooked and bland.

The deserts were very good!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always excellent--delicious regional menu right now: hurry in!

The best ristorante in Sacramento!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything was great. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We had a wonderful lunch. Wait staff was very friendly and prompt with our food and drinks

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

My favorite place ever. I could eat here everyday. There salmon is to perfection.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Easter Sunday with friends. Everything on the specials menu was good.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We arrived promptly for our 2:30 resv. No menus were provided, so we assumed the buffet was it. Our waiter did not offer any options either. Beginning the buffet @ 2:45 ish, there were some items that were nearly gone. Strangely, we saw wait staff filling their own to-go boxes while paying guests were still dining. After salads & shrimp cocktail, my son & husband both received very small servings of tri-tip. My husbands was overcooked and quite dry, my son's was more on the medium side. At about 3:00 pm, my mother & I had finished our salad & rather basic pasta. (One pasta options was totally gone and never replenished). And now, there were several more wait staff at the carving station & throughout the buffet, filling more to go boxes for themselves. We both went to the carving station, which now had only one half roast of lamb & no longer was offering tri-tip. At 3:15, the waiter advised us that the buffet would begin shutting down in about 5 minutes. This is unacceptable – we basically got a 30 minute buffet “experience.” We should have been told about the buffet hours when we were seated & offered the option to dine from the menu. We noticed the table behind ours inside was in fact dining from the menu. $44/head for a very disappointing meal – both the quality was lacking in food & service. Our waiter did not know the wine list, & when I asked about a white wine I was unfamiliar with, he told me, “well, it’s white wine…” He then went to the bartender to find out more. On the upside, my son got the last couple of squares of a dessert cake, & I asked for a gelato to be comped to share with our party. That was done, & the manager soon visited & offered tiramisu, but we declined that. He did bring us a large box of muffins to go, but they were quite dry by the next morning. Nice thought, but didn’t make up for the high price & limited food. While he was trying to make things right, we still payed far too much, for what was to be a special holiday dinner out.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious.
They claimed to have validated our parking pass at the facility next door. We were in fact charged for parking.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Pretty good but not inexpensive.
Easter Brunch.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Disappointed.
Like the chain, this location did not meet the company's standards. Waiters were watching game on tv, food sat out, and they even blamed the over 1 hour delay on the customer. Not cool.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Jose was great! The food tasted amazing! Our family had a very nice dinner!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great service as always, but prices are very high. $22 for a pasta dish. $18 for a glass of wine.
Food was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Our waitress was nice but had an evening where she lacked the “extraordinary” we usually expect of Il Fornaio. Not bad but not the usual “that was a great experience” dinner. Next time.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Meal before NBA game. Efficient and delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great overall experience, food and service. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great bday get together with long time friends. We had a party of 8 outdoor seating. Conversation private and services excellent for kids and adults. Love my tarimisu dessert. Would be back.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Disappointed that the Regional tasting menu is not being offered anye

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Simply put, the food was outstanding. The service? Not so good! It started from asking for a menu to asking for he final check and everything between.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I chose the chicken breast as I must eat dairy free. The sauce on the chicken was spicy and delicious, the spinach delicious with not too much oil and the roasted potatoes were cooked perfectly. I had a glass of the Jamiesen Ranch Cabernet and it was outstanding. My dining partners were equally happy and hated to see the meal end. I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Although very busy the food and service was great. Regional menus brings variety on a monthly basis

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Good food, well prepared, service was prompt and attentive and overall an excellent lunch experience

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Il Fornaio never disappoints. I have always loved their food. I love that their pasta is made fresh.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Would have loved better service from server, would love a variety of sweet wines, pasta better prepared a bit undercooked.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I really enjoyed the wait staff. They were very friendly and attentive. My favorite dish was the pizza.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Our waiter was excellent and IL For Soo is always consistent. Great atmosphere and location in the Wells Fargo building on Capitol Mall. This is a regular go to spot!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Il Fornaio Sacramento is truly the best restaurant in Sacramento. It is also my favorite Il Fornaio. The food, service, ambience is always superb.

The manager, Patrick, is to be commended for going out of his way to assure that the dining experience is first rate. The food is always delicious, but the regional menus are exceptional.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Our waiter was very charming and provided EXCELLENT service. Unfortunately, the tables are close together, and I bumped elbows twice with the larger man sitting right behind me. Because the tables are close together (and our table naturally faced the booth right next to us), it made conversations feel less private or intimate, detracting from the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I love to dine at Il Fornaio. The food is consistently good and the service is outstanding. We participate in the tasting menu;s and have for years as well as have this restaurant as our go to place for a great meal.

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