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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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (77)
Good for a Date (71)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
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Good for Birthdays (54)
Romantic (46)
Pre/post Theatre (42)
Authentic (41)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Good for Groups (36)
Great for Lunch (35)
Notable Wine List (35)
Business Meals (33)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Fun (27)
Worth the Drive (26)
Happy Hour (23)
Seasonal (22)
Tasting Menu (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Casual (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Healthy (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Local Ingredients (15)
Cozy (14)
Disabled Access (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
People Watching (9)
Scenic View (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Spicy (4)
Vegan (4)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 2 days ago

Always great.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I appreciate the small portion choices on the menu. More restaurants should offer that. After dinner I was going to the theater and couldn't carry food with me so the small portion was perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Il Fornaio is a "go to" staple for me. I make reservations for special occasions, business meetings and for date nights. However, I was extremely disappointed with our last dining experience. My husband and I were hosting a party of 6 and were celebrating the success of a business project. The service - though nice - was extremely slow. Overall the restaurant was understaffed. It took us 3.5 hours to get through the meal with 25 minute breaks in between the courses. In addition to the understaffed wait staff, the chefs must have been "3rd string." Too much butter, luke warm food and just not the quality I have come to expect of Il Fornaio. I would definitely think twice before going back again - especially taking guests.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Love the space with high ceilings and patio. Waitress was not only an amazing server wanting to please but an opera singer as well! We heard her throughout the restaurant singing Happy Birthday or Ave Marie in the most angelic voice! What a treat! Tasting menu and pasta were wonderful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great service. Server Tyler was great. Even nice birthday song to my wife in Italian. Very nice!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was a Great experience were definitely coming back

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was poor as waitress forgot to bring soup and even forgot about another order. Even the food didn't stand out in any way. The hostess and the rest of the crew did a good job though.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went to Il Fornaio last Saturday for our Anniversary. We arrived way earlier than our reservation, but they had no problem seating us. We were treated like royalty by Said...he was a fantastic waiter (?), assisted by a host of other workers. It was quite interesting to watch how all the staff worked together as a team. We ate from the very well-priced 3-course Tasting Menu. The food was delicious! We will definitely be coming back to this restaurant!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Il Fornaio never disappoints. Great food and professional staff. Just the banging of plates from the prep area could be a bit less intrusive. Perhaps placing rubber mats? otherwise perfect.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food and Service were outstanding, consistent with all previous visits!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I made reservations for 11 people. Great large private patio. So nice and clean watched autumn leaves fall, gorgeous view with great friends and great accommodating services only by Il Fornaio. Love dessert, main dishes and appetizers. Perfect place. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Healthy, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic
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food5
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food, service and atmosphere were top notch! Had wonderful family dinner for my sons 18th birthday!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our server, Michelle, was wonderful. Loved our meal. Always a great option for dinner before a King’s game.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Cozy, Disabled Access, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

It happened to be a very busy night for the restaurant but regardless of that, the food, the service and hospitality was superb.
Food was well prepared and served on time. Our waiter, Mario, made it a great night by being comical. Overall good experience.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food and service were fine, but they need some sound absorbing surfaces. I usually associate restaurant high noise levels with background music or TV sounds, but this noise was just from too many people and highly reflective surfaces.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Il Fernaio is never a disappointment !! Food was excellent atmosphere beautiful!! One of my favorite restaurants in Sacramento!!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Packed restaurant as most everyone was heading to Golden One for a show after dinner. Great place for grabbing a fast but good meal for just such an occasion. Francesco provided such good service. We got in, ate well, and out in plenty of time without ever feeling rushed. He personified what excellent service is.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We received great service, food was delicious, my friends had not been there before are considering going back for Thanksgiving.
Celebrated birthday and received a delicious dessert
Parking was an extra bonus

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I've only been here twice and this past weekend for my hubby's birthday. I figured we'd try something a little fancy and that it definitely was. Our waiter was great. he was very attaintive and kept up with us. he dimmed the light for us and set the music to a decent volume to make sure the mood was right. he also had another waitress come by to serenade happy birthday "opera style" for my husband . great for birthdays, anniversaries, and dates. just make sure you don't forget your wallet for this place =)

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The patio is not a great place for evening dinner, very shabby, and surrounded by tables with children and infants. Indoors is much nicer. Food was good, nothing special. Service messed up the order, and my food came out later than everyone’s , by quite a bit. Just an apology, no free dessert or drink.
Expensive for pasta, salads, wine and one dessert. Sac has many, many restaurants that offer so much more.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Best Italian restaurant I’ve been to

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Regional jumbo shrimp and dolce was outstanding! Highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food and service were terrific! The restaurant was loaded with pre-game diners and once they left, there was a much more conducive atmosphere for conversation. That said, “Go Kings!”

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Really good food and excellent service. Lot's of healthy options.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always excellent food, especially the regional. Also affordable regional wines.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We arrived a little early and had specified on a reservation that we would like booth seating; however, they informed us they would not be able to accommodate us and instead placed us in their semi-outdoor seating. We both chose the tour of Italy selections. First course of white bean fagoli soup and the pear salad was very good. Second course of duck ravioli in cream sauce and gnocchi with sausage – tomato sauce we are both excellent. Our entrées, the sautéed prawns and the mixed grill (spedini) were both outstanding. If not for the unaccommodating seating choice the hostess staff provided, Our dining experience would have been awesome. You would think for customers that patronize them repeatedly, they would be more accommodating.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Just excellent!!!! Having been born in Italy I can say the food is authentic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love the awesome casual patio area with a friend. Great dessert sampling of tarimisu and fruit cup. Yummy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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