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Il Fornaio - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Il Fornaio - San Francisco

4.0
4
1488 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Il Fornaio San Francisco is open 11:30am - 9pm Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday, breakfast is served from 10am until 11:30am, brunch is available from 11:30am until 4pm, and dinner is served until 10pm Saturday and 9pm on Sunday.
  • Phone number
    (415) 986-0100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ivan Giansante
  • Catering
    For delivery and pick-up orders please call 415 986 0100. Full service catering is also available.
  • Private party facilities
    Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sights, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana.
  • Private party contact
    Ana Ligi: (866) 945-7409
  • Neighborhood
    North Beach
  • Cross street
    Greenwich
  • Parking details
    Parking available on the street as well as parking at a garage located on Sansome St. which is one block over from us.
  • Public transit
    Muni Bus: 10 Townsend; Muni Metro: F Line
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,488 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 1Value

NoiseModerate

1,488 Reviews
  1. Dida

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was excellent as always! This is our favorite place in San Francisco. The service has always been outstanding, as well as the food. We love the quiet elegant ambience. We are so sorry that is closing. Please reconsider!

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  2. Mandy220

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant experience but sadly this location is closing Sunday, Oct.28.

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  3. Chuck

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even though they're closing this location, food & service was still great. Sorry to see this location closing. Good Luck to the staff.

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  4. LindaC

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been patronizing since it opened. Sad that it's closing at end of October.

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  5. Antonella

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I'm sad to know this restaurant is closing soon. I've only been once and really enjoyed the ambiance and flavors.

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  6. JohnL

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Initially had an issue with server. Manager quickly stepped on and all was good. Great wine and pasta seafood medley. Scallops were incredible. But the Italian Spumoni for dessert was over the top. Quiet location, quiet ambiance. Pasta dish a little too salty and too much garlic. But overall a very tasty dish loaded with shrimp, clams, scallops, and mussels. I’d easily revisit this restaurant.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good!!

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  8. JohnnyT

    Richmond

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It is in a strange location seemingly by itself, but ridesharing got us there. It is pretty much a typical il Fornaio,

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  9. AlexL

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, great service, easy to find parking at night. What more can you ask for ?

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  10. PaulD

    Orlando

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall a very disappointing experience. Having dined at Il Fornaio in Irvine and San Diego previously, we had high expectations about the food and service. Neither was close to the previous meals we had enjoyed at the other locations. The service was average at best as the waiter seemed like he could not wait to leave for the evening and the food was not only tasteless but also undercooked. It probably explains why the restaurant was virtually empty when we arrived at 7 PM.

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  11. PriyankaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Betty, our server was great. What was not great is that my co worker, go rubbery chicken and when he cut into it, it was raw. We told the waiter and it seemed that the kitchen was so backed up that they only reheated the chicken instead of replacing it. We also had a huge delay in one persons food because the kitchen was backed up

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am a regular here, come two times a week but lately I been cutting down to one day a week. The food is great, big salads and I have my favorite waiter! I come down on Tuesdays and Fridays for lunch, too bad they have this hostess who always makes me feel I am bothering her, and that is the reason why I come only on Tuesdays, she is not there. When I approach the front desk she is usually on her cell phone, talking to other employees or she is sitting down eating; not sure how management allows this. It is crazy how one person can affect your overall experience. I do love love Il fornaio and I am always going to be there fan! But if you guys are reading this don't go there Fridays for lunch! Hope management takes care of this. I love their chicken salads and also the insalada regina

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  13. DavidS

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything seemed just a tad off for our visit. Never group of us downtown following a Giants game. Starting at the bar the bartender served 4 and when one of us gave him a card to pay the tab he only charged two then he mixed up the orders and then seemed amazed about some special cherries the had(??). Maybe he was just having an off night. Then the sever showed us a plate he was delivering to another table as a specialty but never referenced it when he came to take our order - which took forever to happen. He also never checked to see if we wanted refills of our drinks. As for food, the portions and prices were fine however all of us at the table commented that our various dishes were rather bland. The fact that this is an Italian restaurant and a well known chain, we would have thought there to be more flavor. To add salt, not once but twice makes it a 3 rating at best. Not sure I’d try or recommend this place with so many better options nearby.

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  14. Frank

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We decided to eat at the bar. The bar tender was inattentive and not helpful. He served the food without knives and forks available. He served bread wlthout the olive oil. We had to ask for it while other people got theirs without asking. He was often distracted and didn’t seem like he was happy about working that night. It wasn’t busy enough for him to me distracted. The pasta was warm not hot. The cappuccino was terrible and we sent it back. Seems like it was an off night there.

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  15. MichaelM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Server "Richard" was very challenged to take our order correctly and not very efficient.

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  16. Bliss

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful brunch for family celebration!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good specially the risotto

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  18. RaphaelN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was very good from the welcome to departure with a personal taking care about everybody. I recommend it!

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  19. JanM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They were out of special at 7pm but the regular menu is very good.

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  20. DVA44

    Frankfurt

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant definitely has seen its best times - 25 years ago. Atmosphere awful, ony tourists as guests, locals probably know that this place needs a full makeover. Pizza with no fresh ingredients are just not acceptable in modern restaurants. We will definitely not come back nor recommend this place to anyone.

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  21. DCinDC

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Sadly, I’l Fornaio is no longer the great restaurant it once was. The unimaginative menu is one thing. For example, several of the dishes had the same accompanying vegetables: Roasted Yukon Gold potatoes and carrots were repeatedly listed. The carrots were barely cooked rendering them inedible. They looked very nice on the plate, though. The veal scallopini was thick and tough. And we were seated for fifteen minutes in a room with very few other diners before our drink order was taken. Speaking of the room, it is probably the most beautiful in San Francisco. Too bad the food can’t live up to the surroundings.

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  22. MissyMarie

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great server ... great patio

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  23. KleberB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Horrible Services, atendants was very unpolite and with no wish to work. I will never come back

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice dinner at Il fornaio last Friday night. can't wait to come back with my family next week

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose Il Fornaio this evening to celebrate our dear friends birthday. Scott was our server and was super attentive. He made sure we were each sporting a smile. Drinks were good, food was great and came out in a timely manner. Estefania, manager stop by to greet us & reconfirm our smiles were authentic. Very friendly and made us feel like family. Love this place, will recommend it and will be back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for my mom's birthday on Saturday brunch. We loved our server Esteban and his manager, a young lady who made my mom's day very special. thank you

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing amazing amazing. We drove from Berkeley to San Francisco for the first time since moving to NorCal and found this gem on Yelp! Authentic Italian food with great service. Our family was treated like royalty by all the staff, especially the manager and Mario our lovely server. The creative anitpasti was delish and everything that followed after was 5-star quality. The linguini Mare chiaro was amazing Highly recommend!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just entering the Opentable community so bear with me as I attempt a review lol but IlFo is a favorite of mine! Eggs benedict is delicious and I recently tried the risotto giallo con salmon dish that just melted in my mouth (saffron risotto and Norwegian salmon being the main ingredients) as well as my friend's dish that I believe had something to do with bacon and ravioli (sooo yummy). I've never disliked anything I've had here PLUS the patio is lovely to eat in especially with the fountain in Levi plaza and Coit Tower as well as the bay shoreline. Not too loud an area too, it's definitely relaxing and totally helped by the genuinely nice and attentive staff who make you feel fancy

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wedding Day

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Everything was great I except the trashy people sitting next to us talking very loudly about colonoscopy and crohns disease.

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  32. laurens

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I used to love this place about eighteen years ago. The food was excellent then. My first time back in many years I find that now, it is the same atmosphere and service that I loved but the food is not what it used to be-- the current chef is just not nailing the dishes like this place once did. Disappointing. And for these prices I need the chef to nail the flavors/dishes. I won't be returning any time soon. Still though I appreciate the atmosphere and service.

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  33. PaulB

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! Swordfish special was divine!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here with a group of friends on a Friday evening. Imagine my surprise when I saw that they have fresh made pasta on the menu. I had been craving fresh made pasta for months now after finding out that the place I used to frequent stopped making their pasta in house. We were greeted by a cheerful waitress, I believe her name is Carlie. I asked her many questions about the menu before deciding upon one of the pastas that was made in house. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the bolognese sauce was perfectly seasoned. Throughout the meal, Carlie was always on top of getting our drinks filled and getting our table cleared after finishing our appetizers, entrees, and dessert. I had the panna cotta for dessert and it was spectacular. Not overly sweet (just perfect!) and you get nice chunks of fruit with every bite. The atmosphere of the restaurant makes it ideal for a date night or close friends getting together to catch up at a place where you don't have to shout over everyone else. I found my new restaurant, when I travel to San Francisco, for fresh made pasta.

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  35. sumimao

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a nice dinner and used our Il Fornaio rewards points to save quite a bit on our meal. The fried calamari was excellent as always, as well as the fresh hot bread.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! I cannot say enough about the atmosphere, food & service here! We came for our anniversary and felt so celebrated. There is plenty of parking. Every dish we had was mouthwateringly delicious! Our booth was quiet and intimate. Our server was very attentive, refilling our glasses and recommending an excellent wine (& providing the backstory). We had no complaints. They even brought us free dessert with candles for every year we had been wed. To top it off, as they packed away our leftovers they also brought us little olive oil and vinegar dishes as souvenirs. We had a great night and would absolutely recommend! Thank you!

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  37. LorettaLechich

    San Francisco

    76 reviews

    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanted to use points accrued f/FESTA REGIONALE program before expiration... w/over 11,000 points, appeared that dinner wud be complimentary, but, not so! I paid over $100.00!!! Points not explained properly or at all!!! The REGIONALE program was a true value and enjoyed w/friends for many years! Will not be frequenting il Fornaio again on any regular basis as we now try different restaurants in SF... very disappointing & insufficient handling...

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  38. DaytonGal

    Munich

    198 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    198 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is authentic. Chefs and management may change but the quality and food s as delicious as I remembered from years ago. Great value for your money

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  39. CAROLC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    one individual indicated that her food was a bit to salty, however, the overall experience was good. Our service was great - in every aspect of service. I have for the past 2 years had our holiday lunchen at this location and been very satisfied. il

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  40. John

    San Francisco

    92 reviews

    3.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been going to I'll forniao for years. The best seems to be Burlingame. It was father's day. And often Restaraunts are too busy and understaffed during events like these. I had the chicken salad which looked good but was dry and flavorless. Tomatoes were dry and flavorless. I tasted my friends pasta an it was dry as well. Could be just an off day or they need a new chief. The bay area Restaraunt scene is used to better,

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Il Fornaio - San Francisco is rated 4 stars by 1488 OpenTable diners.

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1265 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Greenwich
  • Neighborhood
    North Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Il Fornaio San Francisco is open 11:30am - 9pm Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday, breakfast is served from 10am until 11:30am, brunch is available from 11:30am until 4pm, and dinner is served until 10pm Saturday and 9pm on Sunday.
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking available on the street as well as parking at a garage located on Sansome St. which is one block over from us.
  • Public transit
    Muni Bus: 10 Townsend; Muni Metro: F Line
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ivan Giansante
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 986-0100
  • Catering
    For delivery and pick-up orders please call 415 986 0100. Full service catering is also available.
  • Private party facilities
    Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sights, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana.
  • Private party contact
    Ana Ligi: (866) 945-7409
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