About Il Fornaio - San Francisco

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.

1265 Battery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

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.

Cross Street:
Greenwich

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 986-0100

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
For delivery and pick-up orders please call 415 986 0100. Full service catering is also available.

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

Executive Chef:
Ivan Giansante

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Dinners and cooking classes held every month - please call for date & time.

Private Dining

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.

Il Fornaio - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.0

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (19)
Comfort Food (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
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Good for Birthdays (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Authentic (13)
Fun (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Business Meals (10)
Casual (10)
Cozy (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Seasonal (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Romantic (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Waterfront (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Had soup (Lentil - Farro) and salad (Fornaio version of Caesar). Soup had no taste, lettuce was not crisp. Wife had butternut squash ravioli which was "pasty/grainy". Were heart shaped so perhaps left-over from a Valentine special. Top and bottom pasta were not sealed at edges which led to messy eating and I only finished the soup. The ravioli was not worth finishing. Best item was the french bread. I can't remember having a meal so disappointing. Note: we've been very pleased with the Corte Madera Il Fornaio and expected similar quality. Certainly wasn't the case. I'm kicking myself for not complaining about the quality at the time. I just won't go back to this restaurant.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding service--our waiter was Richard--and exceptional food. The restaurant made it a terrific night out. Plus a spacious, clean restroom. IL FORNAIO is top-notch; very accommodating to the table I had reserved for and gladly held the table for me being 30 mins. late. Looking forward to going back. Soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

A fantastic time for a special valentines night I had

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Great way to celebrate Valentines Day. Food was great and service was attentive and friendly

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The service was abadj g and the food was superb. The Bolognese is 5 stars!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day lunch with my husband
Excellent service and our lunch was outstanding!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I proposed to my longtime girlfriend, who is now my fiancée and was met with celebrating by not only the customers in attendance, but the staff as well. The head chef, took it upon themselves to also see our dining experience was perfect. I will definitely go here again and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys authentic Italian cuisine manifested in its purest form of perfection.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Service was horrible! The restaurant wasn’t full yet we were forgotten about for an hour; our waitress disappeared and was nowhere to be seen. She kept saying it wasn’t even her section but that wasn’t our problem. She was our waitress, regardless of section, so she should have been more attentive. We had to flag down busboys and other servers to find her.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

My friend and I came here for Restaurant Week. Their menu was pretty good. I chose the bruschetta, capellini al pomodoro, chicken w/ spinach & potatoes plus tiramisu. All this for $40! Not a bad deal at all. The capellini is a simple angel hair pasta with chopped tomatoes and marinara sauce. The chicken was really good and I took the leftovers home and finished it that same night. Dessert was delicious as well. I cleaned off this plate. I would say the bruschetta was my least favorite. I would definitely come back. Staff were friendly and always around when we needed something.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We enjoyed everything we ordered, as part of SF Restaurant week, we tried their set menu, though I've eaten in other locations, this is my first time here. I would say so far, for what we ordered, this is a great Il Forniao. Caprese Salad, Bruschetta, Penoni ala Vodka, short rib and salmon were all good. No complaints. Tiramisu and Bread pudding ended our evening very well. Great ambiance and service as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We were a group of 11 people - restaurant is very spacious and interior is very welcoming. I loved the patio seating - far away from the street ( not very common for San Francisco restaurants). Customer service was fantastic. One thing I was not impressed too much but it could be because I am more of a Napa restaurants lover - food is mediocre. I think if it was cheaper it would not leave me with expectations of a fantastic plate and I would think food is good. I had the spinach ravioli with sausage and the plate was cold and barely warm in the middle of the dish. It had a nice hint of spice and the ravioli filling was flavorful. People seemed to enjoy the pasta with Bolognese sauce. The seafood pasta plate looked pretty but I was not impressed with the smell - it needed a little more spice to it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Overall a happy experience. The waitstaff was professional and sincere, I cleaned the plates for all my courses. Best affogato, it was thoroughly enjoyed. They do it all better than anybody.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Outstanding service and great food. Beginning to end wonderful experience

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Jose is our favorite server and is quite attentive to his tables

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

They have such yummy and healthy salad options here. Today I had the "tonno" salad - which has seared ahi tuna. The fish was cooked to perfection and I absolutely love the zesty dressing. The salad was fresh and tasty and paired perfectly with an iced tea.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I come here often with coworkers for lunch -- we all really love it! This time I tried their Cappellinni Pomodoro pasta. The angel hair pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauce has a great zesty garlic flavor. The waiter covered my plate with fresh grated cheese. It was so good I might have to come back tomorrow for the same thing!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Very nice birthday celebration for my two teenage sons. The food was delicious. I had the special Trentino menu risotto, which was perfectly cooked and had tons of umami flavor. I tried my older son's spaghetti and meatballs, which had a delicious bright tomato sauce and perfectly textured meatballs. My younger son did not seem inclined to share his pennoni alla vodka and had cleaned his plate by the end of the meal. I'm always so happy after a visit here because the food and service are always excellent.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

As I have been going to il Fornaio for many years w/friends for the FESTA REGIONALE monthly dinners, I am(we are) very disappointed in the decision to eliminate this program... we were not even able to use our many points this past week... our waiter tried to make it work w/o any help f/ the manager on duty and the manager failed to even stop by our table at any time... not impressed w/his behavior or lack of! Our group has decided to try other restaurants in the future, unfortunately... I'm sure you will
Get tourists in, but, the locals are not happy😥... ciao per ora, Loretta Lechich

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is my favorite place for pizza! It is more fancy than most, but so so good! The crust is always cooked to perfection and the toppings are super fresh. My favorite pizza has arugula and truffle oil. Yum!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I am obsessed with their Pennoni all Vodka! The sauce is creamy and delicious and has little bits of bacon in it! The pasta is big tubes -- so good! They always cook it to perfection.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The complimentary warm bread is reason enough to stop by this place! It is so fresh and amazing, especially on a cold day! I love that they have a different soup of the day every time I come in as well. Best place for a hot meal!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We enjoyed a family lunch for seven people. The food was good - maybe not outstanding. This is a really tough city to stand out in, and I feel like they did a good job but there was not a single dish that anyone had that inspired. We chose the restaurant because it was good for our group in that parking was easy, access was easy and there are lots of choices on the menu. Our sever was very kind and attentive but not overly so. The restaurant was warm and inviting. My chicken was a little dry and the salad was overdressed. It wasn't terribly busy so I can't excuse those rookie mistakes, but it was fine for the occasion. My expectations weren't all that high, sad to say. I think that for a big group it did the trick. I wouldn't go there expecting a fabulous meal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I love Il Fornaio for their pastas and salads. The ingredients are always fresh and tasty, and the service is top notch. My favorite pasta is the Cappellacci di Zucca - a butternut squash ravioli that is smothered in butter and crispy sage. I also really like the Pennoni alla Vodka, which has little bacon bits in the sauce! Yum!

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

They have a great selection of gluten free options, and were very accommodating when we arrived a bit early for our reservation. Highly recommend!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

This is definitely one of my favorite spots to come for coffee. The friendly bartenders make the best cappuccinos and lattes! I especially love their morning staff - Maria is the sweetest barista you could ask for. They also have delicious pastries, fruit salads, yogurt parfaits and croissant sandwiches, which are great to-go breakfast options if you are in a rush.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Decent food. Tiramisu was very tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is consistently good... good value for money... easy to get a reservation, even in New Year’s Eve.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Came for dinner on NYE - I understand this is a busy night but service was Horrible! Waiter tried to ignore us most of the evening, restaurant ran out of bread, treated us like we would never be back and, as it turns out, they are probably right.
We live in the Bay Area and have frequented Il Fornaio restaurants in Carmel and Walnut Creek and it was on my recommendation that our group (6) came here for dinner. Needless to say it was not a pleasant experience.
We also spoke with the manager who did not seem to care much about what we had to say.
To sum it up: not a good experience. Will not return and will not recommend to others.
I plan on writing a Yelp review as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service! Took my boyfriend here for a special NYE dinner but we were in a rush to the event after, but our waitress was beyond accommodating and so friendly. Food was good; not huge servings and just fancy Italian food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience all around!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We held our wedding reception dinner at Il Fornaio and the food, service, and staff were all stellar and an amazing value for an easily accessible venue in San Francisco. We rented the Bella Vista room for the bar, appetizers, and mingling and the Piazza for the full seated dinner for our party of just over 60.

We initially looked at Il Fornaio based on a friend's recommendation and I'm so glad we did. As we were planning on an event that was more family dinner party on steroids than drunken dance party, Il Fornaio provided the delicious food, homey atmosphere, and beautiful decor that we were looking for.

Also, I just can't say enough about how great the staff was. We knew we wanted to have a restaurant reception and the responsiveness of the Il Fornaio staff was ultimately the deciding factor in choosing our venue. Our primary contact, Jennah, was helpful throughout and assured that every detail was attended to. Our party had several dietary issues that needed to be addressed and she confirmed those needs could be met. In addition she made sure that our DIY'd centerpieces and favors were appropriately distributed among the tables and displayed beautifully.

I also need to mention Jose, Michael, and Scott, who were our wonderful servers on the day. We really appreciated their attentiveness and friendly service. Scott, particularly went above and beyond in terms of being friendly, helpful and attentive not only to the bridal party but to the full party. Several guests mentioned how wonderful he was after the party and he stood out as exceptional among uniformly top-notch service.

In sum, Il Fornaio did a spectacular job and providing the event we were looking for in a wedding dinner. It was intimate, friendly, easy to plan, and reasonably priced. Truly a gem among Bay Area event venues.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

FANTASTIC! Super cute benue - cozy seating inside, or on the patio, - wonderful service and of course, incredible food! We walked in on a Tuesday night just to check it out and snag a glass of wine. For a weeknight, the place was still hopping - and I imagine reservations would be most practical for the weekend. We found patio seating without an issue though, and our server - Fedar - was immediately attentive and thoroughly charming. Based on our inquiry of a "dry red," he opened a bottle table-side and poured out two glasses of something wonderful. He took us through the menu and specials - and as he left to allow rumination, the patron next to us tapped me on the shoulder... She didn't mean to interrupt of course, but in no uncertain terms - she NEEDED - with LOVE in her heart - to proclaim (with us as her witness) that the cappalacci may have just changed her life. Well, obviously we were sold. I am not a huge fan of butternut - but the buternut in this context was more color and than flavor - and indeed - the pasta is life affirming! There you have it... This place is a social experience as much as it is a delight for the taste buds. Go forth, grab a seat, and be prepared to join the happy ranks in loudly lauding your love (as I'm doing here). Buon appetito!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I always enjoy eating will colleagues at Il Fornaio. They have the most amazing covered patio that sits right on Levi's Plaza. The view of the Levi fountain is unmatched, and they turn on heaters if it ever gets cold. I love the food too. I almost always get the salmon salad because it is fresh, tasty and super healthy. I bring coworkers here whenever I can because I really love their food and great service.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The service was terrible. Snooty and rude and inattentive. The food was mediocre at best. Plenty of better restaurants in San Fran. Don’t be disappointed like we were.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service were condescending. Food was cold. Overall a poor experience.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We visited on Christmas Eve, the service was wonderful, our server was very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our big Christmas family dinner party was festive and joyful, great holiday decorations. The service made us all feel at home and everyone from Gramps to grandchildren enjoyed the meal. Our server Federico recommended some great wine choices for adults, and the kids were offered treat as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fun, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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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