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Il Fornaio - San Francisco

1543 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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.
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Phone number
(415) 986-0100
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ivan Giansante
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For delivery and pick-up orders please call 415 986 0100. Full service catering is also available.
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Cross street
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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.
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Public transit
Muni Bus: 10 Townsend; Muni Metro: F Line
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Special events & promotions
Wine Dinners and cooking classes held every month - please call for date & time.
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

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.

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What 1543 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 2 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.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

A fantastic time for a special valentines night I had

vipAsianfoodtoluv (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  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.

Liz0321 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 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.

CS912 (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Gergana (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Joaquin)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

vipJenF (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipJenF (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

sumimao (San Francisco)
5.0  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.