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Il Fornaio - San Francisco

4.4
1570 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch
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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Cuisines
Italian
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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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Catering
For delivery and pick-up orders please call 415 986 0100. Full service catering is also available.
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Cross street
Greenwich
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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.
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

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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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 1570 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The service and food at Il Fornaio was excellent yesterday and has been each time I dined at the restaurant. They have a professional yet friendly staff.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Such a pretty place, but the brunch menu has been seriously reduced (no more bread basket) and worst of all the food was barely edible.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Love it! I want to go back is perfect ...the service and the food is a...i had a regina salad with salmon...

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The music was much better than before although we prefer Italian music.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Loud landscaping noises made conversation impossible

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

our server, the Russian Physicist, was outstanding.
And we are veteran diners.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I’ve been to this restaurant numerous times and they never disappoint. The food is prepared very well and the tiramisu is fresh, smooth and melts in your mouth. I always like coming here. This particular day helped get through the crazy traffic by having dinner here first.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Just the best!

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Family birthday celebration

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food is amazing as always that’s why I always go there but on Monday service from Roberto was horrible. He needs to change that attitude towards to customer who pays indirectly his living

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We eat at Il Fornaio on a regular basis. The food is consistently good. Whether you are hungry as a bear or just need a quick bowl of soup or a salad, it is great. When we want pasta, this is where we go for comfort food. Good cocktails, happy hour, nice waiters, and can eat inside or out. Always know what I am going to get - I like that.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Nice find across from the Piers! Very welcoming and good vibe.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

My wife and I both enjoy our visits to Il Fornaio. We have a good meal in a pleasant atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Waiters argued about who would bring the water. Server explained that he didn't want anyone else to serve his table; needed to "upsell" water, etc. Two of my guests wanted their left overs to take home. I did not - got mine anyway. Food was O.K.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My friend and I regularly meet for lunch at Il Fornaio. We very much appreciate the quality of their food and the quality of service that is offered. Having culinary restrictions the staff is more than cooperative and flexible. We are very grateful and will continue our visits at Il Fornaio.

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1.0Dined on February 27, 2018

I had a large group for my birthday dinner and this place seemed to be accommodating. Absolutely wrong. Worst customer service ever. 4 people from my party had to ask for bread until the server finally brought it to our table. Once we were finally ready to order there was no sense of urgency with the kitchen staff and the restaurant was not busy at all. 2 of my group members were late and the waiter told them that the kitchen was closed and would not let them order. Also when the waiter was told that it was my birthday he was not impressed and just brought out ice cream in a dish. Sadly I would not recommend this place to a friend or family member. This environment made me uncomfortable and I won’t ever return due to my experience. I am very disappointed because it was my birthday and I wanted it to feel special. Overall poor experience.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was decent, but our waiter was terrible. I couldn't believe how rude and disingenuous he was from the very beginning. Don't remember our waiter's name, but he was a tall Italian gentleman who wore glasses. We're a very polite and patient family, and it just kills me that my parents even called him out. I live in the neighborhood and always wanted to try this place out, but now I'll make sure none of my friends and neighbors go here.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Food was excellent. Just the seating arrangement for our group was terrible

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

My favorite thing to get here is the regina salad. It has fresh tomatoes, onions, couscous, raisins and arugula. I like adding grilled shrimp or chicken for some extra protein. Highly recommend!

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The happy hour here is insane!! You can get appetizers and pizza for so cheap and the food is always so tasty. The drink specials are top-notch too. A lot of people who work or go to school in the area come in so it's nice to see regulars at the weeknight happy hours. Love this place!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

A fantastic time for a special valentines night I had

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Sitting on the heated patio is such a treat! The view of the Levi's Plaza and fountain is unmatched. There are few places in the city with such pretty brick buildings to look at. The food here is always wonderful, too. I like grabbing something light with an afternoon coffee on the patio when I have time to steal away from the office. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Great restaurant. Great food and service. Totally recommend for a business lunch.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This is such a cozy spot for a quick lunch. I like sitting at the bar -- the bartenders are funny and easy-going. I appreciate how quickly they get you in and out without ever feeling rushed. I know I can count on a super fresh salad and a different yummy soup of the day anytime I drop by.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

I come here all the time with coworkers for lunch. We all love it! Service is fast and friendly, and the food is delicious every time.

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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Outstanding service and great food. Beginning to end wonderful experience

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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