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:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am -2:30pm

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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

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

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Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

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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4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Special Occasion (17)
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Good for Groups (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Casual (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Romantic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Fun (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Authentic (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Healthy (6)
Waterfront (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Cozy (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great brunch. Recommend patio. Good coffee. Casual and relaxing.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Stopped in at the San Francisco Il fonraio by accident... took a tour of the bar and saw they had an amazing happy hour. Went in, met Estefania the general restaurant and right away, I felt at home & genuinely welcomed.
Our server Richard selected our appetizers since my date & I couldn't decide. He brought back the most flavorful polpettine con ricotta (meatballs in a red pasta sauce). It was seasoned to perfection!! The sauce, was bold and zesty. Off to a great start.
My date ordered the linguine mare chiaro
(Thin flat pasta with clams, mussels, prawns and scallops; seasoned with tomatoes, crushed red pepper) I practically ignored my entree and focused on hers... inch thick scallops and the clams were my favorite find in that treasure trove of delights.
I was on a first date and impressions really matter.
You and your team got me a second date! I will definitely be back with friends.
The team deserves praise and recognition for their hospitality and charisma.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I just had lunch here and it was amazing!! I started with a fresh, green salad with juicy tomatoes and a light vinaigrette. Next I had a butternut squash ravioli. It was one of the best pastas I have ever tasted! It was smothered in warm butter and crispy sage — such a great dish to make me feel cozy on a winter day!

The device was top notch and I felt very welcome from the moment I stepped in. Their hostess was very sweet and our server was super attentive! Five stars to Il Fornaio!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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 November 29, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great ambience , food and servers !! We went there to celebrate our friend's birthday , they were so attendant and lovable especially our server Sihan , and for our surprise he was Nepanese like us so we felt like home, also they were so generous by not charging us for the birthday dessertI really recommend this place and from now on it will be one of my favorite.
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Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A gem. Great food, first class service, reasonable cost

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I have been a fan of this restaurant for years, mostly in southern CA. Having moved to Colorado, I was looking forward to a decent dinner experience even though I expected Thanksgiving to be a little hectic. Once we sat down, right by the kitchen even though we had asked for the other room (no problem, lots of people) we sat for 25 minutes ignored until I got up to speak to the hostess who went out of her way to get us a waiter. Clearly they overbooked reservations. Everyone was harried. Sitting by the kitchen I could see them literally picking up handfuls of salad and throwing them onto plates--not appetizing. I went here because while others preferred the main menu, I wanted my traditional turkey diner. It came cold--2 slices of cold meat, no gravy, small clump of hard yams, a spoonful of mashed potatoes swimming in watery pink sauce which I think was supposed to be cranberry sauce and and equal dab of mushy dressing. All this for $27. I was so disappointed. The other food tasted better, with he exception of the soggy salad, but was also less than warm and not as good as the quality I have come to expect for this restaurant.

I realize it was a holiday but they need to realize that every party is trying to enjoy a special holiday dinner. It was very expensive and to make matters worse, the wood border around our brother was very dirty. I could write in the dust with my finger.. Did they not really clean before this day? Sadly I am reluctant to return to this Il Fornaio or to any Il Fornaio at this point.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our waiter was very in attentive and scattered. Told us about the special Thanksgiving menu and left without taking our drink order. Another waiter stepped in to help

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

THE RESTAURANT IS EXCELLENT HOWEVER THEY SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO SERVE A TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING MEAL, THE TURKEY WAS LIKE RUBBER THE DRESSING WAS VERY WATERY AND THE YAMS WERE DEFINITELY NOT CANDIED THEY WERE MORE LIKE CANNED. OVERALL VERY DISAPPOINTING CONSIDERING THE REPUTATION OF IL FORNAIO.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving. Was very ordinary. They were way too busy but our waiter tried hard and was very nice. They're better at Italian for lunch when they're not churning out a plate a second. Also, portions were fine for me, but my male friend would have liked more.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I haven't had bad service in a restaurant for a very long time but our waiter on Thanksgiving Day , Mario was very inattentive (I think he forgot about us). The proper items were not brought to us and I had to grab a busser to try and get a dessert menu. I will never go back as the service was so bad.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I had the chicken pasta. I could hardly find any chicken, and minimal tomato sauce. For years I came to lunch here every week to eat the rotisserie half chicken. Unfortunately they took it off the lunch menu; only at dinner. What the heck -- it's one of your best dishes! Pls put it back on the menu!! Your calzone is always excellent. And the bread is outstanding. Wait staff is good too.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I can't comment on other types of meal (e.g., lunch, dinner) but the food at brunch ranged from very good (poached eggs and crab cakes) to disappointing (fruit and yogurt - which lacked texture). We frequently eat lunch at the Corte Madera Il Fornaio which we find to be reliably very good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Met up with some friends passing through San Francisco. Wanted a nice quiet place for Sunday brunch. Il Fournaio was perfect! The service was refined. the food choices were interesting and varied. Only disappointment - we saw another table offered pastries from a large tray. gee whiz - wish we had known to ask for that! (we'd finished eating by then)

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food preparation was not what I would expect. Pasta was over cooked. And my grilled fish platter. Was not grilled. Rather pan fried. No smokiness I would expect from something grilled. Disappointing I’d probably not go back again unfortunately.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service, as always, but, confusion over bill when points used!!! Shud maybe request individual checks so all get credit!!! Your thoughts??? Will continue w/REGIONALE program that we all enjoy, but, we all 💰 pay...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Overall good variety of menu options, food good not great, a bit expensive, quiet, pleasant atmosphere, excellent service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

I remember when the food was excellent at Il Fornaio. It was mediocre. We had the special Taste of Piemonte three course dinner. Each of us had different dishes. My father was from Piemonte and I know the cuisine well. Nothing remotely about the flavors were Piemontese. The service was excellent, they allowed our dog out on the heated patio, and the restaurant is visually appealing, all pluses. I am hoping it was just an off night.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This location is one of our favorite go to places for a good relaxing meal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great as usual

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our waiter sucked and the food is mediocre

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco! I'm pretty picky when it comes to food and service just because I've spent many years working in the food industry. The service here is AMAZING and on point! Very attentive and the manager and waiter are the sweetest. My boyfriend and I always requests the same server! Food is great. Best tiramisu! Highly recommended! The pasta's definitely some of the best I've ever had and everything the server recommended was amazing. The capellaci di zucca was amazing and definitely made in house. The pizza's we ordered were both amazing made with fresh ingredients and quite delicious and full of flavor. The salmon was cooked to perfection and went well with the veggies they came with, wow if I had room I would definitely have had seconds. Aside from the amazing food the service was wonderful, on point and impeccable. Great fountain view, Italian experience, great people working there, beautiful open kitchen where you can see our great getting made. Our server was attentive and definitely walked is through the menu and made some great suggestions that did not disappoint. Having been here many I am definitely looking forward to coming back and recommending this great restaurant with authentic Italian food.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Modest dinner for four with only two drinks and one person had pizza cost $175 before tip. Good food but not an especially good value.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Easy location to get to, plenty of street parking, excellent food, attentive service, in short, everything you need for getting a group of friends together for a pleasant evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great bellini. Very nice pasta.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The last time I was at Il Fornaio in San Francisco was 26 years ago with my husband for brunch. We had such great memories, that I knew I had to go again when I returned to San Francisco last weekend with a friend. It is still fantastic and lived up to my memory!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food, attentive waiter. We were there early so not allot of people. Not sure of the noise level when there are more. Greatly enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a nice lunch outside. The food and service was lovely.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I called in ahead to ensure appetizers were there when we received when we arrived at 1145 and we got there and they told us that it wouldn't be ready until noon. When we got the food, it was COLD!

we ordered our food - it was bland, cold, sloppy plating, and it was not very tasty. I've had better at Olive Garden. HUGE disappointment, especially since it was a celebration lunch. HORRIBLE FOOD. Ambience and service was great but the food was disgusting.

FOOD: Gnocchi was chewy, chicken shell pasta was bland - no flavor, seafood medley - all the seafood was chewy and over cooked, penne in vodka sauce - gross - just gross.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Came here with a group of 6 as a recommendation from my friend. We came right when they opened so there was plenty of seating. They have a lot of on their menu, different types of pasta, pizza and salads! I like how they have an option to have a smaller portion of pasta, so I can get a salad or even save room for their amazing tiramisu! If you are a tiramisu lover then this is the place for you. Our server Mario was very sweet and knowledgeable. It great when server know their food and know what to recommend you. We sat on their lovely outside area where there had a fountain. Overall this place is amazing for the quality, portion and price. Will definitely come here again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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 Daylan 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I ordered the seafood pasta. I felt the seafood was a little tough. It's not fresh seafood.

the sauce was tasty though. And the portion was good.

The server was good and the staff was friendly and even did something special for my friend's birthday.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Really enjoyed my trip to San Francisco, and your restaurant. The food was very tasty, and the location of the place was fun, and scenic. I would certainly return for another meal the next time in town.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful dinner/good friends... REGIONALE selection great; service slow due to private party & not enough staff for a Friday nite!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Selection of music on continuous loop annoying and did not fit with style of restaurant. What happened to the opera selections that the restaurant used to play and were so fitting and pleasant?

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always love Il Fornaio it is quiet, lovely ambiance and has delicious food

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Waiters were too busy because of a large party that was unexpected. Seemed to be under staffed.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Server was barely around. Didn’t check up on us after serving food until it was time to pay.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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