Il Fornaio - San Jose

4.3
3563 reviews
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Italian
Il Fornaio means "The Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique 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 2013.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 3563 People Are Saying
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PJ
San Francisco
229 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good lunch this afternoon. Started with the calamari, good choice, though a bit pricey ($20) compared to everywhere else for comparable calamari appetizer. The manager happened to deliver the appetizer, with no app. plates, and forgot (ignored) our request for more lemon wedges. Entrees were all good. A couple pastas and a pizza. Tiramisu for dessert was good, though could benefit from an anglaise sauce to offset the dryness. Service was adequate for the most part.

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TW
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had lunch here on a Saturday before a theater performance. The server was professional but it was a long wait for our drinks and then for our food. I had the conchiglie con pollo pasta dish and my husband had the tagliatelle bolognesee. They were both tasty. The bread and olive oil are yummy. I enjoyed the house chardonnay very much.

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HH
Orange County
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Saturday 8am breakfast, busy. Have had better service in the past meals.
Eggs good. Orange juice freshly squeezed
Oatmeal was awful! It was over-cooked pre-sweeten with too much cinnamon and brown sugar/maple syrup. It had an ugly pink appearance and paste consistency. Could not swallow the gooey substance

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant staff gave us a fine dining attentive service, choices were excellent, overall it was an outstanding experience

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SM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Need to remove water spots from wine glasses.

Water spots on the wine glasses on the tables along the window were really noticeable as the sun shined through the windows.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Service was exceptional. We were eating before a concert and our server made sure that our food came out in a timely manner. He was friendly and funny. The food was flavorful and better than expected. Would definitely go back.

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JL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This was a very disappointing meal. I always say Il Fornaio is consistently good but this night it wasn’t. My salad was wilted and my salmon was over cooked. They were busy and the kitchen was very slow.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

I don't think I'd go there again. The food wasn't bad, but not sufficient to make me want to go back. I do have to compliment the server though: we had to get out on time for an evening event, and she was very accommodating and sped up our order.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good quality food, service--would have liked to get happy hour drink price but since we were sitting 30 feet away from the bar--no discount.

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TH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Esmeralda dish that is only served at lunch. We asked our waiter who asked the chef if we could have it hot dinner. Yes! Three orders. Bingo yummm

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was good, but the service was poor. Our party of four waited over one hour after ordering until our salads arrived. Our entries were served well after the salads. We started at 5:15, so it wasn’t busy. When we inquired, the waiter was rude. Perhaps they were short-staffed, but there is no excuse for a rude waiter.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant has a very inviting atmosphere and is comfortable for a nice dining experience. My food, Gnocchi in pesto sauce tasted fine but was so small it could have been a child’s portion or an appetizer. It was very unsatisfying and priced ridiculously for the portion served. One diner at my table ordered coffee with dessert. Dessert came, was eaten and no coffee. We had to flag someone down and they said a new pot was brewing. No one bothered to tell us and it was way after the fact when we found out. The coffee order was cancelled. Not sure I will go back.

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SC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Ordinarily neutral to negative on this chain; however, San Jose turned this around. ASM Rumaldo Alvarez and waiter Christof made an early evening dinner for 4 into a very perfect dining experience for my mother-in-laws 100th birthday dinner. Excellent food, great service and personalized attention appropriate to the occasion . Honoree was thrilled. Will be back with wife (and possibly) with sports buddies. Interesting example for restraunteers how one locations performance affects the perception of your entire operation.

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EC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate! Everyone was very friendly. Brinn was a great server and did an excellent job with everything from wine and food suggestions, serving it all just on time and fixing a slight problem quickly. The food was very good as well. Missing the Cappelacci Di Zucca very much but the rest was yummy.

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PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great choices of salads and appetizers
Entrees prepared well , generous and very tasty. I always feel like I am in a very special restaurant when I dine at Il Fornaio at the Sainte Claire Hotel.

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CP
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I ordered grilled salmon, which came with broccoli rabe, fingerling carrots, and grilled new potatoes. The salmon was raw in the middle. The broccoli could not be cut with a knife; same thing with the carrots. And some of the potatoes were still crunchy in the center. Our server completely agreed that the dish was unacceptable and removed it from our bill. My dinner partner (from Italy) ordered the Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. It came with little lumps of gnocchi and similar little lumps of whole garlic. It looked and tasted nothing like an authentic gnocchi alla Sorrentina! It was 90% chopped tomatoes. What happened to the mozzarella? The service was unremarkable.

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RG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was the best!! She never tried to rush us to order our food and always made sure we had everything we needed! I would have her wait on us again and again! She was very kind and patient. I hope you will share this review with her!! Thank her again from the Grissom family.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch at 11 and the restaurant was very quiet, by noon, the restaurant was full . The service was great and the meal delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Because I put that it was an anniversary dinner they gave us a complementary glass of champagne. The food was outstanding. We'll have to go back again soon.

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GA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect lunch for three! Wonderful service.

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w
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, nice staff and beautiful atmosphere.

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m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We had a business lunch while attending an event at the convention center that is nearby the Westin San Jose where the restaurant is located. The waiter disposition was poor - he needs a different job in life and frankly the food was not well prepared. Some of guests had stomach problems after dinner - embarrassing for me who invited them. It has been a while since I had been to Il Fornaio and this is not the class of restaurant that I remember.

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R
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Odd menu, would prefer more protein choices and traditional Italian but all of our meals were great- se code was fantastic and my customer said whoever picked this place diss a great job.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Helpful staff. Great food

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JJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The pasta arrived lukewarm and gummy. It was not enjoyable to eat. All 4 people in our party had a lot of pasta left on our dishes - just could not make ourselves finish it. We were so disappointed with this experience.

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WJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit your restaurant every year when we are in town. We will be back next year. The food is great, as well as the service, and the atmosphere.

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EB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at il Fornaio on several occasions and the experience is always superb. Excellent food. Warm and elegant ambiance. Excellent service. Overall outstanding.

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating staff- we had to change up our headcount a few times for a large party. Food is great love the atmosphere. We were very pleased!

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DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to eat here for 25 years and love everything about the restaurant. As with so many places, the high prices have limited our visits now. If you want a special atmosphere for a special occasion, this is it.

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KE
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Il Fornaio location. Inside the historic St. Claire hotel in San Jose, you can't beat the ambience.

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G
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was super slow. Servers walked by for 12 min and never acknowledged that we were there. No one came by to offer something to drink until the server was ready to take the order. When the food did arrive, the servers literally reached over each of us to place down the plates. Water glasses were handled by the rim. Totally unprofessional for the price being charged. You would get better and more professional service at a diner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. College graduation

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FD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 6 of us for Father’s Day dinner. We had reservations and were seated promptly. Our waiter was the best! He was attentive, but not intrusive. Extra bread, more water, etc. was brought to us right away. We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening and hopefully will be back soon!

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KC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our table was in area with a lot of foot traffic which was bit awkward. Service was also a bit slow.

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BP
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Business lunch with out of town clients was at 11:30 opening. Greeter and staff were always kind and enjoying their roles. Menus were great, setting and of course, the food was great. My client was impressed and closing a deal based on a great experience.

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BG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent, everyone found something they really enjoyed, even a Vegan attendee. Wine was fairly expensive for a moderate quality by the glass. Must sit at the bar to get the specials. Will go back.

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MG
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were short on time and needed to get in and out ( unfortunately) but was great that our server was on top of it and helped make it happen 👍🏼

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M
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good a d service very good. For the prices, I would prefer a few other restaurants.

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J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on a Friday night and the restaurant was not crowded. we had a seat in the back where there was little noise so we could chat comfortably. we split a beet salad from the main menu and had 3 of the Ligurian specialties that are offered in June. all were excellent and filling so we skipped dessert. the recommended Ligurian wines paired well with the food. Our waiter, Frank, was professional, informative, helpful, and non obtrusive. All in all a pleasant pretheater dinner.

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