Il Fornaio - San Jose

4.2
3254 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 271-3366
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Francesco Gazzana
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Catering
Il Fornaio offers full service off-site catering. Please contact the Il Fornaio catering department at (408)271-3350.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Carlos St.
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Parking details
Valet is available; the cost is $10 for the first 2 hours, and then posted rates thereafter. There is also complimentary validated parking in the convention center parking structure, then the city will charge for the third hour and then full price after three hours. There is also street parking available,
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Public transit
City bus stops are located nearby
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Special events & promotions
Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 14th
10am - 2:30pm
Buffet only.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 11:45PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 11:45PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 11:45PM

What 3254 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here. We shared a couple of appetizers and a dessert, and everything was good. The service was friendly also, and the room has a nice ambiance.

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TE
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta was cooked perfectly. The noise level was fine for carrying on a good conversation. Our party enjoyed everything that was served from the bread to entree to the dessert.

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AK
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good Italian restaurant in down town San Jose. Very good ambiance and good lunch selection.
Not too crowded on a week day and good location for a business lunch.

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KR
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Prices have gone up a lot and too high for their offerings.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!!!
Yummy,
Good food and wine!!!!
What else can I say?
Go there at least 5 times a year

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W
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Bland food, all around. Salad was far over chilled and flavorless. Services was slow.

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CH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot to have a drink and catch up with friends after work!

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RN
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters or servers are very nice and food was so great

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J
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was my birthday and my son took me to dinner. We were enjoying our appetizer and the waitress showed up with our entree. That was very disruptive and disappointing.

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AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very mediocre. Food was tasteless and disappointing.

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DP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A business meal before the Dhatks game worked out well. Server was good. Great cocktails. We both had excellently prepared pasta dishes.

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OT
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Just ok.
We felt hurried
Ordered pizza had to send back. Not hot.
Next one really good.
Manager made it up to us.
He deserves the star.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two colleagues and I had dinner at Il Fornaio two days ago. The food was excellent. I really enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli. Being so close to the San Jose Convention Center on the evening of a conference, we expected it might be noisy, but it wasn't. It has great ambience and service and delicious food.

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NS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was average, prices were not, service was good. I had higher expectations and will probably not be back anytime soon.

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FG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with very friendly and accommodating staff

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service is not really good for the premium price.
Food is ok not what I expect
The place looks good and quiety

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W
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

While I would recommend this restaurant to others, there are other choices in the neighborhood that are better. The martinis were very good. The food was served in large order it, but was nothing exceptional. We have that other bill for Ngaio restaurant and found them to be more welcoming with better food.

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GW
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server Pat was super attentive. The food and wine were excellent. A great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Some of the employees seemed brand new and poorly trained. With the number of employees in
site, service should have been much better than it was.
Such a great room was very disappointed to see how much it has slipped. We continue to witness a total
drop off in Restaurant service and quality even though prices continue to escalate in this Area.
The overall talent pool in many areas continues to erode seemingly due to the low unemployment rate.
I urge management to position themselves in the Middle of the Dinning Room and be more determined
to fix the apparent lack of experience we witnessed.
I urge Management to offer the multi course FestivalRegional complete meal special like most of the other
II Fornio locations including Palo Alto.

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AS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We want to love Il Fornaio but they just can’t deliver. We go there for pre show dinners two times a month. They don’t seem to to understand the the needs of their patrons. The staff , while friendly, seems to be unintuitive. We asked for the wine order first, instead we received soup and salid then, later our wine. The entres arrived in hot plates with warm sauce and pasta but with refridgerator cold Cantiloni and meat balls. They just don’t seem to get it. I then ordered an espresso, brought to me by a manager, it was in a regular size coffee cup and room temperature cool. IL Fornaio presents itself as a European style Bistro/ Restaurant but the San Jose restaurant simply can’t deliver on that promise.

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DH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the San Jose Il Fornaio location, and we loved it. We went for dinner, then to a concert at the San Jose Civic Center, which was only a block away. It was my birthday, which the hostess and waitress both mentioned. The food was delicious, the staff was wonderful. It was a very nice evening!

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was pretty good, not "knock your socks off" good but above average. The service was slow - we had to request for our check and still had to wait even for a while even after our request. The water-man was attentive and frequently our table quite often, filling our glasses. It also took a while for our meal to be served, so make sure you plan for this.

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J
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

It was my husband's 75th birthday and we had enjoyed an early celebration the weekend before with family at a lovely restaurant in Sacramento. But the actual day seemed to call for something more than our usual weekday dinner at home. We chose Il Fornaio because we live close by so no driving, no parking and the opportunity to enjoy that extra glass of wine. And also it's generally reliable and on weekdays usually quiet enough so two people can enjoy a pleasant conversation with dinner.

But the evening was a disaster! The bare bones of it is that the waiter who brought us our first glass of wine and a salad announced that the kitchen wouldn't split the salad, took off without leaving any utensils to do so and was never seen again. When our dishes and glasses had sat empty for nearly half an hour I asked the front desk person if she could locate our server but neither she nor the assistant manager were able to do so. A second waiter was assigned to our table and he went in search of our entrees. I don't know what had happened, but it took another twenty minutes before he reappeared and they arrived. I was truly angry and honestly next to tears because this was to be our date night on husband's birthday and I had made the restaurant decision.

To be fair, the food was good when it finally arrived and at her own insistence, the assistant manager comped our entire meal. I don't imagine there was much else she could do. At the end a generous slice of tiramisou appeared, embellished with birthday wishes in Italian. So the food was good, the conversation was audible and enjoyable, and we could walk home, but how that all unfolded the way it did is beyond me. It was more than a small screw-up, it was almost like a French farce, except it wasn't amusing. There are plenty of restaurants in downtown San Jose these days and I don't suppose I'm going back to Il Fornaio any time soon.

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BT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointing. Potential for great food. Falls short. Vitello al limone was good, but way too lemony, and I am a well known lemon lover! Sauces should be subtle and complement the food, rather than overwhelm the flavors. Pizza with Proscuto and shaved Parmesan was served cold! Explanation by server after the fact, proscuto would shrivel up. May be menu should state pizza would be cold. No offer to substitute or offer compensation. Shared veal with companion and waiter boxed pizza. Last, but not least, found spot on tablecloth when moved bread dish...Expected tablecloth to be clean and spotless. Thank G-d for the wonderful Mozart Opera next door, before the fiasco of dinner!

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing visit given the high price for the experience. Server was mediocre, only came to check on us a few times and when passing our plates (we were at a booth) he had us "pass them down" instead of taking the 10 seconds to walk around the table. Food was a big disappointment. The salad was overdressed, the veal scallopine was chewy, the pizza was undercooked, and even our cappuccino was luke warm. Next time will go to Joe's next door. Too bad, as we love the I.F. in Burlingame.

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J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, nice ambiance, very good service, I was accomodated with an entree that was not on the menu. Excellent desserts. Overall, one of my favourite restaurants

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ZC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was deplorable! We were seated at 6:30 as per our reservation with a concert start of 8:00, which we told them from the start. We waited 20 minutes before anyone came to take a drink order. This was after asking twice for a waiter. We waited another 10 minutes before the waiter returned to take our food order. We were told that they would get us out of there in plenty of time. We waited 15 minutes before the drinks arrived. It would have been faster to go to the bar ourselves. The food arrived at 7:25. The steak was gristly. The seafood and mixed drink were good. We were told that there were two big events that evening. As a restaurant right in the thick of it, wouldn't you plan for that though? The poor service put a strain on our experience. We walked into the concert venue when the first song started to play. Really unacceptable.

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B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My wife and I had dinner here recently. It is an attractive setting and the service was good.

We shared a Caesar salad and each ordered a seafood pasta dish, which was expensive (around $30). The wait person told us the dish was spicy, which was fine with us.

The food was very bland and certainly not spicy. It wasn’t tasteless, but close. We were very disappointed.

My wife had a mixed drink, which was very weak on alcohol, and I had a glass of wine. Both were very expensive for what we got.

For all of this, our bill was $102 before the tip. The food and drinks were definitely not worth it.

There are a lot of very good restaurants in downtown San Jose. Sadly, it appears Il Fornaio is not one of them.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Everything except the food was amazing.

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W
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Another nice dinner before the theater. The service and the pasta were very good.

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very bad altitude, I had reservation the other day at lunch. I arrived there on time with my guest, but the guy at the check point can not find my reservation. After I went to other place, the open table sent me an email that I missed my lunch reservation.

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h
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Comfortable setting for after opera dinner. Miss the fixed price, tri-course offering. No longer offered.

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BM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late for our reservation due to traffic and we had a time commitment. Our server was the absolute best - even had time for dessert and 15 minutes to spare!

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CA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent and congenial and came by many times. The bus-man was also good. The 3 of us enjoyed the wine, 3 different kinds of delicious bread, and our pasta and beet salad choices. I generally have the penne vodka because it's so wonderful. It was a delightful meal and we enjoyed our window table.

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JT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything in this restaurant was pleasant: ambiance, food and service.
I think that appetizers were the best. Minestrone soup and sea bass as the main dish was tasty too.
Definitely we will come back .

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone at our table had the seafood skewers and loved the dish. It was absolutely delicious.
Service was excellent also.

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BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our meal and Tristan was friendly and attentive. Pleasant ambiance!

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EC
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Gluten-free pasta was the best pasta gluten free or otherwise that I have ever eaten. Very impressive. Service was a little slow and we ended up running late for our event... that was disappointing, but the food was worth it.

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CD
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Bad food, bad service. It’s gone way downhill over the years. Go somewhere else

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Top of the line service. The manager came around multiple times to check on how we were doing and welcomed us to the restaurant, as it was our first time. We had the calamari for ab Appetizer and two pasta dishes. Just superb!!! Would definitely recommend to anyone in the San Jose area!

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