Il Fornaio - San Jose

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3447 reviews
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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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat the mom's 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 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Treat the dad's 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, June 16, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Easter Sunday will be Buffet ONLY from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Dinner service starting at 4:00pm and will be our A La Carte Menu. Celebrate Easter at Il Fornaio with your friends and family!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 3447 People Are Saying
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C
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Food was great. Service was exceptional.

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great location for venues that are near by. The food was ok ,but it didn’t amaze me. I didn’t realize it was a chain of restaurants, maybe that has something to do with the overall quality.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is ok with big portion, fast service but not many choices, mostly chicken. Defintely not high scale restaurant. Prefer Maggiano.

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful evening - I thought our table might be tucked away a little more

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GG
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter who waited on us this time is the best I have experienced in a very long time! Great service and lovely meal! Much thanks!

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FB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outside of Cafe Mare in Santa Cruz, it may be the best restaurant for Italian food south of San Mateo.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was slow, drink orders were incorrect, and the food was over salted and mediocre.

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AS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Classy and great food. Had the lasagna and it was the best i have ever had.

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Terrible, the food was NOT what we recalled from the past and the service was terrible!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was delicious Although the temperature could’ve been a bit warmer. It took quite a while for us to have someone come to our table to take our order. The waiter was satisfactory but not super attentive. It was a fairly busy evening but it was a weeknight so wasn’t expecting that it would be that busy.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Our waiter Ihab was great. Came here for the Trio special and it was excellent. However, the Trout special was a bit expensive for what it came with and sauce is too sour. Dining experience is always good at Il Fornaio.

They run out of Vanilla gelato!! The Pizza was over done, dough was a bit burnt. Other than that, I always like the Pasta Selections.

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good spot to dine before a concert. Quiet enough to have a good conversation. Waiters are attentive. Pasta potions are large enough to share. Good value and wine choices from Italy and the US.

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WL
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The atmosphere was just right.

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

the branzino was over salted, the lasagna was soupy and out waiter didn't know the menu or the difference in the "sparkling" wines. He also didn't ask how our meal was, and his tie was stained.

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Z
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Nothing negative I could say at all.
Recommended!

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MH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Came in early. All food, soups and entrees were warm not hot. Service was spotty. Was disappointed.

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GD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good and priced reasonably

Service was terrible. Waiter took 15 mins to get drinks. Only iced teas and waters for 7. Had to flag him down to take our order after another 15 mins. Then in conclusion had to get up
And chase him down to bring and pickup check.My customers had to leave before finishing meal due to length of time expired and mtgs following lunch. 90 minutes to order up pasta. Would not go back due to extremely poor service. Thx. Gary

Also tables close and not the best place for business mtgs.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We allowed 1 1/2 hours for dinner before attending a show. We received our food 25 minutes before the start of the show....while food was good service was not.

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V
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good ambience for professional or family; fantastic look entering in the restaurant; privacy (enough distance between two tables and lower noise level); excellent food. Service was given as expected.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like the place. Foods were superb, service was excellent and place was pleasant. We absolutely love it

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P
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Good service, but not very good food. Overcooked fish and bland sauce, at more than $30. Would not go back.

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b
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great food and service and a beautiful decor and quiet!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The server had many tables and the manager and hostess took up the slack...they were wonderful. Will definitely go back

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DM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bruschetta is really good. Calamari is good. Combo makes a great lunch to share.

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N
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Why am I not allowed a reservation until 8:00 PM when the restaurant has been slow all evening?

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SJ
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails, the food and service are always excellent. It was a perfect choice before a Cinequest event around the corner at the California Theatre.

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The appetizer was delicious my Bolognese Entrée was excellent, but my wife’s fish was thin and dry

Very pricey and not quite worth it

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JP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The carpaccio was perfect with the lemon and caper dressing. My husband loved his spicy spinach ravioli and our friend thought the lasagne was some of the best he'd had. We really enjoyed this dinner
together before going over to see Gordon Lightfoot at the City National Civic. A perfect way to start the evening.

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V
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We were finished with dinner in 35 minutes. Had two courses each and a bottle of wine (which we didn’t finish). Service was too rushed and the restaurant was not busy. Food is average to good.

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C
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant, good service, expansive menu. Always enjoy our dining experience here.

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JB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and equally great service. Will certainly go again.

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DL
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

My waiter was new perhaps?
But dead as a doornail, barely said three words & slow.
Perhaps better training is a wise option???

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

As always, the bread is excellent.
appetizer 'Carpaccio' is a treat.
seafood too heavily cooked. seasoning OK though

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DM
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Calamari was great. The pizza was decidedly so-so. We have been to Il Fornaio on multiple occasions--and this was the 1st time we tried their pizza. We really like the rest of the menu. But will not reorder the pizza when we go again.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately the service was very sparse, It didn't seem to be a lack of staff, you just couldn't make eye contact with anyone. Our reservation was at 4pm so not the dinner hour for sure. I have been to many Il Fornaio's so it won't stop me from going again. We are all human after all. She was a good server.

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j
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Everything was “swimming “ in butter- food was marginal, boring and the choices were predictable and expected .
Was once my favorite Italian restaurant- I’ll be looking for something new-

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SS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Everyone in our party really enjoyed the meal.

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l
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Il Fornaio always strives to give the diner a first class experience. Minor shortfalls occur from time to time, but in general this is a very consistent restaurant with outstanding food, selection, presentation, and overall service. Plenty of wait-staff to ensure that details are not overlooked. Water, bread, etc are always ready and replenished as needed. Entrees arrive hot and plated well. Occasionally, there is a hiccup between the salad / soup course and the timing for the entrees. This can leave the guest struggling to help the server actually get the meals onto the table. A bit more coordination between the bussers and the servers would eliminate this problem and allow the server to set an entree down after the salad or soup serving dishes have been cleared. Solid wine list, and good overall ambiance. It's an absolute "go to" for downtown dining in San Jose!

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BB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Understaffed, so service was very slow. Had to ask for water & coffee refills. Food was slow to come out. I'm glad to see the place full, as I have always liked it. Food is good, not great.

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m
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a good meal and service was also very good.

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