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Il Fornaio - San Jose, San Jose, CA

Il Fornaio - San Jose

4.4
4.4
3746 Reviews
$30 and under
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. Repeat winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 271-3366

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Suttle

  • Catering

    Il Fornaio offers full service off-site catering. Please contact the Il Fornaio catering department at (408)271-3350.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio San Jose offers 3 private dining rooms inside the restaurant, accommodating groups from 5-35. Contact the Event Coordinator at BanquetsSJ@ilfo.com or 408-271-3351 for information on how to book a private party.

  • Private party contact

    Kaci Peel: (877) 578-2189

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Cross street

    San Carlos St.

  • Parking details

    There is street parking available, and there are several public parking lots in the area.

  • Public transit

    City bus and light rail stops are located nearby

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,746 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Italian

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  1. DM

    DonnaM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food absolutely amazing!
  2. M

    Maya

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Overall it was an okay visit. I was expecting more as this place has been around for long and I was hoping for a nice Italian meal. The burrata salad was great with fresh burrata cheese. Minestrone soup was mushy. Cesar salad was crunchy and fresh. Seafood linguine was okay. The pasta was very under cooked and had a crunch to it but the seafood was cooked very well and tasted yummy. The lasagne was no bueno. Really bad zero sauce. Really dry pasta and over seasoned sausage or meat. And hardly any mushrooms and there was more oil in the dish than anything else. Very disappointed in that. The affogato dessert was very good. Fresh vanilla ice cream and decent coffee. Probably would not return by choice
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Honestly the food here was amazing. Some of the best italian food I have ever had. 10/10.
  4. CH

    CarolynH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Over the years I've often eaten at II Farnaio. Everything I've had was wonderful from pasta to salads to chicken dishes. Recently I dinned with friends and was surprised at the bill. Will need to consider that next time I dine downtown San Jose.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bread is soooo good. Had the Caesar salad and the walnut and squash raviolis, both very tasty. I particularly enjoyed the raviolis. Attentive service and full bar, central San Jose.
  6. DD

    DnD2010

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the seafood Linguine Mare Chiaro and Pollo Ai Funghi. Both were delicious. Our waiter was very nice and overall we had a good dining experience. The restaurant was mostly empty on an early Sunday evening.
  7. BJ

    1BigJohn

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our wedding anniversary and the server brought over two glasses of champagne before dinner. And for dessert he brought a serving of tiramisu with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate. He was a very nice server.
  8. FC

    FernandoC

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The price was great and the food was good, you can’t beat that
  9. KJ

    KarenJ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ihab was our server and he was wonderful. Food and ambiance is consistantly great!
  10. JG

    JoanneG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    After a slight issue with one of the dishes, the meal was quite good. Had the seafood mixed grill and it was well prepared and delicious. The wait staff was a bit stiff at first but was attentive after fixing the one issue we had (undercooked Brussels sprouts). Overall would recommend.
  11. SF

    SFgal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was perfect. Meal courses were properly timed. Wait person was helpful and cheerful. Food was perfectly cooked and the portions were appropriate. We had the Pollo con Funghi and the Grilled Mixed Seafood dinners. The Chianti wine and raspberry gelato paired well. We were happy customers.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Beet salad had beets that were hard and the balsamic in the dressing overwhelmed the salad. The pasta was overcooked as was the grilled chicken that was ordered as an addition. The salmon was ok but the potatoes and vegetable accompanying it were not. Used to be my go to place when seeing a show/concert in San Jose. Will look elsewhere.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    IHAB was an amazing server, ask for him! Food was amazing too!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Wasn’t the best dining experience and unfortunately could have been so much better with a little more customer service. From the start, we were sat at a table that had a dirty table linen. Decided to looked past that and enjoy the experience. Drinks and appetizers were promptly delivered and taste was exceptional. Dinner came next, unfortunately that was pretty much the last time we saw our waiter. Never came to check on our meals and we had to get up to retrieve our own salt and pepper. After our plates were cleared we patiently waited for a dessert menu, and ultimately looked at the online menu. We eventually placed our dessert order and it was dropped off at our table by other staff member. Unfortunately, we had no silverware or share plates, so after sitting and patiently waiting we managed to flag down our server and get what we needed in order to eat dessert. Sadly, it wasn’t worth the wait. We ordered the cannolis and although the filling was quite tasty, the cannoli itself was hard as a rock. Literally felt like I was going to break my tooth trying to bite into it. Overall, drinks, appetizers, entrees were very good, service was completely lacking and as for the cannolis, I suggest getting anything else.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food was good and well presented. We didn't enjoy the cannoli dessert as much.
  16. F

    Foodies

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was top notch and knowledgeable. We were very happy with the service and food
  17. S

    Skarlet97

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place to come before a show in downtown San Jose. The service is friendly and efficient. The food is delicious. And the price is good for what you get.
  18. JR

    JanetR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was very good and our table enjoyed our food selections. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu. A very good experience.
  19. GD

    GreatDate

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the restaurant before our theatre date. Exemplary service provided by THE Lou, who was personable, knowledgeable and not a bit intrusive. The menu offered some different specials - we went for the branzino and the pasta with sausage, mushrooms and caramelized onions were excellently prepared and delicious.
  20. SF

    SarahF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely restaurant located inside the Westin Hotel. We came here before seeing a show and had a great meal, all the food came out at once, as ordered. Our group had an excellent time.
  21. EJ

    EmilJ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Steak was overcooked and tough, salmon was overcooked and dry, Just all around meh.
  22. CO

    ChristineO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The restaurant was very nice, and our waitress was friendly and very nice. But the food was not what we expected. There were four of us, we all got different dishes, and none of us were impressed with what we got. Two actually had the waitress take the food back and ordered another dish, which was better but not what was expected.
  23. SS

    SaraS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner here before a show. Wonderful service, food and great kids menu. Would definitely recommend!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great branzino and good wine
  25. 1

    1gem

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality and service. Will definitely come back
  26. T

    Travelgirl902

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The service was attentive but the food was tasteless.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Server very friendly and attentive
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a business meal here and everything is perfect.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The waitstaff was nice when they showed up - service was very slow. Bread used for the bruschetta was stale. My husband had the chicken and sun-dried tomato in a pesto cream sauce. He said it was too salty. Luckily, my salmon with broccoli rabe and potatoes was nicely cooked. Cocktails were over prices and too sweet.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Our server was not having a good day. We dine in 6/19/2022 at 5p reservation. But i still gave her 22% tip
  31. d

    dennism

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Before a concert
  32. SB

    SuzanneB

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My mother’s birthday and Andrea Bocelli concert
  33. BG

    BridgetG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good choice for after a performance. Make a reservation in advance.
  34. JL

    JessieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, atmosphere, everything was absolutely amazing!
  35. CP

    CathyP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Il Fornaio has long been a favorite of mine and my family’s. A simply beautiful restaurant with a welcoming staff. The ambience last Friday was conducive to an enjoyable evening with an old and dear friend. We each enjoyed our dinners - great quality and presentation. Our server seemed new and somewhat unsure of himself. At the beginning of the meal, he asked us the same questions repeatedly. However, overall his service was more than adequate.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lou, our server, created a wonderful birthday dinner experience for our party of 4. The food was served in a timely fashion, and was well presented. Thank you for a wonderful dining adventure!
  37. LD

    LouD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely except I had to remind them that it was a birthday celebration.
  38. s

    scotalan

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, close to Parking and the California Theater. We were seated immediately upon arrival, provided water, menus and offered drinks very promptly. Our waiter was very attentive without being overbearing, and brought courses at appropriate levels and kept our wine glasses full. Excellent experience.
  39. PS

    PurviS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant. We celebrate lot of our special events here and their service is fabulous and the food is delicious. The ambiance is calm and perfect for a date night or family night.
  40. X

    Xntrc2b

    Hawaii

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Returned to Il Fornaio last night for the first time in a couple of years. It was a very nice, relaxed dinner with the usual great service. Enjoyed the evening and the food. Wish they didn't feel they have to charge for bread, but times have changed. We've spent many milestones and large group dinners at Il Fornaio. Glad they are still there and still the good restaurant they have always been.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Il Fornaio - San Jose using the Order Online button. Il Fornaio - San Jose also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 271-3366.

Il Fornaio - San Jose is rated 4.4 stars by 3746 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Il Fornaio - San Jose

302 South Market St., San Jose, CA 95113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    San Carlos St.

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is street parking available, and there are several public parking lots in the area.

  • Public transit

    City bus and light rail stops are located nearby

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Suttle

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (408) 271-3366

  • Catering

    Il Fornaio offers full service off-site catering. Please contact the Il Fornaio catering department at (408)271-3350.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio San Jose offers 3 private dining rooms inside the restaurant, accommodating groups from 5-35. Contact the Event Coordinator at BanquetsSJ@ilfo.com or 408-271-3351 for information on how to book a private party.

  • Private party contact

    Kaci Peel: (877) 578-2189

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