Il Fornaio - San Jose

4.8
3797 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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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
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PatriciaC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grilled seafood platter is my favorite . Enjoyed the Mother's Day flight of wines. No room for dessert. No problem getting a reservation. Staff were making lots of cocktails so this seems the place to explore those special drinks.

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Anni
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great and the food was cooked to perfection. Great place to celebrate an anniversary.

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ERICAW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was ok, not worth the amount it is priced. My Brother in law ordered a steak medium, when he got it, it was so rare it was purple inside. They fixed it, but not something you want to see on a almost $40 meal. I probably will not go back there for dinner, but I have had their brunch before and that is definitely better quality food wise.

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DonaldP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sea food grill! Good observations of the social distancing, too. Wonderful to be able to come back now and enjoy everything about Il Fornaio!

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CarlosS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mother's day lunch. Service was fantastic. All Covid-19 protocols seemed to be followed, and we had a comfortable, delicious, meal.

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vipJeffJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio was a wonderful surprise. Luckily they had availability for a last minute reservation. Great food & wonderful service! Looking forward to going back during a future trip to San Jose.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy having dinner at Il Fornaio in Downtown SJ, especially when Ihab is our server!

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Firenze
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant experience celebrating my brother in law’s birthday . It was quiet and the wait staff was attentive. Our dinner was delicious.Appreciate the complementary tiramisu.Grazie!

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NedP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is in the Saint Claire Hotel building (now a Westin) in downtown San Jose. The interior of the restaurant is absolutely magnificent, and Il Fornaio is an absolutely gorgeous place. The service, food, ambiance, friendliness, attention to detail, food, food, etc. is excellent. So happy to see them come alive again as we are coming out of this horrible pandemic.

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vipOutandabout
San Francisco
380 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent, as were our cocktails. Service was as good as could be expected. It was a Friday night and there was only one waiter, one bus boy and the host taking care of the quite busy floor. We enjoyed our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service!

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RockGal
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They didn't get the fifth star on food bc the chicken was overcooked (dried out) in my meal (don't recall the name. pasta 4 stars on value bc most things cost way too much these days. The service was impeccable.

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NancyR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The server was patient with our 4 year old and our 84 year old. Food was delicious and the Maestro signature cocktail was awesome.

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HDFlagg
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to come back to somewhat normal indoor dining. Il Fornaio was well set up, extremely comfortable and it felt safe to dine indoors. The service and food was incredible. The staff was as excited to see us as we were to be dining out. This is a great spot for a date, family dinner or a special occasion.

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vipkat2kool
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a full year due to the pandemic since we have dined at our favorite downtown San Jose, CA restaurant. Il Fornaio, we have missed you so much! We ordered an appetizer/pizza as the entree and cannoli for dessert! The pizza is truly Italian thin-style crust—excellent! It was a phenomenal experience. Grazie Mille.

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flash
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was great, the chief even came to our table to check on us. Short ribs, pasta mare, pasta chicken were all tasty.

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vipEnriqueRomo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We have eaten at il Fornaio many times in Walnut Creek.....and have generally been very content with our food. This was our first visit to the San Jose location, and the food was not what we expected....the bread and service was very good. We will not return to this location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a welcome relief to have Il Fornaio back in operation indoors! This is such a special place inside the former St. Claire Hotel. My husband and I had a private celebration on a Sunday evening - just one other party had been seated. We received excellent and attentive service, our drinks were carefully made, and the food, quite delicious, which we fully expected. Care is being taken by all staff to ensure Covid safety protocols are being followed. Time to reserve your table for the Holidays!

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CarmenC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to come back. Service and food did not disappoint us.

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vipCarlos
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great news that Il-Fornaio is back, it is one of my favorite restaurants.

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kboomkboom
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was good, not great. Ribs were on the sweeter side.
Service was excellent.

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Jackie1
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Our waiter Ronald was absolutely FANTASTIC! Although it was quite busy, he never lost track of us... and he was extremely pleasant in manner, especially when he encountered one of the members of our group suggesting he should have the bacon be extra crispy and another member of our group 'demand' that her bacon be less 'crispy'!!! I don't know if our Waiter's name was Ronald or Roland or something in between... but I have had this waiter before and he has been impeccable each and every time!!! AND I at frequently at Il Fornaio in San Jose, CA.!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service. We had a theater schedule which was met efficiently politely without spoiling the dining experience and food quality.

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vipAnneD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best birthday dinner here! The entire staff made sure I felt special. We started with some cocktails, which were fruity and balanced and yummy. The food itself was phenomenal! The calamari was one of the best we've had, my grilled seafood had all kinds of tasty options, while my partner's steak made him so happy, and the tiramisu had a hand written "happy bday" in a raspberry sauce that made me smile. (I used my passport birthday reward for my tiramisu, but they were planning on giving us a free birthday slice anyway!) Our waiter was the kindest and most attentive man I have literally ever had, while all the staff incredibly friendly. I highly recommend coming here for any special occasion, as they go above and beyond!

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vipJamesD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Very slow and poor service. Delivered appetizers at same time as entrees. Repeatedly had to ask for water, drink and bread refills.

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Lizr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The prime was tough and dry but the service was excellent.

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vipABSJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for pre-Opera dinner. Received our usual outstanding service from our Server, Ihab who is always most helpful and accommodating. Able to taste the wine before selecting. Had the very delicious grilled salmon special with grilled potatoes & veggies, my wife a very savory Branzino fish, and sister in law had pasta with Porcini mushrooms. When we asked for a bit more more Porcini's for the pasta, no problem with immediate extra Porcini's & sauce brought out with a smile.

Heading back again next week for dinner before a Speaker Series event downtown.

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will
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as usual. The waiter was excellent ....friendly and knowledgeable. The excellent selection of wine, both bottle and by the glass, met the needs of all 6 in our party.

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JanC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Limited menu and not as good as it was 2-3 years ago. Something has changed there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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PETERR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

the food has deteriorated over the past 2+ years at that location.
bland, uninteresting, taste. Half hot, the other just warm on the same, cold, plate.
price - value relation is OFF significantly.

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SusanC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service not very good. Food okay. This place used to be much better.

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SFnative
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Would of given more stars, but the service was very slow. Slow getting our drink order, slow getting our drinks, slow taking our food order, slow receiving our food, same goes for desserts. Food OK. Good pastas. excellent bread. Spumoni delicious. Could improve the service.

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EricT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific dinner and top notch service. Service staff was very friendly, and replaced the cocktail was was not prepared to our liking. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for terrific food, drinks, and atmosphere.

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George
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice restaurant, great food. The only reason I didn't give a five star rating was the bar! They only had limited spirits, my wife asked for three different drinks and all three times our server came back with the same response ( sorry we don't have that right now ) Please don't let this steer you away from the great food and fresh pasta.

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JoAnnP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time. The food and service was fantastic. Thank You

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and a great atmosphere.

GB
vipGregBinNOPA
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Food is consistently fine in each location. Always a go-to

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Samanthaf123
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

This was our second time at this location, it’s convenient after watching the Opera. We had reservations and were seated right away. Got water and bread within 5-7 minutes. But no wait staff for a good 20 minutes, we had to ask the bus boy that we gave been waiting to order. Waiter showed up with an attitude, I said you are busy tonight, must be short staffed. He responded yes, plus everyone showed up at the same time. Took our order and never came back till we had to ask our bus boy yo call him again so we could order desserts. He showed up with an attitude again, my friend had ordered a salad that never made it to the table. Hey ok our dessert order ten didn’t see him again. Had to flag him again to get the check. I know these guys work for tips, but thus is not how you earn it, I still gave him 17%. NEVER going back to his location. We spent over $200 on for 3 here, I’m sure another place will appreciate our business next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waiter seemed confused and took my drink away. Food was cold and undercooked.

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Il Fornaio - San Jose is rated 4.8 stars by 3797 OpenTable diners.

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