Il Fornaio - San Jose

4.5
3769 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
What 3769 people are saying
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Vivalasvegas
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent can’t complain about anything. We have dined here many times.

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vipAnag
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

First time trying this place out, it was a fun date! The food was good but nothing over the top, service as well. The ambiance was really nice!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and service was excellent

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AshleyT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner! Service was excellent. Great recommendations. Everything came to the table quickly. Will definitely go back!

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VeronicaS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in downtown SJ. Thank you for making my dinner anniversary fantastic!

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KevinG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food; fine, friendly service; the noise level was low

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vipd123
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice, pleasant dinner, I was quite surprised to be charge for bread!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent

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DianaG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were both above and beyond.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch and the food was quite delicious .

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Alimaris
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very delicious, perfect place with many amenities and the service so polite and very friendly

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Debi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sergio seated us. Ihab our waiter did a great job opening our wine and suggesting what was good on the menu. We had outstanding fresh cod.

Wonderful time with our friends!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like cross street parking. I can see my car while I am having my dinner. Food is delicious as always and service is wonderful as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary and pre comedy show dinner

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ChrisS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! Service even better.

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vipJEK1
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our food was tasty and presented hot. Service was excellent and attentive.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant this is NOT the one. Their pasta special with seafood w/white sauce tasted like they scooped it from the ocean and served it, no flavor just frozen seafood that was left for month. Their bolognese pasta tasted just like tomato paste, nothing else. The only thing that was good was wine from Sonoma…

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JaimeD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The best NY steak I ever had… you should definitely try this place out.

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LizbethL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice service great food and everything was perfect

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vipwendyl
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The service was really bad abs we were surprised. Took twenty min to order a beverage after seated. Took far longer to order dinner. Food very good but please provide some service.

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KennethS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great servicev

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ErinH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and good service, when they were around. You can’t go here and be on a schedule. We weren’t, thankfully. Really enjoy this place overall, just be aware…

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vipToddM
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute decision to eat at Il Fornio as we were passing through town and were pleasantly surprised at the excellent service by the staff, especially Ihab our server, and excellent quality drinks and meal.

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ChrisO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great ambience right in downtown San Jose. The braised short ribs are awesome!

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MonicaC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The drinks and service was great but the food was sadly terrible. The bruschetta was good but the bread tasted like it was days old. I ordered a dinner special of Rigatoni and it was just a mess. Tasted and looked terrible. We also ordered lasagna which tasted frozen. Very expensive for this quality of food. I have been to ll Fornaio several times other locations and have been great. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from start to end of dinner!!! Even short handed it was outstanding!! 👍🏻♥️

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MargaretL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Staff attentive but not overly so. Definitely will be back.

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KelleyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Servers were excellent, food was really good. Oddly we were told it would take a while to order and get our food when we were sat, so we rushed to choose something and order right away so we could get to our show, but our server was super attentive and the food came out fast. So we felt like we were needlessly rushed at the beginning. But still a great spot.

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DonnaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a perfect restaurant to celebrate a birthday! The maitre d' made sure our server knew it was my birthday, and said to 'make sure to treat her like a queen'. This included a complimentary glass of prosecco and a beautiful piece of tiramisu for dessert, both 'on the house'. My friends and I shared a caesar salad, which was a perfect amount to split for 3. Interestingly, none of us had pasta. I had the beef tenderloin, which was cooked to perfection (rare) and accompanied by carrots, broccolini, and baby potatoes. My friends had a new york steak and the short ribs, both cooked perfectly. This is a lovely restaurant, clean and elegant. Parking on the street is free after 6 pm.

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vipPhilipS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We always enjoy coming here, and the food was excellent as usual even though it seemed the portions were a little smaller. Still excellent value though. The service was great, although the ambience was a little sad because there were so few people there. This is surely the result of Covid, not the restaurant itself, and we just hope that people will have the confidence to start returning and support this excellent restaurant. Oh, and I had told open table reservation was for a birthday celebration and without asking the restaurant Davis a free happy birthday tiramisu to share. A very nice touch!

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RayB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We selected Il Fornaio for our anniversary dinner. Everything was great. Added plus that it was connected to the Westin-St.Claire Hotel where we were staying!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and the service is always outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite Italian restaurants, it didn’t disappoint.

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vipMargel
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super good food and service!

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tnumoto
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and our server was amazing! Thank you for a great meal and wine!

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MattB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and drink! Excellent staff with elegant surroundings.

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Melba
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was great. A little strange that they charged us $2 for bread, but maybe that was due to the Dine Downtown specials that we ordered.

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Debi
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love IlFornaio! They vary their specials. The staff is fantastic! One of our favorite restaurants.

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RayS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was not as good as a couple years ago. Was overcharged $10 on bottle of wine. Was charged an extra $200 on credit card. We used to enjoy going there but won't be back at least not for a long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IIl Fornaio has been one of my favorite restaurants for years.

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 4.5 stars by 3769 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - San Jose does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.