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About Il Fornaio - San Jose
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.
San Jose, CA 95113
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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
San Carlos St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Il Fornaio offers full service off-site catering. Please contact the Il Fornaio catering department at (408)271-3350.
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,
City bus stops are located nearby
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
Special Events & Promotions:
Mother's Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 14th
10am - 2:30pm
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Il Fornaio - San Jose Ratings and Reviews
Had a great dinner with my Grand-daughter. I requested a table at the window and was seated immediately upon arrival. The service was great and quick, the meal and drinks were tasty.
The manager came by to check if everything was ok. We even bought a loaf of Olive bread to take home. We definitely will visit again.
Reserved a table for after opera on a Sunday.
Could not get in the door to get a pre-dinner drink so went down the street to another venue.
The crowd had cleared by our 6:15 reservation. We had a pleasant table by the window.
Our (young) waiter was somewhat inexperienced; he couldn't recommend anything on the wine list as he was just 20 yrs. old. Since the menu was featuring wines and food from Piemonte, it would be helpful for the waitstaff to have some idea of the regional wines featured and what foods would pair well with them.
My guest and I ordered two appetizers and shared a pasta dish.
The portobello mushroom appetizer was very good; it came with a sauce and some cherry tomatoes. Very nice.
The soup ordered was very bland and also not attractive in the bowl. I should have sent it back but didn't want to make a fuss. Would not order it again.
The pasta with peas and speck with cream sauce was generous enough for two people.
Freshness of the pasta was complimented by the sauce. Simple but satisfying Sunday fare.
The Barolo ordered was fine with the pasta.
The waiter brought us a complimentary dessert of coffee/chocolate ice cream, for no particular reason.
Love Il Fornaio, but have had mixed results at this particular location. I return annually when in town for conferences. Sometimes I can’t get a table, even for a quick bite, the receptionist says they are completely booked, although the restaurant is mostly empty and it seems to me they could probably accommodate the request. The bar is very small, and gets very crowded. The servers are sometimes not attentive and on this particular occasion they ignored my guest’s special request to prepare her filet with no sauce, due to food allergies. The dish came swimming in sauce and when it later came to the servers attention, he did nothing to make it right, other than blame someone else. I think he should have discounted her meal voluntarily. The food is pretty good, I like the bread, the Caesar salad, and the seasonal menus. Pick a slow night , and be sure to make a reservation.
Il Fornaio is always a busy place, and our dinner on a Tuesday night was no exception. We got stuck in traffic and arrived about 15 minutes past our reservation time. There was no issue with them holding the reservation, but the Hostess seated each party and there was a line at the check in desk. Seems like they need two persons, one to check in and one to seat. Our waiter was great, we told him we were going to a play, and he made sure our wine and meals came out quickly. Food was very good, and it usually is. My dining partner had ravioli with red sauce and I had a chicken dish over mashed potatoes with brocolini, and there was melted cheese on the three pieces of chicken. Quite good, and very filling. We will go back.
Unfortunately the restaurant staff became overwhelmed by having to serve customers. Drinks went missing for over 45 minutes, the food order was taken after an hour and chaos reigned. I asked the manager to get involved and he promptly disappeared.
The food was OK but we waited far too long and many of my clients had to leave for flights.
Hire and properly train good staff and the problem would resolve itself.
Went on a late Sunday morning before a show matinee and was hoping for a brunch menu (e.g. Eggs Benedict) but it was just a regular hotel breakfast menu and heavy on carbs in all choices. Coffee was tepid in temperature. Our waiter seemed distracted.
Would go again for lunch or dinner because it is a sunny, quiet, pleasant and "non-industrial " setting. Have enjoyed the food at these meals before but will have to find a different breakfast spot though.
So my major complaint is that I ordered tagliatele bolognese. While the bolognese was good, similar to what I disliked about Kulteo's was that they overscoop the sauce and defies you to taste the pasta. The best restaurants that I've visited in Italy put a large scoop of the sauce in the middle of the pasta so that you are able to taste both. Pasta is or at least can be delicious. The wines were a little over double retail. My wife had a chicken pasta dish that she truly enjoyed. Service was good and the location is convenient, but being adjacent Original Joes demands better that good food
Friendly staff. Seafood appetizer with scallops and shrimp was perfectly done. Truffle oil on the Cristina pizza was so fragrant and went well with the prosciutto and greens. Waiter was attentive, cordial, and efficient. The cocktails were well mixed. The light airy feel of the place made it nice too.
They had a regular and seasonal menu and both had many appetizing options. The seasonal menu offered a tasting/flight of 3 courses for a great price as well as a wine flight to pair with it. Portions were very good sized, great value overall, and very tasty.
I'm assuming they were short staffed because our server seemed to be running all over the restaurant to many tables. There were longer than 'typical' wait times to be greeted, order, between courses, to get to go boxes, etc. but he was very friendly and made recommendations.
The reason i gave them 1 star for service is due to the bar staff. They were horrible, rude, unprofessional and lacked basic food safety. It took 10 minutes to get my drink when there were only 4 customers total at the bar. Something in my drink tasted rancid so I sent it back and it took another 10 minutes to get them to acknowledge me so I could reorder. The woman bartender ordered herself a plate of food while on the clock and I watched her shovel food into her mouth with her bare hands and then make orders for the restaurant without washing her hands. The male bartender wouldn't even look my way he was focusing on taking inventory of bottles. I wathed him take a waiters used personal cup and dunk it into the ice bin they use for customers drinks to refill it. So disgusting, I would never order mixed drinks from this bar again. Reported it to hotel staff and was told THIS WASNT THE FIRST TIME THEY HEARD THIS COMPLAINT! Management should step in and make some changes!
The Filet di Bui and the Caprese salad were excellent with the Fonteviva glass of sparkling water with a dash of lime. Ended with a zabaiolne dessert. The meat was grilled outside and tender inside.... The plate was just the right temperature and switching to roasted potatoes didn't make them as dry as the roasted potatoes. The peppercorn balsamic reduction sauce made the taste exotic.
Terrible food and disinterested service. Ordered pasta with olive oil and seafood as I did not want the sauce as I do not care for garlic. Was liberally dosed with garlic powder which is worse than real garlic. All the glasses (water and wine) smelled of detergent, I can only assume they are saving water on the rinse cycle.
While we have had fine meals at other Il Forniao locations, this one was problematic. We ordered the 3-course special menu. Appetizers were fine. The two different pasta courses had rich creamy sauces but were deficient in taste. The pork chop and branzino were both generous portions and excellent quality, but suffered from being overcooked (the manager comped us for one of the two dinners) and again could have been better seasoned. The waitress did not offer parmesan cheese, and brought out the main and pastas at the same time, which she could not fit on our table for 2, and seemed surprised when we said we wanted the mains after the pasta. We hope this was an aberration, since at other locations we have had much better experience.
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