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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.

302 South Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
San Carlos St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 271-3366

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

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

Parking Details:
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,

Public Transit:
City bus stops are located nearby

Executive Chef:
Francesco Gazzana

Additional:
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
Buffet only.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Start a new tradition with your family this Christmas! Indulge in delicious authentic Italian food with your friends and family.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

Private Dining

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Il Fornaio - San Jose Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (40)
Good for a Date (28)
Business Meals (26)
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Good for Birthdays (26)
Special Occasion (26)
Authentic (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Romantic (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Casual (15)
Good for Groups (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Seasonal (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Healthy (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Cozy (5)
Scenic View (5)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Il Fornio is always a good choice. Consistent and lots of classic options.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Terrific! Dined here multiple times the past week. One of our favorites!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Birthday do. Er

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Very attentive and friendly service, the the seafood linguine was excellent

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Nice place, as are all Il Fornaio locations. Kinda expensive now, though - not a good value, considering other venues that offer equivalent cuisine. Good quality ingredients and well- prepared. Good selection of entrees.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Terrible service, rude hostess, no visit from manager despite repeated requests.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious and the service was great. Out waiter was very attentive and made us feel very comfortable. Loved it!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Came here for our one year anniversary. Only the woman at the check in said anything to us about it. Olathe first waiter said he would be back and never came. Another waiter came and didn’t set the table as we ordered drinks. Her drink was fine but my “bubbly” champagne was flat and tasted like resealed wine and cork. Took off without me finishing my order for an appetizer. The Bruschetta was good but nothing special. Tomatoes on heavily toasted almost burnt bread. My girlfriend ordered the chicken dinner and it was dry, came with a huge portion of boiled spinach, and russet potatoes that were a mix of hard and undercooked. I ordered the seafood linguine plate and while it was pretty good the amount of tomatoe sauce was appalling and had the flavor and texture of a canned sauce base. I came here once a few years ago and it was much better. I don’t think we will be returning.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Best Ragu I’ve had in ages! Best wine to go with it...Nero D’Avilla from Sicilia

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Hope you'll expand your gluten free options with seasonal or regional specials. Pasta with vodka had a bit too much of a bacon flavor. That's more appropriate for carbonara than vodka sauce. Overall, though enjoy this restaurant very much.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Il Fornaio is a favorite for our families celebrations. Reservation was perfect, seated immediately. Waiter was friendly but slow to take our order, slower to deliver our order and almost non-existent for dessert which it was already more than 2 hours after arrival we passed on dessert. Waited for drinks as well. Had to hunt him down to get check. Had the same waiter a few month ago and he was slow that time too.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very nice light meal before theater; pasta bolognese was quite tasty with no skimping on the meat in the sauce and mixed seafood grill was also extremely good with an abundance of everything

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Juan, our server, was most helpful. We were late due to heavy traffic and he, with his excellent and attentive service, got us back on schedule for our post-dinner concert. We could not have asked for more.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was OK, but service was awful. First, they never brought appetizer for one of us. Completely forgot. Second, they brought main course, but did not remove dirty plates after appetizer. All dirty plates and silverware were left on the table until they brought a check.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Juan, our waiter, was delightful and very accommodating once we told him that we had theater tickets. The food was delicious. I had the salmon and my husband had the veal. We both had the squash soup. Both meals were excellent. The service was excellent. Plan to return again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Nick was fantastic. We've been dining here for the past 15 years and we love it. This is the place to go before a concert, and the food is wonderful! Very friendly and professional staff!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Although Il Fornaio maintains a very pleasant ambience and a high level of service, I was disappointed in the quality of the food. I ordered a Caesar salad which had a dressing with a substandard oil that made it very heavy and the lettuce stuck together in a dense mound, and the Parmesan was short on flavor. My veal with artichoke was OK, but the accompanying potatoes were much too oily. The vegetables were cooked properly but arrived cold. For the prices, I expect better quality control for ingredients like olive oil and Parmesan, and someone needs to monitor the chef’s use of oil.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had a reservation but waited 15-20 minutes for our table. Service was slow, nonexistent at times, water not refilled, and not in keeping with previous experiences at Il Fornaio. Part of our order was forgotten and when brought, was incorrect. Made for an embarrassing evening as the host. If not for the quality of the food and experiences at other Il Fornaio restaurants, would not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Tasty food in a lovely setting, great service - perfect for dinner before theater in downtown San Jose.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was excellent as always. It’s our fifth year going for Thanksgiving. 4pm Rez, party of 3. Service has always been excellent, even with full house. This year was the first one with slow service. We felt forgotten a couple of times. And the restaurant was never full. Still, a great time with beloved family.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Outstanding in every way - could not have enjoyed the visit more!!!!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great meal with family on Thanksgiving. Delicious food served family style with all the expected dishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had made a reservation however we were seated out of the regular dining area at a round table next to the kitchen. The service was very poor, we were in the forgotten corner, water glasses were not even refilled. The food was mediocre, except for my sons pizza which he said was good. At the end of the meal the check was never presented, I even stood up and no one came. Overall poor experience. We have dined there in the past and it had been much better.

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 (Boise)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Organic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very disappointing.
Came for 6:30 reservation so we could make a nearby 8pm show.
salads served at 7:20pm.
Meals (four) did not come until 7:41pm. Much too late to even eat a bite.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very busy for a Tuesday night, but got us through and out in plenty of time for our show. Only complaint is my entree was late in coming. Didn't have our chosen dessert, but gave us a another free !

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food is quite good; however this is the second time I have eaten here and had really lousy service. With the availability of other restaurants in the area, I won’t return to this Il Forniao.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food at Il Fornaio is always good; however the last two times there we got off to a rocky start. We tend to visit on Sundays after the matinee, and both times they didn't have enough staff to seat us at the reservation time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The meal was fine, but we were going to the theater afterwards.
The table next to us had some ordering issues and it caused our
waiter to be delayed taking our order. Had to rush a bit to make
it on time to the theater. Good was good, but not outstanding.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service was lacking. Entree came before the soup. Wine arrived halfway through the entree. Water didn’t ge refilled until after the meal. Very disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was good, interesting, but the overall experience suffered from uneven, distracted service. Not the first time we have experiened this at Il Fornaio. Maybe better oversite would help?

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service! We had a 5:45 reservation for 7 people; had theatre Tix for 7:30. We had plenty of time and never felt rushed. Great wine pairing as well!

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Birthday dinners

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was quick and friendly

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food and wine were good, the service was great as well. Will come back again for next time !

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sat 10-15 mins before greeted. Confusion over who had table. Veal not so great. Tough. Bland. Bolognese- wouldn't recommend
Only positive was Rigatoni a la vodka which was very good!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

For a restaurant located at the base of a reputable hotel and one that gets foot traffic from guests and Opera goers alike...they need some improvement.

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