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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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

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

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (34)
Business Meals (26)
Good for a Date (24)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Authentic (22)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Romantic (17)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Casual (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (7)
Fun (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Bar Seating (6)
People Watching (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

The food was delicious and the service was quick and friendly

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Usually better, but on this night we had an especially inept waitress who was very unfocused and made many mistakes.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The Il Fornaio in San Jose is the best. The atmosphere is wonderful,
the dining room classic and the staff phenomenal. Armando is one of
the best waiters in the County! It is like going home - maybe better!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The service was great xcellant the food was good and the wine list was great

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We had a very good evening, just as expected. Il Fornaio has long been on my list of good dependable dining venues in San Jose. Four friends met to catch up, and none of us were disappointed.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had a lovely celebration for my employee's anniversary. The food was good and the service was very good. I highly recommend Il Fornaio.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

One of our party was late, but they held the table for us, which was nice. Food was great, service was efficient.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food experience has taken a dive. Love the ambiance but it's too pricey for the quality of the food.

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 (Monterrey)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The menu was fine. The ambiance was pleasant. The service was okay. We enjoyed the evening with our friends.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

It's always great to see Nick working. He does such a great job of making sure we have a good time. Also, he has an excellent singing voice!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Was greeted upon arriving and seated quickly. The server and wait staff were very nice and accommodating. Food was tasty. Had an antipasto tray, pasta and pizza. Great lunch for two of us.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Saw good review for this place and it definitely lives up to the review. Great pasta

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is usually a great restaurant, but they were definitely having problems with service. It was just painfully slow and the servers were inattentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Pizza's are excellent. Sauce is perfect on margherita.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Good food and got us to the theater in time to spare.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food and ambiance! We have always loved this restaurant. Consistently a good restaurant to go to year in and year out. We have been going to iL Fornaio for at least 15 years possibly longer.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

This is inside the Westin. Borderline upscale. Great for a date night

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

What a horrible disappointment this was! The service was worse than usual. A server poured oil and vinegar and left me with a plate of that and no bread. I had to ask twice for my iced tea. I finally found someone to ask for bread. It was difficult to GET a server's attention! I was still on my soup when my main dish was set before me, so it wasn't warm by the time I got to it. I had to ask several times for coffee and had to ask again for a refill.

I work downtown and have been disappointed with Il Fornaio before, but this was the worst experience ever.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Extremely pleasant hostess. Excellent server - Remy. He asked if we had a time constraint (which we did) and was mindful of that. Acknowledged we were celebrating a birthday with complimentary champagne and dessert. Food was excellent and nicely presented. My friend and I had an extremely pleasant lunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As we waited for our friends to arrive the martinis at the bar were properly made. We were seated very quickly when everyone had arrived at a table that allowed us to have a lively but not loud conversation. The appetizers got the meal off to a happy start. My wife's and friend's lobster pasta with mussels was delicious, with a generous amount of well-prepared proteins and just the right amount of pasta. My lamb shank was very large, not drowned in sauce, nicely seasoned, and plated with nicely-seasoned veggies and potatoes. The desserts were not overly sweet; notable were the tiramisu, cannoli, and lemon tart. The house wines - a chianti and a pinot grigio - were surprisingly good. Service was spot on - not too much attention, yet we didn't feel neglected - despite their being a bit understaffed that evening. Nick and his crew were champs. We'll be back again. This is where we go before performances at the California Theater and the Civic. We're looking forward to seeing how the restaurant does when they cater our friends' wedding next spring.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was wonderful as always. I almost always get the mixed grill. It is delicious. All the seafood is always cooked perfectly. We eat here often before going to the theatre; I like that it is a short enough walk to eat and get to the theatre in plenty of time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Delicious food as always! Il Fornaio is one of our staple favorites before seeing a theatre show.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I was traveling with a few of my Japanese colleagues and they were very impressed with the food! We all had exceptionally great meals and desserts! We enjoyed our evening and experience spent at your restaurant! Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We have been dining here for 25 years. The food and service have been consistently excellent. After Sunday's opera the bread arrived frozen in the middle and my regional pasta entree was not cooked all the way through. New chef?
I hope that food will be well prepared when we next dine after a downtown event.

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