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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.

Private Dining

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Il Fornaio - San Jose Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

3.8

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (53)
Pre/post Theatre (48)
Good for a Date (41)
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Good for Birthdays (38)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Romantic (28)
Authentic (26)
Good for Groups (23)
Business Meals (20)
Casual (20)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Seasonal (16)
Cozy (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Fun (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

I have been going to IF since I lived in PA years ADP and always enjoyed it. I had t been to the SJ restaurant in quite a while for more than appetizers which are awesome. Service was great but the entries were really poor. I had the roast chicken which was extremely bland and dry. Couldn’t eat it because it was so dry. My son had the beef tenderloin which seemed like it was in the sous vide too long and had a grey boiled quality to it, then lightly drilled for grill marks. Very bland with a balsamic reduction with way too much balsamic. My wife’s ravioli was mediocre with a red sauce that was chunky with tomatoes and also very bland. Inexcusable for an Italian restaurant. The appetizers were the highlight as was the service from our excellent waiter. I will chalk this up to an off night and try again. Hopefully with a better result.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We love Fornaio - wish it were more quiet - great food - service spotty but they do try - they do skimp on top brand alcohol.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant with delicious appetizers and entree. Wonderful service and very hospitable staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was ok, but not great. I used to look forward to their fresh, warm bread, but the bread wasn't fresh, nor warm.
Service wasn't great either. Perhaps the waiter was overloaded?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Il Fornacio was a wonderful restaurant to take my special person on Valentine's Day! I appreciated the quality of service and attention to detail of the staff.

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

I have been here twice and enjoyed it both times. They have some good vegetarian options and a great wine selection. The servers are great as well.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

A great atmosphere, with great service, and GREAT FOOD!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place. Excelent food. Juan our server was amazing! Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Good service on a valentine day lunch, decent food, excellent wines by the glass.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Slow server. Take out box included eaten chicken bones!!
Tried to use an Il Fornaio gift card, but it was not activated at corporate when it was sent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was good to excellent however the service rather spotty.

The bar tenders were excellent offering wine tastings and commentary while the floor server was terrible in terms of finesse and attention to details. Poor service as the fault of even poorer management . I would not recommend Il Fornaio if you are looking for a Four Star dining experience, be prepared for inattentive and poorly trained servers.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We always dine at Il Fornaio after the opera, our waiter definitely didn't want to be at work on 2/11/18. This was the worst service we ever had. We decided we would just ignore his bad service and enjoy our meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We've never had a bad meal at Il Fornaio! Our servers have always been the best.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Tristen was great! He was very attentive and helpful with menu suggestions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We came for lunch on Sunday and enjoyed a nicely paced delicious meal. We started with a house salad and the wonderful bread and then some bruschetta on flat bread. My husband & I shared the veal scallopini which was delicious. Our companion really enjoyed the Pennoni alla vodka. Our seat in the window afforded a great view of the goings on downtown. We always enjoy our meals here and will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was very good. We were seated right away. Ambience also nice. Wine and drinks were good but entrées were disappointing; e.g. lentil soup, beef filet undercooked, peppercorn sauce too sweet. Dessert menu was minimal. There are better places for lower price. More impressed with the food at other Il Fornaio locations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Il Fornaio in downtown San Jose never disappoints. The service is always great and the food always exceeds expectations. In addition, there is 2 hours of parking validated if you park across the street at the convention center parking lot. I would visit this place again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always great food and service. Mentioned we had theater tickets , our waiter was so accommodating.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

My wife and I dine at Il Fornaio during the monthly Festa Regionales. Custom menus are created for the first 2-3 weeks a month that highlight the unique fare of a region in Italy. February 2018 region focused was Umbria. With the Il Fornaio phone app, you can have your Passaporto stamped during the months with a chance to win a trip for two to Italy. Also, you will earn reward points for future discounted menu items. On this particular visit we redeemed reward points that reduced our bill from $103 to $22. Sweet.
This is authentic Italian cuisine and the pace is not rushed. It is a very comfortable dining here. During our trip to Italy last summer we sampled all the Tiramisu from north to south. Without a doubt, the finest Tiramisu is right here at Il Fornaio San Jose. We're sure you will also enjoy the professional staff from the receptionists Rosemary and Debbie to our favorite waiters John and Armando and the manager Andy Rowe. Andy does run a 'good ship'.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Go here a lot...and this time it was terrible. Took 15 minutes to take a drink order. Overall terrible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Birthday ... was treated very well

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent food and service. Positive business environment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I made a reservation for me and a group of my friends to eat here before our schools winter ball and it was a fantastic experience. Delicious food, a private room for our party, and friendly staff that helped us get that perfect picture were some of the highlights. Would absolutely do it again next year!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good and so was the service. We will be back.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food and service were excellent! You can always count on a great meal at Il Fornaio, San Jose.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Eden, our server, was very friendly and gave us good recommendations. He was very attentive without being intrusive; we were celebrating 7yr anniversary 😊

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food. Service was good but things were pretty busy. Ambiance is very nice.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great place. The mixed grill is amazing. Pasta is great to but that mixed grill is the best

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·Dined on January 26, 2018

I didn’t think the Seabass special was very good. The fish was dry, the topping was strange, & it didn’t have enough sauce.

The service was not great. The server didn’t come back until half way through the meal to offer to top off the pasta dish with cheese & my husband’s wine glass sat empty for most of the meal.

The food just wasn’t that great overall but the environment was nice.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My 2nd time eating at Il Fornaio San Jose (have also eaten at their Palo Alto location a few times a few years ago, but never in their Santa Clara restaurant). Food was very good. I had the smoked salmon salad and the seafood risotto but didn't have dessert. Portions were normal, not generous but not tiny. Service was good. Beer selection was limited as they'd run out of some beers. I'd definitely go back.

I don't think this location offers patio/outside dining because it's inside the Westin San Jose hotel (formerly the Saint Claire Hotel).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Very nice place. I had a group of 4 for lunch. The waiter was very friendly and accommodating, but it took a while for him to check up after the food was delivered so we had to wait a while for add'l items like red pepper. I ordered the roast beef and it was the pre-processed kind you get in an airport pre-made sandwich. My colleagues that ordered the Pasta & Risotto looked much better and home made, I should have known to stick with the Italian food at an Italian restaurant...

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We go here often and it is always very good. Handicap access is good with valet parking and restaurant on the same floor in the hotel. Love the seasonal/regional specials

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Healthy, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great that calories are listed on menu. The assorted fish appetizer was noteworthy. Shrimp, scallop, tuna and octopus, each with an excellent sauce. The zambione desert was tasty. For the main course I had the penne alla vodka, very tasty and low calorie. My wife didn’t see it on the menu but requested pasta with vegetables. It came with lots of vegetables and a tasty tomato sauce. Such flexibility in the kitchen is appreciated.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Post symphony meal, convenient, beautiful room, interesting menu, good food, service and value. Never disappointed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This is a review that I hate to have to write. Il Fornaio has been our reliable "go to" restaurant for my wife and I for over 20 years. [articularly for late night (10 PMish) dining after a symphony, etc. We knew we could always get a very well prepared meal with good service in a nice atmosphere. It was a great way to complete our evening.
Lately, there seems to be some slipping in the quality of the restaurant. Dinners have been progressively less and less satisfactory. It culminated last Saturday night in a truly bad experience.
We arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation and were promptly seated. That ends the good part. It took forever to get service, then when we finally got to speak to our server we were rushed to order our drinks. A few minutes later he comes back and takes our order (simple carpaccio appetizer and two pastas). The carpaccio was great as always, and we easily got in two bites each before our main courses hit with the explanation that the kitchen was closing so they were rushing out the food. Apparently, they were too rushed to even stir the clump of red pepper flakes throughout my sauce. And my wife's dish was so bad that she stopped eating saying that though she was starved, it wasn't worth the calories.
And we noticed they were still sitting tables as our food arrived. So, the kitchen closing doesn't even seem like a credible excuse, though no restaurant should ever have to use it anyway.
Then our wine finally arrived after we'd eaten half our main courses. We could have stopped our server and asked, but he stayed well away from our part of the restaurant.
It's an awful way to end a 20 year relationship with a restaurant, but they've slipped so badly that I wouldn't spend our money there, nor recommend it to anyone else. I guess it's off to Original Joe's after the symphony now.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

For an Italian restaurant .. I would have expected the pasta to be a lot better. Pasta tasted average like you would fine at a casual dining restaurant that serves pasta . Price was a little high for the quality of food we got...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Slow service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Very bad experience. I checked in at front door, but they marked us as no show. When i arrive at my seats, the chair is not clean, and took me 10 mins wait the serven to clean that up. Food was soso, and expensive.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Even though this is a chain, the San Jose Il Fornaio didn't feel like one. The location in the Westin St. Claire is perfect and the food and service were great. They are open all day, so you can go for a late lunch or early dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Been to several Il Fornaio locations. It was a nice meal. Calamari very tasty. Pasta dishes ok, not exceptional, and overpriced - particularly plain pasta pomodoro. Two people has short ribs. Felt they were very rich but tasty.

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