Il Fornaio - San Jose

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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.

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kboomkboom
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was good, not great. Ribs were on the sweeter side.
Service was excellent.

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Jackie1
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Our waiter Ronald was absolutely FANTASTIC! Although it was quite busy, he never lost track of us... and he was extremely pleasant in manner, especially when he encountered one of the members of our group suggesting he should have the bacon be extra crispy and another member of our group 'demand' that her bacon be less 'crispy'!!! I don't know if our Waiter's name was Ronald or Roland or something in between... but I have had this waiter before and he has been impeccable each and every time!!! AND I at frequently at Il Fornaio in San Jose, CA.!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service. We had a theater schedule which was met efficiently politely without spoiling the dining experience and food quality.

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vipAnneD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best birthday dinner here! The entire staff made sure I felt special. We started with some cocktails, which were fruity and balanced and yummy. The food itself was phenomenal! The calamari was one of the best we've had, my grilled seafood had all kinds of tasty options, while my partner's steak made him so happy, and the tiramisu had a hand written "happy bday" in a raspberry sauce that made me smile. (I used my passport birthday reward for my tiramisu, but they were planning on giving us a free birthday slice anyway!) Our waiter was the kindest and most attentive man I have literally ever had, while all the staff incredibly friendly. I highly recommend coming here for any special occasion, as they go above and beyond!

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vipJamesD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Very slow and poor service. Delivered appetizers at same time as entrees. Repeatedly had to ask for water, drink and bread refills.

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Lizr
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The prime was tough and dry but the service was excellent.

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vipABSJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for pre-Opera dinner. Received our usual outstanding service from our Server, Ihab who is always most helpful and accommodating. Able to taste the wine before selecting. Had the very delicious grilled salmon special with grilled potatoes & veggies, my wife a very savory Branzino fish, and sister in law had pasta with Porcini mushrooms. When we asked for a bit more more Porcini's for the pasta, no problem with immediate extra Porcini's & sauce brought out with a smile.

Heading back again next week for dinner before a Speaker Series event downtown.

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will
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as usual. The waiter was excellent ....friendly and knowledgeable. The excellent selection of wine, both bottle and by the glass, met the needs of all 6 in our party.

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JanC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Limited menu and not as good as it was 2-3 years ago. Something has changed there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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PETERR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

the food has deteriorated over the past 2+ years at that location.
bland, uninteresting, taste. Half hot, the other just warm on the same, cold, plate.
price - value relation is OFF significantly.

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SusanC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service not very good. Food okay. This place used to be much better.

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SFnative
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Would of given more stars, but the service was very slow. Slow getting our drink order, slow getting our drinks, slow taking our food order, slow receiving our food, same goes for desserts. Food OK. Good pastas. excellent bread. Spumoni delicious. Could improve the service.

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EricT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific dinner and top notch service. Service staff was very friendly, and replaced the cocktail was was not prepared to our liking. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for terrific food, drinks, and atmosphere.

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George
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice restaurant, great food. The only reason I didn't give a five star rating was the bar! They only had limited spirits, my wife asked for three different drinks and all three times our server came back with the same response ( sorry we don't have that right now ) Please don't let this steer you away from the great food and fresh pasta.

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JoAnnP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful time. The food and service was fantastic. Thank You

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and a great atmosphere.

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vipGregBinNOPA
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Food is consistently fine in each location. Always a go-to

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Samanthaf123
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

This was our second time at this location, it’s convenient after watching the Opera. We had reservations and were seated right away. Got water and bread within 5-7 minutes. But no wait staff for a good 20 minutes, we had to ask the bus boy that we gave been waiting to order. Waiter showed up with an attitude, I said you are busy tonight, must be short staffed. He responded yes, plus everyone showed up at the same time. Took our order and never came back till we had to ask our bus boy yo call him again so we could order desserts. He showed up with an attitude again, my friend had ordered a salad that never made it to the table. Hey ok our dessert order ten didn’t see him again. Had to flag him again to get the check. I know these guys work for tips, but thus is not how you earn it, I still gave him 17%. NEVER going back to his location. We spent over $200 on for 3 here, I’m sure another place will appreciate our business next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waiter seemed confused and took my drink away. Food was cold and undercooked.

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Cymazd
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I’d definitely recommend this restaurant, the only issue we had with our party was that we had a reservation for 7:00pm and we did not get seated until 7:45 which was a bummer. It defeated the purpose of having had a reservation in the first place. We asked 2 different times the status of our table and each time the front desk seemed to downplay how long we’d be waiting.

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viprsato
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Seated 30 minutes past our Open Table reservation time n experienced slow service vs normal

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Paolo
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience3

We had a reservation for 6:30 pm. We were seated at 7:25 pm. Unacceptable. Never again.

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vipBobM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We went for a pre opera dinner. We had a reservation but waited another 40 minutes to be seated, in a crowded and chaotic area with no place to sit. Our main courses were not good: 1 dry, tasteless salmon; one dry chicken, and one pasta with very skimpy topping. The food was extremely expensive for what we got. We won’t be back.

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MusicL
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Attended Opera San Jose for a Saturday evening performance. Due to the restaurant being very busy, it took a extra time before a server took our order and for our food to come out from the kitchen. When we requested an additional serving of Olive Oil for dipping of bread, it took almost 15 minutes before some could be located. Not sure why they were unable to locate Olive oil in an Italian style restaurant.

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PattiM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only disappointment was we didn't get our drinks (wine & a cocktail) until after we finished our appetizer.

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Aalummoottil
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very chill spot with great food and friendly accommodating staff !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely place to spend Valentine's

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On Valentine’s Day I expected long wait times and and an overly crowded restaurant. But we were seated right at our reservation time, food was brought quickly and it didn’t seem like we were rushed out for the next guests. Overall great experience.

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vipCarmelguy
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day service was a bit on the slow side, food was very good

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denise
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful evening.... had salmon cooked perfectly. Hubby had pasta with truffle oil. Large portions but delicious. Wine was expensive - shared a 6 oz glass

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vipMarshgirl1
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Il Fornaio often for dinner. The food and service are always great. We were seated at the window as I requested. We all tried items off the Umbria Festa Regionale menu. My friend and I had the heart shaped butternut squash ravioli with sage sauce. It was very delicious but it really wasn’t hot enough. Our waiter never came while we were eating and it still tasted great. We told the waiter after we were done and he really didn’t respond. My husband had the salmone tattuffo and loved it. His dinner was hot. It was Valentines Day and very busy. We will come back because most of the time the service and food are amazing and the ambiance is terrific.

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LeslieW
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The service was abysmal. The waiters and bartenders were surely and rude with one exception. Out of the four dinners and 3 desserts we ordered only one was ok. No one ever followed up with us to ask how things were. I had to complain to the manager.

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vipDafe
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

21st birthday brunch

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viproxannaa
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

the breakfast food is very plain for the prices. service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent! Would highly recommend to others

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vipAmandaM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their meal, the vodka pasta was amazing,service was a little slow but that’s OK we were able to have great discussion. The atmosphere of this restaurant was excellent, the wine and food were terrific, I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipJustMy2Cents
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This is not fine

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RowanF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both superb. It is always a pleasure to share their monthly regional specials with friends. And the gluten free pasta is the best around. I think this is the third time I’ve eaten here with friends from as far away as Scotland. Everyone is always impressed with the food and service. I never worry about suggesting I’ll Fornaio for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food, nice atmosphere.

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