Il Fornaio - San Jose

4.2
3766 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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. Repeat winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3766 people are saying
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CathylynnE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The butternut squash ravioli is exceptional every time! Service is great no matter
how busy. We went on a Saturday night and it was hopping but we were served
timely and not disappointed.

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MarkC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food in a cozy, comfortable setting. The staff is amazing with special attention to make your dining experience a pleasure!

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vipjtobiassen
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good. Food and service. Very professional.

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vipBartonQ
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Service was a bit slow, especially when we first arrived. They were not busy, but it seemed to take a long time for our waitress to show. We didn’t get bread or drinks for a long time. Once the appetizer arrived, service was better after that.

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finnsmum
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

My 9 year old daughter and I went before a show downtown. The historic building is well kept and has a nice ambiance. The service was good and our server was friendly. My daughter and I both decided to get the beef tenderloin. I ordered rare for my daughter and blue for me. The waitress said they tend to cook the meat on the rare side and suggested we order my daughters medium rare so we did. My meat was cooked with very little char on the outside and needed salt, but it was blue inside. The balsamic sauce was ok.
My daughters meat didn’t seem like tenderloin plus it was chewy and over cooked. The outside had a nice char but still lacked in salt. We did ask for another try for her meat this
time cooked rare. The chef himself came out and questioned our complaint and at first did not agree but was nice about it and they cooked another for her. The second one was blue just like mine ( leftovers shown in picture) Ok for me but my daughter likes hers rare. I didn’t bother asking again. Then by the time her meat came the second time my food had gone cold. So after 3 drinks and 2 meals taxes and tip we walked out paying $160 for a very mediocre meal and it didn’t ruin our night but made it less special.
The picture is my daughters second

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance located close to the Center for Performing Arts.

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Katie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Grew up coming here with my mom so decided to bring her here, the service was terrible we were being completely ignored. Sat down and waited 20 minutes before anyone came up to the table, after the waiter went to two tables that were sat after us. Was impossible to ask for anything, the food was just alright. Not worth the price we paid.

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Lookingforward
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Not wanting to be too tough because they were short-handed (who isn't in these Covid times), but please do not take more reservations than you can handle. Sat at the table for 30 minutes before greeted. Appetizer took another 30. Finally said bring the meal and the check so we could make the show.

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TomZ
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Made a reservation for 6pm. Didn’t get seated until 6:15-6:20. Had a show to go to that started at 7:30. Took a while for the waiter to come to our table as he was very busy. He was pretty good once he came.

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vipGaryP
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This restaurant is woefully short staffed, and does not seem to limit or moderate the guests seating very well. Service was really inattentive and slow. Drink order was never placed, food was cold. Manager goes table to table apologizing and comping food, but did not go to Il Fornaio for free food. My expectation was for a memorable dining experience. My memory will serve me best to never go there again.

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aliciayjerry
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience5

dinner was excellent. Canoli not so much. Service was very slow, poor waitress had way too many tables to manage. But I guess with Covid, that's how it goes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time dining at Fornaio. I like that it was located at the Westin with valet parking. We got there is little early and we’re able to relax and take pictures at the Westin even though they were willing to seat us early. The staff was amazing and very nice. The food was so delicious from the pasta to the pizza. Very good choices on the menu. I will definitely be dining here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

High end food preparation - very enjoyable but a bit more expensive than required for a weekday dinner with kids in their 30’s

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HueiwenW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The portion of pasta is too small.
Desert is also smaller than expected.
Lobster bisque is bad taste, no lobster meat inside it,
very bad choice.

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w510
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tables are nicely laid out and spaced out. The staff was attentive. The food was nicely prepared and presented. We shared the Calamaretti Fritti and Focaccia Gorgonzola. The calamari was fresh with a crispy batter. The focaccia was soft and tasty. I had the special with spaghetti, mussels, shrimp, and half lobster. The seafood was nicely presented, fresh, and flavorful. Thank you for a very pleasant evening dinner.

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vipAlBSure
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. We ordered the Fradiavolo pizza and salad and it was great.

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JorgoK
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely nice restaurant, nice and fast service, enjoyed my second visit here when I am in San Jose. Recommend to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was fabulous! On a busy night. Thank you tp him for taking care of us. So friendly & pleasant.

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mikec
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Salad and soup were very salty. Entrees were mixed--the beef short ribs were excellent but the lasagna was average and lacked flavor.

Overall, the food was just average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The food was good, but the service was really slow. Our waiter was nice, but had too many tables. He explained that 2 people had called in sick. It wasn’t his fault, but I felt that management should have stepped in. It happened to tables all around us.

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RandyN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was second time visiting this restaurant. The food and service was great. I will definitely be returning. The food not negative thing I can saw about my last visit is that they were not offering their buffet for the holiday. I tired their buffet once before and it was amazing.

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TraciC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall food was very good. Brussels were a little hard and food could've been hotter. Still, very enjoyable.

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VietL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Our server was attentive throughout. We had a great time and will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat in Downtown San Jose. Has a great city vibe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I’ve dined there for lunch and dinner for many years and always enjoyed the place, valet parking and particularly the food. Last night the valet parking and service were still good, but my wife and I didn’t enjoy our meals.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. We eat out frequently and since the pandemic the service has been so bad at multiple restaurants. It was so nice to experience good service again. The food was quick and delicious.

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vipSheilavg
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and very delicious dinner. Very accommodating chef with a special request. Greatly appreciated!
Highly recommend!

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MLOVINO
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great place and food and ambiance. Website says they validate 2hours parking across the street at the convention center parking lot but they don't validate anymore. Need to change this. You can have the hotel staff do parking valet next time.

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vipScott
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

So much potential, the restaurant is beautiful. Service was not great, very slow, forgot bread, had to ask for everything. But that is probably the individual. The food was decent, but at these prices, expected better. Overall, we will give it another try.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Wife’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Very limited menu for brunch. Food lacked flavor.

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vipRobert
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food close to the show we went to see. Over all very good experience. Dinner for 8 made easy. Thank you!! Will be back soon

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vipWarrenC
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Do not go for breakfast. They have no skills in the service dept. Food was ok, but extremely limited memu. I Normally love this chain when I travel but they really fell short here for breakfast.

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service....incredible meal.....never disappoint.

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Helen
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there before we saw the Nutcracker performance at the performing arts Center. Had a beautifully decorate a tree service & was amazing food was terrific. We were in a hurry to get to the show and they made it happen in a timely fashion. We will definitely go again.

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vipRobertM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for birthdays and for the holidays! Great forItalian food!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent. Unfortunately, we had an inattentive server.

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ArtC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall very nice.
Great for business meeting.

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PaulineM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Il Fornaio salad no longer on menu. Ravioli were very rich but not a lot of flavour. Bread pudding was very strange- a bit dry but the ice cream was excellent.

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vipMarilynG
Tahoe
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I had tagliatelle bolognese and my husband had seafood linguini. Both were very good. My mini strong soup was the best. Since we are staying at the Westin I will have it again tonight. I recommend but it would be nice if Covid was behind us.

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Il Fornaio - San Jose is rated 4.2 stars by 3766 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.