We usually love Il Fornaio, but Sunday was not their best day. They were WAY understaffed, which makes it difficult/unpleasant for everyone. Our served did the best she could, she just had too many tables. I ordered a drink and it took 10 minutes for the server to let me know they were out of an ingredient for my drink.
The entrees took a long time to arrive (and then only 2 of the 3 arrived, the third, a pizza “broke” so we had an extra long wait.
The food was good, but the restaurant should have known it was going to be a busy night with a concert, a Sharks game and a few other events. No excuse for this.
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.
My husband and I had an excellent dining experience at Il Fornaio. We both had the mixed seafood grill and it was scrumptious! We love fresh fish and seafood, and many restaurants do not offer this specific dish, so we appreciate you adding this offer to your menu. It was healthy and delicious. We also appreciated the very warm hospitality from the staff and Patrick's service was outstanding.
We love Fornaio - wish it were more quiet - great food - service spotty but they do try - they do skimp on top brand alcohol.
The occasion I visited Il Fornio was a date. The atmosphere was welcoming, the food was exceptional, and the service was great. Amazing experience!
Great restaurant with delicious appetizers and entree. Wonderful service and very hospitable staff.
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?
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.
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.
A great atmosphere, with great service, and GREAT FOOD!!!