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Il Fornaio - Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA

Il Fornaio - Santa Clara

4.4
4.4
1437 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Il Fornaio is renowned for its authentic award winning Italian cuisine. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from state of the art oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 66 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 217-8844

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (408) 217-8844

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Clara

  • Cross street

    Bowers Avenue

  • Parking details

    Il Fornaio offers parking in front of the restaurant, street parking and covered parking in the Santa Clara garage one block from the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Scott Boulevard & Bowers Avenue Bus Stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Italian

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

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  1. TF

    ToekneeFoodie

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The place is huge and bustling! Food was good but pricey. Service felt rushed. They’re gettin’ folks in and out as fast as possible.
  2. DB

    DavidB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Nice place, friendly staff, great greeting! Seems to be slipping a bit from pre pandemic. Service was good. food instructions (substitution), though it seemed they were written, were not followed. Temperature of meat wrong, but tasty. small portions. Forgot the bread promised. Over all, good, not memorable, or great, probably not worth the money.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food
  4. TW

    TishaW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our time there was great! from walking in the GM was so helpful to our server Jeff. we had a great time. highly recommend. ask for Jeff when you go!
  5. K

    Kenshunpapa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    It must be lunchtime prep issue, but seafood associated with pasta was cold, pasta itself is also a bit sandy with clams’ sands that is quite obvious in my mouth. Luckily the pasta itself was good that’s compensate the negative points a bit. However, I would recommend taking other meats dishes instead.
  6. KB

    KirkB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Server was inattentive. Did not offer any bread. Did not check on us after meal was served. Allowed a table with multiple kids to run free screaming disturbing the other customers. She seemed more interested in taking care of her own kids than her paying customers. Food was not very flavorable and very expensive for the price and 3% surcharge that was added. Overall not an experience I expected base on past visit to the restaurant.
  7. LV

    LVVisitor

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Staff needs better training. From the start, the hostess who showed us to our table, didn't engage us and simply showed us to our table, put the menus down and left. The waitress was slow to initially greet us and took a while to take our order. After our food was served, she never came back to check if everything is fine. One small thing to be aware of for future diners. Ilfornaio is now charging for bread, so if you would like bread, it is a menu item.
  8. TO

    ThienO

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great ambience, food. Please have the hostess smile more, and make it actually seem like she is PLEASED to have the guest. Guests who come here may have had a long day, having to deal with restraining orders, toxic ex-spouses, lawsuits, being called liars, and defamed in court, and pursued for money with subpoenas by a knife wielding ex-spouse, and a child with mental issues and possibly depression, and simply wish to celebrate a moment's quiet with their children. A smile makes all the difference.
  9. P

    Pastalover

    San Francisco

    172 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    172 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We were seated in the outdoor patio, although the Open Table app had indicated no patio seating was available. Service was a bit slow between the salads and the entrees, but we weren't in a hurry, so it was no problem. On the whole, a very good experience.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was little slow & not attentive as i dined before
  11. C

    Carmelguy

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Service was a bit on the slow side and they were not very busy.
  12. d

    dobby

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    One person was sick that night
  13. TM

    TareqM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I would go there again. However, I do not rank it as high as the other locations that I have been to such as Palo Alto and Burlingame.
  14. D

    Disappointed

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food and great service. Don't like the 3% inflation charge.
  15. ST

    StaceyT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Over priced, mediocre food. Server had many tables, tried his best to get us what we needed. Noisy, hard to have a conversation. Parking is a nightmare!
  16. SF

    StephanieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was our first time eating here and it was fantastic! The drinks were delicious. The service was very good. We will definitely be coming back!
  17. MB

    MattB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Pasta was undercooked, drinks were made poorly if correct at all. Friendly waiter trying his best but they fell short the night we were there
  18. t

    taryn

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food. Shame on no outdoor dining.
  19. N

    Netminder1

    San Francisco

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar and have a fantastic meal. The pasta was amazing! And service from Oscar was 5 stars!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I’ve eaten many times at Il Fornaio in SF, Burlingame, Walnut Creek and Santa Clara and I’ve always had a good meal. Tonight was unacceptable. I ordered the Filet and it was cooked to a perfect medium rare but it was a Filet! It was oblong and about 1 inch thick. I knew it wasn’t right as soon as I tried to put my fork in it to cut it and it took effort to get the fork to penetrate the steak. I sawed off a piece and it was tough. It had to be a sirloin. The waiter came over and I expressed my concern about the filet and he said that he thought I ordered the ribeye. There might have been a special menu but I didn’t see a ribeye on the main menu. But this wasn’t a ribeye either. I did have another person at our table try it and he confirmed it was neither cut and may have been an eye of round cut. Either way it wasn’t correct. They offered another steak but I politely refused. That is my last trip to Il Fornaio.
  21. PR

    PeterR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    $100.00 for 2 salads and a pasta dish! Come on......
  22. RT

    ReneeT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great place to go for good food. We sat in the outside seating area and enjoyed the view, the food and the service. We will go back!
  23. TM

    TimM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the ravioli and the pizza. The drinks were nice too.
  24. C

    Colby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great location for our anniversary. 10/10 would go again
  25. BR

    BobR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The service was terrible server forgot a few things. Took forever for our appetizers and the pizza was cold Seemed like the server had way too many tables and not enough help But that is no excuse for the food taking so long and some of it being cold Not a great experience for my wife’s birthday
  26. AM

    AsifM

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Lamb shank was so, so. But the other food was great.
  27. JY

    JungheeY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It’s better to have 5person table inside. We have 5 persons, but users 4person table with extra chair. Other than that, everything was great
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff and food. Highly recommend. But make a reservation
  29. TB

    TusharB

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly staff. Good wine list and menu. Appetizers and food fresh and flavorful and delivered with good timing. Parking an issue and they don’t have any tie-up with the valet parking in the complex - so plan to spend an extra $15.
  30. LV

    LeVeau

    Houston

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We went to Il Fornaio in Santa Clara for my wife's birthday. I'd eaten years (decades?) ago at the original Palo Alto and loved it. Now that it's a chain, I was a little worried that it would not be as good as I remembered, and indeed that was the case. The ambiance was wonderful. The service was attentive without without being intrusive. But the food we ordered was just ... okay. We both had the butternut squash tortelloni, and while it was flavorful, the sauce was too thick and the pasta too soft. I'd try it once more with a different dish, but this was a disappointment.
  31. MB

    MuttiB

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the lovely evenings, not too noisy and not too many folks. The special vegetarian Ziti dish was wonderful and the Insalata Caprese has now tomatoes that taste like tomatoes should taste. Good times!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food. Good waiters
  33. R

    Rajiv

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Fornaio is always a favorite for a higher-end experience. Wait staff is friendly, food is excellent, atmosphere impresses guests.
  34. j

    jensinoz

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Early reservation gave us a slow start - no service for some time! All good, except Cosmopolitan cocktail…..def not a Cosmo….I sent it back! Otherwise food was great and service good. They are charging an ‘extra’ service charge to cover higher wages….
  35. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is good, great portion. Bread is excellent, but sometimes they charge the bread, sometimes don’t. They need to clarify it.
  36. CS

    CarineS

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived 45 minutes late due to a 49ers game. Waze sent our Lyft driver right into the fray. The staff was very understanding. Food was great as usual.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Sent the pasta back because it was undercooked (still raw/hard and stuck together), and the second plate was just as undercooked.
  38. S

    Scarpantibus

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very pleasant experience
  39. SJ

    SJtrip2017

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    One of food was extremely salty
  40. A

    Anthony

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On of my favorite Italian restaurants. Great food and exceptional service! Would highly recommend for special occasions or everyday dining.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Santa Clara offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 217-8844.

Il Fornaio - Santa Clara is rated 4.4 stars by 1437 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 66 times today
Google Map for Il Fornaio - Santa Clara

2752 Augustine Dr, # 120, Santa Clara, CA 95054-2901

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bowers Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Clara

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Il Fornaio offers parking in front of the restaurant, street parking and covered parking in the Santa Clara garage one block from the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Scott Boulevard & Bowers Avenue Bus Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (408) 217-8844

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (408) 217-8844

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