Il Fornaio - Santa Clara

4.5
1143 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1143 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner for our anniversary. I requested a nice table and we GOT IT! Service was amazing and food was good.

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Richard
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their management was exceptional in handling us being a little late and making sure we were still able to have our dinner at 8:30 close to their closing time. I do think it is strange that they close so early but I guess it is because most their business is around the office park for lunch and happy hour/earlier dinner. I would expect a restaurant like this to serve until at least 9 if not 10

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ValW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside patio is great. Good wait person and good food.

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vipaustkat
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, atmosphere and service

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vipmeee
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

well the noise level wasn't so much energetic as just loud and annoying. we were on the outside patio and they need to install some kind of sound absorbers. also, one of the pasta dishes says it was vegan but the waitress said no, it was regular pasta. that was wrong. i don't know what it but the pasta was not the typical egg noodle and it wasn't terribly good. i had the pomodoro dish (tomatoes, cork twist pasta). usually i love il fornaio but this time it wasn't so good.

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Diana95125SJ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The deserts were yummy. My pizza was great flavor due to the cheese but thought it could use a bit more sausage.

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ALEX
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

TOP 5 South Bay restaurants! Great food and service!

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KimM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. The service was lacking their usual high standard. We usually show up at off-peak times to avoid crowds. Still the food is always good and we often order a special of the day.

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ToniF
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Owen our server was THE BEST! He kept checking on us how we were doing if we needed anything and just very hospitable and very kind. The Mgr was also very accommodating and friendly as well as the receptionist.
We were seated on time.
It was a very pleasant experience. Love it overall!
THE STAFF MADE OUR DINING EXPERIENCE SO WONDERFUL ESPECIALLY OWEN!
Thank you!
Toni

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AshV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The pastas are not bad at Il Fornaio, you can’t go wrong. That said I had the grilled chicken which was tasteless and dry. I had ordered meet a separate time and it was the same story.

The service is always great and the ambiance is solid.

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karenk
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ate in covered patio and it was incredibly noisy. My guest and I could not have a conversation because of the noise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Loud. Both from large loud group and street. So loud. Difficult for a conversation

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KitR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the ambience was everything I had hoped for. The food was outstanding and we will definitely be coming back.

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SimS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quality & tasty food. Great service. Comfortable environment.

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laures
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never been disappointed with our dinners at Il Fornaio. They went above and beyond last night when our son dropped his stylus down the grate. They came over and was able to recover it and made a young man happy. Thank you so much

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vipJoanneC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The ambiance is pretty good but The food was not tasty at all.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

The hostess was very non social

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NatalieW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food are great! I love all included cocktails and desert, especially the most politest attendant is so nice, thank you very much! we had a very happy time there

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dennis
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

noisy food was late, those who arrived after got their food way before we did.
partners dish was dull and need salt. my was bad at all, seafood cooked just right. wasn’t waiter’s fault and left him a real good tip. the san jose location is better.

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vipMariaA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining in Il Fornaio! Staff are very friendly and attentive. Food is great. Portions are perfect. Everything was perfectly cooked and prepared. Their Seafood is always cooked to perfection. Highly recommend for any occasion...Happy Hour, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Business Meetings or any casual dining.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! Customer experience by far the best

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely dinner! The service was excellent and so was the food and ambiance !

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SabrinaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, attentive service. Love the modern ambiance of this Il Fornaio location. The food from beginning to end was superior, and we didn’t have to rush through our meal at all. The short ribs are melt-in-your-mouth delicious with carrots and broccolini sautéed to perfection, tagliatelle bolognese is comforting and nuanced.

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vipFeliciaT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server and hostess were very helpful and nice.

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JerryK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent anniversary meal at Il Fornaio's made even more special by our waiter Manny. I will be back and always ask for Manny as our server.. 11 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari super tasty

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KorneliiaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for birthday party 🥳 I have had amazing food and service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal really enjoyed

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite part was the food. I love how it tasted good.

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vipNapavisitor
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Hi, I've been here a bunch of times and the food was just a little off last night. Hope it's not a long term trend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful facility. Service was okay but we had to ask for bread. They did refill our water often, as we requested for the hot day.

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vipLindaA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Was our son’s birthday which he was given a nice dessert-but service was frustrating. We felt neglected. Had to ask the lady clearing our table WHERE is our waiter? When he finally showed up I asked for the dessert menu in which he verbally rattled off the list in “Italian” accent which I didn’t quite understand so he had to explain in plain English EACH of the desserts. My water refill came when we were about to leave. Honestly this day was suppose to be special but was dampened by this lack of attentiveness. Maybe the waiter ratio to customers was too much? Seemed to have large groups dining, however, the smaller parties such as ours shouldn’t have to be without the traditional courtesy in which we expected on this very special day for my son-my family.
Thank you

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Mediterranean
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pizza was awesome!
Seafood pasta was good.

Short ribs are too plain to pay the price.

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vipPastalover
San Francisco
141 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dining in the outdoor patio, tables were properly spaced and the waitstaff was masked. We had a young server so things took a little longer than in times past, but we were not disappointed in the service. Only recommendations: bring back the Del Fornaio salad, and add a real chocolate dessert to the menu. Otherwise, it's a great evening out.

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JWOpen
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent experience here

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steveandkumi
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took friends who had never dined here. Wonderful dinner from the calamari and margarita pizza appetizer through our dinners to the delightful desserts. Our waiter, Manny, was cheerful and attentive to our needs. Enjoyable evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a business lunch.

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vipFoodie1
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dinner here. The outdoor patio is beautiful. Service is very attentive. The food is delicious. Cocktails are fun and yummy. Try the Stars of Michelangelo. Enjoy!

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 4.5 stars by 1143 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Santa Clara does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

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.

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