Il Fornaio - Santa Clara

4.5
1055 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 1055 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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mariah
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

First our server was so nice and kind! He was awesome.

However, it was our anniversary and we made a reservation for 7:00pm outside. When we got there, the hostess tried to put us at the smallest table in the smallest corner of the restaurant crowded with many other folks.

She asked if this was ok and I said no, I wasn't comfortable sitting so close to folks while we are still in a pandemic. Then she brought us to this tiny table next to a window, wine celler, and the kitchen... there were so many open tables all throughout the restaurant and outside and I don't understand why we were treated differently than all the other customers.

The food was fine, but nothing absolutely incredible. Overall it was a bummer but the affogado dessert was good.

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SFFoodie14
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I am a regular customer. Safety precautions are excellent, I felt safe eating indoors. Service is the best I have experienced in any restaurant. Overall the food has improved in taste from prior to the pandemic. Portions seem smaller. The Grigliata di Pesce entree was well prepared with the perfect amount of sauce and seasoning. The pasta was cooked perfectly. Two negatives this time: The calamari appetizer was way overcooked, too long in the fryer. Also, the very small portion Insalata Regina arugula salad I received did not have all the ingredients as listed on the menu. It was missing the raisins, red onion, the avocado and the dressing. I always enjoying eating here because of the beautiful environment.

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! I would forsure come back anytime.

MY
MirnaY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, good food, great service. Perfect experience.

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Caroline
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. I appreciate the fact that they made an effort to accommodate our family's preference for sharing dishes by making everything easier to split.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Customer Service & Delicious Food

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vipEliot
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice heated patio area. Food was average. One pasta dish was slightly underdone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The service was great, but the food was lacking.
Items were not as they were described at first, portions were a bit small, and flavor was a miss for our group.
Beautiful restaurant and great atmosphere, but the kitchen and bar were off.

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SharonR
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a very pleasant atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, authentic Italian food. Everything tasted so fresh and the wine and drink menu was very diverse. We had a great experience here both food and service wise. Highly recommend!

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vipChristopherJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place!’ Our server was amazing. Everything she recommended was delicious. We’re definitely coming back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Check-in free appetizer was denied. We were waiting 1hour to get our "warm" meals and if you would like a bread with olive oil and vinegar you have to pay $2. Additional covid fee is added to your meals.
Overall not satisfied with the service.
Before COVID I was a regular guest and I loved everything about this restaurant. Today I had a special occasion to celebrate with my friendsand I was embarrassed that I recommend this place for our celebration.

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vipTimS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Linda who waited on us was fantastic! Super attentive and had some great suggestions. Super star

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Average food, bad service. Made a rsvp for Mother’s Day, opted for patio dining (we even confirmed it through the phone prior) we arrived on time, but was told our table is not ready and had to wait 30 mins. No problem. However, during that time a lady (who I assumed is the manager) keep trying to convince us to seat indoor, which we are not comfortable in doing so.

After 30 mins, our party of 3 people were told to seat in a small table meant for two (cramped and there wasn’t 6 feet distance between the next table) we felt that they are just trying to seat us wherever so they can accommodate other parties. The food was also underwhelming combined with bad service.

Used to be a fan of Il Fornaio, but not anymore!

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RobertM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and I went for the first time for Mother’s Day and we were very pleased with everything. We also will be coming back !!!!

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BrandonH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service even on a last minute Mother’s Day reservation. We’ll definitely coming back each year.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Bland food

Service tried but came short - ultimately gave me the wrong bill.

Way overpriced

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skyfri2
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food is plain. Don't feel like fine dining. Service is good.

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SunderR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall experience was good. Would visit this place again.

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StevenD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice table outside well-spaced, food was excellent, service was on point not rushed, would definitely go back.

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vipMuttiB
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time my companion and I were seated inside - with clear social distancing - no guest closer than 6 feet. A dish on the special menu intrigued us - Ravioli with burrata and mushrooms plus candied walnuts... Pree-ty good! The wine is over-priced, but we take it anyway - can't have an Italian meal without red wine!
The server, Linda, is absolutely top - charming, funny, attentive, fast - excellent!
No complaints here!

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NancyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Menu was very small and limited . Husband was upset over $2 charges for extra bread. I was upset about $2 COVID charges. Small amount but I don’t believe we should cover business expenses for the experience of eating there. That was covered in the new charges on the drink menu. 😕

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vipGary
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

They shortened the menu due to COVID. It an ideal situation but manageable...lol. Service is very good and the spacing is amazing coz of social distancing. Hope everything will be back normal soon.

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vipPastalover
San Francisco
131 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined on the covered patio. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The salads were excellent, the entrees were delicious and hot. My only complaints were that the server did not offer to refill our water glasses, and the menu currently has no chocolate dessert. Small complaints, and we will certainly return.

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ghilliedancer
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had an anniversary dinner here, our first time inside a restaurant since covid started. The restaurant appeared very clean and they were clearly adhering to the capacity limits. All staff we saw were wearing masks at all times. Signs indicated our temperatures would be taken upon entry, but they never were. We were seated in a corner with only one other couple in our part of the restaurant, quite a ways away.

I've eaten at other Bay Area Il Fornaio restaurants before and seem to recall more menu options in the past. I don't remember being charged for bread either. Anyway, we chose the Linguine Mare Chiara and the Lasagna Ferrarese and shared both. Our meal arrived quite quickly. The quantities were about average. Our waiter offered us cheese and then brought a little dish of aged parmesan, not the freshly grated cheese right onto your plate that I recall from before. The linguine featured shrimp, clams, mussels, and scallops (3 of each). The clams and mussels were a little fishy-tasting. The lasagna was okay, though not special. The dessert offerings are also more limited now: cannoli, tiramisu, and affogato, which, being chocoholics, we passed on.

The service was friendly, fast, accurate, and not pushy.

Would we come back? I don't know Santa Clara restaurants at all, but I know Palo Alto restaurants, and we'd probably go there when in the Bay Area if we had the time to go up the road a little.

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QuyP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I appreciate their willingness to customize my dish.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. My wife loved the food. If my wife’s happy then I’m happy!

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AdiK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bday
It was great

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Andrea
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful service & dinner.
We will definitely return.

MB
vipMuttiB
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Unfortunately we had a bit of a problem this time, with a pizza we order regularly. The problem was communicated real time with the manager and clarified - and solved.

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EmilyW
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch and the environment was relaxing and beautiful. Great Food and Service! I highly recommend.

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KeithM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was nice to be able to return to indoor dining. The food was very good and the portions such that both myself and my girlfriend were able to take food home for a second meal.

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valerieR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was absolutely terrible. As a former waitress myself at a very prestige five star restaurant in the bay area I would absolutely never treat the guests the way that linda??( older lady with a slight accent and medium short blonde hair) Treated us. She was incredibly rude with everything that she said and even after being very low maintenance guests , and saying thank you after she would come to the table , she talked to us with lots of attitude every time we asked for anything and never even said your welcome or no problem when we would thank her. She didnt even want to give us eye contact and it seemed to be more of a racial issue because I didn't see her being rude towards the other tables around us. She seemed so annoyed and extremely rushed. Overall, next time ill spend over $150 at another restaurant thats higher class and has great service and ill tip the bill. Please train your employees to respect each and every guest that comes into your restaurant and not judge based on what they look like. I will not be returning again.

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Denise
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were excellent! We enjoyed the lower than usual patronage and the quiet that accompanied that absence!

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vipSteveD
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Visited for my 62nd birthday. Wonderful service provided by a professional staff. Food was excellent and was served in a timely manner. Had to wait about 10 minutes for our bread to be served which seemed kinda odd but not enough to deter our enjoyment that evening. Will return for sure.

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Bella
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and amazing food. Thank you !! Will be coming back soon.

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JayS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, although not many vegetarian options but they do accommodate.

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Sumeet
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service set up in a nice outdoor patio with plenty of heating lamps. Tables were very well spread out and our server was as nice as one could be.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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 1055 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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