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Il Fornaio - Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA

Il Fornaio - Santa Clara

4.4
4.4
1403 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

7:00 PM


Booked 63 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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What 1,403 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Italian

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  1. j

    jensinoz

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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….
  2. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    CarineS

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Scarpantibus

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very pleasant experience
  6. SJ

    SJtrip2017

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    One of food was extremely salty
  7. A

    Anthony

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    Donna

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The quality of the chicken dishes has dropped dramatically. It used to be great but this time tough and overcooked.
  9. TM

    TatianaM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were seated inside and it was chilly, we even brought our blankets. Food was ok, main course dishes were really big, I ordered Pollo Toscano and got half chicken on my plate, the taste was ok. Service was good. Not one of my favorite places but if you looking just for a big meal try, you might like it.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our server seem new but her service and approach was great. She was very polite and attentive. The host was not dressed professionally. Food quality has deteriorated in recent years. We ordered the ribeye steak for our entrees and it was quite disappointing. The brandy peppercorn sauce had no flavor at all and the ribeye, although cooked to our liking (medium rare), had no flavor either. The carpaccio and tortelloni di zucchini were good, thankfully.
  11. j

    johnh

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We had to wait 15 minutes for the 5th person, the guest of honor of our group, to get her meal. After asking twice, it finally arrived but everyone else's meal was cold as we waited for her meal. Had to ask several times for water refills and dessert was complete when the coffee arrived. Food was average and definitely not worth the price. Il Fornaio was always a high end Italian restaurant but this was below average.
  12. E

    Elio

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and kind waiters/waitress
  13. D

    Dragon65foodie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Server was new and overworked. Meals came out slow and were cold. Server had no assistance or bus person. Manager checked in but did nothing. It was a shame I like the downtown San Jose location better. I felt bad for the server but felt worse for the birthday recipient. I know they can do better, I suppose they need more help. The waitress was nice but….
  14. RV

    RaghuV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful ambiance. We had a great time. Plan to visit often
  15. P

    Pastalover

    San Francisco

    169 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We marked down the service for two reasons. One, our server never asked if we wanted cheese for our pasta and never checked on our meals to see if we needed anything else. Second, the bill did not contain a bar code for us to scan for a reward (there was only a QR code, which does not scan for that purpose). If the rewards program was being terminated, we should have received notice.
  16. G

    George

    San Francisco

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, I was worried Il Fornaio would have declined a bit during the pandemic, as so many other places had. But dinner last night was awesome. We had out-of-town guests so there were four of us, sampling a wide variety of menu choices. Everything was excellent, from the buratta salad to desert.
  17. JL

    JoyceL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good. The restaurant staffs were all nice and smiling especially the older staff who is so nice and helpful. I love the calamari appetizer.
  18. KF

    KevinF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Wine glasses were stained and had a brown crusted spot on one of them. They were very apologetic, swapped them out with clean ones and offered to give us a free desert and said they’d send the desert menu right over (never came). We then waited another 10 minutes for our waiter to come check on us which by then we decided not to get wine. Drinks were watery. Pretty sure they skipped the ginger beer in my Milano mule. Food was ok, kind of bland. Pasta texture made it feel like it was a day old just reheated. Way too pricey for the experience, go somewhere else :(
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped for lunch on our way to see a concert at Levi stadium. The pasta was wonderful and homemade and the bread is always great. All the ingredients were very fresh. We shared the beet salad and then the butternut squash pasta, then the salmon. The salmon was a little over cooked on the sides and crispy but my partner liked it. I think they cooked it in canola oil and I’m picky about what oil is used. I had a Bellini with fresh puréed peaches. The Prosecco served was excellent and my partner has an old fashioned whisky thing that was just right. The pasta was the best thing we had there and in the realm of best compared to other high end Italian restaurants
  20. MZ

    MadelineZ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    While the food is amazing we have had continuous problems receiving good service.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a very nice time. Our server was great. Our food was great and my steak was cooked perfectly!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The restaurant did not have enough staff. We ordered drinks and made a comment about having a second round, but our server didn’t really check on us (most likely because they had too many tables). A couple of us ordered minestrone soup and when it was served we didn’t have soups. We had to try and flag someone down to get soups. Which trying to find someone to flag down was difficult (again they didn’t have enough staff). The minestrone soup was very watery and lack flavor. The main courses came out, but our appetizers plates hadn’t been cleared away. Then a couple of people had broccoli rabe on their plates but they complain it was bitter, as it was all leaves and undercooked stalks, there was no broccoli on it. Overall it was very disappointing. I understand that they didn’t have enough staff but dining out at a restaurant is about the experience and it wasn’t great.
  23. N

    Netminder1

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This Il Fornaio never disappoints. The food is served hot and quick! We always order Capraccio, Caesar salad, Fra Davalio pizza and the Tagatelli Bolognese. Perfect dinner.
  24. C

    Caligirl8

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent but why are they charging for the bread brought to the table that used to be free? They didn’t even say they were charging for it. We just saw the $2 charge when we got the bill. At least be clear when you are charging for an item. Especially when it’s always been free before. It’s not the amount but the principle of not saying anything about the charge for something that used to be complimentary. I am disappointed in their decision to tack on sneaky charges like this. Sadly, I don’t think I will be dining their again.
  25. SM

    SimpleMinded

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great open space settings. Love the communal tables for large parties. The bar area is quite impressive too.
  26. N

    Nathan

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great lunch at the restaurant, staff were attentive and professional, great menu recommendations as this was our first visit. Moderately priced, nice for a bit of an occasion.
  27. A

    Anthony

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dinning experiences. Great Italian food and fast service. Would return anytime, wether it be lunch or special occasions.
  28. DS

    DianaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Restaurant was very busy - lots of large groups, but service and quality of food was not hindered in any way. Waiter made a recommendation on a salad and it was an excellent choice. We will definitely be returning to this restaurant.
  29. f

    foundationcitizen

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This is a wonderful restaurant and generally very high quality with great wine and cocktails. I would easily give it 5 stars, except personally I wish they had just a few more vegetarian options. They used to have the best gnocchi in the Bay Area, but for some reason took it off the menu. They do not have vegetarian lasagna, and do not even have ravioli! I was there back in Feb 2022, and they had a lot more and it was truly fantastic, and we would drive over all the way from Santa Cruz. Now, not worth it.
  30. N

    Nicky

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Great food, ambiance and service. Noise level was reasonable. The one downside is the parking which is a mess. Trying to find parking or get to valet is such a challenge which may deter me from returning.
  31. M

    Mrtoken

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for lunch. Great service, good food.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food The last call was to early
  33. SC

    SylviaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    We are disappointed to learn that we now need to pay for our bread basket. We miss those pre pandemic days where bread basket and dipping oil were free-flow and complimentary. Also, there is not enough interesting food variety on the menu.
  34. HM

    HongM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoy the time and food
  35. k

    kristinek

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The waitress made a mistake. My husband didn't want mussels so asked for clams in his pasta. The dish came out with only mussels. Yes, it was corrected but had to wait. I ordered decafe coffee. I am pretty sure I got a regular cup of coffee. I struggle to sleep all night.
  36. SD

    SatyaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    If was a great experience having lunch with friends. Service was excellence.
  37. C

    Chris

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server Jeff (with a Italian last name, I hope I didn’t make mistake about this) is very professional and friendly, we had a very good time with friends over there. The bread is also delicious !! Will definitely go again.
  38. S

    Spon

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We ordered off the specials menu, and it was delicious. We really enjoyed the atmosphere. We were there before the dinner crowd so it was quite calm. We will come back again. thanks
  39. GM

    GloriaM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner, and staff. will recommend for next outing
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner with the family. Just great.

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 1403 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 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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