Il Fornaio - Santa Clara

4.6
1031 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.

Support Il Fornaio - Santa Clara during COVID-19

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
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4.6
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vipPastalover
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
74 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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vipEmilyW
St. Louis
1 review
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
10 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
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
19 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
8 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
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
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
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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vipLoriB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The manager seated us. Our servers were friendly and our food was marvelous! They have never let us down. It’s our go-to restaurant.

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vipJsvette56
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open for indoor dining and the food and service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This was the second time visiting the restaurant and unfortunately not as great as our first visit. We were sat in a corner that was very cold and asked our waiter to turn down the blasting AC. He spoke to a manager who didn’t do anything. Our pastas were very undercooked and we all went home with a stomachache. This was not the case on our first visit which is why we decided to come back and celebrate a special occasion.

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PamW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Our waiter, Jeff was excellent. Everyone on the staff was great! We highly recommend this restaurant.

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JasminaS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best! Looking forward visiting again.

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vipSPINNVB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice outdoor patio setting. A little overpriced for the quality.

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vipPastalover
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Il Fornaio, and have eaten there countless times. What keeps them from a five-star review is a consistent lack of attention to desserts. They simply do not have a great chocolate dessert, even though other Italian restaurants manage to include that in their offerings. Perhaps when the menus expand in a few months (and the Del Fornaio salad returns)....

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Decent “Italian” food. Great service and bland atmosphere.

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LoveItalian
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food, decent prices. Really appreciated the social distanced tables and ceiling heaters. Thank you, Il Fornaio!

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AnirbanM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Greater unique by mention the kitchen will be closed in few mins and hv to order immediately. Perfect one to set the mood off immediately as one steps in a costly place to celebrate a memorable day with his better half!

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Tried
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pasta needs to be cooked a little longer. I understand about less people serving so more wait time for us. Hope that will be improved as we open up more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great!

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vipSamuel
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The calamari was over cooked and frankly the salad I ordered was not worth it. Overall great experience and great service but the food fell flat unfortunately.

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vipMuttiB
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We are regulars at Il Fornaio and appreciate that the restaurant opened again, outdoors only, of course. Everything is very good, the service is excellent, not too many people dare to go out (yet), the menu is obviously reduced but offers favorites. It's just not (yet) the same as before the pandemic, but we hope it will get there. In the meantime we are planning to patronize our favorite restaurant as much as possible!

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vipPastalover
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tables were outdoors but heated by gas heaters. The servers were masked and gloved.
The tables were spaced apprpriately. Food was well-prepared and served hot. The dessert menu is very slight and weighted towards spirits. They seemed to have some difficulty processing an Il Fornaio gift card. Otherwise, the evening was enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Argent is wonderful - he makes each meal a special event.

Even the couple crying little nasties, and woman in sweats did not diminish the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so nice, taking care of a special request for our celebration. The food and atmosphere were excellent too, although the occasional loud car was distracting. Not much they can do, with a patio next to a road.

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vipLoriB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

How lucky this restaurant is to already have outdoor seating that is enclosed! Tables are dvided by hedges
for privacy. The food (and wine) was marvelous. Our server was very friendly as well as capable.Overall, our Friday night date was wonderful!!!

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DanL
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had the Thanksgiving meal and it was terrific. My vegan daughter had plenty of choices and she liked her vegan pasta dish.

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Foodie408
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outside patio is the perfect space to dine during COVID. The area is spacious with heaters, green partitions between tables. There is plenty of space in between all tables and servers all wore masks.

Food is impeccable as always and service was on point. I felt very safe during the entire meal.

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vipMuttiB
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This time we were sitting inside -- tables are 10 feet apart and there is plenty of space so it feels safe to be there. All waiters and waitresses wear masks, of course, and so do the managers. Sadly Yasmina is leaving - we have known her from Day1 - literally! We'll miss her but wish her the best of luck and success in her new endeavors!
And yes, the special was very special and the flight of 3 wine tastes very generous!
Have a go next time when you hear about a special!

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vipDeborah
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Making the best of a Covid reality. Staff was great as were the cocktails and food. Thank you

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MilkDud
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paired the appetizers with one of the best Old Fashioneds I've ever had. Paired the house Chianti with a terrific steak. Paired the cannoli for dessert with an excellent Hennessy VSOP. Food and drinks were great all night long.

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nikko06
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wife Birthday

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 4.6 stars by 1031 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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