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Il Fornaio - Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA

Il Fornaio - Santa Clara

4.4
4.4
1635 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 53 times today

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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

What 1,635 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

1,635 Reviews
  1. SophieL

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    I took my parents here for their last meal in town and the service was so slow that we couldn’t focus on enjoying each other’s company. The server took 15 minutes just to bring us our drinks (no water or anything beforehand), and then my meal was cold with 2 small bits of pancetta. She tried to tell me that’s just how the dish came but I have had the vodka rigatoni 3x before and it had much more bacon. Just very unimpressed with the service here.

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  2. Jordan

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Dinner time parking is extremely challenging on a Wed @6pm, too few spaces for the number of restaurants in the complex. Valet $20. First 3 hours free parking structure a-x the street; bit of walk. Allow extra time for parking. Will not visit this location again due to the parking situation for mediocre food.

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  3. Mark

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really have a good time in IL Fornaio at Santa Clara. Great env, good service, and the price seems high but it is reasonable for the high end Italian restaurant

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  4. TedT

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great limoncello! Thanks for the wonderful evening.

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  5. RLW2019

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and atmosphere. Parking is a challenge.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Though we reserved ahead of time, we had to wait 11 minutes for our table. There were two hostesses, one was half asleep and the other was just simply rude. The half asleep one, a young woman with light brown hair, was not sure where to sit us. The other woman, one with very long, black hair saw us come in and even though we arrived before 2 other families, she sat them first. There were 2 of us; those other families had 3 people, so not a huge difference. When we asked why they sat those other people first, they said there had been a mix up but clearly the hostess with the long, black hair saw we came in first and chose not to sit us; just rude. The food was not impressive at all. We also had to wait a lot for the bread basket, for our drinks; the food was just flavorless. But they were quick to collect the payment, for that they were not slow! The restaurant is lovely but after this unpleasant experience, we won’t be coming back. It was not what we expected for our anniversary dinner.

    Il Fornaio - Santa ClaraResponded on September 17, 2023

    Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback on OpenTable . It has come to my attention that the service you received did not meet your expectations. For this, I sincerely apologize. I would love the opportunity to hear more about your recent experience in an effort to prevent this issue from occurring in the future. Please let me know the best contact number and time to reach you, or feel free to contact me via Phone anytime at (408-217-8844) . I look forward to speaking with you in order to restore your confidence in the Santa Clara Il Fornaio. Have a great evening! Nooria Moradi

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  7. EfrainO

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made reservations for dinner before the Ed Sheeran concert, and after a short wait, got seated. Service was great and the food was delicious. Even though it was busy, our server was professional and friendly. Had a great experience!

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  8. geniejava

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I were there pretty early for dinner on a weekday night so it was pretty empty and quiet at the restaurant. This is one of our favorite special-occasion restaurants because of the ambience, food, and service, and it didn’t disappoint this time either. Their appetizers are always great. Their semifredo dessert item was new and it was delicious (with a tangy orange taste) and quite memorable.

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  9. Pastalover

    San Francisco

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our dinner was excellent, except for the unruly children seated across the aisle from us. Once they left, we enjoyed the Regina salad and the minestrone (note that this is a thin broth with plenty of vegetables, but no noodles). The Tagliatelle Bolognese was meaty and delicious, and the Fusilloni with chicken was excellent. A plentiful Gelati Misti was a creamy and wonderful end to the meal. Not a cheap meal, but worth the price.

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  10. Angie

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Took a client for lunch so we were on a tight time schedule right when we were seated we ordered appetizers and then ordered food. Our food came pretty fast but no appetizers. We all were disappointed. This place is good and it get very busy do not go if you are on a tight schedule.

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  11. DebbieM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Food was awful, no taste, and 3 of 4 people in our party felt that way.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservations were for 7:15pm but I was running late. Called the restaurant to say this and they were very accommodating. Finally arrived and they already seated the other people im meeting there. The host/manager kept checking in to see how we are doing and our waiter was very nice and polite. Overall experience: 10/10

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  13. KayS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Food cold and tasteless! Very disappointed. Ordered veal Marsala. Came with a piece of eggplant on top with a bit of melted cheese. Didn’t see any Marsala and it was cold. Pasta tasted like they opened a jar

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation on Open Table-no problems! Checked in and was seated right away. Was surprisingly busy for a Monday night! Drinks, appetizer , dinner & dessert were delicious. Happy 30th Anniversary to us. It was mentioned on the reservation, but nothing "special" was done, but was curious why they would ask on the reservation? None the less it was our first time & a great meal will definitely be back.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall4food4service1ambience5
    Sat in the patio and got no service. Had to flag down the server and for requested items, she completely ignored me. Terrible!

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  16. MariaA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff very friendly! Food is always great! Don’t disappoint!!!

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  17. GLORIAA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Staff was very rude. When we complained to managers they did not seem to care.

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  18. Micky11

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I always like this place in the past but today I’m disappointed with the food and how things were handled. I ordered a mixed seafood grill it came with 1 white fish 1 salmon and some shrimps and scallops. I took a bit of the white fish and it tasted like it has gone bad. I spit it out as I don’t want to get sick. I told the server Maria and told her I don’t want the same white fish as it has gone bad and requested to have more shrimps to replace the piece of white fish. She brought back the dish with two more shrimps but they took the salmon away. In other words they gave me two extra shrimp to replace the two pieces of fish That’s not right! I again mentioned to the server who then brought a small piece of salmon that looks like someone took a bite out of it. I took one bite and spitted it out as it tasted like it has gone spoiled. This time I mentioned to the server but nothing is being done. I can tell Maria tried hard but the kitchen is not doing their job. Also the dish was so oily that it doesn’t look healthy . Overall I didn’t have a good experience:(

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  19. MichelT

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was just ok. For example, the rib eye steak was really underwhelming. The rest was very nice.

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  20. RandyA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was very good. Service was very good. Not a good place for a date night due to loud environment, poor acoustics.

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  21. Clement

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Ribeye Steak ($50) was really hard et presentation wasn’t looking great.

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  22. Ememar

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Its one of my favorite Restaurants. I love their food. Our server Candy was great!

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  23. AnnaS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a great time at Il Fornio! The food and drinks were good and our server was super attentive, fun, and friendly. We went before the Taylor Swift show and it was a surprisingly relaxing and peaceful ambience. We had a great time and would definitely go again before another show!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and meals. Lovely restaurant.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent server we had and great food! Relaxing ambiance

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  26. VelmaP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy the food here. Had the Ravioli's (Chef's kiss). I wish they served the better wines by the glass, but otherwise all was great.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Forgot my to go box (a full entry), returning to restaurant in less than 10 minutes, restaurant has thrown away and showing no empathy

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  28. Brad

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Our server on the patio was overwhelmed. It looked like she was the only on working. We waited over 10 minutes between the time we ordered our drinks and ordered our food. We had to ask 3 times for water and 4 times for bread, which did not arrive until AFTER we finished our lunch. It seemed the poor service levels were due to understaffing vs being the fault of our server.

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  29. MuttiB

    San Francisco

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On my usual Monday night with a friend we enjoyed some delicious pasta dishes and the fact that there was no corkage fee! Yippee! Our server Linda is just a wonderful cheerful person and that helps very much in these terrible times of wild fires, floods, thunderstorms, wars, food shortage etc. A short reprieve at Il Fornaio is helpful

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  30. Todd

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is the third visit to the Santa Clara Il Fornaio and I must say it never disapoints. The menu offers good options for vegetarians which made one member of our party very happy. Overall the lunch experience was excellent.

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  31. JenniferR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and great service! Will definitely go back.

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  32. PaulD

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Linguine was overcooked and clumped. The worst I have ever had.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a delicious meal, 5 star service, a little pricy but knew that going in.

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  34. Sharkey

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside dining area looked nice. Very Mediterranean looking. Nice ambiance. Food was excellent . Good presentation and good service.

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  35. MuttiB

    San Francisco

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good experience, excellent service by Waiter John - can't get any better

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  36. Francis

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Generally good environment and food is ok considering the price

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  37. Mason4

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another family special occasion celebrated at II Fornaio-Santa Clara. The entire experience was great. Management especially Justice and staff very attentive. We will definitely be back!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing glad my 2nd time I could bring my family so they could enjoy the food.

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  39. Pastalover

    San Francisco

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were seated promptly. Service was attentive and friendly. Food was delicious and served hot. Prices are a bit high, but the portions are fair. Very good place for a special dinner.

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  40. KristinB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our 32nd anniversary which was very nice. Food and service were great. The glassed in patio room was very comfortable and they have heaters if needed. Everything on the menu we ordered was well prepared and good quality. I would return :)

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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 1635 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 53 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
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