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Il Fornaio - Seattle - Permanently Closed, Seattle, WA

Il Fornaio - Seattle - Permanently Closed

4.1
4.1
2280 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sight, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio Seattle. Literally "the baker" in Italian, Il Fornaio offers wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade and imported pastas; pizzas from an apple wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch. Voted as Seattle Magazine's 2006 Reader's Choice for "Best
Italian" and repeat recipient of Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence," this award-winning restaurant is located in downtown Seattle at Sixth and Pine.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 264-0994

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Franz Junga

  • Catering

    When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! <br />Catering services include:<br />• Boxed Lunch – sandwich, salad, Italian cookie and drink packaged individually.<br />• Platters – pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies. Perfect for any meeting held at Il Fornaio or your location.<br />• Ala Carte – We will accommodate any to go order from our regular menus.<br />• Delivery – Delivery available for catering orders with a $25 minimum (20 percent service charge applies). Please contact banquetssea@ilfo.com

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio offers four distinct dining options for large or small groups with menus suited to your preference.

  • Private party contact

    DeMeShee Pye: (206) 264-0994

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Convenient self or valet parking is available in Pacific Place parking lot. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    Metro line stops at 6th and Olive.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,280 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. KW

    KaraleeW

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sad to see this business closing. Was one of our favorites.
  2. V

    Vissidarte

    Seattle

    374 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    374 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of my most fave eateries is closing 2day. I rest reassured, that other location will continue 2 provide gr8 dining Xperiences! Tk U 4 many years of gr8 food & lovely service! I’ll miss U all & Wish U well :)
  3. BB

    BridgetB

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Apparently the restaurant is closing. They were out of a number of basic dishes. Too bad.
  4. V

    Vissidarte

    Seattle

    374 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    374 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Andres is a very likable, helpful server who is eager 2 make his guests feel welcome! The entire staff is commendable, gracious & longterm. Wishing them well as the eatery closes 2morrow Saturday...
  5. C

    Cougarsrock13

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We had reservations for 530. We called ahead and said we were stuck in a terrible traffic jam but would arrive by 545. The lady who answered the phone said “no problem at all”. We arrived at 550 pm and were not seated until 6 pm. We got water around 610 and had orders taken around 620. We indicated that we had theater tickets and needed to be done with dinner by 7 pm. The waiter said it would not be a problem. It took 20 min to get our glasses of wine. Two salads came after 25 min. At 645 we asked where the food was since we had to leave at 7. The waiter said he would check. He came back at 650 and said it would be around ten min. We said that was too late. He apologized. The food came at 7. We ate what we could in five min. The prices were high and the service was terrible. We never got any water refills. Our bills were split equally four ways in order to get out of there faster. We have no idea what if any gratuity was automatically ordered as we never saw an itemized bill. My three friends who were with us told me they would never come their again. I won’t either. The restaurant knew it was a theater night. The kitchen and service staff were terribly out of synch. Overall it was a horrible experience. What a disappointment.
  6. KV

    KayV

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent selections on the menu & really appreciated the gluten free menu as well. Great service. Best desserts in town.
  7. JR

    JeffR

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    not the best version of this restaurant group. food only decent
  8. CL

    ChrisLemoine

    Seattle

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Start with the best: the server was excellent. Patient, fast, thoughtful. Espresso was very good. Pasta dishes were also quite good, although the portion of cappellini is far too large and likely generates a ton of food waste all by itself. Appetizers: lentil soup was excellent. Calamari were dry and almost free from visible fat, and the portion was generous. We had reservations, and, a frequent complaint in many restaurants, were still shown to an uncomfortable, tiny table that would have us mostly sitting in a busy corridor. Not cool. The hostess clearly wasn't thrilled about being asked to take us to another table. Then she mumbled something about a four-seater by the window. Dropped the menus on a two-top next to (I think) a dying grizzly bear (judging from the noises he made) and disappeared. Nobody's fault that we were next to a wild animal (who proceeded to tell somebody on the phone about falling off his hotel toilet when he was drunk), but the seating could have been handled a little more professionally. Finally: there should be more meatless options.
  9. WB

    WilliamB

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    In town from Chicago. Had the Margarita Pizza and Caesar Salad. Food was great.
  10. DF

    DavidF

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Great service and food.
  11. KE

    KED83

    Tampa

    69 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    I was annoyed that I made reservations a few weeks in advance as I was attending a conference in Seattle. On arrival I was advised that the restaurant would be closing and moving to another location in a few days. Because of the closing, after one glass of wine I was told they no longer had that type of wine available. I have never experienced anything like this before. I wish the restaurant had told me of the closing and more importantly the limited or inconsistent wine availability. What a terrible way to do business!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Very rude service. The rudest I’ve seen in the last 20 years. Food was also pretty bad. Would not recommend.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The restaurant is closing down in two weeks so they were out of many drink and food items listed on the menu. Additionally, there was a piece of plastic in my gelato dessert, which is unacceptable.
  14. Y

    Yummytummy

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Service was not the best. I think the restaurant is closing which may have affected staffing. It took over five minutes for a server to come to the table. Once she came over it wasn’t as bad, but still took a while to get drinks, orders etc. Food was delicious though. The bolognese was delicious!
  15. KT

    KathleenT

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    New waiter didn’t know ordered items were not available. Server got food mixed up. I didn’t get what I ordered even though it was on the menu. We had to wait for one person (4 of us) to get her order so the three of us had cool food. The server did his best. That being said, the food was good! Our out of town guests enjoyed their meal, so we felt better when the bill came.
  16. DB

    DianeB

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The mushroom pasta was quite good but the rest was only ok. The prices are high enough that I shouldn't be describing the food as only ok. The restaurant is big and open so it's not even a great atmosphere.
  17. CH

    CraigH

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Matredi was unprofessional and dishonest. Wait to order and receive food was excessive. My wife’s meal was fine. My veal was grisly and artichokes were tough and rough with no flavor. Waiters Were hurried - and restaurant was not even close to full, which is easy to understand considering the food and service.
  18. M

    Marley66

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    They've seem to have gone downhill since the last time I dined there. The server was really scattered. His section was very busy but he acted as though it was on fire. The food was really mediocre. We had three pasta dishes and a pizza. None of it was noteworthy.
  19. M

    Marc

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Aside from a small hygiene issue on one of the two apps plates (was sent back and credited), good meal, service and great location.
  20. JW

    JosephW

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It's conveniently located in Pacific Place which is one of the places many downtown visitors park. The place feels very accommodating. Its Italian cuisine offers many different dishes other than pastas (which many other Italian places only offer). The service was quick and the food tasted extremely good! Fresh seafood and vegetables. The serving is also generous; we couldn't try their desserts because we were so full (maybe we'll reserve some room next time).
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food and service as always. So sad it's closing.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waitress. Thanks again from Canada!!!
  23. CK

    ChristineK

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our wait staff was very good. The food was delicious and presented nicely. The wine we selected was very good. Overall, it was a very good experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good Italian food for Seattle. Server was sweet but her Italian was terrible
  25. E

    Elizabeth

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant. Celebrated Easter there and will go back again.
  26. MP

    chuckanutMP

    Seattle

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always excellent and authentic italy. Reasonable selection of appetizers and entrees for every taste. Best is that the wait staff are knowledgeable and efficient. A favorite location for a casual meal or special occasion.
  27. AJ

    AJCC

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to meet my friend from college. Calm and elegant. Love the ambiance and the food was great too!
  28. JT

    JimT

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Waiter complained to us about bartenders and prep guys; why tell the customer the restaurant is poorly managed? I don’t want to hear that. Wife got wrong salad. My Caesar salad was terrible: barely any dressing, croutons were huge and had an acerbic taste, had quartered hard boiled eggs which was an odd thing in a Caesar, and giant shavings of Parmesan. The whole point of using an expensive, aged and flavorful cheese like Parmesan is to maximize the flavor. It should have been half as much and finely shredded. My rye manhattan was straight rye; I had to add ice to drink it. Putting a guy behind a bar in an apron doesn’t make him a bartender. My pasta was great.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Took teen age kids with us. Service was great
  30. RM

    RaymondM

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food from appetizer to dessert was gourmet and delicious. Service impeccable!
  31. n

    nadinea

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive wait staff
  32. VH

    VickiH

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and wonderful food! We enjoyed lunch!
  33. KM

    KMSGourmet

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. Not many other restaurant patrons, yielding a wonderful quiet ambience. Food and wine was stellar. We sat and chatted for three hours.
  34. SA

    SueA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very delicious meal in a wonderful setting. We were in the upstairs room. Tiramisu was delicious too.
  35. JG

    JoeG

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My wife and I overall enjoyed our dinner. We arrived on time for our reservation and were conducted to the bar area to wait. I hate the ackward moment where we interface with the Bar Staff and tell them we will just wait for our table. Anyway, we were given a table by the window, but next to the staff entrance which was very busy and detracted from our meal. Overall, the food was very good to great. We enjoyed our Carpaccio appetizer, and my wife's chicken and my pasta dish were both very good. Our Waiter was attentive but not pushy. We left happily after a satisfying cappuccino and a delicious coffee.
  36. MH

    MikeH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Ok... food kinda blah... service was very good though. Best part of meal by far was dessert
  37. SL

    StevenL

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, excellent service and food!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    I had heard okay things about Il Fornaio and thought we’d try it out for a friend’s birthday dinner. The service was fine but the food was subpar at best and it’s way overpriced. There is significantly better Italian food in the area. I would not recommend this spot to anyone.
  39. ES

    ElaineS

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, relaxing yet refined atmosphere. Always enjoy coming here!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I really was saddened that the menu has changed and they no longer have the butternut squash ravioli. This was one of my very favorite reasons for going here. My meal was still very good as I made an adjustment.

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Il Fornaio - Seattle - Permanently Closed is rated 4.1 stars by 2280 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Convenient self or valet parking is available in Pacific Place parking lot. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    Metro line stops at 6th and Olive.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Franz Junga

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 264-0994

  • Catering

    When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! <br />Catering services include:<br />• Boxed Lunch – sandwich, salad, Italian cookie and drink packaged individually.<br />• Platters – pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies. Perfect for any meeting held at Il Fornaio or your location.<br />• Ala Carte – We will accommodate any to go order from our regular menus.<br />• Delivery – Delivery available for catering orders with a $25 minimum (20 percent service charge applies). Please contact banquetssea@ilfo.com

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio offers four distinct dining options for large or small groups with menus suited to your preference.

  • Private party contact

    DeMeShee Pye: (206) 264-0994

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