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About Il Fornaio - Seattle
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.
Seattle, WA 98101
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday -
Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you!
Catering services include:
• Boxed Lunch – sandwich, salad, Italian cookie and drink packaged individually.
• Platters – pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies. Perfect for any meeting held at Il Fornaio or your location.
• Ala Carte – We will accommodate any to go order from our regular menus.
• Delivery – Delivery available for catering orders with a $25 minimum (20 percent service charge applies). Please contact email@example.com
Convenient self or valet parking is available in Pacific Place parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Metro line stops at 6th and Olive.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Il Fornaio offers four distinct dining options for large or small groups with menus suited to your preference.
Il Fornaio - Seattle Ratings and Reviews
The food was good, but the kitchen had already run out of two items (one special entree and one wine special) that we wanted to order, although it was only 6 pm. The menu was limited and had very few other non-meat options, after I was unable to order my desired entree. The restaurant was very crowded on a Saturday night, the tables were very close together, and the kitchen was backed up. It took 90 minutes to receive our entrees, and we nearly missed our show nearby, although we arrived early for our reservation 2 hours before showtime. This was very disappointing, so we may not come back.
Valentine’s dinner-my Caesar salad was a heavy on the creamy dressing; pasta Bolognese was good, a bit bland. The waitress did recommend a nice wine for us. There were a couple of times we couldn’t catch our waitress’ attention, which detracted from the enjoyment of our dinner.
We had such a bad experience at Il Fornaio last night, despite the best efforts of a very nice hostess, manager & server who really tried to make our experience good.
To be fair, we were late for our reservation, but they told us "no problem" both on the phone and when we arrived. After 15 minutes of no table, I asked the hostess what was going on and she confessed they were struggling to find us one. She said, though, that they could seat us immediately in one of the booths behind the hostess desk, across the aisle from the kitchen, which is completely separate from the main dining area. She was so apologetic, and sweetly offered us a complimentary appetizer, so despite our having found a table for 4 at the Thai place upstairs (which we love), we let them seat us.
NEVER let them seat you in the tables by the kitchen! You're basically half in the lobby and half in the kitchen, so it's a constant stream of people by you and it's really loud. We listened to the cooks and servers yell at each other about what dishes were and weren't ready for which table the entire meal.
Our waitress was really nice and apologetic, and tried to provide good service, but we hardly ever saw her because our table was so far from the main dining room, where every other table in the restaurant was. It took over 20 minutes to get each of the 2 drinks I ordered, and it took us almost an hour from when we ordered to get our food.
And the food - it was disappointing. My 14 year old daughter really enjoyed her spaghetti with meat sauce, while my 16 year old said her angel hair pasta with marinara was just ok. My husband said his meatballs were mushy and fell apart and had little flavor, and he thought the calamari appetizer was awful (although he did eat half of it). My shell pasta with broccoli, sun dried tomato & chicken was ok, but it needed more garlic or spice - it was pretty bland.
So - we basically ate at Buca di Beppo but paid $200 for the experience. Pass.
We go here a lot and have always had a wonderful experience. Tonight was different. We sat at our table for 25 minutes before our waiter came. He quickly took out order and asking if we wanted a drink at the end. Knowing how long it took just to get to our table we declined a bottle
Of wine knowing it would probably never make it to our table. When our food arrived the portions for the pasta dishes were very small compared to what we have ordered in the past and they were all cold. My fish was cold as well. Our waiter never came back to check on our food until the very end of the meal. When i said something to the manager as we left he seemed to not really care.
Always like the food and he bread, but extremely disappointed they have gone to a VERY limited menu until 8pm. Won’t be going back even though it has been one of our regulars. They need to go back to a full dinner menu. Frustrated. Server was able to get two entrees of one the family favorites off the full menu for us. Very helpful.
Waitstaff had to come back 2 times and inform us that menu items were out. Waitstaff forgot twice our drink orders. They apologized for confusions and indicated it was the volume of guests. Food was good when it did arrive but portion size for cost was small
Arrived 15 minutes prior to our reservation & we were seated right away. Leisurely meal where the main server could have been a little more attentive. An entree had to be sent back due to a server/kitchen mistake (allergy), unfortunately the rest of the table were halfway through their dinner by the time the plate arrived. The establishment was very busy as it was pre-show & they are in close proximity to The Paramount. All food was fantastic & we would definitely return to give them another shot.
We had dinner at Il Fornaio before an early evening movie at the theatre upstairs. It worked perfectly for us. We had great service, ( a friendly, attentive server and his supports), a delicious meal ( we each had pasta dishes and shared a salad. ( fresh ingredients, well prepared), and had enough time to eat in a leisurely way and get to the movie with time to spare. No complaints.
New Year's Eve. Wasn't particularly busy that late, but our server was clearly tired. Took long to take our order and then told us the two meals we asked for were out, requiring another look at the menu and another long wait. Took nearly a half hour to collect our check. Not worth it.
A party of 7 were seated a half hour after the three of us and left a half hour before.
The restaurant is pretty and the Food was average-good (based on the dish) although I don't think it was worth the high price. All in all our table of 6 would have been relatively happy if the service wasn't so bad and slow. Our waitress had next to no conversation with us, would not return to our table for very long periods of time and then got our order wrong. Would like to caveat that it was NYE.. BUT... the restaurant was not that busy at all to justify the lack of service.
Service was bad. We chose a wine from their list and they were out. It took about 25 minutes to receive my cocktail , a simple Martini up. Water glasses were not refilled until we requested. Olive oil & balsamic for bread was never replenished. My husband requested a cup of minestrone for him to eat while my son & I ate our appetizer. Soup was not brought until I had my salad and I had to remind them my husband was also having a salad. His salad arrived followed almost immediately by his entree. My husband ordered a Cannoli & an adult hot chocolate for dessert, he received the hot chocolate but never received the Cannoli, luckily we were not charged for it and at this point we were so frustrated that we just wanted to pay our bill and get out of there. We have been coming to this restaurant for years but this time the food, presentation & taste, as well as the service were so bad that we are seriously considering not returning.
Maybe we went on an atypical night, but we were surprised by the disorganized service provided by our waiter. After we ordered, someone brought bread but then it wasn't until our main dish arrived that our waiter noticed that he had not provided the plate of olive oil for dipping the bread. At tables around us, waiters were providing oil immediately after bread was delivered to the table. Second thing to happen was we ordered soup but none came. First food to arrive at our table, after the basket of bread, was the main dish. We were puzzled but our waiter never stopped by long enough for us to ask about the fate of our soup. Fortunately no soup was on the bill so we did not have to argue that point. After we were finished with our dessert, we waited much longer than other tables before getting our bill. Two tables of 6 near us were seated after us and were through paying their bill before we received our bill, even though the tables of 6 had appetizers (their appetizer came), main dish, and dessert. We understand things do not always go according to plan but three things amiss in one dinner impacts the experience. The food itself was good and the person bringing the food from the kitchen was exceptional.
Have been here several times in the past, this time for Christmas Eve; by 6:30 PM they were out of 2 menu items, server did not communicate this until after we tried to order; would prefer he told us before we made our selections. Server timing was way off, our hot appetizer was served cold. This restaurant does not live up to it's past experiences, will not go again.
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