Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek

4.2
3005 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
Il Fornaio means 'the baker' in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(925) 296-0100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Emilio Barajas
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Catering
Delivery service available for orders over $100 in the Walnut Creek area.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Broadway
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Parking details
Valet located in Broadway Pointe Plaza, entrance located on Duncan off North Main. Cost is $6.00 with validation.
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Public transit
BART
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We offer 2 private dining spaces; our East Loggia, holding 80 seated or up to 120 for a stadning reception.We can create smaller private dining areas for as small as 15 people using curtains. Our South Loggia can hold up 40 guests seated.

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Reviews from verified diners
3,005 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
49%
Very Good
31%
Good
13%
Fair
5%
Poor
2%
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

For a restaurant with such a good reputation, we were disappointed. Our friends did not care for their dishes. My husband and I thought ours were good but not excellent as we expected.

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1.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Grandson’s birthday. Pasta sauce was tomatoey and bitter. Terribly overpriced. They knew it was my grandson’s birthday. They brought him a desert menu. He ordered tirimusu $10.50 with a candle on top. Not a good experience. Won’t go again.

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Ate here for the first time. The fish in my pasta dish was luke warm at best. My wife’s pasta was bland. Should have ordered the pizza. Restaurant was clean. Service good. Better option would have been. Zio Fraedo's

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Our server and the helpers for him were excellent. We usually go to napa and were happy to have gone here instead. We will be back. Perfect for larger parties. They had a lot of big tables and celebrations there.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

It was okay. The service was great but the food was not very good. I had the veal and it was terribly over cooked to the point of being tough. Tough veal? My date had the seafood grill and the salmon was so over cooked that it was a dry mess. The scallops were perfectly cooked but fishy and not properly cleaned. It still had membrane and it was sandy. We've eaten here a number of times with satisfaction but it was definitely an off night for the kitchen. Again, the service was great!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food was delicious. The waiter was attentive but did not make us feel rushed. We were seated at a private table away from a lot of people where it was quiet which we prefer! All in all it was an enjoyable evening!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Always love the location, the ambiance, and the quality of food.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Old friends meeting up . Service was great not a lot of interruptions

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We have gone to this restaurant many times and always have been pleased. Unfortunately we went for my daughters birthday and the service was terrible. The waitor left a number of times before everyone finished ordering. He never refilled my kids soda. I complained to the manager and he started to take care of us as well and did an excellent job. The waitor how ever continued his disappearing act. When you spend well over $350 for a meal you expect much better service.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Wonderful food, superlative service!!!

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2.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The best part about this restaurant was the service. It was attentive and efficient although not particularly "personal". The ambience and decor were nice but it's a large restaurant and there was a lack of energy. There were 4 of us for my mother's 94th birthday. We all felt the food was sub standard. There's no reason in the bay area with all of the fresh ingredients available for food to be other than very good!

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2018

It was Father's Day and the bartenders were great while I waited for my sons. Once we got our food the waitress never checked to see if we were okay with everything. Had to have anther waitress get us a second glass of wine. Ran out of bread twice.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I went to Il Fornaio for Father's Day. The food was great. I booked through OpenTable's App. The table was ready on time. The staff was courteous. I will definitely go back. Our experience was perfect.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I have loved going to your restaurant but this time the food was horrible . My pasta was so dry and my husbands eggs were dry

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Wonderful food and service for Father’s Day :-)

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We had Father's Day dinner. Our table was ready at the reserved time. The service was spectacular, and the food was consistently very good. We have had problems elsewhere with a table for 8 , but not at Il Fornaio

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

My favorite go-to spot for mother daughter date night

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Il Fornio is a great Italian restaurant for a group. The food is good, the ambiance is lovely and the service was excellent. some of our dishes were excellent, some were average. Two of the dishes came out barely warm, so we assumed they sat waiting while the other dishes were prepared. Our server took care of it when we let him know, and he made sure to check back to make sure it was all handled appropriately. Instead of just reheating those dishes, they ended up preparing two fresh new plates. I often feel that its how they take care of problems that sets a good restaurant apart. Overall, we had a really nice experience, it was low hassle in a lovely environment.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Standard large US Italian restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We sat on the patio and enjoyed a relaxing brunch outside. Our server was excellent as well as the food. I have always had a good experience at this Il Fornaio.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Service was good. The food was terrible. Both our meals came out within a couple minutes of ordering. Huge red flag. Both meals were terrible. The baked cod smelled and tasted like week old leftovers. It was so bad we will never be back. They’ve lost quality control on the food. Now the food seems like a chain restaurant trying to cut corners. Too bad. It used to really good.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Had a lovely dinner for 6 with 3 generations in the mix- everyone loved the food. Service was top notch - friendly, efficient.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Il Fornaio is not what it once was. We sat outside on the patio, which was delightful. Service was very attentive. We both ordered the Branzino special. It was a small piece of fish, drenched in tomato sauce. When we read the description on the menu, we asked the server if it was a "spaghetti type sauce" or the thin sauce that results from smashed cooked tomatoes. The server said it was just tomatoes and not a "sauce". Sure enough it was the thick tomato sauce that is used with spaghetti. The sauce, combined with the olives and capers totally overpowered the delicate taste of the fish. We ordered the antipasto de pesce appetizer. It was very bland. We will stick with the pizza and wine.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The restaurant was incredibly accommodating when our party reservation grew from 10 - 14 people on the day of the event. Food and service were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

This restaurant is consistently good. The food is fresh and delicious!

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Kind of a disappointing experience. We eat at the il Fornaio in Corte Madera occasionally, and always have had a good experience, so we expected the same at the Walnut Creek branch. Unfortunately, everything was just OK, nothing special, especially when you consider the prices involved. First of all, we had to wait at the check in desk to be greeted- no hostess in sight. When she finally arrived, she sat us at a table directly behind the check in stand, which would have been ok, except for all of the noise from staff congregating in the area. The first batch of bread that was brought out was stale. When we told the server we thought the bread was stale, he did get a fresh loaf to our table which was 100 times better. The overpriced Fornaio salad was kind of bland - not much was in it. My wife's sea bass was OK, nothing special, my pounded rib steak was the same, OK, but nothing I would order again. With the prices charged, I would expect the meal to be better than just OK. There was certainly nothing about it that would make me return, especially with all of the restaurant choices in Walnut Creek.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We had terrible to moderate service. Our server was not polished and basically didn’t check on us after she took our order. We located a manager to fill our empty water glasses, retrieve our wine order from 20 minutes prior and asked for Parmesan cheese once our order was delivered. I’ve been here many times and won’t go back. The service was very disappointing and it was my daughter’s graduation from high school celebration. The manager was also not very professional. He had some lame excuse to give us as to why our server disappeared.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Graduation party and they were able to seat us early as the graduation did not last as long as anticipated. We appreciated them being able to accommodate us. Excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Fish special was over cooked and tastless

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

It was a very good dinner

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We love Il Fornaio from the food to the servers! We love how you change the menus to the different regions of Italy.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Friends visiting from out of state that we hadn't seen in a long time.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

This is an upbeat, beautiful lunch or dinner event. From cozy dining to a larger meeting event, iL Fornaio attends to every detail. A great spot for many dining experiences you may want.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Husband birthday.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We had enjoyed the restaurant very much and also like their frequently offering with different style Italian cuisine. Sicilian food is one of our favorite Italian food. we all have been in Sicily and enjoyed food there a lot. So we were very excited with this event. As we sat at the table, we were commenting that we never had bad food here. We should have never said that. This was night we didn't get as expected. The food on last Saturday was not as good as we hoped for. Nothing really exciting on the choices of appetizer. Both sword fish dish and wild seabass dishes were over cooked, no moisture. Doesn't taste like anything we had in Sicily. Besides of dryness, my sea bass was not as fresh as it should be. The waiter and the manager were very much apologizing , willing to change the dish, and even gave us free desserts. In addition, three out of four were feeling stomach sick next day. Very disappointing on the food. Not sure if we should go back there again in the future.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

All around very good place for a family dinner or a date. Surprisingly good food for such a big venue, and good cocktails as well. Kinda fun atmosphere too.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Keep up with your excellent tasty food and your service. The only thing that is negative is the way the tables being set up super close to other diners tables.... it’s awkward and I really don’t wanna hear any of their conversations. Thank you!👍🏾

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We had 6:15 reservations but still had to wait 20 minutes at least. Our server was positive although my husbands food was cold. Disappointing

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Food was not of the same quality as past experience.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I had been here previously for lunch and really enjoyed it! I would recommend coming for lunch. However, Mother’s Day dinner was not as good as it could have been. We were seated by the kitchen, so there was so much noise it was hard to carry on a conversation. The service was excellent, but the menu choices were lacking, and just fair in taste. I have had much better Italian food at Acqua e Farina in Hayward.

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