Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek

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Italian
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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Kick off 2020 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3398 People Are Saying
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OT
San Francisco
192 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious. We had a waiter who did not greet us or smile one time. I have always felt a server makes such a difference to the 'feel' of the evening. He failed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best homemade gnocchi!

TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

To be fair, the dinner was good but overpriced however later in the evening my wife became ill
and we feel it was from the entree that she she had. She called to talk to the manager the following morning who seemed (and rude) not to care unless she had to go to the hospital. I am sure that this was an isolated incident.

JA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary Dinner

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good! Good! Good!

AF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Ambiance is good to very good. Service ok to good.
My stake & eggs could just a as easily come from Dennie’s.
Others were reasonably pleased with their food.

t
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely server, excellent aperol spritz (sometimes, most likely depending on the tender, they’re a bit too pale). Food excellent. Our go to spot for celebrations and also for a satisfying meal.

b
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful. Service was good. Selection of dishes and wine was very good. Ambiance is appropriate.
We come here for special occasions such as this event was our 25 Anniversary or just a special night out.
This really should be a 4.5 star review but for some reason on the hottest night of the week, the outside doors were opened which made the temperature very uncomfortable and greatly distracted from our enjoyment. This lowered our review to 3 stars. Basically in the future we will not go on warm/hot evenings and suggest others take this into account.

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

When I made the reservation I mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday. When we arrived I told the hostess that my date was celebrating her birthday. The hostess stated that she would let our server know. Of course nothing was done about it. It was not a big deal but maybe a small candle in the dessert that we ordered would have been nice. I mentioned it to our server afterwards and she said that nobody told her about it. The manager never came by our table either. On our way out, the hostess cheerfully said bye bye, have a nice day. Completely oblivious and unfazed by it all. I expect more from an establishment like this and will look for other options going forward.

R
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dependable!!

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CN
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The waiter seemed distracted and forgot to place my order. When two of the three dishes came the manager realized that my dish was missing. He immediately contacted the waiter and placed my order but the waiter forgot my special request that I want double veggie instead potatoes. Oh well, it was ok that we were not in a hurry. The manager and the waiter were apologetic. Food was good but a bit pricey.

l
Sacramento
263 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Fra diavolo pizza had good flavor but I should have sent it back for the soggy crust. Very disappointing. Roast chicken was delicious and moist!

k
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular and the service was outstanding!

k
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent service and food. Can't wait to go back!

m
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were all set for a fine leisurely meal. Bread was dry with plain, no taste olive oil and vinegar for dipping. My husband and I both ordered soup; his was so-so, mine(vegetarian minestrone) was doused with oil. We hadn't quite finished the soups, when the server brought out the main dishes. We had to move the soup plates aside so she could put down the entrees. I had a beet salad on yesterday's greens. My husband had a fairly tasteless pasta. Plates were quickly whisker away. all in all we were there less than 40 minutes.

CK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We are regulars at this location and we received an email regarding happy hour prices all day on Monday which made our decision easier between picking a restaurant because we wanted to watch a movie after. We ordered a bunch of items plus a bottle of wine. I we had three kids with me and I asked for a kids size penne Alfredo with prawns, she mentioned another tube pasta which was fine; we found out when the bill came that that was a $31 dollar plate of pasta...also both pizza where kinda soggy, but the best part was; we ordered a pizza that said it had pesto, when the pizza arrived it had no pesto so we informed the waitress and she took it and brought it back with dollops of pesto on top which looked really yucky. We walked out with a bill of $244 and as she gives us the bill she tells us we saved $55 dollars today which was tacky. The whole experience was not pleasant.

P
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert our waiter was great, food delicious, can’t wait to come back very soon! Attention to detail is nice to see in a restaurant, and it’s one of the best in Walnut Creek, Ca

r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Prices are up, and food quality is suffering, especially the vegetables, which were cold, or in the case of the carrot, not even cooked.

Entree was brought before we had a chance to even enjoy our cocktails.

This place needs work to bring it back to what it was.

A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is good, but not too many choices, especially if you’re looking for a low calorie meal. Service is excellent: waiters are well trained and very polite. Noise level is acceptable given several families with children. Overall a good place to have lunch or dinner with your close friends and family.

MM
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All four of us enjoyed our meals. The quality of the food n the quality of service

PK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A good steady restaurant. Fine staff and food was very good.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was excellent! Food,service,and ambience were all first class!

N
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Always a winner 😋👍

TR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

🦞 was over cooked :(

MR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The The maître d’ did not have a reservation booked by open table. OpenTable did not show me checking in. Can you fix this and give me my hundred points? This happens frequently with my reservations and it’s unfortunate.

Thank you,

LINDA

JJ
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It pains me to do this but I did not like my experience or meal at all on Sunday evening. We went specifically for the lobster special after receiving an email about it. 1 lb for $34.95. I think perhaps I got 1/3 of a pound. It was terrible. Overdone and not at all how it was described in the email. Our server took forever to take drink orders and while she was pleasant, it seemed like she didn't want to be there. Everyone seemed slow and disinterested. The outside patio was too hot so we said in the glass area just inside. Nice place to sit but we were right next to the service area and mostly saw dirty dishes throughout the meal. The restaurant was busy with a 50+ person party so perhaps that impacted service elsewhere in the restaurant. No excuse I can think of for the meal. The people behind us sent one lobster plate back and got another. Now I know why. 2/3 of mine was missing. I didn't complain at the restaurant - just don't like being that patron. But, I will think twice about going for anything they advertise.

LB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

HORRIBLE service -- apparently our dining was interrupting a training session that the restaurant was having for their employees. We were there for brunch. When our meals arrived, there was no butter provided for our toast, and our waiter was nowhere to be found! Our coffee cups were not refilled until after we asked another waiter to flag down our waiter to come to our table to service us. We had not been to Il Fornaio for brunch in awhile, but recalled that they had a nice brunch menu and decided to go for our anniversary brunch. This visit was so awful, we don't plan to EVER go back. We would rather look for another Italian restaurant than come back here.

MG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately, our birthday celebration dinner was ruined by the food. Three of the six meals were almost inedible. Also, the dishes were dirty which was less than appetizing. The management was very apologetic and took care of the situation adequately which was nice. Just not sure if it's worth a return visit.

D
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice table in one of the side rooms. The food was wonderful and the service was great. This seems to always be the case.

TF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I used to love Il Fornaio but they have changed their menu recently. Their salads are different and some of the most popular entrees are no longer available. Additionally 3 of the four vegetarian entrees are now gnocchi. Why would you need that many? Bring back the butternut squash ravioli!!
This will be my last visit. Well maybe I will just go for the gelato

MT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First, I couldn't get in the door from the garage and, when I pointed this out to the receptionist, she acted like I didn't know what I was talking about. I have been to this restaurant a number of times and know where the door is... I almost always park in the garage and enter from that side rather than the front door.
The wait staff was very helpful and attentive. I didn't receive the gnocchi that I had ordered, but the staff was very kind about it and offered to take it back and bring me the correct meal, but I accepted what was offered as I knew it would be good. I had just wanted to try something different. It was very good and my waitress brought me a free scoop of gelato. Yum!
That mistake was handled very well and the food was great, as always.

JG
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Passport menu is limited and special but everyday menu is always good. Always something to please everyone even vegans.

EC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, me and my wife liked it. Food and drinks were good too. We will come back again.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening. Stopped at the bar for happy hour. Then had dinner and dessert. Service was outstanding and the food tasted great.

F
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Other than a hair in my daughters’ pasta, my entree being delayed and the wrong order delivered to my wife, the play was okay Mrs Lincoln. Our waiter was over his head. He was a terrible communicator, both listening and speaking. We’ve had him before so experience isn’t the issue.

The ambience and bread are really good. Been many times but will likely be years before we visit again.

TB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food!! Love the place! Been there often.

D
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding! We will definitely be returning and recommend to our friends.

CK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice place, when it's not crowded the food is good and reasonably priced. parking close by

MM
London
61 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful evening and the bartender was just such a great guy I’ll be back for happy hour again and again.

G
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose this place for my Birthday. It did not disappoint! Sat outside on a perfect evening! Great!

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