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About Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek

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.

1430 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
North Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 296-0100

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
Delivery service available for orders over $100 in the Walnut Creek area.

Parking Details:
Valet located in Broadway Pointe Plaza, entrance located on Duncan off North Main. Cost is $6.00 with validation.

Public Transit:
BART

Executive Chef:
Emilio Barajas

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.

Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Good for a Date (48)
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Great for Lunch (40)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Good for Groups (34)
Authentic (33)
Business Meals (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Casual (28)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Comfort Food (24)
Romantic (23)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Seasonal (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Bar Seating (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Healthy (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Cozy (15)
Fun (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Tasting Menu (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
People Watching (7)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Organic (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Met a friend for brunch. The service was impeccable, the dappled sunlight on the patio was lovely and the smoked salmon omelet was one of the best I've ever had!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice wait staff

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and good service. Went there with three friends. Two of us had the seared tuna salad which was excellent. One person ordered a salad and the fourth a sandwich. Everyone was happy with her choice.
Tasty bread with OO and Balsamic vinegar. We’ll go there again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a great server who was friendly without being pushy, attentive without being intrusive and had knowledgeable recommendations. The service was expedient, however the price is a little high for a lunch, however it is downtown Walnut Creek, but the food was excellent. I would go again.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Paleo Friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Quickly seated, great friendly service, tasty food. A little on the pricey side but overall a great time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We were excited to have a Valentine's Day dinner here since we had our wedding luncheon at the Il Fornaio in San Francisco but unfortunately it didn't meet out expectations. We we're sat at a table not even a foot away from another couple and it was uncomfortable. I feel like for having a reservation at month and a half before should have given us a better table, guess not. The food was good but the ambiance not so great. Maybe I'd come back for a lunch on the outdoor patio but don't think I would make a reservation again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We were very happy that we were able to get a reservation on Valentines Day. Naturally, it was quite crowded that evening. But they took us on time. Food was terrific, as always.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

If I didn't already go to the location in Sacramento(which I give 5 stars) I wouldn't be so disappointed! The food appetizer tasted like it had been sitting out (very dry), the entrée was very good veal and drinks were good. The desert came with the dirtiest spoon I have ever seen! the service was bland and he wasn't knowledgeable in recommending anything, the price was not worth it, ambiance was terrible to loud and felt like I was put in a corner! I requested a single rose and they failed to even let me know that they were unable to commidate my request. I definitely won't be coming back to this location simply from the service and ambiance. /: I am a loyal customer to the Sacramento location!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Great Valentine’s Day dinner with good friends. Team Il Fornaio: great service from Sherry & Raul; kudos to the chef for superb food; the special personal touch from the always charming Host Veniero Monti made for a special evening. Thanks to all <3

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful dinner at Il Fornaio on Valentine's Day. There were four of us and we all thoroughly enjoyed our delicious dinners-salmon, chicken, pizza and mixed grill plus beautiful salads. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. We will definitely return to this Walnut Creek gem.

Tags: Seasonal, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I took my daughter out for a Valentines Day lunch. Our server was put out that she had to help our table. She clearly was more interested in her family friends that were seated across from us in the corner. We had to ask for everything. She didn’t offer us cheese for our pasta. However w did watch her kindly offer it to other tables around us. She didn’t come back to our table until we finished our plates. When she finally came back to our table she said “done? “ ..we wanted to know what options were avail for dessert. We had to ask her for a dessert menu. The table behind is also wanted desert menus she went Into great detail with them about what was available and what she recommended from her personal experience. She then as walking by tossed their dessert menus on our table and kept walking. So rude. My daughter was done by then. She works In The restaurant industry and said that the customer service we were receiving was sub par and we needed to go. We had to ask for our bill and when she finally came back to our table she said oh “now your done?” My daughter was about to get up and tell management at this point. I jus signed the card and said let’s jus go and we won’t be back. The food was amazing but customer service is really important part of the dining experience. Really disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful service and the food was great . We really enjoyed our meal there

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was absolutely amazing. Service was fabulous and very professional.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Nice evening with friends we hadn't seen in over 20 year. Sherry our waiter was very good. Overall a very nice evening. As to the food, it was good. The Umbria selections were a nice departure from the regular menu.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My husband and I come frequently to dine at Il Fornaio as the restaurant is comfortable with consistently good Italian dishes and wonderful service. Reina helped us on this trip and she was marvelous, very attentive and knew the menu. We had the lentil soup. Arugula and beet salad, carpaccio, and fettucine al mare in a garlic white wine sauce. Birthday desert was a slice of real spumoni ice cream with plenty of cherries and pistachios. Parking in the garage across the street cost a whopping 50 cents. Il fornaio always delivers an excellent experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Good time with ex work colleague.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

My Wife and I were looking for a new restaurant to celebrate out meeting each other and we think we have. It has been 43 years and we are looking forward to meet there each year.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is a long time favorite of mine. Food was sub-par at best. The appetizer and dessert were great but main course was not good. Service was almost painful. She should not be waiting in a what I would consider a top restaurant. I am hoping that it was just a bad night. Normally it is terrific. I will try it again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

it's been years since our last visit. Again, Il Fornaio was less than meets the eye

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Work promotion

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We did the happy hours I ordered lemon drop cocktail and loved it order appetizer pizza calamari fritti and it wee good too. Gem in the neighbor hood servers good and courteous lots of parking in the street, nearby lots of stores, for sure I will be back

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything was great except service. The waitress hit my head with a stand for calamari, dropped the plates on the table instead of placing them on the table. Not very good service.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Big, busy and loud. Very friendly server. Pretty good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very good and we enjoyed our time dining on Il Fornaio.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Sports
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Work retirement party

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We went for a birthday celebration. The food was cold and the service was terrible. The waiter was not able to answer a couple of questions and said he would find out and return with answers. He never did and we had to ask a bus boy twice to get us water and find our waiter to take our order. After waiting a long time for our meals, we had to return two of them because the food was cold. No one even came over to apologize or see how we were doing. We had a party of 7 and the only positive remarks after the meal was, 'well the bread was really good'. Oh one final note. The waiter brought over a house birthday dessert of spumoni ice cream and it was almost all melted! I was so disappointed because it was my choice of restaurant and my sons 26th birthday. We moved out of the Bay Area 7 years ago and I was so looking forward to a fantastic meal on this visit. Just a disappointment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great atmosphere and the food/wine were great. I will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our family met here for a Saturday night outing; six of us ranging from 15 to 68. We had the best waiter, the best food and drinks, and the best relaxed dining we could hope for here in Walnut Creek CA. That's really saying something because there are many choices for dinner, and I am a really picky restaurant critic. The cocktails were perfect, the service was quick, and there were several persons who cleared the table, refilled the water glasses, delivered the entries, and the desserts. Cant wait for another return engagement.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Il Fornaio Walnut Creek continues to be a traditional Italian restaurant with a warm, charming, friendly atmosphere. The food is, as always, delicious and well prepared. An ample selection of wines, and a caring, professional staff makes your visit a special event. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Had a great time, as usual. Great food. Service was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Enjoyed our meal and the service was great. Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to dine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Food is great! Michael, the GM, worked with the chef to create a vegetarian meal for my husband. It was just what he wanted. Everything was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Staff holiday dinner

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Stupid. Uniquely stupid. The Passporto online rewards program is absurd and juvenile.
How many times have you been dining and looked over to see teenagers, pre-teens, and even pre-K kids playing with electronic devices during a meal and thought …. why?
Il Fornaio now requires grown adults to use their devices - log in, input password, retrieve password, get new password, type in new password to change password to get to Passporto, to earn points. YUCK ! ENOUGH !!!
Stupid, juvenile, insulting.
The old paper-based Passporto rewards was clever and engaging.
The new online app-based is VERY frustrating!
Great food. Wonderful servers. Fab atmosphere.
Dumb dumb DUMB online rewards program. GET RID OF IT !!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great space with bar seating and friendly staff. Delicious risotto special.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were celebrating this special anniversary. We do not like the new way they are doing the regional menu. Our server Paula was great as usual.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Wonderful Happy Hour during the week. I love their carpaccio. My husband loves their pizza. Their butternut squash ravioli is always yummy. They no longer have their spinach salad but was able to make it for me during my last visit. I wish they hadn't removed the lunch size portions during lunch time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Ordered the salmon cooked through and instead they brought me literally charred salmon . The cook tried to hide it by putting the totally charred side down. I didn’t notice and took a bite; I almost choked it was that bad. To top it off took forever to get my check. You would have thought after they profusely apologized that they would have at the very least taken off my soup. Nope, and I waited a good 15-20 mins for my salmon the second time; and it was a somewhat slow night. This place has gone downhill. I almost went to True Food and wished I would have as their salmon is always good and cooked to perfection!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Disappointed in the food for the price. Pasta for one of us was overdone. They admitted they had placed it under a food lamp because they brought it before we finished our salads. The other pasta dish was undercooked. Service was uneven. Could not understand the server. The signature cocktails were interesting and rather pleasant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

business dinner for my west coat sales team. Went well and they honored my request to have seating by the fireplace which is semi private and great for 10 people.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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