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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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

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

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
Great for Lunch (32)
Good for Groups (29)
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Good for Birthdays (29)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Good for a Date (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Casual (22)
Business Meals (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Authentic (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Kid-friendly (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Romantic (14)
Happy Hour (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Fun (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
People Watching (9)
Seasonal (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We had the best service and attention for a very special birthday celebration. Our waiter was great and the GM was extremely accommodating. I will definitely have more events here.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined 6 days ago

We wanted to go somewhere nice for our anniversary, but felt like we didn't want to pay extreme prices for over-the-top epicurean experiences. We were happy to find Il Fornaio. The decor is very nice, and the service was of the highest order. Having mentioned it was our anniversary, they gave a small flute of sparking wine (no so much as to stop me from ordering a glass of Chianti later!) The pear and endive salad was nice (and just large enough to share), and we each got pasta entrees to our liking. Service was friendly and attentive. We'll be happy to return.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful catch up lunch with a friend wo lives in the area. We enjoyed the food and the service. Always a pleasure to return.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Great as usual. We love the regional menu for the month, including the regional dessert! Our server Paula is terrific answer a special friend now.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Special menu choices, especially the ravioli were outstanding!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Lots of choices great atmosphere and decorated for the season. Received great service and food served quickly to accommodate work time frame for a lunch. Parking convenient and free

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I frequent this restaurant for it's easy accessability and ambiance. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

We had an alumni lunch for 14 and we felt free to move around by the fireside area and a pleasure to all be able to sit together at the long table set up for our group.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We had not only excellent service but delicious food. I would recommend ill for Ngaio to anyone who wants a delightful lunch or dinner or Sunday brunch

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We ordered the price fixe regional menu with the half glass wine pairings.... and had a great meal ! Since we also each ordered different items, we got to try two appetizers, two second dishes and two main menu items. In all fairness, everything was delicious ! We ate at the bar that overlooks the kitchen area and really enjoyed watching the chefs prepare dinners !

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is always a great experience. No matter how busy they are you feel like you're the only one there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fabulous atmosphere. Awesome waiter. Swift service. Food was very good. Wine was spectacular!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

When I order Eggs Benedict, I don’t usually expect the egg to be hard boiled... I looked around, and unfortunately it wasn’t just me. Two orders at my table as well as the table next to me had the same over cooked egg. Maybe it’s training? I don’t know. Boo. Will not return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food is amazing. Service a bit lackluster and slow. Not a place to rush dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Reservations were for 5, and she wanted to put us at a table for 4, with one chair on the end, in the aisle, in the traffic path. Had to ask for another table.

Requested something special for birthday, and disappointed they don't do anything special for that. Service was not attentive.

Would not go back and will not recommend this restaurant .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was our second time here and it was even better than the first. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect. The food came out quick and then service was very attentive. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was nice, not quite at the level that I expected for the price. Salads were fantastic! Bread served with the meal was also great. And the desserts were exceptional. There were several small and odd inconsistencies that surprised me for a higher end restaurant. My soup was served slopped all over the outside of the bowl; dinnerware was very old and shabby. We were there later in the evening, but I did notice upon leaving that the tile floor in the dining room was covered in spills from throughout the day (maybe they were permanent stains in the tile). It was a bit off-putting. Other tiny details gave the restaurant a somewhat shabby and worn out feel. Server was very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We went with 4 adults- us and my parents, and 7 and 12 year old girls. Food was delicious. Waiter service very good, they were also very nice to the kids. Drinks also very good. Only minor complaint is that it was very hard to talk without shouting yourself. Maybe some more soft furnishings.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Friends that had not seen in a while. Great quieter area of restaurant. Leisure visit no rush great food

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

10/21
Birthday

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service was great, very attentive thoughtful staff love the close proximity to theatre and nightlife.❤️🍷

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service at the bar. Everything, food, drinks, service, atmosphere, decor, is excellent. Had the carpaccio, Caesar salad, veal scallopine, and the grilled fish...all excellent

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Went for an anniversary hoping for an elegant meal in a beautiful setting. Service was inattentive. Food was not hot or cooked to requested temperature. Bit of a disappointment

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always a good bet for an excellent meal and the scene is always changing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

A quiet restaurant with an intimate setting. Excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Amazing food. Had the Butternut Squash pasta and black cherry chocolate chip gelato. Best I've had. Will return again and again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Il Fornaio is one of our favorite spots for family celebrations. The food and service were wonderful. We had a private table in the back that was perfect for a family get together. Everyone loved their entre. Highly recommend.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The butternut squash ravioli was fabulous....loved, loved, loved it!! Will recommend it to friends and family.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Poor service, cold undercooked pasta of the day.....overpriced.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We always enjoy this restaurant for a good night out and special occasions

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always reliable for Italian food, especially the Passaporto menus. Excellent service.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We have dined here many times and, with one exception, it has always been a very pleasant experience. The food is good and well presented. Menu is quite traditional; nothing unusual, but a very attractive setting with good service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This is our go to place in Walnut Creek when meeting friends for lunch....always very good food and excellent service in a beautiful comfortable setting whether inside or on the beautiful patio. This time we had one in our party that had a garlic allergy. No problem at all as her request was graciously accommodated.
I am a big pasta fan and loved the pasta bolognese! Others had delicious salads with shrimp. We topped it all off with a sinful warm chocolate cake with sea salted caramel ice cream!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Our Waitress was very nice and efficient! All the staff seem to be attentive.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Arrived at 1pm to eliminate crowds, seated right away, great bread, nice waitress Alessandra who happened to be Italian (nice bonus), she was responsive and friendly and could tell that she really loved her job. The food was awesome, ordered Conchigle Pollo which was delicious, great for garlic lovers that like big cloves in their food, also had the Tagliatelle which was a little more hearty with meat sauce it was fabulous, the portions were good enough for leftovers. The location is ideal with complementary parking and ambiance was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Beautiful ambiance, delicious food & wonderful service!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food and ambiance was very good!!!! Service was poor

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service was poor which is not typical of my experience with il Fornaio.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Lovely meal. Met friends for Sunday brunch and enjoyed our meal... all ordered from the breakfast menu. Service was great and attentive. Have dined here 5-6 times!

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Really like the way they custom/change meal to a specific request

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We went on a spur of the moment. Excellent food and service, ending with delicious desserts! And easy to make last minute reservations via Open Table!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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