Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek

4.3
3775 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Step inside Il Fornaio and take an award-winning culinary journey through Italy. Specialties include house made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with great cocktails and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list.
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4.3
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Our waiter Chris was super friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. The service was quick. Overall, great experience!

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BillH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding and service, by Paula and by the bartender, was impeccable. We had trouble with uncorking a bottle of wine that we brought with us and received patient help. It was also nice that corkage fees are waived this month and housemade pastas were on sale.

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ThomasH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time! Great place to celebrate an occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I have been to Il Fornio many times and specifically this location. I have always had good experiences which is why I chose it for a family gathering. Overall the experience was totally sub par to what I am used to. The service was extremely slow and inattentive despite our server only having a few tables. Drinks were not refilled and even after requesting things several times it seemed our server was in no hurry to get us things. The menu was unimaginative and uninspired (not to mention significantly reduced from prior visits) Even the plates were sloppy and sauce all over the edges and not wiped down before sending them out to the dining room.

I know everyone is struggling with staffing and is reducing services and staffing due to the pandemic. But it’s easy to use that as an excuse for poor service and poor unimaginative food.

At $130 I will choose something different next time I’m in Walnut Creek

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great pizza and wine…

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DeeDee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an experience to remember! Our server, Augustine, made it perfect. Looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town loved it

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TereseD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We ordered the pasta pomodoro and it tasted like someone dumped a cup of salt in the sauce. We also ordered a salad with under-ripe peaches and pit fragments still in them. It was the worst meal we had of the many times we've eaten there. It was not busy so it's hard to believe this got out of the kitchen. We will try dining elsewhere until they get a new chef....

we still like the ambiance and would stop there for a quiet beer or glass of wine sometime.

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BradD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 4 people in our party and we ate outside. The weather was beautiful and our waitress was wonderful. The drinks and food were delicious as well. We will be back!

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MikeL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a table using open table. Asked if there was a special occasion, specified it was a birthday. No acknowledgement of this at the restaurant.

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vipLwhitney111
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the price is right! And they comp parking, which is nice now that the adjacent lot has started charging.

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JudyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a special that included a margherita pizza and 2 drinks. Since there were 3 of us, one ordered minestrone zuppa. The 3rd person was concerned about some stomach problems which had been bothersome. Person 3 ended up eating pizza also. We ended our meal with tiramisu which we all shared. All was delicious!

Service throughout the evening until our departure could not have been better from getting seated to our leaving.

Highly recommend!

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vip2AgingLikeFineWine
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Friendly server but was unaware of promotional offer, never filled water glasses without asking and did not ask us about dessert. Food was good, fresh and veggies cooked perfectly.

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vipAllen
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It was disappointing that they now charge for bread. The waiter stated that they started about a month ago.

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KellyO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great. Will be eating there again.

OM
OrenM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Outstanding house made pasta as always.

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Greg
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful place now that the pandemic is ending, we still sat outside but the restaurant is fully open. As always great food and service.

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Toni
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great- nice table, excellent service and delicious food!
We’ll be back

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Afton
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved out experience dining in last night. Our waitress was amazing & we always had full drinks! We will for sure be coming here again soon.

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vipMayC
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

ll Fornaio is remarkably consistent in all their locations. Special salad was fresh & flavorful.

Pasta was excellent as was the salmon. Wait staff efficient and helpful, except for the receptionist. There were several people waiting to be seated while she was on a long phone call. She never acknowledged, the customers, didn’t apologize for the wait, and seemed annoyed we were waiting. Only blip.

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good as always. The service was slow because there were no workers. Not their fault. The service we did receive was hood and the food came out fast.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great until we saw the 2% Covid surcharge… hmmm?

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vipWorkerbee
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be dining at Il Fornaio again! We sat outside for lunch on a pleasant week day. The food and service was great. Fresh, hot food. Friendly staff. Comfortable outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was awful. So disappointing. Pre-Covid we ate here several times over the years and the food was consistently good.

This visit we had to ask for bread 3 times, and once we did get it… it seemed like day (or two) old bread. Not like it use to be. My salmon was way over cooked, very dry and fishy. My salad… ‘Croutons’ were crostini… that’s ok but they were as hard as a rock. Again, probably old and/or not stored properly. The shaved cheese on my salad was dried out, as if it had been shaved the day before or not properly stored.

I over heard the table next to us complaining about their food and when our waiter approached us, she didn’t ask us how our food was, only would I like a box to go. Ummmm… no thank you!

Sadly, it reminded me of a place that was struggling to keep the doors open. I hope it was just a bad day for this Restuarant.

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YummyfoodforKaren
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had auxh

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TeresitaJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and food! It would be much better if more menu selections.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We showed up an hour early; right before they opened. I asked if I could add one person and change our reservations to an earlier time. It was Father’s Day so I wasn’t holding my breath but the hostess was super helpful and accommodated my requested by changing my reservations 15 min earlier. That’s better than nothing! Turned out, they seated us right when they opened. 😄

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day lunch. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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vipEdF1
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Used to be better.
Brussel sprout appetizer not worth ordering.

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Danasta
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were early for our 7pm reservation and seated right away. The table we were assigned was wobbly and we asked to sit at an adjacent table. Request granted. The waitress arrived for our drink order and she was not very knowledgeable about whiskey. We had ordered two of the same drinks and she brought back only one. She apologized and brought the second one. She did not rush us as we enjoyed a calamari appetizer before ordering the remainder of our meal. Calamari was lightly breaded and tender. We decided to split a Ceasar salad and the roasted chicken entree. Both were very good and flavorful. Ceasar salad would have been better with fresh anchovies. Chicken was served with roasted potatoes and some string beans and asparagus..perfect portion to share. We enjoyed some caramel Gelato for dessert 🍨. The manager came around and checked in, overall good food, pleasant atmosphere and nice experience.

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TrestlerG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks Chris for the great service!! And the food was yummy too

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch - food was delicious and Michelle was an attentive server. We will happily return

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Pariswalnut
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back. Restaurant almost full. Service by a long term employee, good to see him. Food was good, enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Fathers day dinner. Food was alright, ambiance was pleasing. Somewhat underwhelmed but it was a good experience.

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DocFlamingo
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely as usual. Nice to be dining in again. Too bad there was a problem with the pizza oven and my friend had to order some thing different.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, nice staff:)

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DeborahD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I think that Il Fornaio has some settling back in to being open. They were a little slow on service, the food was okay but not up to their standards, and everyone on the staff seemed new and wondering what to do

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CordonMe
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convenient location, very good food. Foursome for lunch; three of us ordered pasta special with ragu coniglio. Had to have that as not that common on menus in USA. Very good

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This used to be a fabulous restaurant. Looks like the pandemic did a number on it. The food was pretty good. We only got a few words out of our server, there was no enthusiasm. But the hygiene in this place...OMG. First the bathrooms had that sewer smell which is understandable, but they did nothing to combat it. No air fresheners, cob web on the walls, vanity and lighting in disrepair, and filth on the walls and floors. Really with $2 and a can of Comet and a couple hours in there could be a huge improvement. Even after telling the manager about the bathroom, when I went in later they had only picked the trash up from the floor and this time they were out of paper towels. For the cost of the meals I expect a whole experience, walking into that bathroom made me feel like I went from luxury to camping.

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chris
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location, great feel to the restaurant. Delicious food. Chris E was an excellent waiter. Pleasant and friendly, made the experience very enjoyable for our first indoor dining event with friends.

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Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek is rated 4.3 stars by 3775 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Walnut Creek does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.