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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

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

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Great for Lunch (34)
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Good for a Date (31)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Good for Groups (29)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Business Meals (23)
Authentic (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Comfort Food (20)
Casual (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Kid-friendly (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Romantic (14)
Cozy (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Fun (11)
Seasonal (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Healthy (10)
People Watching (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Live Sports (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Pasta with vodka sauce was excellent Bolognese sauce not so good. Iced tea was like water. Wait staff and ambiance were great.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I meet friends to dine at the Walnut Creek Il Fornaio 4-6 times a year. I’m fond of the ambience, menu, and service.

On this occasion, when I called to make my reservation, I was put on hold for >10 minutes. During the holidays they’re busy, I get it. The Il Fornaio website suggested Open Table. This is the first time I used Open Table for this restaurant.

The Walnut Creek Il Fornaio did not have a record of my Open Table reservation. I showed the hostess the confirmation email. She suggested I call to confirm next time!

Showing the hostess the Open Table confirmation email helped. Otherwise the hostess seemed inclined to turn us away. We were seated in a sweet booth without a wait.

Next lunch date, I’ll call to make my reservation.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 5 days ago

Our food was very good but our wait time was unusually long. We had reservations for 12:00 and got seated at 12:25. We ordered and waited at least 45 minutes for our food.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined 6 days ago

We had dinner at Il Fornaio on Monday 12/11/17 and the bar was bustling with folks having good conversation. The bar wasn't loud, but folks were having a good time. We had a reservation and were promptly seated when our dinner party fully arrived. The menu is consistently good, and I noticed that they had some fantastic specials. Don't skip the bread, it is divine. Our party had the seafood sampler, butternut squash ravioli, capallini pasta and one had a simple salad. All of the food was perfect and came very quickly once ordered. (faster than we expected) We were supposed to go shopping post dinner, but our food and conversation was so good we stayed at dinner for 2.5 hours. We will be returning to Il Fornaio for future dinners together. Enjoy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Service was awful. The waiter wasn't polite, never smiling, turned over a glass of wine, didn't apologise. When we said we want or glass of wine back she brought a different wine and less amount in the glass than what was there

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Hate to leave a tough review, but 3 strikes. 1) Had a reservation (thru Open Table), but had to wait 5-10 minutes in line (by a cold, often open front door) to get to reception. 2) Men's Bathroom was out of TP. 3) Portions (especially the pasta) were small. Service was good, especially considering we were a party of 8.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our lunch was lovely. Each dish was well prepared and very tasty. In particular, however, our visit was enhanced by the presence and attention of our fantastic server, Alessandra. She was the consummate professional: attentive without being intrusive, very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine choices. She made our experience all the more enjoyable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Having reservations and getting their early, but having to wait just the same, was a bit frustrating.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent menu as always and service also exceptional.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Great atmoshere. The food is really good. Service was outstanding. Our server was very attentive and very friendly. The portions are very adequate. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
The time before I was there it was during the Summer and it was delightful to be able to sit outside and enjoy a great lunch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our server Paula has given us excellent service for quite a few years. She gives just the right amount of interaction along with menu guidance and friendly conversation. Also the bar service is also very friendly and well done.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Holiday celebration with a couple of friends

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very expensive for what was delivered to our table. We ordered off of the special menu and my small portioned lasagna was overcooked and my friend's chicken pasta dish was insipid in taste and aesthetics. Also the table bread was stale.

Our waitress was hurried and kept leaning her body over our food and drinks.

The dessert menu oversold as my pistachio crusted gelato with chocolate turned out to be presliced ice-cream (with frost burn) and not freshly made to order.

We ordered two entrees, one salad to share, one coffee (with no refills offered), one soda and two desserts and the bill was $90 without tip. Would have been worth it if the food and service was much better.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Consistently excellent. The mixed grille is my usual. Yum!!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was good, waiter just took our order and served us like we were at a diner. Didn’t show any level of interest, didn’t make small talk, didn’t ask us how our foot was, I don’t even think he said hi or thank you for eating there. Gave a tip slightly under 10% after leaving, remorseful I gave too much of a tip for such poor service for the character of the restaurant

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our waiter was extremely impatient. Never greeted up. Never checked in. Rushed the entire meal. The food was mediocre at best. Tomatina across the street is significantly better. Yes it doesn't have a white tablecloth but at least you get good service and good food. We had $35 left on my gift card and ended up giving it away because we never when I return.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Problem with valet parking slow and misunderstanding re validation . Attendants were fine.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and service! Another plus, especially for Walnut Creek, is the convenient parking, no stress. A great experience from beginning to end, thank you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I love this restaurant. I’m disappointed in this restaurant. It is a very strange experience. Sometimes, the food and service are spectacular. Other times, like this last visit, grilled fish was too salty, the minestrone Tasted like it had been left on the back burner for too many hours, and even the simple services seemed like an ordeal. Yet I keep returning because I love the play and then I’m disappointed in the place.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Lovely family birthday celebration! Service was great and nice variety of food for large group.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had reservations for Thanksgiving dinner but had to wait 1/2 hour to be seated. Turkey was so dry it was inedible. Sides tasted like they were made the day before. Italian apps were good. Overall very poor value.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I would still recommend this restaurant. The food, service and ambiance at Il Fornaio is usually good. However, the Walnut Creek restaurant fell a bit short on Thanksgiving. They did not offer a gluten-free menu and they ran out of the Spumone Gelato. The spinach they served was bland with no flavor/ same as the salad. My daughter's pizza was burned on the bottom. The carpaccio was delicous and my husband's pizza was good. So, overall, a bit disappointed on a special occassion. You can do much better W.C . Il Fornaio...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We came for the wonderful Thanksgiving menu which was really delicious & perfectly prepared. We loved the individual gravy boats, such a nice touch. Service was spot on, cocktails & wine really good! We also tried the short ribs (yum!), Pasta de la Casa & Ceasar salad which they split for us 😊. Amazing Affogatos all arounf for dessert! We loved our servers as well, so friendly & accomodating.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We have gone there for Thanksgiving dinner for several years. The experience was disappointing this time. Our Caesar salad was limp and the dressing almost flavorless. Her chicken overdone & my meat sauce too sweet (too much carrot & tomato).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

very crowded [Thanksgiving] but the food was great and the service attentive

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We wanted to try something different from the traditional home cooked Thanksgiving dinner. It was delicious and everyone enjoyed it. We will definitely come back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Arrived at 3:20 for 3:30 reservation; wasn't seated until 3:45. Service was slow; food was lukewarm. Not worth over $120 for dinner for two.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving and the restaurant was buzzing. In spite of the fact they were very busy we were seated on time and never felt rushed to finish our meal. We were there last Thanksgiving for a late lunch and enjoyed so much we made reservations again this year. Hopefully a new tradition is born!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We celebrated Thanksgiving, and the food was excellent. The ambiance is great and our waitress couldn't have been nicer

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Took my mother out for a late afternoon Thanksgiving lunch and it was a WONDERFUL way to celebrate! The ambiance was warm and inviting as the service was stellar and the food was of high quality and a variety of dishes to pick from! Will patronize again!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was plentiful, Turkey a bit dry, no real seasoning for potatoes, veggies and stuffing. Could have been better, considering great Italian foods served regularly. Servers were overwhelmed. Booked too heavy to provide normal excellent service.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Comfortable relaxed enjoyable dining experience. Sterling, our server, was exceptional - she really made the evening memorable. She really knew the menu, made great suggestions, and was charming. She made us feel like very special and valued guests.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always a good, albeit somewhat pricey, meal-service, food, wine list were excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had brunch. Nothing outstanding. The lunch menu would have been a better choice. Will be returning for a lunch or dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very nice service, attentive but comfortable to spend more than three hours there. Great special 3-course menu at an excellent price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Booked a larger party but apparently they must have thought we didn’t like each other. Got two tables with our backs to one another. Waiter took a while to get orders and drinks. Food was ok- soup was bland but salad was salty.
It was a special occasion and nice to see family but between the ambiance, the set up and the slow food probably not gonna have another get together here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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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