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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate your Valentine with a special selection of dishes inspired by the Italian region of Umbria, the home of Saint Valentine. End your evening with Fondente ai Tre Cuori, a heart-shaped flourless dark chocolate cake with white chocolate and mixed-berry gelee hearts.

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 (52)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Great for Lunch (41)
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Good for a Date (39)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Good for Groups (36)
Business Meals (29)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Authentic (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Casual (24)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Romantic (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Seasonal (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Healthy (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Cozy (14)
Fun (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Hot Spot (7)
People Watching (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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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·Dined 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 15, 2018

Staff holiday dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 11, 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 9, 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 9, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We always enjoy Il Fornaio. We went for the special on the chosen region of Italy for the month of January. The food was good and the service was great, but we missed the sampler menu that let's you order 3 courses for a fixed price. We have always looked forward to that and they have discontinued it this year.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Hostess accidentally seated our party in two separate places. Didn’t realize for about 40 minutes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday over brunch. Even though we arrived a little late, we were not hurried or pressured to quickly order. Our waiter was very patient and pleasant. Our brunch was delicious. I highly recommend the French Toast!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love Shari!

She is a superb waitress who remembers my Fam from dinners past!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

First impressions are crucial to any restaurant, and as my first time dining at this establishment, I would say this made a fantastic impression: lovely and welcoming atmosphere, helpful staff, and, most of all, amazing food. I would definitely dine here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The pasta I've had is just not very good. One time, they didn't salt the pasta cooking water. Another time, there were thick slices of almost raw garlic in my pasta. Last night, I got a pile of pasta with almost no smoked salmon. The bread is good, service okay. I just don't get "the product" from this very attractive restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have eaten here a number of times over the years......and since I am a picky italian chef myself (meaning I generally look for quality/authenticity) I always find it satisfactory and very good. Despite being a chain they do such a good job at almost everything. Last night new years eve disappointed with paired down menu which they had not done in previous years so unable to order our favorite items (the cold antipasto plate for sure which is fabulous). We had the fried calamari: 1) Frying oil not hot enough so did not crisp got oily & tuff cause had to fry it longer; squid was so fresh/sweet should have flash fried (only 20-30 secs) to insure tender .they missed the mark. Dish was still good cause so fresh/tasty and spicy marinara to die for.

We split the house salad as usual nothing special just greens....should add some color slivered carrots/shaved red onion/cherry tomato/etc. Sweet lettuces were fresh covered with large shards of grana we got a side of the super tangy delish thick emulsified vinegary evoo dressing to overdress the salad big time.....it was killer. Our waiter (embarrassed I did not ask his name) was fantastic treated us like family....split the salad so we each had a nice portion. Don't get me wrong....the salad is simple and nothing to write home about......but just what the doctor ordered.....fresh/bright/healthy.

The tagliatelle bolognese was world class comfort food as always split for us w/out asking. If we don't order it for dinner we order to take home. The sauce is amazing, depth of flavor, complexity, then blended with super chewy thick under cooked noodles......exactly how every Italian likes and demands it. It is a testimonial to the sophistication of their customers and the authenticity of the food that they never americanize their pasta by cooking the noodles soft to suit the taste of most americans.

Overall very enjoyable meal, good value, great service.....and a nice upscale feeling for getting dressed up on new years

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went with another couple for New Year's Eve. We were seated right away, and the bus boy brought bread and olive oil. But the waiter took so long to greet us that we were asking everyone who came by for our waiter. Once he greeted us, service was fine. We had brought a bottle of wine and he did a nice job on the uncorking. The cork was a mess and he got us a decanter and a filter so we did not get cork in our wine.
The food was not as good as we remembered it from our last visit. This may have been the choice of entrees, one from the special menu and 3 from the regular menu. The desserts were outstanding.
Other than the hick up of the waiter not greeting us, our evening was fun and we enjoyed our meal.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent Restaurant!

We made our reservation for New Years Eve dinner in advance and when we got there, the friendly staff took us right away and got seated comfortably. Seconds after got seated... the bus boy already started pouring water into our drinking glasses and while he was doing that... the main waiter/server came up and asking if we wanted to start with some cocktails... and YES SIREE. Anyway, our experience with Il Fornaio was absolutely awesome!!! I will recommend this place and we are going back very soon! The steak and the dessert that I ordered was PHENOMENAL! OMG!!! KUDOS TO THEIR CHEF!

Tags: Organic, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Vegan, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We go to Il Fornaio because of the setting. Too many restaurants are much too casual for us, and Il Fornaio has white tablecloths, napkins, and is nicely decorated. The food, unfortunately, is not very good. My salad looked tired, the spinach was boiled, and was not finished well. The potatoes did not taste fresh. My fish was okay, but over-salted. My husbands pasta was mediocre.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent service on a very busy night. Food was delicious. Our server was Camillo. He had excellent recommendations. enjoyed talking aout Italy with him.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Well, we went for New's Years Eve at around noon. As usual the service and cruise were excellent. What a wonderful preview to 2018!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Receptionist/Manager failed to change my reservation name to credit us deserved points as promised. It costs me the trouble of contacting Open Table to fix it myself so I won't go back to this restaurant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great dinner as ever at Il Fornaio - always welcomes by friendly staff and the food is superb as ever. We usually choose pasta, but this time my wife had salmon and I had the chicken - both excellent. We’ll be back :-).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Servers were not very attentive and switched midway through our meal. Cheesy rock music was playing in the background at a too noisy level. Should be classical music or no music at all at this type of venue.

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I checked in with my name and the hostess corrected my pronunciation. I told her I was fairly certain I knew my own name. We ordered mimosas, the waitress spilled my friend's and proceeded to wipe her fingers on the tablecloth. I asked what she recommended between 2 dishes and she told me the gnocchi. The gnocchi came undercooked, with runny sauce, and horrible flavor. When asked, I stated my dish was horrible. I didnt even eat it. She shrugged. I asked to speak to chef. No accommodation. I asked to speak to manager who finally came 45 min later with a free dessert coupon on my next visit with an entree purchaese and an apology as he understood that it looked undercooked and watery. He even admitted that they don't usually recommend that dish, and I pointed out the waitress steered me to that one. I don't write reviews often but this experience, service, and food was so awful I feel compelled to warn others. Very disappointed, and still hungry given I didnt eat and was never provided a replacement nor was it taken off bill. Stay away.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

I love all the Il Fornaio Restaurants, but the hostess at the Walnut Creek location really ruined the meal. She insulted my guest and didn’t check me in properly so I had to contact Open Table directly to straighten out the points. Overall, very poor experience at one of my favorite places. Sad.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent food. Il Fornaio never fails to deliver a magnificent feast in a inviting atmosphere. Waiters an waitresses are friendly and knowledgeable. Love it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Il Fornaio is the only chain restaurant I enjoy going to. I have gone in different cities and I always enjoy the ambiance, service and wine selection. As downtown Walnut Creek evolves and grows I appreciate always having a place to go where I will have good food and a great time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our server was excellent. Nice lady with red hair. Food was great.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Organic, Fun, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Delicious food, good wine and great service. A lovely Christmas Eve meal with the family.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Nice Christmas Eve dinner has something (including gluten free) for all family members.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Thank you, Samantha!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This is always a great place to celebrate a birthday like we did. Food was wonderful. Our party had several plates “split” so we could taste a bit of everything. Our server was attentive and offered us extra bread along with the delicious olive oil. The ambiance was festive and decorated for the holidays.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great pre-Christmas lunch with friends. Wonderful menu of well prepared and presented dishes. Attentive service. Nice ambiance.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I requested a table in front of fireplace as we had in 12/16 for our Christmas dinner. We were seated in another room because "there was a special private group and there was not enough staff to handle our group of 8 in addition". Our waitress was extremely busy, took a long time to fill drink orders. Food was okay, coffee was cold. Obviously there were not enough waiters to handle the busy restaurant. Disappointing. Probably find another place to go next time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The atmosphere at the restaurant is lovely at the holidays, and the service was personal and helpful. But the food was really just not good. One or two of the appetizers were fine, and one person enjoyed their seafood (non pasta) entree. But the seafood in the pasta was terrible. And two of our pasta dishes were the most overcooked pasta I have ever been served -a complete pile of mush.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

This was probably THE WORST meal I have had at a restaurant in years. The food (there were 8 of us) was bland and just plain awful. Everyone agreed that it was a miserable meal. I did the tasting menu (as did 5 of us) and there was not one thing that was tasty about it. On the testing menu they even had an item that we tried to order and was told that wasn't really part of the tasting menu??? It was listed with the other three entrees. DON'T put it on there if it isn't part of the menu!
Needless to say - we won't return. SO DISAPPOINTING.

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