About Il Fornaio - Burlingame
Il Fornaio is renowned for its authentic award winning Italian cuisine. 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. Annual winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Saturday 10:00 - 11:00am & Sunday: 9:00 - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00 - 11:00pm
Donnelly Ave., 1 block N. of Burlingame Ave.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering is available upon special request. Please contact our Event Coordinator for more details: email@example.com.
Valet parking is available for a fee of $9 per car.
Burlingame Cal-Trans Station
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We welcome the opportunity to plan your next private dining occasion.
Please contact our Event Coordinator at 650.375.8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring your next special occasion to Il Fornaio and work with a friendly and knowledgeable Event Coordinator. Celebrate with excellent service in a warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine. We look forward to helping you plan your next memorable occasion.
Il Fornaio - Burlingame Ratings and Reviews
great place for a business meeting/meal ...
great place for a business meeting/meal .. close to the airport (and easy to park locally after 6pm) with moderate to higher priced good Italian food, decent service and a lively atmosphere. Caprese salad was great (its tomato season) and the Sicilian pasta special was interesting.
Jessie, our waitress was exceptional. Sh ...
Jessie, our waitress was exceptional. She was very attentive, listened effectively, recommended the evening specials and was very efficient and friendly. She checked in with us often, although not pestering us; I asked to see her manager as her service was exceptional! He was delighted to hear our grateful remarks and exceptional compliments.
The service was very poor. We were seate ...
The service was very poor. We were seated promptly, but then waited for bread and then a waiter 10 minutes later. After ordering drinks, glass of wine and water, we waited another 5 minutes. So we sat with bread and nothing to drink ( not even water). Then we waited for 45 minutes for food that was not very good. We had only one special request to not have raisins in the fish dish sauce. We were told no problem. However, when dish arrived it appear simply as a can of tomatoes poured over a piece of fish. The fish was baked and then placed on grilled, making the fish very very dry and chewy.
Overall a very poor quality of service on a Thursday night.
Great option if you are staying at one o ...
Great option if you are staying at one of the SFO/Burlingame hotels. Dinner was wonderful with very attentive server. Nice menu-good choices from light to heavy appetite. Nice ambience for business or social dining.
the calamari was underwhelming. the ceas ...
the calamari was underwhelming. the ceasar salad was average. the pizza was the highlight of the food ordered. it was very good. I must say that even the bread and olive oil offered when we were first seated was just average. The service was very good.
My husband and I really enjoy this place ...
My husband and I really enjoy this place. We were on a date night last week, which is why we came in. Although we do not live in Burlingame we do live in San Mateo and really enjoy the variety of food i.e. pasta dishes, pizza, seafood etc.. The cocktails are nice as is the wine. The atmosphere is family friendly and this is another reason why we enjoy this place as we have brought our family here too. Our waiter was super nice and we have had him before. Our waiter has a lovely personality which is another reason why we continue to come back.
We have dined at Il Fornaio at least a d ...
We have dined at Il Fornaio at least a dozen times. But this time, our experience was really poor. First we were seated at a very small table for two right next to a larger party at a round table. We asked to be move but then was put at another table that was a little better but still very cramped and right next to another noisy group. The restaurant was very loud due to the large groups and the acoustics are very poor. The food was very disappointing too.
This was one restaurant that everyone in ...
This was one restaurant that everyone in our family agreed on. The food was not only fabulous but everyone found something they liked on the menu as they offer a lot of choices. We were a party of 8, which for some restaurants can be a problem. But not for them. I would highly recommend them and we will be coming back.
We had a lovely time and enjoyed our mea ...
We had a lovely time and enjoyed our meals immensely. We, as always, really enjoyed Roberto, too. There is no one like him ... He makes you feel welcome and like part of the family the moment you walk in ... We go to Il Fornaio just to see Roberto and enjoy the wonderful service he always makes sure that we have. The wait staff is also wonderful and most of them have been at Il Fornaio for years which says a lot about the restaurant and its management.
We let the restaurant know it was a spec ...
We let the restaurant know it was a special occasion, and everyone seemed to understand that except our waiter. We waited 30 minutes to order (he kept promising he'd be right back to take our order), then had to practically beg other waiters to get refills of water, etc. The food was fine, but arrived late. The bill was also incredibly slow to come. I asked the waiter halfway through the dinner to please remember to check on us, but it didn't help. I wouldn't recommend this place, especially for the price you pay. The food was decent and the decor is nice but the service and acoustics were terrible.
Client recommended this restaurant. We ...
Client recommended this restaurant. We were not impressed. Decor was nice and staff was friendly. Food was average. Salad was Ok but not great. Fish special was dry and overcooked. Pasta was boring and too oily for a red sauce. Sorbet and ice cream was good, but factory made cookies were disappointing.
The restaurant was very full with many l ...
The restaurant was very full with many large parties. It was extremely noisey. Our service was poor. The main dish was not hot, as though it had been sitting a long time before being served. The waiter didn't check in very often. It was disappointing compared to other visits.
good food, great service! we love to se ...
good food, great service! we love to see Karina our waitress its like seeing a dear friend. She is always knowledgeable about the menu and always make sure our food is delivered hot and to our satisfaction. cant wait to go again
My wife had previously experienced a gre ...
My wife had previously experienced a great lunch, and convinced us to go to Il Fornaio for dinner. We eagerly made reservations.
We were seated at a table for 4 that was very cramped and not even able to accommodate our drinks and appetizers with the dishware they use at the restaurant. Our main courses were bland. We mentioned this to the waiter, and when he returned with the paid bill, said one of the main courses had been comped. Upon reviewing the bill, nothing had been comped. When I brought this up to him on the way out the door he gave me some non-sence answer about it not showing on the bill. There were four of us and we were billed for four main courses, all the drinks and all the appetisers. This seems very dishonest. I guess they don't think their clients are smart enough to review the receipt. The lunch and dinner staff must be a different set of people. My wife insisted the lunch food was great. Unfortunately, Il Fornaio was a huge and expensive disappointment.
This was a birthday lunch. That took 1h ...
This was a birthday lunch. That took 1hour and 50minutes. the service at our table was inattentive, and I was the guest of honor. Reservation was made for my uncle treating and I was so embarrassed he was paying. Our orders were wrong, late, waters not filled timely, nor accurately. Tea was put in water glasses, our server seemed to disappear periodically. My wife sat for 10minutes waiting for her dish while my uncle and brothers got cold.
NOT what I expected at all, very disappointed and frankly upset. For the prices on the menu Id expect better recovery and timeliness.
Excellent evening for our large group of ...
Excellent evening for our large group of 14. Excellent service, as staff was very attentive. Overall, everyone loved their entrees and the appetizers were amazing. I heard that the other end of the table, where the young ones were, did not get as good service, and the children's menu is too limited, as in no burger and no other protein choices. Not all kids love pasta. We've been to this location many times before because it's local and they do a very nice job.
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Went for brunch after viewing the menu o ...
Went for brunch after viewing the menu online. Unfortunately, the menu was not current and my boyfriend was disappointed that they didn't have the menu item he really wanted. The server said that they actually never had that menu item. Mystery?
Been here numerous times and each was an ...
Been here numerous times and each was an amazing experience. However this time the service was less than stellar. The waitress got the food order mixed up and was no where to be found for long periods of time. It was early so there was only a few tables occupied. The service was lacking a lot compared to the attentiveness of waiters and waitresses from past visits. Changes to relocation of the bar, eliminating white coats on waiters and waitresses, and removal of the cookie counter are all positive improvements.
The service was alright. The bus boy nee ...
The service was alright. The bus boy needs to be retrained. I have the bus boy to pack my left over. He did. I asked him to pack the left over breads. He gave back to me and put it in front of me. It happened the server saw it and put in a bag for me. I wish the service can be better. The manage needs to organize the servers and bus boys working in sync. I saw bus boy walking around with nothing on the hands by going back to the kitchen. They need to fill empty water glasses for customers or take empty plates back to the kitchen. The food at this location is decent. I also go to the one in Walnut Creek.
Even with opentable reservation, be prep ...
Even with opentable reservation, be prepared to wait for at least half an hour for a table. The foyer to the restaurant has a huge bar area & a huge crowd gathered there on a friday night, waiting for tables. We constantly had to reposition ourselves to avoid crashes. Service was lackluster & everything seemed rushed.
It was one of the worst meals here and w ...
It was one of the worst meals here and we go often
Had the black cod and the potatoes were completely hard and not edible
We were offered extra broccolini but it came after our table was already cleared by busser so it went back into kitchen
The first waiter was impatient and never came back, the 2nd was better
Somebody is not paying attention to food and service !!
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