About Il Fornaio - Palo Alto
Il Fornaio means "The Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique 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.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am, Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10;00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
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Off-site catering available. Please contact Event Coordinator for more details.
Valet parking is available for $10. In addition, there is also the hotel parking lot, as well as a public lot available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Celebrating 20 years in downtown Palo Alto, Il Fornaio offers 2 private dining rooms and a heated, covered, garden Piazza. Banquet menus for large parties features the best of Il Fornaio's authentic Italian cuisine and Chef Luigi's signature dishes.
Il Fornaio - Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews
Were seated on the back patio as request ...
Were seated on the back patio as requested. Eating inside during the summer is not as comfortable. Have had many good meals here but this last visit was given poor service rating. Not sure what the waiter's issue was but he didn't smile and was like a robot going through procedures. Too bad. We'll return but will hopefully get a happier server.
Truly terrible. Nothing about the exper ...
Truly terrible. Nothing about the experience was good. Over 40 minutes to get a simple breakfast. The order was not correct despite going thru things repeatedly with the wait staff. Discussed the poor service with the manager who noted the poor service but didn't really care to have follow up. Seriously overrated restaurant.
Selected to dine at this restaurant for ...
Selected to dine at this restaurant for my husband's birthday as we received a gift card. Waiter was extremely slow and hard to understand. Never acknowledged my husband's birthday, even tho we mentioned it. I ordered the seafood risotto not realizing it was made with squid ink. There was so much squid ink in my dish that my mouth and teeth turned black and it was extremely salty. Ordered the wine flight and something was floating in my cup and couldn't even get the waiter to come over to fix it. He was hard to find if we needed anything. Overall, an ok dinner, I've had better at similar restaurants for 1/2 the price.
Not much to brag about.. We were a part ...
Not much to brag about.. We were a party of 6 celebrating dear friends anniversary with dinner here (their choice). We had reservations and we seated early (squeezed) into a table that due to its location was very tight - and the restaurant was nearly empty.
Our server missed a chance to show off the restaurant by failing to observe that this was a large group, in a good mood, who was willing to spend to have a good time. His manner was dour at best, with no suggestions or guidance as to what appetizers were best to share, what wines were special.. nothing. Just like ordering a McDonald"s. We were well done with our appetizer when the food arrived. Several complained that the food was not cold but not hot either. The food made up for it by being bland and generally unremarkable... think Olive Garden. The desserts did end the evening well. despite having to beg for the dessert menu. Oh... no cream and sugar with the coffee as requested (they did take it off the bill). $400 later we left unimpressed and vowing not to be back. Oh.. as our dinner wound toward 9.30 ish, the service really dropped off..as the staff was too busy pre-closing for an early exit on a Saturday night. Guess I can't blame them ... I wanted out too.
The ambiance was dull...Lots of people w ...
The ambiance was dull...Lots of people walking around in suits but did not observe the customers needed service. The service was unprofessional slow and poor. Water refreshment was slow. Table clearing was slow. Check was slow. The management did not observe that tables needed attention they just kept walking around being "busy". The kitchen was obviously slow as the chefs were chatting...but the food took too long to come out.
The food was good, but it will take much to get me back there.
A delicious meal as usual. Refilling oil ...
A delicious meal as usual. Refilling oil and vinegar for the bread was bit slow, but otherwise the courses arrived in a timely fashion. Tried the special Amatriciano pasta where a portion was donated to earthquake victims in Italy. The pasta was great and the cause was to be applauded. Recommended wine was nothing special and a bit overpriced. We'll be back for a sample of Venetian cuisine.
Restaurant was quiet on the evening we v ...
Restaurant was quiet on the evening we visited, only about 1/4 filled. Hope this is not an omen of declining business. Made for delightful conversation and ambiance. Food not quite as good as last time due to a chef's error in omitting a key ingredient on the entree and disappointment with the salad and soup (both bland and uninteresting) and one of the daily specials was NOT available that day. Service top notch as usual. We often visit because of the changing menu featuring different regions, but no special region this time, thus the daily menu.
The table was ready when we arrived. The ...
The table was ready when we arrived. The waiter was attentive to our needs. When the food arrived, both plates and the the food were cold. My friend had salmon and I had seafood w/pasta. The salmon was not even warm to the touch, the clams and mussels were room temperature. The waiter took them back and it appears the plates were microwaved. The salmon was now over cooked so the waiter replaced the dish while I ate my pasta, which was now dried out, while waiting for the salmon. We did not eat together. The waiter, without being asked, offered us a free desert. It was not a fair trade.
I wasn't happy with our dinner. There wa ...
I wasn't happy with our dinner. There was a problem with the order and it took forever to get the food. Any restaurant would have offered a discount given the very long wait but Il Fornaio didn't. I also found that the place was overpriced.
third time we our group (6-12 of us) ha ...
third time we our group (6-12 of us) have come to Il Fornaio for our business meeting and monthly gathering...we have been graced with great service - food - and making sure not only the grown ups are taken care of - but the kids that need to come - during the summer -
we will return - thanks to the staff for making sure the 9 month to 90+ year olds are taken care of in a most gracious way...
Horrible experience. We ordered and wait ...
Horrible experience. We ordered and waited 45 minutes before the food came. At that point only 3 of the 4 plates arrived. The waiter then said, "sorry, we are out of your pasta and are getting more." So 3 of us ate while the fourth sat and watched. Finally the last plate arrived as everyone else was done. I also had noted on open table that it was a special occasion, a bday lunch, and no one at the restaurant even acknowledge such.
Service was very slow! One waitress fo ...
Service was very slow! One waitress for our entire crowded section. Took a very very long time to bring one drink! I got it right as I received my meal and it wasn't made right so they remade it and delivered it as I finished my meal
charming, comfortable, quiet, great wait ...
charming, comfortable, quiet, great wait staff, convenient. valet parking but also parking garage across the street, excellent food, they don't rush you out to turn over the table. very nice. one of my favs! I have another resv. for 4 on 8/5
One of the nicest Il Fornio restaurants ...
One of the nicest Il Fornio restaurants we've been to. Downtown Palo Alto just off University Avenue. Next door to Garden Court Hotel. We were en route from SFO to our hotel and were looking for a quiet restaurant for a nice, relaxing meal. This Il Fornio went beyond our expectations! Service was excellent. We will keep it in mind on future visits to Palo Alto.
the lamb did not look or taste of same q ...
the lamb did not look or taste of same quality as some of your other dishes. It looked boiled. I was disappointed as I know you have the open flame and it didn't look like it was used at all to char the lamb. The cut of meat was also not very good quality -- looked like it was pieced together from several different loins and then wrapped in soggy bacon.
We have dined at this location over many ...
We have dined at this location over many years. This will be our last. We went at 5:30 on a Thursday. Had to park in the side parking lot and have to pass a bench where employees smoke and the ground and trash are filled with cigarette butts. Disgusting look and disgusting smell. When we sat at our table the wine glasses were dirty and they had to bring clean ones. We ordered the house chardonnay and it was room temperature - also sent back. The waiter disappeared and the hostess (who did her best) began to serve us and the tables around us. We had to wait far too long for the check. Entrees were OK but appeared to be tossed on the plate from a distance. The food, service and cleanliness are far better at the Burlingame location, so from now on we will go there.
The group (4) all really enjoyed their f ...
The group (4) all really enjoyed their food and thanked me for choosing this restaurant. Our waiter was excellent....friendly, courteous and quick. On our way to the theatre and we were served quickly so we had time to enjoy the ambiance and our meal with time to spare. We will definitely return.
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