About Il Fornaio - Sacramento
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Sacramento, this award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 wine list. Enjoy wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday : 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Retail Catering: When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! Catering services include: boxed lunches, pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies platters and much more. Perfect for any social or business meeting. Call for delivery details and minimum order information (service charge applies). Planning a wedding or large corporate event? Full Service Catering is available at our Sacramento location. Authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine and our experienced catering staff can offer Five-Star service when handling all the details of your next special event.
Validated, complimentary parking available in private lot. Street parking and valet are also available.
Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Il Fornaio is located in downtown Sacramento just four blocks from the state capitol. In a beautiful and elegant setting we offer delicious authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service. We have a number of private dining options available along with special menus to match your group's needs.
Il Fornaio - Sacramento Ratings and Reviews
Another wonderful dinner with my family. ...
Another wonderful dinner with my family. Thank you
Some people dream about Brad Pitt or Dav ...
Some people dream about Brad Pitt or David Beckham...I dream about the butternut squash raviolis, the olive loaf bread and the chunks of fresh parmo on my salad at Il Fornaio.
Great variety for those who like Italian ...
Great variety for those who like Italian food, nice wines.
Up until this visit, we have always had ...
Up until this visit, we have always had excellent service and excellent food. We were not seated in the main dining room, even though we requested it when making the reservation. Other tables were offered beverages that were seated after us. The server did not bring out the second glass of wine until dinner was done. We were not offered coffee with our desert, and the desert was melted, so it sat for awhile before being brought out. Extremely disappointed in the service we received on this visit. Not sure if we will be back again.
I love Il Fornaio - I am a sucker for gr ...
I love Il Fornaio - I am a sucker for great Italian food. REAL Italian food. My wife and I went for our anniversary - I let them know this ahead of time and requested flowers in my open table reservation. They placed us in a quiet, outside corner and placed flowers on the table, per my request, even in our wedding colors. Food was great, and our dessert was even better! Will return!
We had a fabulous dinner and excellent s ...
We had a fabulous dinner and excellent service! Everything about the evening was wonderful. We hadn't been to Il Fornaio for a while and we were thrilled with everything. Can't wait to go back!
It was my younger son's college graduati ...
It was my younger son's college graduation day. I was looking for a nice place looking good inside and outside and also a good service. Everything was just perfect: location, interiors, food and service. It is a great place for the special occasion. I do recommend it!
We took our kids to celebrate how great ...
We took our kids to celebrate how great they performed at school during this school year. We dressed up for the occasion and order fantastic main courses and desserts. Our server was such a gentleman. Our kids felt very special. This is a great restaurant if you want to take someone for a special time.
Made reservations for our daughter's graduation celebration for a party of 10. We got seated in our own room, it was lovely. Delicious food and attentive service. All around a wonderful experience. Highly recommend!
Excellent as always
Excellent as always
Always a delightful dinner
The Sacramento Il Fornaio is the best. Great service, ambience, and fantastic food. We enjoyed Gabriel, our bartender, Dan, the host, our server.....and most importantly, the fabulous bread and always wonderful food. This ristorante is elegant, but not fussy----a great vibe. We love this place!
The ambiance is wonderful. What a pity that the food is so poorly executed. The mussels in the seafood linguine were old and the smell not pleasant. The steak was overcooked and the waiter didn't even ask how we wanted it cooked. This was a good restaurant some years ago. Lately, only the bread served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar continues to be delicious.
Very nice restaurant, located in the heart of capital mall. We sat inside the restaurant which was nice however the ambiance in the outer dining area would have been more suited to a special occasion. I say outer because this is not really "outside" it is an area enclosed by glass giving more of a patio feel. The meals were "very good" per two guests. Both had the sole. Birthday girl had risotto which I understood was good. I had the linguini mare chiaro, which had more red pepper flakes than necessary. It was good, I think, but a $50 bottle of wine couldn't ease the burn. Did I mention the wine list is $$$$? It's all a matter of taste. I would probably give others a try before returing.
Our server steered us to the Cioppino, which was excellent. She said they do not have it on the menu very often. Our other two guests had the salmon which was also very good.
Restaurant was beautiful. Food was horri ...
Restaurant was beautiful. Food was horrible and so was the service. I won't be going back.
Location Location Location. What an ...
Location Location Location. What an amazing place. Great menu and beautiful surroundings.
Always delicious and such a classy resta ...
Always delicious and such a classy restaurant. Great staff. Great bar...ask for house made breadsticks--bar only--we love this place. Romantic, but not stuffy...
The restaurant is handsomely appointed, ...
The restaurant is handsomely appointed, the food is very good (we loved the fresh, warm bread), and our server was thoughtful and well-informed, if a little distracted. We've been here before and we will certainly be back.
The restaurant itself was great. Clean, great ambience , fantastic food although the menu could have a few more diverse options. I enjoyed the scenery, however, the staff that waited on us was rude and pushy. That alone would deter me from being a repeat customer . It's unfortunate because had it not been the wait staff, I would have loved to return.
My husband and I had never tried the reg ...
My husband and I had never tried the regional menu before. Each of us tried a different offering and we were delighted! The wine that was recommended perfectly complemented our respective meals. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The occasion was Mother's Day-a day that I refuse to cook! We left the restaurant sated and happy! The only negative was the dining room is a bit noisy. My husband has hearing issues so it was a bit uncomfortable for him. But overall, very good dining adventure! We will return!
Food was excellent. Wait staff very knowledgeable. Wine list one of the best.
Great regional menu. Terrific bartender ...
Great regional menu. Terrific bartender!!
Tasteless food and rude waiter
Ordered the sundried chicken pasta thing, bland! Looked And tasted like it came from a box. Went to celebrate my son's 14th birthday, waiter had decided we weren't worth waiting on from the moment we all sat down when we all asked for waters becausewe had NOT yet opened he menu to look at the drink list. Even the kids noticed him roll his eyes every time he walked away from our table. The busser was friendly and attentive, I think he noticed the waiter's attitude. Unimpressed and will not return. I'll spend my $200 bucks at another establishment.
The calamaretti was superb; perfectly co ...
The calamaretti was superb; perfectly cooked, with 2 sauces and a generous portion. The bruschetta was tasty, but needed more garlic. Ravioli do zucca with fried sage was, as usual, heavenly. Despite the large Saturday night crowd, service was professional and very attentive. All in all, a wonderful experience, especially for our birthday boy!
Great place!! Great food!
Great place!! Great food!
Good for a chain
Nice restaurant with pretty good food, not spectacular but definitely worth trying. Especially given the ambience. Very nice setting and great waiter service. Classy.
We arrived and were seated immediately, but at a table located on the junction of several paths from the kitchen to the patio. We requested to move to an empty booth and, with a little prodding, we were moved. The restaurant was filled with young customers dressed similar to what looked like prom night. They were busy. Our server greeted us almost immediately. It took a while for everyone to have their cocktails, and get our order submitted. The time between ordering and serving was longer than expected and longer than necessary. We each received our entrees at about the same time. The food was fair, not memorable; not recommendable.
Excellent as Usual
The service was excellent as usual as the waiter and support staff were very attentive. You could tell that they enjoy working at Il Fornaio as they put a strong effort into their work. The food was also superb with the fish we were served being cooked to perfection. We will be back!!
We love good food from casual to fine di ...
We love good food from casual to fine dinner but Il Fornaio is alway one of my favorite restaurant in Sacramento. We come here so much from manager to severs know us. But I've to says Said & Francisco are my favorite severs here.
Sacramento Il Fornaio is outstanding. W ...
Sacramento Il Fornaio is outstanding. Welcome back, Dan, and so good to see top notch bartender, Gabriel.
Best IlFornaio in northern CA
Never disappoints! My favorite pick for Sacramento. Convenient location, great food, superb service and ample portions for the price
Jose was my waiter and he wasn't attenti ...
Jose was my waiter and he wasn't attentive. Had to wait for my order of wine, he didnt bring it until my dinner came. Had to ask to look at dessert cart and had to ask for check. He was spread really thin as i watch him thru the evening. He took more care at larger tables verse intimate table. Had to ask other waiters that past by to refill my water.
Everything was highly recommendable food, service, atmosphere. Will be going back soon
Il Fornaio is consistently excellent!
One can always expect Il Fornaio to be outstanding. Although a chain, this restaurant is always consistently excellent: variety, flavor, wine list, and of course, service. Il Fornaio is the best choice for any event where one requires a consistent, pleasant dining experience. Ciao!
Il Fornaio has never disappointed, the restaurant is beautiful, the people are friendly and caring, and the food is always good. It's great for business or pleasure.
The architecture is what first catches your attention, however the cuisine and service steal the evening. Don't forget dessert to top a perfect dining experience.
Consistently good every time!
Had another business lunch at Il Fornaio and it was a terrific experience - just like it always is. A few weeks ago we hosted a special dinner for a 21rst birthday and it surpassed our high expectations. The service is fabulous and the food wonderful. Have been to this restaurant many times and will continue to go for business, fun and special occasions.
always a decent meal at Il Fornaio
Almost every meal I have had at Il Fornaio has been very good, especially considering it's technically a chain. This was my first time to the Sacramento location and it was a solid experience. I was pleasantly surprised to see it so busy on a Saturday night given it's location in a very non-residential, Mon-Fri business area of downtown. The service didn't suffer and the meal was great. Wife had the risotto special and I had the lamb special. We'll be back to try happy hour during the week.
My wife and I had a truly wonderful dining experience at the Il Fornaio Sacramento location this weekend. Amazing group there. Everyone seem to be quite focused on service. The food was outstanding as well. We couldn't have asked for a better time. Thanks to the chef for taking the time and effort to accommodate our dietary needs. We'll be back for sure. 10 out of 10 in my book!
The food and location were great, unfortunately like every italian restaurant in America it was simply not authentic. While this is expected the food was great and I have eaten here for years.
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