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
Location Location Location. What an ...
Location Location Location. What an amazing place. Great menu and beautiful surroundings.
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.
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.
It was practically empty so we got lots ...
It was practically empty so we got lots of attention.
Always a pleasant and tasty experience, ...
Always a pleasant and tasty experience, attentive service, very nice setting. We'll be back!
Great service and good food. I had the c ...
Great service and good food. I had the cannoli and it was delicious.
Terrific food, service, and ambience!
Terrific food, service, and ambience!
Il Fornaio is one of my favories
The food is really good. The wait staff has always been very attentive without being aggressive. What I like best about Il Fornaio is the fact that you have a choice of smaller portions on a lot of items, even for dinner. It has always been an enjoyable experience to dine at Il Fornaio.
I went for my birthday dinner and the waitress we had was despicable. She did not come back to check on us after we received our food. We did not get bread until right before we received our entrees. And they charged us $18 to slice a cake that we brought. The food was good but the service ruined the entire experience for me. I love in the neighborhood and this was my second time there so I was expecting it to be pleasant. But unfortunately this one waitress ruined everyone's moods.
Our service was extremely slow with entr ...
Our service was extremely slow with entre arriving 45 minutes after salad. The ravioli was under cooked and risotto very watery.
Great service and food
Came here for a date night. Our server Zachary was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave great advice about food/wine pairings. Our meals were very delicious.
Consistently excellent. Can't say the same for other area Italian restaurants, like Biba. Chain quality, but you'd never know it's a chain. Keep it up!
The best Il Fornaio
We continue to rate the Sacramento Il Fornaio as the best Il Fornaio. The ristorante is beautiful, romantic, yet modern and upbeat. From manager, Patrick, to bartender Gabriel, and server Saed, we appreciate the friendly service from everyone. And, last but not least, the food is the best! We will return.
Excellent in every respect
You would never know that this Il Fornaio is part of a chain. It starts with a smile at the front desk and only gets better from there. Wonderful, varied menu, superb food, professional service at its best from servers to assistants. But what makes it such a unique experience is the dining room itself with 30' ceilings and a history to go with it. The noise level is surprisingly low, even with a full house. A very nice dining experience, every time.
I love this restaurant
Truly exceptional cuisine and service. The atmosphere is top notch as well. Additionally, you never know who you may run into there, you could find a famous politician dining right close by.
The visit was, as usual, great. Fransesc ...
The visit was, as usual, great. Fransesco was at his best, and the food was great......we come here, at least, once a month.......
A Taste of Italy
We have come to Il Fornaio a number of times and have always had a good time. What was special about this last time was that Il Fornaio was offering a taste of the cuisine from different regions of Italy. Having traveled to Italy a year ago, we recognized the region they were offering and had to re-live our vacation experience. The food was delicious and reminded us of the meals we had when we were there. Especially nice was the wine flight they were offering and discovered it WAS the same wine we had while on our trip. A great experience. Can't wait to see what region is selected for next month.
We had reserved a small group area, not ...
We had reserved a small group area, not being sure how many people would arrive. Il Fornaio staff was very accommodating and understanding. We were able to conduct a meeting, without staff being overly attentive. I thought it was ironic that as an "Italian" restaurant, the beer menu did not include any Italian beers, ie Moretti or Peroni. LOL! I would like to see Il Fornaio feature itself as a part of the regional Farm to Fork movement and highlight regional produce, meats and beers. There are over 50 breweries in the Sac Region and none are featured on the menu. The closest craft beer was Firestone, located in Paso Robles.
We came here for my wife's birthday and had a great time, a great food, and great service. This was our first time at this restaurant and I feel like we'll definitely be back. The food was all amazing, the service second to none, and the atmosphere perfect for the occasion. The "outdoor" seating is nice because it's not fully outdoors, it's a covered patio and is really nice to eat in and can definitely be romantic.
A wonderful dining experience!
My boyfriend and I recently visited Il Fornaio for an after Valentine's lunch. The establishment has a romantic ambiance, which was perfect for us. The staff provided A+ service and the food was delish! We will definitely return!
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