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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, 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
Il Fornaio was again consistent in the h ...
Il Fornaio was again consistent in the high quality of the dishes we ordered. Service was impeccable! Where we needed to adjust the side dishes, it was done perfectly. Had a productive meeting. Our server knew when to interject a question for the table or leave us in our discussion.
Our three dinners were well done! And s ...
Our three dinners were well done! And service was outstanding - consistent with my visits to Il Fornaio. We wanted a few minor adjustments to the side dishes which our waiter, Said M., took care of easily. He also assisted to ensure our dinners were served promptly as we had an event following dinner. Great evening!
My risotto was flavorful but VERY salty. ...
My risotto was flavorful but VERY salty. I told the waitress & she offered to replace it but I'd eaten all I wanted so she said she'd comp dessert. The manager also came over and asked about it and said he'd comp the main dish too. They ended up not comping either. Beautiful place, close to the new Golden One Center, but probably will go somewhere else for food. Not too impressed with their words but no communication. Too bad
I used to work in building and have been ...
I used to work in building and have been frequent loyal customer. Went for dinner before Kings game. Seems kitchen and servers are not yet ready for the large numbers all on a schedule. Started fine with drink orders and appetizer and salad brought together. However took over 30 min after salad for main courses to arrive, followed by inattentive server despite our telling her we were going to game. So 6pm reservation 2 blocks from arena not enough time for 7:30 tip?? On food side special steak tartare appetizer delicious but poor presentation. Salad yummy as usual. Entrees (special short ribs were flavorful but not as tender as most) and special risotto below average too al dente, flat flavor and had to hunt for shrimp.
Great food, service was outstanding and ...
Great food, service was outstanding and the staffs help with a chair that worked for my disablilty was great! Only problems and they were minor, the noise level made it hard to hear each other and we were out on the enclosed patio on a cold night and had to ask to have a heater turned on. The heating system appears to work but not real well. Next time I will remenber to ask for a seats in the main indoor area.
The location is beautiful but I would ne ...
The location is beautiful but I would never recommend this location to anyone. We had a party of eight who had come in for an evening dinner. The service was very slow and our hostess kept forgetting what we had ordered to drink. It took about 45 mintues for our drinks to come out. Also, the food was not very good. My friend had to reorder 3 times because they kept messing up the order! The pasta was very under cooked and my salmon was under done. Also, I ordered a salad which basically had nothing in it expect spanich and 4 walnuts with lots of onions. I was very disappointment with my meal because I asked for vegs to be on my salad. The good thing was they did not charge us for the order being messed up. It was also very pricey which I do not mind paying as long as the food lives up to the value! Overall the location is very beautiful inside but the service and food is not worth it.
As usual the food was creative and done ...
As usual the food was creative and done well, however on this night, with very few people in the dining room (due to the holiday?), the food lacked what it needed to be outstanding. The waiter was knowledgeable and professional, but was let down by the virtually immature behavior of the busboy, who was disruptive to his service and clueless as to what his job should entail, making for an unpleasant experience. We'll return for the food and atmosphere but hope the staff can be properly trained and managed.
Our birthday celebration for 13 was love ...
Our birthday celebration for 13 was lovely. The only thing marring an otherwise wonderful evening was the acoustics in the small dining room. Very loud. And the room was great for 13 but I can't imagine 15 people could be comfortable. Server Trevor was terrific.
I've been here before a couple times but ...
I've been here before a couple times but my coworkers hadn't. We set up a girls night & picked this place. They loved it! The calamari was amazing as well as our food we ordered. The server was very nice and attentive. We all loved this place and left very happy and satisfied. It's a little costy but definetley worth it!
My pizza came out undercooked, and, as w ...
My pizza came out undercooked, and, as we were in a rush with theatre tckets, I opted for the penne ala vodka to replace. Not only was this handled quickly and professionally, they brought me an entirely new, freshly and properly cooked pizza to take with us. 5 star customer experience.
I eat here often and enjoy the food. It ...
I eat here often and enjoy the food. It can get a tad noisy, but it's worth it. They have a taste of menu that changes every month and is based of different regions of Italy and that is one of the reasons I eat here.
We use to love Il Fornaio but it just is ...
We use to love Il Fornaio but it just isn't as good as it use to be. There is a lot of competition out there with better food in my opinion. That being said I'd say it's a solid three and is worth eating at. The converted bank is nice.
We ate in their beautiful greenhouse roo ...
We ate in their beautiful greenhouse room; it felt cozy and luxurious at the same time. Food was beautifully presented. Perfect portion sizes. We ordered two pasta dishes and two entrees, and everything was delicious. It is a classy place with wonderful service.
All three of us loved our entrees. My gr ...
All three of us loved our entrees. My granddaughter wanted chicken fettuccine which was not on the menu but the waiter said they could do it. My husband and I enjoyed our wine selections. Extremely helpful service.
I've been to many of the Il Fornaio rest ...
I've been to many of the Il Fornaio restaurants and the one in downtown Sacramento has by far the most beautiful interior design. Traditional upscale European decor with very high ceilings is a pleasure to behold. And of course, the food and service has never been less than excellent. Hence, it has been the "go to" restaurant for my wife and I, as well as our family when they are in town, for many, many years.
I took my son to Il Fornaio before the P ...
I took my son to Il Fornaio before the Paul McCartney show because it was a special night, Il Fornaio is a lovely restaurant, and my son had not yet eaten there. The hostess was wonderful and we were seated at a nice table at a window. It was a very busy night, and I think the service and quality of the food suffered for it. Our waiter filled water glasses at the tables around us while mine stayed empty. We waited a while for our order to be taken. When our food arrived, after another too-long wait, the cannelloni I had ordered was toasted on top to a very dark brown, which indicated to me it was overcooked. My son enjoyed his shells and the tiramisu was amazing. Our waiter was kind. But Il Fornaio has a lot of competition these days and would do well to step up its game. I am not going to hurry back with so many new places to try.
The Butternut Squash Raviolis were excel ...
The Butternut Squash Raviolis were excellent and perfectly cooked. The entree came out along time after our salads as it did for other tables but it was the first event at Golden 1 Center so they did not plan for such a crowd even though you had to have reservations. They had plenty of wait staff but not enough staff in the kitchen for the early arrivals and crowd. One table of four knew the manager and got their entrees immediately while three tables including ours who were seated 25 minutes earlier had to wait for along time. Our waiter kept coming by to let us know it shouldn't be much longer which became annoying.
When we arrived we were immediately gree ...
When we arrived we were immediately greeted, seated, and from there our waiter took excellent care of us. The service was great, food excellent, and the atmosphere quiet and perfect for an evening of talking over very tasty food. We'll definitely return.
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