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
This meal was from their featured Puglia ...
This meal was from their featured Puglia regional menu. As usual, the food was very good, though some was a little peppery for my taste. The zabaglione dessert was excellent! We were seated near their "group room" which made for a lot of waiter traffic near us, which was a bit distracting.
We were celebrating our 46 anniversary w ...
We were celebrating our 46 anniversary with our son and wife and two grandchildren, ages three and five. The restaurant was wonderfully accommodating to the grandchildren by serving their food first, giving them table activities – coloring books, for example. Our food was wonderfully prepared, hot and delicious. Their bread is exceptionally delicious, hard crust and soft interior. We ended the evening with their spumoni ice cream. Yum.
We celebrated our friend's birthday. We ...
We celebrated our friend's birthday. We sat in the beautiful garden patio area. The food was fantastic. I can't recall what the others ordered, but I had the butternut squash. It was delicious and "just enough." My friend received a complimentary dessert and although there weren't any service staff to sing happy birthday, the people around us did. It was special, indeed!
My comments regarding singing happy birt ...
My comments regarding singing happy birthday and bringing a birthday dessert were not forwarded to the waiter. As it happened, we ended up having to dash back to work more quickly than we had planned when booking, so we didn't have much time anyway. But, I was surprised when he just brought the check.
Consistent - Il Fornaio's food is consis ...
Consistent - Il Fornaio's food is consistently good and with the rotating regional specials there are often new things to try. They do some great things with Sole. I also like that the service is attentive without being annoying and the waiters know what is on the menu and what works with other choices.
After eating at Il Fornaio locations for ...
After eating at Il Fornaio locations for over thirty years, I was deeply disappointed at the food served at the Sacramento location. By no means was this the quality I have come to expect and have relied upon. My previous visits had given me a view of what I would consider a downward trend for this restaurant. Since we were given a $100 gift certificate we could not take the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary with family.
What we were served was such a letdown from traditional Il Fornaio quality. Very tough calamari appetizer, ridiculously tough and not chewable veal (sent back) but replaced with some very ordinary sea bass. Uninspired pasta dish.
All in all it is now time to move on which is a very sad for me as I can vividly remember my first meal at the San Jose location. Yes, Il Foranio still has great bread and deserts but at least in Sacramento its not a good sandwich...
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!
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.
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.
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