About Il Fornaio - Seattle
In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sight, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio Seattle. Literally "the baker" in Italian, Il Fornaio offers wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade and imported pastas; pizzas from an apple wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch. Voted as Seattle Magazine's 2006 Reader's Choice for "Best
Italian" and repeat recipient of Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence," this award-winning restaurant is located in downtown Seattle at Sixth and Pine.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday -
Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you!
Catering services include:
• Boxed Lunch – sandwich, salad, Italian cookie and drink packaged individually.
• Platters – pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies. Perfect for any meeting held at Il Fornaio or your location.
• Ala Carte – We will accommodate any to go order from our regular menus.
• Delivery – Delivery available for catering orders with a $25 minimum (15 percent service charge applies).
Convenient self or valet parking is available in Pacific Place parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Metro line stops at 6th and Olive.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Il Fornaio offers four distinct dining options for large or small groups with menus suited to your preference.
Il Fornaio - Seattle Ratings and Reviews
My first experience a few months ago was ...
My first experience a few months ago was outstanding so I went back and because I loved the dishes so much I had the same items. They were underwhelming to say the least...obviously a vastly different chef. The previous waiter knew his wines and provided great recommendations. When the current waiter was asked to recommend an Italian wind, he recommended Chateau San Michelle. I asked if there was a solminer and he didn't know what that was. Not normal in a high end Italian restaurant to say the least! Very disappointed and I won't be returning.
Overall good experience...but mall locat ...
Overall good experience...but mall location and large dining room detracted from intimacy.
Great Italian offering good choice of fo ...
Great Italian offering good choice of food. I had chicken pasta which was very tasty and my husband had the seafood pasta which he enjoyed too. We also had the panna cotta which was delicious.
Food & service exceeded our expectations ...
Food & service exceeded our expectations. Nice variety of Italian foods. Menu offered a full course meal based on a specific region of Italty (Campania), which was a delight. Carlo offered excellent service. Anyone who loves Real Italian food, will not be disappointed.
Both the service and the food were excel ...
Both the service and the food were excellent and I'd totally recommend this place others as well. My pizza had a nice thin and crispy crust (true Italian style) and the fish my wife had was nicely done. As it turns out 'Il Fornaio' means 'The baker' and their bread is indeed delicious!
I had the fish Misti platter. The fish w ...
I had the fish Misti platter. The fish was so dry it was not worth eating.
I have been to this restaurant many time ...
I have been to this restaurant many times over the years and I always enjoy it. The service is very good and the food is delicious and moderately priced. My daughter and her friends went there before prom and loved it also because it is classy and high end without breaking the bank.
Always a favorite! Fantastic wine on spe ...
Always a favorite! Fantastic wine on specials list, delicioso pasta as always, and stellar service! fresh strong coffee to go with dessert tops off my lunch dates every single time.
Had to wait in line behind people with n ...
Had to wait in line behind people with no reservations. Manager rudely reached across the table to close window blinds. Food was luke warm. Martini was served with a LIME! The bread was the only good part.
One of my favorite places. The food is v ...
One of my favorite places. The food is very good. The wait staff is always available but not obtrusive and very knowledgable about the menu choices.
Il Fornaio - For when Olive Garden just won't do
Il Fornaio always satisfies. The food doesn't excite or push any culinary boundaries. But, you always know what you're going to get. Good food (and a lot of it) at a (relatively) decent price, in a (slightly more than their competitors) upscale dining environment, with great service, and usually a lot of noise. If you can't get a table at Altura, and don't want to schlep out to the suburbs to find an Olive Garden, then Il Fornaio ought to suit your needs just fine.
A Total Improvement
We had eaten at Il Fornaio on a number of previous occasions. On our prior visit, about a year ago, we were very disappointed in our service and the quality of food. I had voiced my unhappiness in my Open Table review. Marco Notto, the manager, sent me a sincere apology with a promise to correct his restaurants shortcomings. On our visit to Il Fornaio last Tuesday I'm happy to report that there had been a total improvement in all the areas where there had been problems before. Staff was attentive and made sure that everything was going well. The food was back to its usual high standards and was one of the better dinners that we have experienced in quite some time. Our thanks to Marco and his staff for a memorable evening and we're looking forward to our next opportunity to visit Il Fornaio.
The penne a la vodka was really deliciou ...
The penne a la vodka was really delicious. My husband got a chicken fettucine alfredo which is not on the menu but they made it anyway which he appreciated. The service was attentive. The restaurant is very large and right in the downtown Seattle. The entrance from the street is easier to find than through the mall.
Food was good. Had a delicious pasta dis ...
Food was good. Had a delicious pasta dish bacon flavored, vodka cream sauce but no meat.... A few more meat choices would have made it better
The food here is amazing and our service ...
The food here is amazing and our service from Jeff stellar!
nice food and food service - would go ba ...
nice food and food service - would go back happily
The food was awesome and the service was ...
The food was awesome and the service was great! Mike our waiter was excellent!
Elegant yet kid friendly
Perfect for our 4- generation mothers' day dinner. Elegant yet kid-friendly. Menu covered the gamut of our food restrictions and loves, from gluten free and vegetarian options to hearty meat dishes, and plenty of seafood options. With two parking garages flanking the building, parking was easy -- and handicapped accessible, another must for our party of 7. Service was excellent - our waitress was helpful, attentive and patient and very knowledgeable regarding the dishes. Ambiance was lovely. We'll definitely be back.
I keep going back and expecting better, ...
I keep going back and expecting better, but it is always just ok.
Great find in Seattle!
Food was great and service was even better! Wine list was full of wonderful, favorable choices. Pasta was homemade and offered great flavor in every bite! Service exceeded our expectations and the pricing was reasonable, too!
Overall the food is delicious & the staf ...
Overall the food is delicious & the staff friendly.
We were a party of 8. Service was wonde ...
We were a party of 8. Service was wonderful, dinner was delicious, and we were able to enjoy a relaxed evening never feeling rushed.
The restaurant clearly read the details in the reservation request as we received special treatment for my daughter's birthday. Our server was gracious and patient, the available menu items all delicious. (I went with Toscano). The only disruption came from noisy diners at a different table who also insisted on lots of flash photography. Otherwise, from seating and drinks to dessert and espresso, this was a lovely experience. Thank you!
Worst service in Seattle!
I had a party of 6 dine there on a Thursday night and we got what was possibly the worst service we have ever had in Seattle. I ended up hunting down the waiter to 1) get our deserts after what was a 45 minute rest and 2) having to go ask the manager if it would be possible to get a check before people started dozing on the table. Bottom line, a truly horrible experience.
Restaurant Week Dinner
Il Fornaio - It was not too busy, but they seemed short staffed. The waiter gave us oil and balsamic vinegar but forgot to give us bread. He also made it seem like the kitchen was really backed up and it would be a 15 - 20 minute wait for a salad. I still ordered it and it came out in a timely manner. However, it was extremely overdressed. Overall, the food was okay. nothing WOW.
The food was excellent as usual, but the waiter was somewhat distracted by two large parties. Not his fault, probably too much for one guy to cover. At any rate we will always go back since the food is truly some of the best Italian we have found in the NW.
Food is amazingly good
We have been here multiple times. Food is always excellent. Extensive gluten free pasta choices which don't taste gluten free.
The food was wonderful. Tasty bolognese (sp?) sauce. The only drawback was the service was extraordinarily slow. It took over 15 minutes to even get our drink order in and one dining partner ordered a drink during the meal which she ended up canceling because dessert arrived. Then the computer system went down and we had to wait even longer. Bit of a bummer as I've eaten there before and had superb service.
Good food, terrible service
This was my second visit to Il Fornaio this week. The food was very good both times, and the prices were decent, especially for a downtown restaurant. But this visit the service was terrible.Sitings of the waiter were few and far between. When we were considering dessert I asked "Question: Chocolate cake or zabione?" He looked at me annoyed, expressionless and said flatly, "That is not a question. That is a statement." He didn't check back on us, and when it was time to pay took the cash from two of us and and one credit card from another and didn't come back. At least 15 minutes passed. When he finally returned he told us they were rebooting the system and he wouldn't be able to charge for quite a while and hoped we could wait. When pushed he said there was another way he could do it if he had to, but definitely let us know it was a total pain for him and that he really didn't want to. We waited at least another 10 minutes, had to call them back over, he said it still wasn't fixed, Now it had been at least 25 minutes since we finished our meal. Again he didn't offer to do it in a different way, so one of us had to lend our friend cash so she could pay without her card and we could leave. He never apologize for the wait, never apologized for the inconvenience, and never offered to do anything to make it right.
Nice servers/slow service/mediocre food
I've been to Il Fornaio many times for lunch and had good experiences. This time I tried to meet a friend for dinner before a movie. The restaurant wasn't all that busy but it took well over an hour before our food showed up - so we missed our movie. My friend enjoyed her meal but I ordered "prawns in garlic" and got a total of 4 complete prawns (lungs, heads, the whole shebang) which were flavorless, mushy and watery. Next to no actual meat to eat, a few beans, potatoes and some spinach on the side for $30. I was very disappointed. The ambiance was very pleasant and wait staff nice, but I won't be going back for dinner again.
Good Italian Food
Il Fornaio is overpriced and a bit pretentious but is a very good chain restaurant.
Food was just ok
The food was a bit bland. There were six of us and nobody thought their dish was anything to write home about. The cocktails, on the other hand, are pretty good.
This was one of the poorest dinner experiences that we have had anywhere. Firstly, the waiter had very little interest in whether we wanted any toppings such as cheese or pepper for our meal. Furthermore, the meal was average at best in delivering a reasonable flavor with a decent presentation. Lastly, not once did the waiter ask how our meal was or if we were satisfied.
An underwhelming experience
Our service was slow, our food took a VERY long time to come out, and when it did, it was luke-warm/cold. Servers didn't ask if we wanted a second glass of wine, which we would have had, considering we sat there for over 3 hours. on the plus side, we got to catch up with our friends and weren't rushed to get out of there.
My husband and I ate here on an overnight trip from Portland. When we saw it was here we jumped at the chance to go since they are no longer in Portland. It was good and classic. The restaurant is huge which may be good for crowds but we realized we missed the ambiance of a smaller place
Good service, good salads, sub par pasta, good coffee. Recommend the warm caprese. Cannelloni and ravioli were disappointing.
Went to Il Fornaio for Dinner with the family, food was good, wine was good but the service was a bit slow for a restaurant half empty, staff was courteous and friendly just slow
Great for everyday, great for special
Superb service and dependable high-quality food are the reasons to visit Il Fornaio, the casual atmosphere and reasonable prices are the reasons to return again and again. Central in the Denny Triangle and easily accessible via bus, light rail, and on foot.
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