About Il Fornaio - Burlingame
Burlingame, CA 94010
Il Fornaio is renowned for its authentic award winning Italian cuisine. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Annual winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Saturday 10:00 - 11:00am & Sunday: 9:00 - 11:00am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00 - 11:00pm
Donnelly Ave., 1 block N. of Burlingame Ave.
$30 and under
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Catering is available upon special request. Please contact our Event Coordinator for more details: email@example.com.
Valet parking is available for a fee of $9 per car.
Burlingame Cal-Trans Station
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We welcome the opportunity to plan your next private dining occasion.
Please contact our Event Coordinator at 650.375.8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring your next special occasion to Il Fornaio and work with a friendly and knowledgeable Event Coordinator. Celebrate with excellent service in a warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine. We look forward to helping you plan your next memorable occasion.
Il Fornaio - Burlingame Ratings and Reviews
We had the ceasar salad and the heart shaped raviolis. Both great! Our server Willy was wonderful. Served our food at a perfect pace. We have been served by Willy before and felt like we we were seeing a friend. Please bring back the old bread. The bread was the only disappointment
Il Fornaio has always been a favorite of ours for special occasions. I ordered the Bolognese ragu pasta to see if it was as good as it was at the SF restaurant we used to go to years ago. I found it bland and uninspiring. The wine suggested by the waiter when I asked for a Chardonnay was perfect - a buttery light Rombauer - a bit pricey at $22.50 for an 8 oz glass, but worth every drop. My hubby had the veal scallopine, which he said was good but not memorable. He really had his heart set on Osso Bucco, but it wasn't on the menu. We'll go back, to be sure, but next time I'm asking the waiter for his recommendation for our dinner selections!
My wife and I have enjoyed Il Fornaio for years. Their "Regionale" menus are always wonderful.
I have also found the the regular menu has some well-prepared items. My wife always starts with the Sabayon dessert as an appetizer. My favorites are the Cannelloni and the grilled Salmon (always crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. Usually severed with roasted potatoes and sautéd veg.) They also do a wonderful Spinach salad. They also do great Martinis and a nice spicy Bloody Mary.
A word about our servers: we always requested Cedric but on our visit last Sunday we were told Cedric was no longer there. We were seated with a delightful server named Isabelle. She was attentive and took very good care of us.
Bottom line: Always enjoy Il Fornaio Burlingame!
We dine out a lot. We have been there before. This time the waiter seemed a little over worked. We had our bread and our drinks in front of us and while the waiter tried to remove the wine glasses , he broke one right where our bread and drinks where. Saw glass in the oil and my drink. We moved to a different table and got new drinks. I have never waited so long for four small meals . Probably a half hour. I don't blame the waiter , but the kitchen staff. My niece ordered pasta and mussels. The food was cold. My wife's soup had raw hard white beans. When they brought back the mussels , all they did was change the pasta. They did give a break on the bill , but I'd rather have a good meal. Our waiter was fine. Nice man. He seemed to feel bad about the cold food. Not his fault.
We had a good dinner here. The atmosphere is an open floor plan that allows for noise to travel throughout. If you want a quiet dinner you won't get it here. Our server was very attentive. Our food took a little longer than usual, but the manager came over to make sure we were good, and mentioned they had been inundated earlier and was apologetic if we had been waiting too long.
Excellent service by Mohammad! When the entree I ordered was unavailable, the manager came to the table to talk about options. She was very helpful and apologetic and I ended up with a lovely seafood pasta meal that was perfect.
For a business dinner, this is an ideal place where the food is well priced and the wait staff are attuned to the pace of the table. I do wish they had more affordable wine bottles to choose from.
Wonderful dinner. It was Valentine's Day and the restaurant was tastefully decorated. Service was excellent and food fabulous. We dined at 5PM so it wasn't crowded. We noticed that it got busier as the evening went on, but we were never felt rushed. I recommend coming early as possible because it does get busy and noisier.
Went to Celebrate Valentines Day. Reservations a must. We could only get reservations for 4:45 and by 6:15 when we were leaving, everyone started showing up. The food was good as always. The butternut squash raviolis are a favorite. The chicken was good, as well as the Conchiglie al Pollo. The waiter recommended a bottle of wine for us to share. Great pick. Desert was a chocolate cake but more like fudge. It was delicious. Waiter was attentive
My husband and I were looking forward to our meal at Il Fornaio to celebrate his upcoming birthday. The restaurant always looked busy when we've walked past which we took to be a positive indicator.
We arrived a little before 7:00 and were seated immediately. It took a little while for our server to arrive and he was a little off with my husband when he asked a question about a particular wine, totally blanking the question and just bringing him a glass of one of the wines he'd been enquiring about.
Things were starting to look better when we got our antipasto di pesce (which was delicious, scallop and shrimp). However, it slid quickly back downhill from there. The server seemed to totally disappear for 20, maybe 30 minutes. After about 45 minutes our entrees finally arrived with someone else. Except it wasn't what my husband had ordered and was cold. We eventually managed to get hold of someone to point this out and the plate went back to the kitchen. New, hot lamb returned but the vegetables were now even colder and it was still the wrong dish. By this point my husband was ravenous so just decided to eat it except, our server chose this point to return, realised he had the wrong dish and insisted on changing it. When it finally turned up, the lamb shank was delicious but my meal was almost finished and we just wanted out of there :-/
The final chance to redeem themselves came with dessert. The February specials contained a flourless chocolate cake. To be safe, I checked whether it was gluten free. The server went to check with the kitchen and came back declaring the cake GF but the sauce wasn't so no, I couldn't have it. Who makes a flourless cake then puts a gluten sauce on it??!?!?!?
I can honestly say this was one of the worst meals out we've had in a long time. Would I recommend it? No! Stay clear!
I've been at Il Fornaio in Burlingame many times and had a cocktail for the third time. Every time it was very weak. I didn't complain, though, but my American friends said I should have.
The food is OK, but pricey. However, the ambiance, nice table cloth, cloth napkins and so on make it a worthwhile destination - as long as you stick to wine or beer.
My husband and I were staying in the SFO area for two nights. We had a great meal at Il Forniao Burlingame, CA. We sat at the bar and enjoyed cocktails, Peroni beer, calamari and great pizza off the Happy Hour Menu. The staff are very accommodating and helpful with choosing food and drinks. We had such a good experience, we went back the next night! I wish there was an Il Fornaio closer to where we live.
We usually have a good time here, and for the most part did on this occasion, but two things were unusually muffed. First: 2 members of our party of 4 arrived first and were not seated right away, even though we'd made a reservation and a number of tables appeared to be available. The reason this is worth mentioning is that the 2 people in question were my parents, 82 and 86 years old, and one uses a cane while the other uses a walker. These two people visibly cannot be left standing waiting for a table for very long, and until a younger (more direct) member of the party arrived no action was taken. Second: Another member of the party is vegan and mentioned this to the server when orders were being taken, since so many items have cheese that is not mentioned in the menu descriptions. Even with that their salad arrived with cheese on it -- even though the server was asked specifically whether it came with cheese. So aside from that it was a good evening, and usually we have a great time here, but these warranted mention.
Sadly, I have nothing positive to say. Even my Beer was WARM by the time it arrived. Parking after 6PM in Burlingame can be a challenge. Valet is $12, but they were nowhere to be found on a rainy cold night.
The croutons on my WAY OVERDRESSED salad were cold, hard and stale. We all laughed that they were older than all of us combined. I should have sent it back, but our server was nowhere to be found most of the night. She snarled when I asked for more balsamic and olive oil. The food took forever and we were all starving. The only redeeming thing was the bread, but that took 20 minutes to arrive. What should have been a fun 2 hour dinner catching up, ended up being server tag. The only redeeming thing is, you can get a reservation on very short notice when everything else in Burlingame is booked solid. THE ONLY REDEEMING THING.
Visiting SFO this past weekend and have been at this restaurant previously and the experiences were good. But this time the two hostesses checked us in early and we watched many being seated ignoring us. There was two tables for two people open for 45 minutes and they wouldn't seat us. It wasn't until I ask for the manager and told our 45 minute wait that she graciously seated and was very accommodating. The two hostess need better training, my husband were extremely disappointed and ready to walk out before manager took over.
We're frequent diners at Il Fornaio and generally enjoy the food and service. We've had a few entrees that were plated with sides, like mashed potatoes & veggies getting cold, while waiting for the primary meat/fish, so we asked our server to check that for us. It happened again to two different entrées but a least the pasta dish arrived hot, which may have held up the others. The server offered to replace but sending back food isn't a nice solution when everyone wants to enjoy a meal together. We don't come for free desert compensation, someone needs to fix the kitchen process. We'll not give up.
I can't believe I am giving Il Forniao 2 stars. My huband and I love this restaurant. Friday night was a poor reflection on the quality of the restaurant. It started out fine, but the drinks were slow and our salad arrived before the drinks. The busboy bussed our table completely after the salad course and removed all the cutlery and bread, oil. The waitress brought new cutlery but didn't clean off the bread crumbs, which is NORMAL there. The entrees were fair: my pizza was undercooked (soggy) and my husband's pasta was hot but the seafood not so much. The bill came and we waited 10 minutes for them to pick up the credit card. I finally took it to the hostess stand and paid. The manager did comp us for the experience. I am not going back on a Friday night for a while. Maybe it was too busy and the wait staff, kitchen and bar all couldn't keep up?
It was busy last Saturday. They have a few tables empty since we arrived at 7:30 pm. Our reservation was 8:00 pm. I think they are short in staffing. We waited about 10 mins.
I have to stop the manager to take our order he happened to walk by our table and get water and we needed to ask for bread as well.
I ordered a Linguine Mare Chiaro. The mussels and clams was cold, but the rest of the seafood was fine.
OUR RESERVATION WAS AT 6:30, GOT TO THE RESTAURANT ON TIME. THERE WAS A LONG LINE TO CHECK IN, BY THE TIME IT WAS OUR TURN IT WAS QUARTER TO 7. THE RECECIPTIONIST/ HOST TOLD US THEY WERE A BIT BEHIND. AT 7:15PM, AFTER WAITED FOR 45 MINUTES WE FINALLY SEATED. WE WILL NOT RETURN TO THIS RESTAURANT FOR SURE.
We dined celebrating my husband's birthday. Our table was perfect, as was our server. The dinner was outstanding; three of us ordered the special ravioli and the fourth ordered the special risotto. After dinner, I asked the server if she had anything for my husband's birthday and she brought him some gelato with a candle. We also shared some bread pudding.
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