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Il Fornaio

520 Cowper St Ste 101, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 853-3888 · $$$ · Italian
Rating: 3.0 out of 5"353 Yelp reviews ·


  • Mon - Wed7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Thu7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Fri7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Sun8:00 AM - 10:00 PM


Il Fornaio means "The Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique dining experience. 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. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

Good for

Breakfast · Brunch

Popular menu items

Te · Margherita · Cristina · Calzone · Carpaccio

General info

Casual · Romantic · Bar Scene · Elegant · Family Friendly



Latest reviews

  • Rating: 1.0 out of 5"by Sugar Q. at Yelp User Review4/6/2014The food here tastes like fancy garbage.The sauces are diluted like 10 times before they reach the plate, my pasta was actually undercooked, veggies were just bleh, and the salad and fish were meh.Bland, watery, and cheap is what I think if this restaurant,And literally it feels like they took the food from an elementary school cafeteria and put it on a nicer plate and started serving it. More
  • Rating: 3.0 out of 5"by Mark B. at Yelp User Review3/24/2014This is probably more of a 3.5 star restaurant, than 3 stars.In any event, if you are looking for a nice Italian place for a date or a business lunch or dinner, Il Fornaio will fit the bill.The pizzas here are great, particularly the pizza cristina (for fellow mushrooms lovers), and I also really enjoyed their lamb shank … More
  • Rating: 2.0 out of 5"by Marco V. at Yelp User Review3/13/2014The food is not good.It is bland and limp and watery.I had arugala salad, ravioli, and some chicken thing and it was all bland and gross.The service was not good - we had to wait 1.5 hours to get our (bland) food.The wait staff get annoyed if you do not order wine.I will not come here again.(I just upgraded them to … More
  • Rating: 2.0 out of 5"by Tyffanee S. at Yelp User Review2/28/2014So sad.Back in the day, Il Fornaio was my go-to place for special occasions. Elegant without being offputting, creative and tasty cuisine, superlative service, outstanding wines. But the charms seemed to diminish as time went by, and although I had been to lunch (once) and special events (several times), I … More
  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"by Manisha S. at Yelp User Review2/12/2014Okay had to update my review.See previous review.The manager sent me an email afterwards apologizing and asking for us to come back for better service and a free appetizer/dessert.I appreciated he did that and he sent me a private email, didn't try to just do it on yelp and show he was being a nice guy.So we … More