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Il Fornaio

520 Cowper St Ste 101, Palo Alto, CA 94301 · University Park
(650) 853-3888 · $$$ · Italian
Rating: 3.0 out of 5"371 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 · Dinner

Popular menu items

Te · Margherita · Calzone · Cristina · Carpaccio

General info

Casual · Elegant · Family Friendly · Credit: Visa



Latest reviews

  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"Jul 27, 2014 · by Lara C. from YelpAny restaurant that advertises a special gluten-free menu on the website already has 3 stars in my book. I asked for the menu when we arrived and I was pleased to see that the options took up the entire page (including dessert). Many Italian restaurants are begging to offer gluten-free pasta … Full review
  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"Jul 27, 2014 · by Jerry T. from YelpWe attended a recent Winemaker Dinner, which had been organized by Richard Bartoni, Il Fornaio manager. The food and service were superb and the four course dinner flowed smoothly, with appropriate wines being served and discussed by the winemaker's rep. The menu is coordinated between the … Full review
  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"Jul 17, 2014 · by Lauren H. from YelpI was contacted by Nick the manager after our bad service last month for our anniversary to which I gave 3 star review here on yelp- He offered to make it up to us with a meal on the house. We went tonight and the service was really wonderful- 5 stars for service. For the most part everything was delicious and we … Full review
  • Rating: 1.0 out of 5"Jul 15, 2014 · by Diane T. from YelpMy company had a dinner party here, I googled it, bad reviews but all my coworkers were like this place is so good so what the hey right? Wrong. The calamari was alright. The salad was a little dry, I can still hang. I got 14 oz New York strip coming medium rare please. The steak came out like a a rock and … Full review
  • Rating: 2.0 out of 5"Jun 26, 2014 · by Dougie F. from YelpMeh. I've experienced better" describes this place perfectly. I had the Sampler appetizer, Carpaccio appetizer, and the veal. It was all decent, but nothing extraordinary. In fact, as I wrote this, it took some effort to recall back 2 nights ago what I had eaten here. And while I'm not rating based on service, the … Full review