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Il Fornaio

520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
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Ranked #51 of 312 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $10 - $50
Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Bakery, Italian, Café, Wine Bar
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hamilton
Transit: Cal Train
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
SF Bay Area
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

One of several locations for this place, all basically good, albeit a bit too corporate in style, with excellent food and good service.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The food was great - and the waiter was a riot. Very busy, but the staff worked hard and the food was good, hot and served ina timely manner.

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Munich, Germany
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196 reviews 196 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

The terrace is possibly the best place in the restaurant on a sunny afternoon for a late lunch. Tables are nicely set but there is nothing special about it. Rather noisy and difficult to hold a conversation. The food: little choice, preparation ok, but nothing exciting. Wine selection is a average for what the restaurant wants to be.

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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Two couples had dinner. The special salad that evening, with shrimp and avocado (among other things) was excellent. The house salad (Insalata del Fornaio) was good, though nothing special, and the vegetable soup was pretty thin. The Pennoni alla Vodka and the pork main course were excellent. While the sides that came with the grilled fish were cooked perfectly, the... More

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Newport Beach, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Went to Il Fornaio this past Saturday night. Had a slightly negative experience there for a special occasion back in June so Nick, the manager, invited us back to give the restaurant another shot. Nick introduced himself when we got to the table and made sure that we were well taken care of for the entire meal. Our waiter was... More

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richmond va.
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76 reviews 76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I have eaten here several times recently both for breakfast and dinner and haven't been disappointed. Very professional service and excellent northern italian food.

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Palo Alto, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Enjoyed the food. My waitress was awesome and super hot. The atmosphere was cool and nice. The wine selection was ok but not great.

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Bay Area, CA
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Restaurant was less than half-full when we visited. Seated promptly, then, nothing. After 10 minutes, waiter arrives, asks if we've been helped. (They don't have assigned tables?). Takes drink order and food order all together. Then disappears. We never saw him again. EVER. Food arrives via runner. No one asks if we want pepper, grated cheese, etc. No one checks... More

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Palo Alto, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is by far one of the 'BEST' HaPpY Hours in Palo Alto. $5 drinks, cocktails, wine and beers. Selection of $5 appetizers like thin crust pizza, calamari you can easily make a meal from these!! Out door seating. Yummy cocktails!

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San Francisco, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We celebrated my husband's 60th birthday on a Friday evening (8/22/14). The place was crowded, and it had an energetic ambiance. It is a popular place. Make reservations if you're dining on a Friday and Saturday during prime dinner hour. I ordered the 3-course tasting menu, which focused on the cuisine of Sardinia. The tasting menu offered nice selections. I... More

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