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Il Fornaio

520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
650-853-3888
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Ranked #42 of 316 restaurants in Palo Alto
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Price range: $10 - $50
Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 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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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
235 reviews 235 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Recently had a business dinner with three colleuges at this downtown Italian restaurant. The food was very good, but not excellent. The atmosphere was extremely inviting with an outdoor courtyard setting that felt a bit like Italy, but with a cool, pleasant California evening. Coupled with some nice, but not overly expensive wine made for a enjoyable and relaxed evening.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

As I've worked in various office nearby I've become a regular for breakfast, coffee and lunch... And even takeout pizza etc for the office. Great spot with a lot of character. I'd call out the pizza, lasagna and appetizers (for example Bruschetta) as the best items here. Definitely recommended for business breakfast and lunch.

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lutherville
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a great place to get a nice dinner for a business function, romantic night out or a get together. It's nice enough that you can come in a suit but casual enough that you can come in jeans and a tee shirt. The menu has something for everyone. The food is never a disappointment. I always enjoy my... More

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Steve B, Guest Relations Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words. I know that downtown Palo Alto is very competitive when it comes to restaurants and I'm glad you've been choosing us for 15 years. I'm looking forward to your next visit so I could say hello. Grazie! Nick More

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

As always I ate at the bar since I'm a business traveler. Alexei was very attentive and made excellent suggestions. I had the Saltimbocca Roma and enjoyed it. The wine list is excellent with something for every pallet and budget. I had forgotten about this pace but after sitting on 101 South from SFO in packed traffic I decided to... More

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Foster City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We recently enjoyed a Winemaker Dinner at Il Fornaio in Palo Alto, organized by Richard Bartoni, Il Fornaio manager. Richard is to be congratulated for providing such an excellent dining event. The food and service were superb and the four course dinner flowed smoothly, at a pace to allow full appreciation of the food and the appropriate wines being served... More

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Palo Alto, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Expansive menu of regional Italian dishes. Great wine selection. Reasonably priced. Good for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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New York City, New York
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23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

But a top place to hold a business breakfast. Dinner is ok, but nothing special and there are plenty of better choices within a half a mile. Had the steak - decent but not wonderful.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Very nice restaurant from breakfast, brunch to dinner. We ate here a lot during our stay at The Garden Court Hotel. Would highly recommend.

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Steve B, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! I look forward to seeing you again soon! Next time you join us for breakfast, lunch/brunch, or dinner, please ask for me. I'd like to meet you. I enjoy meeting our clientele. I hope you are enjoying your weekend! -Nick Assistant Manager Il Fornaio Palo Alto 650.853.3888 paloalto@ilfo.com More

West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Held my daughters wedding rehearsal dinner including 57 guests on Saturday 5/31. The food was very good and the service could not have been better. The waitstaff made us feel very special. Chose 2 wines the IlFornaio Pinot and a wonderful GSM. They have a set menu for banquets, choice of salmon, chicken and pasta all very favorably reviewed. Clearly... More

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Top Contributor
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218 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Seven of us came here after work for a meal. We started in the bar, and struggled not to get in the way of the staff, but the drinks were good. When we moved to our table, we requested one outside on the rear patio, which had some heaters, which didn't seem necessary in June. We ordered a selection of... More

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Steve B, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for the kind words and the great review! I am really glad you had a great experience with us! I hope you had a wonderful trip. -Nick --- Assistant Manager Il Fornaio Palo Alto paloalto@ilfo.com More

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