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520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
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Ranked #54 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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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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35 reviews 35 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We will order to-go at least once every two months. The food is very good and we like the convenience of take-out.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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129 reviews 129 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We had a new waitress but she worked through everything well. Food was excellent. Veal tender, seafood pasta tasty....Caesar salad excellent. Dessert tray was impressive..too full to try it.

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Palo Alto, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This is a popular restaurant in the heart of Palo Alto, with a busy, happy vibe & great service. I just wish the food were better! On several occasions the salads I ordered were wilted and/or overdressed, and the pasta dishes clumpy & starchy, rather than delicate & flavorful. If you do go, I would suggest ordering something like rotisserie... More

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SF Bay Area
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70 reviews 70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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

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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216 reviews 216 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 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
49 helpful votes 49 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
50 helpful votes 50 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Additional Information about Il Fornaio

Address: 520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
Phone Number: 650-853-3888
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 50
Cuisine: Bakery, Italian, Café, Wine Bar

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