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Il Fornaio

$$$
Italian, Cafe, Wine Bar
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520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823 (Hamilton)
Cal Train
650-853-3888
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 66
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  • 36
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Good Food

This is a chain but the food here is always very good. They have Region of the month themes with special chefs. Don't miss the Arancini if it is available.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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CA
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a chain but the food here is always very good. They have Region of the month themes with special chefs. Don't miss the Arancini if it is available.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

It's not the first time I've eaten in this restaurant, It's good good ambiance - tip, when booking, ask for a table in the garden - excellent staff, very nice wine, and the food is mostly excellent. They have a monthly menu - this month was Sicilian dishes and wines - in addition to their standard a la carte. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We had lunch here and shared starters which were great. We initially asked for water but were never asked by our server if we would like any other drinks so continued with water! Main corse was nicely cooked and tasty. Well worth a try.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Visited for lunch with my coworkers for a team lunch. We had a reservation and were led to a private room. The wait staff were very polite and nice. The food was also good. The complaint I have is that my glass of water was not refilled as often as I would have liked.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Even though this is a high end chain restaurant no matter the location it never disappoints me. The food is always excellent as well as the service and ambience. This location is beautifully decorated, staff was always on hand..patiently..to assist you. I have never been unsatisfied with a meal, I just love this restaurant. Parking is an issue...the only downside... More 

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Taormina, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went for a wine dinner for Niner Vineyards. Spoke at length with the winemaker. Food was OK. The chef paired the food to the wines they were serving. I would have made other selections. They served too much food, but my dogs were pretty happy about that!

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We went for breakfast at Il Fornaio - the food was very good; it was still quiet in the morning and the service was excellent - nice people there.

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Copenhagen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We went for lunch. And what a lunch. If I had not known better, you could tell me, this was in Italy. The service is done with a deep Italian dialect and charm. The food was simply ex-cellent. What a great way of starting a visit to Palo Alto. Thank you.

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Healdsburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I had a good Italian meal here. I met friends and we ate well and the wine list was good. The service was very good. you can't go wrong

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Limestone, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a higher priced Italian restaurant. The decor is an open kitchen. The menu is traditional Italian, the daily specials are almost as numerous as the permanent fare. While the service is attentive, it wasn't accurate. One dish was completely incorrect - it was freshly prepared and very good, so we kept it. Now the food... The portions are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
    (Hamilton)
  • Public Transportation: Cal Train
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-853-3888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 50
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, Cafe, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 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
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?