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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: Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Company n Palo Alto

Attended a company dinner here for about 20, and the arrangements and food were very good, the staff were attentive, and beer and wine plentiful. Area was in back of property, so I didn't experience the rest of the restaurant's ambiance, but definitely worth a second visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Daniel S
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Yokohama, Japan
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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672 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been here before and have better memories than the most recent dinner I had here...the pizza margarita continues to be excellent but the pasta and salmon specials, not just not special, just not particularly good. Great ambiance. Lovely place. Would certainly give it another shot....it was late (9:30) for dinner and maybe that's just not their best time.

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Thank PlatinumHoney
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Price point perfect, service excellent, food incredible. Staff friendly, , helpful and knowledgeable about the menu.

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Thank Maria M
Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

By far the best Italian restaurant i have had in a long time, The Garden Hotel definitely was the main reason why i ate here and i must say this will be my go to restaurant when i visit Palo Alto.

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Thank Isabel L
Yokohama, Japan
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58 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Attended a company dinner here for about 20, and the arrangements and food were very good, the staff were attentive, and beer and wine plentiful. Area was in back of property, so I didn't experience the rest of the restaurant's ambiance, but definitely worth a second visit.

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Thank Daniel S
Andover, Massachusetts
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124 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here for lunch with my husband who enjoyed this restaurant on other trips. We both had the bolognese so this is what I've judged the food on. It was good, but not great . I tend to choose the bolognese dish often when we eat Italian. The bread with oil and balsamic was good and the wait staff were... More 

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Thank JKS55
San Jose, California
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend was celebrating her birthday and made a reservation at Il Fornaio Palo Alto. Little did we know that we would receive such superlative service from Henry, in addition to the amazing food and great ambiance. My friend was seated facing the open kitchen so she also enjoyed watching the cooks and chefs work - and we remarked that... More 

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Thank ladyjazz17
Masbate City, Philippines
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not coming back! We were totally ignored, service is horrible, believe me, I ignored some of the reviews because the last time we went there service was simply awesome... and I was thinking it will not happen to us... But, believe me... better choose another Italian restaurant, no one offered us wine, no offers on house specials... when food arrives... More 

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Beijing, China
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I always like Italian food, and Il Fornaio has been a good choice. We a group of people had dinner and we all enjoyed the time.

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Thank Angela W
Switzerland
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256 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Il Fornaio possesses this long tradition as THE meeting place in Palo Alto. Our breakfast meeting was quite tasty, and the service courteous, as always.

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Thank rokkap
Palo Alto, California
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Always good food, lovely patio, professional staff. Great breakfast spot, lunch and casual or dress up for dinner.

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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
  • Cuisine: Italian, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children
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?