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Il Fornaio

11990 Market St, Ste 106, Reston, VA 20190-6021
703-437-5544
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Ranked #16 of 130 restaurants in Reston
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sight, sounds and aromas of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh everyday at Il Fornaio. Literally "the baker" in Italian, Il Fornaio offers wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade and imported pastas; pizzas from a wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch. The first two weeks of each month a special menu from a different region of Italy is featured as part of Festa Regionale.
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English first
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Last minute reservation for 7 on a busy Tuesday night. Food was good and the service was excellent. Only drawback was the noise level. Excellent place for a business dinner. Would probably not recommend for a romantic night out.

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Reston, Virginia
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18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

When Il Fornaio opened in the RTC several years ago, it arrived with premium prices but the food quality and great service made the high cost of their pasta tolerable. Since then, the food quality has dropped to mediocre at best and the service, though still good, cannot justify the prices on its own. On our last visit in June,... More

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Joel B, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hi Thomas, thank you for your feedback and I'm sorry we didn't meet your expectations. We'd love if you gave us another chance to make it up to you, and I promise you won't be disappointed, please contact me next time you'd like to dine with us @ Jbarajas@ilfo.com More

Baltimore, Maryland
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Virginia is terra incognito to me, and usually to be avoided at all costs. But I found myself in Reston and wanting a competent lunch. I've eaten many times at Il Fornaio in California and been past or in an out of other locations, including the one in room. It is a chain, but then the benefit of that is... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Frozen by the air conditioning and disappointed by the quality of the food and service, we left rather deflated. We all four of us tried the Sicilian meal - the bean soup apparently was good, but the calamari was over cooked. The pasta course was small, bland and boring. My main course was stuffed beef, a nice idea had it... More

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Joel B, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hi Peter, we're glad you took your time to provide us with your feedback and let me be the first to apologize for not meeting up to your standards. We'd like if you gave us another chance to and I'll guarantee you'll be pleased. Just contact me @ Jbarajas@ilfo.com next time you'd like to dine with us and we'll take... More

virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful Saturday morning brunch here. The omelets are very good. They arrived hot and were served with fruit, potatoes and bread. Coffee is excellent. I really enjoyed my chat with the manager while waiting on my friend. Our sever was delightful. We will certainly be back!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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42 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Went to Il Fornaio in Reston Town Center last evening, for the Sicilian themed menu which has been on for a couple of weeks. First of all, and this is the third time I've been there, this place is NOISY. Bad acoustics, high ceilings, lots of chatter -- impossible to hear the wait staff or each other. The bread thy... More

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Virginia
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36 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Had dinner here this past weekend (3rd time eating here). The food is just okay – nothing memorable and actually I was a little disappointed – husband said his was “okay”. The wine list was decent. The calamari was mediocre. I had the Petto di Pollo al Peperoncino for 21.99. The chicken was dry and I had a hard time... More

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Joel B, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

HI Aloha2009, we thank you for spending your time providing us with your feedback. I'd like to apologize for not meeting you expectations, we'd love if you gave us another chance to redeem ourselves and I promise you won't leave disappointed this time. Just contact me @ Jbarajas@ilfo.com next time you;'d like to stop by -Joel Barajas More

Springfield, Virginia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I used to eat at Il Fornaio all the time when I lived in California. The food is reliably delicious - this is a high-end chain/theme restaurant, so the experience is pretty much exactly what it was when I was on the West Coast. My boyfriend and I had a late lunch here one afternoon, then came back later for... More

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Joel B, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hi DCJetGirl! I'm loving your name and we're glad you enjoined your experience. I actually used to manage an Il Fornaio at the West Coast, Irvine CA, before I came here! It's a small world. Il Foranio actually started off as a baking school outside of Milan, we've strive for last 30 years to prefect to recipe. We hope to... More

Summit, New Jersey
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32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The food and the service was excellent . The restaurant offers a wide variety of wines. The menu prices were reasonable considering the atmosphere and service.

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Joel B, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hi Ior! We're glad we were able to provide you with a good experience and we hope to see you back again soon! -Joel Barajas More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Just visiting out of town and looking for an Italian. Restaurant proud itself for homemade pasta and sauces. We couldn't figure out anything special at all. Lousy food. Seevice was ok. You can't pay me to eat there.

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Joel B, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Anuj, Thank you so much for your feedback, we appreciate it. I apologize that the food did not meet your standards as well as ours- please email me directly at jbarajas@ilfo.com so I can make sure your next experience goes much better. Regards, Joel Barajas More

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