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Il Fornaio

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11990 Market St, Ste 106, Reston, VA 20190-6021
703-437-5544
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: In the tradition of Italy's trattorias, the sight, sounds and aromas of...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
We always Enjoy Il Fornio

My wife and I had an early "date night" at Il Fornio, a place we enjoy. I had the Sea Bass from the monthly special menu and she had a steak. Both were delicious! The Sea Bass was quite literally melt-in-your-mouth good. My wife had a special order steak and vegetables and everything came out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Giant_Stride_SCUBA
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Sykesville, Maryland
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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197 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Vienna, Virginia
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Service was pretty good. Two of us ordered fish and were happy but pizza (just average) and pasta orders for the other two were disappointing. Pasta was something with shrimp but boring - dry - overcooked. Pizza "looked like" it had been siting under a warming lamp. I'm sure (or certainly hope) it wasn't but you get the picture. Wine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is one of Reston's gems! The food is amazing and the people who work here are equally amazing. I had a chance to speak with Joel Barajas (general manager) and Kevin Gallaher (asst general manager) and they're not only consummate hosts, but also very personable and kept me laughing. If you haven't been here for happy hour, you're missing... More 

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Sykesville, Maryland
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My wife and I had an early "date night" at Il Fornio, a place we enjoy. I had the Sea Bass from the monthly special menu and she had a steak. Both were delicious! The Sea Bass was quite literally melt-in-your-mouth good. My wife had a special order steak and vegetables and everything came out cooked to perfection. We went... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

There is a lot to recommend this trendy Italian restaurant. An interesting menu, excellent food, and our server, Emily, was just outstanding. But..... the noise level was so loud that I downloaded an app to measure it. It averaged over 90db throughout our meal on a slow Wed night. 90db is described as "Factory machinery from a distance of 3... More 

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

Thank you for the review on trip advisor, I am happy to hear that you fully enjoyed our food and that our staff was up to par. I understand your concerns with the noise level. With the wonderful weather returning we do hope that you will return, and try our wonderful outdoor seating. I believe this would be a much... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It is one of the best places in Reston town center specially when u go for happy hours any night but Saturday night. Drinks, pizza and some appetizers for only $6.00. It's great for an early dinner on Sunday night either with kids or friends. Best service in Reston Town Center.

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

Thank you so much for the great review- we really appreciate it. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our happy hour, I suggest you check out our wine tastings for a similar experience. Anthony Gerena More 

farmington Hills MI
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Went here before a business meeting. We started off with soup and my colleague pronounced the minestrone soup exellent while my lentil soup also very tasty. Loved the entree salad topped with fresh ahi tuna. Efficient and friendly service and ample choices for vegetarians. I would definitely return when I have another business trip to the area.

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed our vegetarian selections. We hope to see you back here soon! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We took two friends to Il Fornaio last week. It was the first time for all four of us. Beet salad was absolutely delicious as was the Cesar salad. Beef dish cooked to perfection and highlighted with a balsamic glaze. Chicken breast dish had a bit of heat but served with skin on. Should have asked if it was to... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback and glad that you enjoyed your first dining experience here at Il Fornaio. I will make sure that we recognize Fernanda for her great service. More 

Williamsburg, Virginia
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Three of us sat at the bar and had a great Saturday night at Il Fornaio! The three bartenders all took care of us and were friendly - we especially enjoyed their recommendation of the Textbook cabernet sauvignon. We had antipasti, flatbread, Cristina pizza - all fresh and tasty. The we tried dessert - all very good but the standout... More 

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Having placed this restaurant up there on my places to visit when in Reston, I was extremely disappointed on this visit. Our party of six included two guests with special dietary requirements. We phoned in advance to make sure that the restaurant could accommodate them (one vegan, one with special diet due to medical condition). We were promised that the... More 

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Joel B, Owner at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

To Whom it May Concern. I would like to begin by apologizing for not being able to meet your expectations. I am embarrassed to read such a review and hope to learn from our mistakes that were made. I apologize for the service that was lacking as well. If you could email me it would greatly be appreciated. I would... More 

OAKTON
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The restaurant itself is beautiful--dark wood, muted lights, high ceilings, separate gorgeous bar, sparkling white linen. Service was superb. I'd expected the food, beautifully presented, to be less tentative, less "American," bolder in flavor. And this wasn't the result of testing a single dish. My children (seven of them) had reserved spots at a wine-tasting dinner which, after we learned... More 

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

Thank you for the great review and your feedback, I will take all these concerns to our chef so we can perfect all our dishes. In regards to the Wine Dinner, I am happy to tell you that we have changed the seating arrangements for this event, each reservation will have there own table. We believe this will give each... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11990 Market St, Ste 106, Reston, VA 20190-6021
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  Reston
  • Phone Number: 703-437-5544

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?