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Il Fornaio

520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
+1 650-853-3888
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good43%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food, tasty wine and very professional, attentive service made this birthday party for 15 outstanding. I booked the Sala Bellini Room for the evening and ordered one of the more reasonably priced set menus with a partial upgrade to the antipasto Della Casa. When...More

Thank Riveright
Reviewed May 14, 2018

We came here for dinner before a ballet performance we were attending and my friend had made dinner reservations. We decided to sit in the patio where it is less noisy but it got a bit chilly; however our server, Ezra turned on the heat...More

Thank KWong55
Reviewed April 28, 2018

il Fornaio has been hosting our breakfast meetings for Thursday Morning Dialogue for several years. Yummy breakfast served promptly! Veggie scramble, bacon and eggs, French toast, granola or fruit plate. Nice sunny room in the back that is quiet enough to hear our speakers:-)

Thank Cheryl005
Reviewed April 23, 2018

I ate here some years ago with only modest success. Today, my meal was very good. I ordered salmon rare, and the fish was just about perfect. It was a business/group meal, however, and not everyone was as happy with their selections from the limited...More

Thank jxx9595
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Good ambiance, and a busy place. We met for some pre dinner drinks, waitress very attentive, but the prices a bit steep. 3 soft drinks $24.....needless to say won’t be back.

Thank Glyndwr100
Reviewed April 1, 2018

Food and service were excellent and we'd go back. The decor was pleasant and chairs were very comfortable. I'd suggest this place to anyone.

Thank PlaneLar
Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

As a party of four, everyone cleaned their plate the food was so good. We had a reservation so we were seated right away. The ravioli and the risotto special were delicious. We were seated very close to the open kitchen so it was quite...More

Thank dkap2016
Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

I had the duck. My wife, father and son has the seafood linguini. Excellent food. Waitress was very quiet and seemed tired. Was surprised when they would only refill my soda once without charge. They said it was their policy. They were very polite about...More

Thank Tom C
Reviewed March 19, 2018

This place has been around forever, and it is always a good choice. They are kind to children and to your fussy grandparents. Service is warm and personable, the dining areas are well-designed and decorated without being over-the-top or uncomfortable, and the food, while never...More

Thank Neni10
Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed the Bolognese, to much to finish in one seating. The dessert sampler was a great finish.

Thank GT8672
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
  • Public Transportation: Cal Train
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-853-3888
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