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Il Fornaio

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520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823 (Hamilton)
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Lisbon, Portugal
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162 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were here many, many years ago, and we had good memories. And again we had good food, sat in the patio which was nice. Bruschetta, calamari, pizza and a salad for the 4 of us. The portions are big. Service was excellent.

Thank Malveiradaserra
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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92 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Dined here on business with a group of 14. The restaurant is elegant and well-appointed. White linens...high-end dishes and utensils. The wait staff is dressed in white jackets and black ties. We were seated on the outdoor patio...warmed with overhead heaters. A very nice setting to enjoy Palo Altos fabulous weather. The food was very good. And the service excellent.... More 

Thank we4steeds
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great oven based meal. We have celebrated good school grades, graduations, and just late night dinners here for years. Il Fornaio is open until 11:00 PM on weekends and 10:30 when other restaurants have closed. Regular favorites are the minestrone, with seasonally changing vegetables, and the baked pasta dishes. This week's specials included a tasty goose ragu lasagna and... More 

Thank jrftrav16
Los Altos, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner this is always a great spot. Even if just for coffee or a drink this is a great find.

Thank vdaver
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of 9 and everything was prepared at our arrival. Serive is perfect and in my opinion this is one of the best italian-food restaurants in the area. Good wine list. We will definitly come back.

Thank Matias P
Eugene, Oregon, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the flavors the customer service the atmosphere. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Palo Alto. I love everything about it. It's amazing. Yes. Go go go.

Thank Jasmine E
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of my favorite places in Palo Alto. Good food and clean with great services. All the staffs are very polite and helpful. I been there for lunch, and happy hours. Nothing I can complain about. Enjoy it I appreciate your feedback on my comments and your vote.

Thank Michael T
San Francisco, CA
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been a frequent visitor to Il Fornaio ever since it opened in 1989. The food is tasty, the service is friendly, and the setting is relaxed and comfortable. With wood-fired Pizzas and all kinds of Pasta on the menu, it is a favorite for children of all ages as well.

Thank MaxMaxi
San Francisco
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286 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

We love Il Fornaio for its wonderful variety of menus and regional Italian dishes throughout the year. The service is always good, the menu exciting, the ambiance quite nice, and the prices a bit high. Since we are trying new dishes, we often can't compare their quality. On our last trip, the restaurant was surprisingly empty for a week night;... More 

Thank OmarKhayyam
Munich, Germany
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315 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

I've been coming here for over 20 years and am always delighted by the quality of the food and the friendliness of the service. A Palo Alto institution.

Thank David011158

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, 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: 650-853-3888

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