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Il Fornaio

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520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823 (Hamilton)
+1 650-853-3888
7:00 am - 11:00 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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Denver, Colorado
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Swing by IF for breakfast the other day. Wonderful service and food. The French Toast was perfect and the coffee superb. I'll be back.

Thank Vern J
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69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there for a business lunch. The restaurant is massive and has lot's of large table. Perfect for business lunch or dinner. The food was quite good but service was average. I would go back as it is very convenient.

Thank TAMousse
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food - the salmon was great and lovely location off university avenue. Was a work dinner but would have definitely gone myself

Thank Sal R
South Puget Sound
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116 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying at the hotel next door (Garden Court) and often came back after 10PM. Il Fornaio is open until 11 and we found the food and service really great. Beet salad and Fradiavola pizza were just what we needed.

Thank CathyLen
San Jose, California
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was friendly. The ambiance was pleasant and relaxing. The food was cooked perfectly. The wine pairing suggested by the waiter was perfect. There's just nothing to fix. Everything was the way a visit to a very nice restaurant should be. I really look forward to going back.

Thank Steve H
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a drink before retiring to our room. Bartender was jovial and knew his craft. Tables and stools were comfortable and everything was clean. They serve dinner in the bar too.

Thank Scott P
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215 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Had breakfast here one day and also a lunch and a drink pre-dinner. Good location, reasonable menu and lively, friendly service. Good pizza

Thank LDGK90
Athens, Attiki, Greece
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I visited the Capellini Il Fornaio Restaurant more than 25 times!!We even had family lunch 7 years ago!! Starting with home made bread and olive oil with balsamic of Modena is something I can not describe.. just fantastic.. Calamari "fritti", pizza margherita, Capricciosa,tagliatelle alla Bolognese, Omelette con Gamberetti E Avocado just a few plates I always like... And always the... More 

Thank Alex T
Santa Rosa, CA
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Inedible almond croissant, hard dry scrambled eggs, rubbery potatoes. Could not have been more disappointed.

Thank reinaruth
Lisbon, Portugal
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162 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?