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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 - 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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London, United Kingdom
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539 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 430 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We used to come many times a week to this place when we lived in Palo alto many years ago. It was always full, now you have a lot of free tables, but the food is always excellent and the service absolutely perfect. The location of this restaurant makes is very convenient for the people who are down town Palo.... More 

Thank jmLondon845
Medford, Oregon
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78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have eaten at Il Fornaio many, many times on business and personally. I love their minestrone soup and their rotisserie chicken. Actually, everything I've ever eaten there has been wonderful. Sometimes I've wanted a simple meal when traveling on business so I go in and get the minestrone soup to go. Warm and wonderful! Great service. Beautiful, relaxed atmosphere.... More 

Thank blissfulliving
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73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

We have been to this restaurant a few times. The fried calamari appetizer was excellent. My husband had linguine mare chiaro; the sauce was delicious, but the shrimps and scallops were overcooked and dry. I had Grigliata di Pesce Misto (seafood combination) for $29.95, but due to the small volume of seafood actually included, I felt it was overpriced. The... More 

Thank LenaCDoll
Denver, Colorado
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 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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76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

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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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 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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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

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 November 2, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

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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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

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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, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions
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?