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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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New York City, New York
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

not the best Italian restaurant in town but they have great service. Had breakfast here and everything went smoothly.

Thank andy1252017
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I left California three years ago and returned for a visit. I had il Fornaio on my list of restaurants to eat. Service was excellent and my simple Capalini was just as I remembered. Just make sure to be seated in the front of the house unless you have a large party.

Thank StretchCampbell
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been in the area 5 months decided to finally give it a go!! Why did I leave it till I am due to go home. Sat at the bar as on my own service was great, food fantastic main thing it was hot!! I mean hot not lukewarm which you tend to find a lot of in the US. Soup... More 

Thank looby1971
San Francisco
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301 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Il Fornaio has a regular Italian menu, but it also features food from different regions in Italy about every month. This month was Lombardy, and as always, we choose the tasting menu to get a variety of food, accompanied by a wine flight that features appropriate wine from the area to accompany each course. Sadly, this month's tasting menu did... More 

Thank OmarKhayyam
Palo Alto, California
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our son recently was married in Menlo Park, and we had the rehearsal dinner, for about 60 people, on the patio at Il Fornaio in Palo Alto. By all accounts our guests had a great time! The wines and passed appetizers (especially the little pizzas!) were delicious, as were the entrees and dessert platters. Service was impeccable. I was a... More 

Thank NorCalPal
San Francisco, California
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155 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

Had a 3 course business lunch with salad , salmon and tiramisu. Their Salmon roasted in a wood fired oven is always delicious. This time though the dish was not piping hot. May have sat in the kitchen for a while.

Thank Samosababa
London, United Kingdom
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550 reviews
463 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 439 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

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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79 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

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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80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 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
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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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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
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?