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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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205 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 Liz K
Athens, Attiki, Greece
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks 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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93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 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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84 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

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

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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, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, 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?