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Il Fornaio

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1430 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-5182 (North Broadway)
+1 925-296-0100
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Walnut Creek, California
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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2015

One of the first few restaurants we went for dinner after moving to Walnut Creek. Waited quite a bit, but sitting at the bar, and watching the chefs dishing out non stop gives another perspective into how busy and how much attention is given to the food being prep. The pasta was really good, though I must say the pizza... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

I visited the restaurant with a colleague of mine and we had some terrific wine and a perfect pizza.. the pizza was called Diablo and it had a nice kick to it. Milo, the bartender was terrified with his recommendations for wines.

Thank inconel738
Lake Tahoe (California), California
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345 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

We came to celebrate my birthday - for me I wanted to try the brunch menu and for the rest they had their pastas from the lunch menu. We have decided that il fornaio is good for brunch and lunches while sitting outside. The menu was easy- I recommend the French toast if you live for breakfast food, our wait... More 

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Orinda, California
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263 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015

All of my past reviews have raved about the Happy Hour. I will stop because the last time it was so full that you couldn't find a seat at the bar or at one of the bar-area-tables !!! Our food in the Dining Room was also great especially the Lamb Shank. It was so large that I took half of... More 

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Oregon Coast, Oregon
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128 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2015

Love the food, service, decor and atmosphere!! Consistent quality. My favorite dish is the butternut squash ravioli with sage. Excellent wine selection. So convenient to great shopping as well!

Thank MistyFog1
Brighton, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2015

Warm summers evening p, no outdoor seating but sited near open doors so very pleasant outlook with fountain outside. Wine/vinegar preceded bread by some time....then long wait until food arrived (veal for both) ..which was tasty but small portion for husband. Wines very good and reasonably priced. Dessert again took some time but good. Not wishing further delay we opted... More 

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Danville, California
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117 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2015

Il Fornaio is a reliable choice for small groups because the menu has a wide enough range of choices to please everyone. Was there for a relative's birthday lunch and there was something for everyone from the teens to the octogenarians. Service was very efficient. The bread is always so good! The only thing I could complain about is not... More 

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Walnut Creek, California, USA
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67 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2015

The ambiance at this setting makes it a great place for a quick break from shopping, and special lunch with the girls, a business lunch, as well as a great place for special dinners - families, couples, outdoor seating or romantic corner. The menu has a wide variety of selections, pasta, meats, fish or regional Italian specialties. Convenient valet parking... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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110 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015

I was there for dinner for a business appointment with someone familiar with the restaurant. It was a good place for conversation. I asked the server what the two most popular dishes, and I ordered the butternut squash ravioli, and was in heaven. Delicate pasta (I don't usually think of pasta this way), great flavor of filling and just enough... More 

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Lafayette, CA
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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2015

Service was very pleasant and efficient. But as I was paying my $200 bill (2 adults, 2 kids), I reflected to myself "never again." The menu nicely accommodates kids with the standard chicken tenders and french fries. The chicken tenders were that familiar mass-produced flat patty that, rumor has it, was once a chicken. Really, not fresh chicken? The fries... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $40
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1430 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-5182
    (North Broadway)
  • Public Transportation: BART
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 925-296-0100
Il Fornaio means 'the baker' in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?