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“Dinner at Palo Alto”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #28 of 357 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hamilton
Transit: Cal Train
Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy
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394 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Dinner at Palo Alto”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

The appetizer and the main dish was really good, the only concern was that they put our group (36 person) in a small part in the back of the restaurant so it was so noisy. Also as I heard since I didn't pay, the cost of the dinner was really high (100$ x person) and I think it is really too much for a normal dinner - also because there was a preorder food with one appetizer, one main dish and one dessert.

Visited November 2012
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Munich, Germany
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333 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“A must when in Palo Alto”
Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

Every time I'm in Palo Alto I try to eat here. Good food, great service and a lot of "buzz". Great for breakfast too. Not always easy to get a table, so plan ahead if possible. Good selection of wines too. A must.

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Belmont, California
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Classy but unpretentious; good service”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Ultimately a bakery expanded into an extremely popular coffee house/bar and restaurant in Palo Alto, this is a very lovely relaxing Italian atmosphere. You can sit outside and have a latte; you can pick up a loaf of bread. You can lunch or dine. You can sit at the bar and watch the game. This is a real Palo Alto neighborhood place with very well behaved friendly people. It is a bit pricey but not if you just have lattes.

Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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596 reviews
506 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 464 helpful votes
“It used to be excellent”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We went back to this restaurant where we used to go several times every week. This time the food was just acceptable, and the service awful . We will avoid this place as we found a lot of much better other restaurants.

Visited October 2012
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Palo Alto, California
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118 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“ravioli”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

My wife and I love the ravioli here also the pizza. Service is great and so are the drinks. Close for a stroll up and down University Avenue after dinner.

Visited March 2012
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