About Il Fornaio - Sacramento

400 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Sacramento, this award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 wine list. Enjoy wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday : 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
4th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 446-4100

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Catering:
Retail Catering: When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! Catering services include: boxed lunches, pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies platters and much more. Perfect for any social or business meeting. Call for delivery details and minimum order information (service charge applies). Planning a wedding or large corporate event? Full Service Catering is available at our Sacramento location. Authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine and our experienced catering staff can offer Five-Star service when handling all the details of your next special event.

Parking Details:
Validated, complimentary parking available in private lot. Street parking and valet are also available.

Public Transit:
Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.

Executive Chef:
Bruno Amato

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Treat the mom's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!
Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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Treat the dad's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Private Dining

Il Fornaio is located in downtown Sacramento just four blocks from the state capitol. In a beautiful and elegant setting we offer delicious authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service. We have a number of private dining options available along with special menus to match your group's needs.

Il Fornaio - Sacramento Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5

Great place!! Great food!

vip
Dined 4 days ago

Great place!! Great food!

food3
ambience4
service4
value2

Unremarkable.

Dined on April 24, 2016

We arrived and were seated immediately, but at a table located on the junction of several paths from the kitchen to the patio. We requested to move to an empty booth and, with a little prodding, we were moved. The restaurant was filled with young customers dressed similar to what looked like prom night. They were busy. Our server greeted us almost immediately. It took a while for everyone to have their cocktails, and get our order submitted. The time between ordering and serving was longer than expected and longer than necessary. We each received our entrees at about the same time. The food was fair, not memorable; not recommendable.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent as Usual

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

The service was excellent as usual as the waiter and support staff were very attentive. You could tell that they enjoy working at Il Fornaio as they put a strong effort into their work. The food was also superb with the fish we were served being cooked to perfection. We will be back!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We love good food from casual to fine di ...

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

We love good food from casual to fine dinner but Il Fornaio is alway one of my favorite restaurant in Sacramento. We come here so much from manager to severs know us. But I've to says Said & Francisco are my favorite severs here.

food5
ambience5
service5

Sacramento Il Fornaio is outstanding. W ...

vip
Dined on April 21, 2016

Sacramento Il Fornaio is outstanding. Welcome back, Dan, and so good to see top notch bartender, Gabriel.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Best IlFornaio in northern CA

Dined on April 18, 2016

Never disappoints! My favorite pick for Sacramento. Convenient location, great food, superb service and ample portions for the price

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service2
value3

Jose was my waiter and he wasn't attenti ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

Jose was my waiter and he wasn't attentive. Had to wait for my order of wine, he didnt bring it until my dinner came. Had to ask to look at dessert cart and had to ask for check. He was spread really thin as i watch him thru the evening. He took more care at larger tables verse intimate table. Had to ask other waiters that past by to refill my water.

Tags: special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great!

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Everything was highly recommendable food, service, atmosphere. Will be going back soon

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Il Fornaio is consistently excellent!

Dined on April 15, 2016

One can always expect Il Fornaio to be outstanding. Although a chain, this restaurant is always consistently excellent: variety, flavor, wine list, and of course, service. Il Fornaio is the best choice for any event where one requires a consistent, pleasant dining experience. Ciao!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Consistently Good

Dined on April 11, 2016

Il Fornaio has never disappointed, the restaurant is beautiful, the people are friendly and caring, and the food is always good. It's great for business or pleasure.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

The ambiance and experience is always ex ...

vip
Dined on April 11, 2016

The ambiance and experience is always exceptional, the food, an epicurean delight.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Deliciously Classy

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

The architecture is what first catches your attention, however the cuisine and service steal the evening. Don't forget dessert to top a perfect dining experience.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Consistently good every time!

Dined on April 8, 2016

Had another business lunch at Il Fornaio and it was a terrific experience - just like it always is. A few weeks ago we hosted a special dinner for a 21rst birthday and it surpassed our high expectations. The service is fabulous and the food wonderful. Have been to this restaurant many times and will continue to go for business, fun and special occasions.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

always a decent meal at Il Fornaio

Dined on April 3, 2016

Almost every meal I have had at Il Fornaio has been very good, especially considering it's technically a chain. This was my first time to the Sacramento location and it was a solid experience. I was pleasantly surprised to see it so busy on a Saturday night given it's location in a very non-residential, Mon-Fri business area of downtown. The service didn't suffer and the meal was great. Wife had the risotto special and I had the lamb special. We'll be back to try happy hour during the week.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Capital Experience!

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

My wife and I had a truly wonderful dining experience at the Il Fornaio Sacramento location this weekend. Amazing group there. Everyone seem to be quite focused on service. The food was outstanding as well. We couldn't have asked for a better time. Thanks to the chef for taking the time and effort to accommodate our dietary needs. We'll be back for sure. 10 out of 10 in my book!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

Fake Italian

Dined on March 31, 2016

The food and location were great, unfortunately like every italian restaurant in America it was simply not authentic. While this is expected the food was great and I have eaten here for years.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

It was practically empty so we got lots ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

It was practically empty so we got lots of attention.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Always a pleasant and tasty experience, ...

Dined on March 21, 2016

Always a pleasant and tasty experience, attentive service, very nice setting. We'll be back!

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Great service and good food. I had the c ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

Great service and good food. I had the cannoli and it was delicious.

food5
ambience5
service5

Terrific food, service, and ambience!

vip
Dined on March 18, 2016

Terrific food, service, and ambience!

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Il Fornaio is one of my favories

Dined on March 17, 2016

The food is really good. The wait staff has always been very attentive without being aggressive. What I like best about Il Fornaio is the fact that you have a choice of smaller portions on a lot of items, even for dinner. It has always been an enjoyable experience to dine at Il Fornaio.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service1
value2

Bad service

Dined on March 17, 2016

I went for my birthday dinner and the waitress we had was despicable. She did not come back to check on us after we received our food. We did not get bread until right before we received our entrees. And they charged us $18 to slice a cake that we brought. The food was good but the service ruined the entire experience for me. I love in the neighborhood and this was my second time there so I was expecting it to be pleasant. But unfortunately this one waitress ruined everyone's moods.

food2
ambience5
service1
value2

Our service was extremely slow with entr ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

Our service was extremely slow with entre arriving 45 minutes after salad. The ravioli was under cooked and risotto very watery.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great service and food

Dined on March 12, 2016

Came here for a date night. Our server Zachary was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave great advice about food/wine pairings. Our meals were very delicious.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Great place!

vip
Dined on March 12, 2016

Consistently excellent. Can't say the same for other area Italian restaurants, like Biba. Chain quality, but you'd never know it's a chain. Keep it up!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The best Il Fornaio

vip
Dined on March 10, 2016

We continue to rate the Sacramento Il Fornaio as the best Il Fornaio. The ristorante is beautiful, romantic, yet modern and upbeat. From manager, Patrick, to bartender Gabriel, and server Saed, we appreciate the friendly service from everyone. And, last but not least, the food is the best! We will return.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent in every respect

vip
Dined on March 1, 2016

You would never know that this Il Fornaio is part of a chain. It starts with a smile at the front desk and only gets better from there. Wonderful, varied menu, superb food, professional service at its best from servers to assistants. But what makes it such a unique experience is the dining room itself with 30' ceilings and a history to go with it. The noise level is surprisingly low, even with a full house. A very nice dining experience, every time.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I love this restaurant

Dined on February 27, 2016

Truly exceptional cuisine and service. The atmosphere is top notch as well. Additionally, you never know who you may run into there, you could find a famous politician dining right close by.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

The visit was, as usual, great. Fransesc ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

The visit was, as usual, great. Fransesco was at his best, and the food was great......we come here, at least, once a month.......

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

A Taste of Italy

Dined on February 20, 2016

We have come to Il Fornaio a number of times and have always had a good time. What was special about this last time was that Il Fornaio was offering a taste of the cuisine from different regions of Italy. Having traveled to Italy a year ago, we recognized the region they were offering and had to re-live our vacation experience. The food was delicious and reminded us of the meals we had when we were there. Especially nice was the wine flight they were offering and discovered it WAS the same wine we had while on our trip. A great experience. Can't wait to see what region is selected for next month.

Tags: romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We had reserved a small group area, not ...

Dined on February 19, 2016

We had reserved a small group area, not being sure how many people would arrive. Il Fornaio staff was very accommodating and understanding. We were able to conduct a meeting, without staff being overly attentive. I thought it was ironic that as an "Italian" restaurant, the beer menu did not include any Italian beers, ie Moretti or Peroni. LOL! I would like to see Il Fornaio feature itself as a part of the regional Farm to Fork movement and highlight regional produce, meats and beers. There are over 50 breweries in the Sac Region and none are featured on the menu. The closest craft beer was Firestone, located in Paso Robles.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Birthday dinner

Dined on February 16, 2016

We came here for my wife's birthday and had a great time, a great food, and great service. This was our first time at this restaurant and I feel like we'll definitely be back. The food was all amazing, the service second to none, and the atmosphere perfect for the occasion. The "outdoor" seating is nice because it's not fully outdoors, it's a covered patio and is really nice to eat in and can definitely be romantic.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

A wonderful dining experience!

Dined on February 15, 2016

My boyfriend and I recently visited Il Fornaio for an after Valentine's lunch. The establishment has a romantic ambiance, which was perfect for us. The staff provided A+ service and the food was delish! We will definitely return!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Wonderful Valentine's Dinner

Dined on February 15, 2016

We celebrated Valentine's there and was not sure what to expect. We were a bit worried that the service would be rushed or that the food would be fair. But our table was nice and Jose our server was amazing! He was so polite, happy, attentive and definitely made sure that we were having a wonderful dinner. The evening totally exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious, warm and didn't feel like we were just another order. Thank you for making our Valentine's a wonderful night to remember. We will be back. Thank you, Lucia Romero

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

Nice setting, good service

Dined on February 15, 2016

It's a chain, so you are not going to get the experience of an eager chef who has a passion for French cuisine or the latest culinary wizadry or the cuisine of her homeland, etc. That said, it is, in my experience, the most authentic-tasting chain restaurant Italian I've had. (Except that pasta was not served al dente.) The ambience is very romantic and comfortable, capturing the feeling of grand old hotel dining rooms in Europe.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect for casual by classy evening

Dined on February 14, 2016

We celebrated a birthday. The atmosphere is classy but we felt comfortable being casually dressed. The food was fantastic and the service was great. Can't wait for the next excuse to go!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service2
value4

Ok service

Dined on February 14, 2016

service was not that good, had to keep on asking for our waiter

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Very Nice

Dined on February 14, 2016

Enjoyed this restaurant. Good tasting food, nice wine, attentive service.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food2
ambience4
service2
value3

Disappointing

Dined on February 14, 2016

On the Umbria menu, salad and cannelloni lacked flavor, rack of lamb messy presentation with roasted potatoes too salty. Waiter never introduced himself, and did not bring wine out until after salad.

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

I've been here numerous times, and it is ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

I've been here numerous times, and it is consistently excellent! The food is delicious all the way around and the entree portions are larger than expected for a place of this quality. After your meal, the server brings the dessert cart (which once you've seen, you wonder why every restaurant doesn't do it) which has a wide array of options so there's something for everyone. Only negative is some small tables next to a busy, narrow walkway...not at all enough to ruin an experience, but request a booth or a table by the window and you'll appreciate the meal so much more. Nothing the restaurant can do about that but just a heads up.

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