About Il Fornaio - Sacramento
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.
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Validated, complimentary parking available in private lot. Street parking and valet are also available.
Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.
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
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
Great place!! Great food!
Great place!! Great food!
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.
Excellent as Usual
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!!
We love good food from casual to fine di ...
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.
Sacramento Il Fornaio is outstanding. W ...
Sacramento Il Fornaio is outstanding. Welcome back, Dan, and so good to see top notch bartender, Gabriel.
Best IlFornaio in northern CA
Never disappoints! My favorite pick for Sacramento. Convenient location, great food, superb service and ample portions for the price
Jose was my waiter and he wasn't attenti ...
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.
Everything was highly recommendable food, service, atmosphere. Will be going back soon
Il Fornaio is consistently excellent!
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!
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.
The ambiance and experience is always ex ...
The ambiance and experience is always exceptional, the food, an epicurean delight.
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.
Consistently good every time!
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.
always a decent meal at Il Fornaio
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.
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!
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.
It was practically empty so we got lots ...
It was practically empty so we got lots of attention.
Always a pleasant and tasty experience, ...
Always a pleasant and tasty experience, attentive service, very nice setting. We'll be back!
Great service and good food. I had the c ...
Great service and good food. I had the cannoli and it was delicious.
Terrific food, service, and ambience!
Terrific food, service, and ambience!
Il Fornaio is one of my favories
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.
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.
Our service was extremely slow with entr ...
Our service was extremely slow with entre arriving 45 minutes after salad. The ravioli was under cooked and risotto very watery.
Great service and food
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.
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!
The best Il Fornaio
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.
Excellent in every respect
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.
I love this restaurant
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.
The visit was, as usual, great. Fransesc ...
The visit was, as usual, great. Fransesco was at his best, and the food was great......we come here, at least, once a month.......
A Taste of Italy
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.
We had reserved a small group area, not ...
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.
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.
A wonderful dining experience!
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!
Wonderful Valentine's Dinner
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
Nice setting, good service
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.
Perfect for casual by classy evening
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!
service was not that good, had to keep on asking for our waiter
Enjoyed this restaurant. Good tasting food, nice wine, attentive service.
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.
I've been here numerous times, and it is ...
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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