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Il Fornaio

520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
+1 650-853-3888
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good44%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There is a reason I put the location in the title. I have simply not found a waaauw experience yet in Palo Alto when it comes to restaurants. This one offer quality food for reasonable prices but lacks personality and interest in their customer. It’s...More

Thank igeert
Reviewed yesterday

Il fornaio has been a staple in our repertoire for many years now. We have been there for events, business meetings and Saturday afternoon lite dinners. Food is always consistently good, staff attentive.

Thank Marty K
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have eaten at the Palo Alto Il Forniao three times now, all business meals while visiting the area. All meals have been excellent, especially the mixed grilled seafood (see pic) that I had at a recent dinner and the Cantadina omelette I ate at...More

Thank Toledo_Tooleman
Reviewed 5 days ago

I've gone to Il Fornaio for years, and have never had a bad meal. There's an array of things to eat, with an array of prices. The service is most accommodating, their patio is a delight on a summer day. Negatives -- their table for...More

Thank Diana D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Il Fornaio offers quality, consistent high end Italian food across all of their restaurants. This holds true for their Palo Alto outpost.

Thank Stuart S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Attended the SSIR conference at Stanford and we ended the week with a very special dinner for the group here. Service was impeccable. The surroundings were a delight. Well worth the visit. We had a set menu as we were a large group. I prefer...More

Thank Gildi C
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Although haven't been here in over 2 years. Very consistently good. Took our grandson for his BD tonight, and, once again, everything was very good. Constant refills of bread, oil and water. Very friendly nice server, Karen, and our grandsons 13 & almost 16 were...More

Thank ina504
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

I've been coming here for almost ten years. I'll say the food is consistently good. At times, it is very, very good. Service is always great. My only disappointment is happy hour. Very, very popular here but really doesn't measure up to other competition locally....More

Thank Gary R
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Love the bold marble floors and mahogany. Great Happy Hour! Really miss Alexi - one of the best bartenders in town! Effusive service and really unique Northern Italian cuisine but thier pizza crust is outstanding. Never had one as good!

Thank susanB144HQ
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

We used to love Il Fornaio in Palo Alto - located just off University. It always had delicious dishes and attentive service... but I guess things change and in this case definitely not for better. The flatbread looked nice and appetizing but lacked flavor, the...More

Thank ArpadHevizi
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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: +1 650-853-3888
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