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520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823 (Hamilton)
+1 650-853-3888
07:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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Jacksonville, Florida
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I first tried out Il Fornaio in Corte Madera. Then four of us went to their restaurant in Palo Alto. The setting is very dignified, in the courtyard of the Garden Court Hotel. Almost all of the tables are inside but many with views of the scenic Spanish style courtyard and some with views of the drama unfolding in the... More 

Thank Hansa108
Waimea, Hawaii
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment you enter the door you know just from the smells the meal is going to be exceptional, and this visit did not disappoint. The service was exceptional, the wine list offered a fantastic Super Tuscan and the osso buco was amongst the best ever enjoyed. Rich warm flavors on a cold rainy Palo Alto night. The fresh... More 

Thank AlohaQ
New York City, New York
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

not the best Italian restaurant in town but they have great service. Had breakfast here and everything went smoothly.

Thank andy1252017
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

I left California three years ago and returned for a visit. I had il Fornaio on my list of restaurants to eat. Service was excellent and my simple Capalini was just as I remembered. Just make sure to be seated in the front of the house unless you have a large party.

Thank StretchCampbell
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Been in the area 5 months decided to finally give it a go!! Why did I leave it till I am due to go home. Sat at the bar as on my own service was great, food fantastic main thing it was hot!! I mean hot not lukewarm which you tend to find a lot of in the US. Soup... More 

Thank looby1971
San Francisco
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321 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Il Fornaio has a regular Italian menu, but it also features food from different regions in Italy about every month. This month was Lombardy, and as always, we choose the tasting menu to get a variety of food, accompanied by a wine flight that features appropriate wine from the area to accompany each course. Sadly, this month's tasting menu did... More 

Thank OmarKhayyam
Palo Alto, California
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Our son recently was married in Menlo Park, and we had the rehearsal dinner, for about 60 people, on the patio at Il Fornaio in Palo Alto. By all accounts our guests had a great time! The wines and passed appetizers (especially the little pizzas!) were delicious, as were the entrees and dessert platters. Service was impeccable. I was a... More 

Thank NorCalPal
San Francisco, California
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158 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Had a 3 course business lunch with salad , salmon and tiramisu. Their Salmon roasted in a wood fired oven is always delicious. This time though the dish was not piping hot. May have sat in the kitchen for a while.

Thank Samosababa
London, United Kingdom
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560 reviews
473 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We used to come many times a week to this place when we lived in Palo alto many years ago. It was always full, now you have a lot of free tables, but the food is always excellent and the service absolutely perfect. The location of this restaurant makes is very convenient for the people who are down town Palo.... More 

Thank jmLondon845
Medford, Oregon
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83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I have eaten at Il Fornaio many, many times on business and personally. I love their minestrone soup and their rotisserie chicken. Actually, everything I've ever eaten there has been wonderful. Sometimes I've wanted a simple meal when traveling on business so I go in and get the minestrone soup to go. Warm and wonderful! Great service. Beautiful, relaxed atmosphere.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?