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Il Fornaio

520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
+1 650-853-3888
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good43%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (29 reviews)
“bread” (16 reviews)
“tiramisu” (7 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good but pricey Italian food. Nice selections too. Waiter suggested some shared apps, but the table for 4 was so small that there really wasn't room for two shared plates - even though he set them on towers. Good quality food and it came quickly....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank cruiseagentandtaxman
nickatilfoPA, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi cruiseagentandtaxman, Thank you so much for dining with us. I'm sorry to see that the seating arrangement was a bit uncomfortable. Generally, our tables in our main dining room can easily accommodate four guests, and in the bar, the tables are a bit smaller...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been very frequent patrons of various il Fornaio restaurants. As a result, we know the menu by heart, so even before we get there, we always know what we'll order. We arrived at the Palo Alto place at 12;03 without a reservation, and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank David G
Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

I felt awful and do not intent to come back I arrived from a long trip and decided to have an early dinner I wasn’t fancily dressed but complete ok The lady started to walk me to a table and suddenly she said “actually, I...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank paulalD6662OY
Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

My food came out cold. It was very disappointing since I was paining 20.00 for ravioli. The manager did return it to the kitchen and have them remake it. It was hot the second time around and the flavor was great. They apologized, but still...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ginarhall
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Nice location in downtown Palo Alto. I love the inside courtyard. Service is good. Food is fairly tasty. Parking next door.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AKW52245
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

We go there all the time. Have been since 1995 .. at least once a moth we go there for dinner o lunch.. they are an “Italian” family restaurant and the service is good. The food is sometimes better than others but it’s good food....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Culture31016
Reviewed October 14, 2018 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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank igeert
Reviewed October 14, 2018

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.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Marty K
Reviewed October 12, 2018

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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Toledo_Tooleman
Reviewed October 10, 2018

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

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Diana D
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December 24, 2018|
Response from Larry-Calif | Reviewed this property |
I usually get the glass of the house red or white for $6. My limit is one glass. Yes. There is a Corksge Fee if you bring in your iwn botte of wine. It is best to call the restaurant directly for orice of the Corkage Fee... More
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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, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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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