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Il Fornaio

520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
+1 650-853-3888
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good43%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (5 reviews)
“pasta” (27 reviews)
“bread” (13 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having moved a little over two blocks from the restaurant, we find ourselves going here often. First you can walk in most anytime of day. Second the margaritas are wonderful! Third the pasta with seafood dish is very good. Fourth they serve the best gelato...More

Thank Josmshank
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been coming to this restaurant ever since it opened 30 years ago. And now I appreciate it even more. In the last month I've visited for breakfast, Happy Hour and dinner. It's all good. If you want to meet locals come for Happy Hour...More

Thank Marybart
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Il fornaio has been around for ever. The food is good not great and the gluten free menu quite extensive. A nice option altogether to go have a simple family dinner.

Thank dianamna
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Amazing choices of Italian dishes. Everything looks and tastes fresh. You might want to try the Tiramisu for dessert.

Thank sashafri
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Il Fornaio is a nice Italian bistro. Beautiful open kitchen, charming atmosphere. Just outside the main central area, but worthwhile the short extra walk, of course depending which direction you come from. We had a great seafood entrance and a very interesting salad of the...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We were invited to a retirement dinner of family and friends at Il Fornaio. Having enjoyed the San Jose location numerous times years ago, expectations were high. Given a large party with a variety of demands, the servers did a very fine job. Food was...More

Thank Grey C
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We enjoyed our dinners at Il Fornaio in Palo Alto. As we were staying in the Garden Court Hotel which surrounds the restaurant, we opted for a take out meal that allowed us to dine on our hotel room balcony enjoying the wines we had...More

Thank SnowbirdOntario
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Helpful servers who don’t hover, very nice surroundings, good food, outdoor seating, indoor/outdoor garden seating. our go-to spot

Thank Stephen H B
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Great outdoor seating makes the Italian dining experience so much better. Wonderful service with a terrific selection of pastas, fresh fish and yummy desserts. The tiramisu was as good as it gets. Wonderful people watching with reservations a must.

Thank Tavinator
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Went to a business lunch and it was terrific. The butternut squash ravioli and outstanding and the chicken dish was very good. Service was amazing. Surprised we were not offered a dessert menu. Valet parking was available.

Thank 1GiantsMS
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, 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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