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400 Capitol Mall, Wells Fargo Center, Sacramento, CA 95814-4407 (4th Street)
+1 916-446-4100
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07:30 - 00:00
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Hours:
Sun 07:30 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 06:30 - 23:00
Thu 06:30 - 23:30
Fri 06:30 - 00:00
Sat 07:30 - 00:00
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Miami, Florida
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a little carb loading before a marathon. My cannelloni were amazing and I could have eaten more! Other than that everything was good but not excellent. Our flatbread tasted great but was a little soggy in the middle. Bread was average for any Italian restaurant (every once in a while a place has excellent bread, this wasn't it).... More 

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Thank Jordan F
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My daughter took her daughter and myself for dinner after seeing Toruk The First Flight. We had reservations so the wait was short. There is a bar area adjacent to the entrance check-in area which we did not utilize. I ordered linguine con polpettine which was excellent. I actually took a little of it home and I know I shouldn't... More 

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Thank Linda S
San Antonio, Texas
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit to this restaurant, and we were impressed. Excellent veal dish that came with potatoes, but asked for pasta instead and they accommodated. The minestrone was really good, and the tiramisu was large enough for two and superb. The couple we met for dinner brought a bottle of wine, so I can't rate the wine list. Very large... More 

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Thank CherK528
Fernley, Nevada, United States
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We celebrated an event here from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Parking is available and free validation. Parking is hard to find but use the garage and get your validation when you eat at a restaurant. The food, coffee, ambience were great (Pollo Al Marsala). Service was great and quick.

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Thank Manuel L
Sacramento, California
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been there dozens of times. The food is good, if not necessarily amazing. (Paesano's in midtown has some great food, for example). But this is a very nice place for a fancy dinner date. White coated waiters, great service and the deserts are wonderful.

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Thank Dustin B
Green Valley, California
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331 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Recently we had another lunch here and unlike all the times we've eaten here with complete satisfaction over the years, this time was disappointing. Service was excellent, but the quality of the food was sub par. The pasta was way too hard and the chicken on top slightly raw. Had to stop eating it once I figured out why the... More 

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Thank WineEng
Patrick D, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Dear WineEng, Thank you for telling me about your recent experience. I am glad to hear everything else is still pleasing to you about the restaurant, but I must apologize about the food on this occasion. It sounds as if they tried to rush this pasta out, as it may have been forgotten on the original order. Normally we do... More 

Sacramento, California
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174 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

An upscale chain Italian restaurant, I have attended many events here from reunions to birthdays; it is an event restaurant since it is a bit on the pricey side for many and it not a "drop in because I am starving" type of place... My recent visit was in celebration of my good friend's birthday; we had reservations and were... More 

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Aiea, Hawaii
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291 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We were here as part of a wedding rehearsal dinner with a very large group. Nevertheless, the service was very good despite the logistics of taking a delivering about 30 dinners. This is a fine dining establishment. It's not exactly a place when you come for a beer and plate of spaghetti. I wasn't feeling tip-top so I didn't eat... More 

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Sacramento, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The restaurant is in the Wells Fargo building where they have a Museum that includes a Wells Fargo carriage. The restaurant is large, attractive and has lots of nice tables, a patio and private rooms available. The food is reliably good, as are the cocktails! The service is always good too. It's a good go to restaurant for special events... More 

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Thank Nikki S
Sacramento, California
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87 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Very impressive place to visit; like being in Milano or Rome. I had a gift certificate for our anniversary. The food was Not spectacular like the interior. The calamaretti Fritti was very good, the minestrone was boring & salty (vegetarian, no meat broth), the pizza was DRY, hardly anything on it. The pasta was good. Glad we were not paying... More 

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Thank LoveToTravelSamson
Management response:

Dear Love to Travel Samson, Thanks you for your review on Trip Advisor. I am glad you enjoyed the Calamari and Pasta, but it seems the Minestrone and pizza were not to your liking. Thanks for your feedback, we review all feedback on food and service at our weekly management meetings. I was hoping to make this up to you,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Validated Parking, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 23:00
Monday
06:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 23:00
Thursday
06:30 - 23:30
Friday
06:30 - 00:00
Saturday
07:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 Capitol Mall, Wells Fargo Center, Sacramento, CA 95814-4407
    (4th Street)
  • Public Transportation: Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: +1 916-446-4100
Description
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?