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“Nice place for dinner ”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
Ranked #26 of 379 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 10 - USD 50
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe, Wine Bar
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Hamilton
Transit: Cal Train
Reviewed 26 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 house with extra shrimps.

Nice bread on the side with real good olive oil. Perfect Tiramisu the end with.

Exactly what you expect from an upmarket Italian bistro.

Thank Peter T
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Reviewed 12 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 good but not spectacular, and not as good as I remembered from the SJ location. This place seems much larger and did not have the attendant bakery but all in, it is nice.

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Thank Grey C
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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 purchased at some Sonoma valley wineries earlier on our trip. The menu had many good choices and our selections were prepared quickly while we waited. The food was excellent. The restaurant is always busy and they have an excellent early bird special on drinks and appetizers M-F that many patrons were enjoying. Parking is available in the 2-hour lot adjacent to the restaurant.

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Thank SnowbirdOntario
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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
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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
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