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Il Fornaio - Sacramento

4.5
4.5
3304 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (916) 446-4100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mitch Davis

  • Catering

    Retail Catering: When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! Catering services include: boxed lunches, pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies platters and much more. Perfect for any social or business meeting. Call for delivery details and minimum order information (service charge applies). Planning a wedding or large corporate event? Full Service Catering is available at our Sacramento location. Authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine and our experienced catering staff can offer Five-Star service when handling all the details of your next special event.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio is located in downtown Sacramento just four blocks from the state capitol. In a beautiful and elegant setting we offer delicious authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service. We have a number of private dining options available along with special menus to match your group's needs.

  • Private party contact

    Fiorella Suaurez: (866) 944-2827

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Parking details

    Il Forniao parking is located inside the Wells Fargo Parking Garage. We offer complimentary validation of 2 hours, excluding event nights held at the Golden One Center. Street parking and valet (M-F 8am till 4:30pm) are also available.

  • Public transit

    Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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    Italian

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  1. RS

    ReneeS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Due to an emergency we had to take our food to go after the first 1/2 hour. It was my husband's 60th birthday, which was cut short. It would have been nice to atleast be offered the opportunity to order dessert to go. Although many restaurants offer a birthday dessert on the day of. Disappointed. 😔
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    For a Monday it was packed and kitchen seemed overwhelmed. The space itself was very cold.
  3. RP

    RonaldP

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to eat
  4. R

    Rod1

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting, service, and food. Definitely a destination dining experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was very good
  6. EM

    EnMKE

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent, I will definitely return. Thank you for a stress free evening of dining. 5stars
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My waitress Kim was excellent- very accommodating and friendly.
  8. RG

    ReginaG

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian
  9. L

    Lisa

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, as always. This is one of our go-to restaurants. Never disappoints.
  10. SG

    SonjaG

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a 6-star!! Our server was fantastic with recommendations. We started with the bruschetta trio and loved every bite! My friend got a shrimp dish that she loved and I ordered the salmon...so good! But the dessert was to die for. Really simple, vanilla gelato with sweet cream and then a shot of expresso on top. OMG it was the best! If you want fine dining Italian, this is the place. (it's expensive, but worth it!)
  11. C

    Congratulations1

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a birthday. Excellent choices on the menu. Waite very attentive without being intrusive.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Great service, vibe, ambience! Solid food but given the type of restaurant I had hoped for some extra options in the menu. Overall a nice restaurant and worth the meal!
  13. A

    Adrenlen

    Sacramento

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had the salad special and thought the portion size was extremely small. There a few tiny pieces of pear in the salad. As the featured ingredient, I should not have had to hunt for it.
  14. CM

    ChrisM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, Food was very good, I went with the chicken as I normally do pasta or steak. Very pleased with my meal. Plenty of food on my plate.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing. Can't wait to come back!
  16. s

    stavdoggie

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great meal overall very good… on the expensive side..
  17. EL

    ELAINER

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere with friends before attending a Kings game!
  18. GS

    GayS

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service start to finish! Food was delicious (chicken Marsala & tagliatelle w/bolognese). Very nice selection of wines by the glass and the tiramisu was to die for! Worth every calorie! Love this place!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great experience for a 5 year anniversary, great service from I believe tono, gentlemen with long hair, made our night great and had great recommendations for our meals and desserts, he’s the reason my wife and I will be going back
  20. K

    Kaeokai1

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moms 93rd birthday
  21. KR

    KatieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing service. I will definitely be back.
  22. AG

    AndreG

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great service. I’ve visited this restaurant many times over the years with great food. However, on this occasion the food was bland.
  23. KD

    KenD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food is not as good as it once was. Waiters are not as professional as they were in years past. Seating staff has no idea where there are tables that are not acceptable to sit at due to exterior weather issues. Just seems like they are pinching penny’s too hard. And no Cannolis at an Italian Restaurant seems just wrong. Still a fan, but it is getting harder to want to book Il Fornaio.
  24. D

    Dennis

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I are nearly 70 years old and I made the reservation weeks and weeks ago. When we arrived they to seat us in the worst table in the restaurant...a high traffic table in the near outside area, an obvious breeze, and nothing but the worst. I felt they thought they could just place these "old people" amnywhere. I would not accept the table and asked for one that was actually inside the restaurant. The one were were finally placed worked fine....but there was another one empty that we asked for and were told you can't have that one, it's this one or the other. Sad way to treat seniors.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great experience
  26. J

    Jens

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Celebrating new year
  27. L

    Lizbet

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Waiter was very pleasant and kept us on schedule for event at Golden One Center. He was knowledgeable about the menu and wines. Overall ambience was lovely and quick walk to Golden One center. Everyone (party of 5) enjoyed their meal.
  28. LM

    LoriM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Girls reunion
  29. JG

    JamesG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service!
  30. S

    Suek

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It was my husband’s birthday dinner and specified that on my online reservation. However, no birthday was announced by our server. Dinner was amazing, but it would’ve been nice if my message was read and staff knew to surprise him with a candle. I saw a server bring one by and thought it was ours and it wasn’t. A little sad.
  31. DS

    DawnS

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    I was so excited to have a date night with my husband after traveling from So Cal that day. I really wanted to good Italian and according to most reviews this was a great place. The ambience was amazing, decorated for Christmas and it was quite busy for a Wednesday night. There was a special menu, I’m assuming it was their Christmas menu, I ordered the Chardonnay my husband the Chianti. He loved the Chianti said it was the best he ever had. He’s somewhat of a wine connoisseur. I also ordered the Lobster Ravioli off the special menu. It was okay, nothing special, it came out Luke warm. It was supposed to be topped with shrimp. I received one half cut shrimp. My husband ordered the Rigatoni with marinara. Just okay as well. The portions were very small. He drove through Carls Junior to pick up and Chicken Sandwich afterwards. Our server was very nice, greeted us and brought wine, water and bread but then we didn’t see her for at least 10-15 minutes. She never came back and filled our water, then we had to tell the girl who brought our food out that we needed another glass of wine, more bread and water as we were sitting there with nothing. Midway through our meal we received our water, then the wine. Then when we were finished with our meal, we received our bread. Apparently, they don’t have the bread on hand. You would think a kitchen as upscale as this would have bread already made. For the prices, $35 for my meal and the wine at $17 and $19 a glass without desert we spent $140. There was no apology for leaving us sitting there for awhile with no water, wine, or bread. I would just expect a high class of service for a place of this stature. And the food was just okay, nothing special.
  32. KH

    KennethH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great date night to celebrate our anniversary
  33. SE

    SeanfromElkGrove

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Everything was basically great, but getting the server to come around to the table was like pulling teeth. The helper came to the table more than our server. I was gracious in tipping 18% when our server didn't even deserve it. Wished I could've given the gratuity to the helper. :(
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    At 7:45 pm no pizza crust .
  35. l

    luvlyday

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our waitress Roxie was fantastic! Thanks for taking such good care of us.
  36. T

    Texasbob88

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A beautiful dining room next to a wonderfully decorated atrium in the Wells Fargo Building. The food is always good and the service is excellent.
  37. JS

    JaneenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner with friends. As always the restaurant went above and beyond to make our evening special. The wait staff was gracious and accommodating. The food was delicious and the decor absolutely beautiful. Thank you for another wonderful memory.
  38. CC

    CatherineC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This restaurant used to be our absolute favorite, especially for special occasions. The food was delicious and the service professional and friendly. But there is a new chef, and the quality of the food has gone down while the prices have skyrocketed. The food on New Year’s Eve was mediocre at best, which was very disappointing since the cost was $90 per person. The servers were friendly but stretched too thin so we didn’t see much of them. After many years of loving this restaurant, we probably won’t be going back. Very disappointing.
  39. MA

    MichaelA

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Managment was able to move our Christmas Eve dinner from 8:15 to 6:15 pm which was great. The food was excellent and the service was very good. The restaurant was full but the food arrived on time and hot. Our favorite restaurant in Sacramento.
  40. PM

    PalmquistM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re looking for a special, unforgettable dining experience, this is it! Tall ceilings, White tablecloths, adept servers who don’t rush you, the food !- the bread and pea soup was best I’ve ever had. Go!

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Sacramento offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (916) 446-4100.

Il Fornaio - Sacramento is rated 4.5 stars by 3304 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today
Google Map for Il Fornaio - Sacramento

400 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Sacramento

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Il Forniao parking is located inside the Wells Fargo Parking Garage. We offer complimentary validation of 2 hours, excluding event nights held at the Golden One Center. Street parking and valet (M-F 8am till 4:30pm) are also available.

  • Public transit

    Regional Transit stops one block over on 4th and L Street. Amtrack stops three blocks over on 4th and I Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mitch Davis

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (916) 446-4100

  • Catering

    Retail Catering: When you can’t join us, Il Fornaio food will come to you! Catering services include: boxed lunches, pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies platters and much more. Perfect for any social or business meeting. Call for delivery details and minimum order information (service charge applies). Planning a wedding or large corporate event? Full Service Catering is available at our Sacramento location. Authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine and our experienced catering staff can offer Five-Star service when handling all the details of your next special event.

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio is located in downtown Sacramento just four blocks from the state capitol. In a beautiful and elegant setting we offer delicious authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service. We have a number of private dining options available along with special menus to match your group's needs.

  • Private party contact

    Fiorella Suaurez: (866) 944-2827

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