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Il Fornaio

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1430 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (North Broadway)
+1 925-296-0100
07:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 07:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a great dinner here while shopping in Walnut Creek. We wanted something light so we ate in the bar. Full menu was available and we really enjoyed our meals.

Thank L G
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69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here was amazing. We tried a little bit of everything - salads were great, pastas were super fresh, short rib was delectable and the bread pudding we shared for desert was sinful! The service on the other hand was average, our waiter mumbled and we couldn't here him, he never offered any of us a second glass of... More 

Thank Emiy B
Santa Rosa, California, United States
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm often unimpressed with many Italian restaurants because the menus can be unimaginative and predictable. That is not the case with Il Fornaio. There are so many enticing options it's hard to decide. I like the fact that calories are listed too. The restaurant was very busy on the Friday evening we were there, but the service was spot on!... More 

Thank Valerie S
Walnut Creek, California
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Il Fornaio is a good place for breakfast. High quality cuisine and nice atmosphere, to go along with their great service. Would rate it better if they had a kids menu for brunch (not sure if they do for other meals).

Thank Mundo867
Benicia, California
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31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Parking right in the same building, wonderful atphosmophere, attentive service and excellent food at moderate prices. Couple that with a well stocked bar and excellent wine selection and how can you go wrong? Still great after all these years!

Thank pdrdirector
Thousand Oaks, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Had a wonderful lunch here. Food was very tasty and the servings were more than adequate. Great service, I'll go back again.

Thank Ruth M
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I just can't remember a bad meal here. Service is excellent. Food was cooked properly. Portions are not too large but not too small. The eating space isn't overly crowded. Not too loud or too dark. Just a really nice consistent dining experience.

Thank stevelein
Portland, Oregon, United States
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75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We had a incredible dinner, the food was amazing the atmosphere perfect for business. But I have to say, I was introduced to the best dessert in my life, Affogato Al Caffe' was AMAZING!

Thank Vanessa H
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89 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We have visited a few Il Fornaio locations through the years, and this one did not disappoint. Located in a lovely, upscale shopping area in downtown Walnut Creek, it would be a great choice fir dining during or after a day of shopping. A somewhat minor complaint is that the calimari appetizer and the main course could both have been... More 

Thank olive2eat
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Nothing to memorable but the food was decent. Make reservations they get very busy we ended up on patio which was still nice. A nice plus did you can order large or small pasta. The bruschetta appetizer was very good. P.S don't forget dessert the affogato was great!

Thank PS_Stef

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1430 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    (North Broadway)
  • Public Transportation: BART
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 925-296-0100
Il Fornaio means 'the baker' in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

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