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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 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 07:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 07:30 - 23:00
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Lafayette, California
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129 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently went to Il Fornaio for happy hour, and were pleasantly surprised by the food and cocktail offerings. Though it is a bit limited for food choices, there is a good variety of choices for any appetite. I recommend any of the pizza's or the calamari as potential options. For cocktails, they make a great lemon drop, with just... More 

Thank markltennis
Brussels, Belgium
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You read that they have restos in Italy at the entrance, so you would think they make uncompromising Italian food, and it's not the case. They compromise with the American taste, and therefore the food is acceptable, but not good

Thank Jose D
Ashland, Oregon
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263 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant was very busy due to it being Christmas week and we had two small children with us. The food was good as usual and served in a reasonable amount of time given the season. Our table was ready for us on time. The waiter was very professional.

Thank canuck22SanFrancisco
Santa Barbara, California
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in the heart of the Walnut Creek shopping district, this restaurant has been consistently good to/for us over the past 5-8 years. Every time we visit WC, we stop in for either lunch or dinner, or simply a glass of wine. Lunch can be packed in high season, so plan ahead.

Thank ZippyGreen
Walnut Creek, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Il Fornaio offers delicious authentic Italian cuisine from their main menu and on their regional menu highlighting cuisine from different regions in Italy each month. As Walnut Creek locals, we have eaten in the restaurant or have ordered food to go at least once a month for the past several years. We never get tired of the menu because it... More 

Thank EllaMomiTraveler
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Following a few initial hiccups on a busy night, the manager Steve took things into his own hands to personally take care of our family. He truly went above and beyond to make sure we had a memorable dinner with exceptional service during my wife's birthday. Will definitely return.

Thank Jason O
Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 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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74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 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 20 November 2016

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 9 November 2016 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

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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3 months ago
Pleasanton, California

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