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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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Santa Rosa, California
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199 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The week day happy hour is a real bargain. Unfortunately, it can only be enjoyed in the bar. Patio dining is for regular service only. Lots of drink and food choices for just $6. A bellini costs $6 as do 2 different types of pizza that regularly cost $15 or more. Lots of other $6 choices. A real bargain for... More 

Thank kitty k
Sarnia, Canada
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great, authentic Italian pizza, nice seasonal menu and good wine made for a great meal. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great evening.

Thank Kimmie1975
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a good Italian restaurant but a little pricey. I love the ambience and the food is good but not extraordinary taste. It will not be my first choice for an Italian restaurant.

Thank mvreyes63
North Hills
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571 reviews
464 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our party of 6 had a business dinner at Il Fornaio last night. We enjoyed several bottles of great wine, very good food and excellent service from our server, Sven. My pasta was really good and I love their bread. Others enjoyed their dinners ranging from fresh fish to other pasta dishes. It was a good evening.

Thank Robert L
Lafayette, California
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162 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

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 5 January 2017

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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264 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

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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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 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

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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, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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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?