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Il Fornaio

520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
+1 650-853-3888
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good44%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (7 reviews)
“pasta” (27 reviews)
“bread” (14 reviews)
Opens in 2 min
All hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to a business lunch and it was terrific. The butternut squash ravioli and outstanding and the chicken dish was very good. Service was amazing. Surprised we were not offered a dessert menu. Valet parking was available.

Thank 1GiantsMS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had my daughter's baby shower ll Fornaio and we very pleased with how easy it was to arrange it and how helpful everyone was. Would certainly have another event there.

Reviewed 8 August 2017

Wife and I had a wonderful dinner and drinks. Wait staff was professional and cordial, and only 2 blocks from the lovely Cowper Inn.

Thank jhperrone
Reviewed 25 July 2017

While part of a chain, eating here feels like you are eating in a fine-dining local spot. It is located beneath a local hotel and within easy walking distance of the downtown shops. The food is excellent, with standard menu items and a separate seasonal...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

The linguine mare are specially tasty and flavorful, the pizza is a great Neapolitan soft style, cooked in realwood oven. The service is excellent and the ambiance woooohhhh really beautiful patio!!!!!

Thank Sandro M
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We met up with friends in Palo Alto. They suggested this place for lunch. The olive bread with our meal was tasty but needed more balsamic vinegar in the olive oil dip. We had calamari, spaghetti, meatball pasta, veggie pizza, prosciutto pizza, and a mushroom...More

Thank D. W
Reviewed 24 June 2017

The service was excellent. The food portions are very small for the price. It was very noisy inside. It seems to be popular, as it was very crowded. We were happy we had reservations.

Thank kdpbball
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Came here with 4 friends. We were the only ones here as it was Memorial Day. Service was excellent. We asked for well done bacon and it was absolutely burned. Nothing special about the eggs and toast. Again, out service was the best thing!

1  Thank Marcia K
Reviewed 27 April 2017

i had tried the one in San Jose for dinner years ago and had left with relatively the same feeling... The food is OK but really not exceptional ... and although it took for ever to get my pizza, the taste didn't justify the wait...More

1  Thank BlueTrain
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1823
  • Public Transportation: Cal Train
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-853-3888
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