Il Fornaio

302 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113, USA

About Il Fornaio

4.2 / 5

from reviews

December 25, 2021

For an Italian restaurant that supposedly makes their own pasta in-house, I did not expect that they would overcook the pasta on every dish. The best dishes were the appetizers. The sauces for the pastas were good but not particularly impressive. Service was friendly and food came out in a timely manner. Prices are not worth the quality.

Hungry Squirrel (Hungry Squirrel)
July 11, 2022

It’s a nice restaurant, service is good. I ordered soft scrambled eggs but it was overcooked and dry. Doesn’t taste like real eggs but the coffee, bacon was good that’s about it.

August 17, 2022

4 stars for the location and ambience. Food gets 2 stars. No good taste or worth mentioning. Appetizers were ok but entrées were not good. Lots of seating available. Think it’s all indoors only.

September 23, 2022

How do I put this lightly... It's absolutely dreadful. I used to rave about this place because the chefs had passion. The pasta was fresh and the ingredients were also fresh. There was just enough sauce to coat the pasta and not drown it. The pasta was perfectly al dente. When I went here before the pandemic, the waiter and the chefs were both born and raised in Italy, so you know the food is authentic BUT NOW? NO IT'S AWFUL. When I came back about a few months ago for my birthday, I was expecting the same delicious, authentic Italian delight that I had before the pandemic. What I got was half cooked pasta. The flavor was okay but definitely richer, a more American style take on what pasta sauce is. The undercooked pasta was drowning in this sauce. The seafood was okay. Some were perfect, some were slightly overcooked. The calamari was mediocre at best. I'm no chef, but I bet I can make calamari without a recipe better than the clowns in the kitchen. The waitress did not come back to us for a good 20-30 some minutes. We just told her that we would like some time to think about what to order and I guess she just took that as an excuse to go to every table but us. Maybe they're understaffed? Either way it's inexcusable. The only good thing left about this restaurant is the bread and olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip. That is still good. DO NOT GO HERE. If you want to pay way too much money for something that tastes pretty much like Chef Boyardee, be my guest. It is a shame they downgraded this bad.

ThanhHa H.
May 31, 2022

2022 Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch was supposed to be fancy affair at Il Fornaio, San Jose ($67.50pp); however, the Brunch menu offered most standard breakfast items, omelette cooks as ordered, prime ribs, pork cutlets, smoked salmon, salmon, chicken, shrimps cocktails, cakes, cookies etc. We had reservation at 1:15pm so plenty of great tables along the window were available; however, a female hostess decided to offer us a table in a dark corner behind the cash register. When asked for a better/window table, she curtly replied, “I hope you realize this is a brunch and this is closer to the buffet areas..” Seeing that we are serious about getting a best view window, she reluctantly walked us to a nice bright table. Luckily the waiter offered us an excellent service to make up for the hostess’ rudeness. I would give this place a 5 star would I have not been rudely treated upon entrance.

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302 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113, USA

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