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Il Fornaio

1430 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-5182
+1 925-296-0100
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good39%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“pasta” (29 reviews)
“affogato” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1430 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-5182
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Used too be great but has gone downhill in recent years. Brunch is better than dinner. They have a small store at the front which is still really good.

Thank Lafykj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was certainly very good. I had excellent branzino fish from the menu of the day and a great minestrone soup "fatto in casa" like mom would! Wonderful ciabatta bread and extra vergin olive oil on the table. Espresso very good as well. It was...More

Thank Ramona P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Last night we visited Il Fornaio for the Restaurant week menu. It was absolutely fabulous. The carpaccio was great and had just the right amount of dressing. My wife's salad looked and tasted outstanding. I had the butternut squash ravioli and my wife had the...More

Thank David102399
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We typically have the 1/2 roasted chicken as it is always so moist and yummy. This trip, the chicken was over cooked and a bit chewy. Also, in the past they have graciously substituted pasta instead of potatoes but this trip we were charged an...More

Thank legsbell
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Has a 50th Birthday Surprise at this location, it was very accommodating for a group of 40 guests. Everything was delicious from appetizers to main course.

Thank Kathie K
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We recently visited this restaurant for their scrumptious desserts. Everyone in our party gave a thumbs up to the zabbaglione and choice of home made gelato. Excellent service!

Thank onlinediva g
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Great service, wonderful food and good happy hour! Love their pizzas and fried calamari. Beautiful atmosphere and friendly staff

Thank Angela S
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Great decor and comfortable seating. Gluten free and dairy free options are available. The chicken and fish dishes are extraordinary.

Thank 426margaretb
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I just want to start off by saying that the food here is very good. I had the Petto di Pollo al Peperoncino. The chicken was cooked perfectly and it has the best spicy sauce (if you don't like spicy ask them to place it...More

1  Thank Shannon878
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

This is not my normal restaurant, it's very fine and elegant. I found the menu a bit over the top price wise, but nonetheless amazing. The decor is well appointed and incredibly clean. This is not a jeans and tee shirt type establishment. The staff...More

1  Thank Norahoward
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How far is your location from Bart station?
22 October 2016|
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Response from markltennis | Reviewed this property |
Approximately a half mile. You are walking thru downtown Walnut Creek so there is plenty of window shopping. Also, Walnut Creek offers a free bus service throughout his he downtown area- check the city website for pickup... More
what time is happy hour? where is the menu for happy hour, I could not find on website?
14 May 2016|
Response from Cali-Native2015 | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall seeing anything on their menu or materials about a happy hour
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
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 94596-5182
    (North Broadway)
  • Public Transportation: BART
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 925-296-0100
  • E-mail
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.