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Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 622-5100
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Ranked #52 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Carmel, Il Fornaio offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 wine list. Enjoy wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch. Reservation Confirmation Message: Thank you for choosing Il Fornaio - Carmel. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you Grazie e Ciao
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English first
Province of Rome, Italy
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

A beautiful outdoor patio and a sun drenched room makes Il Fornaio an ideal lunch spot. Their Carpaccio is thin and maybe not cut in house $14 but a nice start. The Ravioli Lucana is tasty and has a great sauce. I'd skip dessert here

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Carmel, California
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Il Fornaio in Carmel is a handsome restaurant, offering an extensive menu with a moderate to high price range. Service is usually flawless, but Judy and I happened to go there this month when they were handling a big, loud party on the outside deck. That probably ate up the majority of the staff, which left us with the remains.... More 

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Alameda, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We made reservations, then arrived early and they were able to accommodate us. The service was professional "white coat" style, but could have been a bit prompter. My dinner was served hot and tasty, as were my family's. Save room for dessert!

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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and your very kind words. Hope to see you soon again. -Linda More 

Kent, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were still jet lagged and couldn't face going out to a restaurant but really wanted some great Italian food. I rang Ill Fornaio to see if they did food to go- really not expecting a yes from such a prestigious place but they were absolutely charming and said yes, anything from the menu! The food was ready as arranged... More 

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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you! You might want to eat in next time? -Linda More 

Santa Barbara, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Good food, friendly waiters and located in the Pine Inn. Nice if staying there and don't want walk too far.All the usual Italian dishes nicely prepared.

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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you. -Linda More 

San Francisco, California, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Il fornaio is consistently good, great service, and they are a bit off the main drag in Carmel so its easier to get in / out in a reasonable time period with kids. And the kids love their pizza. Beautiful restaurant and always looks lovely at Christmas. Highly recommend for a nice apres beach lunch with kids.

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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your holidays with us. -Linda More 

Price, Utah
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

They have great bread but the crust on the pizza is just like our favorite places in Italy. The pasta and salads are wonderful and the Lime tart for desert is special!

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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you. -Linda More 

Carmel, California
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We have had several positive experiences here over the years but this visit was not one of them. Service was spotty (he was unfamiliar with the wine list and even the "house" wines) and 2 of 3 entrees were served lukewarm at best . It will be awhile before we return; too many better choices in Carmel.

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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hi - I am so sorry you had a disappointing experience here on your last visit. We do hope you'll give us another chance. May I invite you back as our guest? Please feel free to ask for me or any manger on duty and we will happily oversee your next visit. ciao, Linda Butters manager carmel@ilfo.com More 

San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This place has a cozy area for sitting to drink your morning coffee and enjoy a pastry. They have a big fireplace, lots of newspapers and nice atmosphere. We didn't actually eat a meal but enjoyed this as part of the morning routine. The service was a bit slow as they only had one guy working.

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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and write your complimentary review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. and hope to see you soon again. All the best to you, Linda Butters manager More 

La Quinta, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great food and service as always at lI Fornaio, we were seated right away no waiting as long as you have resverations

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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and thanks for taking the time to share it. See you soon? We hope, All the best to you, Linda Butters manager More 

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Additional Information about Il Fornaio

Address: Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number: (831) 622-5100
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm  8:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm  8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm  8:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm  8:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 am  11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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