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Il Fornaio

Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 622-5100
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Ranked #55 of 151 restaurants in Carmel
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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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Date | Rating
  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Corning, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Big restaurant in Carmel, good food , nice deck outside for smelling the sea breeze and having a drink . Held Class Reunion there . Nice spot for that , one downside is very limited parking.

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

was loud and exciting good food, fun and very attentive staff, we highly recommend the margarita pizza

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Cleveland, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great upscale and inventive Italian food. Plenty of choices for vegetarians. Reasonable prices considering the quality of the food. Staff was friendly and helpful as well.

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

Thank you - for coming and for sharing your great experience. We hope we will have more opportunities to take great care of you. All the best to you, Linda More

Kansas City, Kansas
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a group dinner for about 30 people - Restaurant table wine was surprisingly good. Every one loved the food. I had Beef tenderloin grilled rare and sliced; topped with balsamic vinegar and green peppercorn sauce and served with sautéed organic spinach and roasted yukon gold potatoes and meat tender and cooked perfect. Has nice patio if you want... More

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

Thank you! I'm so glad your group was happy here. We hope we have the opportunity to do it again. Thanks much, Linda More

San Carlos, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Good food, pleasant service, enjoyable dinner. We called from the road and booked our reservation. Despite significant cell phone reception challenges, the reservation was made without a hitch. We arrived 10 mins early and were promptly directed to the bar to wait while they got our table ready. Friendly family atmosphere- I liked it and would come here again.

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Palm Desert, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Typical Il Fornaio food. I have dinned in several Il Fornaio restaurants and never had a bad meal. The Carpaccio is my favorite dish and it has been constant throughout the years. My wife had salad and ravioli and she was very satisfied the Il Fornaio brand wines are reasonably priced, relatively speaking, and good. This time, however, the service... More

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Oakland, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We ate here both nights the last time we were in Carmel. The food can be somewhat inconsistent but the atmosphere works well for families (loud and cheerful) as does the menu.

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

Thank you for your kind compliments we truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. See you soon again. All the best to you, Linda More

Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Even late in the evening, dinner seating was at a premium the night we strolled in. Finding a place at the bar, we were served bread and wine while considering the extensive menu. This being Carmel, of course the evening dining was very nice. Our bar host was most enjoyable. As we left, the outside dining looked like the next... More

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

Thank you for your warm review. I enjoyed you style and humor and am so happy you enjoyed your visit. I hope we have the pleasure of your company soon again. ciao,Linda More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

They had gluten free pasta, manager came over to check on us, service great, had Spanish Coffee and decaf carpaccio.

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

Thank you. We're glad you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you soon again. -Linda More

Long Beach, California
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We love the light and airy atmosphere at Il Fornaio, Carmel. There's plenty of seating for a group. We loved our intimate corner table for two! The food and the wine and the desserts were just what we were in the mood for! And our waitress couldn't have been more pleasant and attentive! We enjoyed the evening and the meal!

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

Ciao! Thank you! Hope to see you soon again. All the best to you, Linda More

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