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Il Fornaio

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Italian, Pizza, Pasta
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Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 622-5100
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Carmel, Il...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent all around Italian

Large Italian restaurant is a popular hotel; very good food served at table and bar. Experienced long time bar staff that know what they are doing. Sometimes hard to get into especially during happy hour when they offer food and drinks at great prices.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Santa Rosa
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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Santa Rosa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Large Italian restaurant is a popular hotel; very good food served at table and bar. Experienced long time bar staff that know what they are doing. Sometimes hard to get into especially during happy hour when they offer food and drinks at great prices.

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Monterey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I've eaten here often ---not recently--but not written reviews so after reading some other reviews and growing dismayed at some of the less than stellar comments I decided to go back again and see for myself. They are currently featuring Puglia, a region of Italy that holds great family memories... I had the burrata and tomato appetizer. Not a lot... More 

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Never again. The food was ok-ish, but service was a joke. Hardly any customers and still had to wait 40 minutes for simple sandwiches and pizza. The man behind the counter barely made the effort to speak to us.

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Manchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We arrived in Carmel fairly late so decided to try out Il Fornaio on a recommendation from our hotel reception. We were shown through the modern section into the white tablecloth area which marked it out as a hotel restaurant. On reflection I think I would have preferred to sit around the bar and the fires. Anyway, my wife, daughter... More 

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Carmel, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We are locals in Carmel and Il Fornaio is always a good option. Good, consistent food in a pleasant atmosphere. I had the Bream whole Fish last night and my wife had the Beet salad. We shared both dishes and had plenty of food. The Bream was excellent.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We were very pleased that breakfast was included with our hotel stay. It was fine, nothing special. Had we needed to eat there another morning we probably would have tried another establishment.

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Matt W, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you. We're glad you enjoyed your stay. I'm sorry you didn't find the breakfast "special" - we provide an abundant buffet to cater to our hotel guests and it is is included with your room in our beautiful dining room. I have done a lot of traveling myself and have experienced many very rudimentary breakfasts included in the experience... More 

San Lorenzo, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We're scratching this place off our list for good; there are just too many other fantastic choices in Carmel. The food is tasty, but the service is terrible. I wanted to save room for dessert, so I asked the waiter (Carlos) about the half and full order sizes. He rolled his eyes and seemed to feel I was wasting his... More 

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Honolulu
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Always a good choice for Italian food wherever you may find them. Individually owned and operated so varies from place to place. This rocked!

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Matt W, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you! Hope to see you again. All the best to you, Linda Butters manager More 

Purcellville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Stopped in for Brunch before heading out to a wedding in Carmel Valley. Good service, great Bloody Mary's and excellent Frittata selection.

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Thank you. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. See you next time! All the best to you, Linda Butters, manager More 

Rochester, NY
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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

With so many choices of places to eat in Carmel, it's hard to know where to go! We tried Il Fornaio and it was very good. We had a lovely table by the window facing the water. Our waiter was excellent - very personable, knowledgeable about the food and wine selections. I especially appreciated that there are smaller portions available... 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, Pizza, Pasta

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: (831) 622-5100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions

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
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

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