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Il Fornaio

Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 622-5100
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Ranked #50 of 149 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $10 - $30
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
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Bakersfield, California, Usa
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

As a general rule, I avoid chains when on vacation. I prefer a more local experience. However, Il Fornaio offered an unbeatable deal in combination with my hotel, so I gave it a try. I was very happy. Despite the chain name, the restaurant was cozy and friendly and felt "local". The staff was very friendly and helpful in making... More

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Carmel, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Under the canopy beneath the beautiful round skylight, Carmelites frequently meet for coffee and pastries to talk, or they come alone to read the paper or noodle on their laptops. The atmosphere is always convivial. And for those who want a serious lunch or dinner, there's the main dinging room on the other side of the very large bar area,... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Happened upon Il Fornaio whilst walking the neighbourhood and were so pleased we ventured in. For starters there is a welcoming feel to the place and it was a joy to behold table spacing that would allow for private conversations. The menu was extensive and well supported by a wide variety of wine choices. We rated this meal one if... More

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Sacramento, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Apart from nice ambiance and great, yet unobtrusive and unpretentious service, the food prepared was a perfect reminder of my time in Italy. I had delicious fettucini with mushrooms in olive oil.. Thank you!

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Rancho Mirage, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

For a supposedly traditional Italian restaurant, the meals were simply average. The pasta was decent but the sauces and toppings were only average.

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Houston, Texas
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139 reviews 139 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We were wandering in Carmel looking for a bakery when a local told us that she smells il Fornaio baking every morning. So she recommended we try it. It's a bit hidden, so it wasn't crowded. There is both a coffee area and a restaurant, so you can be as fancy as you want. Good food and atmosphere.

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Definitely worth eating here. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and the food was wonderful. We were told we were on the lucky table and were offered a free main tasters and free starters along with a free drink. Couldn't be bad. Think my husband had a thing for the waitress haha. We were asked to fill in the visitors book, which... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Il Fornaio is one of my favorite Italian restaurants so we stopped by for lunch during our shopping excursion in Carmel, CA. It is a large space with lots of great seating and great ambiance. The host was very friendly and cracking jokes. The service was beyond excellent. The waiter was very nice and attentive. I was not sure if... More

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Newport Beach, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We went to the bar here at the end of the night and had a great time with the generous drinks and the terrific people we met. What a great place to end your evening in Carmel. (I've eaten at other Il Fornaio Restaurants in the past and they are always superb. I always eat at the one in Shanghai... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We combined a great antipasto platter with pasta dishes for a wonderful dinner. The breads were fantastic.

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