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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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Today
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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, 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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  • 89
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good Italian dinner in Carmel

A young lady we met at Carmel Beach recommended this restaurant. We took her advice and went there. She did good! All of our appetizers and mains were fresh and tasty. I had the caprese salad to start and the tomatoes were to die for! The free (warm) bread and olive oil/balsamic vinegar was also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Silverwoods
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Vernon, B.C.
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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304 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Me and my wife came in Friday for our usual beer and glass of wine after a long work week,This is one of our favorite things to do. Upon our arrival we looked and found a seat at the bar and waited for our usual bartender, Susie. We didn't see her so we just continued with our normal business, thinking... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We had 6am flight from Connecticut to California, got a car at the San Francisco airport and drove to Carmel-By-The-Sea where we were staying for one night at the Pine Inn before moving to Carmel Valley the next day for a wedding. Il Fornaio is attached to the Inn and I knew we weren't going to want to go out... More 

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

Thank you! What a pleasure to have guests like you. Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope your whole trip was as memorable. Thanks again. All the best to you, Linda More 

Morada, CA
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

Four girlfriends stopped in to the Il Fornaio bar around 8 pm. We asked two of the four people sitting at the bar if they were watching the baseball game showing on the TV. One gentleman said politely, "Yes, but what did YOU want to watch?" "We are desperate to watch Dancing with the Stars" The bartender snapped "Not a... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Our family recently visited Carmel and had dinner at Il Fornaio. Although we generally are not picky eaters and will over-look small problems with a meal or service, this meal was notable because each one of us found our meal to be sub-par. The fish special was clearly spoiled and absolutely inedible. Service was marginal and we felt as though... More 

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Puerto Rico
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We love coming in to the Pine Inn for afternoon cocktails. Its our tradition. Walk down Ocean Avenue to the beach...walk back...stop at Il Fornaio for drinks. The wait staff is always friendly. The drinks are top-notch. It reminds us that this is what vacation is all about.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

On a recent trip to Carmel, we had reservations on a Friday evening. We were seated quickly but it took a long time for anyone to even acknowledge us at our table. Unfortunately, it didn't improve. My teenage son and I had been looking forward to dining here all that week. We had eaten there a couple of years ago... More 

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San Ramon, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My family of 17 went to Il Fornaio for my wife's 50th Birthday celebration. We were sat at a great table in the rotunda which was perfect for our large group. Unfortunately the night started to fall apart after that because they only assigned our large table 1 waiter. We waited over 30 minutes to get bread and then did... More 

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Fairfax Station
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This place used to be the place for your pasta fix. They had popping good pastas. It just isn't as good as it used to be. Maybe the menu is tired. I don't know. Its ok but not as good as it used to be 10 years ago. Do I recommend it? Sure. But don't expect too much and you'll... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

On our last night in Carmel, my wife and I needed an Italian fix. Il Fornaio was right across the street from out motel. We made reservations on Open Table and mentioned that this was our first visit to the restaurant. As a result, when we were seated we received a bottle of water, an antipasto, and some Calamaretti as... More 

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Vernon, B.C.
Top Contributor
302 reviews 302 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

A young lady we met at Carmel Beach recommended this restaurant. We took her advice and went there. She did good! All of our appetizers and mains were fresh and tasty. I had the caprese salad to start and the tomatoes were to die for! The free (warm) bread and olive oil/balsamic vinegar was also appreciated. Finally, my Pescatora was... More 

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Bar scene

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

Questions & Answers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?