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Il Fornaio

Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 622-5100
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Ranked #53 of 151 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
McCall, Idaho
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Stopped in for lunch and wasn't disappointed! We sat on the patio and enjoyed a leisurely lunch. I had the marguerita pizza and loved it. The beet salad was also delicious. A lovely way to spend the afternoon.

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Edmonton
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114 reviews 114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Tried several other Carmel restaurants, all booked. Our waiter Ramon advised us this was start of quite season. This is a classy place. Possibly the nicest place we ate at in California this time. I was impressed, but I love places that have space, service and class, The food was good too ? Make this your first choice in Carmel.... More

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

Thank you for taking the time write your lovely review. We're glad you had such a great time. We hope you come next time you visit Carmel. We really appreciate your compliments and really the compliments go to you. Thanks so much. -Linda, manager More

minnesota
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I had the butternut squash ravioli and was very pleased. The ceasar salad was crisp and anchovies are optional. Pretty decent bourbon Old Fashioned, although the first was made with Scotch and sent back. Service was good considering we had a large group.

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Bakersfield, California, Usa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
49 helpful votes 49 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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150 reviews 150 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Hampshire
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90 reviews 90 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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