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Il Fornaio

Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 622-5100
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Ranked #54 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $10 - $30
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
San Carlos, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Portland, Oregon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
90 reviews 90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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

vancouver, bc
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

we have been to various locations of theirs and always found the service and food excellent but we should have guessed something was wrong when it was empty on a memorial weekend and there were tons of people rolling into town trying to find space to walk in this charming town. we ordered a simple pesto pasta and a pizza... More

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Boston
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149 reviews 149 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We ate here on a recent stop in Carmel and were very glad we did. The wait staff is excellent. We ordered a bottle of wine only to find out that they actually ran out of stock so we were offered an even more expensive one for the same money due to the error. The food was very good. The... More

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

Thank you! We're glad you found your way here in your travels and had a great experience and will return when you come our way again. Thanks again, Linda More

Stockholm, Sweden
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We arrived to Carmel, the home town of the motion picture hero Clint Eastwood, around noon and we went down to the beach to check that out plus we took a spin in the village. At 2 pm we were ready for some lunch and found this place. It was my wife who spotted their outdoor seating on the 2nd... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was just great! A fantastic menu of dishes I've had in Northern Italy; far from your standard Italian fare. Wine selection was superb. Aesthetics were nice, with proper location on Ocean Avenue. Really nice!!!

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