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All 151 Carmel Restaurants

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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Price, Utah
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83 reviews 83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

They have great bread but the crust on the pizza is just like our favorite places in Italy. The pasta and salads are wonderful and the Lime tart for desert is special!

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Carmel, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We have had several positive experiences here over the years but this visit was not one of them. Service was spotty (he was unfamiliar with the wine list and even the "house" wines) and 2 of 3 entrees were served lukewarm at best . It will be awhile before we return; too many better choices in Carmel.

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

Hi - I am so sorry you had a disappointing experience here on your last visit. We do hope you'll give us another chance. May I invite you back as our guest? Please feel free to ask for me or any manger on duty and we will happily oversee your next visit. ciao, Linda Butters manager carmel@ilfo.com More 

Houston
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This place has a cozy area for sitting to drink your morning coffee and enjoy a pastry. They have a big fireplace, lots of newspapers and nice atmosphere. We didn't actually eat a meal but enjoyed this as part of the morning routine. The service was a bit slow as they only had one guy working.

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and write your complimentary review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. and hope to see you soon again. All the best to you, Linda Butters manager More 

La Quinta, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great food and service as always at lI Fornaio, we were seated right away no waiting as long as you have resverations

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

Thanks so much for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and thanks for taking the time to share it. See you soon? We hope, All the best to you, Linda Butters manager More 

McCall, Idaho
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you! More 

Edmonton
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114 reviews 114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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