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Il Fornaio

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Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 622-5100
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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: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Description: Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic for people with kids

Carmel is a lovely town with lots of tiny restaurants which adds to the charm, but it makes it difficult for people with small kids and strollers. At Il Fornaio, we did not encounter that problem at all. The restaurant is very spacious so we could easily fit a stroller and highchair at our table... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Liezl K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Carmel is a lovely town with lots of tiny restaurants which adds to the charm, but it makes it difficult for people with small kids and strollers. At Il Fornaio, we did not encounter that problem at all. The restaurant is very spacious so we could easily fit a stroller and highchair at our table without bothering any other diners... More 

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Thank Liezl K
Pacific Grove, California
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105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here last night. The food is outstanding, beautifully prepared and presented. I had the braised short ribs with polenta, absolutely perfecto!

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Thank RickThePick
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88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We chose Il Fornaio not knowing it was a chain. Fortunately, it did not feel like a chain restaurant. It seemed like a very popular trendy local restaurant. Quite loud--that was a negative. But, it was Christmas Eve and it was packed. I tried the 3-course tasting menu on the holiday special menu. Way, way too much food. It was... More 

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Davis, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Eight of us had dinner here on New Year's Eve. The place was nicely decorated and very festive for the evening. They had some specials, but you could also order off the regular menu at the regular price, so that was nice. We came in fairly early, long before they became busy. We had made reservations and expected a nice... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We live in the area and have been coming here for a family Christmas dinner for years. We enjoy the decorations and the food, allowing everyone to have what they want without anyone spending all day in the kitchen cooking & cleaning. This year however it went badly. We arrived on time for our 6PM reservation (made in November) for... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Busy night... We were only table that was served bread with no basket, despite all little thing, we ordered three different meals and none were good. $80 for three people. I felt bad for not ordering wine, but it's unfair at a family event for my 19 year old.

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Thank Christina S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Pretty restaurant, nice wait staff tho slow.Needed to nudge a bit to get water and butter.Good diverse menu choices,both a regular and holiday special.

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Thank Paula M
Matt W, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hi Paula- Thank you for choosing Il Fornaio for dining. We appreciate it and we're sorry you had to nudge anyone at all to get anything you wanted. We do promise to be more attentive to you next time. Thanks again, Linda More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My wife and I had a fabulous dinner at Il Fornaio in Carmel a few days before Christmas. We were delayed due to traffic and the restaurant held our table. We were seated upon arrival and had excellent service from Salvatore, our server. We enjoyed conversing with him throughout the evening which added to the pleasant dining experience. He was... More 

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Thank Prescott2007
Matt W, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hello Prescott - Thank you for choosing Il Fornaio for dining in Carmel and thank you for this terrific review. I'm so glad Sal took outstanding care of you and we hope to see you soon again. All the best to you, Linda More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Beautiful room decorated for the holidays. Staff was friendly and efficient. Food was delicious. Many families enjoying Christmas dinner together made for an experience that I would recommend to anyone who finds themselves away from home for the holidays.

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Thank Brenda D
Matt W, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Hi Brenda - Thanks for celebrating your holiday here at Il Fornaio in Carmel. We're so glad you had a great experience and chose to share it here on Tripadvisor. We hope to see you again. All the best to you and Happy New Year! Linda More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Authentic Italian cuisine. Superb service. Outstanding quality. White tablecloth service. Use the hotel entrance on Ocean Ave. Beautiful lobby.

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

Thank you for choosing Il Fornaio and for sharing your experience. We hope to see you soon again. All the best to you, Linda 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?