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Il Fornaio

1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2467
858-755-8876
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Ranked #12 of 80 restaurants in Del Mar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 15th Street
Description: Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
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English first
Aurora, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The atmosphere and food at this restaurant was outstanding. We ate here twice for dinner during our 10 day stay in the La Jolla area. We have dined at many excellent Italian restaurants throughout the world and Il Fornaio ranks very highly. We were quite shocked when we found it was a chain. The food is very authentic. The restaurant... More

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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon. Grazie mille! More

Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Il Fornaio in Del Mar, a must go with the view and the outdoor seating, go at sunset and you can get some great shots with the ocean as your background. The food was spectacular and service was flawless. We were a party of 5, dishes we had were - Carpaccio: (thinly sliced raw beef, shaved Grana Padano, capers and... More

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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review! We appreciate all feedback and are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. Apologies for the calorie display but as you said it's the law and unfortunately can't circumvent it except for our nightly specials! We hope to see you again soon. Grazie mille. More

Arezzo, Italy
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I would like to spend some words about this restaurant. We have been here in a party of 4 and the restaurant offer to us Veneto month menu. The food was delicious and the experience was wonderful at all. We had a table outside close to the window and we enjoy dessert offered by the Chef Roberto and a beautiful... More

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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review! We appreciate all feedback and are happy to hear you enjoyed your last experience with us. We look forward to providing you with another authentic Italian experience soon! Grazie mille. More

Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We love going to this place when we are on vacation. We were disappointed few weeks ago in Vegas and we wanted to try again their location in Del Mar. They remodeled the place and unfortunately raised their prices. This July, you can bring your bottle (limit 2) at not charge (better than the $20 corkage fees). The portions on... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I love sitting out on the patio, watching the sunset over the water while eating great food and drinking great wine with my closest friends. The staff is friendly, and provide great service. A night here with good friends always provides one of those 'life is good' moments.

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Humble, Texas
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Enjoyed dinner outside on the patio area with the open flame setting around the seating area. Had a large group (11 people) and the service was good and all of the food came out together and only one meal was slightly cold and it was immediately taken care of.

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Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buon Giorno, Thank you for your feedback, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed an authentic Italian experience at our restaurant. We look forward to your next visit at Il Fornaio in beautiful Del Mar. Grazie Mille, Matthew Galli More

San Diego, California
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We took my in-laws here and the service was incredible. The chef came out to the table and said hello to my mother/father-in-law who were celebrating their 56 wedding anniversary.

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Dublin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Have your drink during Happy Hour while sitting on their magnificent terrace and bask in the late afternoon sun and then dine in their restaurant (making sure to ask for an outside table) and watch the sun go down over the ocean. It is a magnificent view either way and Del Mar is a wonderful spot to go to walk... More

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Il Fornaio is a favorite of the Del Mar up and comers... The food is great, the ocean view over the hotel across the street is very nice and the combination has made this a star attraction for professional singles looking to network. It's busy and has a bustling, upbeat vib. It's great for a group or parties, however I... More

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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you you very much for your positive review! We welcome any and all feedback in order to help our restaurant provide an excellent dining experience for our guests. Grazie mille, Alex Olson Il Fornaio Del Mar More

San Diego
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

They have been an institution in Del Mar for over 30 years at least. The food is always excellent and a great place for a date as long as you can get a booth by the window or off by yourself outside. Can get a bit loud on weekend nights.

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