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Il Fornaio

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1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2467 (15th Street)
858-755-8876
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant...
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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    Very good
  • 25
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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
Very good and consistent food

Food is always good here, we come to Del Mar almost every summer. This past summer food was very good, sat out on the patio. Restaurant is a little expensive but worth it. Deserts are amazing and wine selection.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
cindy s
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English first
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Food is always good here, we come to Del Mar almost every summer. This past summer food was very good, sat out on the patio. Restaurant is a little expensive but worth it. Deserts are amazing and wine selection.

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

Good Afternoon Cindy, I just read your review, thank you so much for those kind words! I shared your review with the staff, and it made them very happy. Please call me at the restaurant so I can thank you and send you something special for your review. Thank you for your time Cindy. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del... More 

San Diego, California, United States
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87 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This is a very generous 3. It really deserves a 2.5 We usually enjoy Il Fornaio, but will never go there again on a Saturday night. After waiting 20 minutes , I had to tell the hostess a waiter hadn't even looked at us. We didn't even get their usual bread and water. When the bread did come it was... More 

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

Good Afternoon Nadia, I just read your review, and I'm sorry to hear about your experience. It sounds like we missed the mark on several points. If you have a chance, please give me a call at the restaurant so I can learn more about your experience. I would appreciate the opportunity to make things right with you and win... More 

San Diego, California
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302 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Sit on the deck and watch the ocean while you sip your favorite beverage. There are no food discount during racing season, but we split a pizza and that works fine. What sets this restaurant aside is the outdoor patio, which is wonderful.

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

Good Afternoon Baltoro, I just read your review, thank you so much for those kind words. It's really nice when people take the time to say nice things. Please call me at the restaurant so I can thank you and send you something special for your support. Thank you for your time Baltoro. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del Mar... More 

Boston
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Tried...lamb, pasta and calzone. They were so so...nothing amazingly delicious. Good service and friendly staff. It has great view from patio.

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

Good Afternoon Noa, I just read your review, and I'm sorry we didn't leave you with a better experience. I shared your feedback with the chef, and I know we can do better. I would appreciate the opportunity to make it up to you the next time you come in. I think we have some items on the menu that... More 

San Diego, California
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had dinner at Il Fornaio. The food was excellent, authentic Italian We had the menu from "Puglia". Every month the restaurant suggests a menu from a different region in Italy and a list of wines, that go with the different dishes. Our waitress was very professional and helpful. She gave us the impression that we were the most important... More 

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

Buon Giorno Barbara! I just read your review, thank you so much for your kind words. It is very motivating to the staff when they read reviews like this. I would really like to find out who the server was so I can recognize them for their great performance. Please give me a call at the restaurant so I can... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Nice fine dining restaurant on the top of the hill in Del Mar. Depending on where you are seated, you may get a decent view of the ocean below, although a little far away. I would have given a higher rating, except the service was not great and my meal was also not good. I ordered the shell macaroni dish... More 

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

Good Afternoon Phoenix Traveler, I just read your review, and I'm sorry to hear about your experience at my restaurant. It is my priority to make sure all of my guests leave happy. If you have a chance, please call me at the restaurant so I can learn more about what happened, and have a chance to win your business... More 

San Diego, California
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82 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I love il fornaio del mar, I went yesterday with my family, high end place and very nice atmosphere, wonderful view and very good and tasty food, I love the penonni vodka with chicken and the calamari fritti, the bread is always so incredible and the olive oil and balsamic is from another world!! you have to go ASAP!!!

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

Buona Sera Mr. Aguilar, I just read the review you left, thank you so much for those kind words. It's really great when people take the time to say something nice. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can thank you personally, and I can make sure your next experience is even better than the... More 

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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My husband and I stopped here for happy hour after one of the local employees recommended it. We are so grateful we did! They offered $6 happy hour wines, and my husband said it was one of the best glasses of wines he had in quite some time. I enjoyed a $6 glass of Prosecco. They also had numerous appetizers... More 

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

Buona Sera Holly, I just read your review, thank you so much for those kind words. I showed your review to Chef Roberto, and it really made his day. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can introduce you to Chef Roberto and we can thank you personally. Thank you for your time Holly. Grazie,... More 

Vienna, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were exploring the Coastal Highway north of San Diego and came across this restaurant at the top of a wonderful little shopping and dining complex. The hostess was very kind to arrange for us to have a table with an unobstructed view of the ocean. We enjoyed two reasonably priced house wines and my son got a sparkling lemonade.... More 

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

Buona Sera Tim! I just read your review, thank you so much for the kind words. It's reviews like yours that I share with the staff and really motivates them and makes them excited. Please let me know the next time you come in so I can thank you personally and make your next experience as special as the last.... More 

San Diego, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We went to Il Fornaio in Del Mar last Saturday. This is not the first time we have gone there, and they are always good. We got a very nice table for six outside on the patio with an ocean view. The house baked-bread mixed with excellent olive oil was so delicious. We could not stop. The red and white... More 

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

Good Afternoon Parviz, I just read your review, and thank you so much for those kind words. I have shared your review with the staff and Chef Roberto, and it made them very happy. Thank you for your praise of Yesenia, I recognized her in front of the staff and we all clapped for her. Please ask for me the... More 

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Additional Information about Il Fornaio

Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2467
Phone Number: 858-755-8876
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2467
    (15th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: 858-755-8876

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?