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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 #19 of 80 restaurants in Del Mar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $40
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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
San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I am an italian and know what italian food should be. I also understand, after living in the US for 20 years that authentic italian food is hard to find. I came on 4 different occasions, lunch, dinner, during the week and during the weekend. The result was the same. Mediocre food, service depends on how busy they are but... More

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Everyone knows there are issues with Del Mar. For example, parking is extremely constrained but parking enforcement is not. In addition, traffic (particularly during the San Diego County Fair and Race season) is more like a parking lot. Well here's another issue with Del Mar that you should know about. While I generally enjoy Il Fornaio's happy hour, they have... More

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Cupertino, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

I was disappointed with Il Fornaio. I had dinner there in August 2014. The Ravioli and salad tasted fine while I was eating, but I felt ill immediately after the meal. I won't be going back.

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

Buon giorno, I am sorry to hear that you fell ill during your last visit here at Il Fornaio Del Mar. I have spoken with the chef about your review and he too thanks you for your feedback. We appreciate any insight into making our restaurant provide an authentic, delicious, and problem free environment. We hope that you try and... More

London, England
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Went here Aug 14 with four of us - 2 adults and 2 kids. Food was excellent all round and wine was splendid. All good. Recommend it!

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We ordered 3 pizzas and one fish dish. The pizzas arrived cold and when the waiter was notified, he immediately took them away and made 3 new pies which arrived very hot. Even the chef came out of the kitchen to apologize and make sure we were happy. One dessert was on the house. Food was ok, not memorable.

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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
57 reviews 57 reviews
49 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
104 reviews 104 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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