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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 #14 of 77 restaurants in Del Mar
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Dublin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We went for dinner and had just an average experience. The food was tasteless ( the lasagna) and we spent too much for it. Our service was average. In an area with so many choices, I would definitely recommend you consider another option.

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

Buon giorno, Thank you for your feedback regarding your last visit here in Del Mar. It is our mission at Il Fornaio to provide excellent, authentic Italian cuisine with friendly and professional service. I'm sorry to see that we fell short of the mark during your experience with us. If you have a spare moment I would appreciate any additional... More

Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Il Fornaio was once a really excellent place to eat in Del Mar, when there were not so many places that rated such praise. Now, however, it seems to serve up food that is often tasteless and perfunctory. The noise, too, can be overwhelming, particularly on the terrace.

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

Buon giorno, Thank you for your feedback regarding your last visit in Del Mar. It is our mission to provide authentic Italian cuisine with a passion for tradition. I'm sorry to see that we fell short of our standard during your last experience. If you have a spare moment I would welcome any additional feedback as well as appreciate an... More

Walnut Creek, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Their were six of us In search of breakfast/brunch on New Year's Day. Most places with outside seating were crowded or closed. Il Fornaio had a great table and view available. They were serving lunch which was fine. However the quality of the food didn't match the view. We had a variety of items none of which were above average.... More

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Victoria, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We enjoyed our dinner which was excellent and not too expensive--so much so that we returned for lunch a few days later. Good food and great value!

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Austin, Texas
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80 reviews 80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Il Fornaio was recommended to us by the concierge at Torrey Pines. Wow, were they spot on. The food (we had the recommended Lasagna and small Ceasar) was terrific and they have half bottles of various wines. We tried the house red and white and both were great. The sunset was spectacular!

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

We highly appreciate your feedback; Thank you for your review. Il Fornaio Managment More

Oceanside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Sat on the patio & watched the sun go down. Fantastic service. Good menu & choices. Would go back again.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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155 reviews 155 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This was a business dinner but I was lucky enough to be seated facing the ocean and you can see why the restaurant was placed here. The food was not exceptional but it was good and it was served efficiently.The wines however, that my host chose, were exceptional. It is a pleasant atmosphere in the inside / outside area and... More

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

Thank you for your review, we highly appreciate your feedback! Il Fornaio Managment More

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