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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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11:30 am - 11:00 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, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really awesome patio and firepit set up. Would return.

I only went to Il Fornaio for dessert and coffee but both were delicious and the waiter was outstanding. They have a big outdoor patio with a huge firepit so its really fun to go on a cool evening. I liked it so much I hope to return for dinner soon.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
viajandomama
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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138 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The first trip here was for my fiance and I for a nice dinner. I called ahead of time and made a reservation that would put us there for sunset and requested to sit on the patio with a good view. I was told that they would request a patio seat for us so I was happy. Upon arrival, I... More 

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

Buona Sera Hanzosbm, I just read the review you left, 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 the chance, please call me at the restaurant so that I can discuss with you what happened and have a chance to make... More 

New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The setting in Del Mar is quite striking, with a combination of attractive indoor and outdoor dining spaces. The service seemed a little slow and forgetful, but very accommodating of special requests. The food itself was average-to-good Italian.

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

Buona Sera srl56, I just read your review you left, and I'm sorry to hear about your experience at my restaurant. It is my priority to have all of my guests leave happy. I know we can do better. If you have the chance, please call me at the restaurant so that I can discuss with you what happened and... More 

San Diego california
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Great location, spectacular view, excellent food and wine. They have a private room for groups. And the patio is gorgeous. Real Italian will please any palette. We held my sons engagement party here for 100 people and it was perfect.

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

Buongiorno; Thank you for your review, we highly appreciate your feedback. Il Fornaio Del Mar More 

Borrego Springs, California
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Il Fornaio has been a special place for us to visit when we make a trip over to the coast from the desert where we live. We look forward to the spectacular views, a great menu, the wonderful bread baskets, delicious food, and great service. Sadly, while the views and ambiance are still there (and we had exceptional service from... More 

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

Good Evening DesertInnKeeper, 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, and I regret that the food and condition of our restrooms weren't up to our usual standards, I know we can do better. If you have a chance,... More 

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You have to pay a lot for the view not for the food which is only average. The stuff is just OK and pretend to be italian: "bonna sera, signori..." You can go, but its not a must

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

Buona Sera dasfuntom, I just read the review you left, 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 that I can have a chance to make it up to you. Thank you... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

while Italian food should be easy, it's not always done right. this was done right, great value for the $ and the food was just delicious!!! GREAT service and setting too. Don't miss this place it's a really good meal.

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

Buonasera; Thank you for your review, we appreciate your feedback! Il Fornaio del Mar More 

San Diego, California
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I only went to Il Fornaio for dessert and coffee but both were delicious and the waiter was outstanding. They have a big outdoor patio with a huge firepit so its really fun to go on a cool evening. I liked it so much I hope to return for dinner soon.

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

Buonasera! Thank you for your review, we love your feedback. Il Fornaio Del Mar Team More 

Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I get it that the waiter was from Italy and had an accent, but please be a good waiter, service was terrible. Buss boy saved him. Food was good

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

Buona Sera rparmig, I just read the review you left, and I'm sorry to hear about your experience at my restaurant. It is my goal to make sure all of my guests leave happy. If you have the chance, please contact me at the restaurant so that I can find out what happened, and have a chance to make things... More 

Minneapolis, MN
Top Contributor
890 reviews 890 reviews
465 restaurant reviews
551 helpful votes 551 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Sat outside at the wine bar area. Good happy hour pricing on appetizers and wines by the glass. The views are incredible though you are a few blocks from the beach, you are up high. Service was friendly if not a bit slow. Nice place for a few glasses of wine.

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Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The range of options was wide ranging, The food was tasty and the service attentive and enjoyable. There were 10 of us who just showed up for lunch a variety of items were sampled from basic Italian to delectable sea food choices. Definitely worth a stop next time you are in Del Mar.

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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
  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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?