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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 - 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, Late Night, 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
  • 23
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  • 15
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  • 8
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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
Awesome catering

We set up a catering for a large group on a Saturday night. Food was ready when we arrived and the quality was awesome!!!! I would highly recommend it. The view is very nice if you choose to eat at the location.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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121 reviews 121 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We set up a catering for a large group on a Saturday night. Food was ready when we arrived and the quality was awesome!!!! I would highly recommend it. The view is very nice if you choose to eat at the location.

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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went rhere twice this trip We enjoyed food both times Service and food consistanly good and so is service

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

If u r looking for a romantic dinner then this is the place, with a good collection of wines, delicious food and elegant service. The view of the Pacific is just fantastic.

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

Buona Sera Wagamaama, I just read your review, thank you so much for your kind words. I read reviews like yours to the staff and it is very motivating for us because we always want to do better. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can thank you personally. Thank you for taking the time... More 

Pleasanton, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Always delicious!! Beautiful location overlooking the ocean. The service and food are always great here. My wife and I eat at Il Fornaio every time we are in the San Diego area. Love it. This last visit, Thursday before Mother's Day weekend, was exceptional. I did get our servers name, but she is incredible. We arrived late, after our flight... More 

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

Buona Sera Mr. DVayder, I just read the review you left, thank you for your kind words. I'm glad your experience on one of the busiest days of the year was a good one. I read your review to my staff, and it is reviews like yours that really motivate my staff. If you have a moment to call me,... More 

Albuquerque New Mexico
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96 reviews 96 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We ate here at sunset and enjoyed panoramic views of a huge stretch of coastline. Food was fresh and well presented. Large portions. Great deserts. Would definitely recommend for ambiance and average Italian food.

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

Buona Sera Gladys! Thank you for your positive review. We do have a great view and I feel very fortunate to work at this restaurant. I am happy that you were satisfied, but my goal is to "wow" my guest with our food offerings. Please let me know the next time you are coming in so that I can WOW... More 

Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My family and I have been going to Il Fornaio for over 10 years! The food and atmosphere cannot be beat in the Del Mar area. It's a perfect location: panoramic views of the Pacific with a spectacular sunset. People from all around the world come to this restaurant and it gets really hopping during track season. (Del Mar Racetrack... More 

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

Buona Sera Brian L., I just read your review, thank you so much for your kind words and the "shout out". When I read your review to the rest of the staff it really gets them fired up because it shows how capable we are of being a top tier restaurant in the area. Please let me know the next... More 

Dallas, Texas
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485 reviews 485 reviews
394 restaurant reviews
370 helpful votes 370 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

It's better than most. Yes they have a few locations in other cities, but it doesn't make them a "chain" to me. It's a good restaurant in some good resort locations. It's basic in many ways, but it's a good thing . The bread is good, the sauce is good, the specials are tasty. Good wine list, fair, and attentive... More 

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

Buona Sera Mr. Watkins, I just read your review, thank you for your kind words. But I'm not satisfied with NOT being awesome, and I would like a chance to show you the experience you should've had the last time. Please ask for me the next time you come in or book with me so I can make sure you... More 

San Diego, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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 

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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?