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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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  • 60
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  • 43
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 16
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  • 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
Good food high price.

One of the first things they bring you is fresh bread that is make daily. Wish they would had brought seconds. My wife had the large order of butternut raviolis and I had spinach. Hers only came with five and mine had six. Kind of small for the price. Prices are higher her. Plan on $70-$100... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
rogich24
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Riverdale, Utah
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English first
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 

Riverdale, Utah
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116 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

One of the first things they bring you is fresh bread that is make daily. Wish they would had brought seconds. My wife had the large order of butternut raviolis and I had spinach. Hers only came with five and mine had six. Kind of small for the price. Prices are higher her. Plan on $70-$100 for two people if... More 

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

Good Evening Mr. Rogich24, I just read your review, and I'm sorry to hear about your experience at my restaurant. I know it wasn't a negative review, but we didn't leave you feeling like you got a good value and that is one of my priorities. I know we are capable of presenting a good value, and I would really... More 

california
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a local restaurant for us that we have, sadly, observed go downhill. Went there the other night with another couple and we all ordered different dishes. Unfortunately, they were all very mediocre . There was truly not a salad or entree that was above average. I wanted to list what we ordered, but as evidence of how forgettable... More 

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

Good Evening Calmavin, I just read your review, and I'm sorry to hear about your experience. I showed your review to Chef Roberto and it made him very concerned because it is not the impression he wants his food to leave. If you have a moment to call me so that I can find out more about your dishes, and... More 

ventura
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129 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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

Good Evening Travelchicks, I just read your review, thank you for the kind words. I shared your review with Chef Roberto, and it put a big smile on his Italian face! It's really nice when guests take the time to say nice things. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can make your next experience... More 

Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 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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Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buona Sera Mrs. Rosalae, I just read your review, thank you so much for your kind words. It's so nice when guests take the time to say such nice things. I posted your review on the wall, and it's motivating for my staff to see when we get positive reviews. Please ask for me the next time you come in... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 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 

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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?