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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: Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, 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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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 17
    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
Group Dinner

We had a group dinner for 25 people last night. The event manager Lisa, worked with me to create a great family style menu tailored to our budget. The food was good and plentiful for a very reasonable price. Our servers were fantastic and clearly wanted us to have a great experience!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
exploringlee
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Oakland, California
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Uk
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45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We ate 2 nights here and was great both times It was a return visit after several years and we were not disappointed in the service or food Casual or dressy

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Oakland, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We had a group dinner for 25 people last night. The event manager Lisa, worked with me to create a great family style menu tailored to our budget. The food was good and plentiful for a very reasonable price. Our servers were fantastic and clearly wanted us to have a great experience!

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

Good Evening Exploringlee, I just read the review you left, thank you so much for the kind words. I have showed your review to the rest of the staff, and I have awarded Lisa and your servers for the good job they did. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can thank you personally, and... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is in a lovely place, has a good vibe and food is pretty good too. Me and er indoors had chicken - both enjoyed it. The bottle o water had plain pasta with Parmesan cheese. We left with our hunger satisfied feeling like we'd eaten in a nice restaurant

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

Good Evening Richard, I just read your review, thank you for your kind words. It is really nice when people take the time to say something nice. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can thank you personally, and so I can make sure your next experience is as special as the last. Thank you... More 

Baxter, Minnesota
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The rooftop bar is a great place to have a quiet dinner and watch the sunset. Food was very good and sangria was AWESOME.

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

Good Evening Lisa, I just read your review, and thank you so much for your kind words. It is really nice when people take the time to say something positive. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can thank you personally, and I also want to make sure your next experience is as great as... More 

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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Food is always good here, we come to Del Mar almost every summer. This past summer food was very good, sat out on the patio. Restaurant is a little expensive but worth it. Deserts are amazing and wine selection.

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

Good Afternoon Cindy, I just read your review, thank you so much for those kind words! I shared your review with the staff, and it made them very happy. Please call me at the restaurant so I can thank you and send you something special for your review. Thank you for your time Cindy. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del... More 

San Diego, California, United States
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101 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is a very generous 3. It really deserves a 2.5 We usually enjoy Il Fornaio, but will never go there again on a Saturday night. After waiting 20 minutes , I had to tell the hostess a waiter hadn't even looked at us. We didn't even get their usual bread and water. When the bread did come it was... More 

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

Good Afternoon Nadia, I just read your review, and I'm sorry to hear about your experience. It sounds like we missed the mark on several points. If you have a chance, please give me a call at the restaurant so I can learn more about your experience. I would appreciate the opportunity to make things right with you and win... More 

San Diego, California
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348 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Sit on the deck and watch the ocean while you sip your favorite beverage. There are no food discount during racing season, but we split a pizza and that works fine. What sets this restaurant aside is the outdoor patio, which is wonderful.

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

Good Afternoon Baltoro, I just read your review, thank you so much for those kind words. It's really nice when people take the time to say nice things. Please call me at the restaurant so I can thank you and send you something special for your support. Thank you for your time Baltoro. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del Mar... More 

Boston
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Tried...lamb, pasta and calzone. They were so so...nothing amazingly delicious. Good service and friendly staff. It has great view from patio.

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

Good Afternoon Noa, I just read your review, and I'm sorry we didn't leave you with a better experience. I shared your feedback with the chef, and I know we can do better. I would appreciate the opportunity to make it up to you the next time you come in. I think we have some items on the menu that... More 

San Diego, California
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had dinner at Il Fornaio. The food was excellent, authentic Italian We had the menu from "Puglia". Every month the restaurant suggests a menu from a different region in Italy and a list of wines, that go with the different dishes. Our waitress was very professional and helpful. She gave us the impression that we were the most important... More 

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

Buon Giorno Barbara! I just read your review, thank you so much for your kind words. It is very motivating to the staff when they read reviews like this. I would really like to find out who the server was so I can recognize them for their great performance. Please give me a call at the restaurant so I can... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Nice fine dining restaurant on the top of the hill in Del Mar. Depending on where you are seated, you may get a decent view of the ocean below, although a little far away. I would have given a higher rating, except the service was not great and my meal was also not good. I ordered the shell macaroni dish... More 

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

Good Afternoon Phoenix Traveler, 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. If you have a chance, please call me at the restaurant so I can learn more about what happened, and have a chance to win your business... 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?