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“Great find while in Carmel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
(831) 622-5100
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Ranked #53 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Carmel, Il Fornaio offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 wine list. Enjoy wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch. Reservation Confirmation Message: Thank you for choosing Il Fornaio - Carmel. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you Grazie e Ciao
Chicago, Illinois
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Great find while in Carmel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

During our first trip to Carmel we stumbled across Il Fornaio while walking Ocean Ave during the morning. We decided to make a reservation for dinner and come back in the evening. We were pleasantly surpirsed and had the most attentive service we've seen in a long long time. Our server Rod was very hospitable and knowledgeable which helped with our ordering and wine selection. Too bad he's a Lakers fan...
A definite recommendation for a stop while in Carmel. It is a very nice space that is bright and very inviting; not a dark, quiet italian restaurant that you get in many places.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Hi!
We're glad you "discovered" us. And glad we could give you a treat. Hope the rest of your trip is as auspicious. You two were delightful and we'll be happy to host you anytime you're in the neighborhood.
Happy trails,
Linda
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Carlsbad, CA
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112 reviews 112 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Excellent Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Fun lunch at the expansive bar. Excellent choices from the antipasta to home made ravioli. Nice wine selections too by the glass

Visited September 2013
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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Thank you - we're so glad you had a fun visit. Hope to see you again.
ciao,
Linda
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Pebble Beach, California
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Delicious pasta in a delightful setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Il Fornaio is a favorite with us and we always have a couple dinners there during our annual visit to Carmel. I particularly enjoy their lasagna and my hubbie likes the cannelloni. We have also enjoyed their fish entrees. We always request the porch because it it bright and cheerful with flowers and trees outside the windows, and affords a peek at the ocean and sunset depending on your table. I look forward to another dinner there in a week or so.

Visited September 2013
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Lincoln, California
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9 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Very good food !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Very nice restaurant and very good food. Atmosphere is high class and the servers with their white jackets make a good impression. Servers were very attentive and helpful.

Visited September 2013
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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
We're glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your warm review. The thanks go to you. Hope to see you soon again. ciao, Linda
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Manteca, California
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Hoping It Was Just the Wedding”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Attended a wedding reception here. The prosciutto covered melon appetizer tasted fishy. Although the green olives in peppers and garlic were devine. Dinner was just okay, a stark departure from previous Il Fornaio experiences. Our italian salad was flavorless and no tables had salt and pepper. We had to continually ask for water to be refilled. The bartender, was excellent however, in not only making drinks that tasted perfect, but remembering your order when you came back to the bar.

Visited September 2013
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