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“Yummy” 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 #54 of 152 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
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Yummy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The bread is always great. The pasta with bolanaise sauce was fabulousness. I have no complaints to write about.

Visited September 2013
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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
You are fabulousness! Thank you. We'll look forward to your next visit. ciao! Linda
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Homemade ravioli”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had a nice dinner at Il Fornaio. There were six in our party and all raved about their dinner. I had the homemade ravioli stuffed with butternut squash. They were excellent! My wife enjoyed her gnocchi. The red sauce was light with a fresh tomato flavor. A couple others had the lasagna which they also enjoyed. We shared a bottle of Bell Cabernet which was also very good. All in all, a great experience.

Visited September 2013
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John R, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Thanks for your warm review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope that all of your trip was as pleasant as your visit here. Hope to see you again sometime. Take care, Linda
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Chicago, Illinois
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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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37 helpful votes 37 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

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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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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 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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