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Il Fornaio

Ocean Ave at Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-622-5100
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travelers talk about
“pasta” (51 reviews)
“bread” (41 reviews)
“carpaccio” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Ocean Ave at Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Il Fornaio is a gem in Carmel. Everyone knows it, and chances are...everyone has been there at least once. The menu is relatively varied, the atmosphere is fantastic, and the service is very attentive and kind. But I'll be darned if I can find anything...More

Thank jeffandvince
Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Carlos looked after us very well, and handled my husband's allergy confidently and smoothly. The way he handled a complaint at the next table was even more impressive. Too quietly done for us to hear details, but at once he...More

Thank CheshireWandererl
Reviewed May 3, 2018

Nice place to meet friends, we each tried something different, and the winning dish was the butternut squash in brown butter entre. My chicken special was anything but.... It was dry and unseasoned.

Thank clayton-paradise
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Sat at the bar for dinner: glass of wine, minestrone soup and spinach ravioli. The soup was bland & oily but the ravioli was tasty. The bar tender was very friendly & enjoyed his conversation. The food was good but not great. Pricey as it...More

Thank acktexas
Reviewed April 16, 2018

Happy Hour is great bargain and the weekday breakfast is fantastic as well. Put Il Fornaio on your list for great places to eat.

Thank John S
Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

We are staying at the Tally Ho Inn which is across the street from IL Fornaio. This place is well decorated and there are lots of flowers to look at. This is really a 2 part review. During the week those staying at the Tally...More

Thank 042143
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

We’ve eaten here many times. It’s a beautiful space with great service but the food left me wanting. It lacked seasoning and real flavor. Seems they are resting on their laurels and reputation.

Thank Joe T
Reviewed March 20, 2018

Judy and I enjoyed a very good Valentine's dinner there recently, topped off at its conclusion by a fine zabaglione...perhaps the best we've enjoyed since a spectacular dinner at Giglio's on Francisco Street in San Francisco years ago. We often go to Il Fornaio for...More

Thank palshaw
Reviewed March 10, 2018

We enjoyed our meals and the wine list had some nice local representation. It was clean and quite pleasing aesthetically. But it never stopped feeling corporate. If it felt personal this would have been an enthusiastic rating rather than one trying to be polite

Thank Ian M
Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed Il Fornaio for a night out. Although a “chain” restaurant the service and food were wonderful. Made reservations through Open Table and although the restaurant was packed, they sat us right away. Jose, our server, was extremely attentive and friendly. I eat a plant-based...More

Thank Rachel A
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Questions & Answers
September 23, 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Sergio L | Property representative |
Thanks mjannunziata! Thanks for your nice comment and helpful response to the user's question. Yes, we do have a steak. It's a 22oz beef tenderloin with a balsamic vinaigrette, wine, and green peppercorn sauce with mashed... More
September 23, 2017|
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Response from Sergio L | Property representative |
Our core menu features two chicken dishes, a fabulous mixed grilled seafood dish, and a 22oz beef tenderloin. We also have monthly specials featuring a different region in Italy each month. Those specials also have fantastic... More
April 18, 2016|
Response from Matt W | Property representative |
Hello - We do, of course, allow service animals in our dining room. We also have a side patio for other diners accompanied by their furry friends. It can be chilly, so dress accordingly. We suggest layers. Hope to see you... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ocean Ave at Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-622-5100
  • E-mail
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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