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Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-622-5100
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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MN
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have dined at Il Fornaio before, but this was our first Thanksgiving meal there. It was delicious! Traditional meal with local & Italian flare. I would highly recommend it for a future Thanksgiving!

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Thank NTMEC
Matt W, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, we look forward to taking care of you in the future! More 

Modesto
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67 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had two very nice experiences here. The first was an evening visit to the bar and appetizers. The drinks were pricey but made to perfection. The appetizer of fried calamari was also perfect--light and crisp without being greasy as some we've had. The service was excellent. We returned the next day for breakfast and one of us had the... More 

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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice ambience. Pedestrian friendly. Enjoy pleasant stroll of shops and other eateries after a delightful meal!!

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Thank Carol W
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Airbnb host recommended Il Fornaio, so we gave it a shot. It did not go well. The service was fine, the bread and oil were good. The minestrone soup was very blah, with nothing of interest. The soup is advertised as vegan, so it's probably a nod to that dietary group. The ravioli entree was inedible. It was extremely... More 

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Thank Kathleen M
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Il Fornaio never disappoints. The beet salad to start was fresh and flavorful and the monthly special risotto with shrimp was simply delicious. Fun, vibrant lounge, and we didn't have to wait for a table. Service was great too.

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Vacaville, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this place on our last visit and was very impressed with the service and menu. The food is Italian and awesome. This will be one of our must visit places when we visit again.

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Thank Jack T
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Il Fornaio is a reliable go-to restaurant in Carmel. The food is outstanding although it can be on the expensive side. The flatbread appetizer was delicious, and my dining companions raved about the ravioli. They know how to make the perfect dirty martini- always a plus!

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Thank Maja057
Linda B, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words. We love that you love to enjoy our offerings. Hope to see you soon and thanks again. All the best to you, Linda Butters manager More 

Denver, CO
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101 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know. It's a couple of blocks from the beach in Carmel, so it's supposed to be expensive. We were there for lunch, and it was exactly what you would expect. Great food. Really. Excellent food. The service was relatively on point but not at the same level as the food (crumbs on my seat when I pulled back my... More 

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Oakland, California
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99 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good Italian food and service in a beautiful room. We enjoyed the regional specials offered at different times of the year.

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Thank ray94611
Linda B, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your kind words, Ray. I agree, the regional menus are a real treat. Please come again, soon. All the best to you, Linda Butters manager More 

Los Gatos, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Italian-style brunch was elegant and offered original items at a very reasonable price. The extensive menu featured choices such as Norwegian salmon omeletes, breakfast pizza, shrimp frittatas, and eggs and Italian sausage.

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Thank Jeffrey S
Linda B, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your gracious and complimentary words. Next time please try our one of our benedicts. The parmesan cream sauce is amazing! I know you'll love it. Thanks again. All the best you you, Linda Butters manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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