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Ocean Ave AT Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-622-5100
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Closed now
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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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Littleton, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The real deal, the whole package...........excellent wine list, menu offerings for everyone, service is superb, a true gustatory event. It is truly hard to compete in the Italian restaurant business. Everybody loves Italian food. What do you do to carve out a niche to be successful? Il Fornaio does it by consistently offering only what it can do with excellence.... More 

Thank bobbrownson
Carmel, California, United States
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Il Fornaio at the Pine Inn 831/622-5100 (Ocean and Monte Verde) Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4 to 6pm. $6 antipasti and pizza, $6 artisan cocktails, and $6 wines by the glass.

Thank Lynn M
San Francisco
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is part of the Il Fornaio chain and I had a wonderful dinner at their San Jose location just a few weeks ago. The service is great and the restaurant is nice and the wine list is decent. However, the food leaves a lot to be desired. Our main dish was veal piccata (basic Italian - what can go... More 

Thank ArikP
Houston, Texas
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'll Fornaio began in Palo Alto and now has several locations. The Palo Alto restaurant is the site of many power breakfasts and lunches with venture capitalists and private equity players. Carmel has power business players. Food and wine are superb. Location is in the lovely Pine Inn. Real bargain breakfast buffet- $ 10.

Thank BirdmanSiSenor
Carmel, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I come to the area every couple of months and always on our Anniversary. IL Fornaio's is always on my list of stops. They have the BEST Espresso Martini EVER! Trust me I know I try them everywhere! Lol. Thank you IL Fornaio's for your awesome Espresso Martini's and rosemary Bread. .

Thank Brandizzle73
Roseville, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for a quick bite in the late afternoon. Our server was great. He actually went to a coffee shop for my husbands latte because they didn't make it with soy milk there. Our food came out quick and was delicious. Nice and quite place to get a bite to eat.

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

Thank you for stopping in for lunch. I am happy to hear that your server took good care of you! Hope to see you again soon. More 

Santa Cruz, California
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91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We sat at the bar and had amazing service from Jeff. Not only was he efficient -and they were quite busy- but he also offered excellent suggestions and was super pleasant- I would go back again just to be served by this gentleman! Nice

Thank Denise A
Singapore, Singapore
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113 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Looking at some if the reviews I got a bit scared but I don't if it's because we went for a late lunch but everything was fantastic. Pastas plates are very tasty and Pizza options great. I did really love the Meatball Pizza and among the Pastas, go for the Butternut. That Pasta is one of the best I've ever... More 

Northern California
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Great espresso, biscotti and lovely area to sit with a fireplace and mix with locals around a large table. Baristas great, just a lovely atmosphere. We go there every trip to Carmel. Years ago we stayed at the hotel too and ate a few meals there which were all good, but this review is only about the espresso station (not... More 

Thank FrankyMe
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

The magic food preparation show starts and encores right in front of you. Avoid the long lines of reservation only folks and go directly to the counter where the chefs perform their magic cooking tricks. Order a drink first and watch the food being cooked and beautifully plated prior to making your menu selections. The key seats are at the... More 

Thank Jerry C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
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
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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