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Il Fornaio

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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
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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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Roseville, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
Santa Cruz, California
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85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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107 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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35 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The place looks good, warm looking and the Christmas decorations are definitely on point. The happy hour in this restaurant is a really good deal. The pizzas are classic Italian, good, and baked in a wood fired oven, what gives it a nice taste you don't usually get in pizza places. The carpaccio tasted decent, and pretty fresh. All of... More 

Thank Raefearless
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A beautiful room that feels like a colonial inspired dining room in a New England home. Exceptional service. Great food always well prepared. Lively full bar.

Thank SergeiinSLO
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

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!

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 

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68 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

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 

Thank Serenity777
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Carol W

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, 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
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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