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Il Fornaio

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1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2467 (15th Street)
+1 858-755-8876
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came to this restaurant directly from a long day at the convention center, so we weren't exactly "dressed for dinner," and were a bit uncomfortable going to this rather nice restaurant. However, we were treated with nothing but courtesy and kindness and I would say exceptional service! The food....it was some of the best we had in California! The... More 

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San Diego, California
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302 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

We dined on their ocean view patio and had a great lunch! The salads were delicious. The fresh bread they served when we sat down was addictive! Cassie was our server and she was so efficient. She made our lunch very pleasurable! We look forward to returning.

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Carlsbad, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This long standing restaurant is a staple in Del Mar. The location is stellar and the food is always good. If you want a really nice place to dine with excellent food, service, and ambiance, this is your place. It is very hard to find "true" authentic Italian food here in CA but this is as close as you can... More 

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Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

A group of six of us had a very pleasurable time at this upscale restaurant in Del Mar on the beach. While you are not actually on the beach the second floor location of both the restaurant and the outdoor wine bar make the view as good as most. The drinks were a bit pricey but for the experience, it... More 

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belfast
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

My wife and I had dinner there and although the food was good the restaurant was very quiet. When we asked we were told that it was a Monday night and the area is quiet at this time. Yet when we went to other restaurants in del Mar that week, they were very busy and full of atmosphere. We were... More 

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Copiague, New York
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87 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Food was excellent and service was very good. Party of 6, all had Italian dishes and all agreed the food was great. Atmosphere was OK as we were seated inside adjacent to the kitchen. We later learned there is outdoor seating on a lovely terrace with an ocean view. Wish we had known that. Wine selection was good and moderately... More 

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Thank Bill47533
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

We were told be friends that this is a great place for Italian quality food and in-fact we found the food to be very authentic, freshly prepared and just very good quality! Service was really good were we felt that our waitress Bella was really attentive to details and took very good care of us! We had appetizers the salad... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I went for dinner on Friday night, the place was very very busy but we got a wonderful service. My girlfriend and I sat outside, we ordered a bottle of il Fornaio Chianti and watched the sunset. The server was very knowledgeable, explained the specials and made some very good recommendation on what to get as main course. At that... More 

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La Habra, California
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117 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

It's a little hard to find. Pull in to parking garage off the main Street. On top level. Met with a group of business colleagues and had a leisurely dinner prepared by the executive chef for us. All great. Had the sea bass was good, I like it a little thicker but it was very moist. Great sunset view and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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180 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

I have known El Fornaio since the late 1990s, when it still could have been described as a nice Italian restaurant. Over the years, the quality of the food has declined, while the noise level has gone up. The inside has the flair of a diner, the outside is better. The food overall has seen better days. The bruscetta had... 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 - $40
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2467
    (15th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 858-755-8876
Description
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?