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Il Fornaio

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$$ - $$$
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1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2401 (15th Street)
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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Carlsbad, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Drpattymauro
Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Ron T
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank dahBelfast
Copiague, New York
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84 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Bill47533
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank harrimarc
Carlsbad, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank tonypoli0303
La Habra, California
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117 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Kathy P
Saint Louis, Missouri
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182 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Raiber
Solana Beach, California
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94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A nice Italian restaurant that's part of a small chain. Excellent house made bread and good choices for lunch or dinner. I have their chicken salad for lunch regularly that's made from chicken that they rotisserie on the premises. Service is always excellent and it's a good place for a luncheon meeting or dinner.

Thank sdphil
Del Mar, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The location on the Plaza is fantastic, and the food equally good. Fantastic service is the norm here, especially if they know you. I am local and frequent Il Fornaio, both for pizza at the bar during HH, and for traditional dinner.

Thank Curtis Russell K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $40
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
Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2401
    (15th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: 858-755-8876
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?