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Il Fornaio

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1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2401 (15th Street)
858-755-8876
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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La Habra, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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173 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 

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Solana Beach, California
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95 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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.

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Del Mar, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Albuquerque
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Five of us looked forward to dinner at Il Fornaio, based on good experiences years ago. It was not to be. First was the parking garage, where every spot was full, on a Friday evening, until someone left. The restaurant was very noisy, and, unaccountably, noisier outside than in. Our inside table required two of us to sit on a... More 

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Thank TerribleIvan
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Good Afternoon Mr. Ivan, I'm sorry to hear about your experience especially since I was the manager that apologized for the execution of your dish and tried to rectify the situation. It is my priority as a manager to do everything I can to make sure the guest leaves happy even when factors and elements beyond my control effect the... More 

San Diego, California
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I brought my wife here for valenties day. I'd been here once before with my company and I thought that she'd enjoy it. I understand that Del Mar is a certain kind of area and thay this resturaunt is supposed to be a little more "upscale" but, I just feel like this place is way too pricey for what you're... More 

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Thank Ahkilah A
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Good Morning Ahkilah, I'm sorry to hear about your most recent experience at my restaurant. It sounds like you didn't feel the value of your experience. I know we can offer a great value for our price point and I would like the opportunity to show you that. Please give me a call at the restaurant so I can have... More 

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70 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a very nice and cozy place with the inside/ outside sitting areas . If you chose to sit outside a view is a bonus ! Great place for salad, fish , glass of wine and Italian focaccia bread. We meet there often with the friends for lunch got fidhios meal and a great view!

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Thank Marshaici
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buon Giorno Marshaici, Thank you for the great write up. I definitely love coming to work everyday to see this amazing view. Please give me a call at the restaurant when you have a chance, I would like to do something nice for you. Thank you for your time Marshaici. Grazie, -Matthew Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 More 

San Diego, California
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Il Fornaio's bright star is its monthly regional specialty.....from Sicily to Lombardy the famous variety of cuisines is offered with wine pairings. Otherwise the standard but excellent dishes such as Roast herbed Chicken with potatoes and broccolini will appeal to any and all ages. Service is unobtrusive yet attentive. Ocean view is unmatched. Families welcome. Prices are reasonable.

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Thank consolef
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buon Giorno Consolef, Thank you for the very well written positive review. I also love our Festa Regionale program that highlights a different region of Italy every month. Please give me a call at the restaurant when you have a chance, I would like to do something nice for you. Thank you for your time Consolef. Grazie, -Matthew Il Fornaio... More 

Austin, Texas
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Top to bottom, good. Large salads. Exceptional bolognese. Spinach ravioli stuffed with sausage very good. Legit tiramisu.

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Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Good Morning Lmrsp, Thank you for your great review. I would like to do something nice for you taking the time to wright such a nice review. Please give me a call at the restaurant when you have a chance. Thank you for your time Lmrsp. Grazie, -Matthew Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 More 

Del Mar, California
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

...have been dining at this restaurant for years. Generally a positive experience with an occasional miss but that is ok.as long as the misses are very infrequent. Last night, was a train wreck in the bar...service was painfully slow and awkward. I was embarrassed for the staff. Either servers and bartender were understaffed/overworked or they just didn't care. ...if I... More 

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Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Good Afternoon Glen Connolly, I'm very sorry to hear about your experience at my restaurant. I would really appreciate the chance to learn more about what happened, and I would also like to make it up to you. Please give me a call at the restaurant when you have a chance. Thank you for your time Glen. Grazie, -Matthew Il... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $40
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene
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 92014-2401
    (15th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: 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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