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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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San Diego, California
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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
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150 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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
San Diego, California
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

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Thank lmrsp
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 2 weeks ago

...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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Thank glennconnolly
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 

San Diego, California
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495 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live near this restaurant and have been there many times. it is consistently good with excellent service in an attractive setting. There is a full bar and an extensive wine list. The restaurant frequently features a guest chef from some part of Italy.

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

Buon Giorno Baltoro, Thank you for your great review of our restaurant. It's really nice when people take the time to say something positive. 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 Baltoro. Grazie, -Matthew Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 More 

Temecula, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I spent the evening at the Enoteca tonight and we had the most incredible and professional experience from the staff there!!!!!!! The bartender was adorable and as sweet as could be! He made us the best cocktails we have ever had and he had the best suggestions for wine pairing with our meal. The food was incredible... More 

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

Good Afternoon Christina, Thank you for your great review and praise of our bartender. I would like to know which bartender enhanced your experience as well as I would like to do something nice for you taking the time to write this review. Please call me at the restaurant when you have the chance. Thank you Christina. Grazie, -Matthew Il... More 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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195 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was ok, but for the price nothing special. Service was better than the food. It's a chain restaurant. It has a bar and an indoor space, s well as a shaded outdoor space. OK place for lunch and perhaps you'll find a dish you particularly like. One of us enjoyed the ravioli.

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

Buon Giorno BeastiePV, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Being a restaurant nowadays it is not enough to be ok, we need to be exceptional, but it sounds like you weren't given exceptional. I know we can give you exceptional, and I would like the opportunity to show you. Please give me a call at the restaurant, I would... More 

San Diego, California
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256 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We liked the location and the rooftop ambiance, especially as the sun went down. We were able to get a table with a good view of the sunset. We planned to have cocktails and appetizers. Service for drinks was slow but we did eventually get our cocktails and they were fine. But the food never came. We reminded our waiter... More 

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Thank 0591TimS
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Good Evening Tim, I'm very sorry to hear about your experience. I shared your feedback with the Chef, and I feel we've fixed the issue. I would like a chance to get you back in here so we can show you the experience you should've had the last time. Please give me a call at the restaurant, I would like... More 

Del Mar, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best ilfo in the chain. Mathew,Alex and Walter will make sure your going too luv it. Fresh, hot and authentic italian cooking. Value, quality and a great experience!

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

Bravo Esmipaul! Thank you for the recognition for my team and I. It really motivates us when we here people enjoy their experience with us and what we do. Please call me at the restaurant, I would like to do something nice for you. Thank you for your time Esmipaul. Grazie, -Matthew Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 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, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, 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 92014-2401
    (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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