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Il Fornaio

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1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2467 (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
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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El Centro, California
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107 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took some friends to lunch yesterday afternoon while driving around. They suggested this restaurant, as their daughter had taken them there a few months ago. Excellent choice. The view from anywhere in the restaurant is probably worth a million dollars, beautiful Pacific Ocean, waves and all. The menu is full Italian, and the waiter, Daniele is very helpful and... More 

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Del Mar is a busy place with lots of restaurants. We chose Il Fornaio because it has everything: a beautiful ocean view, good food, and free parking in the basement of the plaza. They had several gluten free pasts choices, which was nice for some in our party, and the rest enjoyed the tasty Italian menu items.

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

Buona Sera Chris, Thank you so much for your great review of our restaurant. It really means a lot when people take the time to say something nice. Please give me a call at the restaurant, I would like to do something nice for you taking the time. Thank you Chris. Grazie, -Matthew Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 More 

San Diego, California
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The outdoor portion of this place is just the perfect setting. It's got a panoramic ocean view with a sunset each night. It's a fantastic setting for couples, group dates, etc...they have live music, wonderful pizza, great drinks, happy and friendly service AND umbrellas if you are getting too much sun. It's one of my favorite places to take people... More 

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

Bouna Sera RenaissancePeople, Thank you so much for your great review. It is really motivating to me and my staff when we hear about people having a great experience at our restaurant. Please give me a call at the restaurant, I would like to do something nice for you. Thank you for your time. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del... More 

San Diego, California
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located on the top level of the Del Mar Plaza, this restaurant offers a typical Italian cuisine. It's consistent in quality of food and service. Getting a reservation here may be difficult especially on special occasions and holidays.

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

Buona Sera SDquilter, Thank you for the great review. I'm very happy you noticed the consistency with the quality of food and service. Please give me a call at the restaurant, I would like to do something nice for you. Thank you for your time SDquilter. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 More 

San Diego, California
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478 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we ate out on the plaza last night. The setting can't be beat. We had calamari, salad, and a pizza. The beers were happy hour prices. We had a great desert. Our server was terrific.

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

Buona Sera Baltoro, Thank you so much for the great review. I'm glad you were able to join us for the great view and our wonderful wood fired pizza. Please give me a call at the restaurant so I can get you back in here to have another great experience. Thank you for your time Baltoro. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il... More 

San Diego, California
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96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

We enjoy meeting friends and family at Il Fornaio in Del Mar. Our family members drive down from Orange County and we drive up from La Jolla. Views are incredible, service is always great. The seasonal menus bring variety to the selections, but the menu's standards (penne in vodka sauce, bolognese, etc) are like welcome friends. We love ending the... More 

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Thank 2beans2000
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buona Sera 2Beans2000, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice review. I'm so glad our restaurant can be a pleasant place for you and your family to meet up. Please give me a call at the restaurant, I would like to do something nice for you taking the time. Thank you for joining us 2Beans2000. Grazie,... More 

Hong Kong, China
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145 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Visited on a Wednesday evening, the restaurant was busy but they found us a table on the patio with a great view over to the Ocean. Full Italian menu with specialities, very professional and knowledgable waiting staff, good quality authentic food, with prices to match.

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

Buona Sera Paul, Thank you for your great feedback and continued support of Il Fornaio Del Mar. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can thank you in person. BRAVO PAUL! Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 More 

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81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

It's one of the best places in Del Mar to have a great food and view both. While having a glass of wine and mesmerized by the ocean view, you are served with a delicious grill shrimp, scallops and calamari. What else do you want to enjoy?

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

Good Afternoon Rostam, I just read your review and thank you for the great feedback. Your review painted a nice picture and it put a smile on my chefs face. Please give me a call at the restaurant, I would like to do something nice for you. Thank you for your time Rostam. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del Mar... More 

Oceanside, California, United States
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I reserved a table for a Friday evening several days in advance. We got a table on the covered patio looking out towards the ocean, and watch as the sun peeked in and out of the clouds. Nice Italian wine selection. We had the 2010 Amarone- excellent. Our waiter was very nice and allowed us to take our time enjoying... More 

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

Buon Giorno Paul, Thank you for the great review. I am very proud of our wine program, and it is reassuring when I find guests that enjoy more unique wines than most people in Del Mar are used to. Please give me a call at the restaurant when you get a chance, I would like to do something nice for... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Worked with Lisa to coordinate a private family celebration for 5/8/16 at Il Fornaio in Del Mar. She was so professional and creative and I really appreciated all the attention she gave to our event. The private room met our needs perfectly, the food was excellent and our server "Den" was friendly and efficient. The only bummer was that when... More 

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Thank nmtravelbug1224
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buon Giorno, I'm sorry for the late response, and I'm sorry for how you were greeted when you entered the restaurant. I have identified the host that was there when you came in, and I will make sure that does not happen again. The hosts could've tried to find you a space in the bar area since Denna was still... 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, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view
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: 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?