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“Lovely restaurant and food”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #13 of 93 Restaurants in Del Mar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 15th Street
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.
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant and food”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

We went for a dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary, the restaurant is located by the ocean and has a fantastic view....the restaurant staff were brilliant and the food was good....I have had better food but the service and ambience made it into a top notch experience.....quite recommend this one....especially if it is an occasion...also ensure you book in advance

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Punit M
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San Diego
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great spot for happy hour”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

The restaurant is in a great location in the Del Mar Plaza with an ocean view and yesterday we had a great sunset. They have happy hour most of the year except for horse racing season when Del Mar is too crowded to be fun. Happy hour is from 4-6pm Monday-Friday when house wine, some specialty drinks, 3-4 different pizzas and a couple of other appetizers are $5. Best deal around and the pizzas are delicious. They also make their bread which is wonderful hot with EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Jesse is a great bartender and good at whipping up the specialty drinks. The plaza offers parking with validation free for two hours so that is handy.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank JanRSF
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Syracuse, New York
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stumbled upon this restaurant and what a find it was! The view of the sparkling Pacific was awesome. I can't say enough about the service and food. Everything about this restaurant was excellent and we'd certainly go back.

Visited October 2012
Thank Linda and Joe C
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Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“very average”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

A very busy restaurant in a shopping centre overlooking the pacific. Staff and service were good but thefood was very average indeed.

I ordered bean and kale soup which I had to send back, teh kale was overcooked and slimy, the beans totally raw. I am sure the soup was looking low and they decided to bulk it out with new tin of beans and some water.

I had teh cod for mains, the fish was good but swimming unnecessarily in tomato sauce.

Visited October 2012
Thank chui101
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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
I want to thank you for your Open Table review, we highly appreciate your feedback.
I wanted apologize about your experience , please feel free to contact me, or any other manager, we really appreciate your business and we want to make sure you will be back.

Have a wonderful day!

Walter Scotto
Il Fornaio Del Mar
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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303 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Decent meal at a decent price”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We really enjoyed our meal here the service can make or break your evening and everything our server did was excellent ; Thank you Annabell (I love your hoop earings) .. we enjoyed ourselves on the covered outdoor patio ....First class all the way...

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Fiumes61
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