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“Favorite Restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #11 of 91 Restaurants in Del Mar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Sunnyvale, California
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189 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Favorite Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

I took a cooking class last year at Il Fornaio and have been back several times for family parties. The food is not only authentic Italian, but the service is impeccable.

Visited November 2012
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Thank hiredpen
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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Buongiorno,
I want to thank you for your Open Table review, we highly appreciate your feedback.

Have a wonderful day!

Walter Scotto
Il Fornaio Del Mar
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English first
Atlanta, GA
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Catch Lunch, Not Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

It's not the food or service that's spectacular here, it's the view. And once the sun goes down, it's gone. Lunch would probably be a better value - $10 side Caesars were $4 too high. Kudos for serving gluten free pasta and accommodating my husband's off -menu request for Chiicken Parm. Conveniently located across from L'Aunerge with easy raking below.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paula422
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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Buongiorno,
Thank You for your review;
We highly appreciate your feedback!

Grazie
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Hermosa Beach, California
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Delicious food, great views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

Food was amazing as always and the views are stellar. It's also nice to walk around the little shops nearby.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Leigh C
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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Buongiorno,
We wanted thank you for your review, we highly appreciate your feedback.

Grazie!
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San Diego, California, United States
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

This restaurant is right across the street from to L'Auberge. Ït has a lot of options for either downstairs, upstairs, or outside, with great service, views, and food.

Visited October 2012
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Thank KenL318
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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Hello, We highly appreciate your review, thank You for your feedback!

Grazie
Il Fornaio management.
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Auckland
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252 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant and food”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Punit M
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