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“Nice Italian with a Great View”
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: Dinner, Late Night, 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.
San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Nice Italian with a Great View”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

I had lunch at Il Fornaio for a business meeting. The restaurant is located in a high-end shopping complex in scenic Del Mar with clear views of the ocean. Parking may be an issue, but they will validate your parking if you park in the garage.

The restaurant itself consists of both an indoor area and an expansive patio. Since it is San Diego, the patio is a great place to enjoy the 72 degrees and sweeping views of the ocean. The inside is decorated in "Understated Italian" with just enough touches to convey the message, but not carrying over to tacky.

The food is excellent and the menu offers a wide variety of choices. Their sauces are authentic and the preparation very well done. The service is also very professional and friendly. No complaints on either subject.

Overall, a great place to grab a nice Italian meal and enjoy the view.

  • Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Very Good and Elevated Italian Food”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

The service and food is very good here. They change the menu by region fairly often and if you like this place get on their newsletter. The service is outstanding and the wine selection very good. I really like the carpaccio.

Visited April 2013
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San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good for a business or casual lunch, as well as groups”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Il Fornaio has a great location with some decent ocean views. The food is always dependable - as is service. A solid option for italian food in Del Mar. They also have space and staff accustomed to accomodating larger parties.

  • Visited January 2013
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Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
893 reviews
683 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 403 helpful votes
“Always improving...but good now”
Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

There was I point we didn't come here...just lost something. But the last few times here have been great. First,it's a great spot, view, and atmosphere. Food is perfect, tasty, and home made Italian tasting. Two different managers stopped by our table to make sure we were cared for. This is something that was absent a while back. That says much to us. Can't go wrong with any dish here, including pizza. I'm a fan again, it's back on the rotation!

Visited May 2013
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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Thank you for your review, we appreciate your feedback.
we hope to see you again soon!

Grazie Mille!
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San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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“Beautiful View in Del Mar”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Il Fornaio has not changed its menu much in 10 years, but the food is still good, and the view is superb.

  • Visited May 2013
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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Thank you for your review, we appreciate your feed back!

Grazie mille !
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