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Il Fornaio

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1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2401 (15th Street)
+1 858-755-8876
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11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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181 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I have known El Fornaio since the late 1990s, when it still could have been described as a nice Italian restaurant. Over the years, the quality of the food has declined, while the noise level has gone up. The inside has the flair of a diner, the outside is better. The food overall has seen better days. The bruscetta had... More 

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Solana Beach, California
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94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

A nice Italian restaurant that's part of a small chain. Excellent house made bread and good choices for lunch or dinner. I have their chicken salad for lunch regularly that's made from chicken that they rotisserie on the premises. Service is always excellent and it's a good place for a luncheon meeting or dinner.

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Thank sdphil
Del Mar, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The location on the Plaza is fantastic, and the food equally good. Fantastic service is the norm here, especially if they know you. I am local and frequent Il Fornaio, both for pizza at the bar during HH, and for traditional dinner.

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Thank Curtis Russell K
Albuquerque
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Five of us looked forward to dinner at Il Fornaio, based on good experiences years ago. It was not to be. First was the parking garage, where every spot was full, on a Friday evening, until someone left. The restaurant was very noisy, and, unaccountably, noisier outside than in. Our inside table required two of us to sit on a... More 

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

Good Afternoon Mr. Ivan, I'm sorry to hear about your experience especially since I was the manager that apologized for the execution of your dish and tried to rectify the situation. It is my priority as a manager to do everything I can to make sure the guest leaves happy even when factors and elements beyond my control effect the... More 

San Diego, California
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 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
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Good Morning Ahkilah, I'm sorry to hear about your most recent experience at my restaurant. It sounds like you didn't feel the value of your experience. I know we can offer a great value for our price point and I would like the opportunity to show you that. Please give me a call at the restaurant so I can have... More 

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157 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 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
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buon Giorno Marshaici, Thank you for the great write up. I definitely love coming to work everyday to see this amazing view. 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 Marshaici. Grazie, -Matthew Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 More 

San Diego, California
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 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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Thank consolef
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buon Giorno Consolef, Thank you for the very well written positive review. I also love our Festa Regionale program that highlights a different region of Italy every month. 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 Consolef. Grazie, -Matthew Il Fornaio... More 

Austin, Texas
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

...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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546 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 40
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
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: +1 858-755-8876
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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