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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
11:30 - 22:00
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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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San Diego, CA
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79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the deal-making venue of choice for many Southern California real estate, business, and entertainment deals. You may not recognize the faces --- but if you read the business pages you would know the names. Great for people watching but frankly the food is well worth the visit. Amazing varieties of breads and world-class Italian food, in a relaxed... More 

Thank DrFrisbie
Santa Barbara, California
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Il Fornaio. It never disappoints. I love coming for a late afternoon glass of wine and appetizer or early dinner for the best tables. The view is outstanding and the ambiance can't be beat.

Thank Patricia M
Highland, California
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197 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We fully planned on lunch, but read another review about the happy hour which is from 4 to 6. It's worth it. About 5 wines and 3 mixed drinks for $6. There's about 3 appetizers (bruschetta, calamari) for $6 and about 3 different pizzas for $6. The regular prices for these are anywhere from 12.95 to 17.95. Great savings. Be... More 

Thank somrtravl
Copiague, New York
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92 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hosted an event for 70 people here. They did a great job. Set up was great, food was delicious and service was outstanding. From the appetizers to the desert it was all terrific. Classic Italian food, well prepared and served. Accommodating both Gluten Free and vegetarian. We returned two nights later for a nice quiet dinner and were not... More 

Thank Bill47533
Los Angeles, California, United States
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140 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very crowded, but honored our reservation on time. Food was delicious, service perfect even when the server had many tables. Would definitely eat here again.

Thank Val D
Carlsbad, CA
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411 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even the entrance takes your breath away with the beautiful marble bar overlooking the ocean. Birght, crisp and very Italian. The Host and GM "Vito" is always there to help you thru the evening. I had the Carpaccio - thin sliced, capers, and fresh sliced Parmesan Reggiano on top. Perfect. Then the Stuffed cannelonni baked in a cheese sauce -... More 

Thank John R
Altona, Colorado
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food is good, the sort of Italian cuisine and pricing you'd expect from the Il Foriano chain. The location is excellent because of the parking underneath (validation only covers part of the cost), and because it's perched above the road and looks out over the sea. The service was attentive and helpful. This is really an excellent place to... More 

Thank ColoradoLongJ
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83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing! Make a reservation! We visited from Texas, and from the reviews, I knew to make a reservation in advance! The food is spectacular! The service is excellent!! A must try! The carpaccio was excellent and the heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella in the caprese salad were delicious!

Thank Marcey D
San Francisco
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Note: This rating is for the Weekday Happy Hour only Il Fornaio is a long-standing Italian restaurant in the center of Del Mar village. The Happy Hour, which runs until 6 on weekdays, has exceptional value. There is a list of food and beverages that are all priced to 6 dollars. I sampled pizza, appetizers, and drinks from the menu... More 

Thank RedSoxRunner
Carlsbad, California
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I was here for a business dinner in a private room and had a selected menu so I can't comment on the range of food. However, what we were served was good and the service was very good. A little hard to find as the restaurant is upstairs hidden from the main street - the 101.

Thank Jason A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
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
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?