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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 - 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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Seattle
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189 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

I've been coming here since this place opened, many years ago. I think the quality of food may be even higher now than it once was. And it's always been very good. Professional waiters, beautiful view of the ocean...it's a fine place to dine. Bring money.

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

Good Evening AboveEarth, Thank you so much for your great review. It is really nice when people take the time to say something positive. I would like to send you a gift card as a token of my appreciation. Please give me a call at the restaurant so I can know where to send the gift card to. Thank you... More 

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

The view is amazing from the outside tables. The food is fine. It's good for kids. I would just stick with the pastas because you can't really mess that up. I had salmon, it was good, but nothing spectacular. The wait staff was a little slow and not too professional for my liking, but all in all, it was fine.

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Thank 5starhippychick
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Good Afternoon Mrs. 5Starhippychick, I just read your review, and I'm sorry to hear about your experience at my restaurant. If you have a moment, please contact me at the restaurant so I can find out more about what happened. Thank you for your time Mrs. 5Starhppychick. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 More 

Mexico City, Mexico
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149 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

Always nice to have lunch or dine at Il Fornaio, food is really good, service as well. You can see the ocean from the outside seating area. Better to make a reservation, as it is often full. I have liked everything I have eaten there, menu is quite varied. Nice for special occasions as well! It is located inside a... More 

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Thank NB O
Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buon giorno! Thank you for your Trip Advisor review. We appreciate any and all feedback and are always particularly pleased when that feedback is positive! We hope to see you again soon. Grazie mille, Alex Olson More 

USA
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

We made a reservation ahead of time and they had a table in a great location waiting for us. Watching the sunset while dining was the goal and Il Fornaio delivered! Promptly seated upon arrival, our waiter was a friendly, attentive lively sort who really helped us with the menu and to decide what to order. It was a tough... More 

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

Buon Giorno Forestalle, I just read your review, thank you so much for your kind words. I showed your review to the team, and it made them very proud and happy. Please give me a call when you have a chance, I'd like to send you a gift card as a token of my appreciation. Thank you for your time... More 

Hamilton, New Jersey
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283 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Went for Dinner and Drinks - Service was excellent and Pizza was tasty. Great views of the ocean. Would go back again!

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Thank NewJersey30
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

I just read your review, thank you for the kind words. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can thank you in person, and I would also like to do something nice for you. Thank you for joining us. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del Mar More 

St. James, New York, United States
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200 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

We make sure to eat here every time we come to San Diego County. While the food is delicious and the service is excellent, I have noticed that the portions are somewhat smaller than in years past and the prices have been raised. I guess the cost of having such a perfect location in the plaza has taken its toll.... More 

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

Buon Giorno Mr. HarlanJF, I just read your review, thank you for the kind words. Please give me a call at the restaurant when you have a chance, I would like to send you a gift card as a token of my appreciation. Thank you for your time Mr. HarlanJF. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del Mar 858.755.8876 More 

Mazatlan, Mexico
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193 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

Great location within Del Mar area near the beach in a really nice plaza, great views and food is really good italian style, service also good and try to get on the terrace

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

Buon Giorno Jackordaz! I just read your review, thank you for the kind words. 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 send you a gift card. Thank you for your time Jackordaz. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio Del... More 

Norman, OK
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200 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

We just stopped in for a couple drinks while shopping in the area. Very nice open patio area. Good service. Didn't try any of the food but the menu looked good.

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Thank bathos13
Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this review

Buon Giorno Bathos13, I just read your review, thank you for the kind words. It's really nice when people take the time to say something nice. Please ask for me the next time you come in. I want to make sure you try our food on your next visit, so I would like to do something special for you. I... More 

Uk
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48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

We ate 2 nights here and was great both times It was a return visit after several years and we were not disappointed in the service or food Casual or dressy

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

Buon Giorno Sockscat! I just read the review you left, thank you for your kind words. It's really nice when people take the time to say something positive. I would like to send you a gift card as a thank you. Please give me a call at the restaurant. Thank you for your time Sockscat. Grazie, -Matthew Galli Il Fornaio... More 

Oakland, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

We had a group dinner for 25 people last night. The event manager Lisa, worked with me to create a great family style menu tailored to our budget. The food was good and plentiful for a very reasonable price. Our servers were fantastic and clearly wanted us to have a great experience!

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

Good Evening Exploringlee, I just read the review you left, thank you so much for the kind words. I have showed your review to the rest of the staff, and I have awarded Lisa and your servers for the good job they did. Please ask for me the next time you come in so I can thank you personally, and... 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
US$10 - US$40
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?