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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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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Carlsbad, CA
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406 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

We had a guest in from Texas, and called ahead to ensure we had a window, view table. Upon arriving, I would estimate that the restaurant was maybe one-third occupied. Basically, empty... Understaffed and waited 8 minutes just to be seated. When we went to be seated, the requested (and assured table) was taken. The maitre d', a rude and... More 

Thank TDK41992
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

I was served several slices of freshly baked bread upon arrival; outstanding! I ordered 'linguine mare chiaro', a pasta with a variety off sea food included. Tasty, sell presented, and a good portion. While this is a chain restaurant, it was a nice dinner, in a relaxing setting, with friendly staff. I enjoyed my meal, but the next time in... More 

Thank stan w
San Diego, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We just used the Il Fornaio in Del Mar, CA for a wedding reception for 108 people, and couldn't be happier! Following a ceremony in nearby Seagrove Park, we used their outdoor bar (Enoteca del Fornaio) for a private cocktail hour that included fabulous hor d'oeuvres while watching a spectacular sunset over the ocean. From there we went into the... More 

Thank California1Mama
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Il Fornaio is a go to place for excellent Italian dining. Lunch or Dinner. It's our Go-to place when we have an appetite and can't think of anywhere else (though there are lots of restaurants in Del Mar). They have a "to-die-for" view and have kept the restaurant current with Flaming Crystals outside to keep you warm, or inside by... More 

Thank DebbeD777
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

If you want to remember that trip to Italy, this is the place to take friends. We lived in Italy for many years and we put Il Fornaio on our must visit list every time we get to Southern California. It emphasizes the cuisine of the Umbria Region, which is lighter than northern Italy and emphasizes the freshness of the... More 

Thank Jim R

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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
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, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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?