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Il Fornaio - Del Mar
Il Fornaio - Del Mar

Il Fornaio - Del Mar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com
  • Phone: (858) 755-8876
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday, 10:00am - 3:00pm. Lunch: Monday - Saturday, 11:30am - 3:00pm. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 3:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nicola Calamar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Two hours of parking complimentary with validation.
A word from Il Fornaio - Del Mar
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "All 5 ordered different items. Myself + family of 4 from Az. Everyone totally enjoyed their drinks + appetizers + main dishes. All was cooked to perfection. Our waitress was specially charming and knowledgeable + patient. All ordered different drinks and main dishes. She made suggestions as warranted and service was wonderful. Only item missing was break and rolls. I didn't say anything at the time because I didn't want them to fill up on it but all mentioned it in the car going hom. Liked the new décor. Lenorekaplan@gmail.com"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I always enjoy dining at El Fornaio both in Del Mar and Walnut Creek."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Good, innovative Italian offerings. Incomparable view."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I made a reservation on the open table app (on the same day I wanted the reservation) and requested a table on their patio with a view. We arrived and they sat us at a table with an amazing view. They are on a hill in Del Mar, so you get great panoramic views. Don't be scared off because they are a chain - the food was good, the service was great (including allowing us to switch tables to get away from a fussy baby that was by our first table), and the sunset view was amazing. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Entrees were not as tasty as in years past. Both veal and cannelloni had thick sauces without much flavor. Perhaps there is a different chef."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We love this restaurant for the food, service and ambiance. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food the service and the ambiance. We regularly some here but haven't been at this location in several months."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went after my daughters graduation. The food and the service were excellent, you also cannot be the veiw. I would highly recommend Il Fornaio. I had been there in the past but had not been back since the remodel. I saw some reviews complaining about the remodel but I did not have an issue and I even sat on the booth side. The seating was fine for me."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Decent selection but all was bland. Some dishes came out cold, sent it back and it came out with diff veggies. Salmon was flavorless. Linguine with seafood ok. Pasta w lobster also cold. Calamari was good but oil tasted old? Kids meal messed up and a server had problem acknowledging that. Service was great, very apologetic. Good bread. Probably won't come back. Sorry. In my book (at "fancy" restaurant) if dish comes out bad, comp something...side dish, drink, dessert... something to say sorry."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I usually really like this restaurant, but the table was terrible. It should not be a table for six. There was plenty of room, but it was impossible for the two end people to talk to each other. This ruined the dining experience for me. I should have requested a different table, but being Saturday night it was packed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place live on his name and reputation.we had a nice table but the noise level was so loud it was impossible to carry a conversation.the appetiser had nothing special.my pasta arrive room temperature and taste terrible.the service was good.i will not recommend this and not go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Came back here after a long while post their recent renovation. This seems to have focused solely on cramming more seats in. The booths where many groups of 6 were jammed in were clearly too small. It looked worse than coach on a budget airline. The staff are trying but with the volume of customers food takes too long and many dishes were cold or not what was ordered. This chain seems to have gone even more mass market. I am sure an MBA in the C suite thinks this is great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We took a couple with us because of the fabulous view over the Pacific Ocean. However, all four of us were Italian and ordered off the special menu but sadly disappointed that the flavors were missing. It was too expensive for such mediocre food. I had been there a year ago and thought it was good, but June 2014 was most disappointing."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The special Sicillian food night was excellent as well as the special wines served."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The food was great yet again. But the best part was our waiter; he was super friendly and very patient with our twin infants. In fact, everyone was friendly and attentive!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "If the kitchen sends out two portions of fish that are clearly different sizes, the waiter should stop it. If both guests leave most of the cod on their plates & don't finish the meal the waiter should do something. If the waiter says, "oh you didn't like your fish," & the guest replies, "the bread was good," then do something besides removing the plates when the other three parties cleaned their plates. If one guest calls in advance to order a 50th birthday cake & the kitchen writes down the spelling of the name & reads it back to confirm, would you not want to deliver it instead of one complimentary piece of Tiramisu? Thankfully the extra charge for the birthday cake didn't hit the bill. The evening was a mess."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We are regulars and tonight's service and the regional menu (Sicily) were exceptional. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Had a memorable graduation luncheon on patio, great service and food. Our server made every effort to help make it feel special, and unrushed."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Requested a nice table for lunch near the windows and we were very pleased. The hostess and waiter were perfect. attitude and service was professional and friendly. Having two children with us was no problem, though I suspect it may be too busy and lively for them at dinner. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My wife and I had the misfortune to dine at Il Fornaio at the same time as an Il Fornaio corporate gathering. The service was beyond terrible. Our entrees---two fancy pizzas---arrived after we had waited 55 minutes. The pizzas were cold. The waiter offered to reheat them! Yuk!! Long story short, we left and the place did pick up the tab for our shared salad. We declined a coupon for another try at a dinner. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We were so impressed by the great food, good drinks and excellent ambience of this restaurant. Only side note is that the booth's are pretty much for a party of 4, we squeezed 5 in and our legs were touching each other. Other than that, the restaurant was awesome."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Il Fornaio has all the bases covered. Food was phenomenal, service was excellent and ambience was comfortable like eating on your own covered patio. Love this place!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Beautiful view, great service. Sadly the food was not up to standard."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Took the family to Il Fornaio in Del Mar for lunch. Great food and service."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great place to sit back and enjoy the view and great food. My favorite is eggs Benedict. This is one of my favorite places to sit outside, by the fountain, and have a latte. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service was terrible. Restaurant not busy when we entered yet took over 1 hour for our entrees. During this time our waiter did not have another table.People entering after us served and leaving while we finally ate. Food was fair. There are masny better Italian restaurants in San Diego."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We loved our dinner and staff is always friendly, helpful and attentive. Really lovely evening. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had a party of 6. They put us in a booth two of is were kids and it was still tight. They didn't get us another table. The food was just ok. Great service and view"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant several times and have found it to be a good value. It is a lovely place to bring out of town guests too. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "What happened to the table cloths…why are you trying to imitate an american restaurant ? What's with the booths…they can only accommodate three people at best…but you are too close to your neighbor ? This is not a comfortable dining experience. BTW, unless the head chef is cooking, everything will taste like chain Americana pseudo-italian food... "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food was hit or miss-- a butternut squash dish was overcooked, lacked flavor and was smothered in a thick white sauce. The service experience was disappointing. Just before our main course was to arrive, the server (who was pleasant and trying hard) informed us that they just ran out of sea bass. So the menu came back out and our waitress went to other tables for 10-15 minutes. We ordered a pizza and after another delay, we were informed that they did have an order of sea bass after all. When the dish arrived, the sauce was congealed on the side of the plate. It's a beautiful restaurant and the staff was friendly. It could be a first rate restaurant if they had better quality control."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Il Fornaio did a very nice remodel recently. They have remodeled their outside wine bar, expanded their outdoor restaurant space, and remodeled the interior. As usual, the food and service were excellent. The view is amazing."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I would give this place a second chance to go back there. The waiter was great, but it took them way too long to bring our food to us (my girlfriend and I) My Capricciosa pizza was good but a little bit overcooked and cold. She had Pollo Toscano and it was cold too. I hope next time we go back there, the waiter brings our food quickly"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience; delicious food, beautiful view, good service. One of us had the mixed seafood grill. It was so good! The rest of us had the wild sea bass as part of the "Taste of Basilicata" menu. It was so yummy!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This is so close to home and we love to go there Friday nights. Love their bread selections. Their food selection is not too varied. Service is good. This time service was not as usual. I am sure we will go back."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We made a reservation on a Saturday night for 7:30 and still ended up waiting for 35 minutes. However the bar was available and once we did finally sit the service was quite prompt. The wine list was expansive and good for a Wine-o such as myself. The food was extremely fresh and good and they even served Boar which reminded me of my trips to Italy. The outside covered patio was very nice and a good respite from the noise inside. Overall great restaurant if you don't mind waiting for a table."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It was really hard to find the place but we found it. The main course was delicious but the Cesar salad was lacking. Lacking in toppings, lacking in size, lacking in overall substance."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had a beautiful evening here. The food, service, and ambience were all exemplary."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "It's too bad this restaurant is any good since it boasts lovely views and an expansive deck but save your time and your money and go somewhere that has some flavor! Not a single person in our party of 4 liked any portion of their meal. The lobster bisque was watery and not at all thick or rich like a bisque. The cannelloni needed more tomato sauce and although the menu said there was chicken, we couldn't find a single piece of meat in them. The minestrone soup was again watery and lacked any punch or depth. The same can be said for the remainder of the dishes. I wont be going back!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The eggs benedict was amazing. Service was nice as well."
    Dined on 2/23/2014