Il Fornaio - Del Mar
Il Fornaio - Del Mar

Il Fornaio - Del Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 8587558876
  • 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.
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Il Fornaio - Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (110)great for outdoor dining (79)special occasion (56)good for groups (47)romantic (42)neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (37)great for lunch (32)notable wine list (30)hot spot (22)kid-friendly (21)vibrant bar scene (21)great for brunch (18)late-night find (11)Show More
  • Great Evening
    SDEater
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Party of 5 and we sat on the outdoor patio. Great view of sunset on the Pacific. We brought our own wine and a couple of us had drinks from the bar. Our server was a bit slow as we had to keep reminding her of what was needed. She may have been new. Food was awesome and the restaurant is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely meal. Superb wine.
    soupeater
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The salmon was prepared superbly, plated attractively, and served by a professional. BTW, the affogato was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Visit
    OccasionalDiner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    For a restaurant that was far from filled up, the service was sluggish. It was hard to determine if it was due to the waitress having too many tables to handle, and having too many at the same stage of the meal, or something else. I ordered a special dish of short ribs, and received a huge mass of meat and sauce. But the meat was rubbery, and at least half of it was inedible, consisting of gristle and chewy stuff that surrounds the bones (which had been removed). Oh, it was enough to eat, but hardly gourmet fare. Previous visits had me looking forward to the evening, and now I'll think twice about heading back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Felt I was seated at table near supplies and sun in our eyes, tho other tables available, perhaps due to appearance/age(65)? Our food was good, a birthday dessert brought w/o request, don't know how they knew?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nanc
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Loved everything but the parking...cost nearly as much as the meal - even with validation! So, beware of how long you stay....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Fornaio
    feinVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Every time when in SD I make sure to go there for a meal. EVERYTHING is great! Love them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little loud, but worth it.
    Sam13
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was good. I enjoyed the way the restaurant looked. The view was beautiful. The one issue I had was that it was louder than I had hoped. I would go again, but probably during a less busy night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below average experience
    Mrwolfinca
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We came here for our anniversary and had a poor experience. I thought I remembered this place having a much better ambiance. For the price and location, I was thoroughly underwhelmed. I felt like I was in a California Pizza Kitchen. Nothing wrong with CPK, but I expect more out of Il Fornaio. Loud, bright, and felt like a chain. The service was also very lacking. The waiters seemed to be visiting the other tables around us often, but our girl was invisible. She had nothing to say when she first visited the table and only stopped by later when I asked another server to bring a spoon. She never came back to pour wine, ask how our food was, or get anything else. Then she asked us 10 minutes after we got our dessert if we wanted coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Forgot Birthday
    Annette1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I enterd when i made the reservation that we were celbrating a very special birthday. My mother's 80th. There was no special dessert noting!! I will not be going back!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, fabulous service
    allwedoisdineoutVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our server was a young, vibrant, energetic woman who couldn't be more eager to assist us. More servers everywhere should be like Jessie!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad food bad customer service
    Chipis
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our food took and hour to get to our table. Quality of food, very poor. My husband dish was not cooked well, presentation was pretty bad. Our dishes were very late and cold. Not worth the visit!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Client lunch
    PRTRZ
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very friendly servers plus the entire staff worked together to make this lunch experience noteworthy. The food was fantastic on one and good on the other entry. The views were post card like and I would recommend this restaurant to any business that wants to give a client a memorable lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ReStaurant week lunch event (2014)
    Partyof6
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Made reservation for 6 people for lunch during restaurant week... Food n service was excellent.. Large lunch portion and delicious... Friends and I had a great time... Definitely will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Gem
    GailCVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We enjoyed a Restaurant Week lunch at one of our favorite restaurants! Always great service and delicious food. Il Fornaio Del Mar is always a perfect spot. The Lasagna Ferrares is always fabulous. The Conchiglie Pollo is a favorite. Great spinach salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Remarkable Restaurant Week Lunch
    MsLPVVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our group of five was seated quickly, and at a perfect window seat with excellent ocean views, just as we'd requested in the reservation. Our Italian speaking waiter was gracious, knowledgeable, helpful and attentive without being intrusive. The Restaurant Week menu had a great selection, and none of us was unhappy with our choices at all. This was our first visit to Il Fornaio, and we'll be back. We're already thinking of bringing guests visiting in a few weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    1234
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great Service! Went with a few coworkers for a team dinner. We were waiting for one person and stayed for a couple of hours, the waiters was patience and knowledgeable about the food. Everyone loved their dish, I had the Linguine Mare Chiaro (i think that is how you spell it) pasta with clams, mussels, scallops and prawns. Very good, want to try something else if I ever go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice View
    AnnaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Bringing guests from out of town to this restaurant is guaranteed to impress with both the food and view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    justlikeinItaly
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Finally I got to take my husband on a date for his belated birthday. We had not been to this Fornaio in a few years, we loved the remodel they just did! The server was a nice young lady that seemed to care and suggested Prosecco that was perfect for the all meal. The heirloom tomato salad was just right and the lobster bisque we could really taste lots of lobster and the black truffles, delicious! We had the local wild sea bass that was hot from the oven, very unique preparation. My husband had the Bistecca, 22 oz porterhouse that was, juicy, tender and he said, just hit the spot. Finished with the Tiramisu, we were impressed coz it tasted like the one we had in Italy! We loved this dinner and can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Abruzzo
    sallyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had an exceptionally wonderful dinner we pared the suggested wines with the suggested foods, we went off the tasting menu everything was delicious and even though we were told that they were small plates we came home unable to eat another morcel. The service in particular became fabulous when our waiter was replaced by a very lovely young lady with a wonderful smile and ambiance about her. Got my fix of wanting to be in another country by tasting this special menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cornerstone
    Cornerstone
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is the perfect dining place to bring a client. Our business meeting went extremely well due in part to the outstanding service, food and beauty/quietness of our surroundings. The waiter staff and manager were extremely friendly. We basically had want for nothing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Menu Letdown
    KLou
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Generally the food at Il Fornaio is very good. On this occasion we went to the Del Mar branch. We ordered from their special menu: the cannelloni was drowned in Bechamel sauce and had an inedible filling. My special chicken breast seemed to have been steamed and then placed in sauce; the skin was pale, fatty and not crisped at all. Usually, the food at Il Fornaio is excellent. We were surprised at its quality this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ill at I'lfornaio
    cullinarylvr
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our family went to enjoy a nice family dinner at Il Fornaio. My husband and I had fond memories of years past of excellent food and service. Unfortunately that was not the case last Saturday night. Our server was unattentive except to take our order and 40 minutes later deliver the food. My husbands chicken dish was beige in color and over cooked. Mealy tomato salad, over salted risotto. Sadly we won't be returning to what was once one of our favorite romantic spots.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fair food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Definitely not as good as other il Fornaio restaurants we have gone too. It has gone down in quality and preparation .
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not going back!
    fussyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Husband ordered fish without olives. So his special sauce came on the side but it still had olives! My pork dish was actually cold as if it just came out of the refrigerator. I had to send it back. The third person at our table ordered chicken and was brought pork. The restaurant gave us free dessert but we would have preferred better service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tfleming
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Service, ho-hum. Food: husband said his entree was "okay";my entree was rather tasteless. Had nice table and good view of coastline, but not a memorable evening. Restaurant did not charge for my dinner which was beyond what I expected.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remarkable flavors
    DougVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I had the porketta, which exhibited remarkable complex slow-cooked flavors. The wine options were very interesting. On every visit to San Diego, I arrange to have dinner at Il Fornaio in Del Mar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night Out
    RetiredNavy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was a first to Il Fornaio - Del Mar. We were seated promptly (had a reservation). Had a gorgeous view of the ocean with the sun setting. The food and service were done well. Have been to Il Fornaio - Coronado several times before and will probably choose to go there again over Del Mar. Seating is not as crowded which makes (for me) the dining experience more relaxing.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a great experiance !!!!!!!!!
    lovegreatfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    service is accommodating but not pushy. cannelloni: large portion, texture divine, flavorless over the years everything I have had was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let down
    Dude4food
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had been to Il Fornaio before and for a chain, it was acceptable and not bad. In Del Mar, things changed. Maybe I ordered the wrong dishes, I don't know but the ones brought out to me were mediocre at best. I had a beet salad that was boring and minuscule. I ordered an intriguing (I thought) dish of fresh Italian ring pasta, fried egg plant and grilled octopus in a tomato based sauce. The eggplant was really sparse and the octopus was a no show! I asked my server if octopus took a day off and she assured me it was in there. I never found it and was quite disappointed in this dish. If your seeking Italian food in or near Del Mar, keep searching
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  • Haven't gone here for years
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    And now I know why! A tourist trap with a view. Won't be back again for years. Poor service, tables piled on top of each other, not quality food. Just a big disappointment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy and Mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food is mediocre and expensive. It is VERY noisy and crowded and very hard to hear conversation. Definitely would not go back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dznQA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The place was awesome! After playing golf at Morgan Run, my friend and I went to dinner on Friday Aug 22. The server was extremely wonderful and the general manager, Matthew Galli took care of us. He extended his friendliness to all the diners as I observed him doing his rounds. He is commendable! Great experience overall and I will spread the word and surely I will bring my family from OC to Del Mar to dine in at this place next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    TracyG
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a family dinner with 7 picky eaters and the restaurant did not disappoint. The view is incredible and the service was friendly and attentive. Everyone enjoyed their meal (no doggie bags needed!) and I would recommend Il Fornaio to those that enjoy excellent food with a beautiful view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just ok
    eatin
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our dinner was just ok - the service was also just ok. We repeatedly had to ask for more olive oil for the bread and water. The food was not as good as a remembered from 20 years ago. We have been going to Il Fornaio for a long time. The ambiance is nice, but it is not as polished as it used to be. I did not like sitting next to the butlers station either - I think that should be hidden from guest view - too much coming and going and it was distracting. We went for my kids 17 birthday (twins) and all in all, I think we would have had a better dinner at home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great time here
    SauceonthesideVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Il Fornaio has a great view, tasty menu and relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Awesome Sunsets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Love this place and the food is always consistently perfect ! Awesome atmosphere and sunsets.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively Atmosphere
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We decided to go to I Fornaio to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. For my tastes, it was a bit loud -- we were looking for a quiet place to celebrate our anniversary. Food was fine but the kitchen was very slow and the waiter's assistant brought out the wrong item for me -- my husband's was correct. So, we had to wait longer to get it corrected. The waiter did give us a free dessert for waiting so long. We had a nice ocean view table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A beautiful view, excellent food and professional service. The restaurant hums with energy. The staff works together as a team.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful ocean views
    gf502
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Beautiful location! Pasta a la vodka and gelato with espresso were very good. Gluten free friendly!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Murphybc24
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Awesome experience with delicious food! Loved the gluten free options!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.