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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Il Fornaio - Del Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (116)great for outdoor dining (81)special occasion (54)romantic (49)good for groups (39)neighborhood gem (37)great for lunch (32)fit for foodies (29)great for brunch (24)kid-friendly (22)vibrant bar scene (19)notable wine list (19)hot spot (15)late-night find (8)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soggy & Burnt Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Ordered Vegetarian Pizza. It took 30-40 minutes to come and when it came it was soggy and at the same time burnt. For $15 definitely not worth it
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What happened to the food?
    delmarcustomer
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Used to come here quiet a bit. After their renovation, the food has been terrible. We tried their latest Italian regional cuisine. Everything was terrible. The fennel soup was blend and flavorless. The seabass as unfresh and dry (also flavorless). The ravioli with artichoke was a joke. The artichoke tasted worst than tree bark that it was so stringy and tough. The seafood marinara pasta also didn't have any flavor. The marinara sauce was also awful, ketchup tasted better. Waiter was never around and when he was, he was very awkward. Your hostess should've noticed that 1) there weren't enough chairs 2) not enough menu 3) not enough utensil/ plate. Bus boy couldn't clean the table fast enough to get us out of there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently At The Top
    JavaDog88VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Il Fornaio is always good. Great menu with weekly specials. The view in Del Mar is beautiful. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent Authenticity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is consistently very good and authentic regional Italian food. The breads and pastas are homemade and fresh. The rotisserie chicken is always crispy and delicious. I enjoy their food more than I do the food in most places in Italy that I visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Anniversary Dinner
    tmos22002
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Came here from Riverside county for our 28th Anniversary. In a word, the food was awesome. I had the pork shank and my wife had the sea bass. The sauces on both were to die for. Wine list was quite impressive too. Our server was attentive and friendly. The food came quickly but it took a little while to get the check - but no big deal as I was enjoying my bride's company and my stomach was more than satisfied. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    It was ok. Food was ok. Waiter was nice but hard to understand. Patio was full of 65 yrs and plus so myself and my 15 yr old didn't quite fit. Nice day, decent view do ok. Not sure I would come back again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Spectacular service
    KenG
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My only regret was forgetting our server's name. She was very polite, fun, attentive, and helpful. She even gave us a tiramisu when our wine of choice was unavailable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too bad they don't care
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    They were busy, late to seat us on the reservation, and they did not really take care of us as customers. It seemed like we were an afterthought. We always had to get the attention of the waiter, when they were passing buy. Mission accomplished we will not return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JCSDVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Favorite restaurant and our server was outstanding, even dealing with a party of 14!
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brandon Sostre
    heybuddymovies
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Highly friendly staff! They knew it was our anniversary and seated us at a great table outside, however it was a little too hot for us that day so they moved inside with no hassle. Would have liked our drinks a little sooner, but they were very busy so we didn't hold it against anyone. The food was incredible and I can't say enough about the staff being great, energetic and helpful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Opening Day.. It's A winning ticket
    Gratefuldiners
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The Del Mar Plaza was picture perfect , the scene glamour and sofistication in a coastal setting. Il fornio appeared to be the crowing jewel with their Enoteca/wine garden and restaurant! Our hostesses were all very gracious, our seating was adjusted and we were sat promptly. Thank you ladies. The menu had a limited opening day selection, burratta was Fresh, the breads were hot, entrées pasta, seafood, and beef were all delivered hot all were delicious. Service was attentive although not intrusive. The dessert, profiteroles could have came from a box and the the choc sauce was Hershey's style. Stick to Italian and do it right is my suggestion, the dessert is the last impression......so, impress! Keeping it positive I will be returning!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    DelMarDivaVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Il Fornaio has a beautiful location in Del Mar and some of the tables on their spacious patio have wonderful ocean views. We made a reservation at 6:00 pm and were able to sit at one of those tables. The service was excellent and the tasting menu from the Veneto region was delicious. We tried different salads, pastas and main courses and were delighted with the food. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    DispleasedVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have been going to Il Fornaio since it opened and are pleased with the remodel and injection of energy
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration Dissapointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our hostess seemed harried and not very friendly towards us. The first table we were provided we rejected as it was almost in the bar with no view and the location was awful - it was my wife's birthday and I had specified we wanted a nice table with a view. We were disappointed in the table we were provided - it was squeezed between two large tables and there was less than a foot between us and the other diners - the table was so small the entrees could barely be placed on it...the hostess that was responsible for greeting us and providing our table barely engaged with us and when we came back to be seated somewhere else she spoke to the other hostess like we were not even standing there. Our server was very accommodating.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sash
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I always enjoy dining at El Fornaio both in Del Mar and Walnut Creek.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great view
    CurlyMama
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Good, innovative Italian offerings. Incomparable view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nanbrit
    Nanbrit
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Our foursome met for a birthday celebration which was the first visit for one of our party. Overall experience with delicious food and presentation was enjoyed by all. Our server was attentive without being obtrusive which was appreciated as well and bringing a surprise dessert that was just perfect to share.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome view and good food
    CatfanVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had 5 of us.All enjoyed.
    Lenny
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, but not as good as I remember
    Lauren
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was perfect!
    Luv2DineVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We love this restaurant for the food, service and ambiance. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taking my Kids to Dinner
    JDPMiamiVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We really enjoyed the food the service and the ambiance. We regularly some here but haven't been at this location in several months.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kinda bland
    Stilllooking
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not so great
    garfield
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Post renovation
    FreqdinerVIP
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scenic restaurant
    Arlene
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TunaGuy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Very Good
    DisappointedItalian
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for a special occasion
    John
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The special Sicillian food night was excellent as well as the special wines served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great again
    Adam
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate