Nice meal in a relaxed setting.
Nice meal in a relaxed setting. Our server was very knowledgeable in the menu and easily able to help my wife make a selection that would be gluten-free. A very nice conclusion to a great day in the Carmel area.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We entered from the hotel
We entered from the hotel which was across the room from the reception desk. Three waiters rushed by without a glance.The service was saved by our waiter who was fantastic. My wife's pasta dish was non-descript and my sea bass was so dry that I didn't finish it.Every one can have an off night so we would definitely try again.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Large seating area, food is
Large seating area, food is excellent and service wonderful.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very pleasant evening. Very
Very pleasant evening. Very good food. Very nice and efficient waitress. Great experience.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Italian Food!!!
I'm an Italian food lover and this was some of the best Italian I've eaten. The ambiance was wonderful and the service was exemplary. My husband and I love eating "Italian style" and like to split a pasta, salad and entrée. Some restaurants get annoyed by it but it was no problem here. They brought out fresh plates with each course and were happy to serve us. The wait staff was extremely attentive to our every need. Our waiter Carlitos was the best. What a wonderful experience. Don't miss this restaurant if you're in Carmel.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friday night buzz
Was there on a Friday night and ate near the bar area, fairly loud but not intolerable. Usually not a big fan of pasta but my Mediteranean themed dish was truly delicious. Salad also excellent. Might change my opinion in the future. Service was outstanding. Would go back if in the area.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Easy Italian Food for Carmel
Went to Il Fornaio with my girlfriend while visiting Carmel this past weekend. Sat us immediately and gave us great olive and rosemary bread with dinner! Entrees were reasonably priced and the pastas were delicious! I had the Gnocchi Formaggio, with asparagus and chives in a cream cheese sauce. Very delicious. Decent wine menu and full bar. Would recommend and will visit again!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived early, no problem,
We arrived early, no problem, choice of Brunch or Lunch menu as it was a Sunday.
Service great, food great.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still good to the last bite
We returned to this restaurant since we had such a lovely time a year ago.
We are very glad to have gone back and tried some new dishes along with
a couple of favorites. Excellent wine list and service. Even my 2 young daughters
were content to wait for their sumptuous dishes to arrive.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place for lunch. Especially like the salads. The house chop salad is my favorite and makes a meal. The beat salad is very good but lighter. Great service. Sit in the back in the room with a wall of windows.
Also great for coffee and pastries in the morning...sit in the round room with the fireplace.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant resides in the Pine Hotel and is absolutely fabulous. The staff is warm, friendly and extremely helpful. This was our first visit and they made us feel so special. The butternut, brown butter ravioli was amazing. The calamari, linguini fruti del mar was outstanding as well as the spaghetti and lobster. For desert we almost licked the plate after finishing the chocolate mousse. Overall, our entire meal was the best we had on our Northern Ca road trip. We live in San Diego so we will be finding their sister restaurants in Coronado and Del Mar. Amazing Food!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always good food
We eat here regularily and always have great food. Right now they are running the Italian regional menu, that's always fun and a chance to try different foods. The service is always good. The wine list is Italians and local wines.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming dining experience
Loved this place very charming, totally fits with the surrondings of Carmel. Food and service were excellent.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great hearty Italian
If you are looking for a family friendly establishment in the heart of Carmel, then this is for you! I quite enjoyed the Pomodoro Gnochhi. Great hearty Italian! My only complaint is the strong soap scent from the neighboring Lush store - especially when the door to the hotel was opened. Scents this strong can distort the taste of food for those who are sensitive.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food arranged with style, salmon was just right
Waitress not upbeat (missed giving us bread
until we asked for bread( VG crispy fluffy, wife
thought s/b more chewy can eat more with the
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great ambiance and very good
Great ambiance and very good food and service. Went 2 nights in a row even though there are many other good restaurants in Carmel. Excellent specialty menu.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have frequented this restaurant on many special occasions and have never been disappointed.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
They found out it was our first time and gave us the Royal treatment. Free appetizers and free dessert. Very pleasant service and goof recommendations. Food was great!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Festa Regionale is a wonderful
Festa Regionale is a wonderful offering. Every month, one region of Italy is featured in a chef's offering. This time it was the food of Sicily. Absolutely wonderful.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love Il Fornaio!
Great restaurant --food and ambience. Bar staff is awesome.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lunch - love the rolls
Had a great Salad with chicken there, my husband had an disapointing pasta with chicken. The service was great & thank goodness their bread & rolls were wonderful so he/we got to fill up.
The service & ambiance were great. Got to sit & visit with friends.
7/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Une bonne table
Très bonne cuisine dans une très belle salle. Service courtois. Excellente soirée!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My fiance and I had a very enjoyable time at Il Fornaio, our service was great and the food was excellent! We will be back!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent restaurant in Carmel
Il Fornaio is a comfortable, excellent restaurant behind the Pine Inn in Carmel. It has fresh seafood, Italian dishes and several speicalities. Highly recommended.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food, attentive service, excellent wine list. Using Open Table was easy & very efficient
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Il Fornaio in Carmel always has great food and great service. It was an extremely busy night when we went, but the service was still outstanding, no feeling of being rushed or of being ignored. The server spent time on both the wine list and the food with us in addition to general pleasanties. The food is great as always. The noise level was a little louder than normal, but it's a very busy week in Carmel and people are very excited about the Concourse.
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great even when busy
It was Tour d' Elegance Day in Carmel, and the place was packed. Although the kitchen was a little backed up, the service staff let you know and you could certainly understand the slight delay. Food was excellent. Service friendly. They never made us feel rushed, even though there were folks lined up out the door. They honored our reservation even though we were a little late because we had trouble finding it. They should let you know the restaurant is part of the Pine Hotel, as it otherwise is not well marked. A local had to point it out for us, but I sure am glad she did!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Busy Weekend Excellent All Around
It was Auto Week on the Monterey Peninsula but Il Fornaio got us in right away. We even added an extra guest last minute and they set us up seamlessly. Everything was delicious from calamari and bruscettini appetizers to the wine selection and mixed seafood grill which I couldn't finish. We also shared a few desserts a chocolate and a coffee float which were both fantastic. All around a very good experience. We are local and will be back.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a reliable venue for
Always a reliable venue for dinners. No surprises. A mite noisy b/ot overwhelmingly so.
8/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We dined at Il Fornaio with five friends. Our only recommendation was what was read on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. Everyone in our group felt the food was delicious, the service good and nice ambiance. Even when they did not have the particular bottle of wine we requested, the manager suggested a close comparable wine and charged the amount we would have paid for the requested bottle of wine. The butternut squash ravioli got a rave review. The restaurant was within walking distance to our hotel and we had a very nice evening. We look forward to our next visit when we return to Carmel.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went 2 nights in a row
We went 2 nights in a row and were very impressed with the wait staff, the bar staff, and the kitchen staff. The second night we sat watching the kitchen staff perform. What a show! This Il Fornaio operates like a neighborhood restaurant treating guests in a special way. You would never know that you are in a chain restaurant. Plus, the monthly changing menu always has something new and exciting in addition to the standard favorites.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Italian in Carmel
Have been going there for 17 years traveling from Fla. They never miss a beat. Had the Grillled Seafood entree. Excellent. The servers are all very professional. Love the warm ambiance.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always go to Il Fornaio
We always go to Il Fornaio when visting Carmel. I never thought I would say that about a chain restaurant, but this one is always great....terrific food, nice atmosphere, reliable and good value for the price. And our Open Table reservation is always honored right on time.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has always been our go-to spot. Food is excellent, but sometimes weekend crowds in the bar area overwhelm the diners in the dining room. Lasagne is very good and generous portion and the half orders work well for the petite appetite.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met up with friends here for dinner and came early enough to get the table at the window in the atrium room...better ambience then inside I think. Service was very good on all counts and the four of us all ordered different starters and main cources so we got to try a variety of dishes...loved them all except the lasagna (I do make that dish better). Fabulous breads and pizza, of cource! Their wine list is very decently priced, they had our favorites and also allow you to bring your own for a small corkage fee. Met at the table so didn't try the bar itself but it looked lively when we left. We'd definitely return.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was terrific. My compliment
Service was terrific. My compliments to Gregorio - veal was first rate.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very pleasant experience.
Very pleasant experience. Food and service excellent.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific Regional Italian Food
We have also eaten at IL Fornaio restaurants in Del Mar, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Pasadena and Burlingame. We have never been disappointed at any of them. The night we ate in Carmel, in addition to their regular menu, they had a special regional list from Lombardia. Having lived in Milan, Italy we are thoroughly familiar with the food of that region. We had"Osso Buco with Risotto Milanese" plus home made "Gnocchi" with a beef mushroom ragu. Both dishes were as good as anything we ever ate in Milan's best restaurants. If you find a regional menu available do try the specials - you will not be disappointed. My only disappointment about IL Fornaio is that they haven't expanded to my home grounds in southeast Michigan.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is What I Expected
Last ate here Christmas 2012 and was not impressed at all. Service was completely unacceptable, which is probably because it was a holiday and they were very short staffed. On this visit (for lunch), it was a tremendous improvement. We sat outside (because we had our dog with us and the weather was gorgeous) and were treated very well. Our server was professional, polite, and added to our dining experience. Bread, wine, entrees, dessert were all served quickly. Food was very good. I was glad this visit was much better than our previous one because Il Fornaio has higher than average ratings.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delighted to live near Il Fornio
We've missed this delicious restaurant. We haven't been there since having three kids and it was still amazing with them in tow. The wait is long without a reservation. With it, we were seated immediately. The food was perfect and delighted kids and adults alike.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!!
Went to Carmel for a long weekend and somehow stumbled on this place. The good was outstanding!!! Our waiter Pedro was exceptional. The manager was very attentive. We will be back! A must do for dinner if your in Carmel.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Family Place in Carmel
Great restaurant, been there many times and every time is a joy: great, testy food and service.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was excellent. Our server was there when he needed to be but not hovering. The wine list is excellent. A quiet place to enjoy with someone special. The food was excellent and the prices are affordable.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was great
Our server was very accommodating when my husband received the wrong dinner our server let him keep the incorrect dish and delivered the new one so he didn't have to sit without food after the rest of us were served. He also comped the meal which we didn't expect. The food was fabulous!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always A Treat
Il Fornaio, no matter where we find them, is a special dining experience. Carmel is no exception. We will keep coming back because of exceptional food and service. Only regret: please come back to Portland, OR.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and i were celebrating her 65th birthday, and this has always been a special place. The food was very good and the atmosphere was very warm. Just what we needed for this special occasion.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
mixed ups and downs
They seemed to be expecting us and took us to our requested table. Server appeared in good time and took our wine order. Busser asked to bring butter. Five minutes and neither appeared. Asked busser to remind server about wine and he brought wine list, even though one was on our table. He also needed to be reminded about requested butter and wine came about the same time as butter. About 10 minutes after order, and restaurant not very busy at 5pm. Reminded server that last visit my pizza wasnt hot and it wasnt hot this time, but warm. Partner enjoyed her pasta. No dessert this time. I would go again because of location and ppleasant, clean dining room.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Limited Gluten Free selections
Our salads were excellent, our entrees were very good, but the selection of pasta dishes that used gluten free pasta was very limited. The gelato pistachio chocolate raspberry dessert was scrumptious.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty but Scant Portions
We had the Thanksgiving fixed price meal for $39. The food portions were uniformly tasty (butternut squash soup; moist, tender, and delicious turkey, succulent yams), but the portions were small. The soup was a cup, the mixed-green salad was plain and small, and all of the other portions, including the pumpkin pie, were not the size that one would expect for Thanksgiving.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Uplifting Experience
On our trips to Carmel, two or three times a year, Il Fornaio is one of the experiences we look most forward to; particularly for the ambiance and friendliness which gives me, at least, the impression that the World is OK after all.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM