Il Fornaio - Carmel

4.5
1452 reviews
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Italian
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Carmel, Il Fornaio offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 wine list. Enjoy wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch.
Reservation Confirmation Message: Thank you for choosing Il Fornaio - Carmel. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you Grazie e Ciao
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Treat the dad's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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GG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentico !!!
The Bread, olive oil, the appetizers and salads the pizza! And the pastas. Oh great!

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NM
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian cuisine, super services & staff and wonderful ambience!
What else can one ask for!! Mille Grazie

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Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a great place to take family and friends to dinner. Great food and fun for all!

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server ,Carlos, was very helpful. The service is good, and the food is really great. We enjoyed our day there, as we always have. We love looking out at the beautiful flowers.

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LG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went 4 Mother’s day. Had asked 4 table 2 accomodate my mom’s mobility. They graciously had 2 table choices. We started w margarhita pizza 2 share. Mom had angel hair I had rotisserie chicken salad. Both delicious. Zanagione 4 dessert. Wonderful. Our server was excellent. Gave us plenty of time 2 order. Always a favorite place 2 eat

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection. One of my favorite places.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Celebrating Mother’s Day

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MD
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service, Food and Atmosphere all excellent.

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KR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although I'm not a fan of franchise restaurants, Il Fornaio breaks the mold. The restaurant is located in an historic hotel. It is probably the ONLY restaurant in Carmel with a view of Carmel Bay. There is an outside deck with fresh flowers (and heaters, if necessary. The inside is warm and welcoming, the Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Two spacious rooms plus a cozy cafe with fireplace. Dining rooms are wrapped in windows facing the ocean. The menu, while less than innovative offers expertly prepared, dependable Italian offerings, served perfectly by experienced (multi-lingual) waitstaff.
We return to Il Fornaio for every memorable occasion and impromptu lunch or dinner, knowing we will be well cared for with friendly faces, excellent food and warm, clean atmosphere and comfortable service.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Love the service and the wine too!

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RC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere. Wonderful staff. Food was very good and had gluten free options.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pleasant place with good (though not outstanding) food and service. Seems expensive for what we got: two glasses of unremarkable wine, two plates of pasta with no salad or other vegetable, a plate of cookies (the best part of the meal!) with coffee for more than $100 with tip. Maybe that's Carmel.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fantastic service!

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the five or 10 best meals I have ever eaten.

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BT
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The hostesses were really wonderful and seated us with an additional guest than we had reserved. They set us up with a nice table along the windows. Bread was served along with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I think that we all could have enjoyed this alone. Their bread is the best! I split a a seafood pasta special plus a Caesar salad with my friend. The Caesar was divine but the linguine and seafood were all mushy and overcooked. The red sauce tasted like the basic Prego, just tomato flavor. I asked if they had a cocktail menu and they said the bartender could make anything so I ordered a Mojito. Yeah, not so much. Not even close. Seems like owners have just lost interest or aren't paying attention to things like cooking or bartending. We won't be back for awhile.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and speedy service, beautiful atmosphere, decent Italian food...pasta was fresh, menu was classic but interesting.

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NM
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious cuisine & nice ambiance!
Perfect for any kind of dinner venue! Love it !!

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Denver
201 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, atmosphere and food were excellent. There were 8 adults and we all loved our salads and entrees and the service was very attentive. Il Fornaio is in the Pine Inn, which is where we were all staying. It is conveniently located and is one of our favorite Carmel restaurants.

Breakfast in the dining room was also excellent!

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JT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Easter dinning was very good and service was also good. Not a very busy time in Carmel By The Sea.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Nothing special, slow service, food was edible but nothing we’d go back for.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Il Fornaio is a reliable place for good food and quality service. I have never been disappointed here.

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k
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had the butternut squash ravioli which was amazing.

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u
Palm Springs
36 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the minute we walked in the door, until the time we left. A perfect lunch location in Carmel.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at this restaurant, we enjoyed the prompt but not rushed service and a nice wine selection! The seafood and lamb we tried were both very good!

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R
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Six of us got together for dinner. We all had something different and each of us enjoyed our food very much.
A very enjoyable evening with yummy food in a welcoming setting. A treat for all

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f
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service from our waitress. Very attentive and knew know to entertain (?) distract a high energy 3 yr old while tending to drink and food orders in a very professional manner

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent so always. We had the butternut squash ravioli capressio(spelling?), excellent presentation and delicate squash flavor spiced just right. One had the mistook grill, excellent and more then could be eaten. Two had the short rid, wow how nicely it was presented and tasted super great. Key lime pie and Zabligone, wonderful desserts. I have never had a questionable or under flavored meal. Keep up the good work Il Fornaio. Thank you.

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SE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and courteous and professional staff. Nice atmosphere.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and delicious food. Can't wait to go back.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Ramon was a great server, chef stopped by and checked in and asked how are food was which was warm and inviting. Food was incredible and everything was perfect! Can’t wait to go back!!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was my husband‘s birthday. A reservation was for 9 o’clock but I felt like we were kind of rushed a little bit. There was a table next to us that was a little loud despite the restaurant being at a really nice noise level. The food was good but we feel like we had to hurry....

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CS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to the handicapped. Excellent homemade pasta!

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Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Location was very nice, service was great. I’d stick to ordering the basics here. Ordered a pasta of the day with shrimp, scallops and crab. The homemade pasta was mediocre. The shrimp looked like they were straight from a mini shrimp cocktail can- still had a very pink look- not edible. Everything else was great.

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KA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food not as good as in past years. Service not the same. Very heavy bar traffic

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NM
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best service, delicious Italian cuisine & beautiful ambience!!!!

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f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food rather bland, not typical of Il Fornaio’s elsewhere . Service very good

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NM
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the soft Italian music!!! And as always the delicious meal and super services!!
Mille Grazie!!

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Two of us had the Branzino - delicious! One had the salmon - perfect. And the third had a beef risotto and was disappointed; expected more beef in the dish. Service was great. We were there early (5:30) so noise level was low. We would recommend it.

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PB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

a friendly welcome followed by great service and a great meal. Always love returning to this spot. P. Bryan Sun Valley ,ID

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S
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We had party of 7 for retirement party. We got nice round table be fireplace, but the table was across the entrance door, and the cold made our dinner miserable. The management should install screen or wall to prevent this from happening.

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