Il Fornaio - Carmel

4.3
1359 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 10:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 622-5100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gabriel Rodriguez
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Catering
Catering services through our take-out retail area are available and include: • Boxed Lunch – sandwich, salad, Italian cookie and drink packaged individually. • Platters – pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies. Perfect for any social or business meeting held at your location.
Larger off-site full service catering is also available by request. Please contact our on-site Event Coordinator for more details.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Il Fornaio offers distinct dining options for large or small groups. We will assist in creating a special menu perfectly suited for the needs of your group.

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What 1359 People Are Saying
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NM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Last Sunday, we went to celebrate our anniversary. I indicated this on my note!.
Anyway, I know the host/he saw the note, but said nothing!
He was not nice nor friendly, which is unusual given the previous hosts who were always very nice.
When I asked for the Monthly gift, he made it sound like an obligation he is doing for us!!
I was disappointed by his attitude, given that we go there for dinner, almost weekly!

The serving staff were great, as always! And the food was delicious as always!

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CC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this restaurant for great food, observant wait staff and nice wine list.

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RP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First and foremost excellent service, delicious food always consistent. Always such treat. This Carmel location with exceptional and worth putting into your favorite dining experiences when in town.

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OT
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food use to be really fresh. Our lunch pasta seemed micro waved.
outside of the pasta dishes luke warm and inside very hot, like you would get using a microwave.

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M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for company. There is something for everyone. The food is good and reasonably priced. We like the atmosphere in Carmel's oldest hotel (tin ceilings and lovely, paned windows).

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and excellent service- we’ll be back again for breakfast, lunch , happy hour and dinner!

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O
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is one of our favorite haunts.

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W
Western NC
92 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another great brunch. Love the variations Il Fo does on eggs benedict -- home-made bread instead of English muffins, lean ham instead of Canadian bacon, and a creamy parmesan sauce instead of hollandaise.

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J
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very lively atmosphere, good food and attentive service. Good for a Saturday night dinner.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming staff that made you feel special. I asked for a certain table with reservations and received the table. Went overboard with the service. I drink coffee with my meals and my cup never went near halfway full without asking if l wanted more. The coffe was fresh. They were making sure my water glass was always full. The food was surperb. I felt that was back in Italy again. Definitely try II Fornaio

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G
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love it here.

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W
Western NC
92 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very fortunate to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal here. Although it was very busy, it ran like a well-oiled machine with incredible service. All 4 courses of the prix fixe were delicious, and the price very reasonable. Great job, Il Fo Carmel!

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JM
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for Thanksgiving. There was a special fixed price menu or you could order off the usual menu. We had a wonderful server and the turkey dinner was great.

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CC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a lovely spot for a casual meal or lovely celebration in a beautiful festive atmosphere- it never disappoints

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PD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went there on Thanksgiving since I wanted my family to have the option of ordering some Thanksgiving food if they wanted. I got the risotto, and it was terrible. Of course, I had forgotten that I ordered risotto once in the San Jose location, and they served it to me raw. Clearly, no one in either kitchen understands that the rice develops its creaminess through constantly stirring after adding a little broth at a time. I feel like it's time for this chain to go away. It was pretty darn great...twenty years ago.

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SJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

I was very disappointed. The Il Fornaio in San Jose I stopped going to a while back. I thought maybe the quality would be better in Carmel. I was very wrong!! Limit your menu to only a few dishes. Make those dishes outstanding to the point where people come back for only those.....

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Very disappointed in the service. Our food sat on the kitchen counter for at least 4 - 5minutes before our waiter picked it up and served it to us. By then the chicken there was a draft in the restaurant which is never good when serving hot food. One major attribute of a fine restaurant is to always serve food hot. This was terrible. We have been to the restaurant numerous times over the years and find the staff is getting older and not as reliable or attentive (especially the two older bartenders); it almost seems as if customers are a nuisance to them. Sorry for the long winded review but thought it was important to point out these points since we have dined at this establishment for over 10 years and now are re-thinking our approach.

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I
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Always hearty. Good food...just too much of it and nowhere to take the excess.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My first time at Il Fornaio. Enjoyed the food enough. Very decent food and presentation. I was a bit bothered to wait for drinks and never came to give water again anyways. We ended up going out. Very disappointed how servers made customers feel rushed to be out as well.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Host seems to be inundated with guests and had a hard time communicating with each party. Table was ok however, we looked onto a window that utilized a knife for closure/locking.

We had 6 pm reservations but they were able to seat us just after 5:30. We ordered, for the entree, pizza and raviolis. They advised us about 30 minutes into our time that they were out of the raviolis. Luckily my wife had a backup entree. By the time the entree arrived, the risotto (backup) was steaming hot and the pizza was luke warm. Waiter was not as attentive as we have had in the past (ie., pouring wine, asking if we wanted Parmesan cheese, etc). We have been to this restaurant numerous times and this was surely a disappointment.

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m
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

Much different quality of food than other locations.

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WC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch

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KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The restaurant has beautiful decor, unfortunately that’s the only good part of our dining. We’ve eaten at different Il Fornaios and this one has the worst pizza Cristina. There was no truffle oil that I could taste, not enough white sauce and mushrooms, more than half of the pie was dry, hard and tasteless. After this we try to stay safe and ordered tiramisu for desert. It’s not made from lady fingers, did not taste like it’s soaked in expresso. I half thought maybe they brought the wrong desert. The server only showed up to take our orders and bring the bill. I do not expect over the top service but at least check on us and see if we needed anything? Over all quite a disappointment, will not recommend this location to others.

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c
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Fornaio was the PERFECT place to host a dinner as part of a 60th birthday weekend of golf in the Carmel Area. The management, Nick, Chris, & Matt, were all very helpful and accommodating. Food was excellent as was service. A big thank you to all who helped make it happen. Thanks for the private room too- that made a huge difference!!
We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service . I will come back .

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and the service was even better. 10/10 would recommend and will go back.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We just had a dinner there for 3 adults and 2 children. We split 2 entrees between 3 adults, had 2 soups, a simple pizza, one glass of wine (we brought our own), 2 children milks and a dessert sampler. Total bill w tax and tip was close to $250, we were in shock as we always thought we had gotten good value in past. That has totally changed apparently...

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EH
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Family Birthday

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the entire experience.

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W
Western NC
92 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Fornaio remains our favorite restaurant in Carmel. We visit from NC once a year for a month, and are never disappointed. It has it all -- breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner & an incredible happy hour. The food is always delicious and the service impeccable. For this particular brunch, Francisco was our server. His gentle & gracious demeanor are always appreciated.

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NM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious authentic Italian cuisine & super friendly staff!

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WC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a table in a quieter part of the restaurant, so we could hear each other. Most of our food was good, but the Bolognese was subpar, too much like hamburger helper. Restaurants here come and go, and this has been a consistently reliable place to eat for our annual weekend away.

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b
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our meal here. From the manager to the waiter this was perfection. We all loved our meals. Special requests were no big deal and service was never rushed We will be back!

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AN
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Old favorite, but hadn't been to the one in Carmel. Excellent service, very good food at fair prices.
Highly recommend it.

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KA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our team had a wonderful time at Il Fornaio! The service was great - our server was very attentive and friendly.

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SW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A fun place for celebrating with friends: Great food and great friends! A memorable night!!

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EO
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Great location but food was nothing special.

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GM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always can count on good experiences at IL fornaio.

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ME
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My latest visit to Il Fornaio was a small dinner with out-of-town guests from Columbus, Ohio. They had been told about Carmel from Ohio friends so we chose Il Fornaio to give them a taste of very good food and the Carmel ambiance. They loved it, and we were proud to share this special place with them. Both chose items from the special menu for the month, as did I. Everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you, Il Fornaio!

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J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been coming here for years and are never disappointed. A family favorite ☺

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