Il Fornaio - Carmel

4.8
1599 Reviews
$30 and under
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 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.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1599 people are saying
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4.8
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPRDINER
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was very good but we were disappointed with the service. We felt rushed even though there weren't people waiting to be seated. The salad course was served five minutes after our cocktails were served. We hadn't finished our salads before the entree was placed on the table. We won't be going back.

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specialtimesaway
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed Il Fornaio for years and even though this virus has changed things it hasn't changed the warm and hospitable staff who serves its customers.

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KatherineG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent overall. Short ribs were a little fatty but excellent meal.

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SteveC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio is consistently good. Everyone is very friendly and courteous. The food and service are always outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner food and service was amazing.

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vipBefoodie
Sacramento
26 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Calamari Fritti in ages, fresh and perfectly cooked.
Delicious Cesar salad
Great pizza with crispy crust.
Excellent service, I believe our servers name is Salvatore.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Thank you!

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MelissaB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My friends and I went for dinner. Their response with covid precautions was outstanding. All the staff wore masks and we were seated very far from others which was great. All of us ordered pasta. I myself had their pasta with vodka sauce. I did ask for peas to be added which they happily accommodated. By far the best vodka pasta I’ve had in the U.S. it was phenomenal. My friends also enjoyed their pasta and our wine was a generous glass full. Highly recommend though a little pricey it was right in the range of almost every restaurant in town.

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DanielO
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food!

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LoriW
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the patio room with the beautiful flowers out the window. The food and wine were fabulous!! Will come again!

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DallasB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's all good all the time! We look forward to dinner and Happy Hour every time we go.

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vipGoWest
Richmond
80 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellently prepared and plated, fairly traditional Italian cuisine. Everything was fresh and tasty. Decent size portions. Dessert(custard and gelato fruit parfait) was light and refreshing.

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Nancy
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner very much. Every attention was made to detail and the service was excellent. Our food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Waited One and one half hour to get cold food and restaurant was not crowded at all????

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vipwilliamk
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Carlos is a great waiter. Attends to every need and has a great attitude.

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vipRobertK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was terrible! People who came in after us, were served well before us. We had to ask for our salads twice, before they were brought. My meal was tasteless, I should have sent it back. Very disappointed!

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JamesT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Chicken dish was over-cooked and the sauce made the taste even worse. Waiter seemed to care less and service was horrible.

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KimL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Il Fornaio -
Always great food - had a take out order last night and it was just as good as being there!

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DennisO
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A perfect 5 out of 5 dinner. The only negative was the extremely uninterested gentlemen that checked us in on our arrival. Other then that, top notch!

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CATHERINEO
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a friendly staff with a fun atmosphere and great food.

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ToddZ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was very slow, food was horribly over cooked. The building was beautiful.

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viprichardv
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

AT&T. Our server was great!!
The food excellent!! We were in a great corner of the restaurant.
It was small and there was a table with a very lid person. It did affect the ambiance.
Otherwise, all was great!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Il Fornaio doesn’t disappoint: food and service are excellent, always seated on time, great ambience

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vipadventurousdiner
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

When we head to Carmel for a weekend we usually dine here. The staff is friendly, good service and consistently delicious! The Gnocci the night we went was awesome!

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CHERYLW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Went here for Carmel Restaurant Week and ended up leaving very dissatisfied. The restaurant appears neglected and the service was on par with ordering at a self-serve kiosk in a fast food chain. Food was mediocre at best.

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vipTimE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Carmel Always have great meal / service

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ElishaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The service was great and really enjoyed the ambiance but the food itself was really disappointing. Presentation wasn’t horrible but it just tasted very poor.

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SteveandVeronica
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio Carmel is one of my favorite restaurants - I've been there many times usually with mt bridge friends at the Monterey Regional bridge tournament. My friends the Fosters, who have a second home in Carmel also love this restaurant.

I also like several other Il Fornaio's, in Palo Alto and Burlingame, also Rocklin (or Roseville) where my daughter lives.

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MelanieC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a weekend in Carmel and so happy we chose to come here . It is a beautiful resturant with amazing stafff! And of course the food was delicious!

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vipNadiaM
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious authentic Italian Cuisine, super & friendly service from the reception to servicing the meal. Great environment for any occasion. Love Il Fornaio, our favorite restaurant. I always recommend it for friends and family with gusto!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Starting to lose their touch. The cost is no longer justifying the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Great ambiance, friendly vibe, beautiful space and lovely service but the food was pretty lousy. Low quality, high volume fare. Bruschetta was cold, mealy, under-seasoned tomatoes. If tomatoes are out of season or sub-standard then they shouldn’t be on the menu. Pasta dishes were very mediocre.

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DebbieS
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant so much we ate there both nights that we were in Carmel. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of other good restaurants to choose from, but for us the experience, service and the food was so good we just wanted more.

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vipPaulS
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Waited almost an hour after our confirmed booking time for our table - when we asked about our table we were told that it “was not our fault” and it was no big deal because what did we expect on a Saturday night - a little humility and remorse would go a long way. The food was really good however and once seated service was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant allows itself to over book badly.

We arrived at 6:55 for a 7:00 reservation.

We were told we would be seated in “just a couple minutes”.

At 7:30 upon insisting to know where we were; we were told there were still three parties waiting to be seated in front of us and that it could be 20-30 more minutes

We discussed with the manager and left.

This reflects badly on Il Fornaio but it also reflects badly on OPEN TABLE.

Open Table has a responsibility to ensure restaurants don’t badly over book.

Shame on Open Table for allowing this to happen.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

It was parents 50th anniversary. I included this info in the reservation and informed the hostess at the restaurant upon our arrival. Didn’t make one bit of difference. Our waiter was a gem, but the food was mediocre and the overall experience forgettable. Mostly annoyed the hostess managed to just ignore anything I said and did nothing to make the evening special.

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vipRickz
Central Coast
120 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the lobster special and it was great. Special included a nice beet salad (or soup if you prefer) and dessert (chose spumoni but affogato was also available). Service was very attentive (lots of water refills). Carneros brut was reasonably priced.

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SamJ
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

WE went there for dinner on Christmas day. I think it was a long stretch for the kitchen staff, waiters and we ended up with the short end of the stick. We had to send our starters back as they were cold. The presentation of the food was poor. My wife had Caprese which arrived with chunks of cheese and thickly sliced tomato and no seasoning. I had the Vodka seasoned pasta dish which was just acceptable but nothing to talk about.
Needless to say, we did not take a chance with dessert.

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MelissaL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the service was great. What more could you ask??

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vipSuzieQ
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice evening on a very busy Christmas Eve holiday.

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Carmel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 622-5100.

Il Fornaio - Carmel is rated 4.8 stars by 1599 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Carmel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.