Il Fornaio - Carmel

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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.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Kick off 2020 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1532 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Lombardia pasta. Very good. Restaurant is always a step above others in Carmel. There are no mediocre or dishes to avoid. Salads are extremely fresh and creative. Deserts a wonder of presentation and taste. Go there you will enjoy the food and experience.

J
Monterrey
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We entered through the hotel, waited for someone to be available to ask where to check-in; finally had to flag someone down to find the reception desk.

No interest in returning to this restaurant.

d
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was ok but not up to my memory of greatness. Our Oso buco was not tender like it should have been and the gnocchi was a bit over cooked. It took them a half hour to offer us drinks after being seated. They thought two more were coming but they should have offered cocktails right away. Desserts were average. I don’t think I’ll bring the group back next year.

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

Amazing experience.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Nice selection. Service was a bit rushed for no particular reason, but we allowed ourselves to linger after dinner. There was no one waiting for our table, so we didn't understand the rush

NM
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & delicious cuisine. Compliments for the new by the glass wine selection... Barolo was superb!
Mille grazie

HZ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had high hopes for our dinner at Il Fornaio in Carmel after a recommendation from my brother but the food there was marginal at best. Walking in there was no smell of garlic? Our table was by the bar, noisy and lots of people walking by. The appetizer, burrata on greens was tasteless. My GF ordered capellini with marinara, also bland. I half enjoyed my shells with roasted chicken. Tiramisu was ok. None of this meal was worth the $115 (without drinks). On the plus side, service was fantastic.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The special was Risotto with steak. Bland and very little meal. I have never been disappointed in the restaurant, but was last night.

NB
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food had no flavor, pretty venue, service was fair. No manager table visit to check on above. Poor value due to cost and taste.

GA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the Pasta Trio Appetizer offer.

GR
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was cold and find a hair in my wife pasta.Manager gave us a discount. We went to have a great dinner. Never again

OT
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was good
Restaurant is always charming
But the bottle of Red wine was quite hot!!!

NR
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We loved the ambiance here. It is tucked away in a beautiful little area surrounded by shops in downtown Carmel. Lovely place to walk around after lunch if you have time. Street parking was thankfully easy; we went around 8:30 pm. The risotto with wine sauce was delicious! I wish the gnocchi would have been more al dente.

J
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was ok, nothing to brag about. Service was professional but stiff.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely lunch! the only thing I could suggest is that they provide a larger table so that 2 can sit
facing out to the windows and view... I had to sit facing the wall and if we had a slightly larger table there is room for 2 on the bench.
Food was great, service was excellent.... I highly recommend it.

J
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant. Bread, lasagna, ravioli, Super Tuscan wine and cappuccino were wonderful!

c
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Fornaio has it all, great food, relaxing and old world atmosphere and is a great experience. We had pizza which was outstanding, delicious crust and toppings, we also had pasta with a wine sauce, broccoli, and large pieces of chicken. This restaurant reminds me of the old Inns I have been to in New England. You will not be disappointed.

C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

First I think you need to add another button that says "Maybe" recommend this place...
I cannot believe that they took the ButterNut Squash Ravioli off the menu!!!!!!!!!
This is by far the ONLY dish anyone ever talks about at this now, not so good restaurant.
Who takes an award winning dish OFF their menu?

J
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and the food was delicious.
Will definitely dine here again !!

LC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was all delicious and even though we were a very late table, no one made us feel rushed.

J
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Took a few minutes to get seated. Server was pleasant, but service was very slow. Food took a long time to arrive. Risotto had artichokes in it that were cold, as if they pulled them out of a refrigerator and added at last minute, since the rice was warm. Saw a number of tables arrive after us and finish and leave way before us. Generally, everything was fine but not outstanding given the price.

OT
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was OK. Are at the bar. Bartender was cold until he realized we were staying for dinner then warmed up. Had a lobster seafood dish that ended up just being a lobster. Nice atmosphere. Probably caters to a lot of tourists so attitude is a little unfriendly?

K
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming and delicious!

LD
Cincinnati
42 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very extensive wine list. Well prepared dishes for sharing. Excellent dinner.

MR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening and dined on seafood pasta. It was superb!

M
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tough time during car week but could’ve been better!

T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic evening with friends! Recommend for a satisfying night out.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Waiter completely ignored us. Pizza, carpaccio, & burrata was good

AC
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great to be able to get a reservation on the day the cars are parked on Ocean Ave. Generous portions
and good service.

MT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and great food. I had the lasagna for the first time and it is now my favorite dish here.😊

T
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I don’t know you choose the difference but the Fornaio in there Manhattan Beach is better as ambience and service.
The food is practically the same but in a better ambience and with the birth of service did feels a little better

MP
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Il Fornaio a lot because it is both consistent as to food and service and has a very good friendly, festive atmosphere. Although part of a chain, it feels very original and motivated as to its guests.

BB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food for lunch with great service. Initially not very busy but more people as time went on. Look forward to returning.

CO
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is absolutely amazing. Wonderful wine selection. Service is always top notch. We never go anywhere else when we are in Carmel.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Vacation dinner

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SH
San Joaquin
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the vodka sauce, & the fresh gnocchi is amazing as well.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great place for breakfast or drinks and appetizers but dinner was below average. We were so disappointed.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience.

NY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine. Very classy establishment that has a great ambiance. Great for dates and business meals.

ME
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy. This was a last minute rez for a light lunch - salad and pizza. We feasted as you can see in the pics. The one selection was outstanding. We were impressed so much that decided to order dessert, and again delighted. Francisco was our server and he was impeccable. Well done!

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