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Il Fornaio - Carmel, Carmel, CA

Il Fornaio - Carmel

4.1
4.1
1848 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 622-5100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Rodriguez

  • 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. <br />Larger off-site full service catering is also available by request. Please contact our on-site Event Coordinator for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (877) 352-2788

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,848 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. JG

    JonG

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were excellent. We had a very fun evening.
  2. K

    Krusinalong

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Waiter had no personality was bored and kept looking at his watch. Definitely didn’t want to be waiting on us or anyone else. Food was not the best. Tomato out of a can with no herbs is how the sauce tasted. Soooo many other options in Carmel. Go elsewhere!
  3. B

    Birthdays

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful spot for dinner. Food was great. We will be back.
  4. BU

    BobU

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal. Their bread is to die for. Excellent value.
  5. MG

    MaggieG

    Naples

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    My husband got a seafood pasta that was way too salty. We also had the same complaint with the roasted cauliflower appetizer. The server was pleasant but not very attentive (refreshing water, clearing plates and cleaning crumbs from tablecloth).
  6. v

    vinnyb

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great table side service by Genesis. Superb host care and conversation with Mr. Tony Albano. The cannoli and Al Gaga to were outstanding as well as their veg cuisine. A gem with a gorgeous patio. Cheers!
  7. E

    Ejko

    Raleigh

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, nice wine selection, incredible value. Highly recommend.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and really good pasta made right like Italy!
  9. P

    Patrick

    San Francisco

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were guests at The Pine, and booked Il Fornaio as a matter of convenience for our first night. Well the service was fantastic and the wine, meal, and dessert were terrific. Very happy we selected Il Fornaio for our first night in Carmel.
  10. PR

    PeterR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I used to love this place. 10 years ago we held our wedding dinner here. Wife and I made reservations while visiting the area and what can I say? The service was poor, we were barely acknowledged. Place was not busy at 5 pm, but still had to wave down the waiter to get a second glass of wine or to ask for water. Wife’s ravioli was good, the bolognaise was without any taste. Altogether underwhelming.
  11. KB

    KimB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We requested outdoor table with a heater because we had a dog. They ended up seating us inside but with the noise level it was really hard for the dog to relax. We were sat at a table in the middle of the restaurant with not linens and that was not set. We had made reservations a few days before and we really felt like we were just add-ons - no bread offered other supplemental items - had to request refills. It was pricey for portions considering that was all you got.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service was slow. Silverware was not clean. Server failed to come back and check on us. Never got a refill on our water and drink. Server seemed busy talking to the hostess and a few times forgot the items we asked for. Over all the service was not up to par for a reputable restaurant. Always liked I’ll Fornaio but this time I was disappointed.
  13. s

    safrenn

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Have to say fairly disappointing…. Place is nice enough but food and service were lacking. Was expecting more. -Drinks came out after appetizers -Entrees were served more than 2 min apart from each other - Pasta dishes came out luke warm Again, not awful but nothing to remember or go back to.
  14. GI

    GIbrook

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food as usual, the service was great and it’s always a plus when they make my favorite, off-the-menu dish!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Food and service were top-notch!
  16. SB

    SBDiner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a fantastic meal experience last night. Hadn’t been here for 20 yrs but ALWAYS love our Il Fornaio memory makers. The food is reliably very good, and a good value. But the SERVICE and attention make the meal memorable. Our server, Tiffany, was/is the perfect combination of friendly, attentive, and professional.
  17. MS

    MeShe2

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    long wait for food after ordering otherwise good.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    I ordered a pasta and they brought me a different one. it was kind of flavorless but still acceptable. service was long. I ordered two bruschettas but was only served one.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always great! We had steak and seafood as well this time. Very good!
  20. C

    Charles

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I was looking forward to a wonderful meal, sadly the restaurant missed on all areas. The server Jason advised us that the bar was backed up with a private party, I checked the bar and there were very few customers. He took 20 minutes to bring our drinks, another 30 minutes for appetizers and then our entrees arrived in an hour and 15 minutes. My entree linguine with seafood had clams that were unopened and broken. I sent it back and 30 minutes later he returned when my wife’s entree was finished. Finally after almost 2 hours the manager asked if we wanted the linguine, which we declined. The waiter explained “ I’m just an employee” taking no responsibility for any part of the service e or email. Don’t waste your time money or patronage on this failure of a restaurant.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I hadn’t eaten here in several years. We have stopped by for a cocktail at the bar. Last night we had a salad, steak and ravioli. Both meals were excellent. It was nice and quiet as most tourists had left for home. Our server Ramone was great. Manager came by and checked on us. All in all it was a great date night.
  22. m

    markd

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Pasta special was inedible. Bruschetta with eggplant was blah.
  23. LT

    LauraT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance was good and many familiar faces on staff. Menu has a smaller selection than in the past. What we ordered was excellent and included the beet salad, pizza, brioche, and vegetable soup.
  24. BF

    BrFe

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We all ordered from the specials menu. Wonderful way to start the weekend!
  25. LO

    LoriO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant great food, full bar with a nice wine list. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable of the menu.
  26. A

    Anne

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I wanted to eat here because my daughter and I had previously really liked it. It was okay, not special. I waited for the maitre'd to seat me--she was busy doing a take out order. I was dining by myself and no one came for quite a while to bring me water. The waiter for our room was extremely busy and doing the best he could so I don't fault him at all. It's the short staffing everywhere. I won't make an effort to go back another time.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was perfect
  28. HK

    HelmutK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Was a 1 hour wait for the pizza in an only 1/3 filled restaurant
  29. KW

    KellyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Our server was nice but the restaurant staff as a whole is not very welcoming, we arrived 5 minutes before our reservation and the host seemed annoyed at us. Manager was walking around and never made eye contact with guests or said a word to anyone except other staff members
  30. M

    Moni

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The team is chalked
  31. MA

    MarleneA

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    We had a delicious lunch but experienced disappointment in the service. We walked into a nearly empty restaurant five minutes after it opened. We had reservations for a table by the window in the Garden room where there was only one other couple. A new waiter brought our wine and only came back when our wine was almost finished. He took our order and didn’t check back until the room had filled up and the other people’s orders were taken. The others received their orders, and ate while we were still waiting for an hour for ours. He apologized and said that ours was on the way. We were the last to be served after waiting an hour for our food. It was unfortunate that this restaurant we have been frequenting for many years didn’t meet expectations on service that day. We had booked a week in advance and mentioned it was our Anniversary on the reservation. Needless to say, the food was , as always, excellent and we will be back because it’s our top favorite romantic destination. Let’s hope that this was a one time experience.
  32. L

    Libra51

    Central Coast

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The restaurant was packed on Mother’s Day. Service was not as good as usual due to new servers and the crowd. Oddly, our appetizers came out just after the main dishes. Two supposedly hot entrees arrived at room temperature, and one entree was mistakenly sent to the catering department. Apologies were made for errors and the flavors were good, so we left happy. Luckily we were not in a rush as lunch took about two hours start to finish.
  33. MF

    MelissaF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The only thing that was worth the money was the brussel sprouts appetizer and the calamari appetizer. Other than that save your money and time
  34. TC

    ToddC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and tasty food.
  35. LG

    LorraineG

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter was very attentive to our requests and so pleasant. We asked the manager for a bandaid and he went out of his way to find one for us. We were very pleased with our evening.
  36. WF

    WilliamF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Fornaio consistently delivers good food and value with great ambience at its locations in Carmel and Palo Alto.
  37. AH

    AliH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Cocktails, Bloody Mary and Margarita, were terribly bad! They need a new bartender!
  38. LA

    LeeAnna

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food. The lasagna was so good and the pasta so light. The room Maude decor seemed a little old’sh but I would definitely go back for the pasta. Highly recommend.
  39. F

    Frances

    Kent

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Too rushed. We aren’t given the opportunity to have pre dinner drinks- even though we had asked for them. One starter came out 15 mins before the other. Other than that - ok
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Last evening of CA vacation in Carmel. Would have liked to sit outside but terrace was closed. Great server, made us feel very welcome. Food and wines very good!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

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

Il Fornaio - Carmel is rated 4.1 stars by 1848 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Il Fornaio - Carmel

Ocean Avenue & Monte Verde St Carmel, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Rodriguez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 622-5100

  • 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. <br />Larger off-site full service catering is also available by request. Please contact our on-site Event Coordinator for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (877) 352-2788

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