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Il Fornaio - Carmel

4.3
1229 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
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  • Great for Lunch
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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat the mom 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, May 13, 2018

What 1229 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined a day ago

Inattentive service. Soup was not hot and was under seasoned . Pasta was tough and the filling was bland. Very pricey for mediocre food.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was blah, fish was not cooked throughly. Had to send it back. Wouldn’t go back again.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had reservations for 6 for a special occasion. I arrived early and was seated immediately, even without my party. The wait staff was very attentive.

The food was good and overall the experience was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Consistently great dining experience. Excellent food and ambiance.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Service good, food overpriced ( $20 for a calamari appetizer) and not good.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

HAVE THERE MANY TIMES AND AGAIN IT WAS GREAT JUST A NICE PLACE TO SHARE WITH SOMEONE SPECIAL

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always an excellent meal with great service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Braised short ribs were praise worthy! Had a great meal, and love the vibe there.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Il Fornaio is consistently good. Food is done well and with nice portions. The restaurant is pretty and comfortable. Can go alone or with a group and still feel welcome.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We really like Il Fornaio. Our son's wedding rehearsal dinner was there in 2016. The restaurant did a wonderful job.Good food and excellent service.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lovely location, but few menu items. I have eaten at other Il Fornaio locations and wonderful experiences. I would try again when a more regular menu is available.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Another couple and I had a splendid meal while I was visiting them. We sat in the back and it was quiet and good for conversation.
I don't remember what we ate but we all enjoyed our selections. I have eaten her in the past and have always enjoyed my experience.
I prefer this location to the one I frequent when I live in Orange County, at the Irvine location.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I love the setting of this Il Fornaio in downtown Carmel. I took a childhood friend out for her birthday and everything was simply wonderful. She had a salmon salad; I had the linguine with shellfish. Both were delicious as was the lovely spumoni dessert. My friend live in C.V. and had never been there!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good food and friendly staff.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Nice feeling to the restaurant, but it is exceptionally noisy! Very difficult to have a conversation. Food was nice but mine was not exceptional. Soup was watery and not very flavorful and seafood pasta was ok, but again, not memorable.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food and service and our waiter
Carlos is great as usual

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Mini vacation get-away wit friends.
Always a good place to meet. Restaurant did a wonderful job serving all eight of us. Food and service great. We try to make it a regular each time we visit Carmel

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We always enjoy dining at Il Fornaio. The ambiance is good and the food is delicious. We will go back next visit to Carmel.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Overall an OK experience but nothing exceptional. Food was a bit of a let down, but the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I feel at home! Friendly staff, outstanding food, especially my favorite ...risotto. I love the flowers around the "Sun Room", and the setting sun over the water.

I look forward to the Regional week...with the special foods from each Region.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I love this place. We go every year. Food is always good and they are pet friendly on the patio.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Super in every aspect, delicious food, great & friendly service y wonderful atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

we were a little disappointed to arrive at an almost empty restaurant on a Thursday evening. This place needs a buzz to fully enjoy its potential. The special seafood stew was delicious; the ceasar salad a disappointment and overprized. Main course pasta was ok but nothing culinairy. Staff was kind, bu most of them seemed a bit bored. All together not Il Fornaio at its best. Hopefully a better experience next time.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

As always, we had very good service at the bar as well as our table. The chosen wine paring with my special risotto and shrimp was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The very best... and the mgmt & staff are very responsive, friendly y gracious.
I am a frequent diner!!
Grazie Mille

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The service and food were very good but a bit pricey. There happy hour is highly rated but there was a large group that overflowed the bar area and were noisy and visually impacted regular diners. If you don't want to take advantage of the happy hour, try to avoid the 4-6 window.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Good Italian food, quiet, reasonably priced for the area. Charming spot, pleasant servers, nice ambiance inside. I would return.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I love Il Fornaio - the food is always good and everyone I take there loves it. They have a good menu with a lot of selections. The staff are always friendly and the service is impeccable and to me that is one of the key things I look for when dining out.

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The restaurant was overpriced and down at heel. We were placed in the side annex, which was particularly bright, with zero atmosphere.

The food was overpriced and very average; we won’t be going back the next time we are back in Carmel

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Everything was delicious meal in cozy beautiful set-up.
mille grazie!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Work trip to SF extended for golf, had a reservation for 1 on a Sat night. Seated promptly and meal was paced perfectly. Had the House Salad and Margherita pizza, terrific. Robert Hall Merlot by the glass was a nice surprise. Great experience.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Il Fornaio is always a dependable choice. We needed a place that would accommodate everyones tastes and they fit the bill!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food and great ambiance

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

My favorite Il Fornaio anywhere, and one of my favorites in Carmel. Never been disappointed, and the one time the prawns were slightly undercooked, they promptly rectified the situation. My biggest problem is saving room for dessert. One day I will!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food, as always, was good. Must have been new waiter, after serving our order, he forgot about us. Had to waive him down to remind him we were still there. Service could have been better. Poor service not normal for this place.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

A little disappointed with our service . Had a reservation for eight people. Waited 15 minutes once we got there to get a table that only had seven chairs and five place settings. So it took another 15 to sort that out and then another 15/20 for a waiter to even come to the table to get our drink orders. Food was good, but also took quite awhile to come out. I’d try them again given the fact it’s Pro Am weekend so it’s busy and want to give them the benefit of the doubt

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2018

I like Il Fornio but my husband does not. Unfortunately even though it was a busy night and we were one of the first table seated, it took close to an hour for our food to arrive. My pasta was fine but my husband’s salad was water logged and chicken was overdone. It was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food, ambiance and services! Very friendly hostess & servers.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

We completely enjoyed our experience at Il Fornaio. The food was amazing and the service was great. Our waiter, Salvatore, was the best! We definitely would come back.

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