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About Il Fornaio - Carmel

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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Ocean Avenue & Monte Verde St
Carmel, CA 93921
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 622-5100

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Gabriel Rodriguez

Additional:
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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Start a new tradition with your family this Christmas! Indulge in delicious authentic Italian food with your friends and family.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

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.

Il Fornaio - Carmel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.0

service

4.2

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4.2

value

3.8

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Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Casual (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Fun (13)
Authentic (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (9)
People Watching (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Romantic (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

My cousin and I visited for dinner. The service was prompt and our food was delicious. She had the gluten free pasta and said it was really good with the bolognese sauce. I had the normal pasta with bolognese and it was amazing. She had the gelato for dessert-- very generous serving-- and I had the tiramisu -- also generous serving, and very delicious.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

need to improve their bread & variety, which i used to enjoy at the other location.
the bread was not fresh.. the server told this is what they have!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

A wonderful dinner, great service and our waiter, Jose, couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.

Tags: Fun, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very good service from Chris the Manager and our server, Jose. Nice local place in Carmel and food is always tasty. I had the seafood pasta special and my brother had the roasted chicken. We are locals and although prices are a bit high, it is a nice restaurant to go to once in a while.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

For the price of the food what they give you is rediculous. We paid 17$ for a plate of spaghetti and it looked like someone took a handful and threw it in a bowl. For the price of the meal the food was not great and the service is very slow. I would not go here again.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had the veal dish, and it was very good. The salads, especially the Caesar salad, was bland. The “spumoni” ice cream was worth a return visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful meal and excellent service. A must try if you’re in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Quick and polite service. Food was delicious. Ordered spaghetti dish but got linguini. Still okay though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

great outdoor seating , good food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving was very good and no problem sharing one generous special meal...the waiter even split our sparkling wine into two glasses and brought us two soups...very nice dinner and great service

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving dinner at 7:00 pm. I ordered the fixed price turkey dinner, and my wife got a filet mignon. We we seated promptly. Overall, the food was mediocre to poor. The salads we both had were fine. My sliced turkey was not good. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’d guess the restaurant didn’t actually roast any turkeys. It was served with some type of sauce, rather than traditional gravy. I didn’t care for it. The mashed potatoes had chunks of unmashed potato, and the middle was actually cold.
My wife’s filet was cooked medium rare, as requested, but the filet had a mushy, not merely tender, consistency. There was nothing close to a char on the meat. It was like a home-prepared steak that was cooked without high heat.
The pumpkin pie that came with my dinner was uninteresting enough that even with the two forks supplied by our waiter, we didn’t finish it. It looked and tasted a lot like a Mrs. Smith’s frozen pie. Nothing wrong with it, but it obviously was not prepared by the restaurant from scratch.

There was no ambiance—period. I understand that it was a very busy night, but it was extremely noisy and unbelievably bright. We were seated between the bar and the kitchen.

We each had two glasses of wine with dinner. With tax and tip, the bill was well over $150. I guess that doesn’t buy much anymore, but there was just nothing special or interesting in our meal. And clearly, the preparation must have been rushed. I very rarely send food back, but both the poorly cooked steak and my cold potatoes would qualify.

By the way, we we staying at the Pine Inn in Carmel, and breakfast was included at this same restaurant. It was excellent each day.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Never disappoints. Something very authentic about the staff and meals. Makes me happy! Always look forward to it and have never been disappointed!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Fun, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Poor service the food was poorly prepared they forgot to add the mash potatoes to the turkey dishes and they left me hanging with no cheese for the pasta dish until plate got cold.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The veal scalloping was tasteless and tough

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I love that you can order a smaller or larger size entree. Sharing a salad, then ordering the smaller sized entrees left just enough room for their fabulous cannolis for dessert. We loved our dinner and waiter/service as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We ordered a bottle of wine and it took about 25 minutes to get it. We had finished our salad course when we finally waived our waitress down to inquire. She fed us some line about the bar tender sending the manager down to the basement to get it. Then she came back and said that they were out. So we picked another bottle. Ten minutes later no wine so we waived her down again. Manager came to table with both bottles. Turned out they had it after all. Wine is opened and food arrives at same time. Had to ask for water refills, parm , and pepper for salad. Just not nearly an attentive enough waitress for the scale and price level of the restaurant. Food was just ok. Won’t return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were staying at Lobos Lodge, which is right next door to this restaurant, so we walked over to try it. We would have been satisfied with the delicious warm Italian bread! The Ravioli alla Lucana was a spinach ravioli that was so light and creamy...perfect. My Pennoli alla vodka was rich with flavor and a generous amount of bacon. The wine selection was varied and we only ordered 2 glasses, instead of a bottle (had just taken a wine tour) The gelato desserts were not too sweet and they were a great finish to the night. Our server was very friendly and attentive without a rushed attitude. We had a relaxing, delightful evening and we walked back to our hotel...so easy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Beyond disappointed w the service and food. 2 of us got sick after the meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal. We each had a pasta from the Regional Passport menu. I had the ravioli with truffle sauce, and she had the risotto. Both were delicious. Service was excellent as well.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was excellent, hostess friendly, food outstanding and the wine very good. Would definitely recommend this restaurant .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was great. Enjoyed my potato leek soup and salad. From our table we were able to see a partial sunset too.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

definitely one of the top 20 meals I have ever had: pasta with pancetta, peas and parmesan with creamy sauce. So much flavor!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We enjoyed once again a delightful Sunday brunch. Great food, service & mimosas!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Salads were very good; the sandwiches not so much.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good food selection, fresh ingredients and awesome location in Carmel! Friendly and hard-working staff...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We've been here any number of times and have never been let down. It's a must for us whenever we're in town.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

They were awesome in accomodating a large party of 18, and made every effort to get the drinks served and then dinner served. Nice evening.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Pretentious server who didn't know enough to bring an extra plate for a split salad. Disappeared after serving the entree. Food had no taste. Italian food with no garlic or even a little red pepper just doesn't cut it.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Another delicious brunch in our favorite place. Il Fo's version of Eggs Benedict cannot be beat.....and the mimosas are so good.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Definitely much better Italian food in Carmel. Food was very basic and lacking flavor. Service was OK. There was a wedding going on in a banquet room so lots of frantic back and forth with carts of food. Would not eat here again.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our dining experience was a complete joke. 3 arrempts to order a certain bottle of red wine they were out. Looked at another, out of that, looked at another out of that. Picked one that was just ok. Manager came over and said they had a new wine list ....well where is it. She said not her fault she wasn’t the one that ordered the wine. What a joke. Waited 2o mins for our waiter to bring the wine. He was not good at all. Excuse upon excuse all night. Other diners were upset also that sat by us. Food was not that great. The Manager was running out of excuses and said “there are plenty of wines on that list you have”. Really! We will not recommend this restaurant to anyone ever. We did however have the best meal and service at another restaurant in Carmel. Napoli was fabulous and best Italian we have had in a long time. Great wine list and very terrific service. Felt like family. Not enough stars for this terrific restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We got lucky and were the first guest that night, that had not been to Il Fornaio before. We received a free bottle of water, a mixed appetizer, two delicious, fresh ravioli, and a zabaione (for dessert) on the house. Loved it. Attentive waiter, nice table for two, great food.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food, with friendly, attentive service. Pleasant ambiance in a great location off Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel. Highly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We spent 2 months in Carmel by the Sea every year, so we've gotten to know the restaurants quite well. Il Fornaio remains our favorite overall, and has THE best brunch. Their version of eggs benedict is different & delicious with their home-made bread instead of English muffins, the ham is lean & much nicer than Canadian bacon, and the hollandaise sauce is lighter with parmesan. They also make great mimosas with our preferred bubbly -- Prosecco.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Impersonal greeting staff, unapologetic delay for seating (in spite of a reservation), no offer of allowing an older member of our party a place to sit while waiting, finally seated in an incredibly noisy, crowded location where our table was adjacent to (and many times literally surrounded by) a very large party group as well as being next to the bar and on the path to the restrooms. Our waiter was very competent, but also very hurried. Food was solid, but the overall experience was that of eating in a busy airport.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We enjoyed dining at Il Fornaio Carmel.
Our server was excellent, efficient, courteous, and very attentive. The bread brought to our table was warm and tasty as we dipped the bread in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. As suggested on the special menu. the wine from Fruilio paired magnificently with the pear gorgonzola salad, and the prawns and pasta. For dessert we chose the cannoli. It was the BEST cannoli we've eaten this side Sorrento, Italy.
We look forward to returning to Il Fornaio Carmel.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Organic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Business Meals, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service was outstanding but the food was, at best, mediocre. The dessert trio, however, was very good. Il Fornaio on Coronado Island was wonderful but this part of the chain had us apologizing to our friends for his 65th birthday dinner being a disappointment. The center divide wall right by us was absolutely dirty/dusty and that didn't help with the experience.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

White wine was warm. Lobster tail was old and tough. It was not fresh and gave me bowel distress at 4am. Terrible meal. Never did get the wine chilled to the proper temperature. We've been coming to this El Fornaio for many many tears and this was the worst and very disappointing, it was a celebration of my 81st birthday.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We've been to many restaurants in Carmel, but genuinely didn't get why this one has good rating. Food is meh, even not the most beautiful presentation. Disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Underwhelming food. Neither of us thought good was very good.

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