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Il Fornaio - Carmel

1199 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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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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 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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What 1199 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPaulS (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

vipSteveW (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipmrB1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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!

vipwannabefoodie (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

Alex (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined 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

joPB (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipRunallan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent food and service.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

DonnaL (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We were the "honored table" for the night. So we were treated to breads, hors d'ourves, dessert and impeccable service. The foods and wines were awesome. A memorable evening from start to finish

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We went for the Sunday brunch - wonderful food and great service. Very reasonable too!

Underwhelmed (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

We had high expectations but were underwhelmed by our experience. The service was OK but the food was quite ordinary. The pasta served was not the type posted in the menu and the dish was very dry. The fish dish was mediocre and the polenta accompanying it was served as a liquid pool ... almost the consistency of a thin sauce or gravy. The ambience was fine.

Carmel (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Fantastic food, pasta with vodka sauce dish was excellent. Great wine, friendly staff, beautiful atmosphere. Loved it!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Delicious food, super, friendly and professional staff and wonderful environment!
Love it. we try to go there every week!
I only wish they add Italian music!

Mille grazie!

vipeast (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

The food was okay. I ordered the minestrone and cappellini with chicken- both were pretty forgettable. Ambience wasn't all that great, sitting next to the bar with a constant draft from the door. Service was okay, cordial but not attentive or friendly.

Veej (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Overall average, a bit disappointing compared to our previous experience with the restaurant (both food and ambience). We were here on December 31 for New Years Eve and the place was devoid of any celebratory feel; service while courteous was a bit dull and lacking enthusiasm. Location is terrific, wine list is good, not a great selection of food for vegetarians, and the pizza was served lukewarm. Will think twice again before choosing this for a special occasion.

Chrism (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Had our New Year's Eve dinner there. They had very nice/fun masks, noisemakers and other party things given to each diner. The food and the staff were all great (as usual for this restaurant) and the evening a lot of fun. Great ambience.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and great service.