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.
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
Carmel, CA 93921
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
We had dinner there on Christmas because it's one of the few restaurants in town that is open on Christmas day. The staff did a good job of handling the over-capacity conditions. Servers were cheerful and attentive. The ambiance is holiday-nice, but the food only mediocre. Certainly not worth the price.
Service on a busy Christmas Eve dinner time was excellent. Attentive, but not bothersome. The meal was as expected and the portions were ample to share so that we could taste all components of the meal. It was also nice to just walk to dinner while staying at the Pine Inn. I look forward to going back.
This was such a disappointment. 13 of us went to celebrate my daughter who had just finished her final show of the nutcracker. We waited for OVER and hour and a half for our meal. Server was awfuk. He never even took our menus and when our appetizers were done never cleared the table. We will not return. Our guests were so frustrated. The kids were starving.
Really bad service.
What a disappontment! The restaurant has nice ambience but that's the only positive note. Service was perfunctory but without charm. The prices for appetizers, salads and wine were all ridiculously high for what you get. Only the entrees were reasonably priced. However, the entree I ordered isn't what I was served so even that failed to meet expectation. Not even close.
I ordered one of the monthly specials described as pasta with scallops, shrimp and crab. What I received was pasta with scallops and bay shrimp (not shrimp), and no crab at all. When I pointed this out to the waiter he disappeared, returning about 5 minutes later with a small dish containing white mush and said, here's your crab. There was absolutely no meatiness, no resemblance to crab, and no appeal in this tiny dish of nondescriptness blandness. A short while later the manager visited our table and presented us with 2 vouchers for a complimentary drink or dessert on a subsequent visit. Really??? Substitute inferior bay shrimp for shrimp and omit the crab altogether and there is no reduction in price? Do they really think we'll return to use a coupon? Newsflash - we will not be back.
I go back to this restaurant from time to time because I like the ambience, and hope it improved since the last visit, but alas... the food is bland, the service is poor. Case in point: seafood pasta with gluten free noodles. The pasta was so soft it melted in my mouth. The tomato broth tasted like plain crushed tomatoes straight out of a can. Our server made trips to our table as infrequently and for as short a visit as possible making no eye contact or any pretense of care. Honestly, I don't know how they still pull in guests. This was pretty much my experience last time, about a year ago. Luckily there are many alternatives in Carmel.
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.
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.
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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