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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.
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

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

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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4.1

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4.2

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4.3

value

3.8

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (12)
Casual (12)
Fun (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Romantic (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Central Coast)·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

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 (Central Coast)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Spicy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good food, service and ambiance.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Nice vacation with the family demands a nice meal. They took care of us. Accommodating our early arrival. Food was fantastic. Nice and cozy place. Love it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Not the place to go for Christmas dinner. At our 5:30 reservation they had already run out of the salmon entree. If you like your meal in red sauce, you will like this place.

Waiter and service was outstanding. Bread and salad were good.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service very poor but will excuse because very busy Christmas day

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Nice ambiance but the salad portion was tiny unlike the other franchises of the same category.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Pricey but great food. We had the sausage pizza and it was fantastic!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was just ok, nothing was as good as what I remember.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great atmosphere, good service, and decent food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was a pleasant evening and the food was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 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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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 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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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 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 25, 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 24, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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