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Il Fornaio - Del Mar, Del Mar, CA

Il Fornaio - Del Mar

4.2
4.2
1938 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Repeat winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

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Booked 34 times today
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 755-8876

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Roberto Gerbino

  • Private party facilities

    Il Fornaio in Del Mar offers private dining for parties of 8-250. With spaces from our outdoor Enoteca Wine Bar to our Ocean View Main Piazza there is a fit for every need. Come celebrate with excellent service in warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine.

  • Private party contact

    Tanya Coffey: (858) 755-9384

  • Neighborhood

    Del Mar

  • Cross street

    15th Street

  • Parking details

    Two hours of parking complimentary with validation.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Dolci

    Ricette Tradizionali

    desserts crafted from traditional italian family recipes

    • Tiramisù$11.00

      treviso-style tiramisù with ladyfingers soaked in rum & espresso, layered with mascarpone & topped with a dusting of cocoa powder

      • Cannoli Siciliani$11.00

        cannoli filled with sheep's milk ricotta, candied orange, bittersweet chocolate & pistachios

        • Budino di Pane al Cioccolato$11.00

          chocolate bread pudding with apples, golden raisins, figs & brandy; served with chocolate sauce, crème anglaise & caramel sea salt gelato

          Gelati

          desserts created with italian gelato

          • Affogato al Caffè$10.00

            espresso poured over two scoops of vanilla gelato & topped with fresh whipped cream

            • Gelati Misti$11.00

              one scoop each of dark chocolate & vanilla gelato & one scoop of raspberry sorbet

              • Scoop of Gelato

                vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel sea salt, raspberry sorbet

                • each$6.00

              Last updated: February 3, 2022

              What 1,938 people are saying

              Overall ratings and reviews

              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

              4.2
              4.2 based on recent ratings
              • 4.3Food
              • 4Service
              • 4.3Ambience
              • 3.9Value

              NoiseModerate

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              • North San Diego

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              1. G

                Greg

                San Diego

                17 reviews

                4.0

                17 reviews

                Dined today

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Delicious food and wait staff did a good job. A bit slow but staff gracious & helpful. Unfortunately the food is overpriced but everything else was wonderful. Either provide larger portions for existing prices or lower prices. Sorry

              2. DU

                DavidU

                Los Angeles

                16 reviews

                5.0

                16 reviews

                Dined 4 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Couynot have enjoyed it more

              3. Y

                Yellowcat

                San Diego

                10 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                10 reviews

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Very satisfying dinner, with cheerful, helpful server and excellent food across the board. The burrata appetizer was especially tasty.

              4. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Diego

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined 6 days ago

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great food and ambiance, service was 10/10 with how quick they were with food and drinks plus their recommendations on those

              5. GO

                GiuliO

                San Diego

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 9, 2022

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Location is prime. Patio overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Perfect place to view the sunset. Good service. The dishes were delicious. However the servings were small compared to Coronado location. Lacking a little more sauce and pasta.

              6. C

                Carol

                Houston

                1 review

                vip
                1.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 8, 2022

                overall1food1service1ambience2

                We went for mother's day lunch. Server was very careless to our table. Not helpful. Food doesn't represent a good Italian meal. We got out of there very disappointed because we live in the area and it's very well located with a great ocean view. But it's not worthy to come back. Tipical tourist attraction. Unfortunately.

              7. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Diego

                1 review

                2.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 8, 2022

                overall2food3service1ambience2

                The service was horrible, the waiter was not interested at all- not that it was busy or anything. He seem uninterested. Really bad service for such a well known place. Not coming back.

              8. j

                joshua

                San Diego

                46 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                46 reviews

                Dined on May 8, 2022

                overall4food4service4ambience3

                Saturday night can be loud and busy inside. In fact it was deafening at times.

              9. S

                Satisfied

                Denver

                6 reviews

                5.0

                6 reviews

                Dined on May 7, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great service and delicious food.

              10. LL

                LesL

                San Diego

                12 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                12 reviews

                Dined on April 30, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The entire evening was a wonderful experience from the moment we walked in to time we left. The young lady at the front desk was pleasant and efficient. She seated us at a window table as we requested in our reservation with no issues. It was our Anniversary and we couldn't ask for a better night out and food that was excellent. Anna waited on us and as busy as she was, did an excellent job of ensuring our dinner service was great. She was professional and cheerful as well as the other people who helped with our dinner prep. We spoke with Monique (Mgr.) and advised her how pleased we were with the evening's events and the Restaurant staff. While this wasn't our first visit, we look forward to future trips to Il Fornaio, Del Mar. We Highly Recommend this Restaurant.

              11. t

                trf333

                San Diego

                17 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                17 reviews

                Dined on April 30, 2022

                overall5food5service4ambience4

                Always great at Ali Fornaio Please Please put the Perro di Pollo al Pepperocino back on the menu !!!

              12. H

                Heatheru

                San Diego

                5 reviews

                5.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on April 28, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Wonderful all around - food, service, location. The noise level of the patio was a 10. If you're looking for the energy, it's a great option. If you're hoping to have conversation, you may want to sit inside where it's much quieter.

              13. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Phoenix

                8 reviews

                vip
                3.0

                8 reviews

                Dined on April 27, 2022

                overall3food3service3ambience3

                Ordered the seafood combo meal. Very little seafood in it. Not very tasty sauce. I asked for a taste of the Bonanza Cabernet. It was very good. The full glass I ordered was not as good as the sample. The waiter said it was a new bottle. I let it sit for a while and never got better.

              14. KT

                KimT

                San Diego

                10 reviews

                4.0

                10 reviews

                Dined on April 26, 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience5

                Our server Kate was great, however, we did have an issue that one of the pasta dishes was under cooked, way below "al dente". It was quickly whisked away and a new correctly cooked plate was delivered. I found the food well prepared and quite delicious. We had a bottle of Italian wine, based an a Sangiovese, and it was quite good, and reasonably priced .

              15. P

                Pharc

                Central Coast

                4 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on April 25, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Great food, great service and the most amazing sunset!

              16. b

                bobby

                San Diego

                3 reviews

                vip
                2.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on April 24, 2022

                overall2food2service2ambience3

                poor service. Took forever to have a waiter come by. I requested no salt and mine was salty Poor choice of fish...only Salmon I would not go back

              17. j

                jorge

                Los Angeles

                32 reviews

                3.0

                32 reviews

                Dined on April 22, 2022

                overall3food4service2ambience3

                Food was good. Love the view. Waiter was a little testy, at first, to where we sat on patio.

              18. RS

                RussellS

                San Diego

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 20, 2022

                overall5food3service5ambience5

                Everything was excellent but the mixed fish scallops shrimps octopus dish was mediocre. Too chewy octopus too few and small scallops and much dark sections on the fish. We had sea bass a few weeks before and it was outstanding!!

              19. A

                Alyssa

                San Diego

                21 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                21 reviews

                Dined on April 19, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                This is such a solid Italian restaurant. Beautiful views, great service, GREAT food. If you like it quiet, I would sit inside, it's great. The covered patio is super nice for views but it is LOUD so I prefer inside. Can't go wrong with a dinner here.

              20. RL

                RonL

                San Diego

                12 reviews

                1.0

                12 reviews

                Dined on April 18, 2022

                overall1food1service2ambience4

                Not to my liking. Apparently pasta IS supposed to be glue like and congealed. On the other hand, $2.00 for bread was the best tasting and value menu item we had.

              21. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Las Vegas

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on April 17, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Excellent service.

              22. E

                Escondido

                San Diego

                5 reviews

                vip
                2.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on April 17, 2022

                overall2food2service2ambience2

                The place was too crowded and noisy

              23. LJ

                LoriJ

                San Diego

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 17, 2022

                overall5food4service5ambience5

                I brought family visiting from out of town for a sunset dinner. The ravioli and braised short ribs were outstanding. The crispy Brussels sprouts were far beyond crispy.

              24. TE

                TammyE

                San Diego

                5 reviews

                5.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on April 17, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Lovely spot in Del Mar with a great patio to lounge before or after a meal.

              25. ME

                MamaEv

                San Diego

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on April 16, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great food, wonderful view and excellent service. It was loud because so many people were there.

              26. MJ

                MichaelJ

                Las Vegas

                1 review

                1.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 15, 2022

                overall1food2service1ambience1

                Been going for over 10yrs and this is our last time. Terrible service, not waiter fault but management trying to cut cost has (2) servers for over 10 tables. Restaurant has gone down hill dramatically over last 3yrs.

              27. G

                Glenn

                San Diego

                3 reviews

                4.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on April 15, 2022

                overall4food3service4ambience5

                Everything was very good, service, drinks, atmosphere. I tried a new dish I had never had and it was only so so. Not a big deal.

              28. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Diego

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 14, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Excellent service. Good food. Beautiful view from covered outdoor patio.

              29. KR

                KlausR

                San Diego

                12 reviews

                5.0

                12 reviews

                Dined on April 14, 2022

                overall5food4service5ambience5

                always a special place for us for lunch The complimentari antipasto was very much appreciated

              30. BA

                BAR007

                Minneapolis

                3 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on April 12, 2022

                overall5food4service5ambience5

                Kate from England was the best server!

              31. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Atlantic City

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 12, 2022

                overall4food5service5ambience5

                They served really fast. Would have liked more time to enjoy our appetizers.

              32. LP

                LaPla

                San Diego

                23 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                23 reviews

                Dined on April 9, 2022

                overall4food4service3ambience5

                I made a reservation for an outdoor table and when we arrived, we were told all they had were in door seating because they had a private party. there are 2 outdoor seating areas at the restaurant and we got the run around before we were seated in the outdoor patio we requested. Two check in areas but they didn’t know what was going on at either station.

              33. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Diego

                1 review

                1.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 8, 2022

                overall1food3service1ambience5

                Terrible service! Served my martini in a white wine glass.

              34. HT

                HectorT

                San Diego

                26 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                26 reviews

                Dined on April 7, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great location with ocean and sunset view, high quality food and excellent service.

              35. R

                Rloe

                San Diego

                25 reviews

                5.0

                25 reviews

                Dined on April 1, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Kate our waitress could not have been any better, charming , efficient and beautiful! We really enjoyed her and she made our night with friends special. The food was absolutely delicious. We pick the restaurant because of the view of the sunset which we did not see because of the weather, but we do not feel short changed at all. You’re doing a great job!

              36. g

                gizellec

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on April 1, 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                Staff was friendly and we received our food quick. The food was good, we will be visiting again in the future.

              37. MK

                MichaelK

                San Francisco

                3 reviews

                1.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on March 28, 2022

                overall1food1service1ambience3

                Wow - what happened to this place? Normally busy, it had sparse attendance. We previously enjoyed lunch & dinners here but on the latest trip, the food was sub-par - dried salmon, mediocre lasagna, a waiter who checked with us occasionally, etc. Il Fornaio needs a reboot and attention to the menu.

              38. PM

                PatM

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on March 28, 2022

                overall4food5service4ambience5

                When we arrived for our 6:15 p.m. reservation we were asked if we wanted to sit outside (58 degrees and windy) or wait 15 - 20 minutes for a table inside. We noticed the restaurant was about 30% occupied at the time and over the next 15 minutes observed several other parties of a similar size arrive and be seated immediately. At this point we asked about the status of our table and were immediately seated in a section that still had a could of open booths. In addition, we making the reservation online we indicated that it was for a special occasion (birthday) but no mention was ever made of this and we chose not to ask.

              39. c

                carlc

                San Diego

                9 reviews

                2.0

                9 reviews

                Dined on March 27, 2022

                overall2food3service2ambience1

                Terribly loud, had to ask for simple items; bread and then olive oil. Primo piatti came right after salads, too early. Babies crying, why bring infants to a restaurant? Special party with children running around and screaming. I attend regularly but will change my dining locale in DM.

              40. RK

                RobinK

                San Diego

                3 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on March 26, 2022

                overall4food4service5ambience3

                Delicious food but a bit too much going on in the complex...kids running around, lots of "young" people drinking/talking loud...Love the restaurant but think we'll stick to the Coronado location.

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              Il Fornaio - Del Mar is rated 4.2 stars by 1938 OpenTable diners.

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              Booked 34 times today
              Google Map for Il Fornaio - Del Mar

              1555 Camino Del Mar Del Mar, CA 92014

              Additional information

              • Cross street

                15th Street

              • Neighborhood

                Del Mar

              • Hours of operation

                Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

              • Cuisines

                Italian

              • Dining style

                Casual Dining

              • Dress code

                Casual Dress

              • Parking details

                Two hours of parking complimentary with validation.

              • Payment options

                AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

              • Executive chef

                Roberto Gerbino

              • Additional

                Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

              • Phone number

                (858) 755-8876

              • Private party facilities

                Il Fornaio in Del Mar offers private dining for parties of 8-250. With spaces from our outdoor Enoteca Wine Bar to our Ocean View Main Piazza there is a fit for every need. Come celebrate with excellent service in warm and stylish surroundings serving extraordinary authentic Italian food and wine.

              • Private party contact

                Tanya Coffey: (858) 755-9384

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