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.View Private Dining Details
Treat the mom in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Celebrate Easter at Il Fornaio with your friends and family at Il Fornaio! Large parties welcome upon reservation.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
The service was great. Everything was great and enjoyable.
Great place to have dinner! Customer service is always amazing. Love the food and wine. It's our new favorite spot!
Wonderful dinner , great service
Great location in Del Mar. We were in a hurry and our very attentive waiter served us quickly. There were many excellent menu choices. Highly recommend the Griliata di Pesche Misto and the Soffiato Al Cioccolato for dessert. Prices were reasonable for Del Mar. Only negative was the noise level was high.
went here with my boyfriend for dinner with my best friend and her husband, good food, good drinks, nice people. Thanks!
We have been going to Il Fornaio for years and partaking of their Festa Regionale dinners and point program. Very much disappointed that they changed the points program effective January 1 without telling us and they won't have a new program in place until July 1. They said they sent an email but neither I nor my friends received that email. Had we known about the change, we would have used our points in December. They are allowing us to use the points but not receiving the same value.
The service was excellent. But the food, though very fresh was only okay.
Arrived at 5:30 pm with a reservation, tons of staff mostly standing around visiting with each other, very few patrons, still took 10 minutes to prepare the table. With low patron levels, tons of staff visiting with each and a reservation, one would think they would have prepared the table prior to the reservation time.
Waiter was polite but not at all attentive and given they were not busy, no excuse to be MIA and when he did check, he took off prematurely.
The busboy should be fired! Snippy, rude, not at all customer service oriented and acted like he had a huge chip on his shoulder.
If the service staff can’t come to work willing to work with a customer service good attitude then just stay home.
Food was OK but uninspired especially the “specials”
Wine advertised as a “sale” normally priced at over $40.00 a bottle for $30.00, was found on a wine website for under $14.00. Admittedly restaurants keystone wine prices but don’t claim a discount sale price that is still more than a keystone price, especially when the waiter never refilled glasses, serve yourself was the rule.
Overall the restaurant exhibits malaise and extremely ineffective supervision and overall poor management. This just costs the restaurant lost sales.
Where is executive management?? MIAs!
Very good to excellent in all categories. Only issue was noise, but it was tolerable.
i when there on a date with my girlfriend of 3 years for a late v-day gift everything went well just that my sever was kinda stuck up and not very friendly but the food was good and still had a good time even tho the service wasn't the best
On February 17, 2018 we had a very bad experience. We ordered an appetizer, salads and entrees but our warm appetizer & salads were brought to our table at the same time. So we asked that the salads come later. Then at the very beginning of eating our salads the manager brought the entrees. We requested that the entrees be brought later. When the entrees came out about 15 minuets later, you could tell they had been under heating lamps & not fresh or hot.
Shame on the manager. The food & service are usually outstanding.
Way too loud-couldn’t even hear spouse across from my table. Seated quickly, service good. Pasta delicious -pizza cold.
Even though the restaurant was busy for Valentines dinner, service was excellent, food was great, drinks were made well and timely, and ambience was comfortable and romantic- main course arrival time following the appetizer was appropriate and too quick, one of my pet peeves when dinning out. Tried adding pix of the cute heart-shaped pasta but OpenTable site wont take 'em.
Italian cuisine has hundreds of different dishes from the meny regions of Italy. I was surprised that they only had about 6-8 pasta dishes. in the menú. The food was good but scarce, at lest the dish I ordered. I had the butternut squash ravioli: all 5 of them. My wife’s was a bit better: linguini with frutti de mare. The ambiance is very nice but don’t come hungry. Or fill up in the wonderful bread with olive oil.
We love the views from this place. The service and ambiance are second to none. Our wine was reasonably priced and very good. We split the Pollo alla Cacciatorri. It's sauce was pale and lacked flavor. Also, the chicken was chewy. The fennel salad was delightful. Full of flavor and dressed perfectly. We would go back yet again but, order a different entree.
Our lunch was perfect for the ocsssion.
A little spendy for 4 with no alcohol.
The service was very good.
We had our wedding reception dinner there back in 2011 do restaurant close to my heart however seems to have gone down hill
Excellent Italian food, well prepared and served well. I have been to this restaurant a couple of times and have not been disappointed. Real Italian food in a pleasant atmosphere. Make sure that the waiter stamps your parking ticket if you park in the restaurant building. Our waiter took our ticket but it wasn't stamped when we got to the gate so we had to pay extra for the parking.
I have been going to Il Fornaio for over 20 years. I usually go to the one in Coronado but the people we were taking to dinner for their birthdays live in Del Mar. Now I don't know if it is the difference between the 2 restaurants or not but the quality and the value and the noise was horrible. We have always gone for the Festa Regionale and enjoyed the tasting menu. Not only was that not available anymore but the prices seem to have skyrocketed. It seems like we are living in a time where we pay more for less but I thought Il Fornaio was above that. We were taking my sister and brother in law to dinner for their birthdays and they are Italian food aficionados. They spend months in Italia every year and their favorite restaurant is Positano in Solana Beach which is a small, authentic, family owned establishment. Il Fornaio used to be able to stand up to those kinds of restaurants. So I thought I'd take them to one of my favorite places. I was embarrassed! I spent a great deal of money (over $500.00) and the meal and the venue was a total disappointment. I think the era of Il Fornaio for me and my husband is over. It has been a favorite for many of my friends but I think I will have to advise them to stay away also. It Is Unfortunate. It was one of the best restaurants in SD in my opinion but no more. Go to Positano! Or Buona Forchetta in South Park or Liberty Station. You'll be happier.
Food and service were good but not exceptional. Decor is nice. Noise level is very high.
Lovely quiet evening on the patio as the Super Bowl was attracting other visitors to the bar area. Danielle was a terrific waiter....attentive, knowledgeable and interesting.
WONDERFUL EVENING- WATCHED THE SUN SINK INTO THE PACIFIC AS WE SIPPED OUR PINOT NOIR PRIOR TO ENJOYING A DELICIOUS DINNER FOR MY WIFE'S BIRTHDAY. THE SERVER WAS GREAT... ATTENTIVE WHILE ALLOWING US TIME TOGETHER.
Nice dining and love the ambience. Salad is amazing! Peonni ala vodka pasta was delicious! Had to end with Gelato of course!
Enjoyed Italian dinner with friends. Liked menu choices and wine list. Will likely return again. Do think that request for review is much too specific about the number of words. Would like to participate in review, but not if this requirement is not lifted in the future.
The best location, watching the sunset overlooking Del Mar. The food was great. Best value for a restaurant in that area. The service was friendly and timely. They even validate your parking.
This was our first time here, and we went for the San Diego Restaurant Week specials. The food was very good. Fresh baked bread. We both had the Salmon, which chicken pasta side dish. The Salmon was great. Desert was a bread pudding with apples and raisons, topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce. We will be coming back again to try some of the other options.
pizza and sandwich totally nondescript. the bread and sorbet/gelato orders were fine.
overall nice. we are disappointed restaurant did not indicate we attended reservation leading to nasty email from opentable that we were a no show.
Wonderful lunch, service, wine and view. Would not hesitate to return.
Great service, delicious and authentic Italian food!
Went there for late lunch on Sunday few people there and outside seating was available but the view is okay given the fact it is Old Delmar. It was chilly and they had the heater on. Nothing exceptional but could have just been the time. They do validate parking which is a plus.
Love to have business lunches at Il Fornaio. Relaxed atmosphere, ocean view, delicious Italian food. Only thing is that sometimes the waiters disappear and you sit there for long periods of time with dirty plates or waiting for the check. Not every time, but often enough to mention. Not going to stop me for going there! I love their daily seafood specials too.
I expected the food to be more authentic Italian cuisine
Location is great
Our family has been to this location several times.
This time, we made our reservation and were seated promptly. Hot bread and water were served right away.
Water refills occurred. A refill of olive oil for the bread occurred.
A server never showed up.
We left after 25 minutes of sitting. We went to a neighboring restaurant - where we were taken care of very well.
Family dinner with out of town guests
Il Fornaio Del Mar was a perfect choice for us for New Year’s Eve. It is one of my all time favorites and I was delighted with their regular menu at regular pricing so that each of the four of us had a full range of choices. Our very professional yet convivial server was wonderful, the food marvelous as always and we enjoyed with our dear friends a decades long tradition of sharing the holidays day.
We have come here for years for great food, ambiance in a relaxed atmosphere!
Great food, great service. My family loves it this please.
Ok, but having eaten at various Il Fornaio restaurants many times, I have to say this time wasn’t up to the usual standards.