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About Il Fornaio - Del Mar

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. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

1555 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:30am-9:00pm

Friday 11:30am-10:00pm

Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm

Sunday 11:00am-9:00pm

Cross Street:
15th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 755-8876

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Parking Details:
Two hours of parking complimentary with validation.

Executive Chef:
Nicola Calamar

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

Private Dining

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.

Il Fornaio - Del Mar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
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Good for a Date (19)
Romantic (16)
Authentic (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Great for Lunch (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Casual (10)
Business Meals (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Cozy (10)
People Watching (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Waterfront (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

Our lunch was perfect for the ocsssion.
A little spendy for 4 with no alcohol.
The service was very good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 4 days ago

We had our wedding reception dinner there back in 2011 do restaurant close to my heart however seems to have gone down hill

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food and service were good but not exceptional. Decor is nice. Noise level is very high.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.
CHEERS!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Nice dining and love the ambience. Salad is amazing! Peonni ala vodka pasta was delicious! Had to end with Gelato of course!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Waterfront, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, People Watching, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

pizza and sandwich totally nondescript. the bread and sorbet/gelato orders were fine.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

overall nice. we are disappointed restaurant did not indicate we attended reservation leading to nasty email from opentable that we were a no show.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Wonderful lunch, service, wine and view. Would not hesitate to return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Tapas, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great service, delicious and authentic Italian food!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I expected the food to be more authentic Italian cuisine
Location is great

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.
Then nothing..
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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Family dinner with out of town guests

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We have come here for years for great food, ambiance in a relaxed atmosphere!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food, great service. My family loves it this please.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Ok, but having eaten at various Il Fornaio restaurants many times, I have to say this time wasn’t up to the usual standards.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a party of 26 all told. The service was phenomenal, better than I could have dreamed. The food was excellent as always. We will be back next year, hopefully with 40+ guests.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great views....good food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I always find it odd you say "must" write so many words when I'm doing you a favor. Everything was good about this restaurant, as my ratings above indicate.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Really great service!!!! Items can be modified due to the level of knowledge in the kitchen.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lovely setting and very good service. Just not the place for brunch. Breakfast item menus limited, eggs dishes not especially well prepared. Limited number of salads and no sandwiches or paninis to round out the menu. Pizza for brunch? I don't think so. Would try sometime for dinner.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I always enjoy Il Fornaio. I order pasta with veggies and stay vegan. And I take part of a Caesar salad with dressing on the side, and give the rest of the salad and dressing to the person I am dining with.

Last night was especially good. They gave a small loaf of bread to me, just before I left. Nice touch!

You can't go wrong at Il Fornaio. Save your money and go!

Healthy Happy Eating,
Chef Marian

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We had the seafood grille and it was terrific as was the wine list and service.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We eat at the restaurant quite often and love it. The one problem we encounter is that the food is sometimes not warm enough.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was extremely slow. We were there over 2 hours. Managment blamed the server. Disappointed that they didn’t take their own accountability in understaffing. If they’d been honest in understaffing, we might’ve this have been ok. Just don’t go on a busy night. Food is good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful, creative dishes. Attentive service and a good value for the money. Will dine there again!!

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fabulous. We love this place as they are consistent and take good care of us no matter what time of year we go!
Thank you for your hard work!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Disappointing. My husband and I ate here ~3 years ago for Thanksgiving and enjoyed the food and the location. This year, it was a big disappointment. The greeter was friendly and we were seated right away, but our waiter barely said 3 words to us. The food was cold and bland. We sent the first course (butternut squash soup) back as it was cold and tasteless, and they returned with cold canned minestrone soup. The food did not improve with each successive course. The following day, my husband called and talked to the manager. He apologized and promise to call us back the following day - of which he never did.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was a wonderful choice for a RARE restaurant Thanksgiving-
Stressless & delicious.
Even left with a generous "doggy" bag!
This year family circumstances necessitated a restaurant meal--
Next year we will choose it!
(Just hoping they'll set alittle dark meat aside for my plate next year :)

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had lovely oceans view seating for Thanksgiving. Wait staff was organized but relaxed in demeanor. Food was awesome. It was a great experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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