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Sat, 2/24
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Il Fornaio - Del Mar

1377 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Scenic View (27)
  • Good for Birthdays (23)
  • Good for a Date (20)
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday 11:30am-9:00pm

Friday 11:30am-10:00pm

Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm

Sunday 11:00am-9:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 755-8876
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nicola Calamar
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Cross street
15th Street
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Parking details
Two hours of parking complimentary with validation.
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.

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What 1377 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GeneW (Denver)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Very good to excellent in all categories. Only issue was noise, but it was tolerable.

3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
1.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Way too loud-couldn’t even hear spouse across from my table. Seated quickly, service good. Pasta delicious -pizza cold.

SaintValentine (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

SergioS (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

Poms (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

ByronNLoree (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

EdwardM (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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