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For 2
Date
Sat, 2/17
Time
10:00 PM
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Il Fornaio - Del Mar

4.4
1371 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Scenic View
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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Cuisines
Italian
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
15th Street
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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, 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 1371 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SergioS 
4.0  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.

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Poms (San Diego)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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EdwardM 
3.0  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

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vipChocolatelarry (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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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vipJojoe (New York Area)
3.0  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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vipLindadelmar (San Diego)
5.0  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.

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DaleH 
5.0  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!

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ICIEat (San Diego)
5.0  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!

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SteveP (San Diego)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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.

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vipcptSD (San Diego)
5.0  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.

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kauaisam (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  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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