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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.
Del Mar, CA 92014
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:30am-9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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
Despite having a reservation, we had to wait , standing, in crowded area for about ten minutes, both before and after being acknowledged by the hostess staff.
We were seated at a booth in front of the kitchen, where kitchen and wait staff were very active. The noise from the kitchen was overpowering and made conversation between myself and the companion at my table very difficult. For a restaurant to place diners in that entire area, is unacceptable.
It made what was to be a lovely birthday gift for my companion, into a situation for which I had to apologize.
It was for a birthday. Let me say my family and I always enjoy our time here. We have never been disappointed. This is on the top of our list always for a great place for any occasion. Thanks so very much to the staff for making every single visit a great one.
Johnny and Valentina Mills & Family
The food was fine. Actually, the caprese salad (although overpriced) was very good. The service was not good at all. The waiter hardly came to the table and the restaurant was not busy. I ordered an espresso and it literally came 1/4 full. I sent it back and was told by the waiter that the bartender said that was how they served it. Although he did bring me another that was full. I didn't argue but even I know the tiny espresso cups are served full.
We were there for restaurant week specifically. The carpaccio, linguini with meatballs and veal were excellent. The service was just passable. We were unattended for extended periods of time and our server seemed unfamiliar with the menu. The noise from the bus station was excessive and distracting.
Our meal was delicious, but we were disappointed that the most beautiful and desirable part of the restaurant, on a Friday night, was closed for a private party. The ocean view, which is the best part of the experience, was completely inaccessible. I would have liked to have know that before making my on-line reservation.
My brother Joe Ventura used to eat here daily years ago, and he recommended that we eat here.
We are Italian and cook daily and live in Miami, so you would have thought that the quality of our seafood would be comparable. The truth is that the seafood at Il Fornaio--shrimp, clams, mussels--was as fresh as it is in Italy. It was the best dining experience in Italian cuisine we have ever had at a restaurant.
I suspect I was put in the worst table in the restaurant because I am not white. I ordered the 3-course tasting menu and the last course took over 20-min after the second course. This should have been followed up by the wait staff. That happened when a quarter of the dinners in the restaurant already finished and left. So that was not their busiest time.
I was there for a birthday dinner with some of my friends, the atmosphere was great, but the food was ok at best and the service was TERRIBLE. The waiter made us order before we could even look at the menu, and when I say he made us order I mean he stood there like a creep until we decided what we wanted (which we did rather quickly because of how uncomfortable we were).
The food was closer to olive garden than the range we were paying for. The salmon may have intentionally been cooked a certain way, but it was arguably the most dry salmon I've ever had at a restaurant... a poor choice for their menu. The seafood spinach combination was a little sea food with about 5 pounds of spinach. Drinks were strong, but probably not my favorite either.
We went to the restaurant to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We had a reservation and arrived early and were seated at a nice table. Our waiter started off ok but then disappeared for very long stretches. He brought the wrong wine at one point and didn't believe me that it was incorrect until he smelled it and then corrected it. Our water glasses were empty at one point and we waited for someone to pay attention to our table. While our entrées were delicious, we were so disappointed in the service that we decided not to stay for coffee and dessert.
Really nice views, great for families because it can get loud. They didn't have a very nice table for us when we arrived. I asked the hostess to change out table but they were full.
When the waiter took our drink orders he said, "we should move you guys to a better table." So he took our party of 5 towards the scenic table. That was awesome!
The food - meh. But its Il fornaio, not Il Fonaio San Francisco. Hope you know what I mean. Anyway I can't even remember what we had. I believe it was a linguini fruit de mare. But it was called something else. The caprese salad was a bit tasteless.
Other than our server mini us to a better table...it was a bit pricey for what you get.
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