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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate your Valentine with a special selection of dishes inspired by the Italian region of Umbria, the home of Saint Valentine. End your evening with Fondente ai Tre Cuori, a heart-shaped flourless dark chocolate cake with white chocolate and mixed-berry gelee hearts.

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Good for a Date (16)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Romantic (13)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Authentic (10)
Business Meals (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Groups (8)
People Watching (8)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Seasonal (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Fun (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Waterfront (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 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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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Family dinner with out of town guests

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 28, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 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 25, 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 24, 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 24, 2017

Great views....good food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 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 18, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 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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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 11, 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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·Dined on November 25, 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 25, 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 24, 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 24, 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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·Dined on November 24, 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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·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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·Dined on November 23, 2017

"Thanksgiving Dinner" has become a yearly family gathering at Il Fornaio. This is the fourth year that my family and I have celebrated Thanksgiving dinner. This restaurant is also the "go to" restaurant that we have been going to for at least 10 years and we're never disappointed!! Great food, wonderful service, couldn't ask for more.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Organic, Disabled Access, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is our go-to place in Del Mar. The seafood pasta is always well-cooked and delicious. The pizza, however, was just ok. Service this time was a little slow. We usually enjoy our drinks and wait a bit to order since the service is so fast. This time we waited longer to be served even though the restaurant was not crowded. Perhaps the crowded outdoor bar scene was the cause. We actually started with drinks outside then moved in. That was fun!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We received a very good corner table with a view and it was a very nice evening.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The view alone is worth it! Food and service was exceptional.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great place, we have had dinner with family & friends ther for over 25 years! The food is always good as well as the service.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great experience, excellent food & drink, and service.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Poor service
Noisiest restaurant we have ever been to

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Haven't been there for years. It's much better than I remember, but then again, things are always better after a successful day at the track and a couple of good bottles of wine.

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The service was not great and the food came out in about 5 minutes - almost like it was prepared and reheated

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food and service. The sunset was spectacular.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Opt to eat outside. Beautiful view!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Awesome food and Superior Service
Great view
Excellent Menu

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Celebrated a family 84th Birthday. Great food and service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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