Il Fornaio - Del Mar

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$30 and under
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Italian
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. Repeat winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

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vipKevinW
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything (food and service) were perfect. They needed to plan table reservations based on more of an understanding of how long people might linger at a table. Didn't get seated until 20 minutes AFTER my reservation. Poor planning on their part.

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FrankJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed our dinner very much and will likely go again.

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Netty
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Extremely disappointed with my visit. The waiter was awful! He didn’t offer us bread until we asked, yet all other tables received bread when they were seated. Waiter didn’t engage in any conversation and was not friendly. One of our entrees was under cooked and we had to wait another 20 minutes for a new entree to be prepared. This error on the restaurant was not reflected on our bill. We went there for a birthday and the restaurant didn’t offer any complimentary birthday dessert or even acknowledged the special occasion. The overall experience was very disappointing and I will never return or recommend this restaurant to anyone else.

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vipLChessa
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The restaurant was busy, which was so encouraging!!
Food was good, server could have been more attentive but they were most likely
Short staffed because people are choosing to stay on unemployment as opposed to going back to work.

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vipKarin
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant took all precautions. We felt safe at all times. Staff was pleasant and myself and my friends had a great meal.

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viplunch
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good was good. We needed to sit and chat a bit when we first got there yet the waitress kept coming by asking for our order. So annoying and I’ve experienced this too many places. What’s the rush?
Otherwise, service was very good as was the food. We sat out on the covered patio which was very warm, even as the sun was setting. Some ventilation would help.

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rcsandiego
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Braised short ribs and sauce was great. Beef tenderloin was done perfect , probably 10 oz, and tasty.

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Jdsrock
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu though less than usual Staff was extremeLy helpful under new health guidelines Lots of room for outdoor dining.

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vipAmyP
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

My husband and son and I wanted to go out for a special evening. The inside seating was boring location without a view and the food was good but the limited menu and the very high price not worth it — sadly after a decade it is no longer one of our favorite brands. The service was very good but we miss our old favorites on the menu

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DavetheWave
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Sunset ocean view outstanding. No corkage fee through July was very much appreciated!

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SARAHL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food and service was great! we went to dine in the patio.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for daughter and they were very careful to seat everyone apart from other tables sue to covid we never felt overwhelmed by too many people close by.

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JoseG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and ambiance was superb. We were very pleased. Definitely will be returning at a later date.

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vipamindr
Orange County
109 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

The server was so out if it
Water got bug in it
The wine was old tested like vinegar and dirty glasses

My wife started with soup was not cooked properly nobody came in and offered pepper
I started with Cesar salad was not fresh
Both of us did not complete the food

Did not want to order dinner left

I have been in this restaurant in many places Irvine / Beverly Hills / Coronado and here in Del Mar
Never had a bad experience

The team working today , you will have better people at any fast food place

What a shame

One good place I usually go fir a good food GONE

Again it is a shame

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their Covid precautions are outstanding! Totally would dine there again!

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CindyC
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

We have been to the Coronado location and had a fabulous experience. So when this branch closer to my home reopened after lockdown I was so excited to secure a reservation for my anniversary well in advance. The first problem occurred when checking in and the hostess could not find our reservation insisting that we did not have one until I showed her my confirmation on my phone. She then asked if an inside table would be OK, despite my specific request for an outdoor table when I had made my reservation three weeks in advance. Since this was our first outing after lock down I wanted everything to go smoothly so I said no problem. We were seated at a table inside but right near the door that went outside so we were able to enjoy a somewhat cut off view of the water. The next problem occurred when it seemed that we had three waiters for our table, but none could seem to pay any particular attention to us. So when the breadwinner ran out it took the waiter who brought our main courts out to notice that we had no bread and ask if we wanted more, to which we replied we would. When the main course was brought out by another waitress she asked if we would like fresh grated Parmesan for our pasta and we both responded that we would. After not returning we stopped one of the other waiters and asked again. We also waited a significant period of time after dessert when no one checked to see if we wanted anything else or the check, so I finally caught one of the waiters as he was walking by to request our check. The saving grace is that the food was amazing! I had the shell pasta with porcini mushrooms and truffles and it was divine. Husband had the penne all’s vodka and loved it. We both enjoyed the tiramisu and cappuccino that finished our meal. Also enjoyed the house wine flight very much and made the transgressions a bit easier to take. Overall a disappointing anniversary but we ate well.

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WilliamM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service, excellent view, food was served hot.

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OlgaG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food, and a beautiful view!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We were dining for my husband’s b-day. When I made the reservation I requested a table on the patio for ambiance.
When we arrived, it was obvious our request wasn’t considered. The hostess didn’t acknowledge our request, just said patio was full. So obviously no reservation was needed. We were placed in a round booth w/ no view (we were only family inside besides two other guests which meant they were not overcrowded. They just gave away the outside tables to other guests.
Our server was not up to the standards of what we’re used to at Il Fornaio. There was no mention of the very limited menu items that are now in place (due to Covid?).

He seemed bothered to serve us. Very sad experience.

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GoogleUser
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to spend Father's Day. Great food, ocean view, reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It is restaurant with a nice view to the ocean. Food is usually good.
The plaza seems to be under construction so there was not a lot of people there

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NicktB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great views, great food. Friendly staff. Would come again

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What great atmosphere. Perfect during covid 19 reopening. Great staff and food was very reasonably priced and excellent. Will return many times.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always simple and delicious great service!

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hansome4
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

belated birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome date place

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is a little pricey. Delicious though! Service was awesome and our waitress was super friendly and knowledgeable with the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Waiters are very slow and inattentive even though they didn’t have a half filled restaurant.

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vipTravshopper
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great and our server Chase was wonderful. He did a great job and acknowledged my birthday which was special...thank you!

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Pelican
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and surprisingly authentic dishes....the best, most accurate version of bruschetta we have found since we lived in southern Italy. The setting and largely Italian staff are the icing on the cake! Even the affogatto is correct!

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White
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

When we first sat down the table top was still sticky and wet. Asked server to come help take care of it and did nothing. Also, the calamari frittes was terrible. They must have changed recipes, not good.

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MeenalS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this place. Family friendly, quick service and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Slow service. Mediocre food.

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vipDoug
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good not great. Very loud

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vipKaren
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We went there for my sons birthday. It is one of our favorite restaurants because of the ambience and the food is consistently very good.

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KelliB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at II Fornaio. The food was AMAZING! We shared the antipasto platter, and the cheese and meat selection was divine! Fresh tomatoes that tasted like they had just been picked fresh, the mozzarella was out of this world delicious. My entree, the spinach ravioli stuffed with sausage and ricotta topped with fresh chopped tomatoes, was over the top delicious. It truly is a gem of a restaurant.

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Terry57
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

service was great! food was good, but a BIG miss that they no longer make the butternut squash ravioli..... great atmosphere and view. my husband and I ended up at this restaurant almost 29 years ago on our first date.... only fitting that our daughter's boyfriend asked us for her hand in marriage this visit. so this place is doubly special to us now!!

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JosephC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I was very excited when I initially booked the reservation after reviewing the menu. The service was lovely, but unfortunately the food was not very good. I ended up sending back two dishes due to lack of flavor and poor execution. The pasta came with a brothy sauce and what tasted like frozen broccoli. The flatbread was very bland and coated with unseasoned toppings. It all just seemed very thrown together. The antipasto came with a tiny piece of cheese and too much meat. The ratio was confusing.

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BG2020
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went there to celebrate anniversary and put it on open table, but they must have not seen it, or forgot. Everything else was great. Parking is now a small charge after 2 hours, when it used to be free with validation. I guess I will have less drinks to get out in under 2 hours.

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vipwaterskius
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken alfredo I have had in my life! Love the bread that comes with every meal as an appetizer.

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