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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Kick off 2018 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

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

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (28)
Special Occasion (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romantic (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Waterfront (12)
Casual (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (8)
Authentic (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
People Watching (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Cozy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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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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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Loved our first visit; will be back! Service was excellent and the food was outstanding. We are first time diners but will return the next time we are in the area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always a very nice dinner. I have Celiac, and they always take care. Service is awesome. View is beautiful.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great outside dining. Service and food were fabulous.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2017

It is a very lovely place with a beautiful view excellent service and delicious food

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Service was outstanding! This is my go to restaurant for special occassions and the food and service is always spectacular!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Perfect dining experience

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We ordered a bottle of wine and pizza. The food was very good and so was the wine. Seems like they need another waiter to handle the weekend dinner crowd.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

My pasta dish was bland but my husband loved his fish dish. The calamari was really good. They were busy and it took a little while for our server to approach us the first time. Overall it was good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Even though it's a chain I would recommend it! You can't beat the view. The food and service is consistently good!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great, as always.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food is fresh and service was prompt and polite! Great go-to place for lunch, dinner and special occasions!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Had the veggie pizza, it was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Server was pretty good but her "helper" was not. A couple of things we requested of him went in one ear and out the other. Felt bad for the server but we suggested that her helper get more training.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Usually we have much better service than we did today. There was a large function on the patio .....

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