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Il Fornaio

Ocean Ave at Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-622-5100
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (47 reviews)
“spumoni” (5 reviews)
“carpaccio” (8 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Ocean Ave at Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did not have reservations but the hostess seated us quickly. The food and wine was very delicious and the waiter was very nice. The rosemary chicken was tender and filling. After dinner we strolled Carmel to view the beautiful cars from car week that...More

Thank GUCCI415
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was Car week in Carmel so the town was buzzing! We managed to get a reservation at Il Fornaio with help from our concierge! Carmel is a really classy town and this restaurant is one of the best. Top class menu, wine and service....More

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been here with two families (5 boys plus parents) and never felt disturbing. The waitre was nice, the pizza was our first pizza in California during our vacation that tasted real Italian. Only it took a bit long to get the food and...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A truly wonderful evening was spent here . The Italian food was beautiful , especially the mixed fish platter from the grill & zabaglione with Bellini sorbet will be remembered for a long time ! We were made honorary table and received complimentary appetisers, water...More

Thank kkchalmers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here every night we were in Carmel. Food is delicious, atmosphere is elegant chic. Love this place! Staff professional and friendly

Thank 180happy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was good. The atmosphere is wonderful. It is in the Pine Cone Hotel. Their menu is mostly pasta and Chicken dishes. Because it is downtown Carmel the parking can be problem. They have a full bar. The waiter and waitresses where friendly. Because it...More

Thank James G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our deepest felt thanks to Matt "Matteo" Whitney, General Manager, Kayla, hostess, Chris, Manager in Training, Carlos, Waiter, and Hugo, Bartender. Sunday, July 16, my husband and I walked Carmel looking for the perfect place to have our first meal upon arriving in town. We...More

Thank NG1818
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything about this restaurant is incredible, from the location, ambience, service & food, we could not fault it. Jose our waiter was exceptional as well as the manager who personally came & thanked us for choosing to dine there. Highly recommend!!

Thank Selandcraig
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Very nice place to have breakfast and lunch. The breakfast is a buffet and is not replenished enough. The oatmeal is decent and cappuccino is very good. We had a lovely salad and gorgeous ravioli to share for lunch. It is nice to sit outside...More

1  Thank Sylvia315
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

I had a nice dinner with my family and the pasta was very good. The service was excellent. Not very cheap, but the price is fair. It is a place to be next time I will be here.

Thank Carlos Q
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Questions & Answers
18 April 2016|
Response from Matt W | Property representative |
Hello - We do, of course, allow service animals in our dining room. We also have a side patio for other diners accompanied by their furry friends. It can be chilly, so dress accordingly. We suggest layers. Hope to see you... More
27 September 2015|
Response from Linda B | Property representative |
casual to formal. we want you to be comfortable while dining with us.
12 September 2015|
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Response from Matt W | Property representative |
Hello - This is Linda, I am one of the managers here. No, there is no air conditioning here or in nearly every place in Carmel. The "normal weather" is so temperate that it isn't usually an issue. Obviously this last year... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
11:30 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
11:30 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
11:30 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
11:30 - 21:00
08:00 - 10:00
11:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ocean Ave at Monte Verde St, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-622-5100
  • E-mail
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. Located in downtown Carmel, Il Fornaio offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 wine list. Enjoy wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; house made and imported pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; antipasti and a wide variety of desserts made daily from scratch. Reservation Confirmation Message: Thank you for choosing Il Fornaio - Carmel. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you Grazie e Ciao
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