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Il Fornaio

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1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2467 (15th Street)
+1 858-755-8876
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Carlsbad, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was here for a business dinner in a private room and had a selected menu so I can't comment on the range of food. However, what we were served was good and the service was very good. A little hard to find as the restaurant is upstairs hidden from the main street - the 101.

Thank Jason A
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a guest in from Texas, and called ahead to ensure we had a window, view table. Upon arriving, I would estimate that the restaurant was maybe one-third occupied. Basically, empty... Understaffed and waited 8 minutes just to be seated. When we went to be seated, the requested (and assured table) was taken. The maitre d', a rude and... More 

Thank TDK41992
Baltimore, Maryland
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258 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was served several slices of freshly baked bread upon arrival; outstanding! I ordered 'linguine mare chiaro', a pasta with a variety off sea food included. Tasty, sell presented, and a good portion. While this is a chain restaurant, it was a nice dinner, in a relaxing setting, with friendly staff. I enjoyed my meal, but the next time in... More 

Thank stan w
San Diego, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We just used the Il Fornaio in Del Mar, CA for a wedding reception for 108 people, and couldn't be happier! Following a ceremony in nearby Seagrove Park, we used their outdoor bar (Enoteca del Fornaio) for a private cocktail hour that included fabulous hor d'oeuvres while watching a spectacular sunset over the ocean. From there we went into the... More 

Thank California1Mama
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Il Fornaio is a go to place for excellent Italian dining. Lunch or Dinner. It's our Go-to place when we have an appetite and can't think of anywhere else (though there are lots of restaurants in Del Mar). They have a "to-die-for" view and have kept the restaurant current with Flaming Crystals outside to keep you warm, or inside by... More 

Thank DebbeD777
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to remember that trip to Italy, this is the place to take friends. We lived in Italy for many years and we put Il Fornaio on our must visit list every time we get to Southern California. It emphasizes the cuisine of the Umbria Region, which is lighter than northern Italy and emphasizes the freshness of the... More 

Thank Jim R
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108 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only the best and most authentic Italian restaurant in the village of Del Mar it is the only one on Trip Advisor that is actually in the village of Del Mar. The view from the Bar, Inside and Outside Dining are spectacular and unobstructed. The food is authentic and tasty and the service is with a smile. My wife... More 

Thank salesguytoo
Los Angeles, California
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

This is a great place to dine when your in Del Mar. Good food with a great patio. Highly recommend eating outside. The serves is professional and prompted.

Thank TNoel44
Calgary, Canada
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This place was great! We had been away from home for a few weeks and were craving some Italian food...So glad we picked this place! Everything was great........ambiance, service, food, wine! They even were so gracious in helping our 5 year old out with his picky calamari order. I had the pasta in boloagnese and still thinking about it! If... More 

Thank LGDJ
San Diego, California
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575 reviews
327 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We had a nice meal at Il Fornaio last evening. My pasta bolognese was very good. The Il Fornaio salad is excellent. Our desert was very good. The wine selection is large. My martini had too much vermouth in it, though I specified "dry". Our waiter was excellent.

Thank baltoro

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2467
    (15th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 858-755-8876
Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique Italian dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?