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Il Fornaio

Certificate of Excellence
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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
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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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Los Angeles, California
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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558 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 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
La Jolla, California
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Just like in Italy - you can order this fantastic desert at Il Fornaio on the patio and watch the sunset - it doesn't get much better than that!

Thank Floyd M
Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

we went here for an afternoon snack & drinks. we enjoyed it here a lot--it has a great view of the water & sunset. the only downside is that it was on the pricey side. I would go back again.

Thank Amanda C
Oakland, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Great Italian cuisine! The service is excellent and their wine list is great! You will love the sunset views over the Pacific ocean!

Thank drncincy
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We came to this restaurant directly from a long day at the convention center, so we weren't exactly "dressed for dinner," and were a bit uncomfortable going to this rather nice restaurant. However, we were treated with nothing but courtesy and kindness and I would say exceptional service! The food....it was some of the best we had in California! The... More 

Thank Peggy M
San Diego, California
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302 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We dined on their ocean view patio and had a great lunch! The salads were delicious. The fresh bread they served when we sat down was addictive! Cassie was our server and she was so efficient. She made our lunch very pleasurable! We look forward to returning.

Thank SanDiegoBJ
Carlsbad, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This long standing restaurant is a staple in Del Mar. The location is stellar and the food is always good. If you want a really nice place to dine with excellent food, service, and ambiance, this is your place. It is very hard to find "true" authentic Italian food here in CA but this is as close as you can... More 

Thank Drpattymauro
Fort Saskatchewan, Canada
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

A group of six of us had a very pleasurable time at this upscale restaurant in Del Mar on the beach. While you are not actually on the beach the second floor location of both the restaurant and the outdoor wine bar make the view as good as most. The drinks were a bit pricey but for the experience, it... More 

Thank Ron T

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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
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?