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“Good Food for a Chain - nice outside seating”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #11 of 96 Restaurants in Del Mar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 15th Street
Description: 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.
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Enjoyed dinner outside on the patio area with the open flame setting around the seating area. Had a large group (11 people) and the service was good and all of the food came out together and only one meal was slightly cold and it was immediately taken care of.

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Matthew G, General Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2014

Buon Giorno,

Thank you for your feedback, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed an authentic Italian experience at our restaurant. We look forward to your next visit at Il Fornaio in beautiful Del Mar.

Grazie Mille,

Matthew Galli

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We took my in-laws here and the service was incredible. The chef came out to the table and said hello to my mother/father-in-law who were celebrating their 56 wedding anniversary.

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Have your drink during Happy Hour while sitting on their magnificent terrace and bask in the late afternoon sun and then dine in their restaurant (making sure to ask for an outside table) and watch the sun go down over the ocean. It is a magnificent view either way and Del Mar is a wonderful spot to go to walk on the sandy beach and just walk around the eclectic shops and cafes in the area. The menu is typical Italian. However, they make their own pasta and their own bread and both are delicious. Their deep fried calamari are amazing, as is their own oven back Lasagna. We can’t wait to go back.

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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Il Fornaio is a favorite of the Del Mar up and comers... The food is great, the ocean view over the hotel across the street is very nice and the combination has made this a star attraction for professional singles looking to network. It's busy and has a bustling, upbeat vib. It's great for a group or parties, however I don't know that I'd want to go on a date there, as the noise level would make quiet small-talk all but impossible. But, a great place.

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Matthew G, Manager at Il Fornaio, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2014

Thank you you very much for your positive review! We welcome any and all feedback in order to help our restaurant provide an excellent dining experience for our guests.

Grazie mille,
Alex Olson
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

They have been an institution in Del Mar for over 30 years at least. The food is always excellent and a great place for a date as long as you can get a booth by the window or off by yourself outside. Can get a bit loud on weekend nights.

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