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Il Fornaio

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1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2401 (15th Street)
+1 858-755-8876
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11:30 - 23:00
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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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Altona, Colorado
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food is good, the sort of Italian cuisine and pricing you'd expect from the Il Foriano chain. The location is excellent because of the parking underneath (validation only covers part of the cost), and because it's perched above the road and looks out over the sea. The service was attentive and helpful. This is really an excellent place to... More 

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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing! Make a reservation! We visited from Texas, and from the reviews, I knew to make a reservation in advance! The food is spectacular! The service is excellent!! A must try! The carpaccio was excellent and the heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella in the caprese salad were delicious!

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Thank Marcey D
San Francisco
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Note: This rating is for the Weekday Happy Hour only Il Fornaio is a long-standing Italian restaurant in the center of Del Mar village. The Happy Hour, which runs until 6 on weekdays, has exceptional value. There is a list of food and beverages that are all priced to 6 dollars. I sampled pizza, appetizers, and drinks from the menu... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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San Diego, California
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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San Diego, California
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

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 

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Thank California1Mama
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

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 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

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 

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california
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111 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Ste 301, Del Mar, CA 92014-2401
    (15th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 858-755-8876
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.

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