About Il Fornaio - Carmel
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.
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Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 10:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering services through our take-out retail area are available and include: • Boxed Lunch – sandwich, salad, Italian cookie and drink packaged individually. • Platters – pastries, sandwiches, salads or cookies. Perfect for any social or business meeting held at your location.
Larger off-site full service catering is also available by request. Please contact our on-site Event Coordinator for more details.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Il Fornaio offers distinct dining options for large or small groups. We will assist in creating a special menu perfectly suited for the needs of your group.
Il Fornaio - Carmel Ratings and Reviews
Food was good small portions. very touri ...
Food was good small portions. very touristy. Nice place
Brunch was delicious! Service excellent.
Brunch was delicious! Service excellent.
Food in general is average to mediocre. ...
Food in general is average to mediocre. Lack of flavoring in most courses is the biggest problem--soup, salads, vegetables. As long as there are a lot of tourists in Carmel with minimal competition, they will do well.
We werestuck in traffic coming thru Sali ...
We werestuck in traffic coming thru Salinas and called Anthony. He told us not to worry, he would take care of us. He greeted us as old friends when we arrived and made our luncheon an outstanding experience. Thank you, Tony and Fernando. We'll be back soon!
Was not the best food. If you really wan ...
Was not the best food. If you really want to good Italian food go to Casanova's instead.
We have been here before and it continues not to disappoint. Both food and service were very good. I would recommend this restaurant.
We had a lovely time for an 8th grade graduation party for 8 adults and one child. Food was great, service was wonderful. Everyone really happy!
It is chain restaurant with limited sele ...
It is chain restaurant with limited selection and in its decline.
Our family's favorite go-to spot in Carmel.
Tasty, beautiful service, peaceful place for lunch in the middle of beautiful Carmel.
Table of Honor
My boyfriend, who just moved here from the UK, and I stopped at Il Fornaio for dinner on our day trip. Upon arrival, the hostess asked us if this was our first visit. We said yes, and were lead to a table in a beautiful sun room. We were told that we were the table of honor since this was our first visit, and that we would be given complimentary tasting plates. We had bottled water, a pre-appetizer, an appetizer, a sample entree, and a dessert in addition to our mains. It was amazing! The staff was so kind and welcoming, not to mention efficient. We were asked to sign a guest book while drinking our after dinner coffee, and couldn't say enough great things!
Great meal but lousy service
My fiance and I went to have brunch with his cousin on a Saturday morning. There were next to no people in the place so I would have thought our service would have been better. Our waiter took our drink order right away and then disappeared for a long time. I would say it was about 15 minutes before we got our orders in. He did check on us a couple of time but did not see us as a priority at all. I would give this place another chance because his cousin mentioned she had many great experiences but I am not sure I would expect anything amazing.
A nice find...
We were glad to have found this place on OpenTable. It's a little out of the way, but that was part of it's charm. Lots of locals eating here. Food was great and the staff was a delight. Would definitely drop in here again!
Soul or Sole?
We live in Carmel and enjoy the bar at Il Fornaio. Our recent meal was very average. I had Petrole Sole and it was tasteless? Vegetables were cold? My wife had veal and it was a very pale grey color and just very average. Might stop by for drinks but I'll write this one off my list for dining as there are so many great eateries in Carmel.
This restaurant is extremely nice - wit ...
This restaurant is extremely nice - with a very upscale chic vibe. It is not uncommon to see women walk in with their cute little dogs in their expensive purses while you are eating. It seems very much what you would expect to find in Carmel.
Not up to par
The food (dinner) just did not seem as good as it used to be, have not been here for about 1 year. Fish was over cooked, pasta was too "Al Dente", and the service was just So So. might be better for lunch?
A Joy Filled Mother's Day
It was my first time to Il Fornaio's Carmel location. In the past I enjoyed dining at their location in Sonoma/ Napa County. The food was excellent, with an extensive amount of choices including a brunch fare. Their prices were surprisingly reasonable especially being located in Carmel. They did not boost their fees for the Mother's Day venue. Our server was attentive and professional. We will definitely be back. The Restaurant's is located in the Pine Inn at the heart of Carmel by the Sea
Nice Mothers Day linch!
Wonderful location, great food as always. We live in Santa Clara and usually go to iL Fornaio in San Jose so this was a nice change.
Great food and service.
Great food and service.
Average Restaurant at Carmel
Service was Ok, had to waive the server couple of times to get his attention. Food portions on the small side. Taste and quality superb. Comprehensive wine list
The server was so rude that we did not bother to order dinner. We paid for our drink and walked out..... we did enjoy Laherty just up the road though
I was originally sat at the first table ...
I was originally sat at the first table on the left. The hanging pendent light was very bright as well as the can light in the ceiling. Felt like having a spot light on me. They moved me over to a new table with better lighting. It was next to the kitchen so the banging dishes were pretty loud but it was late and not busy so liveable. My waiter was GREAT! I hate that I didn't get his name but every part of the meal was wonderful. The 5p
The past two visits have begun poorly du ...
The past two visits have begun poorly due to an unwelcoming hostess. She has an air of superiority and seems annoyed that you are there. Our waiter was nice but not very attentive. The food, while good, is simply not exceptional enough to put up with the irritation of getting past the hostess. I won't be back.
The service was very good as was the warmth of the restaurant. The food was fair. I had the brick chicken and it was extremely dry and did not have a lot of flavor. Others at our table said their food was good but not memorable.
My husbands starter and entree were wonderful. However I was disappointed in my pasta entree.
Even though Il Forniao is a chain, it remains a locals favorite for HH and dinning. Came there to enjoy a bday lunch outside w/a girlfriend. Waiter so kind and helpful throughout lunch. Our only regret is the loss of Spumoni for dessert. PLEASE get it back. Spumoni is we both came for lunch
We eat at the Il Fornaio restaurants in Marin and San Francisco frequently, so we were very disappointed in the food that was served at the Carmel location. We picked this restaurant specifically because we knew we could count on quality service and food. We were wrong.
I never write reviews but I had to on th ...
I never write reviews but I had to on this one! So outdated, food was terrible, lacked flavor, food was over cooked and even the kids thought the pasta was terrible. I will never go back here again.. Move with the times people!
Excellent Service, Cooking Show
By staying at the Pine Inn, our room came with two $40 vouchers to eat at Il Fornaio. Without these vouchers we probably would not have chosen this venue since we have dined at other Il Fornaio’s, however we were pleasantly delighted with the friendly, professional service and surprising flavors in this charming historic building. On our first visit we began with beet, arugula, and cheese salad plus the beef Carpaccio, followed by the linguine al mare, and the special pear ravioli. Each dish was delicious and just the perfect portion. The pear ravioli was particularly fantastic, and different from anything we had previously ordered at other Il Fornaio’s. The next day we just wanted to grab an early quick bite so we sat at the kitchen bar overlooking the cooks preparing the dishes. They were so talented and very hard workers. We could only wonder how exhausted they must be at the end of their shifts as each of the cooks never stopped moving. Sitting here was entertaining as we snacked on a Christina pizza of prosciutto, mushrooms, arugula drizzled with white truffle oil. The bread is freshly baked, served warm with olive oil and balsamic. The walnut bread is divine. In the morning we purchased caffe lattes and almond croissants in the bakery. Each day the restaurant was packed with happy dinners. Make a reservation. We loved it!
Consistently great restaurant! Always a ...
Consistently great restaurant! Always a great spot !
We love the regional offerings. It was "quiet" the night we were there. Eder's service was impeccable. Looking around it looked understaffed even for a quiet night. Only two servers in the big dining room. The food was delicious. It was a great date night for us. Thank you.
Great Food and Professional Service
We enjoyed our dinner at Il Fornaio in Carmel. Service was very professional. Our server was familiar with the menu and able to tell me if a dish had dairy or not. Also, very attentive and friendly. Water glasses were filled. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Carmel. Highly recommend.
Great bar atmosphere and food is always ...
Great bar atmosphere and food is always consistent. Service is always fantastic. This is your everyday anytime restaurant
my favorite in Carmel
We always have dinner here when we visit Carmel. We have never been disappointed in the food service and ambiance. we really look forward to it.
Loved the atmosphere. It felt very livel ...
Loved the atmosphere. It felt very lively and festive without drowning out our conversation. Cannelloni was superb. Veal scallopini with artichoke was a little bland. But overall we loved the restaurant and would definitely come back.
We go there for lunch every year when we ...
We go there for lunch every year when we are in Carmel. Lovely place and great friendly service.
As usual Il Fornaio is very reliable. Li ...
As usual Il Fornaio is very reliable. Linda (the manager) is friendly, attentive and watches that all goes as expected. The Passporto menu was very good and the 3 course option is wonderful. Will return again. I'm very comfortable there. My only regret was no Spumoni tonight.
Food was great. But first time I've don ...
Food was great. But first time I've done a weekend and gone in later than I normally do. It was very buy and noisy, but all else was great.
Il Fornaio has been a consistently good restaurant chain at all the many locations I have tried. The Carmel restaurant had good food, an efficient friendly wait staff and the noise level was very low. A nice dining experience. Enjoy!
We were chosen from the restaurant as the table of the night that they bring free appetizers and dessert. We were pleasantly surprised and every thing we ordered was very good. We would definitely eat here the next time we are in Carmel.
Excellent restaurant , food and service
Outstanding food and service. Atmosphere and decor excellent. Knowledgable staff of food and wine pairings. Excellent overall experience.
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