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Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana Carmel-by-the-Sea is a charming wedding venue in the heart of Carmel by the Sea, California. This Italian restaurant is nestled within the historic 100-year-old Pine Inn that provides a generous amount of nostalgic charm to your big day.

Facilities and Capacity

II Fornaio Cucina Italiana Carmel-by-the-Sea offers three areas at the restaurant, both indoor and outdoor, to hold your event. Couples can choose to host their event in the Sun Room, which is tucked away from the main restaurant. The Sun Room includes two walls filled with multi-paned windows that overlook the beautiful gardens. This bright, intimate space creates a cozy feel for your event. The second space is a larger Ocean Avenue Room filled with open beams and a wooden ceiling. This room also includes large windows that provide lots of natural light. Couples can also choose to use the outdoor Piazza, which is surrounding by pine trees, seasonal blooms, and an ocean view. The Piazza and Ocean Avenue Room each hold 70 seated guests, and combined can fit up to 100 seated guests. Additional rooms can accommodate 30 to 130 seated or 50 to 200 standing indoors. In total, the restaurant can host up to 250 people seated and 350 people standing.

Services Offered

This venue is ready to host your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. An on-site event coordinator works with each couple to ensure the event and day run smoothly. They provide on-site bar and catering services for convenience, as well as all tables, chairs, linens, china, and glassware.


II Fornaio creates authentic Italian fare as well as American, French, and local dishes for your big day. Professional chefs will work with each couple to create a custom and delicious menu fit for your wedding event style. All food will be prepared and created on-site and the food not only tastes delicious but couples will be wowed when they see the artistic presentation of each item.

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What kind of settings are available?

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Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
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Rachel Sent on 08/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Great reception venue!

My husband and I had our reception at Il Fornaio, using the Ocean Room and the patio. The service was fantastic and our guests could not stop raving about the appetizers. Their entire staff was super professional and accommodating for us.
Mike Sent on 08/23/2014
5 out of 5 rating
After having dinner at Il Fornaio, I was sure this was the place to have my rehearsal dinner. The food is amazing and the service was top notch.

Setting up the menu for the rehearsal dinner was painless, and a joy. There were no restrictions placed on what I could bring into the menu in the way of food. I was also able to choose the wines I wanted served, allowing me to keep to a theme of Monterey area wines easily.

The day of the event all was ready for our party and the private dining room was perfect. To add one more level was the patio that was attached. It was blocked off for us to be able to use it during our event.

Once again the food did not disappoint one bit and the service was amazing. We never felt rushed or that we had to. It was almost like being at home.

When I return to Carmel I will eat here again and have a fantastic memory to loose myself in.
Morgan Sent on 08/30/2012
5 out of 5 rating
We used Il Fornaio for our rehearsal dinner and an after wedding brunch and both events were fantastic. Kim was very attentive over the phone and via email when I had questions. The rehearsal dinner was delicious and the private room we used was set up beautifully. The brunch went off without a hitch thanks to the wonderful team and Kim at Il Fornaio. They set everything up, went straight to work on cooking the food and spotlessly cleaned up after themselves. Again, just like dinner, the food was great! Thank you!
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