Il Fornaio - Coronado
Il Fornaio - Coronado

Il Fornaio - Coronado

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: 6194374911
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday, 10:30am - 2:00pm. Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 4:00pm; Saturday - Sunday, 10:30pm - 4:00pm. Dinner: Monday -Sunday - 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marco Nocco
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Monthly Wine-Dinner; Cooking classes; Wine-Tasting please contact us for more details on date and time. (619-437-4911) Buon Divertimento

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Orange Ave.
  • Public Transit: Metrolink
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and public lot parking available.
A word from Il Fornaio - Coronado
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers. 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; house made pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and house made soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch.
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Il Fornaio - Coronado reviews from OpenTable diners
212 reviews since March 25 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (180)special occasion (130)romantic (110)great for outdoor dining (99)good for groups (74)notable wine list (62)fit for foodies (53)great for lunch (53)great for brunch (41)neighborhood gem (34)kid-friendly (30)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (12)Show More
  • Hits and some Misses
    SDAlan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    On the positive side, both my wife's meal of curry sauced chicken and my meal of the seafood mixed grill were quite good. Also, due to our OpenTable reservation, we were seated promptly at the requested time. On the other side of the ledger, the portion of the main dining room in which we were seated was quite noisy, making conversation difficult. The real issue was the wait time between our food courses. It took nearly 20 minutes to be served our appetizer course, from the time we ordered it, and then another 30 minutes after that to receive our main course. Just be prepared for a "leisurely" meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply the best
    mangia
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    our anniversary party dinner was simply the best! from the hostess to the bussers to the wait staff - all are professional, attentive without being instrusive & courteous. the food was excellent, as always. the children's dinners were prepared & presented with the same attention to detail as the offerings from the main menu. Thank you Il Fornaio for another great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A bit pricey but worth it especially for a specail occasion
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ginnys Bday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    6 for dinner and it was very nice.. Only part that was sort of negative was the DEEP booths for six. too deep and cramped for a nice dining place like this. Will make sure to get a table next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy El Fornaio
    AggieProfVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were four for dinner - 3 adults and a 6 year old boy. The waiters were very attentive and the service was great. We had a table by the window too - very nice. The food was as usual wonderful and we even took home some of the delicious rolls. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our FAV in Coronado
    Eric
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We LOVE Il Fornaio and always take visiting guests there at least once. Great food at extremely reasonable prices... it's hard to imagine they're a chain, at all!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad - not good
    Herb3VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    First the service was outstanding. Our server was very concerned about our satisfaction and reacted to our comments quickly and with grace. Second the view is the best od San Diego. Wonderful. Thirdly, however, the food was very disappointing. At first both meals arrived cold. Not a good start. After heating in the oven one was ok but the other very disappointing. I would recommend for the view but not too sure about the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ottimo! (come sempre)
    CarolaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Nostra cena del Veneto era molto buona. Complimenti!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great views, poor service
    RamonaFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went on a Saturday night to celebrate an engagement, 8 people in our party. The service was poor, they did not keep drinks filled nor did they check on the table after serving. The food was decent but nothing to write home about. It was SUPER noisy, and they were not set up for parties of 8 with any kind of comfort (at least in the main section where they sat us) , they threw a table on the end of a booth that sat four people and halfway through our meal sat another party of eight right next to us so that the chairs of the table part of each section backed directly up to each other, made it close to impossible for anyone to get out of the booth without the whole section needing to get up and out.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LVMummyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always great & efficient staff. View across the bay is stunning & full moon rising a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JOBoston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always look forward to dining at IL Coronado- this time a more challenging table in front of the kitchen and entrance. People moving all around, dishes clattering, quiet conversation not possible. Food, service, attention to our needs top notch and warming as always- location this time not so good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular view horrible food
    Jv03220
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The ambiance and view are amazing. However, as an Italian I was quite embarrassed for this resturant. The food was down right awful and the service was even worse then the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning San Diego Bay
    SDVIEWS
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food and service at this local icon cannot be beat! Enjoy the stunning view of San Diego skyline and the bay while enjoying a fabulous meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food. Great service.. Great ambiance. Great view. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gus1216
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great setting, excellent service and very good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Resturant
    50th
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Fantastic resturant for a romantic dinner, outside on the patio! Such a wonderful view of the bay front! Love it and will return again on my next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic View & Food
    paul3nt
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The night-time view from our table of the downtown San Diego skyline is breath-taking ! The view is across the bay towards downtown and it resembles a travel brochure. The special fish dishes from the special Venice menu were terrific. The petrele sole main course was delicate, served in a light cream sauce and excellent. It is served with risotto, typical of Venice and surprisingly quite filling. Portions are good and are not the midget sized that so many top restaurants are serving these days. The service was prompt but not pushy. They have a good italian wine list featuring Barolos and Barbescas which usually are only available in Europe. All-in-all this is a top restaurant in all aspects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food was tasty, but service was very slow and haphazard.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Top Rating for Il Fornaio
    foodman
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Excellent restaurant serving fine food and stellar service. The view of the Bay is great and we were not rushed in the least, resulting in a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but probably would not return.
    Dinersrus
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Menu was limited and appeared different from menu shown online -- disappointing. Wait staff was attentive but rushed us through our meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Coco
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The location is perfect! The food was great. We enjoyed our table overlooking the bay. The fireworks that were across the bay (completely unexpected) made the night perfect!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    ptwe
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My family went here for my husband's birthday expecting a really nice experience. We sat down for dinner around 4pm on a Saturday. The restaurant was not busy. We had a waiter approach us that stated, "Are you ready?" There was no introduction, no hello, and no welcome to the restaurant. By this time we were turned off. We felt like we were an inconvenience to the waiter. There needs to be additional training to the wait staff. The food was ok, not what I expected for the price of the entrees.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Wallas
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I tried also "Il Fornaio" in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but this remains the best, also for the location,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service
    fphall
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The serrrvice is always excellent and genuine considering it is such a large, busy restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect!
    PWdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our dinner was delicious from the calimari starter, through salads and pastas to the desserts! Our waiter Johnny was outstanding, assisting our menu selections and great with the children. Thank you for a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Fornaio
    TCDining
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great place to see the views of San Diego and the harbor. We had a fantastic view of the US Navy Ship the Midway as well. It was at night and the lights were great. Food is good and great wine selections..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place
    Taylors
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Our friends recommend this restaurant to us when visiting Coronado. So glad they did. We arrived early for our reservation and they took us right in. Since it was during the week and an early dinner we had our choice of outside tables. The best view in the house. If making a reservation any time of year you must sit outside. They have a fire place and heaters. It's a beautiful restaurant and pleasant romantic atmosphere on the water. Definitely will be back and will tell friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Moving Respite
    ExpandingPalate
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We drove 1300 miles from texas to San Diego and were very tired, looking forward to an easy on the eyes dinner. Delicious Bellinni Prosecco was a great start, and superlative lamb chops and scallopini.....dare I mention the dessert? We will come back and back and back, if our budget permits.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2 year anniversary
    sdfoodluv
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Me and my boyfriend had dinner at Il Fornaio Coronado for our 2 year anniversary. Great restaurant....if you are sitting outside or near a window. We were seated at a booth a row away from the windows and I could still see..kind of, but it was awkward having to almost stare at the people who were sitting in the window seats to look outside. My boyfriend is Italian so maybe he and I are a bit biased but to us it was just eh italian food. It took forever for a waiter to come and take our dinner order. He (the waiter) did take the initiative to apologize for that before we left.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Il Fornaio
    AZFoodie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This restaurant is excellent. The ambiance is nice. The views are amazing. The staff is very friendly and the food is delicious. I recommend the lasagna or the spaghetti bolognese. The spaghetti is not on the menu but if you order it they will make it. It's all about the sauce!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wedding anniversary
    Love21
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    my husband was amaze of the place and romantic set up with the staff which I request to have the gift on the table upon arrival. We were seated at the request area. thank you
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Restaurant
    CarlnBabara
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is our 3rd time at Il Fornaio. we stumbled upon the restaurant 2 years ago when we decided to visit Coronado Island while staying at the Hyatt across the bay for our 26th anniversary. We loved the food, environment, service we decided to bring our family (extended as well) when our daughter graduated from USD. We will recommend this restaurant to all our friends. Its a short hour drive from Murrieta and it was a great place to spend our 28th Anniversary for dinner as well. Thank you, Carl and Barbara Murillo
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Venue for Visitors
    Roadwarrior
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The views are dramatic and lovely. The menu offers many many great choices - everything from pizza and salad to wonderful entrees. Something for everyone and a great way to impress visitors to San Diego.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great anniversary lunch
    Ag619
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I went there for our wedding anniversary this year, and we had a great time and food! Pricing is reasonable, too, in our opinion. My husband is not a big fan of Italian food, and he had seared ahi tuna, and he LOVED the food. I was the one who pushed to choose this restaurant, but after lunch, he kept telling me that he would love to go back there again sometime:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience and Elegant Dining
    DiningWithMyLady
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I spend enough time at fast food restaurants that my perspective may be skewed, but Il Fornaio is the first place I think of when I have a special occasion. The atmosphere is great, day or night. Their menu covers a wide range of authentic Italian favorites...and afew surprises. All done with the style and sensibilitiy that make it a cut above any other Italian retaurants I know. [The best way I can describe the Il Fornaio difference, is like the difference between restaurant tamales and the tamales that your Mexican friend's mom makes. Mexican mom wins hands down...there is something authentic that everyone else misses. Il Fornaio gets it right.]
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Panacea
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had outdoor table with view of the bay. Excellent service-not rushed but there whenever needed. Waiter Jose was as good as they come. Also had dessert from their terrific assortment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful patio
    Alliemd
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Love the view as the sun sets and the city lights up..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    there were 6 of us and we all enjoyed the entire experience
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great customer service and the food is awesome . I love that fact that they are serving gluten free pasta and pizza. It made my chose of food so pleasant being that I have allergies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food & beautiful view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We always take out of town guests for dinner at this location because of the good food, reasonable price and amazing view of the city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.