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
238 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (208)special occasion (146)great for outdoor dining (132)romantic (130)good for groups (92)notable wine list (72)fit for foodies (66)great for lunch (63)neighborhood gem (56)great for brunch (32)hot spot (32)kid-friendly (30)late-night find (21)vibrant bar scene (11)Show More
  • Wonderful Evening
    Frank
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    As always, this was a wonderful evening. The food was great. The service was great. Everything was perfect for our anniversary celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Staff friendly but hurried. Food was disappointing for the price, nothing special. View was beautiful. This was second visit to this restrurant and will probably be last.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mixed bag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I had mixed feelings about the food quality, given the prices. My salad (pomodoro) was minimalist for $10, just 4 tomato slices with onions, oil and garnish. My companion's pasta dish was nice, noodles with a variety of mushrooms. My pasta dish was a disappointing, half-crescents (like ravioli) filled with sausage and topped with bacon bits. It was OK, but nothing special. And it was dry. I expected a sauce or herbed butter, or something. For a place that touts hand-made gourmet pasta dishes, this was sad. I must say my partner's salmon dish was outstanding, with nuances of tastes and textures. So, as I say, a mixed bag. Overall, I'd give it a B- for the food, A- for ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KARINE
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    EXCELENT PLACE FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION. GREAT SERVICE, DELICIOUS FOOD
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What an amazing place! Favorite!
    KevinAndLauraVegans
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Really, there aren't enough kind words to describe this experience. They took great care to get our order just right and the food and ambiance were perfection. Would go again and again, and recommend to couples or groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Fornaio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We chose this restaurant to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary, and it did not disappoint. Service was tremendous. Food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful, As Always!
    c8bell
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We have been to this Il Fornaio multiple times to celebrate special occasions, and it is always wonderful. Great location with beautiful views of the San Diego Bay and city. A beautifully designed dining room, with high ceilings and great sweeping arches. Very good service and yummy food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints
    TravelerswifeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Every time I come to San Diego, I choose this restaurant to have lunch and dinner. I have never been disappointed with the food and service. The view is to die for and always good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    All around delicious food, great service and beautiful view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town group visits Il Fornaio
    eventcoordinator
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were in town for a work conference I took my team of 25 to Il Fornaio for dinner. The view of Coronado was spectacular! The parking was easy and I cannot say enough about the wait staff. We were in a bit of a time crunch and I simply mentioned it to the server and she absolutely bent over backwards to help us make our schedule. All that without compromising a speck of the service or food quality. The food was delicious in taste and presentation. Everything was absolutely fantastic! Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    No complaints EXCEPT a party of 25+ was seated immediately behind us on a small outdoor patio. This made an exceptional space feel crowded and the noise level go way up....I was not upset but very disappointed for my party of 7 that I had invited for my birthday dinner. This was a Thursday night so I am sure there were other spaces available for this large party without cramping our style and comfort. Why, why, why?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out
    Lovetoeat58
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Beautiful location, excellent service, reasonable prices. We'll go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular view!
    carmelvalleyfoodie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego to go to when I have out of town guests. Great food and a spectacular view of the SD skyline and harbor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another GREAT evening...
    Eric
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I had family visiting from Chicago and we took her to our favorite place on Coronado. Everything was amazing, as it always is. Thank you, Il Fornaio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was nice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    It was a nice pleasant dinner. The food was good, but i'm not a "going to a fancy restaurant" kind of person so my experience was just good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Beautiful spot looking back across bay at City, the Midway and more. Ferry ride and few minute walk make it a perfect add on from downtown. Food was great, service "Sarah" was terrific, friendly and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything was great. Excellent food, great customer service. We were a party of 17 and had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite sport in Coronado Landing
    Eager2enjoyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Another great dinner with attentive and pleasant service from Gabriella and Chris. I live in Northern California and when visiting family in San Diego an evening dining at Il Forniao is always on my list! I'm never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME ITALIAN & VIEW
    DaniDines
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Il Fornaio is located right on the water of Coronado Island, so the view is spectacular as you look across at the San Diego skyline as it goes from day to night. The food is delicious and offers a variety of Italian dishes, as well as incredible desserts. And don't miss the olive bread that is served hot to your table. Yummy! It's a winner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • staff make a restaurant
    happydiner
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Its always the staff who make a difference - all are extremely attentive and welcoming from front of staff to the team of chefs - special thanks to Guido for looking after us and Marco for being so charming with our Brasilian guests
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food, the views, the ambiance, the service…It was all simply fantastic!! My wife and I felt pampered and taken care of all evening, from the management on down! Highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our waiter was excellent, he was always near by but not intrusive. The bar did a great job. One of the best vodka martinis I've ever had. Wine list was extensive and very good. We chose not to do pasta on this day, instead we had three different dishes, one beef, one veal and one fish. All excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    Tiggerfins
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a fabulous, leisurely brunch here our last weekend on Coronado. The food was excellent, the service attentive but not stifling, and the views stunning. We will return again and again, alone and with all our friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A beautiful setting in Coronado, California. The food was superb and the scenery gorgeous! Our waiter Carlos was excellent, professional, and personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bayview friday
    carlover
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had lunch here for restaurant week on a Friday. We had reservations and they seated us at the last waterfront table. Beautiful view, great staff and service, and excellent fresh food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Il Fornaio Thursday night dinner
    chobotnica
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection! The calamari was little too greasy and needed to be cooked little more cause the breading was coming off easily. Other than that our waitress, Anna, was excellent, loved her!! The view of downtown was incredible too! We will be definitely coming back :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amaizing view
    wananan
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    amaizing view with romance light and great service but I didn't like the food 100%
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was OK ..nothing too delicious. Noise level was too high. It felt as if it were banquet food, waiter was helpful yet not very attentive. I would probably never come here again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    SavannahFan
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We expected our dining experience to be similar to that of our last visit to Il Fornaio in Del Mar. Unfortunately, it was not. Our impression is that there was not enough wait staff. Our bar order (just two drinks) was filled promptly it seemed by the bartender. But the waiter left the drinks sitting in our view for at least 10 minutes before we had to ask about them. After being seated at our table, our waiter showed up after a longer than expected period of time. Once our order was taken, our wine arrived prior to our salads which was fine. Our food arrived in a reasonable amount of time. However, after our first couple of bites, we realized that nobody had offered any fresh Parmesan. We had to request that.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great restaurant with a beautiful view of san diego.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Review
    JimN
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Good Italian food. My wife likes the pasta's and I like the chicken dishes. If you come for dinner, reservations are a must. I was there on a Friday night and it was a little chaotic and noisy, but that is normally expected on a Friday night. Great view of the San Diego harbor. Parking is validated by the restaurant but you have to ask them to stamp your ticket.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience
    ldyluv
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had the gluten free pasta pomodoro and it was outstanding! My husband's chicken was dry, but the other two pasta dishes that our friends had were great! The staff was perfect and the view is killer! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner Celebration
    Ace67guy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I booked this restaurant for the great views that it has of downtown San Diego. The host was kind enough to give us a great table with a view knowing it was for a birthday dinner celebration. The waiter and his assistants were very friendly and attentive to our needs. The food was excellent and very delicious! Overall a fantastic evening birthday dinner celebration with great views, food and friendly staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is always delicious
    foodgloriousfood
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My husband and I have been to Il Fornaio a few times for date nights. We have yet to have a so so to bad meal. The food and service is always good. My only disappointment this time, was it took too long for the waiter to acknowledge us when we were first seated. I had to ask a busboy if he knew who our waiter was. Once the waiter arrived he was polite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous view of San Diego.
    Beachgirl
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The only place to go for fabulous view of San Diego skyline across the bay. Beautiful day or night. The food is delicious. The service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 Star Service from Gladys
    loveItalian
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We love trying the different dishes and wine from Italy at Il Fornaio, food is always on point. The fresh, hot bread always wins me over along with the fabulous dessert, Rosina, a chocolate cake filled with raspberries! As for the service, it's simply amazing. Gladys is the best server out there. She takes excellent care of us, and always makes sure our wine glasses are filled and explains the menu in detail. She's friendly, lots of fun and super knowledgeable. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday evening
    kyneburga
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We brought two visitors from the UK and two friends who had birthdays. We had a lovely time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Wonderful Evening
    eatoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It Fornaio on Coronado is an exceptional place to dine for either lunch or dinner, as far as I'm concerned. The setting is spectacular, the food is superb and the service is very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Emmie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I wanted to take my assoicate and her husband to dinner for their wedding anniversary. We love Coronado and thought Il Fornaio would be a good choice. It was fantastic! We were there to see the sun set and then the beautiful night sky over the city. The food was delicious, the menu varied and the service excellent. They were very busy but we never felt rushed. Their GM Luca Allieri was amazing, remembering names and offering a complimentary cocktail. Our guests were very pleased and no doubt will return to Il Fornaio as will we.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service and food
    SirDee
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Four of us dined for a birthday dinner. We were all impressed with the service, the ambiance of the restaurant, and the friendliness of the staff. Two of us had pasta and found the dishes excellent. Two of our group had chicken, but unfortunately their experience was not as good. Initially they had the wrong salad delivered, but that was quickly remedied. The chicken dish did not have a pleasing presentation, and the meat had many small pieces of bone in the pieces were eaten, causing them to often pick out the bones as they were eating. I would comfortably recommend your restaurant for the pasta, but not for the chicken.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate