Il Fornaio - Coronado
Il Fornaio - Coronado

Il Fornaio - Coronado

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: (619) 437-4911
  • 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
220 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (190)special occasion (137)romantic (124)great for outdoor dining (116)good for groups (85)notable wine list (68)fit for foodies (66)neighborhood gem (58)great for lunch (58)hot spot (31)great for brunch (24)kid-friendly (22)late-night find (19)vibrant bar scene (9)Show More
  • Affordable, quality dining
    mber
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Everything was excellent about Il Fornaio with the exception of our booth. The booth was a tight fit for two. Lots of better seats available so don't be deterred.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    Carole
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The restaurant was practically empty and service was slow. Took an hour to get appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to be with friends.
    Marla17
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We went back to Il Fornaio to celebrate a birthday and just reminded ourselves how much it has the whole package! Service was attentive without being cloying. The special 3 course dinners they have from a region are a good value and the choice of wine flights complimented things so well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Came with a friend several weeks ago and was so impressed that I came back and brought a different friend. Both times were excellent, our servers were very impressive and the food was incredible. Thank you for making my time with you so wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed speaking Italian with Adrien.
    foodmusiclover
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The Branzino on the 3-course Tasting Menu was squisito- exquisite! Bravo al capocuoco!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    LencherylVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This restaurant always provides great Italian food🐵along with excellent service.it is one of the few restaurants which is great both for business and social dining,
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful scenic view
    CKButler
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I had a first date at this restaurant, they had nice and cozy outdoor dining with a great view of downtown San Diego from across the bay. Food was great and it was quiet so you could have great conversation.
    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.
  • Caprese and Ravioli
    SFDiner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The caprese was odd.. three tomato halves grilled on the inside topped with mozzarella and basil. This only looked cool. Lots of cutting, and most of the tomato had no oil/salt to marinate. No balsamic to be found - except where offered for our bread. The sausage ravioli was a bit overcooked and the sauce looked and tasted like it was from a can - very runny. Good bread here, and of course good view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth a second visit
    Lamr
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Slow service, plain and unseasoned food, American twist of classical Italian food. Just a brand and pretty view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing location, delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I've been coming to Il Fornaio in Coronado since I moved to San Diego 9 years ago. It's my go to restaurant when I want delicious Italian food, and a great view. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Evening with Friends
    Eric
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Location is outstanding with views of the city. Service and food was very good and met all our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • everything but the service
    diddy98
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    My dining group and myself enjoyed the restaurant, the food, and the view. Our server was less than adequate. His frustration was evident with every order he took. I feel he should have asked for back up and assistance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent choice for special occasions but it is expensive....
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful View
    Steve
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We really enjoyed dining at this restaurant. It was a special occasion and the view of San Diego at night was breathtaking. The food was good and the service was too. I would highly recommend Il Fornaio to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner to dream of.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Very attentive, genuinely polite wait staff. The food was prepared with spice to perfection. The perfect subtle flavor that invited you to savor so very slowly. The ample portion of sea bass was moist and piping hot with vegetables that were perfectly cooked. Loved the Tiramisu. My favorite menu choice will always be their Risotto of the day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent
    Lhvc
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    It's a very nice and fine choice to dine with friends. Beautiful view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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.