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
267 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (235)special occasion (162)great for outdoor dining (147)romantic (138)good for groups (99)notable wine list (80)great for lunch (74)fit for foodies (67)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (44)kid-friendly (38)hot spot (29)late-night find (23)vibrant bar scene (11)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
  • Great for that special occasion.
    Tracey
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We ate here once before and we loved it so much, we now celebrate special occasions here and love to bring new people here to dine so they can experience the wonderful view and the great food they have.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful evening...
    goodtravel1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious dinner of steamed mussels that the general manager (Luca) asked the chef to prepare for us (these were not on the menu). We were treated royally and appreciated the excellent service and lovely view of the bay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My 37th Anniversary Celebration
    Rubi
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My husband and I were very delight to celebrate our 37th anniversary at Il Fornaio. Since the moment we stepped into the restaurant, we were able to feel that we were going to spend a romantic night, for they sat us in a very nice spot facing the beautiful view of San Diego. The service and the food was really good especially the bread. We were also surprised with an exquisite "Tiramisu" free of charge, which we thought was a very nice detail on behalf of the restaurant with their customers. In short, we spent a very romantic celebration at your place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was mediocre and the service was slow, a poorly paced meal with lots of waiting. We were disappointed since we had high hopes and love Italian food!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • beautiful view
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amazing location, beautiful view of downtown San Diego and the bay, excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Views
    lovecoronado
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The location of the restaurant is outstanding. It has gorgeous views and is located by the water at the Ferry Landing. We were visiting from Tucson, AZ, and met our friends there who live an hour away in Canyon Lake. We had a wonderful time! The chicken dish I had was a little disappointing, but the others all loved their entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation=still long wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Although I had a reservation, it took them almost 20 minutes to get us a table for 5 - even though other parties of equal numbers were seating right away. They were polite but kept telling me they were "working on it" when I personally sw two tables for five or six with NO reservation signs on the table. The service wa adequate but not special. The birthday tiramasu was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    Robin
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husbands 50th bday was wonderful ! We had a group of 20 people and it couldn't have gone smoother. Our waiter was amazing!!! He and his team took great care if us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gladys was great
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We returned to Il Fornaio because the food was so good. It was just as good this time. Gladys, our serve made the evening. She was prompt, accommodating, and friendly. The view is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Italy
    JoNanaDining
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Three of our four diners enjoyed the Taste of Abruzzo. The appetizer and pasta course was the perfect size. We were pleasantly surprised that the entree portion of the meal was full size. We couldn't finish the entree. Everyone enjoyed their selection and also splurged on dessert. The chocolate crime brûlée is to die for.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over an hour wait for food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Tried to get noon reservation and it was not available, so settled for 11:30. Went for lunch and it was more than half empty. No idea why I couldn't get noon through open table. Ordered and then waited an hour for the food to arrive. An hour. My salmon was great. Another order did not have all the normal ingredients-- no scallops and something else she said. Frustrating dining experience. Very disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dinner with amazing view
    sybersprite
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The best part about this restaurant is the amazing view of downtown San Diego and the Coronado Bay. The food was also delicious and our server was nice as well. We would likely try this restaurant again if we wanted Italian, mainly because you cannot beat the view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night with my girl!
    Morper
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Excelente client care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice atmosphere
    Brick1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Carlos waited our table and was very friendly and made it a very nice dining experience. Great window seat overlooking the harbor. Nice flight of wines and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian Food...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The best Lasagna I have ever had...all dishes include homemade pasta. Guido was a fantastic server. He said he's worked for the company for 22 years at different locations and had nothing but great things to say about the company. Its great to hear when company's take good care of their employees. Way to go Il Fornaio. We don't live in San Diego but we will definitely to back to this restaurant when we visit. Great job. Thanks for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    ReviewVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The ambience was good, food was good but the our waiter was a bit intrusive. Did not appreciate it. Before we finished our meals he kept asking everyone if we were done so we he could remove the plates. We did not get breathing space to enjoy our meal. This waiter needs to be trained to be of service when needed and not rush guests. This is not a diner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CostaMesafans
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Il Fornaio in Coronado is always a treat. The atmosphere inside is beautiful and the view of San Diego and the harbor is spectacular. The food is always delicious and the service great. You feel like it is a special occasion even if it isn't.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OS
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I recently moved to the San Diego area and decided to spend a day playing tourist in Coronado. After a day of exploring we ended it with a terrific evening at Il Fornaio! What a beautiful evening, our table was nestled near a large window with a spectacular view of San Diego at sunset. We both ordered fish off the Specials menu and we were not disappointed. The fish was fresh and tender and the italian spices enhanced the meal very nicely. And our waiter was fantastic, he knew the wine list well and gave us good recommendations to pair with our meals. Oh and leave room for dessert. We shared the sampler plate, which gave us a taste of 4 of their best desserts -- YUM!! We had a terrific evening. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reservation not there
    mia23
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    when my party of four arrived our reservation wasn't listed, but we did get a good seat. the waiter accidentally got balsamic over my blouse when pouring it on a plate. he did get soda water which removed the stain. the food was good, the view great
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mangiare!
    JClocal
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had dinner on the patio with my fiancée. View, food, service was perfect! Get there at sunset!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and awesome service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Dinner was wonderful and our server Guido was most attentive. Well worth the money!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.