Il Fornaio - Coronado

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining and eating here. View is spectacular especially when you’re seated outside. Since this was the first week that the restaurant opened due to pandemic, staff was observing proper protocols.

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vipRonB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice as always.
Great place , good people here. Nice view, and the food is always good.

Looking forward to seeing more of our favorites on the menu soon

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MarkS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and food. A San Diego delight.

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RachelWick
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first night out in 12 weeks since shelter in place and we had an amazing experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coronado ll Fornaioi is amazing! The food is exceptional: fresh, authentic, and eating there is a satisfying experience on every level, whether you go for happy hour, dinner, or a harbor-side lunch in the dining room or patio,.

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vipOpenTable Diner
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the patio with social distancing. Amazing view, service and good.

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vipsdfoodie
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous dinner at Il Fornaio...this restaurant never disappoints! Delicious food and excellent service always....

JP
vipJeffreyP
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wrote a review a short time ago that was negative about having no server for a long time. I mentioned that the manager, Dimetrio said to give them another chance. We decided to go on a Friday night and were seated promptly at a table overlooking the bay. The server came immediately and took our drink orders. We lingered for a while and were greeted by the manager who said he would be looking after us. Our server was wonderful and attentive. Being peasants we both had the Linguini de Mare and a small Caesar Salad both of which were wonderful. The manager talked into sharing their house made Tiaramisu. The whole evening was wonderful and special. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good but expensive.

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KarenZ
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Only disappointment was that the server asked if we were celebrating a special occasion and we said we were celebrating 2 birthdays but then they did nothing special for us. So why did they even ask the question?

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I ordered the mixed grilled seafood plate
Very disappointing....not worth 36 dollars.

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MikeM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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vipSpeedyponchales
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were excellent. Our only criticism is that you should not have to pay too much for pasta dishes. After all, ingredients are fairly cheap. The experience was great, but the value for your money, so-so.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great and fast and it was truly a wonderful date night Because Of this place and it’s wonderful view of California night lights

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice view, and from someone who doesn’t normally enjoy pasta it was some of the best food I’ve had this year

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vipDrDave
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was very slow when we first sat down at about 6:15, and the restaurant was not even very busy. They seemed to be adequately staffed, just not paying much attention to the customers in our area. Puzzling.

JK
vipJoeKar
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to dine. Beautiful view of downtown San Diego, especially in the evening. Great food.

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the service was outstanding. My guests had a great time and they are very seasoned world travelers.

BC
vipBruceC
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food; great view; great service.

WC
vipWilliamC
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Expensive for the meal we ordered

HG
HeatherG
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our food was hit and miss. Service was the same. Potential is there if they want to up their game a smidge.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good, had the tenderloin. Menu limited compared to others no lamb shank or cannoli. Great view and ambiance.

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LesS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view from patio.Food was outstanding.Our server was very knowledgeable,friendly and added to a fun evening.
Only drawback was family that sat next to us one in the party was obnoxiously loud and only got worse the more wine she drank.
It was our friends birthday celebration and the group next to us put a damper on it.
Great that the restaurant still serves great food after all these years.
Les Simmons

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vipJoeG
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was poor at best

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vipsocalgirl
San Diego
80 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Generally speaking food was fine. Disappointment with the service and value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great! As well as the service

JC
JudyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I throughly enjoyed our meals as did our guests. The service and view were outstanding.

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RGDepaiva
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was really good but service lacked. The view was spectacular which made up for the bad service. Take care of your customers!

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MAR1251
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The whole experience was ok, it was noisy, i asked for a table next to the window they didnt met my request and they only have 1 type wine of moscato for $50 a bottle which they sell it at target for$10.00. Nah, we are not going back..... food was average.... cant top The Adison Hotel Restaurant

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erica
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service.

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newporthype
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our server was not great. He was not very attentive and we felt left out compared to the other tables. We had to ask for bread several times before it was brought out. Server also tried to get us to order something different each time my wife and I would order our food or dessert, very strange. Other than the restaurant being on the water I would not reccomend.

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Princess1
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Food was okay. Seating was terrible. Too busy. Staff took too long. Had reservations didn’t get seated until 25 mins after. What’s the point of making reservations?!

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Lolo
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with friends for the wife’s birthday. Great food, great service, great time.

WB
WilliamB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best anniversary place ever.
will plan for next year

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vipKini
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were dining at 5:30 on a Saturday evening. We'd asked for as quiet a table as possible. We were shuffled out to the "outdoor seating" area (which is actually enclosed in the wintertime) where there were 2 outdoor heaters on high heat, a BLAZING fireplace - which we were placed directly in front of - and under the ceiling heaters which were also all turned to high. And....we were right next to a very large table of 12 happy "celebrators." It was like a nightmare! Our servers kept changing throughout the meal due to it being a "very busy" night (February 15th). The management seemed utterly surprised by the number of diners there. They were understaffed, and WE were under-served and underwhelmed.
Having said that, the food was quite good. If I ever go back, it won't be on a weekend. It was a pretty unpleasant dining experience, overall, I'm afraid.

PB
PaulB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy Saturday night, was seated on crowded patio, heat lamps were going, sunset & view spectacular. Authentic Italian food was on point, way better than anticipated, lots of staff as service was tremendous. Great all around Valentine's Night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Everything was great the server was attentive food was delicious. The only part that made us uncomfortable was the guest that were seated next to us kept staring at us making us so uncomfortable and making rude remarks like we shouldn’t belong there but you really can’t control the other guest and no reflection of the restaurant itself.

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Amay
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The customer service was very bad and not respectful

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Sabrina
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Service, Excellent experience, the manager Jose was accommodating and professional, over all a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. The food was excellent and so was the wine and view of downtown San Diego.

MM
MilesM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was cheap. Bread and drink selection was good

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Il Fornaio - Coronado offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 437-4911.

Il Fornaio - Coronado is rated 4.5 stars by 4078 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Coronado does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

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