Il Fornaio - Coronado

4.5
3311 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(619) 437-4911
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marco Nocco
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Orange Ave.
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Parking details
Street and public lot parking available.
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Metrolink
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Special events & promotions
Monthly Wine-Dinner; Cooking classes; Wine-Tasting please contact us for more details on date and time. (619-437-4911) Buon Divertimento
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Il Fornaio, located on the beautiful and historic Coronado Island is the perfect location for your upcoming Special Event. Our venue overlooks the San Diego Bay, Coronado Bridge, and has a breathtaking Downtown San Diego skyline view. Il Fornaio is a unique, classy and authentic Italian Restaurant.

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TJ
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great food

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M
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant is lovely, the food was good, the servers were overwhelmed and service was very slow!

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DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice view. We requested window table on a reservation, and were told they were getting the table ready. But ended up stuck back in a corner. My daughter had a pizza which was very good. I had mixed seafood grill which was way too salty and greasy for me. We sat in the bar at the beginning while waiting. Appetizer was very good, house antipasti. Drink was ok. Service was very bad. My spouse had grilled fish and said it was good. Very noisy party going on in the room next to our table. That was unfortunate, maybe they could keep the doors partially shut or something

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c
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Just ok nothing spectacular- the view is amazing but food leaves lot to be desired

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j
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended Il Forniao while we were staying on Coronado island. We couldn't have been more pleased with the food and service. Will definitely visit again.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my bday it was awesome guido execellent server ;)

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KG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always and attentive wait staff! Great venue to entertain out of town guests.

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SL
Puebla
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place, great service always
I try to go as often as possible

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G
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Didn't get a window table, but all else was great!
One of my favorite places in town. Thanks!!

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M
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff could not have been more accommodating from the moment our party of 11 arrived. They did everything they could to make our special occasion absolutely perfect! Thank you

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G
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing & so was the staff!!! I can’t upload the rest of my meal bc I took a video but it was great! Nice views my date was perfect! I would definitely come back!

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BT
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The meal I had was below the outstanding I gave the restaurant last year

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MA
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Well.....So many great reviews and we anticipated an exceptional experience. Not so much. The place is lovely and our server started out great. But, the food was a fail. The special black and white ravioli was rubbery-over cooked (two in our party had it and agreed). The lobster sauce on it was dull; monotone. The special filet with peppercorn sauce was without peppercorns - seriously. When we brought this to the attention of our server he said he had heard that before on this same night....he excused himself to ask the kitchen why. Upon return he said the chef had failed to meet w the servers to alert them there were indeed NO peppercorns in the special peppercorn filet dish--"they had not come in"! He offered us a mushroom sauce that was pretty good, but not outstanding. Then, there was a 3-4 inch brown hair on my filet plate. Ugh. Service got sluggish toward the last third of our visit....a wine order was forgotten, our server became scarce, and the kid clearing dishes grabbed one drink before it was done, tried to clear my plate with filet still on it and seemed obsessed with clearing the table.
I'm sad to report this was a poor showing for what should have been a beautiful dining experience.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents were in town visiting and absolutely loved it. Great food and great service as always!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Coronado. Look forward to returning in the future!!

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SW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Because it was a holiday weekend, there was a very conde4nsed menu. If I would have known that, we wouldn't have come. There were 4 people in our party and 2 of us didn't find anything to our liking. The food we ordered was average tasting and quality. This hasn't been our experience in the past at the Coronado location, or when we've dined in Irvine. This time it was very disappointing.

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DD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service in the bar was excellent. You can see from the bar to the bay. Beautiful location.

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KR
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We were looking forward to waterfront dining, but when we arrived, we learned the main patio was closed for a special event. We were seated on the small patio off to the side, which was not that nice. It was very slow (4:30 pm) and our waitress couldn't be bothered with us. She brought out our salads and left without bringing any silverware. We waited a while, then I had to get up, go in to the restaurant to ask for silverware while she stood there and chatted with the bartender. A guy brought our food out. She never checked on us until it was time to bring the bill. Even when we were leaving, there were only 4 tables occupied out there. Our server seemed to do the bare minimum, and that's not acceptable service in my book. This used to be a favorite of ours, but we probably won't return. There are better restaurants with far better service in Coronado.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La comida muy rica, el trato de los meseros excelente!

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l
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always pleasant coming to IL Fornaio on Coronado. The staff could not be more pleasant. I think thing the bread was not quite as good as I remember but the beet salad and sea bass puntanesca were excellent. I also could not get order the high speed of service even though they were quite busy.

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R
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Me and My girlfriend had our first day here for years ago September 1 of 2014 and on September 1, 2018 I proposed to her at this ambience setting right off the ocean view a beautiful look of downtown San Diego lighting was just right thank you so much Fornaio!

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q
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE had a lovely time celebrating our anniversary. The entire staff were very warm and accommodating to us . Our server Guiseppe was very personable and even helped my husband who is wheelchair bound to the restroom. The food was delicious and the view wonderful.

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r
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with great views
Service was also very nice.

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Excelente vista, comida regular

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. A must visit when in Coronado. Beautiful views of the city, great food and good service.

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K
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening; outstanding food and excellent service by Tyler! We cannot wait to return again... and again!

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The pasta special was delicious. The pizza was good but the pizza could have been a bit crispy

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RC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service! It had a beautiful view of downtown San Diego and the bay.

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OT
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing views. Great staff.

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DW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have wonderful meals at Il Fornaio Coronado. It was my mom’s birthday and the hostess staff all wished her a Happy Birthday as did Thyon our server. We each had a different fish special and all were stupendous! I enjoyed the Branzino piccata which was amazing! It was a wonderful experience!

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ME
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Nick the server took great care of us.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate our anniversary and had amazing food. The view from our table was beautiful we could see the bay outside during the sunset. Our waiter and waitress were really friendly and even gave us a little anniversary surprise at the end.

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Denver
25 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a larger group and staff was outstanding. Very attentive! Great dinner.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Guido and all the staff at Il Fornaio are amazing... my Mom's 85th bday and they were very attentive. The view from the patio is amazing ! Thanks for helping us celebrate a special night---we'll be back soon !

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KH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance was excellent. Highly recommend!

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SD
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Food was delicious. Service was very attentive. Patio dining has wonderful views and is a bit quieter than inside. Ample free parking. We'll be back.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We were not happy with the server. He did not attend to our table as much as I would have like and when he did he seemed rush to move on.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The most insipid Italian food I have ever had. The antipasto platter was pricey but skimpy. When it's meant for sharing and there's only one of each item, that doesn't make sense. The gnocchi was dumbed down to being play-dough.

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The evening and dinner was a major disappointment. I made the reservation 2 weeks in advance for a special occasion, as I have always enjoyed your restaurant. It was very busy and I could not get a window table as requested, which I understand. My friend and I were seated in a tiny booth (we are both 6`0") and it was extremely uncomfortable. The service was terrible and we rarely saw our server. It was the first time my friend had been to Il fornaoi and his meal was tasteless. He did not want his leftovers. My meal was mediocre at best. We wanted to order dessert, but it took forever just to get the menu. We decided to leave and skip it. I will never return to your establishment.

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