Il Fornaio - Coronado

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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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Hamburg Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ein sehr schönes Restaurant direkt am Wasser gelegen. Mit direktem Blick auf die Skyline von San Diego. Essen sehr gut.

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FL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was good.

MW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The butternut squash ravioli is GONE!!! As is the dessert trolley. I'm not vegan, nor vegetarian, but the butternut squash ravioli dish was one of my favorites, and Il Fornaio was where you came to get it. It has been replaced with a lasagna bolognese, which was very good, but not what I came for.

I still really like Il Fornaio, and will come back for the good service, the views of course, and good food. But my favorite dish in San Diego is now somewhere else, and I'll have to go find it. Which isn't a bad thing :)

I'll be checking the menu occasionally in case they decide to bring it back.

SD
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Special thanks to Sahil our server and Eduardo the chef. They were very gracious regarding a food allergy. They truly went above and beyond. Beef tenderloin was excellent. View from patio is amazing. Inside is also very nice, but a bit noisy. We will be back. This place really impressed us and our guests

J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Service and food was great. The area where we were seated smelled a bit (like a grease tap smell) but after awhile of seating in that area you get used to it. It wasn’t busy and there were other tables in front they could’ve seated us but they opted to give us a table towards the back of the restaurant.

SD
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was wonderful, service great and loved the beautiful outdoor seating. So glad we took the ferry over and spent time here! Will definitely return!

J
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The pizza was not good. We asked for it extra crispy but it was limp and taste great. The spaghetti carbonara had no taste. Won’t be going back.

D
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The location, the view and the service are great. Food is inconsistent to be honest.
I go there pretty often and it's a 50/50 with the food. I like the view and the prices are OK for the location you are at.

MN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view. Fine food and wine.
Great service. Noise level too high in large table dining area.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was fantastic; however, our main waiter rushed us and wasn’t very attentive initially. Service could have been better.

DP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The wait staff is poorly organized for table assignments- Waitress was mot attentive. We had to wait a long time for someone to wait on us . We had reservations but we had wait beyond our reservation time-

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The view was spectacular. The table was was nicely set. The hostess was pleasant. The wine flight special was divine and the half price glass of wine was a great deal!
The server was rude to my guests and made snarky remarks to everything they said or asked about from menu options to casual comments. He rushed us to order and he clearly had no patience or appreciation for 2 couples wanting to relax and catch up over their cocktails.
The food was the biggest letdown. We even ordered from the chef special menu thinking we couldn't go wrong there but we were disappointed. The food was bland. The ravioli looked as though half the stuffing had been taken out. The gnocchi looked like a bowl of chili (how is that even possible?!). The fresh cod and vegetables looked beautiful when it arrived it was so surprising to find that he had absolutely no taste.
The meals were so disappointing that it kind of ruined our evening. The check was ridiculously expensive for what we experienced.
My tip is to save your money. If you want Italian food and a beautiful on Coronado, go buy a pizza by the slice, a can of wine, and sit on the seawall. It will be a much better experience.

t
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful bay view from every table. Our waiter was excellent, very helpful with menu selections, and wine pairing. The ravioli was delicious!

C
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Creo le faltó ayuda al mesero... había muchas personas que podrán haberlo hecho...

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B
San Diego
142 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A table of 6 is never easy but your team made it seamless... all of our servers and hostesses were wonderful. The view - outstanding as always. Food and wines were good- pastas were the standouts.
Thank you for another wonderful evening.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Wonderful waiter, great service. Average food. We don’t mind spending money if the quality is good. We’re very disappointed

JM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We found the food extremely unremarkable. One of us found the pizza tasted like cardboard, another had a bruschetta that was missing vital ingredients including balsamic. The dinner salad had way too much grated cheese and tasted like a caesar dressing, not at all what was expected. Service was friendly.

RB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Francisco was excellent!!! Food was amazing, complimentary dessert for our anniversary a surprise. We ordered Spumoni, so wonderful!

g
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is located in the perfect place! By day, you can watch the boats and enjoy the city of San Diego as the perfect backdrop. By night, the city becomes a colorful palate of lights and increases the ambiance. The food, as always, is excellent, regardless of what is ordered. You can always count on a very tasty meal. And, the service is always friendly and attentive. I had the calamari as an appetizer. The crust was crunchy, but the inside was tender and flavorful. Dipping it in the marinara sauce made it even better. My Caesar salad was crisp and delightful. The shaved Parmesan cheese was fantastic. My main course was pizza with ham, artichokes and Kalamata olives. The crust was thin and crisp--just the way that type of pizza should be. It was full of contrasting flavors and made for an excellent meal. I love this place!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very very good

P
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just delicious and we loved the view!

F
Calgary
59 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

LIne cooked dinner vs Chef inspired dishes
Extremely disappointing dinner at Il Fornaio after visiting this restaurant many times (every time) we are in San Diego. Obviously they are too busy to care about the dining experience because they had a sign on the door to limit your dining to 2 hours because they have too many reservations - maybe don’t over book.
Our server was in a race to get us to order and get us out asap. The first hostess was not so nice but we did get the table we requested. Our bruschetta was border line chard and most likely should have come with a warning that this appetizer may cause cancer. When our main entrees came out, the lasagna sauce and noodles were burned to the plate and we sent it back. The other entree was the seafood linguine but it was very subpar vs previous visits. This item is usually the highlight of our trip to Il Fornaio. It had no flavour and where were the red pepper flakes that are in the item description. The overall tempo of the meal was way off. We asked for and were promised water to start and we also ordered a bottle of wine. The water took a long time to arrive and the wine got to our table before the water.
We were in and out in just over an hour. If you are looking for a Chef inspired meal and a positive dining experience this is no longer the place to go. If you are looking for the Olive Garden on Coronado Island - this is the place.

JG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Food was okay. Service was terrible. The servers got our orders wrong & were having challenges delivering the food to the correct tables. They were not apologetic & seemed annoyed & impatient.

BC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance- window seat looking out to water. Food & service excellent.

AK
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! The interior is beautiful, the setting is just magnificent, the food was very good, and the service was lightning-fast.
Highly recommended!

NF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were impressed with most of the staff and service. The atmosphere and food were great. Highly recommend to anyone. Thank you for a great time and for cueing us onto the fireworks show!

W
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Juan made our anniversary a wonderful time. His knowledge of the menu items and his ability to describe how the meal is prepared was fantastic. The food was delicious and the view was superb!

k
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Location, location, location. I have been to a number of Il Fornaio locations and this is by far the best location / view wise. Simply cannot beat the ocean view from here.

Typical Il Fornaio experience - quality food, good service.

DO
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location, stellar service and excellent quality food.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family visiting

a
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for always taking care of Sharp :) Lorri Dunn always knows how to take care of us!

AB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Fornaio is our go-to place for dining with guests and friends. Great view of San Diego across the bay from a warm and pleasant environment. Always superb meals!

GP
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Our service was spotty but it was explained that they were short handed that night. I thought the pasta with seafood was a bit bland. I love the setting and would definitely go back and maybe try the risotto.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The ambiance and food were excellent, however our waiter could of been more personal .

RV
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a great dinner, we had a good time. I highly recommend it. The service was great, always on top of our needs. They treated us great and went above and beyond their duty.

LF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Table was perfect. Enjoyed our food. Service was adequate..not great. Stick with seafood and pasta..rib eye was mediocre at best

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The seafood pasta was amazing and so fresh. The lasagna was terrible. We never send food back ( our own fault) but it was greasy, limp and had an over cooked almost burnt taste to it! Rather disappointed. The menus need a good cleaning, ours had a hair inside it, and the little lamps on the window sill are filthy.
On a positive note, the server was wonderful and the view of downtown San Diego is timeless.

N
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and super service!
Could not have been happier.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. My wife had the sea bass which we both agree was the best we have ever tasted

JA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved the food and service. It was the first time eating here for my wife and I. Only complaint was the people next to us who were really loud and obnoxious. Doesn’t reflect on the restaurants service but it would be nice for them to control the volume a bit. Overall we loved our time at II Fornaio and will definitely return.

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