Il Fornaio - Coronado

4.6
3466 reviews
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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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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 20, 2019

Ends: January 21, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

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San Diego
45 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Decided to try the Restaurant Week menu here. The service and wait time was the worst I’ve ever experienced. We sat for 25 minutes before i went to ask for service. A waiter took our order immediately and someone from management offered us complimentary wine and drinks to make up for the delay. Unfortunately, the service did not improve and we ended us waiting a significant amount of time for our food (people who had arrived a period of time after us received their meals before us).my husband was offered another glass of wine, but never received it. No one came to collect the payment and I had to personally hand it to the hostess.
I was told that the delay in service was due to a shortage of servers and, since it was Restaurant Week and MLK Day, the patronage was unexpectedly large. In my opinion, a well ran restaurant would have take all these events into consideration and would have the foresight to hire more servers.
Despite my disappointment in service and wait time, the food was quite good.

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EJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant week lunch which is actually nice considering that usually restaurant week turns out to be disappointing.

Don’t get the wine tastings, seriously not worth the $. Might as well just get a glass of wine.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers were very attentive. The view is gorgeous and food was absolutely delicious. I would definitely go back. We were there to celebrate a birthday with a party of 11 and they were able to accommodate expertly.

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DA
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. Great view. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. From Italy even. Small quibble - the pasta with chunks of tomato - the tomatoes should have been riper, it is California after all. Still the pasta was really good. Also the carpaccio.

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EL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Family from out of town. 6:30 reservation got us seated at about 6:50. Service was rushed and inconsistent. Food was good overall.

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AA
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta.
Best View.
Best Date Night.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Fish food too cooked and very poorly presented in the plate..... probably pre-cooked (not acceptable for this price)
vegetables no written on the menu (brocolis instead of spinach) and almost crude

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

Wonderful time celebrating an 84 yr ols birthday. He and his wife had never been. They lived what they ordered. Had a nice surprise as rhe manager gave us a complimentary brusetta. Nice touch. Had a wonderful waiter George. Would give 5* but gave 4 instead because the corkage fee went up from $15 to $20. The appetizer I ordered was OK, expected more from description and salad meh for price..should of just ordered an entree but didn't want a heavy dish. Would still go back as I still love the ambiance, food and service.

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BF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Disappointed that Fests Regionale procedure has eliminated monthly gifts.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the experience that the restaurant had to offer. Our server was fantastic and was very helpful. The food was remarkable as well as our beverages.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best views of the city, and the food is consistently good. I devoured my excellent pasta dish and our out of town guests were happy with the whole experience.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pasta was behind al dente firm and the squash was hard

So disappointing

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DN
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had awesome experience it was our 39th wedding anniversary the receptionist was wonderful set us by the fireplace with a great view and we had the best waiter !!! Love ❤️ this place and the food was delicious!!!!

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C
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The most amazing risotto we’ve ever tasted at Il Fornaio, the risotto on the Friuli-Venezia Giulia menu!

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SW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service , excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waiter was nice, but we felt forgotten about. We had to ask the manager after waiting for about 20 minutes after being sat to see our waiter. Then it seemed that we would go long stretches without seeing him. Food was good.

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CH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Fornaio is always great, especially sitting on the heated outdoor patio. It never disappoints.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is key & the service is the best!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening for meeting mutual acquaintances and enjoying the delicious variety of entrees and a wonderful view.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very attentive and friendly

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GB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Too expensive for a mediocre non-authentic Italian food. Great location for a tea/coffee. The quality used to be better years ago.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Coronado for 2 nights and ate at Il Fornaio both nights as it was so good. From entering the restaurant bar to being sat at our table the whole experience was perfect. The views over the bay were magnificent and the memories even better. We shall return ! An absolute gem of the highest degree. 👍☘️.

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TH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional! Food was delicious, and everything was very fresh and tasty.

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MZ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! The food is very good! The waiters are attentive and friendly! They have great coffee!

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RA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great dinner, my girlfriend and I both loved our meals and the wait staff was amazing. Thank you for a great night!

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CI
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, as always - introduced family members to the venue and they loved it!

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d
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad dinner or event at Il Fornaio

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Had a reservation for 6:00 and got there early and told it would be about 10 minutes. We went to the bar and ordered a drink and 20 minutes later they came and got us. Bartender served my wife the most expensive glass a wine on the list. Not happy about that. I ordered the veal - it was before 7:00 - and was informed by our waiter that they were out of the veal dish. Not happy about that. Took the waiter a long time to even get to our table. Bread was eventually brought but no oil to dip it in. Ordered the spaghetti and it was okay but nothing special. Oh, they knew it was my birthday and said so when I came in but did nothing to help me celebrate. Why bother asking if it's a special occasion if you don't do anything. Again, not happy about that either. Not going back to this location...………………….

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r
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the patio warmed by heaters and great view of SD bay and downtown. Less noisy too. Excellent veal and pastas!

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AS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This was our first time eating here. The food was good, however the pizza my daughter ordered did not look or taste like the description, and it was the most expensive entre... even over our pastas. Our service was poor and any time we tried to make contact with a server, and even the manager, they walked right by. I would love to try it again, with a nicer table, as we were stuck right under the bar in the corner.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

I chose this restaurant as a nice dinner date for my fiancé and I. The ambiance and mood were very pleasant but the service sucked. We waited 20 minutes for drinks and a side of bread. (The place was half full at best with servers walking around constantly not one stopped to help. Our food took even longer and I was very disappointed at what came out. I ordered the ravioli which in any italian restraunt should be basically done with no thoughts added but it was drenched in oil and the meat and cheese was all covered in pepper and whole clocks of garlic found in the sauce on the plate. My fiancé ordrred the angle hair pasta which was relatively okay despite the fact there was garlic sliced thick on her plate and sauce which was inedible and had to be picked out. The service fell so far flat I would have had better service at the KFC across the street. Being ignored and flat out left at a table to eat the food with no check ins except to refill water and the check once it needs to be better. Overall I would love to give this restaurant another shot as it may have been an off night and that server not been trained well the view really is one of the reasons I would go back. Overall I'd rate it a 6/10 for those reasons.

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PC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The manager was very professional and very polite, he took very good care of us .

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a
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places in San Diego. The food is fantastic and the service and views are amazing. There is something for everyone from authentic pizza to gourmet fish and pasta dishes. Truly a great place.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely view and nice ambiance, except that it was a little too loud for us. The wait staff was excellent, but the hostesses not so much and we were disappointed that no mention was made of our special occasion - which we had specified in the reservation.

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CP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a vacation treat. Everything about our dinner was excellent. The waiter was accommodating to special requests, the food was outstanding, and the ambiance was lovely. We're just sorry that the restaurant doesn't have sites where we live.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views and delicious seafood - the service was also fantastic. Would definitely recommend!

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S
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Take a pass on the places near the Del and dine here. The food was great, and we thoroughly enjoyed. The signature cocktail list looked promising, but drinks were kinda small and weak. Wine list was good. Loved the view. They very sweetly presented my daughter with a small cake and a song for her birthday. Would return and will recommend to friends that want to visit Coronado.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, we had a beautiful ocean view. The drinks were fantastic and the food was marvelous. The waitress was very knowledgeable of all the food she answered every question we had. We had a great time.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner and Ramon was a very attentive and pleasant waiter! He made our night even more enjoyable!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner, service was great

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