Il Fornaio - Coronado

4.5
4478 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipLouis
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was okay, service good and great view!

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vipRodg46
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, restaurant was very nice with outside seating and heaters. Service was a bit off but waiter was very nice. Tried to get heater turned down and got no assistance despite numerous requests...

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valpal
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Overcooked salmon, overcooked pasta, overcooked and dry chicken. Sent back the salmon and came back raw. No one came over to address the issues. Never refilled my water, or gave any other attention. Both salads were good and beautiful view.

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LukeJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall recommend eating here as beautiful view. Feel like our service wasn’t as great as others since we didn’t get alcohol.

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Cruz
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with beauty setting and view.

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TrishV
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was fabulous. We were a little disappointed in the service. Sat for awhile, didn’t get set ups, wanted to order wine had to ask, wAnted an appetizer had to be proactive again , had to ask for bread, did not split our salad. Just felt a little neglected and overlooked most of the night . But again, food was great.

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vipDiPicoli
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Overpriced Olive Garden. Comment may sound harsh but its the impression it gave us. The mushroom gnocchi we ordered has tasteless and oily...

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vipThreewheeler
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This was a disappointment. From the reception, who could not seat us on time, get this, because they did not have menus printed, to seating us on the porch even though we asked for inside because it was cold. When we asked for the staff the pull down the plastic window covers to restrict the air they said they could not and we went inside to an uncomfortable table. THEN someone outside did pull the plastic windbreakers down. So we bought a bottle of wine for 38 dollars which cost 8.99 retail. But restaurant alcohol is always double, but in this case more than triple. So I ordered the tagliatelle with bolognese but it was not really tagliatelle ( I make my own pasta at home) and the bolognese was hamburger with a few spices. This is a chain restaurant with an overpriced attitude. Kind of an overdone Olive Garden.

I would not return under any circumstances because there are way too many quality Italian restaurants in Little Italy in San Diego but I wanted to see Coronado so woe is me.

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seans
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The only great thing about my experience at this restaurant was the view of San Diego. Service was all right but the food quality, presentation and taste were below mediocre. Salmon was super dry and the steak was barely grilled! like it was made in the microwave! Very few options as well!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Well....first of all the drinks were nice and the bartender was nice. In fact everyone was nice. Was a little surprised to see a 2% Covid surcharge on my bill. Hadn’t seen that before. Bread was good. Lasagna was ok. Salmon was way over cooked, which was a little surprising since they specialize in seafood. On the plus side they comped that portion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. Everything was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pasta dish with clams mussels scallops shrimp was very good as was the Caesar salad. Service was prompt and attentive

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Krista8523
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere are always top-notch here! It's been of my go-to favorites for years!

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CarleneW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cold food and double charged me - I won’t go back , and expensive

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lynneb
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience4

Not a good visit. Waiter shirt unkept and dirty. Messed up drink orders. Food, usually quite good, was bland and lukewarm. Like other operators staffing is an issue. We fault management for permitting waiter to take his shift, considering his uniform appearance.

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vipAMPP
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual! Atmosphere and food can't be beat. Thank you

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Scott
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food overpriced and signature drinks did not taste good.

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rjmissionhills
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate outside with a great view of San Diego Bay and the downtown. We are regulars and have never had a bad meal here. This was excellent as usual. The mixed seafood grill was great, as was the pasta dish. Save room for the killer sourdough.

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angie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was helpful and was on point with recommendations. Views were amazing. def recommend to go at night. only complaint was the table next to us was noisy, which is not the restaurant's fault. enjoyed my dinner here

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BettyP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I made a reservation to celebrate my birthday. Because of COVID, the reservation was 2:30 pm. The side of the restaurant we were seated in was completely empty but they still tried to seat us in the worst seat in the section which would have resulted in one of us staring directly at a blank wall! I really, really dislike when restaurants do that! Secondly, I ordered the Prime Rib Steak special. Big, big, big mistake. It was such a poor quality of meat that it was inedible. (It is currently in my oven. I am trying to make a pot roast out of it.) My bad for ordering steak in an Italian restaurant. Thirdly, the server asked if we were celebrating a special occasion and did wish me a happy birthday and that was it. No offer of a birthday dessert. We have eaten at Il Fornaio many times pre-COVID and have always like this restaurant but definitely not this time.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!

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nishac
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view and the food was great. We really enjoyed ourselves. Our server was very attentive and thorough!

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Rick
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio on Coronado never disappoints in regards to food quality and service! Covid modifications were maintained

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vipLoie
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio is located on the Coronado Island waterfront facing the San Diego skyline. The view is spectacular. We ate out on the deck. Our food was exquisite. My husband and I both had the grilled seafood platter. All the seafood was perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. The wait staff were friendly and very efficient. We will definitely return.

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NancyJ
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, the location wonderful, and the service superb. It's not an inexpensive place to go, but it's great for lunch or dinner; and it's worth the price because it is a dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, beautiful view, beautiful food, beautiful staff,...what more could you ask for?! I love this place.

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PeterO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us dined in a place where we enjoyed delicious meals, and were able to comfortably socialize outdoors in a COVID free environment. The service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

the food was delicious and service was excellent.

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AngelZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and from there is a beautiful view over to the bay. We had a lovely dinner!

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vipAnon
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

My friend and I ate here on a Tuesday afternoon, right as the restaurant opened. It took us a minute to get greeted by the server and at when we were finally greeted, we were ready to order both food and drinks. A few minutes later our server was tending to the table across from us and we noticed she brought over daily specials. We were extremely disappointed. A simple "would you like to wait to see the daily specials prior to ordering your food?" would have been much appreciated. Also, our busser was more helpful than our server and was there the second we needed anything. He brought us butter for our bread, when it was not brought over initially. (You would think that would be a given) But, looking over the receipt, there was a COVID surcharge fee of 2%? What is that even used towards? Overall, the food was fine, but there are better places to dine in the area with much better service. Won't be returning.

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Elaine
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The food was terrible. Chicken pasta I had to send back because the chicken was so tough. So I ordered calamari and that was tough. Only good thing was bread and the waiter. I would not recommend this Il Fornia to anyone.

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RyanC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, authentic Italian food. Great view of San Diego. Will be back!

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vipNellyJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I made a reservation to celebrate my mother in law’s 85th birthday and asked for a nice table outside so she could enjoy the views. We were seated 25 minutes after our reservation time and only because I complained. We were seated at their side patio which clearly looked like their C or D seating section until my husband asked that we move to a better location, which took more waiting time.
I was appalled at their lack of empathy, concern and luster approach to make things better. Even when we called the manager, he said he had just transferred over so was not sure how they managed their seating. We also explained my mother in law is a stroke survivor so standing around for 30 minutes was even more distressing. The waiter later mentioned that our shared dessert was on the house to make up for the ordeal. That hardly made up for anything. I would have appreciated an apology along with empathy over the situation.
We have been long time patrons of Il Fornaio but this experience has left us never wanting to return.

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DavidL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was good. service was good and views were amazing

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vipDannyV
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location is awesome with views of the bay. Juan our server was awesome! Overall great experience.

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sandysu
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Although there is a beautiful view, the food was very disappointing. The calamari was terribly overcooked, in fact it was crunchy. The menu said the pasta was homemade, but looked like it came out of a box. Food was under seasoned as well. We won't be going back.

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rjmissionhills
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we sat outside on a lovely day. Had the bruscetta and mixes seafood grill, both of which were perfect. Service was polite, timely. We missed this place for 2020 and glad to be able to return. We are regulars.

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AdinaW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a lovely view and wonderful ambiance to my date’s special birthday

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ShannonS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Made Reservations and asked for outside seating next to the water looking into the city . Got a view outside but not like was promised . The time to get food was very long , almost one hour and had to ask when it was going to be ready . Got the record it was the same week after they opened up the city of San Diego for more dining indoors and outside . So the staff could of been limited. Still a great place to eat and see the San Diego Skyline at night .

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DeborahB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was extremely kind and helpful. The food was delicious. Enthusiastic and passionate servers and staff...I wish I remembered their names!

FAQs

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 4478 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.