Il Fornaio - Coronado

4.5
3603 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat the mom's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Treat the dad's in your family to a special day at Il Fornaio filled with authentic Italian elegance, a deliciously creative menu and memories for a lifetime!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What 3603 People Are Saying
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JG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brinch

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

Easter Brunch! Delicious! Would definitely recommend!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality overall. Very friendly service! Wonderful experience!

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

The food was incredible, great wine selection and great service. My only complaint is that we had to wait about 15 minutes with a reservation. Overall I highly recommend this place.

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OT
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant has the most beautiful view in San Diego, their food is excellent.

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CT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service and nice ambience. Great for special occasion.

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OT
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Very accommodating for our young son. Recommend reservation for weekends. Restaurant was busy

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GP
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I was very excited to try II Fornaio, Coronado for our Saturday night out. They solicit you to join their email list for offers. So I was sent one email for my birthday for a complimentary Tiramisu dessert. And also the weekend of our reservation, I received another email for a complimentary expresso parfait dessert they were offering for this weekend. So a Tiramisu for me, and a special dessert for my wife, via the email, that I printed out. Upon seating, I showed both email offers to the waiter. He looked at them, and looked for the bar code to use, and acknowledged. It was a busy Saturday night. Our waiter had a couple of larger tables, and a couple of window tables to take care of in addition to us. Service was poor. He was more attentive to his larger tables. Everything we ordered, you had to ask for what should have been brought. For example, the bread was brought, then you had to ask for oil and butter, which was delivered 10 minutes later. I ordered a salad, and asked what dressings, and he said it came with a certain dressing. I said ok, on the side. I didn't care for it, so again asked him if there was a balsamic, or vinegar and oil - he said yes, I could have a basalmic vinegarette. I would have ordered that to begin with if he said they had it. Then, I waited another 10 minutes for that to come. I ordered coffee with creme for after dinner. Took awhile, but coffee arrived, but no creme. They drop off the coffee and rush. Have to flag them down for creme, another 5 minutes to get creme. Then he delivers a birthday desert, which was a 1x2 inch dark chocolate cake, which I didn't want or eat. What happened to the Tiramisu and the Expresso parfait dessert? I didn't even say anything. Just wanted to get out of there. We go to Coronado once or twice a year, but I have no desire to return to II Fornaio. Plenty of places to eat in Coronado and San Diego. Bad choice.

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was phenomenal, food was excellent, and view was beautiful! Always a fantastic experience at Il Fornaio, thank you so much!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I called to ensure that we had a table near to the window. Party of 7, husband’s birthday. My present to him, for which I requested upon arrival not to charge my husband and gave my credit card up front to the two ladies that welcomed my party. I asked twice to give my credit card to my server, Hermenegildo, who directed his attention to one of my guests for answers, rather than to me. I asked him not to do that, yet he took the bill to one of our guests. A celebration which wAs supposed to give all of us a good experience, caused a sour mouth and experience to me. Very upsetting! The surprise meal was ruined! Food is never a problem. It is always good. We have been customers for some years now. I am very upset!

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D
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful view and very generous portions. A lovely time was had by all.

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RN
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, best view in town. This was a retirement dinner for a colleague. Some in our party had never been to the Coronado Il Fornaio. They will be back. As will I.

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Las Vegas
41 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious and with an awesome view.

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OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been coming here for years! Always consistent great service and food.

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ME
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Not a good food. Im not recommending anyone this restaurant.

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BB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting son who was craving Italian food. Even with reservation, had a long wait (30 minutes) but once we got in, enjoyed our food and experience

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster with spaghetti was extremely delicious and the view is one of San Diego's best!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Ilfornio in Coronado. We just went on Saturday to celebrate birthdays. The atmosphere is beautiful- the restaurant is right on the water with a view of downtown San Diego from Coronado! The food is always delicious and fresh. The service was exceptional! I highly recommend their Sunday brunch as well. Lastly, I feel like the cost of the food is reasonable given the location and the level of service. It’s hard to find this level of service at most restaurants. 5 Stars all around!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Way too loud

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San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant evening here. The regional menus are exciting....foods I might not otherwise ever order, and without exception, delicious. The wine flight is ususally a good value with some very interesting items.

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CL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service! Beet salad was delicious. The fish dish was good but could have been more flavorful.

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KD
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best dining experience of our San Diego visit. Ramon was an excellent server; we enjoyed him tremendously. The food is consistently great and the view from the dining room is super.

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S
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view of San Diego as the Sun set. We had the specials and both were outstanding. Nice reasonable wine list

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H
San Antonio
33 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, and our waiter, Ricardo, offered recommendations we appreciated re wine and entrees.

The view was beautiful - thank you!

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JR
San Diego
55 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best bay views of the City. Great menu and service. Wine list is also remarkable.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The server was very slow with the service and he forgot basic things like bringing the bread or drinks. In fact, I had to stand and ask the maitre for the bread and drinks.

Otherwise, the food was delicious as always.

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f
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The ambience is very good and scenic.
The food is below average. Been there several times and food quality is getting worse.
Ordered chicken pasta dish and the chicken was very "tough".
Previously ordered lemon veal dish and it was also very "tough"
Both these dishes should be tender not "CHEWY, CHEWY, CHEWY, CHEWY then still hard to swallow"
Only like the view and ambience so not sure that I should try it again unless the food improves????

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was slow, but the food and ambiance were excellent.

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K
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My sister and I enjoyed the beautiful view and delicious food at Il Fornaio. Our waiter could have been a bit more attentive, given that it was not very busy, but when he gave us attention, he was knowledgeable.

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JH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was just average. The salad was made Of old greens. Pasta was just ok as was the pizza. Manager needs to pay more attention to food quality and less to chatting up the customers

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J
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! The view, the service and the food (although a little expensive for the offerings) were all excellent!

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GS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Excellent food - great atmosphere. Highly recommend...we just got a bad waiter having a bad night (left us waiting, incorrect drink order, didn't turn in app order...) but manager and other waiters jumped in and did their best to make it right. Was Wife's Birthday dinner so not a great time to have a bad service night. I give the restaurant overall, food, management and wait staff (except for that 1 waiter) a 10 out of 10...

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MZ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. The food is superb and the service is exceptional! Everyone is very attentive!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The people at the front desk were cold un-attentive and basically 20 something, Sorry for the stereo-type but they acted it and displayed it. Once we were seated the experience was great. Good service, good wine. A server that knows the food and wine. Beautiful portions and flavor, the kitchen knows what they are doing. Just the meal we were looking for. A fantastic view of downtown from Coranado. They would have 5 Stars but for the front desk. I would come back for the view and the kitchen.

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s
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good dining

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B
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our 40th Anniversary 5 family members. The service was great, the food was mostly great and the ambience was outstanding.

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EN
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very solid dining experience with a great view of SD.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Waiter Dan was great. Nice place with great food and views of the water.

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt Il Fornaio is THE best Italian restaurant in San Diego. Their homemade pasta dishes are our favorite, so tender and the sauces are delicious. Oh, and the view of downtown San Diego is the best. Easy to get to and plenty of parking, don't miss this gem!!

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v
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended by friends. Everything about it was a dream. The atmosphere is beautiful the view is spectacular the service was meticulous the food was delicious

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