Il Fornaio - Coronado

4.5
3377 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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(619) 437-4911
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marco Nocco
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Cross street
Orange Ave.
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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
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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

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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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JR
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday outside overlooking the beautiful San Diego skyline. Good and drinks were excellent. Highly recommend the veal! Waiter surprised us with a lovely dessert. Staff was amazing!

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C
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We walked over from the Marriott on a whim and they were able to seat six conference goers at 7:30pm right away. The food was delicious, healthy and included something for everyone. The service was outstanding even when we each had to have separate checks to submit our expenses. It was a relaxing place to decompress and share an evening with colleagues.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sweet and attentive waiter and divine meal. ❤️

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and Ramon was an exceptional waiter.

We went back the next day so we could try additional dishes. They were all amazing.

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AQ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for a date and extremely vegetarian friendly. Any pastas on the menu can be made vegetarian! Definitely coming back!

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RC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

overpriced food. Food was good and service was excellent.

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J
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Risotto was not good.

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RT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a group of six who had a wide range of entrees, and all reported it one of the best ever. The staff are friendly, energetic and highly attentive. Felt like flying first class. A great experience and one of the most enjoyable times. Highly recommended!

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LB
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jorge was fabulous! Professional, personable, and informed! A real asset to the restaurant. Many thanks! Chef: Butternut ravioli best with brown butter sauce. ;)

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S
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose Il Fornaio for dinner while spending our 40th anniversary in Coronado. We had a beautiful window table with view of the bay and the lights of San Diego. Food and wine were wonderful. Our service was excellent. Restaurant surprised us with a delicious dessert with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate on the plate. Very nice. Thank you, Il Fornaio!

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group and Waiter was friendly and attentive.

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s
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous find close to our hotel. Ecellent wait staff and the meal was to die for.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Dinner was good but I was disappointed they didn’t have any fresh pasta.

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L
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The view is amazing one of the most beautiful locations in SD and the service was amazing too.

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P
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We missed the Regional menu this month, but enjoyed the traditional menu for a change. We always try to leave room for dessert!

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J
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Simone did a fantastic job walking us through the menu and taking care of us all evening.
The view was spectacular looking back at SD downtown.
The food was very good and the Antipasto board was excellent.
Great special on wine and great variety of breads to snack on waiting for dinner.

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CM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to celebrate a birthday! Delicious food, great view, wonderful and attentive wait staff. We left feeling full, pampered and refreshed.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing atmosphere, and beautiful views. Only con, portion sizes were fairly small for the cost.

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D
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Simone the waiter makes the experience outstanding

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i
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here on a date night with my gf. I made the reservation more than 2 weeks before and requested for the patio/water-front seating which they provided, no doubts. Had to change my reservation time the same day as we were getting late and the restaurant was very accommodating and gave us a new time with the same water-front seats. Loved the ambiance and decor. The wine list was great too. I tried their Salmon which was delicious, specially the pesto sauce on the side, which made a whole difference. My gf tried the butternut squash ravioli which was also amazing.

Given the location, decor and the ambiance the food is a bit overpriced but I was kind of expecting that from this restaurant so not too surprised. It was definitely delicious as well. Really good for date/anniversary night. The service was on point.

Do try their Tiramisu - super fresh and delicious. :)

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

View was great and the service was great. The meal worth the price. I was not a fan of the red sauce. I would not go back

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d
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything excellent but the reservation. It took 20 minutes to get seated and there were 4 people at the entrance and were not able to get organized. Out of the 4 I would aaybthat only one knew what to do

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful building, good food. Friendly greeters at the front desk. Service could definitely be improved.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, professional services, fantastic view. This is a must try restaurant if you visit San Diego!

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M
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love dining here! The food, service and ambiance is fantastic. They are exceptional when handling food allergies too. Looking forward to dining there again!

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V
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and bread are great but the service left too much to be desired. Meal comes while in the middle of the salad and then it turns out it was the wrong dish. Simply no excuse for a restaurant which strives to be a high end.

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B
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food bad and way overpriced. Lamb so over cooked couldn’t even cut it. So so noisy can’t have any kind of conversation

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JB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A little expensive for the quantity of food you get but great views of the San Diego city lights. Had drinks at the bar first and bartender was rude.

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b
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have enjoyed Il Fornaio every time we go to Coronado and it has remained consistency good-- sometimes better than other times. My wife's bolognese was great and so abundant that we had it for dinner the next day. My cappellacci di yucca was not as good as in the past. Il Fornaio has "overdone" the ingredients and stuffed these little pillows of pasta to the point of making them heavy and chewy. I had to ask for more sauce and enjoyed to pasta minus the filling.

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SC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much to ilfornio for such a great anniversary meal with my wife and I

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CA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The view and the service was great. The food was horrible. An Italian restaurant that overcooks pastaand sauces are tasteless. Appetizers are not any better- calamari was dry and over cooked, carpaccio completely lacked flavor. Won’t return

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b
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Greet and seat slow and inattentive. Wait staff exceptional and helpful. Food good. Portions too large. Speedy delivery. Excellent for families with kids. Not a romantic destination nor does it have the ambiance for important meetings.

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S
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The view is amazing, food was delicious, service was a bit slow, but overall a great night!

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R
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to il Fornaio and it won't be our last. We went for Sunday brunch and the food and service could not have been better. Love the setting by the water in Coronado!!
Highly recommend!

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, the staff was so friendly and polite. The food was amazing and was brought out quick.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!! Manny our server was incredible!!!!!!!

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g
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I wanted an evening out at a waterfront restaurant. Il Fornaio in Coronado fit the bill. The setting is just a few yards from the Ferry Landing, with great views of downtown San Diego. During our last visit we accidentally discovered that it is a great spot for watching fireworks.

On this visit, a couple of things caught our attention. First, they had a separate "October" menu. There were about half a dozen appetizer and about another half dozen entree choices, all of which used autumn seasonal ingredients. This in addition to the regular menu of appetizers, pizzas, pasta dishes, and specialty entrees. Second, there was a wine tasting option whereby a customer could sample (6 oz pour) up to three wines for $20, and then purchase a full pour (9 oz) for half price.

I don't usually comment on bread, but I must say that the bread offerings: olive rolls, rosemary rolls, and a flaky, chewy (in the good way) french bread was excellent.

We shared a "Insalada Cesarina"--essentially a Caesar's Salad--which was pretty good but surprisingly did not include anchovies. My wife had as her entree a pizza, called the Cristina. It contained Fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, shaved Grana Padano, mushrooms drizzled with white truffle oil on a thin crispy crust. I didn't try it but it was lovely and smelled wonderful.

I had one of the "October" specials, Petto Di Pollo al Carciofo. It was a roasted chicken breast with artichoke hearts with a light cream sauce, accompanied with steamed spinach and roasted butternut squash. The dish was excellent, although the chicken was slightly undercooked near the bones.

We finished the meal by sharing tirimisu. My wife also had a glass of Sambuca. The dessert was wonderful, probably too big for either of us, but perfect for sharing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were a family group of 9 visiting from out of town.
Everyone seemed happy with their food, and the service was very good.
The only thing I thought was not outstanding was that we were seated very close to some smaller tables behind us, although they were not used while we sat there.

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H
San Diego
93 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abruzzo menu was stunning. Lobster bisque with truffles, shrimp risotto, leg of lamb....what's not to like? Wine flight was appropriately matched. A wonderful evening.

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