Il Fornaio - Coronado

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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Kick off 2020 in style! Join us New Year's Eve and toast to happiness and health in the new year. Salute!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3921 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only disappointing part was that my son (19) could not get a "Coke" at the side of the bar table while waiting for our table at 6.50 pm... but he was asked if he likes a glass of wine later on at the table... strange..

AS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We had reservations for our 30th anniversary and when we arrived we were told there would be a 15 minute wait. When they called our name they escorted us outside to the cold patio where the heater didn't work. (Even though there was seating inside). Service was a bit slow and the food was tasty. Food was a little overpriced but maybe this is because the restaurant was on the water in Coronado, California. I don't think I would go back.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Always a lovely view of the downtown skyline and a reminder of the amazing city in which we live! Best of all, the staff is always friendly, helpful, and wonderful to all the customers. Il Fornaio Coronado is always our first choice.

AP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit on the patio was exceptional. We had the grilled seafood over spinach was simply delicious -- super fresh and flavorful. The service was outstanding -- very thoughtful, attentive and precise. The view, ambiance and flavorful meals were amazing!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Felt like any other standard Italian place with a nice view I guess

MM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Reservation made it easy. Window table given to us for my wife’s birthday. I only made the notation on Open Table, they read it and gave her a special dessert on the house!

T
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Was seated outside with beautiful view of the San Diego skyline. Almost 10 minutes before anyone came to ask us for drinks which was not our own server. Server would be gone for long periods of time. Food was solid and large portions.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Besr view in San Diego County!

m
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was amazing. The service was fantastic and the menu had options for everyone. We will absolutely be back!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Cranky hostess. Non-existent waiter. Yawn! Too bad. Great view and good food spoiled by poor service.

WC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wines by the glass were excellent, with many scoring 90+ points. Bread was house made and served fresh from the oven, food was perfectly prepared and delicious. The views of the Bay and San Diego skyline are amazing! Service was topnotch as well. Overall the best dining experience we have had in San Diego.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had so much fun! Great service and food, plus the view of downtown is amazing. We even got a free dessert for celebrating our anniversary.

CF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner....great service. Our waiter was professional, knowledgeable and very charismatic. A pleasure to work with. Everything was perfect...

LN
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Food was very expensive and not good quality. We were disappointed.

LM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to II Fornaio on a few occasions and recently visited for a birthday brunch. I was instantly reminded why I love this place as soon as the herb table bread came out. It's different than the normal table bread you find at most Italian restaurants. The food and service always screams authentic Italian here. My party and I ate family style for the most part and ordered the Calamari (it was okay), the Insalata Regina (arugula salad -amazing), the Ceasar salad (just okay), the Branzino (delicious), Linguine Mare Chiaro (wine wine seafood pasta- delicious), and the Capellini Al Pomodoro (red sauce pasta) which looked the most plain as a vegan option but was absolutely best dish we had. We ended up ordering another plate of it. The server was a true italian, funny, and overall great. We enjoyed a lot of laughs. It was a great place to celebrate a birthday lunch. The water front view adds to the amazing ambiance. Can't wait to come back soon.

LC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't beat the view, especially at sunset. The service was efficient and friendly, but not rushed.

j
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an early dinner on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the patio overlooking downtown San Diego! Beautiful day, delicious food and wine, and amazing service!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

It was supposed to be a romantic dinner for my boyfriend’s birthday I made a reservation then they still made me wait 30 minutes to be seated, when they took us to out table it was not water view and thag was what I had requested. The waitress then went to go call a manager and we had to go back and wait to get the table we asked for, it was very unorganized and unprofessional then the manager was very nice and treated us well.

v
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful water view of downtown San Diego.
Food and service was good.
Nice Happy Hour also in the bar.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent service and food

JH
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience. Best on Coronado. Always exceeds.

SB
Louisville
38 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the special salad and my husband said he may have been the best he has ever had. Arugula, tomatoes, cheese and wonderful red wine vinaigrette. The pasta was very good too. But the spumoni was the best I had ever had.

V
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was wonderful, and so was the food. Some of the best Italian I’ve ever tasted. The staff was friendly and attentive. Class A restaurant!!!

F
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter
Nice food options
Lovely viiew

JH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of San Diego skyline from across the bay. Nice selections of food and wine. Very enjoyable evening.

OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We were a large party 10ppl all food arrived at the same time, a very impressive start but that was the highlight of the night. After food service it was very difficult to find our waiter. (Large party gratuity already included) on multiple occasions we had to ask the hostess for help with refills on drinks and to find our waiter. Very disappointing on this trip but will go back because have had good experiences here in the past

YN
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was great. Had gluten free options.

J
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had excellent service and the restaurant and view could not have been more perfect1

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great. Very attentive. The Cheff visited our table to offer a taste of the Region of Lombardia. A new dish! It was excellent. A shrimp Risotto.

SH
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed a lovely lunch great food great service and an absolutely spectacular view of downtown San Diego

KB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time here and I will definitely be back. Great spot right on the water with a beautiful view of the San Diego skyline. It's walking distance from where the ferry drops you off, so it's a wonderful experience to take the ferry here for a date.

FF
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely bay view, good food, and wonderfully friendly and attentive staff. Make you feel like family from the moment you arrive. The key thing about this place is the location - what a view!

p
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful! Service is always on point! I love this place.

AP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and service - exceptional view of downtown San Diego

A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Llegamos y nos dijeron que la cocina cerraba en 10 minutos. Nos hicieron pedir toda la comida junta.
Nos trajeron la entrada al mismo tiempo que el plato principal
El mozo una atención pésima ! De mal humos por el horario
No tenían pan
No se para que aceptan una reserva a ala 21:30 si llegas y no te quieren atender.

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RP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and service were excellent! A nice atmosphere that wasn’t too loud or too quiet. Would come back again!

T
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have always loved IlFornaio restaurants and we used to have one in Portland where I live. It closed years ago and I miss it so. I was so excited to see there was one on Coronado. My husband and I took the ferry over and it felt like coming home to be in the ambience of the restaurant. What made it outstanding was Antonella, our waitress. She was pleasant, friendly, chatted with us and was super responsive and helpful. We really enjoyed her and felt right at home with her. The food was also delicious. As always.

OT
Nashville
42 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday dinner. Excellent service and excellent food!!

FZ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I attended this restaurant in the past a couple days during regular dinner time.

However, we decided to visit this time during "Restaurant Week". We have visited other restaurants during Restaurant Week; however, this year we decided to visit II Fornaio - Coronado and so glad that we did.

The portions were normal size and for the cost - $20 per person - WHAT AN EXCEPTIONAL DEAL !!!

I hope that you offer this again. We tried each other's food and was impressed with everything...

Thank you for this offer, we'll be back again

Sincerely,

Frank Zakravsky
858.837.3045