Il Fornaio - Coronado

4.6
4618 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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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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food

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DavidF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food is awful. Value is terrible. Will not be dining there again.

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vipYaraB
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Il Fornaio's view is gorgeous, the service was outstanding.
Unfortunately, every time we visit Il Fornaio and we need to use the restrooms, these are in pretty bad conditions. This is never acceptable for a restaurant, especially for the category of Il Fornaio restaurant.

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GRTDEF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and ambience. The seating outside was perfect for our large party.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, excellent waiter.

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FTLLocal
Fort Lauderdale
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of downtown, good food and service!

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vipElsieB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant went above and beyond to make our dining experience wonderful. They took extra care to make sure we were given a table on their beautiful outside patio and the view of the water and the skyline was just spectacular! The food was excellent--and the service was perfect. Our guest was from St Louis and she was thrilled with the entire evening.

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AshleyR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here a few times and the service & food is always exceptional. Must visit for anyone looking for authentic Italian food with an awesome view!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniella was a fantastic server! A must visit!

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AmyA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Plus impeccable service and ambience.

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TyroneC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Our Server was awesome and also spoke the languages!

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Ducky
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect including the crystal clear view.

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Coco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I both agree this is our favorite restaurant in Coronado. Great service, beautiful bay view of San Diego's city skyline, and fantastic Italian food.

We always return here whenever we have the chance to visit the area!

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vipRHS1
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great. Happy hour.

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vipJamisonWriter
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This remains my favorite restaurant in San Diego County. The best location, best food, best service, best view. This place has it all.

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gracer
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pasta was delicious, our server was amazing, and Tiramisu was the best i ever had. Only thing I didn't like was their lobster bisque, that was super disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food.

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vipJackie
Las Vegas
30 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My only issue was the limited choices on the menu. My food was good, tho. Great service, fantastic view.

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LeeP
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I have been going to and taking out from Il Fornaio Coronado for years and have never been disappointed...until last night. The view is still great and Claudio did his best to serve us but menu is so reduced from pre-Covid that selection is no longer there. Still have my favorite - Linguine Mare Chiaro - but the pasta came out hot ut the clams, mussels and scallops were cold. My date had the lobster bisque, it was so bland we sent it back. The apps and pizza were good but I long for pre-pandemic Il Fornaio, too many other good Itlaian restaurants in town, although none with the bay view.

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RichardE
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samantha, our server made our experience a wonderful one!! We were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and she helped make the evening so special!! The restaurant sent us a coupon for a free antipasto which we enjoyed very much! And, at the end of the meal Samantha brought us a complimentary dessert! Loved our experience!

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vipGabrielC
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We started slow, nobody was coming to our table, but then when our waitress came, she gave us excellent service. The food is always very good. The view is spectacular and we were very lucky with our table for 8. It was quiet, we spent a good time enjoying the food, the view and being able to enjoy the company.
Great place for meetings or special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience, food, ambiance and great service

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MarkT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful location on the bay looking across at downtown. Good separation between tables. Very good personal service except for a bit too long to bring the check. My order of medium rare for tenderloin came more medium well. Overall a nice experience.

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vipAJ143
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As usual Il Fornaio in Coronado did not disappoint. Service was very good and ambiance as usual was superb. You can't beat the views from the restaurant. Food quality was also very good but my only complaint is that they need to update their menu. It hasn't seem to have changed muchthis past few years.

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AprilG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Had a reservation. Got to the restaurant early and waited over 20 min to be seated. (Understood that it’s New Year’s Eve) it seemed like the system is disorganized because As soon as we sat down before we ordered the workers kept bringing plates to our table asking if we ordered it. Also A bunch of other little things that would ensure I definitely wouldn’t recommend.

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Fussy
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Such an exception to a place we have grown to love.
New Years Eve, so many mistakes it was pitiful.
Ordered branzino, usually a standout. Overcooked, terribly salty, inedible.
Dining companion ordered a lemon drop martini with sugar rim, came to table without sugar.
Another guest rodered Prosecco for a new years toast, came flat as could be, no bubbles!
Waited 20 minutes for waiter to attend to us.
Once halfway thru meal a surly attendant began to open the plastic wall protection on the patio, but it was freezing outside. Thing gloves and parkas. It made no sense, as there was no room for him to set up table where he opened it! He simply siad, "you have 2 heaters near you!"

Finally we summonded Julia who really tried to turn it around for us, she waits on us regularly and couldn't have been nicer.

But it was absolutely the worst meal I have ever had at any Il Fornaio, anywhere.

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JessicaC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall! Service was quick but not rushed. Staff was friendly all around.

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, would highly recommend!!!!

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Sher
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite dining spot! Device was good food great!

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Disappointed
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This was the worst dinning experience I have ever had. Our party of 6 including two children arrive at the time designated on the reservation. We waited about 20 minutes to be seated. On the reservation I requested a window or outdoor seating. The Hostess took us to the back corner of the restaurant between door that was cold. We told the hostess that we did not want to sit there. She said take it or leave. The restaurant was less than half full, and there was plenty of other seating. At the time we left the restaurant tables we asked for were still empty.

The service was very poor. Food was cold and the table was poorly tended. As the room became colder we asked for heat which never happened. The lighting was so poor in the room we had problems reading the menu. We asked for table lighting or candles which they said they did not have. There were two lamps near our table, but they did not have bulbs, or so the waitress.

Our family has been going to LL Fornaio since it opened. I can not believe how much the service has slip and how indifferent of the staff is including the Duty Manager Jose

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vipKevinG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Jorge is an incredible waiter.

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vipNormanR
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

II Fornaio never disappoints! My husband had the Lobster Pasta Special - loved it. I had the chicken, mushroom gnocchi - perfection! We had a hard time deciding on the salad. They are all creative, each with special twist. Jorge our waiter made the evening. He answered all our questions and made great suggestions. You could tell he loves his job!

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AdamM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very classy place. The food was delicious but spendy but I guess that's to be expected. Our server was very friendly along with the people who sat us. Overall a fantastic experience, wouldn't trade it for anything.

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MissL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Appetizers are great especially the flatbreads. Beautiful SD skyline view

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ChristinaV
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had a great experience at il Fornaio. Food and service were outstanding and met all our expectations of a top notch Italian restaurant. The view was absolutely stunning of San Diego Bay Area.

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DianeS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table you gave us for our 50th anniversary was perfect!

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jamesl
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great view and classy dining oh yeah that's the service is always great they have a good wine list the place is clean I always judge them by restrooms which are always very clean and staff is very nice we've been coming here for over 18 years since remain the same

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vipMyriam
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

We love coming to this restaurant. The view, the food and service has always been outstanding. Unfortunately our last visits have been going from bad to worst.
I understand the global understaff problem but at the end it is the restaurants responsibility to ensure that their service and food match their service and quality.
I hope that things change and our next experience improves.

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CharlesP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff were very courteous. Service was great. Lunch menu is rather limited in choice but food was excellent

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Nimer
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and location. Outstanding service.

FAQs

Il Fornaio - Coronado offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 437-4911.

Il Fornaio - Coronado is rated 4.6 stars by 4618 OpenTable diners.

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.