Il Fornaio - Coronado

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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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KM
San Diego
70 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for lunch before a play. Great idea yo have prix fix option. What a deal! Perfect amount of food, variety of choices. Also liked my Kick in Ads Old Fashion, made with good bourbon and the classic style. Very enjoyable meal with awesome service and view.

LS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice dinner atmosphere

AP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great meals! The grilled seafood was amazing. Very kind and thoughtful service. Our son was deploying on a Navy cruise and he had one hour for dinner. The staff worked us in and really took care of us, with a great view of the bay!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ravioli is supurb. House Italian wines are a good value. Happy hour during the week is also a great value.

d
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a pleasant, knowledgeable young man. We go to el Fornaio frequently. The menu is very good. We have been going to el Fornaio in Coronado for years 20+.

D
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A return venue .... view is awesome ...

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco was very attentive and friendly!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Wait staff was very attentive. Best Italian Restaraunt we’ve dined at. Views by the window were great. A very large crowd came in the back room and with the doors closed to that room, we didn’t hear a thing.

KS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We have been to this restaurant at least 20 times over the past 5 years. The views are amazing, the food is average to above average. The service is spotty.
The biggest problem is that, regardless of the time of your reservation, you will typically wait at least 20-30 minutes. Management is inconsistent and turnover appears to be high.
This could be an incredible restaurant if they paid more attention to the issues described above.

BA
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent late lunch with a view of San Diego bay.
The lunch menu is a great value and the food was well prepared. Our waiter, Gavin, was very good...pleasant, helpful...

LL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a date! I love the ambiance and the service is above and beyond

OT
Tulsa
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic service and a beautiful view of the ocean and skyline complimented some excellent food and wine.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

DS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Food was terrible. Especially for the price. Waiter forgot to give us an entire course and gave it at the end.

SF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

New Year’s Eve is to be avoided as it does not provide the expected level of food quality.

GS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Two of us were here on New Year's Eve. It was a special menu, with a fixed price. The waiter did not understand that night's special menu. He could not explain the choices to us, and seemed confused about the menu. He misled (I think unintentionally) us in choosing. He definitely said that the dessert price was included in the price of the meal. We found out that it was not only when he brought the bill.

KT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went here for NYE and we had a wonderful evening. The fixed menu was very reasonable and the wait staff had a great attitude. The ambiance was festive and memorable.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We went to Il Fornaio for New Year’s Eve and were very disappointed with our experience. The food was luke warm with small portions and we expected more considering the price we paid (our bill was nearly $400 with three children and minimal alcohol). Our server was average at best and he forgot two items we asked for. My husband asked for red wine with his steak and by the time he brought it to him his steak was cold, even after prompting him. The only bright spot of the evening was the scenery. We were in the back room (we had a party of 10) right along the water and could see the beautiful night San Diego skyline. Overall we left this restaurant displeased and feeling like we didn’t get what we paid for.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Party of 8 and half were disappointed with food. Service was very slow.

CF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We came to the restaurant for a 7pm reservation, had to wait for our table for about 20 minutes only to have a manager come up to us and asked us to sit in an open table in the back bar area. We had just got back from a day of tourist activities in San Diego and apparently being dressed as tourists, we were banished from sitting in the main dining area. Two of my guests happened to be a same-sex couple and were holding hands in the waiting area so it is also possible this is the reason we were sent to an undesirable table but I will try not to think the worst of the manager and will leave it at the fact that we were not dressed in formal attire. Being a tourist area, we did not think we would needed to be dressed formally.

At that point we were starving and reluctantly agreed to sit in the back bar area. We had to wait yet another 20 minutes for our drink order. I had order an Old Fashioned and it was the worst tasting drink I have ever experienced, the whiskey tasted rancid. Luckily the waitress allowed me to change it out for a glass of wine and did not charge us for it. Things only got worse from there. The food we ordered took another 40 minutes to reach our table and when it did, it was lukewarm as if it had been sitting out for several minutes. We had an amazing trip overall to San Diego/Coronado and this restaurant experience turned out to be the worst thing about the trip. I have dined at Il Fornaio in their Beverly Hills location and the food and service has always been good (but not exceptional). I had looked to book a reservation in their Beverly Hills location about a month ago only to read online at LA Eater that the restaurant had been temporarily closed for rat infestation. That should have been a warning to us not to dine at their Coronado location. It goes without saying that we will no longer be dining at any of their locations. Would give this restaurant zero stars if possible.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! you wanna impress her well say no more .it is a no brainer.the food comes out right from the kitchen, and oh did I mention it is an open kitchen! 🤯🤯 this place will take you to Italy if you've never been. enough said not mention Juan Carlos was excellent server with great recommendations. only down side there's a little wait time .

CS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of the San Diego Downtown skyline, delicious entrees and attentive service. We will return for a special occasion again.

RR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, wonderful view just a little too quick food service for my liking.

ET
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good morning. It is an honor to write a note of praise for a restaurant that I have wanted to dine in for many years. We are locals and for the past 24 years we have walked our dogs past the restaurant and every-time I would Express to my wife “ we have got to eat there “..well, finally on December 26 that moment occurred. Why did we procrastinate so long, the food, service m hospitality host, and the very accommodating waiter, Anthony, He was fantastic. His pairing with Rosa made a delightful team. We both had lobster and I ask if the restaurant had wet wipes, he responded that they did not but he created some for the two of us...are you ready for this; he return with two heated dampened napkins. (Cloth)..Now how do you top that. His service was great and appreciated.
Now, for the purpose of it all, the food beginning with The bruschetta, all I can say is the chefs must have their own vegetable garden in the kitchen. The plate was delicious. The Insalata di Bietole a very well balanced plate. Then the Spaghetti all’Aragosta, cooked to perfection and a very ample portion.
Should I dare indulge in the Spumante Gelato which was delightful. My wife chose the Affogato al Caffe, without the espresso pour. The expression on her face and the joy we both shared in finally being able to experience such perfectly prepared food will always be remembered. Mr. Cessna (Manager) assured my wife and I that anytime we are in any need of special accommodations he and his staff are there. I have already told many people, even other restaurants we have eaten at since our experience there.
Thank you! Happy New Year! Blessings! You are First Class!
Bon Appetit

E
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Everyone in my family had an upset stomach after eating there :(

KG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an amazing Christmas Eve dinner here. He had oso bucolic; I had sea bass. Both were fantastic. And the view of downtown is spectacular.

KB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Christmas Eve Dinner

CD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere for a Christmas Eve supper. The service was timely without being intrusive. The food was excellent.

BG
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The ambiance in this restaurant is very nice and the server was exceptionally nice but he never brought us the dessert menu so we skipped dessert. Also out of the four of us that were dining nobody really liked their meal.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely Christmas Eve meal with 3 generations❤️

CW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great service and delicious food always enjoy the ambiance

a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating the end of the school year & a ballet recital

MK
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very fresh! The wait staff made sure to put in food into the kitchen at the right time so there weren’t plates everywhere on the table. Wine list was great.

SV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and amazing food

h
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Il Fornaio is usually good. This particular time was quite lacking, unfortunately. There was no acknowledgement of our special occasion, even though I noted it in the reservation. We ordered the caprese, the beef carpaccio, the gnocchi with tomato and mozzarella and the gnocchi with truffles, and spumoni for dessert. The caprese was just as expected and excellent. The carpaccio was a bit bland. The gnocchi with tomato and mozzarella was ok, but basically like any broiled pasta dish with tomato sauce and a sprinkling of mozzarella. The truffle gnocchi was delicious for the first couple bites — until! — I discovered a black hair in it, coiled around a piece of pasta.🤢 Ok, it probably would still have been delicious had I not been disgusted by the hair. The waiter replaced the plate with a new one, but it seemed to be a smaller portion and compared to the first time they brought it out, they really skimped on the shaved truffles on top. No adjustment to the bill, no apology from the kitchen or manager. It was a bit disappointing overall. I understand issues can arise, but the mark of a good restaurant is in how well you respond in those limited situations when something isn’t right. This one really missed the mark.

MB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thec food and service was amazing. What really stood out was i requested a window with ocean view and we were seated at a big bay window!

CB
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

For the 3rd year, we had dinner at Il Fornaio on Sunday during the Parade of Lights. We had a party of 4, 2 adults/2 kids, and were promptly told we had a 2 hour time limit due to the popularity of the restaurant during the event. Sadly, due to extremely slow service, we needed the full 2 hours. It seems they were understaffed as our server would disappear for long windows of time which made our ordering process unnecessarily long. In addition, when our dinner was finally brought out, my food was cold. Not cool, COLD. I had to send it back and then received a plate that was full of luke warm food. I would have sent it back again had I any confidence it would come back hot. Plus, my family was nearly done eating by the time my replacement dish arrived. To add to the disappointment, we were not offered an apology, a discount or any serious acknowledgement of the issue. I expected more given the reputation of the restaurant and the cost of our heal. Looking for a new restaurant for next year's parade.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We arrived 10 mins early to our reservation only to wait another 45 mins to be seated. The food was mediocre and not worth what we paid for. Not to mention we were seated at a table that was uneven. Definitely will be my last visit.

c
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant with excellent food, and very nice atmosphere.. but doesn’t run smoothly.. some confusion with table setups and responsibilities still being worked out