Il Fornaio - Coronado

4.4
4592 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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Safety precautions

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
What 4592 people are saying
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4.3
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHolleyR
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was great. Great views of the ocean! The fresh pasta was excellent.

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Jeep
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was friendly and prompt. Food was excellent.

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CindyV
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Lucky for us we were not in a hurry, it took an hour to get our pizza, service very slow, staff was nice.

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GregA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Not impressed with the quality or quantity of food. Very disappointed with the salad- a Caesar salad and it wasn't anything special. The vodka pasta didn't have any flavor- just blah. Just left feeling dissatisfied-would not go back! Would actually tell friends not to waste their time!

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CathyH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food and view. Can't beat the location!

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SoCalHappy
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We brought our dog and sat on the side patio. Service was great, food was very good, but it's expensive. You definitely pay for the view.

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Debo
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The meal was very very good, I had the mixed seafood grill and it was delicious. One kid had a pizza the other a pasta. They were both very tasty. The bread is worth the $2 charge. I highly recommend doubling up on bread because it is very good. We sat on the outside patio by the water on a beautiful night. Save some room for desserts. We had 3: tiramisu, canolli, and a lemon tart, everyone agreed that one of the 3 were their favorites so all were happy. There was only 1 small hiccup, they kept forgetting my Moscato but it was worth the wait.

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Brildo
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place, great location, great experience. Food was good, drinks were good, service was a bit slow, friendly but no urgency and or attentiveness.

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AzuraeSD68
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A return guest. 5 for all categories. I didn't givve a full 5 star as selection seemed down & prices up.

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VeronicaF
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, staff was very helpful, funny and kind and the food was amazing. Also, love that we could bring our dogs outside to the patio! Made for an awesome experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. The food and service were great

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DiannaM
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality and Delicious Meal! Our server was wonderful - Great view of the skyline ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Views from our outside seating was wonderful- pasta and pizza wonderful but the capicico and dessert were stellar

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Moglat
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal,

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PamR
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was the worst I have ever experienced! Our waitress did not want to be there… didn’t care if we were there either! Food just ok…

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It used to be good but I think after reopening something changes such as chef or recipes which took the overall experience down

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KatieS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The overall experience was meh. We had a lovely waitress however, the restaurant closed their kitchen without giving us a warning so we were unable to get dessert even after we ordered. Both me and my friend had the pasta which was delicious. However my mother had the branzino special which was rather mediocre.

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StephanieB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very disappointed. This was for my husband's 70th birthday. Poor service. Not a great meal. A friend had called to pay for our desserts, as a gift and this was not mentioned. They had to come back to us and recalculate the bill. Not the experience I hoped for. We will not come back again. We were visiting and live out of state.

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vipJenniferC
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service started out good but ended up poor as the restaurant filled up. Prices were a fair deal for the quality and location. Food could have used more seasoning. I had the fettuccine and I found it a bit boring. Paying for bread seemed odd. Just charge me more on my dinner and throw in the bread. Although it was tasty and served warm. So worth the minimal charge.

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vipRandalG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food and service was what we expected, when vacationing we frequent t Coronado and I’ll Fornio.
The barking and yelling dogs in the bar was distracting and unimaginable.
Why pay for fine dining experience and feel like your at a dog park.
I have dogs but would never imagine taking them to such a nice restaurant and impacting other guests like that.
This will cause me to reconsider more visits to this business.
I hope Mabagement co suffers changing their dogs allowed policy.

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GSmith
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Wonderful view--menu has compressed since our last visit before covid

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vipLynnM
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and service.

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Craigo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Compared with other il fornaio we’ve visited, we found the service excellent & the ambiance wonderful.

The food was barely adequate. The seafood was fresh but the salt, the sauces, the actual preparation was just plain tired.

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AnnieOOO
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent across the board! Great in every way and had a lovely evening. There were 6 of us and we all ordered something different -every entrée was excellent!

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vipTDN07
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I messed up by reserving for 8 P.M. dinner on Monday, and not Sunday. So when we
showed up, the young lady could not find my reservation. Then when I showed the reservation number, They pointed out that I had made it for Monday instead. However, the tall young man, whom I assumed was one of the hosts, was able to find a table for us as well as adjust the reservation so that it was changed to the correct day (Sunday). He got an outdoor table with great views and underneath the space heaters to keep all of us warm. Overall, we had a great experience. We all enjoyed our meal and experience and the ambience. Kudos to the hosts and your team.

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Muriel1912
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Fornaio is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is consistently outstanding. Even with limited staff, the service was very good. Spectacular views of the bay and downtown San Diego make it extra special. We will continue to patronize Il Fornaio.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been dining here for 15 years and it never disappoints

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vipclevelandparkguru
Washington DC
507 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian around! Staff and Service always spot on. Brussels Spouts and salads were excellent with cocktails. Grilled seafood, pasta, pizza and chicken dishes were outstanding. Great spot with best view!!

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vipDonnaS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trevor was our server and I could not be happier. He was friendly, so efficient and attentive without being overbearing and even moved us to a window seat since where the hostess sat us was a bit cramped. The food was delicious and reasonably priced for a very nice dinner. I will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
120 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The service and food was really awful. They need to visit the irvine location to learn how to get it right and get significant training for the the SanDiego chefs and the servers. They could learn a lot from the Irvine crew. Really disappointed would not recommend. Everyone in our group felt the same way!

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JannaM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good good, great service. Will definitely be back again

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vipbigoj1
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We are summer residents in Coronado and this was our first visit since last September. Same beautiful setting, great food and service as alwYS.

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Julio
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy bien atendidos por Chris

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great. Food is always wonderful!

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LaurenP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Il Fornaio while on vacation in Coronado and it was delightful. All the food was authentic Italian and top notch. We ate indoors but they had plenty of outdoor dining space on the water, as well. Definitely recommend the vodka pasta.

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LindaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, beautiful setting and service was great!

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AlexanderA
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Staff was great, food was phenomenal, and with an excellent view of downtown San Diego. Would recommend to anyone with a romantic evening in mind.

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JaneM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love to take guests who are new to San Diego to Il Fornaio for the fabulous view of the city but also for the food which never disappoints. It’s always a treat!

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Carlsbad2some
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience5

had requested a view table for our anniversary dinner. We were shown to a table for two at the window in a semi-private corner. Martha and the young men with whom she wss working were helpful and took good care of us. However, the food was a big disappointment. We have dined at this restaurant previously and enjoyed it. The pasta and chicken in a marinara sauce was bland, uninteresting and totally forgettable.

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SteveL
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Seems the food quality has gone down post pandemic. Was not a great experience this time

FAQs

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

Il Fornaio - Coronado is rated 4.4 stars by 4592 OpenTable diners.

Il Fornaio - Coronado does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilfornaio.com/gift-cards/.

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.