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About Il Fornaio - Coronado

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.

1333 First St.
Coronado, CA 92118
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday, 10:30am - 2:00pm. Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 4:00pm; Saturday - Sunday, 10:30pm - 4:00pm. Dinner: Monday -Sunday - 4:00pm - 10:00pm;

Cross Street:
Orange Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 437-4911

Website:
http://www.ilfornaio.com/

Parking Details:
Street and public lot parking available.

Public Transit:
Metrolink

Executive Chef:
Marco Nocco

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Celebrate your Valentine with a special selection of dishes inspired by the Italian region of Umbria, the home of Saint Valentine. End your evening with Fondente ai Tre Cuori, a heart-shaped flourless dark chocolate cake with white chocolate and mixed-berry gelee hearts.

Private Dining

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.

Il Fornaio - Coronado Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (81)
Waterfront (81)
Special Occasion (71)
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Romantic (66)
Good for a Date (61)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Worth the Drive (50)
Great for Outdoor Dining (44)
Authentic (32)
Good for Groups (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Notable Wine List (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Business Meals (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Fun (24)
People Watching (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Casual (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Cozy (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Seasonal (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Healthy (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Disabled Access (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Tapas (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Wasn’t asked if there for special occasion but got several recommendations when asked and the service was amazing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

A truly memorable birthday dinner - I cannot recommend it highly enough - beautiful location , delicious food and a delightful ambiance- loved it!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Very pleasant lunch and our waitress was very attentive and fun. Food was very good with great presentation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Scenic View
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·Dined 6 days ago

I bring business clients there all the time - I never have a bad meal. The service is always superb.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We have visited this location many times & this visit was a disappointment! I'm sorry to say, we have always been Il Fornaio fans. We have been to many of their restaurants nation wide... Del Mar, Reston, VA, Las Vegas, just to name a few) However, I had requested a window/view table, that was not even mentioned at check in or honored! We were seated in a booth near the salad prep area (very busy location and loud). Our server was not attentive, never introduced himself, didn't make time for our table of 4 (reviewing dinner specials, refills of drinks/cocktails, recommending a starter salad or soup, apps or dessert), the restaurant was busy, but that is no excuse! We had a dirty bread plate at our table when seated, no fork at one place setting, and was served red wine with a dirty glass...had to ask for another! The server was polite but rushed...doesn't make for a relaxing meal. FOOD: was marginal at best! Ordered a chicken dish (Petto Di Pollo Al Peperoncino) on the dinner menu, spicy, was okay (served with sautéed spinach & roasted potato), also ordered at our table Risotto Special and a Ravioli Special, both were just okay! Due to our seating location, I felt like food was being "slapped together"...like we say at our house... "not a lot of Love given to prep"! I will have to say...we will not be returning, there are other restaurants on Coronado/San Diego that we know have better service and take pride in meal prep & quality that we are excited to visit!

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Good pasta

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love to eat here. Great food, excellent service and a lovely view of the bay. We eat here regularly for those reasons and recommend it to everyone!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I've been going there with friends and family for years. We went for my friends Birthday and had a great time! Excellent food and outstanding service! We'll be back again and again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

I recently took my girlfriend out on a date night and reserved a table for a Friday night. The night was busy(weekends), but ambiance inside the restaurant is great. Pretty view of the SD skyline. Food was good, server was very nice, just slow and could be more attentive, i understand i work in restaurant as well, just communication.
Overall nice spot would recommend

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great location, with a beautiful view of downtown San Diego, and the harbor. Good food, and excellent service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

i go there whenever I am in San Diego - well-run great spot

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Everything on the menu looked delicious. The food was fast and it tasted greate.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 4, 2018

wonderful food and beautiful restaurant. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. his assistant was a surly woman who tainted the evening. not the usual here.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Came in for dinner with family and everything was amazing!! I loved all of the gluten free options! View was amazing! We will definitely go back

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were there for NYE. Wait staff was great however not aware dessert course was included in price fixed meal. They checked with management on our request and confirmed. Also 2nd course came out very premature, and they did take it back. All food was good as we love il Fornaio. Lots of food for the $65. We all didn’t need so much. Would like to see a smaller food option available for price fix menus on special holidays. And not until day of dinner did we learn we had to depart at 10ish before NYE special celebration going on. We were not aware. Love If Fornaio and tough evening to be open. Overall very pleasant experience and staff were all wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year's Eve, busy restaurant, wasnt expecting anything particularly out of the ordinary. BUT I was wrong- wonderful wait staff, great food, great wine by the glass selections. Light a tasty fried calamari, a wonderful and innovative caprese salad. The seabass entree was delicate and delicious- best I've had in a while, pasta dish was well flavored. Desserts and coffee excellent. A really enjoyable meal and evening

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a lovely New Year’s Eve dinner. Wonderful food, competent, fun waitress. A little TOO much food, but we all took boxes home and enjoyed them. The desserts, too, were unbelievable. We were seated at a window table which I requested and the view of the skyline was incredible. I will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Disappointing service on New Years Eve compared to our usual Il Fornaio experience. Restaurant seemed short staffed with waiters not checking on tables (no drink refills, wrong order delivered to table).

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very informative waiter.Beautiful view.Asked for a window seat and our request was met.Food was very good!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was as amazing as the view from our dinner table! I can’t recommend them more! I can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

One of our favorites in San Diego. We were in town for the holidays and Il Fornaio was at the top of our list. It has the best view of the downtown skyline, superb food, and at a very reasonable price point.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always have been my favorite Italian restaurant

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Ricardo was our server - he was fantastic! Between the service and the view, we had a wonderful date night here.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Il Fornaio never disappoints. Beautiful atmosphere & views, great food, attentive service!
One of our long-time favorite places for a casual dinner or lunch with the family, romantic dinner with the husband, or meeting my girlfriends for drinks and apps! Mangia!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Scenic View, Tapas, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Hostess definitely needs to focus and listen better. Margarita pizza was dry and overdone. The view is by far the best thing about the restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great view, excellent, friendly staff, nice wine selection.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always may favorite "go to" restaurant when in town. Love the food, service, ambiance and views. Would give them 6 stars if possible. My local Il Fornaio can't hold a candle to the Coronado location. Exceptional!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Comfort Food, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

La mejor.vista de SD

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Good food excellent service on Christmas Eve. Menu is not huge but decent selection. A little pricey for what the portions were.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Una experiencia muy agradable a pesar de ser 24 de diciembre, gran disposición y esmero de meseros... no así las hostess (nada cordiales al llegar y sin ningún comentario o despedida al salir), un carpaccio desangelado pero excelente salmón y filete..!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Tucson)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Three stars for service requires some explanation. Got seated at a great table (by the window with super view of downtown San Diego as the sun was setting). No servers for several minutes, one waiter (Aden) saw us trying to get someone's attention and came over to tell us it was not his table but pointed out the correct person and said he would alert her. We could see she seemed busy but also doing a lot of chit-chat with customers she was already serving. Eventually Aden returned and said he would take care of us, he did and he was excellent! Whole episode was strange but worked out just fine.
Food is very good and the view across the bay at sunset should not be missed. A plus was the Holiday lighting on the downtown waterfront.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very important to me was that our server was so attentive to our special diets within our group of 12. Service was great and unrushed despite being Christmas Eve day. The restaurant has a special occasion feel to it yet it's not overly priced.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our server, Tony was wonderfully friendly and helpful. The older gentleman (I'm sorry I did not get his name) who kept our our water glasses full and made sure we were alright was dear. The food was delicious and the view out the floor to ceiling windows is gorgeous. We got to see downtown San Diego at its finest. One of my sons ordered a meal that included lobster, but found that lobster is way more work than it's worth, but that was a learning experience for us, no reflection on the restaurant. The desserts recommended proved to be a treat (tiramisu and spumoni ice cream shared among the five of us). The only negative I would give is that the spinach served as a side dish was rather boring (and I like spinach). The rest of the meals were great. Thank you for this lovely place and a precious night for my family.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

As always the best place in San Diego, beautiful views and the food so good! The atmosphere is unique! The best of the best!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have celebrated the holidays with the same friends here for years with great memories. Yesterday was one disaster after another--the waiter spilled a drink down 2 of our backs--OK,
not on purpose, cleaned things up and brought only one of us another drink. But it didn't end,
3 of us ordered Eggs Benedict, one with yolk hard, 2 over-easy--they all came with the yolk hard. One of us had coffee, she had to ask for a refill twice before she got it and when the girl brought it the lid fell off the pot, coffee all over the tablecloth. One ordered French Toast, one of the pieces was burned on the bottom. The service was HORRIBLE--and by way of apology they did not charge for the drink they spilled.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great view of the city, food is exceptional and the wait staff went above and beyond.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Lovely setting, excellent service, delicious food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Healthy, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Dining while watching the lights of San Diego twinkle on the harbor waters is an experience that never grows old. Il Fornaio, Coronado, is the perfect location for a spectacular evening enjoying the wonderful flavors of Italy and enjoying the flush of a wonderful bottle of wine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Expensive and not great food... ambiance was great... you pay for the experience not for necessity for the food

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