Il Fornaio - Coronado

4.5
4501 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 4501 people are saying
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shelleyo
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Tables were well spaced. Attention was paid to allergies.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place manage drew is great food portions extremely big.
Party of 22 enough food to feed 40. AWESOME SPOT!!!

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vipAnne
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight the service was very attentive, nice wine list, beautiful salads, entrees plated with finesse. Disappointed they didn’t have their signature pan a cotta, but the tiramisu and cannoli were delicious. Wonderful ambiance and view of the bay and SD Bay. Excellent experience! Earlier luncheon visit not so good, but it seems they have gotten their pre-Covid mojo back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came in from New York to visit an elderly relative. We arrived early for our reservation and I wanted to tour the landing. The staff was very accommodating by allowing my elderly cousin to have a seat at a table while I walked around a bit. Once I arrived back we had to move from the the that had a beautiful view to another due to a banquet. Who knew, the view was even more spectacular. And the food! Wow, fantastic!! Highly recommend. Thank you to the staff for a wonderful visit and phenomenal dinner. Hats off to you!

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Emmitt
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Excellent ambiance for a business lunch. Food was excellent. Service a little slow but we are all ramping up now, right? Certainly attentive and professional. Thanks for a terrific experience overall.

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, customer service and the food was awesome! Definitely coming back.

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Marcoa
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s day

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Luigisprincess
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food! Beautiful Place! I was so excited to go here for our Anniversary. My husband was skeptical but he said he made a mistake and was so glad we went.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fresh and tasty. Service was good not great but it was Mother’s Day and the restaurant was very busy. The staff was doing their best. We were seated outside at 5pm and even though it was a little chilly, as soon as the heater was turned on we were all comfortable and enjoying the beautiful view of the bay.

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LauraS
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gnocchi was amazing; bread was SO good. Good social distancing measures

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great location and service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We (2 adults) sat down at a table for 30 minutes and had no service beyond water. We were informed our waiter was running behind due to flipping between lunch and dinner and would be with us shortly. Of the two other tables sat shortly after us, we were the last ones served. I will say that once we got our waiter (a different one than we were told), he was very attentive. I honestly considered leaving but it was the day before Mother’s Day so reservations were not available.

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Dot25
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day celebration was fantastic. Thank you for the delicious food and wonderful service. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great to get out and celebrate again.

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vipSuzanneT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again. great food, wine, service, view...a real winner for any special occasion.

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vipLouis
Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was okay, service good and great view!

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vipRodg46
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, restaurant was very nice with outside seating and heaters. Service was a bit off but waiter was very nice. Tried to get heater turned down and got no assistance despite numerous requests...

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Not worth it.

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valpal
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Overcooked salmon, overcooked pasta, overcooked and dry chicken. Sent back the salmon and came back raw. No one came over to address the issues. Never refilled my water, or gave any other attention. Both salads were good and beautiful view.

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Maureen
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointed. This was one of my favorite restaurants, this time it was really disappointing. The menu has changed, prices increased and the food just wasn't up to the same caliber as it used to be. Service also was disappointing, special requests put in open table weren't even acknowledged. They apparently are getting rid of table linens. Some tables had them, some did not. We asked our server and she indicated new tables didn't need linens. It really made you feel like you were sitting at the children's table when people around you had table cloths. The lasagna was extremely disappointing, it was the texture of a cheese enchilada. Bread is no longer complimentary with your meal. Paying for it I expected the awesome bread they used to have and that wasn't the case. No more olive bread. No more fresh grated cheese either. You get a plastic container like a pizza place gives you for take out. On the bright side the tiramisu desert was still good but had a blanket of cocoa powder on the top that had to be brushed off. The place no longer has the look or feel of it's former self. Perhaps it will get better once we are past Covid restrictions, but for now I'll just stay away.

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LukeJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall recommend eating here as beautiful view. Feel like our service wasn’t as great as others since we didn’t get alcohol.

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Grateful
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, weather, location, and service. Can't go wrong! Our waiter, Juan Carlos, was especially helpful, generous, and hospitable. We will definitely be back! Know dat!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a birthday dinner! Staff was so friendly and the specials menu was incredible

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KentT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good but not great.

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vipcaptain
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good, not great.
Food was good.
Marinara sauce, so, so.

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Cruz
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with beauty setting and view.

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TrishV
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was fabulous. We were a little disappointed in the service. Sat for awhile, didn’t get set ups, wanted to order wine had to ask, wAnted an appetizer had to be proactive again , had to ask for bread, did not split our salad. Just felt a little neglected and overlooked most of the night . But again, food was great.

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BarbaraM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I knew the server’s name, he was outstanding!

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vipvailsuz
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Felt sorry for the only female server who had the whole Happy Hour patio to herself to service!
Had to find a manager to be waited on after 15+ minutes.
View and food delicious

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vipDiPicoli
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Overpriced Olive Garden. Comment may sound harsh but its the impression it gave us. The mushroom gnocchi we ordered has tasteless and oily...

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vipThreewheeler
Nashville
27 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This was a disappointment. From the reception, who could not seat us on time, get this, because they did not have menus printed, to seating us on the porch even though we asked for inside because it was cold. When we asked for the staff the pull down the plastic window covers to restrict the air they said they could not and we went inside to an uncomfortable table. THEN someone outside did pull the plastic windbreakers down. So we bought a bottle of wine for 38 dollars which cost 8.99 retail. But restaurant alcohol is always double, but in this case more than triple. So I ordered the tagliatelle with bolognese but it was not really tagliatelle ( I make my own pasta at home) and the bolognese was hamburger with a few spices. This is a chain restaurant with an overpriced attitude. Kind of an overdone Olive Garden.

I would not return under any circumstances because there are way too many quality Italian restaurants in Little Italy in San Diego but I wanted to see Coronado so woe is me.

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seans
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The only great thing about my experience at this restaurant was the view of San Diego. Service was all right but the food quality, presentation and taste were below mediocre. Salmon was super dry and the steak was barely grilled! like it was made in the microwave! Very few options as well!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Well....first of all the drinks were nice and the bartender was nice. In fact everyone was nice. Was a little surprised to see a 2% Covid surcharge on my bill. Hadn’t seen that before. Bread was good. Lasagna was ok. Salmon was way over cooked, which was a little surprising since they specialize in seafood. On the plus side they comped that portion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. Everything was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pasta dish with clams mussels scallops shrimp was very good as was the Caesar salad. Service was prompt and attentive

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Krista8523
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere are always top-notch here! It's been of my go-to favorites for years!

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CarleneW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cold food and double charged me - I won’t go back , and expensive

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lynneb
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience4

Not a good visit. Waiter shirt unkept and dirty. Messed up drink orders. Food, usually quite good, was bland and lukewarm. Like other operators staffing is an issue. We fault management for permitting waiter to take his shift, considering his uniform appearance.

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vipAMPP
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual! Atmosphere and food can't be beat. Thank you

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Scott
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food overpriced and signature drinks did not taste good.

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rjmissionhills
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate outside with a great view of San Diego Bay and the downtown. We are regulars and have never had a bad meal here. This was excellent as usual. The mixed seafood grill was great, as was the pasta dish. Save room for the killer sourdough.

FAQs

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

Il Fornaio - Coronado is rated 4.5 stars by 4501 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.