Il Fornaio - Coronado

4.6
3815 reviews
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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Large parties welcome upon reservation.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start your Christmas celebration at Il Fornaio! Join us on Christmas Eve and enjoy the festive atmosphere and your favorite Italian dish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 3815 People Are Saying
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very delicious 😍

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner to cap off our Coronado vacation! Would definitely go back again. Great pizza, pasta, and desserts!!

R
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining and it was great! Our server Paolo was quick and helpful with questions we had about the menu. True authentic Italian food!

PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fails to impress me. The food is amazing, and the service is impeccable. Great place reasonably priced awesome view of the bay and city.. Be sure to get a reservation, but you won't be disappointed.

RM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We were seated next to a nook where dishes and cutlery were being prepared. We asked to be reseated, and were offered the bar or patio, or an indeterminate wait-time. The patio service took 20 minutes to bring water and did not ever deliver out drink order. We left after being there for close to an hour.
This has been one of our favorite locations to celebrate special occasions (8/17 Birthday). Not sure we will return to this location.
Perhaps just an off night in Coronado.

R
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Not only did we not get to sit outside (while that whole area remained empty for the 40 minutes we were there) but my food was bland -- not a grain of salt in that fritatta. The pluses -- the nice waiter and 20% discount because our "special occasion" request wasn't honored.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

海が見えて、雰囲気も最高だった。

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S
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Evening was wonderful! My family invited me for my birthday. Just flew in from out of town. Our server was delightful and helped us with recommendations from the menu. Thank you!

A
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always enjoy the meal. The increasing number of family with screaming children is an issue. Perhaps a special section is appropriate.

DS
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Fornaio is an old standby but we haven't been for awhile. We were pleased to see that it hasn't changed. Our waiter was one of the best we've ever had -- wish I could remember his name, but I don't. (He's from Milan and his girlfriend works there, too.) Oh, a great maitre d' too -- assistant manager -- who actually allowed us to try three tables before we found one we liked. (Something we've never, ever done and something I frown upon! But he was courteous and genuinely wanted make us happy.) The food was excellent and the martini was a generous pour. My partner wasn't crazy about the house White, but I note that he drank it to the last drop, so it must not have been too bad. It's a lovely spot with incredible views back across the bay to the San Diego skyline. Highly recommend.

CT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place. Ambiance was great, food delicious, and the service was fabulous.

H
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable. Took allergies seriously. Food came out at a comfortable pace.

C
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great bay view!!

OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

TR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Fornaio is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The scenery and ambiance are spectacular; the service is always terrific and the food is delicious. This is an excellent choice for entertaining out-of-town guests.

PW
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! The best fresh Italian cuisine in San Diego. Our veal scallopini was tender, delicious and well paired with potatoes ad veggies. The caprese salad was superb - fresh heirloom tomatoes with a generous serving of barrata cheese. The penne vodka and the Crintina pizza were also delicious. Our server split the scallopini dish expertly tableside, was attentive and helpful. Totop it all off - the view of San Diego Bay and the city skyline make for a most enjoyable experience.

E
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual vacation brunch in Coronado was off to a good start. They seated us early, the food and service were great.

PA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view of the island. The food was super delicious and the prices were very reasonable. Definitely one of the highlights of our SD visit.

AP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Quite a bit has changed in service here since my last visit a year back. We asked for patio seating and and we had to wait for it ,but we got a patio seating on the side and not usual one overlooking the bay. They were understaffed or the hostess was not interested ,either way we did not get bread served until we asked for it. Starter and bread came at the same time. Main course came in early without giving us much time to finish our starter course. Two times they came in and asked if we have finished our plates which kind of made me think they were in a hurry to clear it even when we were going slow. once all cleared we ordered desert and that took a really long time to come, which made us say its OK we can cancel and leave. Overall we were disappointed as we had taken our guest here with idea to a nice easy dinner overlooking the bay.

W
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Hostess was not nice, needs to be friendly and seemed put off. Bartender could not make a proper Mohito. Tasted like pure sour lime juice, did not muddle the mint leaves, sent back 2 times still could not drink was made again the same way. Dining room and food was excellent.

MV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view of downtown harbor from patio. The server was excellent at answering questions about menu and wines. Ravioli was outstanding and we shared the amazing salad with beets.

OT
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food fresh and delicious. The most beautiful view of the water and downtown.

CS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents visit.

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P
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Il Fornaio— every time we’re here we go to the restaurant a few times. It’s greAt!

T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals of our vacation. Every course was better than the last.

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, excellent food, great view of the Harbor.

MB
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Il Fornaio on Coronado is wonderful. Sit outside overlook San Diego and the Bridge- great scenery. Wine list excellent, service always friendly and efficient. Great value

LR
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have dined at a number of the Il Fornaio locations and this is probably one of the best. Location is great - most tables (inside or out) have panoramic views of the San Diego skyline on the opposite side of the bay.

Service was prompt and efficient.

Menu was a bit different than other locations (in full disclosure its been a while since I've been to any of the other restaurants) - 3 options for gnocchi which was a plus. All of the pastas we had were very good.

If you are staying nearby, this is by far the best restaurant option within walking distance of the Marriott.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing location overlooking the SD skyline. Fantastic service! Highly recommend this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Would not offer us a table out of the sun when one was available which surprised us given that patio is first come first serve. Wonderful setting and delicious food

l
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Love the location but was too busy our food was overcooked and lacked flavor. The chicken and shell pasta dish was a dissapointment .
The chocolate cake was super.

D
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasant time , our server was amazing

OT
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place, excellent view, great service, food was not the best though.

GC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a blast. The food, the service and the view was exceptional. Thank you!!!

JG
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is not a disappointing dish on this entire menu. Everything is always delicious and if you need something special they are more than accommodating. Portions are very generous. We had the calamari which was super fresh and absolutely beautiful, The ravioli, the prosciutto pizza, and a penne pasta with a meat sauce. I have eaten here several times and have loved everything I’ve ever had. The outside seating view is undeniably the best view of the city you can possibly get.

BM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Our lawn bowling club had dinner here on a Saturday evening. We requested the outside patio facing the water. The concierge said that although they could not guarantee the location they would make every effort to seat us on the patio, and so they did! In addition to the gorgeous views of the harbor, Iit was much quieter outside, so that we could talk without shouting Although I didn't take a formal poll, everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The servers were very accommodating and courteous.

K
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was excellent and service and ambience wonderful!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, the view even better. I requested outdoor seating if available, we had an incredible view of the water marked by the San Diego sky line.

M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

Food quality is very bad

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food just average, price too high. Food arrived maybe 10 minutes after ordering which is just way too rushed for me.

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