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Il Fornaio

1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118-1502
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Ranked #13 of 83 restaurants in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Orange Ave.
Transit: Metrolink
Description: 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; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
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79% Recommend
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Attleboro, Ma.
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60 reviews 60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A great Italian food experience on Coronado. Go for the food, go for the service, especially John, who served up a wonderful time for our dinner. We shared their three course evening dinner, plus wine, of course. If in doubt, John's expertise helps in the course selection. Make sure you see the desert display, it will certainly wow your palate.... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

I met a local for dinner here. It was my 1st time there, always hearing of the good food and service but never feeling up for the drive (I stay at the opposite end of the island and rarely drive once here) or the expen$e. I had the heirloom tomato salad and the lasagna - both outstanding. My dinner partner... More

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

...along with your appetite! The view from the patio is one of the most spectacular in San Diego, but can be a little chilly outside, even on an August early evening. The menu has something for EVERYONE and the food is wonderfully fresh, as well as well prepared. The service is attentive and knowledgeable. Just an amazing evening with old... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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120 reviews 120 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We enjoyed our meal at Il Fornaio! The menu is interesting, the food preparation was skillful and the service was thoughtful and efficient. Even though this is a large restaurant, I felt well cared for.

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El Cajon, CA
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have dined at Il Fornaio for years. It's the best "go to" place to take family and friends visiting San Diego, with its spectacular views across the harbor from Coronado Island to downtown San Diego. Usually the food is as spectacular as the views. Ask to be seated on the patio or at a window seat. This is a... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My wife and I have visited Il Fornaio Italian Restaurant in Coronado, CA three times for lunch over the last few years. We own timeshare property in Carlsbad, 30 miles north of San Diego and drive down at least once during our vacation week. At Il Fornaio we always dine on the outdoor covered patio to take advantage of the... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Classy Italian restaurant in stylish Coronado - but reasonable prices. Lovely food, in a nice ambience. And request a table on the covered (and heated) terrace, you get a panoramic view of San Diego harbour, where there is always something going on. Fantastic!

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Anywhere usa
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74 reviews 74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Spent an afternoon lunch on the restaurant's patio with new friends yesterday. Our four meals, two glasses of wine and two desserts came to over $105.00 with tip. My pollo Tuscano was dry and lacking seasoning and I found the roasted potatoes barly warm and again lacking flavor. My wife had the caprese salad, three halves of roma tomatoes stacked... More

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st louis
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We come here whenever we are in San Diego/Coronado. This time there were 4 of us, our server was outstanding. Reservations were for 6:30, we arrived a few minutes early, they took us right to our table outside. Great view of San Diego and of the military ships going in and out of the bay. Our server made some good... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Awesome food. Good Bread. Awesome service. Good for big and small groups and for all ages. Good Italian while here.

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