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Il Fornaio

1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118-1502
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Ranked #11 of 82 restaurants in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
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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Manchester, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We booked a window table which gave us great views to downtown San Diego. The minestrone soup was hot and tasty. My sea bass puttanesca was piping hot and delicious,full of flavour.

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Dayton, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This was the perfect meal choice for our dinner. The service was great--our waiter was so friendly and had great recommendations. It felt very upscale, yet I did not feel out of place in my jeans. The ambiance was so lovely -- overlooking the water and the lighting was perfect. For under $120, we ordered wine, a soup and salad,... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Everything about the restaurant was tops. The service was wonderful. The views of San Diego was breath taking. There was an elegance about the restaurant. The waiters wore white jackets and the service was perfect We had a waiter who came from Venice. He was personable and competent and it added to our great experience. The food was excellent, very... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Indulge in your favorite pasta, sip a glass of great wine and enjoy a tasty desert. Sound good? This is the place you need to enjoy. Gluten free a challenge? Not here. GF menu and entree carefully marked. Service could be tad better but overall, it will be back!

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San Diego, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

As a traveling chef and caterer, one is often and easily disappointed. Il Fornaio was simply amazing!! Sunday noon, top notch service and food over the top! Best Lemondrop ever followed by hot food served at just the right time! Franco our waiter was charming and attentive and the lasagna almost made me cry it was absolutely sumptuous!! We share... More

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Minneapolis, MN
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I am not a fan of chains. But Il Fornaio in Coronado CA is an exception, even among restaurants that are not chains. The Italian food and ambiance are authentic and gorgeous . We chose to dine on their outdoor patio overlooking the bay and the San Diego downtown skyline. Awesome! We were particularly impressed to hear discernible music. By... More

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Port Kembla, New South Wales, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I have eaten here many times. Very authentic fresh Italian food. The GM Luca is very personable. The pastas are really good. Loads of variety. I love the chicken salad they were at lunch. The view is really fun. You see the great variety of ships that go by, and people walk their dogs here also. Great people watching.

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Chandler, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We had a beautiful view and great service. The food was very good, but perhaps a bit rich. Maybe I'd change my mind if I tried a few more things...

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Rancho Bernardo, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

As local San Diegans, we'd been to Il Fornaio Coronado a few times in the past. We looked forward to our visit this time and made a reservation. Unfortunately, we were disappointed and decided we probably wouldn't visit again. PROS: ~Super skyline views of downtown San Diego -- one of the best you'll find from a local restaurant. ~Pleasant ambiance... More

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Lemon Grove, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

If you are in the mood for romance, and/or good times with family or friends, this is your place. I'm in awe everytime we walk into IF, the ambiance here is a perfect 10!!! My husband and I have the pleasure of dining here to unwind from the hectic weeks we both have. I love their variety of wines, it's... More

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