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Il Fornaio

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1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118-1502 (Orange Ave.)
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619-437-4911
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Il Fornaio means "the Baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 214
    Excellent
  • 114
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Drinks and pizza at the bar

We arrived late (after 8) for a drink and a small pizza. We sat in the uncrowded bar and it was perfect. This is a lovely Italian restaurant and the Cristina pizza with truffle oil was earthy and just enough for a light late meal for 2. Great spot near the Marriott.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
Reasonable50
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Greenwich, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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409 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Amerikaner im Schweiz
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I was last ten years ago with friends. Yesterday the restaurant was packed, and had a large private party on the deck. And when I requested a seat remote to the private party, I was moved without question to a remote part of the restaurant which did not result in any loss of attentive service, but did produce a quiet... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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280 reviews 280 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We arrived late (after 8) for a drink and a small pizza. We sat in the uncrowded bar and it was perfect. This is a lovely Italian restaurant and the Cristina pizza with truffle oil was earthy and just enough for a light late meal for 2. Great spot near the Marriott.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We took our 22 and 23 year old kids here for dinner. What a great way to enjoy the skyline is San Diego harbor as the sun set. We enjoyed great calamari as an appetizer. Everyone enjoyed dinner from dishes like pasta to chicken, spinach and potatoes. Super service and a lovely meal!

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Midland, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great view of the San Diego Bay from inside. Delicious Italian food - the pasta was fabulous! They even had a 3 course dinner for a very good price. Nice wine list. Very good service. We were there late on a Monday night

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Vienna, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is one of the best views of San Diego, and you can enjoy a nice bottle of wine and a nice Italian meal. They won me over in my visit there. I found the staff very welcoming and attentive, and the food quality was what I expected.

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Edmonton, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was a "fancy" dinner while on this trip to San Diego and we were not disappointed. We had the sweetest waitress by the name of Gladys and she was also very funny. Both our meals were full of flavor and the pasta was cooked perfectly.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Service was top notch. They catered to my every need efficiently and effectively. The pasta that me and my girlfriend had was excellent. Food was moderately priced. The only thing to stay away from was the Bruschetta which was overpriced and bland. But everything else was delicious!! Nice view of the city as well.

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Tempe, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Good for adults and kid friendly too. The prices are reasonable and the service was great. Amazing views and amazing food.

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Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I would guess that this is a place for convention goers and tourists that being said I was both and they did well with our group of 25. Food and service were both pretty good but the best thing is the view of the bay and San Diego. Worth you going

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San Diego, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is great Italian food - the prices are a little steep but if you are looking for a romantic venue, this is perfect. My husband and I come here occasionally for dinner and always enjoy it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118-1502
    (Orange Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Metrolink
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Coronado
  • Phone Number: 619-437-4911

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?