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Il Fornaio

1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118-1502
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Ranked #13 of 82 restaurants in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
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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78% Recommend
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Anywhere usa
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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

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Bonsall, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Il Fornaio offers fantastic views of the San Diego downtown skyline across the bay. With huge ceilings, every table enjoys a great view. This is not a typical Italian restaurant with the same old preparations. I enjoyed lamb chops with a mint-herb seasoning. It was a nice change from the same old garlic rub that everyone else seems to use.... More

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Bexley, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Italian food to die for - the ravioli was awesome and so was the dessert. All of the pasta is made in house and the cheese fresh and delicious. Highly recommended for the food, service and the view at sunset

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Went with another family. They were able to accommodate us right away as it was a Monday night. Our waiter, Carlos, was outstanding. He dealt with all the kids in a friendly manner...even taking time to call them by their names he had heard us using. Large portions for kids and good variety. Same for adults. Great food & atmosphere... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice Italian restaurant in Coronado Island with an incredible and amazing view of San Diego, The service Is great, the food delicious, good selection of Italian wines. I recommend the grigliata di pesce mixto,a nice combination of salmon,calamari,scallops,white fish and prawns with a lemon olive oil sauce..

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La Jolla, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This restaurant is an easy stroll from the Marriott Coronado Island Resort. The views of San Diego Harbor are spectacular. The restaurant is airy, open and full of light ... and life! The food is excellent and the service is very attentive. People in our party enjoyed the salmon, the sea bass and pasta bolognese. All were prepared deliciously and... More

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Coronado, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

my girlfriend and i arrived, the place was not full, we asked for a table on patio, we only come to illfornio for the harbor veiw as the food is slightly cut above olive garden, and i hate to compare that because i have always kiked Darden group restrants,,,better good guality and emplyees always nice...well illfornio in coronado has a... More

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San Diego
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62 reviews 62 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The food was so-so and the view wonderful but the evening was spoilt somewhat by their policy with regard ID and the drinking of alcohol. Hubby and I (mid 60's) had our 25 year old niece with us. Upon ordering a bottle of wine the waiter asked for ID from my niece. She happily handed over her UK driving licence... More

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