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“Ate here multiple times in one week” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Primavera Ristorante

Primavera Ristorante
932 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118-2610
619-435-0454
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Ranked #4 of 89 Restaurants in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $28 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 9th & 10th
Description: One of San Diego's finest Italian Restaurants located in the heart of Coronado, California, The Primavera Ristorante offers a unique blend of Northern Italian cuisine. Chef Pepe Vega, has been preparing exquisite meals for nearly 20 years and has achieved world renowned success with his house specialty, Osso Buco. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the finest in Italian food. The Primavera Ristorante has been awarded "Best Italian Food" in San Diego by the world famous "ZagatSurvey" restaurant guide.
Seattle, WA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Ate here multiple times in one week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Glad we listened to yelp and trip advisor reviews and ate here 3 times in 6 nights. Lobster bisque, beef carpacio, veal, swordfish....every bite delicious. Great wine choices. Dimly lit, higher end restaurant. The island was SO croweded last week in December - walked out of hotel del because of the noise and wait - same with a few of our other favorites across the street. We had excellent service at primavera. There is a subtle TV in the bar, so didn't have to miss our college football games. Got to talk to a few friendly locals about some island happenings.

ONE CON: glasses aren't washed in dishwasher. they are rinsed/dunked in three sinks of standing water at the bar - I hate that

CON #2 - with wine and tip - we paid $150 average for dinner and drinks each night (for 2). For this price, I should hever have to listen to a figity, whining, chatty 4 year old for a whole hour, especially at a small restaurant. I'm praying for the day that higher end restaurants ban kids under 10 after 7 p.m. This is not really a con for just this restaurant, just a general annoyance.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lovely time...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We enjoyed a fabulous meal at Primavera this evening. The service, atmosphere, and especially our food was top notch, and most enjoyable. My daughter had a Chicken Caesar salad, and I enjoyed the nights special, Sea Bass, with grilled veggies. Topped off with coffee and to die for cheesecake, Primavera hit all the right spots!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bronxville, New York
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Northern Italian Favorite in Coronado”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Primavera Ristorante has been a favorite in Coronado for many years and for good reason. The small, lovely space bustles, but noise is not an issue here. The menu offers a wide range of northern Italian classics, and there are daily specials. Service is very professional and pleasant, and the prices not unreasonable for the total dining experience. Primavera is located on Orange Avenue right in the center of the commercial heart of Coronado and just a few blocks from The Del. Definitely worth a visit, but be sure to make reservations in advance.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Evergreen, Colorado
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
“Still kicking after 20 years....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Primavera has always been a family favorite as my wife and I would spend many a Saturday night parked at the bar having dinner when we were dating 20 years ago. And now 20 years later, it is still the same. The service is great, the food is good….though can get a bit pricey (our fish specials were around $38 but nothing that "special" except maybe the price….and the atmosphere is dark romantic. Yes there are other great restaurants in Coronado, but if you want classy Italian, then you will enjoy Primavera. And yes, dress up or you’ll be in the bar….which for us is great.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, CA
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“VERY VERY DISAPPOINTING, AVOID”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Made reservation through Open Table for Saturday night several days before, but on arrival were given a tiny table in the corner, no other table available so they said. We had play tickets so too late to go elsewhere. Service was slow getting drinks and menus. Food was good but would barely fit on the table. When we left we asked the male Maitre'd why, when we reserved in advance would they give us such a terrible table, when the walk-in couple just in front of us were given a lovely four-person banquet? His surly reply was always first-come first-serve for him, he couldn't be bothered to check whether anybody had made a reservation. So take our advice-don't bother with a reservation;or even better yet - don't go at all, we certainly will never go again. With so many nicer restaurants along this stretch or Orange- Vigilucci's, Brigatine, Costa Azul, etc., no need to ever bother with Primavera. If you are looking for better Italian restaurants try Il Fornaio on the Bay, or Osteria Panevini in the Gas Lamp, or Godfather's in Kearney Mesa. As we were leaving the play we noticed Primavera was out of customers and all dark; not so the other booming restaurants on Orange. Clearly many people had gotten the memo to avoid this place; we wish we had, but now you have the memo so you can avoid also.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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