We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Il Fornaio

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118-1502 (Orange Ave.)
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

576 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 508: English reviews
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great restaurant over looking the San Diego Bay with plenty of parking which is somewhat of a premium on the island. Great wine list and the menu has many choices of great Italian pasta specialities. The filet of beef was very good and excellently prepared. Service is always good here and prices fir this area are reasonable.

Thank jra802015
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Il Fornaio offers a dinner with a view and scrumptious Italian meals. Could not ask for more attentive service. A must when visiting the Coronado area, or celebrating a special occasion.

Thank MassachusettsGail
Coronado, California
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant has an excellent view...especially at night, which enhances the atmosphere of a very special dinner with incredible food. You can sit outside, if you wish, and feel a part of the Coronado scene, which is relaxed, elegant, and enjoyable

Thank Mary Ann T
Karratha, Australia
Level Contributor
313 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the waterfront, the service was prompt and professional, and yet still personable. The food is fantastic. They have special regional taster menus (Festa regionali) over several weeks and we were there for Puglia, the heel of the Italian 'boot'. These menus offer three courses of select dishes from these regions and are not just delicious, but good value... More 

Thank Steve W
Coronado, California
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Location is great , the food is fantastic , highly recommend the cappalucci di Zucca , it is outstanding

Thank Bunkinator
Laguna Woods, California
Level Contributor
69 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved Il Fornaio when I ate in their Pasadena, Ca location. When I went to their Irvine, ca location I did not care for it as the menu had changed and my favorite, the bread sampler, was no longer being utilized. The Coronado location I utilized several years back and it was quite good. ; I tried it again... More 

Thank arnold s
Columbus, Ohio
Level Contributor
128 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had wonderful service and were right next to the window, so beautiful views of downtown San Diego and the water. Caprese salad was the best salad served at our table...had the filet dish, spinach ravioli and angel hair pasta which we all enjoyed. Wine list is relatively limited. We did not enjoy the cannolis which had orange in them... More 

Thank jenadove
Jackson, Wyoming
Level Contributor
44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone knows how busy this restaurant is every night so it was so nice to slip into the bar and get a seat right away. We were greeted by Alejandro with a smile. He let me taste different red wines before I settled on one even though he was very busy. We shared the carpaccio which was delicious and ordered... More 

Thank StarBright7777
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Huge restaurant, buzzing with activity, but the waitress was very attentive. All four of us had salads to start with pasta for mains. Good, flavorful food that we all enjoyed, though not exceptional.

Thank skvaca
Milan, Italy
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As probably any italian in the US, The only thing I was missing about my home was the food, especially pasta. Il fornaio has many types of pasta, also gluten free, and I personally liked it. It's not like the home made one, but the ingredients are a lot better than in many other restaurants. Big portions and friendly staff.... More 

Thank MariaGiuliacds

Travelers who viewed Il Fornaio also viewed


Been to Il Fornaio? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Italian, Gluten Free
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Il Fornaio and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Il Fornaio staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?