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“Skip it, go to Pizza Hut..”
Review of Vigilucci's Ristorante Coronado - CLOSED

Vigilucci's Ristorante Coronado
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Churchill Avenue
Description: Vigilucci's is located on Orange Avenue next to the famous Hotel del Coronado. Dine with us in our "Oceano" room while viewing the magnificent Pacific Ocean or enjoy our "Murano" room overlooking Orange Avenue (named for the Murano glass chandeliers that decorate the room) while feasting on our authentic Italian ingredient laden entrees. In addition Vigilucci's has a full bar and happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from three to seven pm and Saturday & Sunday from eleven am to five pm. Masculine wood lines the custom made granite bar and lounge, where nightly tunes of the "Rat Pack" can be heard live on our baby grand piano. The "Oceano" room is open for dining or may be booked for parties up to 90 people. When dining in Coronado visit Vigilucci's Ristorante for an authentic Italian experience. -Buon Appetito! Roberto Vigilucci
Carlsbad, CA
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Skip it, go to Pizza Hut..”
Reviewed February 8, 2010

Well, at least at Pizza Hut you don't expect much or pay much.
I'm a local, and I have eaten in most of the other Vigilucci's (there are several in North County). They were always good to better-than-good.
This new one, on the tourist path of Coronado, is what you would expect from a restaurant owner who was looking to milk the tourists - you know give them bad food, a good location, and send them on back home.
Pasta was paste, fish wasn't fresh, prime rib was tough. Even the bread was poor.
The Caesar salad was good.
We were there on Super Bowl Sunday night, we're pretty much the only ones there, and somehow the still managed to put someone elses' $12 wine on our bill(we don't drink, so it jumped out).

Skip this and go across the street to Tomaso's or on the other end of the Island to Il Fornio. Neither are perfect, but, hey, they are heavenly compared to Vigilucci's. Shame on them!!!

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Chico, California
Level 6 Contributor
320 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Very Nice Interior with Very IFFY food”
Reviewed December 31, 2009

Just a short walk from the Del which was a plus. Interior was very nice, live music, fairly adequete if condensending service. Then they served the food. The Maine diver scallops with brandy truffle sauce was served with a dumptruck pile of flat congealed noodles, no sauce to be found or tasted. I like Shushi but the scallops were to rare for me- seared means seared, not tossed quickly in a pan then off to the next thing- not borwn- not light brown,no golden brown just dropped in the pan momentarily. Nothing to write home about from other food in our party of four. We all felt the same- never ever to step into this place ever.

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San Diego
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Still Room for Improvement”
Reviewed July 3, 2009

The decor of this new northern Italian restaurant - just a stone's throw from the historic Del Coronado Hotel - is quite stunning. You are greeted upon entering by a 12 foot high floor-to-ceiling frosted glass wall with water sliding down each side. The chandeliers and wall sconces are whimsical - small blown glass globes in the shape of tulips at the end of copper rods twisted and turned in odd directions. The whole effect, including the white linens and silver napkin rings, speaks of modern, upscale but casual elegance that doesn't require formal evening attire. The restaurant is split into two rooms and a separate bar: if it's sunset, try to get a table in the room with the view of the ocean and Point Loma.

The food and service - for a restaurant this expensive and attempting to be "the" restaurant on the island to coax the precious wealthy out of the Del - could definitely be better. We arrived without reservations at 8:45pm on a Thursday night and were seated almost right away. But we were told if we'd arrived any earlier we would have had quite a wait. After being seated and handed two menus and a huge tome of a wine list, our waitress eventually made her way to our table and asked us if we wanted water - fizzy. still or tap. We ordered a bottle of still. She did not ask us if we wanted to order wine or a cocktail, which struck us as odd. Eventually after about a 5 minute wait, a busboy delivered a basket of warm bread, but no water. Another 5 minutes and he came back with an old-world style bottle of the house branded spring water. Another 5 minutes of perusing the menu and the waitress returned to tell us the specials. At that point we asked if they had a bar and could we get something other than wine. The martini and Italian beer on tap we ordered arrived 5 minutes after that when it came time to order our food. So, if you count the minutes, we didn't get our drinks or put in our food order until approximately 20 minutes after we'd arrived. Hmmmm.

We shared a house salad which they very kindly split into two plates for us. But, neither plate had enough dressing on it and the tomatoes were a real disappointment - they simply weren't ripe - way too firm and white/pasty looking. After waiting so long to order, the food did arrive quickly enough.

My girlfriend ordered the prime rib medium which she enjoyed very much. But then again, it's hard to screw up prime rib. A good prime rib depends on buying a good cut of beef and then its up to the broiler-man or gal to cook it to order, properly. I ordered spaghetti and homemade meatballs which was fine - the meatballs seemed a little undercooked to me, but perhaps that's just the chef's preference. The portions were very generous and since we were so stuffed, we didn't order dessert.

At the end of our meal a man, whom we took for the owner Vigilucci himself, came by our table and asked if everything was OK. We told him "yes," and did not mention the slowness of the service at the beginning of our meal.

After eating we toured the place and discovered a full bar with a piano man in the corner crooning Frank Sinatra tunes.

Bottom line, Vigilucci's wants to capture the serious money from the wealthy and upscale pretenders, they haven't earned it yet.

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san diego
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Terrible Service, Mediocre Food”
Reviewed June 25, 2009

Went there on May 15th, waited over an hour after ordering and got very mediocre, Chef Boyardee -type Italian food after all that time. Atmosphere was OK and the waitress was pleasant. Fortunately the manager comped our dinner without our asking, so hopefully this level of service is inacceptable to them too, and they will improve. Overall I wish we had gone to Il Fornaio, the food is better and I have never had poor service there.

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