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“Very fine, if not spectacular, Italian dining”
Review of Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio
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Ranked #7 of 103 Restaurants in Coronado
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed May 14, 2013

The first proviso: we went to Il Fornaio on Mother's Day! What were we thinking? Well, we were hungry and we were away from home. So, it was crowded and service was slow. Our table shared the wall with the bar and there were times when we thought a helicopter was about to land on us. We looked enviously at the diners near the windows with wonderful views of the bay. Tables were added to booths to accommodate large groups and two of them were set up around us in a way that we were blocked in, but, hey, it was Mother's Day. The second proviso: we showed up 90 minutes before our reservation on Mother's Day! Again: what were we thinking? Not being completely stupid, I did call before we went early and they assured me they would be able to work us in and they succeeded after about 50 minutes. The food we chose was fine, but not particularly memorable. When I am in Coronado again, I would be willing to give it another try on a totally different day based on the other positive reviews.

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Thank Linda B
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Gorgeous view, gorgeous atmosphere, great food.LOVED it all, even went there on Thanksgiving once. Beautiful, clean, not tjhat expensive either!

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This place is a delight to go to and enjoy an incredible meal. Everyone here is really nice and a delight to talk with.

Thank 92Mike92
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Our friend, who lived in San Diego, was our tour guide. The bread basket is divine! The wait staff was very attentive & charming. Some menu items were offered in smaller servings for smaller prices which I really appreciate. However, my husband is Italian & a terrific cook so eating out Italian is never as good as home--thus the rating of 4 rather than 5. Loved the view!

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Thank MaJo D
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

You are right the view here is pretty and the service is off the hook. The food is excellent and not expensive. The drinks are just right and it is a fun atmosphere. Please try this place for yourself you will not be disappointed.

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Thank kim c
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