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Oct 16, 2011 06:08 PM

Family night in Coronado

My uncle and aunt are coming in town from Maryland this weekend, and have never been to California. They want to take us out to dinner on Sunday night, and they are only here for a short time. I was thinking of Coronado so we could eat somewhere and then stroll over to the del for dessert. I will have my 3 kids with me also that are decent eaters. I don't want to take him somewhere that is too expensive since he is paying for the meal. I don't think he likes Asian food that much, but otherwise they seem open. I need a table for 7 and have the boys with me, just to keep that in mind. I've only been in SD for a year or so, and don't get out that much (too busy with the kids and sports) but I love reading CH and appreciate all of your opinions. Thanks in advance!

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  1. EpiSirius, (the Chowhound god) may strike me down for this, but I'd go to Miguels. Family-friendly 'mexican" food.

    There are better places- 1500 Ocean, etc. But for the money and the experience you described, that's where I'd go.

    And I now offer my throat to be torn out by other 'hounds.

    1500 Ocean
    1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

    3 Replies
    1. re: Fake Name

      I had thought of Miguels. FakeName, I totally understand what you are saying! My husband and I are huge Chowhounds, but for the crowd (my kids, my 70 yr old uncle/aunt) I was seeing if there was something I hadn't thought of. Anyone else? Miguels is still on the list!

      1. re: master815k

        I'm sure you have also though of Il Fornaio. Small chain but decent food, kid friendly and a great view of downtown SD.

        Better food, CH worthy Italian (fresh, house-made pasta, menu changes daily), good pricing but no view - Sapori.

        Il Fornaio
        1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

        1. re: foodiechick

          I had thought of Il Fornaio, but ruled it out since they wanted to see the del too. We could always get in the car and drive over! Just trying to keep it simple.
          I am leaning towards Mexican like the poster below suggested. Or good seafood!

          Il Fornaio
          1333 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

    2. There are lots of great options in Coronado...great for entertaining your guests but also kid-friendly. Sheerwater at the Del is perfect. Not as expensive as 1500 Ocean, but the same view.

      I'd also consider Nicky Rotten's on Orange, Village Pizzeria at Coronado Ferry Landing and Leroy's on Orange as well (MooTime Ice Cream is next door.)

      You can get a full list of restaurants at

      1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

      1500 Ocean
      1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

      Village Pizzeria
      1206 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

      1. Don't be scared to step it up. He's paying. The Boathouse across from the Del could be the perfect spot for an early dinner before strolling across the street to the Del. Other options besides Miguels and Il Fornaio, are Vigalucci's, The Brigantine, Costa Azul, or even, (don't say it) Peohe's. For guests from the east coast, I think you should lean toward the Mexican.

        1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

        Costa Azul
        1031 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

        Il Fornaio
        1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

        7 Replies
        1. re: ian langdon

          Is this the same Boathouse owners in Harbor Island...didn't know that place is still around.
          They had a years ago a 'inch thick prime rib' or it's free...well...our boat friends after drinking went to eat at the Boathouse and my friend brought his ruler..shy, about a 1/4 " and got it free...
          We still bust gut about it..

          Miguels, 1500 Ocean (go big if he's buying) at the Del, Brigantine would be my choices..

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Yeah- never had a bad meal at the Brig.
            Yeah- never had a good meal at the Brig.

            Maybe the fish tacos are ok- they improve with extra beer. But I didn't think the beer/taco plan was good for all family members.

            BC I must say I admire your restraint. I know you wanted the entire family to jump on the ferry and head to Dobsons.

            1. re: Fake Name

              Laughing so frigging hard on that one Fakey..

              Logistically, In my feeble mind, I was trying to lay it out for them so they could all take the water taxi over using Orange Cab get to the landing, water taxi over and then call up Paul at Dobson's to arrange a table of 7 and make sure they have enough bisque ramikens for the mussel bisque en croute.
              But, I decided against it...
              ; )

            2. re: Beach Chick

              Not the same owners, thank goodness. Love your comments Beach Chick. U the best.

              1. re: ian langdon

                Thank you ian..

                You obviously have class and decorum heads above some of the riff raff around here...hee hee
                It's so nice to be appreciated without degrading comments involving a water taxi, mussel bisque en croute, tofu and patty melts.

          2. OP mentioned a walk to the del- il Fornaio would be out, and so would (luckily) Pehoes. I've not been to the Boathouse since it was a Charthouse (possibly before many 'hounds were even born) (insert picture of Homer's dad here) so I can't say if it's a good idea- nice location, though.

            1. Although it never gets much play on here, you may want to consider Chance Bistro in Coronado.

              The place is small, so a table for 7 would have to probably be worked out before hand, but the place is pretty good/unique for Coronado.