Forno - Baltimore
Forno - Baltimore

Forno - Baltimore

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fornobaltimore.com/
  • Phone: 443-873-9427x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday 11:30am - 12 midnight

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer validated parking for the first 2 hours in the Landmark CenterPoint parking garage located at 310 N. Baltimore St. You may access our restaurant directly from the parking garage, via our back entrance.
A word from Forno - Baltimore
Specializing in seasonal, local, and sustainable Contemporary American Cuisine. Located in the Bromo Tower Arts District, across from the Hippodrome Theater.
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Forno - Baltimore reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (40)good for groups (28)great for outdoor dining (25)great for lunch (20)notable wine list (11)vibrant bar scene (10)special occasion (10)hot spot (9)romantic (8)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Sonny
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The menu is very limited. Salad over-dressed. Pizza is ok but not great, could use variety
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We enjoyed Forno for a casual dinner before Everyman which is just around the corner. Hippodrome is across the street. Pizzas were well prepared as were plates of cheese and smoked meat. Specially appreciated efficient service as we had a curtain to make.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food - service needs work
    lvsfood2
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food, as usual was amazing, they change up the menu frequently. Great cheese plate, everything is fresh. Our waiter needs a bit retraining. He never came back to check on our order after serving it, or to see if we wanted anything else. He delivered our check, and the table beside us, without asking about dessert or coffee, etc. We were planning on dessert, theirs are really good. That left us cold, so we left. We had to give our bill to another waiter after waiting 15 minutes, he didn't return. He practically air dropped it on the table as he went by. We will be back, but will avoid his table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service are great
    budlift
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The menu choices were very creative without being pretentious. (Like those restaurants that describe their entrees using so many words that only the kitchen staff could understand them). The service was great. I arrived at exactly my reservation time and was seated immediately. My server was handling quite a few tables, but I never felt as though I was looking around for her. Highly recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable
    susiVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We loved sitting outside on a beautiful evening and had a good salad and pizza before the Hippodrome. Keep up the good work. I'd like a few more choices on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, service so-so
    Samantha
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my second time at Forno and once again the food didn't disappoint. As I waited for my friend to join me for dinner, the waitress filled my water glass, but never asked me if I wanted anything else to drink. After 15 minutes, I finally requested a glass of wine. Once we ordered, our salad and bread appetizers (which were delicious) arrived in a timely manner. But our pizza came before we were halfway done our salads. I don't know if the waitress was new, inexperienced, or just not good, but her lack of attention to detail marred what would have been a great experience and a 5-star rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    service inconsistent, took 4 asks to get bread, then we ended up with 3 orders.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect before a Show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent food and drink prior to the Hippodrome show. I would recommend highly before a show! Loved the deviled eggs and mussels and pizza! What can I say, loved it all. Looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Spot for Theatre Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had dinner here with a friend last week before a show at the Hippodrome. Very pleased with food and service. Since I have season tickets to both the Hippodrome and Everyman this year, I'm sure I will be returning often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JPS1VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was hoping for a good restaurant near the Hippodrome. Oh well. The restaurant has a nice look and feel inside. The wine list is fairly good. Then it went down hill. Our service was the worse I have ever had. To be fair other servers looked to be efficient. After 30 minutes, we had to get up and find another waiter (our waitress was no where to be found) to ask about our food. In another 5-10 minutes we had our first course which should have been preprepared (deviled egg and pickled vegetables). Our waitress did apologize but seemed even more scarce where most would have stepped up for service recovery. She still forgot to place one of our small plate orders. The food is average. If it were better, I'd might consider trying again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Forno - A Great Dining Experience
    Debbie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My husband and I went to Forno's for dinner before going to the Hippodrome Theater across the street. It was our first time - but it won't be our last time - dining there. The food was fantastic. He and I both ordered trout, and it was delicious. We ran into four friends who joined us, and all of them complimented their meals. The wine list, while not extensive, was reasonably priced and offered some good choices. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. For those who like mixed drinks, they looked scrumptious, and I heard others raving about them. We were fortunate to be able to get one of the outside tables. Inside looks nice too, but on a good-weather day, I recommend dining out if an outside table is available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Madge
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is my third visit and likely to be my last. While the kitchen gets some things right, others are just disasters. This visit we tried the deviled eggs which were excellent. One of our group had pizza which was a real salt bomb. The others had "broiled trout with roasted potatoes". The trout was totally plain. The potatoes were awful: purple potato chunks, some of which were barely cooked, along with other unidentifiable vegetables with a strange texture. Added were pine nuts and some kind of rather yukky sauce. A mild pepper sauce on the side was so mild it was just bland. All in all a tasteless dish. So for $25 plus tax and tip, I had deviled eggs and two pieces of trout. Not worth half that amount.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jacklloyd
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We travel here to the Everyman Theater next door and this was a perfect place to dine before the show!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I went with a few girl friends here before a concert at the Arena (convenient walking distance!). We split 3 pizzas between the four of us so that we could try different kinds. It was plenty of food and AMAZING pizza. It came out hot and fresh. Real cheese. Our favorite was the Artichoke one. YUM. We also loooved the white wine sangria! I work around that area - I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    Eatout
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We ate outside and it was very pleasant. I especially enjoyed the artichoke pizza which was really delicious. The waiter was helpful, answering all our questions: description of wine, size of pizza and salad, and preparing a to go box. Outside seating is very convenient t side entrance of Everyman theatre.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another perfect evening at Forno
    tesoromio
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had dined at Forno before and found it quite pleasing. Our experience there this week for dinner, however, exceeded all expectations. The menu was full of new and very creative offerings. Everything we ordered was magnificent and the portions generous. If you're going to see a show at Everyman Theatre or the Hippodrome, Forno is the place you'll want to dine before or after the show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FORNO - An Opal in the Rough!
    JimDeeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    FORNO is just around the corner from Everyman Theatre n across from the Hippodrome. Excellent Farm Fresh Ingredients. Our Server HOLLY was Wonderful. With her help, we enjoyed the Daily Catch & the Grilled Oysters & Cleos Fried Eggplant. FORNO means Oven so we got the Margherita Pizza which we highly recommend. The Sauteed Mussels were too spicy, lacked a tasty broth, n had choirizo which was like loose ground beef. The Chocolate Cake was disappointing. FORNO is an Opal in the Rough. It's not perfect, but We'll Be Back because We Hope HOLLY will be there, FORNO uses Farm Fresh, and We Found some Great Dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honeybee2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food quality was uneven, but in general not very flavorful or special. Wouldn't return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but pricey
    Eat4fun
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Liked everything about this restaurant, especially the food, but the final tab was a bit high, particularly the bar tab. Otherwise, an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointed!
    LouJanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We tried Forno because it was close to the Hippodrome. We were not impressed with the food, though. The fried eggplant was heavily breaded, and was cold inside, as though it had been previously frozen. The marinara it was served with was runny and tasteless. Our waitress was apologetic and offered to reheat it. We told her not to bother, because we were not going to eat it anyway. To her credit, they removed that item from the bill, which we did not request. We had the farmers pizza of the day, described as with a pesto sauce, ricotta cheese and mild peppers. Very dry, not much taste at all. More like a minimally dressed flat bread. Drinks were good and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for lunch
    KatnightoutVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is a great addition to the neighborhood. Their pizzas are delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Came for lunch during restaurant week. The ambiance and decor were nice. Food and service were fair at best. Left somewhat disappointed in how mediocre the food was.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eat local
    I8well
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    If you are looking for an Inner Harbor restaurant that sources its ingredients from indentified local sources, this place fits the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I first heard of Forno through the City Paper's Facebook page. They featured their Monday night lobster and one happy hour drink special for $20 so I figured I'd give the place a shot. Upon first entrance I was immediately sold. Forno has a great ambiance...a great space with cozy decor...a farm to table like atmosphere. The happy hour pino noir was delicious served in a generously sized glass. The lobster was good (first time I'd had grilled lobster)...pickled vegetables tasty. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Night is a helluva deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Went on Monday for the $20 Lobster & a Pint deal. Lobster comes split, it is steamed and then finished on the grill. Pretty decent size. Also ordered the funghi pizza, the mussels, and the olive oil bread. The bread was a little heavy, but aside from that, everything else was very good. The 4 of us sat at the bar, it seemed like most people there were as well. Greg is a great bartender. I would definitely come back for the lobster.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious!
    RonaldJeffreys
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Forno for dinner and it was fantastic. The atmosphere was relaxing and inviting. Our waitress was very knowledgable about the menu when we had questions and made great recommendations on what to order. We had to try one of the pizzas and chose the Carne pizza which was recommended by both the waitress and online reviewers. It was so delicious! We were too full but finished it anyway because it was so good. We will absolutely visit Forno again to try the rest of their tasty pizzas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • real find
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great restaurant for people attending shows at Hippodrome and Everyman Theater. Food was delicious and very creative.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative and trendy
    Phyl
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great trendy decor. Love having another option before theater. Liked having small plate options. Curried vegetables were more of a bouillabaisse but good. Duck pickles were interesting but lost their taste on top of the toast points. I love that they have some creative choices and hope they add more. If you want an example of creative menus and restaurants...look to Durham, NC or Tapas Teatro here in Baltimore near the Charles Theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Pre-Theater Choice
    SallyAnnVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We like the ambiance and the food is very good. Would like to see changes in the small plate options over time. Pizza is delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, nice place, good people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We were surprised by this diamond in the rough. We went "pre-theater" but will go back just to enjoy
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AJBek
    AJBekVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great place to go prior to the theater whether the Hippodrome or the Everyman theater.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Unique & Wonderful Experience
    FornoFan
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Outstanding food and service. Serving staff very professional and customer oriented. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for pre-theater dining
    QuitaVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We have started going to Forno before Everyman Theatre performances, and I noticed that some people dining there were going to the Hippodrome. The food was interesting and timely. We have gone back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    Samantha
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We didn't know what to expect from Forno, but gave it a try as a pre-theater option to Alewife. We will definitely go back. The service was good and the decor was fun and relaxing. The food was ok -- not spectacular. The cheese plate appetizer was small for the price and the mixed green salad could use a little more dressing. But the pizza was tasty. It's a good spot for a casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Fresh Food
    Molly
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My family came to this restaurant before see Tribes at Everyman theatre. The environment was rustic which was refreshing. The waitress was great at explaining their menu and prompt. We ordered the olives, oysters, and mussels as appetizers. They were all incredibly delicious and filled with flavor. We also ordered the carne and artichoke pizza- both of which were amazing. The thin homemade crust and fresh tomato sauce was perfect. They also did a great job check on timing of food with the time of our show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for pre-theatre meal
    jdocbalt
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Forno is around the corner from Everyman and across the street from the Hippodrome theaters. We had a very nice light meal outdoors before a show.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prior to Hippodrome show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Forno has excellent, fresh food, a great wine list, and is right across the street from the Hippodrome. Downside, it's a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hope They Do Well
    Garance
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This is a very nice addition to an emerging neighborhood. It was rather quiet when we were there, but that was early on a Sunday evening, so perhaps it's more lively at other times. It's an excellent choice if you're seeing a show at the nearby Everyman Theater or the Hippodrome, and there aren't a lot of upscale options nearby. The food was very tasty, the space was attractive, and service was good. My sazerac cocktail and chocolate dessert were the standouts, but everything my friends and I tried was high-quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE
    kassp
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We ate here before theater and were happily surprised. The wait person was fun without being intrusive. She knew the menu and helped guide us to the best choices. I had the pork dish and loved it. Lots of food. My friends went for the pizzas and said the tomato sauce was tasty. The last friend had the arctic char (like salmon) and he enjoyed it. Would return definitely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 80 reviews are from the Forno - Baltimore reviews archive.
  • Great food and service
    kdcdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We went there before a performance at the Hippodrome. We were running late due to an accident and the hostess was SOOO kind to keep our table (we called, of course). The restaurant is adorable! The food was great. Our waiter took care of us and had us out of there in time for the 8 pm performance. We just walked across the street. Would go back again for pre-performance dinner and just for the a fabulous dinner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall