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Forno Bistro
Forno Bistro

Forno Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fornobistro.com
  • Phone: (518) 581-2401
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Bar: Open daily starting at 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Roslyn Zecchini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: From corporate events to Holiday parties, plan your next private event at Forno Bistro! Forno Bistro’s rustic, Tuscan-style food is hearty and unpretentious with sophisticated flavors rooted in tradition. Hosting an event with us is more than just a dinner, it's an experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Michele Brown (877) 925-9659

Getting there

  • Cross Street: VanDam
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Forno Bistros private parking lot is accessible from Broadway and within steps of Forno Bistro"s outdoor patio and front door. There is also on-street and public lot parking available.
A word from Forno Bistro
Anchoring Saratoga's vibrant downtown Forno Bistro is a family-owned bistro that offers a variety of rustic, Tuscan-style food rooted in tradition. Our chef's use only the freshest seasonal ingredients to prepare dishes with respect to their flavors, appearance and aroma. The menu is sophisticated but approachable, expressing the sense of hearth and home that defines the Tuscan style of life. Forno Bistro's rustic, Tuscan-style food is hearty and unpretentious with sophisticated flavors rooted in tradition and always open to new interpretations and adaptations. Many of our dishes are greatly influenced by the use of the wood-fired oven: homemade pizzas, sautéed calamari, and wood-fired towers of vegetables. The oven is always the inspiration.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Booked through OpenTable. Got to the restaurant, table was good. Food was very tasty, atmosphere relaxing. Good place to unwind. My only remark is that my husband ordered a calzone came out without any mrinars. When he asked for a side of it, they charged him 2.00. As I work in a restaurant I was surprised. Other wise we enjoyed it."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Forno Bistro is always busy when we are up there and you can see why when you have the food."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We ate on the covered patio which was surprisingly quiet. As the evening cooled and a brief rain shower came through the staff quickly closed the sides and brought out a heater so we could enjoy the whole evening. Our waiter was knowledgable efficient and very helpful. The menu has a nice variety so everyone was able to find something. The food was very good with both the prices and portion sizes being very reasonable, especially for August in Saratoga. Parking can be a challenge so plan ahead. The only negative was a line for the bathroom."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Frequently dine here and consistently great food! Staff pleasant and the wait is well worth it. A little noisy but to be expected when you know you will be in a crowded restaurant. The bar is enjoyable to wait at and the bar help is always great as well."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Our family has dined at Forno every Saturday of Track Season now for 2 years... This year, we have had 2 bad experiences with the food in a row. No one out of our party of 6 liked their meals both weekends... The plates had no taste, pasta was almost uncooked ( and we love al dente) , and every meal was served Luke warm... The menu has changed for the worse, and clearly there has been changes...we won't be giving this a third chance this season."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal with pleasant, very attentive service. The only drawback was that the table for two was a little cramped. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Poor quality food, extremely disappointing, would not return"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food at Forno Bistro is consistently great, so you won't be disappointed. They seem to have squeezed tables into every possible nook and cranny, which makes it close and noisy. Each time I've been to Forno (and I've been there about 5 times), even though I've had a reservation, I've had to wait for at least 10-20 minutes, which makes me sad. The restaurant was not that busy the last time and I still had to wait. The service has always been top notch, so once you get seated, your experience will begin."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Mamma and the staff at Forno are always a pleasure! We love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I go every year on way to Saratoga Springs,NY. Food is consistently good as is the service. I would recommend it."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We were seated immediately, and a super-attentive server doted on us through the whole meal. The food was very good, with sensible, not huge portions. We will go back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Forno is our favorite in Saratoga. Antipasto is a meal in itself. Many creative pasta dishes. Eat on patio if possible."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "second time I had issues here. Busboy(girl) awful. Misrable and taking things off the table that we were not done with. Took our bread right while out entrees were being served. Two pasta dishes were bland. Pasta looked like it had been left out for a while."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Forno is a great place to have a quiet personal dininer with your loved ones. The ambiance is peaceful but delightful. You never find yourself staring across the room and yet the company, the others dining, are charming as we'll."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Forno Bistro is a great place to eat in Saratoga. They do a very good job and have some interesting dishes. They also have a great pizza selection."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "On a gorgeous summer evening, the outdoor dining couldn't be beat here. More elegant than many of the restaurants that have street side dining available, and on the quieter end of the hustle and bustle of Broadway. Nice wine selection. The "Stinco" ( osso bucco style beef shank) was excellent, as were the pasta dishes ordered. The manager was extremely accommodating and apologetic after 5 (not small) people were squished into a 4 top to start the evening. Wait staff was very accommodating. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "good food and great service by pleasant staff. recommend to everyone"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Visited this restaurent with a friend, I had pasta, she had the seafood dish of the day. The tomato based sauce was bland, although cooked just right. The seafood special had a lot of tiny bones in it, and it to was bland, although the vegetables were cooked just right. Maybe next time I will try the pizza. Staff very attentative, and friendly, but noisy inside the restaurent. Ask for an outside table when reserving."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was wonderful as always. Food, sangria, dessert, outside ding. Our favorite place to go with friends"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "It was beautiful inside and out! A little pricey for such a light meal, but, very very delicious and great service! Under $45 for two people isn't bad at all!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Table was ready upon arrival. Server was very clear on the night's offerings. She was also very accommodating to our gluten-free guests. Definitely plan on a day before reservation for anything in-season."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I would not recommend for a special occasion such as I was there for. It is a noisy energetic place. It would had been fine if we were there for just a fun night out but we were looking for a romantic celebration. It was noisy and the service was so efficient, that it was robotic. Food was very good. It wasn't awful but the overall experience was not up to expectation."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were a group pf 8 and were well pleased with the service and food. We had a reservation and were seated promptly."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "On an Extremely busy Sunday night we were seated in the middle of the interior dining room. We were not rushed as we enjoyed cocktails at a leisurely pace. Our salads and entrees were brought with good timing as staff removed used glassware and utensils efficiently. My dining partner had Osso Bucco which was one of the best ever; very generous and tender. I had eggplant parmigiana, excellent, except the chef might want to remove the casserole up 10-15 minutes before serving. My dish was too bubbling hot to enjoy for several minutes. My didning partner was almost finished with his dish as I was able to begin mine."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great steak and veggies. Prompt and competent service. My dining partner picked a lovely wine that we enjoyed. The DZ reward card saves a bunch & that's actually the reason we came in - to celebrate an occasion for which they'd sent a reminder. I look forward to eating on the pattio someday."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The quality of the food did not match the price level. The outdoor area had great ambience. Unfortunately seating was limited and table not best situated."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "very nice outdoor dining space. Server was very knowledgeable about menu and wine list.have been there before and enjoyed it very much."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We have been going to Forno's for several years and have always found it to be consistently good. We had a breakdown in our food service this time. We were the first customers to arrive - 5pm on a Saturday because we were going to a show. People who arrived after us were receiving their food before we did. Our waitress apologized for the delay but didn't really offer an explanation. This would not stop us from going back, unless it happens again. These things happen. We were done in plenty of time to make our show."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was ok. Not much for the price. Two Pasta specials with a couple shrimp and scallops. Eggplant parm and a chicken dish. Expensive and everything is ala carte. Dinner for four $185.00 plus tip. We also had 2 deserts four coffee and four drinks. The atmosphere is very nice. Just more than i like to spend. Probably wont go again because of price."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We love the outdoor patio dining at Forno Bistro, one of the few downtown patios uncrowded enough to enjoy a romantic dinner while you people watch. We loved the antipasto; it's ordered per person and arrives with 12 items for each diner. We were a bit surprised to find no meat items, and a choice of a mixed or vegetarian platter would be a nice option. They were tasty enough that we really didn't care. There is a nice variety of well-prepared entrees, though the addition of a risotto or two would be welcome. Mama Theresa's desserts are better than ever. The cannoli filling was exquisite---not too sweet, with a subtle, almost imperceptible tang, and the shells crispy enough to convince me that she had fried them just before filling."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very good carbonara our server was terrific and professional ordering drinks at the bar was awkward but fast. So many people around the bar. The only drawback was the noise level in the dining room: LOUD LOUD LOUD. hard to converse"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Despite the rainy evening, we had a wonderful time eating and enjoying the evening on the outside patio. Food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "FORNOS is the place for great food, great happy hour and good service. Prices are very reasonable. Recommend"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We visited Forno Bistro for the first time in November and had a great meal and even better service. This time around we went for my husband's birthday. We had to add salt to everything- nothing seemed seasoned, particularly our pasta. As for service, the girl was nice enough but she basically argued with me over what water to get, and for about forty minutes, forgot to bring it to me entirely! We won't go back; as people who deeply appreciate good food, there are many other places, especially in Saratoga, that offer the attention to detail that we're looking for."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A bit noisy on the patio but a lively atmosphere. Wait staff was excellent."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I made a reservation online and requested a table outside. They were able to accomodate the request and it was one of the best dining experiences ever. A beautiful summer evening in Saratoga with great food at reasonable prices, and a friendly and good natured staff. They even surprised me with a dessert complete with a candle and a moving rendition of "Happy Birthday" in Italian. It does not get any better than this!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in Saratoga! However that night there appeared to have too much waitstaff on and we seemed to constantly have a lot service. But overall a fantastic place to eat and enjoy the company of friends!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great ambiance, excellent food, terrific service and reasonably priced! We're regulars. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The prices are extremely high for the quantity and contents. Example: Salad special $15. It was the special salad for the evening but in no way was it that special. Also, the scallop entrée only had 4 scallops -- not acceptable."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with the food. We ordered salads for appetizers, they were delicious!!! The caprese salad had tomato and mozarella plus some salad, and the arugula salad were very delicious. The fish of day was snapper, a great choice and the chicken rustica meals were outstanding. We loved the Saratoga spring water. It was refreshing!!! We had two bottles. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. Definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 5/24/2014