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Forrester's on the River
Forrester's on the River

Forrester's on the River Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.forrestersontheriver.com
  • Email: forrestersontheriver@gmail.com
  • Phone: (419) 691-2626
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Joyce
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Chef Jason Rodemich caters events from 10 - 500 people. Most catering is based in house, but we can come to you. Flexible menu options are available upon request.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are available for Rehearsal Dinners, Business Meetings, Private Parties, Weddings and Special Events. CJ's Terrace at the Docks is our Banquet Facility capable of holding up to 300 guests. We also have two conference rooms for smaller events.
  • Private Party Contact: Chelsea McQueary (419) 691-2626
  • Entertainment: We offer live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Bands range from 70's and 80's Classic Rock, to Jazz and Blues Bands inside the restaurant. On the weekends in the summer months we feature live DJ Jim Liebhar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer spacious parking lots located just outside of our facility. Valet parking will be available on the weekends in the coming months.
A word from Forrester's on the River
Thank you for your interest in Forrester's on the River. Forrester's is a casual fine dining restaurant open 7 days a week serving lunch from 11am to 4pm daily. The menu includes a variety of different sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch, diving into succulent steaks, fresh seafood and some lighter fare for the dinner hours. Checkout the best patio in town; featuring a remarkable view of downtown, this is truly unique downtown dining.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service were excellent. We will defiantly be returning."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was our first visit and we were pleasantly surprised. Our steaks were cooked to perfection. Our sides were hot and tasty. Our server was experienced and attentive. The prices are very reasonable. Our only problem was that the bottle of red wine we ordered was stored in a room as cold as a refrigerator. We prefer room temperature or slightly cooler. No need to go to Mancy's for a great steak! We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The service and food where exceptional. The biggest downfall that we had while at the Forrester's was there was a DJ playing the music and it was loud and some of his comments where not suitable for children's ears."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Love the tall booths, gives the feeling of privacy. The food very good the burgers always cooked the way we like them, the pork chops stuffed with apples and cherries delicious. And the view is a bonus."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "OK best describes Forrester's. We both had steak. Nothing special at all and it was served just warm. The salad, and it came with the meal, was very good. If you are nearby and are not looking to do anything more than have a decent meal, it would be an ok place. However, in my case we drove 20 miles to try it out and it just wasn't worth the drive considering how many restaurants we could have gone to that were much closer."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our waitress never smiled at us. She was competent, got our order right but didn't chat even a little. Not sure if it was because we were using a Groupon or not. It was our first time there, and our anniversary so we were looking for something special I guess. I ordered the seafood trio. I've never had mussels so I can't say if the little tidbits were good or not. The lump crab meat qualified in that there was one or two lumps, but mainly a small amount shredded. The shrimp were overcooked, very chewy. It was supposed to be over pasta in a garlic sauce, not a broth. It didn't stick to anything. My husband ordered the fish and chips and his fish was soggy, not crisp. The creme brulee was not creamy, but sort of curdled."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Disappointed that the 1/2 off steak special as advertised on website not offered on Tuesday night"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 25 people at the last minute and they handled it without a problem. Our group was provided with a special purpose room that was cozy and the staff was professional. Would recommend the facility and the food to anyone I know. Job well done Forrester's....I might add that being able to book on-line was a nice experience also."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday with friends and couldn't have asked for better service or food, especially for a Saturday night out in Toledo. From previous experiences, it's impossible to go anywhere nice in Toledo without a 1-2 hr wait on a weekend night and at Forrester's there was no wait. Definitely think this is a gem located on the Docks. All my friends had nothing but good things to say and our waitress was on top of things. Our food was amazing from the pretzel sticks with beer cheese sauce to the filet mignon and new york strip dinners. The steaks were cooked exactly how we asked. Very refreshing dinner experience with a great view. Also a big plus, Birthday people get a free meal :) Can't wait to go back especially in the summer."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "No complaints. Everyone in my group enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The bathroom could use updating. Overall good Experience"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our first visit to Forrester's... we wanted a nice, quiet place to celebrate our anniversary and we got it! The ambiance was wonderful, the view of the frozen river and the downtown skyline was amazing, the food was exquisite, and our waitress was absolutely charming!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I was very excited to take my wife to Forrester's for Valentines Day. I had told her about the business lunches and dinners I have attended at the Forrester's Restaurant. Un fortunately the evening started out bad as soon as we were being seated. We had 4 in our party and we had a reservation. We were being seated back in a corner at a small corner table. We walked past MANY open tables and asked if we could be seated at another table. Our host was looking to place us at another table when a young woman in a loud voice stated that all the tables were reserved and we had to sit at the assigned table. I have not been in first grade for a very long time - 50 years.The food did not help, we ordered a Salmon dinner to be told that you were out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The whole experience was nothing like I expected. The service was slow and unprofessional. In addition, this is a steak house and they were out of half of their steak menu. Our steaks came out completely over done and burnt. Over all I would not recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great food. Tuesday night steaks are half off and excellent. View was great even on the ice covered river."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "This restaurant is a great place for a date, the food is to die for and the view of the river is gorgeous! We'll be coming back soon."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My wife and I had a good, quiet evening dinner in the restaurant on a Sunday. When we arrived, we were the only ones in the restaurant. Nonetheless, our waitress made sure we were well attended and our food came out in a timely manner."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "I was very disappointed. I have been wanting to try this place so I decided to go for my birthday. My fiance and I ordered our steaks medium and they both came out very well done. Asparagus was burnt also. I won't be back. We normally go to Cousinos for a good steak but wanted to see if Forresters would be comparable...definetly not."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "How does a steakhouse run out of Porterhouse steaks on a Saturday night? Hostess does not know corkage fee???? Waitress forgets napkins and silverware??? Not a good experience!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had an amazing experience at Forester's on the River. Food was excellent. Service great. Atmosphere awesome. Friendly and accommodating staff. The owner even stopped at our table. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We dined at Forrester's on NYE and had a very pleasant dining experience. There were several large parties however the service was still excellent. The food was properly prepared and very tasty, except for one person ordered the prime rib, and it was a little more done than requested, however the flavor was great! Will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "First time dining there was on nye... Had a great dinner and atmosphere was fun! We will be back forsure! Looking forward to patio weather!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went for a holiday lunch and found that the lunch menu only had sandwiches and salads. I would expect a steakhouse (especially durng theholdiay season) to offer at least a limited selection of entrees. The wait staff was distracted and slow because of a party, and the food was pre-made salad, and ho-hum pizza."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We have been here several times. Most times are very good but on occasion, we have a bad time. This time was probably the worst. Assume waiter was new (or just not very good). Couldn't seem to get our steaks right. Each time they came back, steak seemed smaller. Previous time, our steaks were excellent."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "It's good to get out with the love of my life. She looked great and the atmosphere was awesome. We had a drink over our wonderful dinner. We'll be back. Thanks."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "We thought the service on Saturday night was outstanding. The host and our waitress were very polite and professional. Loved the blackened salmon. Large portions. Unfortunately, we did not save room for desert."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "WE HAVE EATEN HERE SEVERAL TIMES AND ALWAYS ENJOY OURSELVES. THE FOOD IS GREAT AND I LOVE THE ATMOSPHERE."
    Dined on 10/16/2013