The Forge
The Forge

The Forge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theforgepizza.com/
  • Phone: 5102683200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Amber
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Embarcadeo
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Jack London Square also offers valet parking for your convenience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Forge reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (66)scenic view (46)good for groups (39)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (25)kid-friendly (24)great for lunch (23)vibrant bar scene (20)hot spot (19)great for brunch (10)romantic (8)special occasion (8)late-night find (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our group of 8 was seated right away at a large table inside which was nice. I found the food to be very good (Pizza's and Salad's). The service was efficient, but rushed. My biggest complaint was the loud music, it made it difficult to talk and took away from the dining experience. A little more low lighting(either candles on table or drop lights above). A dining area inside without Big Screen TV's. I would try The Forge one more time and try the outdoor patio area.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic Water Front Dining
    mwkoaktown
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great location on Jack London Square's waterfront. Nice outdoor seating area. Food is a lot like very good pub food. Inside the noise level can be very high. Try for outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romaine Babes salad is spectacular!
    KristinVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The Romaine Babes salad is amazing (baby romaine, soft egg, deviled ranch dressing, breadcrumbs). We also really like the chicken wings. The pizzas are great (thin wood oven style), but the pizzas on the menu right now didn't interest me. We got the mushroom with homemade sausage pizza. It had tons of mushrooms (almost too many), but hardly any sausage on it. It was so-so. The pepperoni pizza was also just okay. The crust is amazing though, especially when you get a bite with a bit of sea salt sprinkled on the crust. YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came here for a work luncheon.
    EvilleKim
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food is good--above average for a more sophisticated casual pizza seafood place--but the friendly, accommodating service is what really made this place stand out. They checked in advance to see if we wanted to eat inside or outside & were really attentive throughout our stay. They even offered to provide us separate checks although there was quite a few of us. We would definitely return again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service, Good Food
    RIGLEW
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We have been to The Forge twice and had a good experience both times. This week we took an out-of-town cousin with us. The drinks were excellent and most of the food was very good. We ordered the fried cheese curds with our drinks and they were excellent. We also ordered the appetizer ribs and chicken wings to share. We loved the smoky chicken wings, but the ribs were tasteless, no smokiness or sauce to go on them. The mushroom pizza and salad were outstanding. We ate inside because it was chilly outside, but they do have a large outdoor eating area complete with two gas fire pits. We did not order dessert because we were full. The waitress gave us very good service and the food came out pretty fast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beer/cocktail centric
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Unfortunately they were out of 30% of the wines on their list and I wanted to order a bottle the evening I visited. So I had a draft beer...
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  • Fun pizza joint
    gingembreVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The ambiance on a Friday night was happy and noisy and, despite the crowd, our drinks and food arrived promptly and in good order. The pizza is OK, but they have an excellent selection of local craft beers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun on a Friday Afternoon
    royalfork
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had a business lunch there, dining outside. Very lively for the middle of the day, with a mix of working people and tourists. Everything was as good as you'd want. We took our time and enjoyed every minute.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    annamo25
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We like to call ourselves pizza critics since we lived in Chicago for 8 years. The corn pizza was a last minute pick and now we want more! Delish! Great food. Great service (we brought a toddler). Will go again!
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent pizza
    LawyerBob
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Delicious thin crust pizza. We had several different ones. Really like the cauliflower and arugula, plus the "fat boy" [which had meat]. We also enjoyed a delicious fresh fish sandwich on an ACME bun. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza "Light"
    LizB
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Four of us ate outside on a gorgeous evening! The weather was perfect and the view spectacular. Three of us had pizza and we all agreed it was excellent. The crust was perfect: thin, somewhat chewy, done to perfection. The toppings were great, just enough of everything and we could taste how fresh they were. We agreed that the pizza was filling; but not heavy, definitely not dripping grease and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The fourth person tried the burger. It was well-done (he asked for it to be just pink) and obviously "home made." His plate came with french fries that were straight from the same distributor McDonald's uses. The soft ice-cream & some unusual toppings offered for dessert was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waterfront Dining
    food4U
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Five of us, including an 8-year-old, wanted to dine informally, close to home, and near the water. We first reserved a table at Haven, but when they were graceless enough to turn down my one-week-beyond-expiration TravelZoo coupon, we looked for another Jack London location and found it at The Forge. It was a chilly August evening so we sat outside near on of two fire pits. That was enjoyable. The music, however, was not ... too loud for my aging ears. Had all the standard stuff ... cheese curds, mussels, chicken and a very good corn and sausage pizza. I particularly enjoyed a bourbon and maple drink dubbed "Ways and Means". Nice enough evening but with so many other great places to visit in the East Bay, we probably won't return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great set-up for our large party
    outofalameda
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Lots of pluses for our larger party: -option to sit outside -pre-order made it so much easier and the menu serves this purpose well -great food variety and tasty too! -service was great and efficient Will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good casual dining
    foodieluv
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Had a lingering lunch catching up with an old friend - waitstaff was wonderful and never rushed us. Special salad was fabulous - arugula, melon, goat cheese and pistachios, but pizza was not perfect. Crust was great but center of pie was soggy. Cocktails a must!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First time visitor to The Forge, on a Saturday night. Made reservations, so got seated quickly. Food was great. Our young-adult son, who loves Round Table Pizza would not be happy here... but we liked the variety and tried some neat pizzas. Our favorite was the Roasted Corn... I only gave it 4 stars...just because I need more visits to try more stuff. But, all in all Very Good. Fun atmosphere and vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • audjie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It's a big restaurant, which allowed us to catch up with friends and stay for a few hours without feeling like they needed our table. The cauliflower pizza was delicious as was the cordon bleu salad. There is a nice outdoor seating area too. Great spot to eat or just grab a drink and people watch. Our server was great. We were talking so much we didn't look at the menu for awhile. She would check in on us every now and then and not make us feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glovesmVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This place has a lot of fancy thin crust pizzas. If you are looking to get full, don't come here. Our waitress must have forgotten to put in one of the many pizzas we ordered and we kept reminding her. Eventually, she said that it must have gone to the wrong table. Though tasty, it wasn't worth the wait outside when it was cold out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot for a Nosh Before Yoshis
    Mimi
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We arrived late and told our waiter we needed to be at Yoshi's at 8:00 and he timed everything perfectly. The drinks and the pizza were delicious. I'd definitely come back.
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  • Pizza with a view
    GrubHub
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Delicious artisan style pizza, good micro brews, great service and a nice location with a good waterfront view in Jack London Square. Plus Forge validates parking for the parking garage.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fave
    VIPOpenTablerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I dine out VERY often (both business & social) throughout SF and Oakland and this is a favorite go-to casual spot. Both indoor and outdoor seating are good, the crowd is friendly, and we're seated via OT or even walk-in without a long wait. I've recommended it to many friends, especially those from out of town as the marina is a great place to stroll before/after dinner. Also, being able to offer a good, reliable waterfront dining experience that's not $$$ is rare. (Haven is also a great option for more upscale fare.) My friends and I agree there are other good spots nearby but their long wait times, and over-crowdedness makes The Forge, for all the above, a much better option. Usual Order for 2: Baby Octopus/Salad, Mussels and Pizza.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ScooterVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Took awhile for a Host to show up at the Door, Appetizer - Grilled Octopus Salad was very good although a bit small Great Pizzas...Fat Boy (Meat Pizza), Mushroom, ....PIZZA Yeah Baby! Pass on the RB, Coke, Or Creme Ice Cream Float.... Waitress was personable and explained dishes on the menu...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Mothrink
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a reservation, but weren't happy with the table we were offered, and since it was our 25th wedding anniversary we wanted a booth. Our server gave us the booth in the back and it was perfect!! The service was exceptional, the food was great, the champagne was tasty and priced right. We will return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I would have given this place a five star overall rating but our waiter was a bit off. The dessert menu was lacking for such a cool place too. Overall, we would totally recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forge at Forge
    Cityfoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Service inattentive, ordered wine, margarita (house brand), one small plate to share and a pizza. The single wine list is limited, our pizza came first and they had to "find" our small plate. Pizza was mezza mezza. I come here for outdoor seating- you can't beat the view! That's what you are paying for. Bill for two came to $75.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AllegicFoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The pizzas (excellent thin crust and flavor combo) were surprisely good, considering I am not a big pizza fan. It was recommended by a friend, so now I trust her taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good pizza with a Cali twist
    ShoreGrrrl
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I was skeptical about eating at a pizza place in Oakland cuz I live in NJ and was told there is no good pizza here. But we were a group of five and all of us loved it. We shared apps, a salad, and three pizzas and there wasn't a crumb left over. Some very surprising but winning food combos on their pies -- don't be afraid to try any of them cuz everything is yummy. Plus you can dine on the pario overlooking the marina in Jack London Square. You beat that with a stick! 8)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food!
    Oakland
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We spent a Friday afternoon at Forge with family from out of town. We loved it all...food ..service..outside dining. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza options
    Michael
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The pizzas were great, fresh and made to order. Great selection of micro/craft beers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    Taryn
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I've been to Forge twice - both on hot evenings - nothing like a trip to the waterfront to escape the inland heat. Jack London Square is our go-to spot because for some reason, it's semi-deserted on a Sunday evening. It's long avenue along the Embarcadero is car-free and great for the kids to run around. The Forge has decent pizza (sometimes slightly undercooked) that is light on the cheese (for those of us who care!). The patio area is lovely with fire rings and a great view of the water. California living at its finest!
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    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous day and great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Instead of a sit down dinner for my birthday, I opted for strolling around Jack London Square, and having an outdoor lunch at Forge. We ordered several salads and the chicken wings (they are huge wings!), but thought the watermelon salad was the most creative and refreshing. Then on to 2 pizzas (mushroom and sausage is perfect, and the crust is REALLY good!), and a free desert since it was my actual birthday! Service (Helen) was spot on, and kept everything moving. Good attitude, too. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellente
    kate21
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The Forge is THE place to go at Jack London Square. Great food, great service,great ambience. Love the place. It is a great addition to the neighberhood!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food - Poor Service
    ThreeToGoVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Never disappointed by the food. Have dined there five times and usually on reservations. Immediately order drinks but the appetizers and salads arrive almost instantaneously and prior to the cocktails. Constant pressure to order and leave. Bus boys constantly trying to take plates which still have food on them. Never offered to see dessert menu. Check brought within moments of dinner plates taken. Servers always have nice personalities, but it has become almost comical experiencing this style of "rushed" service. FYI, we usually order four cocktails, two apps, a salad, two entries and two desserts for two adults and an eight year old. Certainly the bill and tip move than cover our time at the restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer + Great Pizza = Fun
    Klew
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service was attentive and the food was great. They really have nailed the outdoor dining + gourmet pizza formula!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Forge rocks...
    WorldDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A definite visit if in Jack London Square area in Oakland. Something for everybody. Pizza are solid, but we loved the mussels and grilled octopus salad. Many beers on tap and corkage fee is nominal. Service was outstanding and overall just a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JFergVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We sat outside, so the noise level was fine. Inside was pretty loud. Nice view of the water from outside too. Really good cocktails and wood-fired thin crust pizza. Hamburger was fine, but not exceptional. The wait staff was efficient, and nice to my kids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Pizza
    Dragan
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We decided to eat outside, attracted by the romantic ambiance created by very effective fire pits and a series if IR heaters that enabled us not to notice a relatively cold evening. Our server was very friendly and fast, gave us great recomendations on what to order. We ordered a pizza with chorrizo and corn, and it was, as my wife described it, perfectly balanced combination of tastes. The best part was an amazing crust that was so very tasty, thin, with a wonderful flavor of a brick oven. Desert was a cheese cake made in house that actually tasted as a home made product. All in all this was a great find, thanks Open Table on helping us find it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forge Comeback
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Forge has completely vamped their service and bartender staff into a top notch group! The food, ambiance and staff are all fantastic. The experience we had was notable and we will return even though it is over an hour away! I have nothing bad to say about the place! What a lovely experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful outdoor dining
    GdokVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The chicken wings are definitely the standout. The fatboy pizza is also super-yummy. The cheese curds are the things that everyone talks about, but they're basically upscale mozzarella sticks. The server was great - friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The kitchen has its act together and the food came out quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 173 reviews are from the The Forge reviews archive.
  • neighborhood hang out
    smp17
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We really enjoy dining at Forge. The waitstaff is great, the food is good and the place has a fun energy. We've gone both with and without a reservation and did not have to wait long. One drawback to having the doors open were the flies. Everything can't be perfect all of the time.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh & delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've eaten here twice. Once for business and once with family. Both times the food was fresh with lots of interesting flavors. I wish for their brunch menu they had more kid friendly items like pancakes or waffles. It's more adult fare there. They have a kids menu but it's pretty limited and boring. Request outside seating if that's what you want, it wasn't available even 15 min after opening. I'll go again because I like the ambience and food is guaranteed to be good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate