Forno Bistro

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$30 and under
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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.
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1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a very nice time. The place had great ambiance and the food was good quality. I went during Restaurant Week so the prices were great; as such, I cannot speak on the everyday prices, unfortunately. My visit left a favorable impression and I would like to return again to taste the other plates on their menu. The staff were very courteous, friendly, and welcoming; they made the experience feel higher end without the discomfort that can sometimes come with such an establishment.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Mom's birthday and they made it a very special day for her.

RP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Good service, but food was poor. Supposed veal looked and tasted like brisket.

OT
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and atmosphere was fun. Went with colleagues during a conference in Saratoga. Will definitely be back and highly recommend this place.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We ordered two of the specials; a large strip steak and seafood pasta. I think they should put those specials on the menu. I would love to have them again.

JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Reliably great food, excellent service. Could use a few more vegetarian options. Noisy.

DC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant for my fiancé’s birthday dinner. Our server, Michael, was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was very good, although my fiancé’s steak came out medium-well despite ordering medium-rare. The steak still had good flavor, and the appetizer and my entree were all delicious. Will definitely go back again!

L
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Restaurant had a great atmosphere. Receptionist wished us a Happy Anniversary and sat us a good table which I requested. Husbands food was excellent but mine was over done and it was the fish special. I think our waiter was overwhelmed. The restaurant was filled to capacity. He never asked us how our dinner was and forgot our dessert and my drink. Didn’t refill our water either. Sorry for the review but I was upset because it was a special night .

EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, terrific food, nice atmosphere!
We’ll be back soon!

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! Excellent food, service, and ambiance! Definitely would recommend!! We're planning to enjoy dinner there again soon <3 !

MT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebration Weekend Skidmore with the family!

JF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good but the room was too noisy to talk over and the table was a bit cramped.

F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. They were extremely accommodating in allowing us to sit at a table for four even thought they were very busy and we promised we would be finished before the reservation an hour and fifteen later. I appreciated that as we didn't want to sit at the table for two in the center of the room with people on both sides. So that was nice. Waitress was wonderful and helpful/kind. Kept coming back to check. Food was terrific. A fun and delicious dinner.

BF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The first time I went to Forno Bistro, about 6 months ago, the food was fantastic! Fresh pasta, fresh sauce, great flavor! Everything tasted homemade. I've gone three times since then and the experience gets worse each visit. I will not be dining here again. The meatballs tasted gummy and frozen, the pasta was not fresh and undercooked (I prefer al dente, but not still crunchy), the tastes were bland. I'm disappointed.

JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First visit and not looking to hurry back.
Two person tables are side by side so private conversations are impossible.
Ordered the pasta special of scallops and beef tip on a Monday. It was ok but the scallop pieces might have equaled one and a half scallops, inconsistent (rare/fat, grizzled, medium) bits of beef might have equaled two real bites.
If priced similar to the menu choices it would've been more acceptable. We never asked, it ended up being higher than any menu item other than octopus. Was obviously leftover scallops from the weekend as they are not in any menu choice and shortly after ordering we overheard the special change to shrimp and beef.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Packed in like Sardines, almost no room between tables, very crowded and noisy. Tables tiny, barely enough room for plates. God forbid an emergency or a fire descend on the place. I am a nurse and care for burnvictims from the Station fire in Rhode Island. Tragic and horrifying. I had thought that the most recent renovation would have addressed the safety issues of this rabbit warren of a space. I am surprised, no, appalled that the Saratoga FD and local agencies have given this place a certificate of occupancy. The entrance/exit alone is tiny and hidden. Why not expand out to the front patio to expand indoor space. Not returning anytime soon

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We usually have a great time at Forno, but I asked for a table near a window and we ended up in the path of the wait staff that was not near one. Also, it was my birthday and no accommodations were made. Furthermore, I ordered the shrimp and beans appetizer, which only came with four shrimp (definitely had more in the past) and it was over cooked. I informed wait staff of the same, but nothing was done to rectify the issue.

JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner and the "Forno" experience. Always like hanging at the bar for a happy hour drink first. Great blood red orange martinis. Then we sat in the dining room for dinner. We usually eat between 5:30 and 6:00 pm (which I know is a little early) and it is more quiet then. As the evening progressed more groups came in and the dining room was very busy. It got pretty loud when a large group was seated nearby with about 12-14 people. It was almost hard to talk and be heard. Our waiter Rutherford was very attentive and helpful. The hostess was very pleasant too.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steve was our server and as usual, he is awesome. Food was great, drinks were tasty.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were at a two-top, seeted right next to another two top that was only a few inches away from us. The restaurant was extremely loud, and we had to shout to be heard. It was difficult to enjoy the experience because of the noise level. The food was good, but expensive. Our waiter was very friendly but quite busy, so we had to wait a bit for drink refills. We were not in a rush, so it didn't bother us too much.

J
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything is really great about this restaurant except the noise level - my friends and I could not carry on a conversation without leaning over the table.

W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Would have been five stars but one of our entrees was not what we ordered. We ate it because it is my experience not to send things back to the kitchen. Maybe next time

TB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Seating a 2-top table next to a very large party is not enjoyable for the 2-top. Could not even have a conversation and got locked in while orders were taken. Too small of a place for large tables without ruining the dining experience for others. Waitress was outstanding. For the price, the food was not that great. $19 for an entree of pasta and no side salad or frills is a rip off. Love the decor though.

DJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant and food! A little bit slow for service with cocktails, but I assume the bar was backed up on a busy Saturday night. Highly recommend.

RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and food, loved the unique decorations

KM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal for my parents’ birthdays, the waitstaff also sang happy birthday!

z
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Vacation date night.
Everything food related and service related was very good. The table was too small for all of the food related items required for our meal. We were constantly making piles and condensing things to make room for necessities.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner that began with the Arancini, then had the swordfish which was served with potatoes, asparagus and green beans. My wife had the eggplant parmesan. Waitstaff was very attentive.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Two of my kids had birthdays

d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your hungry go there to eat. If you want good food go there to eat. Wait staff was very attentive.

***5 Stars!!!!

LR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. It is a regular, Saratoga, stop for us. Loved the Pasta special

b
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Way too loud in this place. We could not hold a conversation. Food was good but great.

D
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food would have received five stars if it were hotter. Our waitress was overloaded with tables, and consequently, our food had cooled quite a bit before reaching our table.

SA
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our recent visit to Forno Bistro was great. Forno has alwAys been a Saratoga favorite, but our previous visit had been a little off and I was hoping that was just an aberration. Well Forno really redeemed itself... the food was great and the staff was fantastic.

ML
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion dinner of four friends. Food was spectacular. Service was even better! Jess, our waitress, was spot on with specials recommendations, as well as overall menu knowledge.
Our appetizers were meatballs, which were a great mix of beef, pork and veal with a nice marinara and melted mozzarella, and also a grilled shrimp with grilled artichoke hearts with Tuscan beans and cherry tomatoes with a balsamic reduction.
Entrees were: linguine with white clam sauce, which had at least a dozen little neck clams and was nice and garlicky and not too soupy; a New York strip steak grilled to perfection; veal rollantini stuffed with spinach mozzarella prosciutto shallots with a truffle duxelle; and a slow-cooked pork shank dry-rubbed with coriander and brown sugar, served with cipollini onion agrodolce.
All four of us shared an order of freshly fried zeppoles. A perfect way to end the meal.
If you are in Saratoga Springs, do not miss eating here. Wow.

RP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have dined at Forno Bistro a number of times and have not been disappointed. Food is always excellent, service is usually spot on, and the ambiance is great. I did have a small issue this past time dining there. It seemed the hostesses had some difficulty with a seating request. I and my party arrived early fully aware that I would most likely not be seated then (not a problem since the bar and bar tenders are excellent). At arrival I requested to be seated inside as opposed to outside. Hostess said that should not be a problem. At time of seating we were going to be seated outside, even after my request. I did remind hostess I had asked for in inside table, and after a few minutes we were accommodated. I realize that a Saturday night in August, during Saratoga track season is a very busy time, but feel this should be noted.

MA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Forno; hadn't been there since I moved but it was delicious as always. The noise level was very high but the restaurant was crowded and it was a Saturday night; I'm used to dining there during the week. My only complaint is that maybe the restaurant needs to police the parking lot........when inconsiderate people, and there were two, choose to park their vehicles in two spaces it is rude and inconsiderate. Add in that Forno only has one handicapped space .........the two space-hogs made it impossible for a handicapped person to park near the restaurant; I had to drop my husband off and park two blocks away. If this were to happen again I would stop dining at Forno.

MK
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A bit too crowded where we were placed and very loud. We were at the high table close to the bar. Food very good and service was excellent.

BB
Miami
42 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, each member of our party was absolutely thrilled with their selection. The server was knowledgeable and made great, detailed recommendations. It’s a pretty venue, with a very energetic noise level. Tables are a tad too close together.

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