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For 2
Date
Sat, 2/24
Time
9:30 PM
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Forno Bistro

4.4
1047 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Bar: Open daily starting at 4:30pm
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Phone number
(518) 581-2401
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ryan McCormick
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
VanDam
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout
What 1047 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StephV 
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Amazing looking and tasting food. The guys behind the bar do an amazing job with the drinks they mix/pour and make you feel very welcome even if your just waiting for your table to open up! The wait staff does a great job of making you feel special even if they have a bunch of other tables. Its a little loud but totally worth it with the amazing food your served. O and they are great singers!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was outstanding. The service was above average. The waitress was genuinely friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. My boyfriend had the lasagna . He considers himself a meatball connoisseur. Since there were no meatballs with he lasagna, he asked if he could try one. While it was not a usual request, they very nicely brought one to him. He voted it very good.

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LisaM 
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Food and atmosphere was good but noise level high and tables too close together. A waitress walked by and apologized to my husband for bumping into him but never mentioned she had spilled sauce all down his pant leg. We didn’t notice it until we got home.

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AshleyR 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food and even better service. Will come again.

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GEH6 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Calamari was tough and very salty - really not very good. Entrees were decent but they didn't "wow" us. Ambiance and location is very nice and our server was very good. Pretty stingy pour on the glass of wine. It just seemed that the food/value was a notch below the atmosphere and service. If we were to go back it would be to sit in the bar area and have a pizza, but we probably won't return for the dinner entrees.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great service and cozy atmosphere. Pizza and salad were very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This is one of our favorite places to dine - I love the new casual environment - the staff is always amazing. Great for a quick bite at the bar or a dinner.
I love their Eggplant Parmesan - everything is fresh and farm to table.
Summer thru Fall they have outdoor seating also
If you're in Saratoga this is a must

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kimberlyw (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was delicious.. frutti de mare, stuffed eggplant appetizer was great! Love the exposed wood, mood lighting with candles and little white lights and old iron machine parts .. romantic, lively... fun

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

The service was excellent ! And the food is always delicious ! Their salads are very plentiful and tasteful ! I always recommend Forno to family and friends!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner at Forno Bistro. The food was delicious and large portions. I had a candy cane cosimo that was yummy!!

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MTAF (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We returned the first course, fried calamari, because it was rubbery, greasy and undercooked. They did take it off our bill.
My husband’s main course, steak was perfect but overpriced ($36). My main course, chicken with a little cheese and ham was over cooked and dry,
We were disappointed and won’t be returning.
I wonder if there’s a new chef.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

A great time for dinner with good friends. Specials we're creative and well prepared as always. As with restaurants where served regular capuccino is weak. Don't chintz in the espresso, it's what makes the drink.

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Monique (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We almost always recommend Forno Bistro as our first choice for a restaurant in Saratoga. There are several reasons. We know we can count on excellent food with a great selection, excellent service from attentive experienced wait staff accommodating special diet requests pretty lively atmosphere outdoor comfortable seating with pretty setting.
Our only concern is that because it is always so popular, when we want a very quiet dining place we may hesitate to go there but they try to find us the quietest area and since everything else is so outstanding we highly recommend Forno Bistro and love going there.

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viprunner56 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

We loved it here. Sat at the bar before dinner and had fried calamari. Delicious. The servers were great and the food did not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

It was cold in there!

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JBMKB (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent food and great service. Everyone was very personable and accommodating.

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AQCS (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Always love this restaurant-consistently going d food and service

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

Wait staff was attentive however, I asked for some balsamic vinegar to go with the olive oil for my bread but it did not come. I had to ask twice to get it. No big deal but shouldn't have had to asked twice. Otherwise, everything was good.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

The food and service were good, but pretty close quarters. Not a bad thing, just not what I was expecting In the ambience department.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

The restaurant has a nice ambiance and great service. The food is your standard over-sized Italian fare. They aren't going for quality in meals but rather quantity. So if you are looking for free range chicken, local vegetables or organic options - you won't find them here. If you are looking for a large portion of standard Italian food - pasta, chicken, pizza- then this is a great restaurant for you. The noise levels in the restaurant are rather high. So, if you are hoping to have an intimate meal with good conversation - I would not recommend this restaurant. If you enjoy having a drink at the bar and socializing with people around you - then this would be a good place for you to go.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Always a wonderful experience when we go to here. Our server, Steve, was great.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Slower than normal service. It was busy though as it was restaurant week. Food was excellent as always.

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JDMcK (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We (4 in our party) went for Saratoga Restaurant week and it was a good experience. Luckily, we had an early reservation (5:30pm) so we had a table near the windows and had plenty of room. As the night wore on, the tables near the bar became full and it was very difficult to move between tables. The food was excellent and the portions/prices were fair for a 'restaurant week menu'.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Just didn’t cut it. Food was meh. Ambiance - crowded and very very noisy.
Loved the people I was with but not this restaurant.
Saratoga has so many other and better choices.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

We had a fabulous time...thank you!!
Excellent service...awesome food!

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PetrifiedFish (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

The hostess did not honor our reservation at the requested time indicating that their records showed that it was for 1.5 hours later. Even after showing her the OpenTable confirmation, we were made to wait for at least 30 minutes for a table without any accommodations to make up for it.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food and service. Always consistent. One of Broadways best.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Cheerful, great food, excellent service. A bit noisy for real conversation, and kind of crowded, but We'd all go back and recommend it to others.

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Paul (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2017

Food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Our server Jesica was amazing! The food & wine selection was everything we wanted it to be. We’ll definitely go back!

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