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About 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.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Bar: Open daily starting at 4:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout
Forno Bistro Ratings and Reviews
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.
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'.
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.
We met friends for an overdue anniversary dinner. We arrived early and asked the hostess if we could have a drink at the bar before being seated and she accommodated us. It was happy hour so the bar was busy but we found seats and enjoyed a drink before being seated. Bar tenders were a bit slow at providing a bill before being seated. We sat along a window in a slowly filling room and ordered drinks and eventually dinner. Food was delicious, service was good but as we completed our meal our server was drawn to a new very large/noisy party and we were somewhat forgotten. We flagged another server down and ordered dessert. Our original server returned later with the bill. Overall the evening was fun and delicious but service was a bit off kilter.
We made a reservation for 6 people and were jammed into a table meant for 4 people. The food was OK not great. It was not a comfortable, pleasant experience for 6 adults who were expecting to enjoy good food and pleasant conversation for our annual visit together.
Admittedly we expected to have just an okay meal. We arrived early and the restaurant was jam packed with no seats to wait or at the bar. The bartender was extremely attentive and saw we were standing in the back and came out to meet us with a wine list. He let me sample a wine (which I didn't care for), then I explained what my wife and I generally look for in a wine. He made a suggestion and it was terrific. We were seated shortly after our other guests arrived and the woman who was our server was extremely attentive to our needs and questions. Her descriptions of the food were spot on. When she came to check on us, my wife expressed that her lamb was not cooked to the specifications she requested. The server immediately agreed and took it back to be cooked a little longer. All of our meals were very, very good and the desserts we split were as well. It is a little crowded an noisy; however, the food exceeded all of our expectations and the server was one of the best any of us had experienced (and we've been to quite a number of restaurants in our lifetime).
The decor of this restaurant was very intriguing combing the organic with urban.
While we enjoyed our experience due to our server Steve, the noise level was quite high.
Would not recommend for a nice quiet dinner.
The cocktails were perfectly balanced, i would return just for them if not for the food.
Pasta con Vongole suffered from an excessive amount of the very fresh and spicy peroncini, overshadowing the flavor of the clams, bacon and even garlic (which was lacking).
The Rack of lamb was very tender.
We've had many a flourless chocolate cake and this tasted more like a brownie than cake, a disappointment.
Over the years Forno Bistro had become one of our favorite restaurants in Saratoga. With the renovations came a change -- it now feels a lot more like a bar scene with a lot of noise and insufficient value and quality to make up for the loss of feel. Saratoga has a great selection of restaurants so I doubt we will return for dining. However, should we be looking for a bar scene, Forno looks just like the rest and serves some good specialty cocktails, so we might venture in before dining some place else.
I have dined there several times and have always enjoyed the food and ambiance. The service is always friendly and attentive. It can take a while for the food to come out, and Saturday night was no different. Although busy, the restaurant was not full. It was the first time I had seen the renovated bar/dining area. While opening up the bar really works, I do not like the fact that the floor of the restaurant was raised to the level of the bar.
This was our first time at Forno's. We stay at a nice bed & breakfast in Saratoga every year for our anniversary and my birthday. My birthday was our visit to Forno's. Everything was delicious and the wait staff and hostess staff were friendly and professional. Our meal and wine was great and we will definitely be back and will recommend this to friends & family. Thank you.
Up until now, this was one of my favorite places. We had reservations on a Thursday evening for 7pm . The noise level inside was excessive, to the point where we had to shout at one another to hear conversation. There was absolutely no sound absorbing material anywhere in the room. I wish they considered this during the renovation. After 20 mins we were served our drinks, but we did not receive our meal until 8:15. The waiter said there was a glitch in the system and he had to retake our orders and resubmit them to the kitchen. The food was fine, but I remember when the food was fantastic. It used to be the only place in the area that was close to dining in Italy. I guess that becoming popular has its' disadvantages and trade-offs.
Overall, I probably won't be going back anytime soon.
September is the perfect time of year for PERFECT tomatoes. I enjoyed the caprese salad - the mozzarella was just perfect as well. My wife had a chicken dish and loved it ... and I had the pasta special ... pasta with shrimp and cream sauce. The restaurant is quite loud, definitely not intimate dining, so you'll find yourself yelling at your table-mates. I'm guessing it would have been quieter outside on the patio.
Food was just average, requested Tuna cooked medium however was served extremely rare. Veal dish was bland and breading was mushy. The drinks and ambiance made up for the sub-par food preparation, good thing because we want to go back for pizza and calzone and cocktails which is may be worth another chance.
We arrived for dinner as soon as the restaurant opened at 5:30 pm. The waitress took our drink orders and brought us a basket of bread. For starters, we shared a Caesar Salad which was heavy on chopped lettuce and short on everything else. There was a total of 1 anchovy and 2 thin crackers on top. I ordered the fish special of the day (salmon) which I was told 5 minutes later was no longer available (within 15 minutes of opening for dinner!) I then ordered the substitute(tuna) which was not only very pricey but when it arrived, it was obvious that it had been previously frozen. My husband ordered the lamb which he said was so stringy he should have returned it to the kitchen. The bottle of chardonnay was good but could have been better chilled. Kudos to our waitress who was very attentive throughout. This used to be one of our favorite Saratoga Springs eateries, but we won;t be returning. Additionally, the menu is very limited.
Except for the margarita I ordered at the bar (all pineapple juice, very little tequila), everything was fantastic. Our waiter Steve was great and all of the food was fantastic. Highly recommend the lasagna. If it is nice outside, request a table outdoors. It is a beautiful spot right on the main drag.
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