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Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.3
1145 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar specializes in seasonal, local, and sustainable Modern Italian Cuisine, featuring handmade pastas and brick oven pizzas. Located in the Bromo Tower Arts District, across from the Hippodrome Theater, next to Everyman theater, and a short walk from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Royal Farms Arena, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore Convention Center, the Inner Harbor, and tons of other downtown attractions. Forno offers daily specials, including weekday happy hour and bottomless brunch on the weekends. Our late night menu offers a variety of brick oven pizzas that your tastebuds will love. We also offer gluten-free pizzas and pastas along with a variety of vegetarian options.

Experiences

  • Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week

    $45.00 per person

    Jan 28 - Feb 5, 2022

    Enjoy our 3 course Restaurant Week menu, featuring some of our favorite staples alongside some all new items. Wine pairings, daily specials, and vegan and vegetarian-friendly items will all be available, along with our normal dinner menu.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1145 people are saying
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JackieL
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful and delicious! Perfect place for dinner reservations before a show at the Hippodrome.

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vipElizabethK
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Desserts were a little dry (bread pudding and cranberry almond cake) but the rest of the food was delicious. Great spot to eat before going to the Hippodrome.

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vipLaresa1024
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was very friendly and attentive despite having a large section to himself. Cocktails are on-point.

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Lovetoeatout
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The fresh made pasta and pizza's are out of this world and unlike anything I have had else where!!

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Ricksterd1
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Spent allot of money to be waited on by an apparently new wait staff person. She was not trained properly to be on her own; difficulty operating the ordering device, had to rewrite the order, all courses served at the same time, lengthy delay with drink order. Food portions very small compared to the price. I suggest keeping to the pasta and pizza selections.

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Kris
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent pre-theater experience with great food and wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect place for date night. Quiet, yummy, and cozy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just okay. Out of the food we wanted. Servers were very nice.

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vipSmaltimoreSue
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A reliably good place to enjoy gourmet pizza, pasta, and tasty entrées like the excellent duck breast special I ordered.

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Mike
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant setting, good quality food, excellent service.

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nycDeke
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Short-staffed, so long wait times, even for a cocktail as well as entrée. But the martini was expertly crafted—superb, and the striped bass (one the the day’s specials) was well prepared and paired. Service, although slow due the volume of the pre-theatre crowd, was courteous, efficient and unflustered.

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Geoffrey
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to kick start our evening where we were going to attend a performance at Everyman Theater. Dinner her is a great way to start. The feeling of the whole place is perfect - quiet enough to talk, but with an energy that you can feel. The service is friendly and attentive, but not over bearing. They even did a great job ensuring we were able to make the performance without making us feel rushed. Finally the food was great. I had the gnocchi. She had pasta with a duck ragu. Both were wonderful. Top them off with great cocktails and the evening was off to a great start indeed!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We try to book this restaurant before we attend performances at the Hippodrome. Always a good meal and conversation!

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CraigF
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great restaurant Went before a show at the Hippodrome.

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vipretiredtg
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was a pre theater brunch. We waited 15 minutes for our order to be taken, food was slow to be delivered , so we had to rush to eat and get to the theater. Food was very good and the server was pleasant and accommodating.

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Lorraine
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Make a reservation since it’s a hot spot for nearby theaters.

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SharonG
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the food and convenience of being across the Street
from the Hippodrome!

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Maya
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went on a Saturday evening for the 1/2 price bottles of wine. Kyle was an amazing server! I’ll definitely be back

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MSTS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The service was great, the food, regrettably wasn’t a good combination of ingredients and the margarita was lacking in sauce and mozzarella.

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vipSeaOtter
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious gluten free pizza (and pasta options too). Nice drink and wine list!

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KrisM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Our waiter was pleasant and very helpful. Plus great location for seeing a show at the Hippodrome.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going to a show at the Hippodrome.. this was the perfect place to eat. The food was excellent.

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SandyM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate at Forno before a show at the Hippodrome Sunday evening. We had Squid Ink Fettuccine and Fig Ricotta Ravioli, both were very tasty. Server ensured we were able to enjoy our meal and get out on time to see the show. Definitely would return to try more from the menu.

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CathyG
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to be dining at Forno again after seeing a play at the Hippodrome. Same great place as before COVID! We’ll be back in December! Thank you!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess at entrance was very friendly and accommodating. She even was able to assist me with future Forno's reservations. Server Janelle was outstanding! Very pleasant and explained dishes and offered suggestions. Visited table to ensure we were happy with the food and service. Food was excellent! Wonderful seeing new dishes on the menu for this new Hippodrome Theater subscription beginning. And an unbelievably attentive and caring bartender named Kyle! He was so personable and on point with his drinks and service. All an asset to Forno's, and all should be commended!

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janiss
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch before Hippodrome show. Limited menu but worked for all of us! One friend had the frittata , one chicken and waffles and I pieced together a brunch with 3 sides- bacon, a waffle and grits. All were excellent! The waitress was super nice and working very hard covering multiple tables. Mimosas were good too

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bcb003
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience5

The meatballs were still VERY cold… like fresh out of the refrigerator cold. The Calamari tasted like the primary spice was salt and the pizza crust was burned. It was a super off night for a restaurant well known for being hit or miss as it is. The primary reason we occasionally eat here is the convenience to the Hippodrome. We just wish there were more options in the area

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MariaS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

So sorry not to give 5 stars to Forno that we have LOVED in the past and understanding that restaurants are struggling as we emerge from the pandemic. That said our server was friendly and knowledgeable. She was also severely stretched. We had to wait for everything. The food was also disappointing, the Brussels sprouts recipe did not need changing and they arrived cold to our table with a bland and heavy sauce. Mussels were tasty but half of them hadn’t opened, which were replaced by a new order, thank you. Lastly the 2 pizzas needed a little more time in the oven, the crust was pale and not a yummy bit of char to be found. We’ll likely give Forno another chance once things are more settled.

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Boordygal
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect after matinee spot. Excellent scallop dish with house-made pasta and delicious truffled cream sauce. Crisp roasted Brussels sprouts for starter and excellent, thin crust pizzas for others in our party. Excellent service by Max was attentive and discreet. A lovely dining experience!

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vipGregBWorking
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was excellent and our server was super attentive and helpful... glad to see that they've survived the pandemic without any drop in their quality or service level.

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SteveS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good meal on a very busy night w Steely Dan laying across the street!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went prior to Steely Dan show. Was very crowded but the wait staff did a great job keeping up. We all 4 different pizzas and all were very good. Will dine here again.

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vipChasneka
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

PreHippodrome event dining. Casual & festive atmosphere. Nice menu & wine & beer offering.

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SuzO
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convenient to the Hippodrome, excellent food and service. Highly recommended!

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HeatherH
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food and service. My friend found her “new favorite” wine.

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doro51
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always know that dinner at Forno’s before the theater will be very enjoyable.

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KathleenG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forno is delicious every time (and we are regulars)! We love that they change the menu regularly, so there is always something new to try, and we've never been disappointed. They also a selection of good wines.

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vipPghkid
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The good -Forno pizza is always really good last night they had a butternut squash sauced pizza which was outstanding
The Bad -spaghetti and meatballs were inedible meatballs under cooked pasta over cooked and clumped and not sure why there was cilantro sprinkle on top maybe chef meant to reach for basil or parsley and grabbed cilantro
Finally the service and server were very good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Barely made it to our show because the kitchen was very backed up. Make sure you give them at least 2 hours before a show.

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Michele
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We frequently went there pre-theater prior to COVID. The food was very good, but some old favorites are no longer on the menu. The truffled papperdelle was excellent - scallops cooked perfectly, pasta was al dente, and the mushroom cream sauce was flavorful, but not too heavy. Appetizers were octopus (excellent combo of ingredients) and oysters (good). Nice selection of wines by the glass, craft beers, and innovative cocktails. The best part was the wait staff (which was clearly reduced in numbers) who did an incredible job to provide prompt and courteous service. One waiter was tasked with serving the entire outdoor space and he was phenomenal. We appreciate that staff shows up so that clients can enjoy eating out!

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You can order delivery directly from Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar using the Order Online button. Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (443) 873-9427.

Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 1145 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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