Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian

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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.

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CarolK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

This was a really off night. Very few diners. Coronavirus problems. Service was very slow, my menu choice was not good (lasagna—sauce overwhelming.). Others at the table wer3 pleased with their choices. We dine there fairly frequently and this was clearly not representative of our usual experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food looked nothing like the pictures. Didn’t taste fresh or authentic. Service was good and drinks were good but probably won’t return unless it’s just to sit at the bar

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vipFoodLuvr
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and the Farmers' Pizza was delicious!

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vipLauraG
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Kept swatting at flies. Food was meh. Server was either high or just very disinterested in being there

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vipFabulous
Baltimore
97 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Most of food was very good, drinks were kicking!
The beet salad was very salty!!! Service was timely and good!

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vipReviewer2014
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for happy hour or before a show. We would definitely go back.

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vipjscottie
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great and the staff is always awesome!

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ljs1313
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at Forno. The waitress who worked with us was delightful and helpful. The food was really interestingly prepared and delicious. Service was quick, but we didn't feel rushed. Overall a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lasagna was too sweet and too spicy for my taste, but was served very hot, which is great.
Eggplant was novel and delicious. Wine is expensive.

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Gweng
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We arrived at 5:15 and were promptly seated. The service was slow because our waitress was overworked. A number of the menu items were not available and when we got our food, all of the different pastas were served with spaghetti instead of the pasta ordered. I sent mine back.
I usually love this place but Sunday was an extreme disappointment.

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NancyJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Food was tasteless, very long, hard to talk and service was show

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice waiter, great dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I have been to this restaurant several times and the food was very good, as always. However, the service was significantly lacking on this occasion. We sat without water for ~20 minutes after asking for refills. We didn’t even bother to order other drinks, as many tables around us weren’t getting those in a timely manner either.

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vipSaraM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Took my daughter to see Wicked at the Hippodrome, and decided to make a reservation at Forno before the show. That was a mistake. The experience was awful from start to finish.
Booked a reservation through OpenTable and the restaurant couldn't locate our reservation even though I could show them the active reservation on my app. Personally I think they just gave the table away to someone else. Seated my daughter and I at a side bar which still had dirty glasses at it from the previous party. These glasses were NEVER cleared and stayed there for our entire meal.

As far as i can tell no server was assigned to our table. Certainly no one was notified that a party had been seated there. After about 15 minutes eventually someone noticed my daughter and I sitting there and came over to ask if someone had taken care of us. He did take our order and agreed to help us out, but it didn't seem like this was supposed to be his table because he was clearly too busy with his other tables. I appreciate very much that he came over to help us though.

Food was mediocre and the whole experience was rushed, since it was 30 minutes later than it should have been before anyone took our order. We should have walked down the street to Panera bread, it would have been much better. I won't be back.

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Erin
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was excellent but service left a lot to be desired

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PaulB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very good with some interesting things I had not seen in other Italian restaurants.

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vipElissaK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Went to Forno because we had tickets to a show at the Hippodrome and it was convenient. The wait staff were overwhelmed and forgetful, the food was horrendous, and there were fruit flies EVERYWHERE. We ordered simple pasta dishes - spaghetti with butter and Parmesan cheese - for the kids and it was inedible. The pasta and/or butter was so salty it hurt your lips. Cheese pizza was OK- one came out good and one came out only half cooked. Totally bizarre. Would never go back.

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vipLeighP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We ate here before a show at the Hippodrome, like everyone else it seems. The menu has limited options for someone looking for a decently healthy meal. My husband got the steak caesar, which is just sad looking. I got the salmon and a side of brussels sprouts. Everything just reminded me of a more expensive TGI Friday's.

The wine selection was good, and it's nice they offer half glasses or full glasses. Other than that, I would definitely not be back.

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vipSteve
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time, we will be back!
Thanks

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vipBrianP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for dinner before the theater. Solid wine list, good pizza, entrees, and appetizers. Outstanding Tiramisu brownie to top it off.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a perfect place for a pre-show or after-show theatre event at the Hippodrome. The menu has a large variety of unique food. The host was so very pleasant. The bartender, Heather, made such an outstanding Bloody Mary - the best I have ever had. Once seated, the service, Kyle, was very professional, assisted with informing of ingredients of meals, and exceptionally pleasant. He was timely from the water and drink order, to checking on our status and enjoyment of the meals. Both Heather and Kyle should be commended on their service.

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JillN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a nice place - food is a bit expensive - but everything we had was good. The waiter was a little clumsy and broke a glass full of water at the table - and wasn’t all that apologetic, but otherwise everything was fine. It is a very convenient place to dine, if you are going to the Hippodrome - which is literally right across the street.

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HeatherH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Our service was very good and we were even seated earlier than our actual reservation. We mentioned that we had tickets to a show and they made sure we wouldn’t have to rush. The meatballs, 4-cheese pizza, and fries were good but unfortunately, our pasta dish was nearly inedible. The broth was much spicier than expected but was also somehow not that flavorful. The small amount of pasta clumped together and although there were about a dozen clamshells in the bowl, we found just 3 actual clams. I definitely will stick to pizza the next time.

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RinStarr
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was fantastic. The service was almost questionable (they were much slower than I anticipated), but it got much better towards the end. I only ranked it slightly low because my friend and I caught something dark scurry along the floor. I would have thought it was a shadow or my mind playing tricks on me if my friend did not see it as well. It happened so fast! I never confirmed what it was nor saw it again. It could have been a napkin for all we know... but we are not sure. I would still recommend. It was delicious and a nice vibe.

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LaurenP
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great meal before catching a show at the hippodrome. Cute spot, great service, and delicious pizza! This was a return visit for us.

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Shams93
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another outstanding Forno experience! We eat here as often as possible before shows at the Hippodrome Theater and are always happy with our choice!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Valentines weekend

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vipKimberlyG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Waiter ignored us for other tables. Tables that ordered after us (by 20 minutes) got food first. When our came out it was burnt and cold. Waiter never asked us if we wanted refills. Worst experience there ever and we come (well used to) come for brunch before every show the past 3 years (we are season subscribers).

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Rich
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a treat. We are usually here for brunch. Enjoyed the nice range of options, the very good service, and the generous wine pours.

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vipSkutchie
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really enjoyed the entire experience when I went to the Hippodrome and was looking for a place for dinner in advance. The food was really good and the service was great. I will go again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipBim3rd
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My wife and I have dined here several times before seeing a show at the Hippodrome across the street and have had some very good meals. This time...not so much.. the cheese and charcuterie plate looked like someone threw the items on the plate from a few feet away and the cured meats were not good. Our entrees were not much better. They were out of pappardelle pasta at 5:30 on a Friday night, and the bolognese sauce was very bland. My wife’s lasagna was very unspectacular as well. When we asked for some bread they brought us a tiny slice for each of us. Something has definitely changed and not for the better!

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vipGC12
Baltimore
44 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour

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TabithaS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Loved the location, our server, the decor, but, the food was very disappointing. Calamari tasted of excess salt, the Gnocchi dish had no flavor, the lasagna was excessively oily & served without garlic bread (which never arrived later, as promised). I did enjoy the scallops.

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Annonymous
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great time at Forno before seeing a show at the Hippodrome. Our waiter was very attentive at first, but as the restaurant filled up, his attention declined, we had to wait about 10 minutes when we wanted the check before he cruised by our table again. The food was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my very favorite places in Baltimore. Cool atmosphere. Great place to go on play night.

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vipHappydiner1
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service was great and ambience very comfortable. The meatballs were tasty but a bit salty. The butternut squash stuffed with root vegetables was very good. One person got the pizza, which is a generous size, but not exciting.

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ELP2
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for dinner before a Hippodrome show. Our server was excellent: friendly, attentive and expedient. The food was delicious, especially the fried oysters. Great selection of drinks, as well. Couldn't have asked for a better pre-show experience.

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LeAnnM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was tasty but the appetizer was delivered after our entrees.

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vipRobinG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was not as good as it has been in the past. Had grilled octopus, which I have had before, but it was not grilled enough. Potato soup was mashed potatoes and the spinach salad was just that - nothing but spinach. It took a while before someone came to the table initially for drinks. Service overall was slow. Bottom line -get the pizza .

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Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (443) 873-9427.

Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 1061 OpenTable diners.

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