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Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.6
1080 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.

Support Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar during COVID-19

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
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The pictures are well put together and inviting . The location is downtown, which potentially means there’s a lot of foot traffic. There were people who weren’t patrons of the restaurant standing outside and could intimidate patrons. The service was good, but the pasta could have been prepared better. Very starchy and cooked too firm. Server could have asked pasta preference to eliminate that oversight.

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vipNHRBP
Baltimore
78 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! She did a great job helping us try some much wine. The food was extremely good. The apps and the pizza were amazing. The pasta was slightly over cooked but next time we would probable just ask for them to make ours a bit more al dente. I can’t wait to go back!

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unencumbered
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really good meal. Had the bottomless brunch and was sufficiently drunk after. Would eat here again and again. Attentive waitress.

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

The chicken and waffles were great!

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Lisa
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great location low key and nice experience over all

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jayem
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small, but fun menu. Farmers pizza was delicious. Can’t wait to try the ravioli. Had a wonderful bottle of wine— half price on Saturday— for real. Relaxed but attentive servers. Overall delightful evening. Location was helped by parking lot entrance.

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Kimadabrat
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From start to finish, our brunch experience was awesome and Kyle, our server for the day, went above and beyond. My only grip was the duck fries needed to cook some more. My wings, shrimp & grits, bacon, bottomless sangria/mimosas and wino mule were on point. I will be back when in Baltimore again.

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YvonneC
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience and staff. Loved the crab bruschetta! Scallops and meatballs were amazing as well. The pepperoni pizza was good but a bit too salty. Took advantage of the 50% off bottle of wine offer!

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StephanieL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED it! Our food was good! Our waitress Heather was amazing and staff was incredibly friendly! This will be a new favorite spot!

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Alarcher
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really Good time. Broccoli Fritters were outstanding and the Arugula Capellini was also delicious. Saturday is half price bottle of wine night as well.

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vipBurke
Baltimore
113 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the visit to Forno.
The small menu of meals was nice, would have preferred a broader choice of salads. What we had was very good, nice meal. Beautiful setting, location of west side was quiet without the theatres in business.

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Alarcher
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good. Food was outstanding and the service was as well. Really enjoyed the wine also.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a 10+ outdoor party this past weekend and we really enjoyed ourselves! Our server Kyle was awesome and so was another woman staff member who was helping him out with drink refills(don’t recall her name)! Everyone was friendly and very accommodating even when I was on the phone with the hostess setting up the reservation! The outdoor space was soooo cute with the lights and the decor, it was overall very inviting,spacious and comfortable!

We had brunch but will definitely be back for dinner! Especially since they will be installing heaters soon! Definitely a place to check out!

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Alarcher
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Ate outside. I was very comfortable. Food was outstanding and good value. I will be back.

JB
vipJasmineB
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience from start to finish. Wonderful food and wine and excellent service! Also half priced bottles made it even better. A safe place to dine out during Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out for dinner and drinks with friends and colleagues from the medical center for two of our birthdays. Food was exceptional as always, but service and just overall generosity and smiles of all the staff made the experience. Thank you all so very much! Will be back soon.

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Mmemercury
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and friendly staff, excellent food and lovely decor. Our favorite restaurant in town!

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kred
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always awesome here! Service is always fantastic and food is great!

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vipDavidW
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Baltimore's gems. Must support it during these difficult times.

The calamari, and this is not hyperbole, is the best we have had anyplace.

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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
42 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
103 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
30 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
12 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
2 reviews
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
7 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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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 4.6 stars by 1080 OpenTable diners.

Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/forno/giftcards.

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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