Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar

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880 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The pizza was the best thing. Everything else (roasted chicken, fried calamari, steamed shrimp, sweet potato soup, margarita) was just meh.

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SL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Had dinner 11 May around 4:45 (reservation was at 4:15). The chicken was a little dry. The waitress didn't ask how about the meal. Other than that, everything else was excellent.

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c
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to have a bite to eat before or after going to the Everyman Theater. Great food and service!

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BL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great stop before a night at the Hippo. Great wine, pizza and charcuterie.

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ED
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was amazing! We sat at the bar and the bartender was awesome. Food was okay, nothing to write home about.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food with good options for portion size

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k
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here before every Hippodrome season show. The service and food are always great

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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant especially before theater since across from Hippodrome. Menu is limited but available choices were good. Not particularly fond of the car rags they use for napkins, but they are serviceable so I guess that’s the point. Overall nice dining experience. Would recommend and would go again.

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AT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect place to go to before a Hippodrome show. Service was great and food is delicious.

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good: The cocktails and pasta dishes were great. Our waitress was nice and attentive while still giving us time to chat without coming by constantly.
Bad: The chopped salad was gross. $10 for small bowl wilted lettuce drenched in salad dressing with barely any toppings. I sent it back. Also, the menu said bread came with the meal but we had to ask for it. The waitress said it doesn't come automatically.

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HF
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I have come to Forno, I have received very attentive service. On this occasion, the manager helped us pick our wine and he was patient and kind with our inexperience. Our waitress, who was new to the restaurant, was great at pacing our meal so my husband and I could enjoy a long, romantic dinner together. The atmosphere allowed for conversation and privacy, as well as enjoyment of the sights and sounds in an attractive space. We really like Forno and we will be coming back.

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TB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were seated immediately upon arrival at our reserved time. Wine & food were excellent.

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L
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in a great atmosphere! Hard to get a reservation so book early.

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l
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Always a great meal. Service was not great however. Our server spent a lot of time chatting with the table next to us, apparently one of the people does a food blog. Other than that, a delicious meal as always.

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R
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have gone here in the past and it was an ok experience. BUT this Friday night out was a great dinner with our friends. We were seated quickly and in a quiet place. The appetizers, calamari and the grill octopus, were great. The pasta entrees, especially the lamb ravioli, were wonderful. Would go back again. The service was a little slow to start, but the staff redeemed themselves during the rest of the meal. We will go again and hope the weather is nice enough to sit outside.

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KM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff is amazing! We arrived early for our reservation and were seated anyway. Our server Heather was awesome, we had a relaxing meal and got to the theatre for our show in plenty of time. Highly recommend using Open Table for reservations.

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b
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convent to Everyman
Variety of foods
Fairly priced
Waitress great

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G
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly crafted cocktails, delicious food, and attentive service from Brandon! We'll be back.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience at Forno. The food and service were exceptional!

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B
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place to go for dinner before going to see a play at Everyman Theatre.

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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Crispy Brussels sprouts were amazing. Pizzas were also very will executed. Desserts were not as well-executed and would not recommend, have an extra drink instead.

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M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic!! So easy to like in an area with nothing for theater goers or professionals!!

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Forno every time we go to the theatre. We think the food is delicious. everything is clean and neat and the employees from receptionist to waiters are cheerful and courteous and helpful. What a delight it is to have a GOOD restaurant in the theatre district!!

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GC
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Taylor was a great bartender.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Went on St. Patrick's day at 1:30p. It was a Sunday. Didn't realize that the ONLY option for food was Brunch. That was very disappointing. Just wanted a regular lunch.

But, the Kitchen Sink Salad was VERY good.

The Vegetable Frittata was horrible. So salty, it was barely worth eating!

Kept having to so for water refills in shall glasses.

Other than that, good service.

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NT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We visited Forno for a pre-show brunch on St Patrick’s day. The service was great, but I thought menu was too limited (salads, wood fired pizza) and pricey. However, their location is so convenient for anyone headed to Hippodrome they are hard to beat for speed and convenience. And their offer to offset cost of adjacent parking lot is extremely helpful.

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Italian restaurant. Pizza was really good and good value. Regular portion of the spaghetti was very small (almost a child's portion). Server was very nice and friendly. Over all we had an excellent time!

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C
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed an outstanding pre- theater meal last Thursday at Forno. My husband and I shared a nice Caesar salad before our entrees. He had a lovely scallop pasta; I had an amazing Bolognaise pasta, one of the best ever. We ended with capacinnos and shared Tark brothers ice cream, vanilla and caramel. Our server Chris was very professional, great timing without being obtrusive. This is definitely a nice little eatery. We are looking forward to eating on the patio next time.

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MC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fairly large group, but everything was great! Brunch was amazing and I got complements for finding such a great spot! Will be coming back!

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and service. I highly recommend if you are looking for somewhere to eat before a show.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an excellent choice for an early dinner. Service and food were great

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d
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

forno deserves it great ratings and growth. I have been enjoying Forno's since it opened.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Day at the theater. Always go for brunch. Love it!

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VP
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was GREAT Heather gave us super service

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RA
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The only negative about Forno is how difficult it is to get pre-theater reservations! This was our first visit but definitely not our last. Food was delicious - loved the small plate options on pasta. Kyle was a terrific server!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, the food was very good and the wait staff was friendly and efficient.

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I was disappointed in the food. I had higher expectations but felt that the meal was very mediocre.

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JH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love, love, love your food and the flavors! Compliments to your chef!

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L
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I dine at Forno approximately once a month and have enjoyed every meal. Specifically the brussel sprouts are delicious!!! A great place and very convenient location if going to see a show at the Hippodrome.

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MG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food with quick service prior to going to a show at the Hippodrome. Extensive wine list with good suggestions for food pairings

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