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Forked on Main, Orange, VA

Forked on Main

4.6
4.6
101 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Forked on Main is a casual contemporary eatery, located in the historic Sparks building on Main Street in Orange, VA. Walk in the door and you’re instantly faced with the hostess stand and a decision – a fork in the road. Take a right and you enter a light-filled dining room that can seat couples, families or even private parties. Take a left, and you’re ensconced in a lounge, perfect for a casual mid-day coffee, a happy hour drink with co-workers or a night out on Main Street with friends.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (540) 308-7660
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Dennis Merritt
  • Neighborhood
    Orange
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Sunday Sauce!

    Multiple dates available
    Every Sunday evening, join us for a weekly Sunday Night Pasta Night! We will be offering our normal dinner menu along with chef's selection of pasta specials.
    Sunday Sauce! Photo
  • EASTER BRUNCH 2024

    $55.00 per person

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Forked on Main will be offering a 3-course, price fixe menu for $55 per person. We will also have the option for bottomless mimosas/Bloody Mary for an additional $25 per person. All reservations must be held with a credit card. Cancellations made with less than 48-hours notice to the date of the reservation, will incur a cancellation fee of $25 per person. This will also applies to any decreases in the party size, with less than 48 hours notice.
    EASTER BRUNCH 2024 Photo
  • WEDNESDAY WINE DINNER

    $58.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Every Wednesday, join us for our weekly Wine Dinner! Chef selection of a 3-Course, price fix menu, for $58 per person, along with a carefully curated wine pairing with each course. Guests will have the option to order from our a la carte menu or do the price fixe Wine Dinner. Every week will be a new menu and new pairings!

Offers

  • HAPPY HOUR

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - Fri - 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Wednesday-Friday 4pm-7pm Bar/Lounge Only Discounted Bar Menu 1/2 Off Wines by the Glass $4 Beers & $6 Mixed Drinks

What 101 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Best Ambiance

  • Charlottesville

    Good for business meals

  • Charlottesville

    Innovative

  • Charlottesville

    Healthy

  • Charlottesville

    Hot spot

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Great for fine wines

  • Charlottesville

    Good for special occasions

  • Charlottesville

    Lively

101 Reviews
  1. CarolynS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding, our waitress was excellent! We had a great time!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great good. Service a little slow this time but then got better. Room temp is always on the chilly side so wear an extra layer. It’s worth it.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic! Everything was so fresh and delicious. The espresso martini with bourbon was a revelation. The shrimp risotto with the white wine cream sauce was so good I was lapping up the leftover sauce with a spoon. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit and we’ll be back. Really enjoyed it.

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  5. CaryT

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First off,all the food we had was delicious. However, they were out of 2/3 of the items we wanted. It was a prix fixe menu and we had made reservations soI'm not sure why they didn't have enough. The price wouldn't have been an issue if they'd had what we wanted but it was a lot for not getting what we came for.

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  6. ROGERG

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten at Forked several times. The food was way below the level we have experienced prior to the Valentines meal on 02/14/23. Service was fine but food was not. We were very disappointed.

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  7. natsfanz

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were visiting from out of town and as we arrived for dinner we realized we had eaten here and had a great experience in 2021. For this visit, our server was bright with energy, knew the menu well and very attentive. We sampled the pot stickers and delicious carrot, onion and curry soup in the Sip option, which was a perfect starter size. For the mains we mixed it up with the half chicken (very large portions), market catch special and the Bolognese. Each dish was excellent. We finished the evening with a wonderful mix apple crumble with almond ice cream. It was, once again, a fantastic dining experience.

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  8. VivianT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service wasn’t great. We barely got greeted when we sat down. Took a very long time just to come back and asked if we would like a drink or apps. Main dish was either too salty or under cook. Didn’t bother to tell us about the specials until we asked. Wasn’t the best experience. It was our first time there. Highly doubt we will come back

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome cocktail. The French pear martini was super delicious. We had the steak and the Salmon and both dishes were very good: great presentation and taste. We highly recommend to stop by for a drink and a meal anytime you drive by or stay in Orang Virginia

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, server Sara was top notch! Forked is one of our favorites to visit in Orange.

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  11. SandiR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate on a Sunday afternoon on a rainy day. The carrot soup was delicious and a solid portion (cup for me, bowl for the spouse). I had salmon with mushrooms and bok choy. Spouse had the Bolognese. We were both delighted by the taste of our respective meals and portion sizes. Filling yet not overly so. Each had a glass of wine (excellent but Northern VA / DC prices). Finally topped off with a chocolate cake / blueberry dessert. The Irish coffee came with a generous Jameson pour on the side which is a great way to manage the flavor. Large enough dessert portions for me to have my leftovers for decadent breakfast. Service was friendly, attentive and helpful with the menu options. It was on the more costly side but definitely now in our dining out rotation.

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  12. beckya

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Decor and ambiance very warm and cozy on a cold winters night.

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  13. KenR

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A culinary oasis in a desert of chain restaurants and fast food. Looking forward to our next visit.

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  14. MarioC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, personal service, well appointed atmosphere, wonderful sound track playing

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  15. JenniferM

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I love that the ingredients are fresh, locally sourced & the food is perfectly prepared. The restaurant could improve the ambience with warmth & dinner/season-appropriate music (beachy, daytime music sounded odd for an upscale setting, on a January evening). Cold drafts are constant, we were all cold throughout the meal. Servers should always place food before the customer & never hand plated food especially to an elderly customer.

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  16. WesleyJ

    West Virginia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the atmosphere, portion sizes on starches were very high (especially the steak frites). Kinda lost the joy in the meal because of the amount of fries on the steak frites. Just one critique, everything else was enjoyable.

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  17. foodhobbyist

    Richmond

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was New Years Eve. Elected to dine in the bar/lounge area where entertainment was located. Ambiance is much better in the dining room and music was louder than necessary. The prix fixe menu offerings were innovative and our selections were excellent. The quality of the meal outweighed the higher price which is typical for festive occasions. We've dined here before and would do so more often if we didn't live a 40 minute drive away.

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  18. Maya

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    4 course holiday meal was overall pretty good, but, the crab bisque was lacking crab and tasted slightly watery, pimento cheese was excellent! Basket of bread, was dry. Second course was pretty good, we enjoyed shrimp and scallops course. For the third course we both chose duck mine was delicious, although my endive was burnt. My man’s duck was tough and hard to cut . For dessert we chose apple crisp was ok- was hard to eat in a bowl it was served in and rice pudding. Rice was presented beautifully, but had no taste, we had to return it. Sparkling wine was great! Music perfect! Loved balloons ! Service was impeccable!! Overall great experience!!

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  19. Huggermugger

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The main attraction is the food. The ambiance is a bit rough.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was adventurous but good mostly. The pimento cheese appetizer and bread were excellent. Cocktails were very good. The shrimp risotto and steak/frites were also very tasty. The shrimp and grits dish was very different but still good. The special was a sausage stuffed squid and that is where the adventure comes in. It definitely needed something more, perhaps some lemon. The panacotta was a favorite over the pecan pie for dessert. Service was excellent. Overall it was a nice treat out with the family.

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  21. MarieK

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We are repeat customers, and will continue to frequent this restaurant, it is a gem, located in Orange VA!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Delicious food well presented.

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  23. Critic

    Richmond

    93 reviews

    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice setting, service and well prepared and tasty dishes. Went for brunch.

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  24. RhondaS

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, wonderful food, and a very nice setting!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Luke recommended the pasta/pork loin special. Spot on. Food, service, ambience and value is AMAZING. Please make this restaurant in downtown Orange, Va. a must visit.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great place to relax, have a great atmosphere, and great food. We ordered a few appetizers because we couldn’t decide on an entree until a bit after arrival. Our waiter had a great personality and paid the appropriate amount of attention and conversation. We chose this restaurant from their website alone thinking we would leave it wasn’t to our likening. Three hours later we finally left. You will not be disappointed if you chose this place. Go and enjoy!

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  27. GregK

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time visit and will certainly be a regular dinner stop from now on! Fun, friendly ambiance with excellent food, wine, and cocktails. This gem really amps up the Orange, VA town scene!

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  28. tomoho

    Baltimore

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely meal and great service. Nice local bottle of wine. The owner Stephanie explained she was a bit short in waitstaff so she pitched in and worked seamlessly with others. We had mentioned in our reservation that it was our anniversary. She mentioned it as she seated us and our dessert arrived with a chocolate happy anniversary sign. Low key and much appreciated. We prefer farm to table restaurants and we will return. Hopefully with friends.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WOW! The shrimp scampi risotto is one of the BEST dishes we’ve ever had anywhere! My wife and I love Charlottesville-area restaurants, particularly upscale dining. “Forked” is our new favorite and worth the 45 minute drive from our home. The manager actually read our Open Table notes and honored our request. That’s only ever happened a few times with other restaurants. In addition, this was our waitress’ first night working at “Forked,” but one would have never known it. She was OUTSTANDING! The rockfish special, grilled Caesar salad, espresso bourbon martini, Mediterranean mule, and Basque cheesecake were INCREDIBLE. Thank you, Forked on Main, for a wonderful date night.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We chose this restaurant based on local reviews. There were very fee people dining there and yet it took over 30 minutes to get our drinks. We ordered and another 45 minutes till food came. My friend ordered the salmon and it came out way undercooked so he sent it back and it came out same way. So he said forget it. How can the chef or cook do it the same both times?? The rest of the meals were mediocre at best. I would not recommend this restaurant!

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  31. DebbieF

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I was disappointed because I had noted through Open Table that we were celebrating our anniversary- i even called and spoke with Stephanie the owner and told her we were celebrating- she said they would help us celebrate with complimentary glasses of Prosecco and with a dessert that had chocolate mousse in it (hubbys favorite). No mention of our anniversary, Prosecco or dessert. We made a special trip from Alexandria. Very disappointed

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  32. emptynestadjustment

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The chef is super creative. Everything we ate was delicious. the charcuterie is a must with high quality cheeses and meats, and wait until you try the caper berries! The salmon and shrimp were perfectly cooked. The only thing lacking was a chocolate dessert. We'll eat here again next time we're in Orange.

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  33. LauraA

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We like to seek out farm to table restaurants committed to local sourcing. Forked is one of those intentional restaurants with clean and delicious food. We will definitely be back!

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  34. MaryP

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a 630 res in the lounge and were seated promptly. Staff was attentive and friendly. We ordered 2 glasses of wine at half price happy hour (til 7) which was nice. I had a delicious rose and my hubby had the chardonnay. I had the shrimp scampi ristotto and he ordered the strip steak. My dish was not really hot, more like warm. I should’ve asked for it to be heated but didn’t want to make a fuss. It was tasty, though the garlic sauce was a little soupy over the top. My husbands steak was cooked correctly and the sides tasty. A second glass of wine, that she got in at half price, and a cream brulee to split, and it was a nice meal indeed. We would definately go back to this local gem in Orange. Owner is very nice and I hope they continue to do well.

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  35. BHBH

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very enjoyable experience at the Forked on Main. The food was excellent and the staff was attentive and personable. We will be back.

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  36. JosephT

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Forked is an all-around lovely restaurant featuring creative takes on standard fare. Server was upbeat, courteous and aiming to please. Ambience is warm with a vibrant decor. Upon our arrival at mid-evening on a Thursday, the adjacent lounge area was hopping and loud. Thankfully it toned down soon after.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed in the food. Lemon Parmesan Chicken was very bland, no lemon flavor. It doesn’t come with any side dish. My daughter had the mussels which tasted good but she got very sick that night afterwards. We were excited about this restaurant but unfortunately disappointed.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cancelled our reservations in Charlottesville after passing this place and we are glad we did! Had pasta, burger, and crème brûlée for dessert along with drinks and everything was amazing. Our waitress Bella was very kind and attentive!! What a gem this restaurant was in a town we didn’t know if we would find somewhere to eat!

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  39. PamelaM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a restaurant find in Orange. Food is fresh and thoughtfully prepared. Ambiance is quite nice and the service is great!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely spot for dinner. The pasta special was great, service spot on.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Forked on Main offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (540) 308-7660.

Forked on Main is rated 4.6 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.

Forked on Main does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Forked on Main

124 W Main St, Orange, VA 22960

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Orange
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Dennis Merritt
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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