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vipBCMMR
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Best practices in place..hand sanitizer, masked employees, distanced tables, so very comfortable. Outstanding service and entrees..we had cod & braised short rib...delectable! Eggplant side was blah & artichoke side presentation left to us to discover the topping that gave it flavor was on bottom instead of top..tasty last bite on that one. The panna cotta dessert didn’t wow”, but it’s good.

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vipwillpet
Cleveland
36 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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vipwillpet
Cleveland
36 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. Great bolognese. Ciangale also excellent. Totally addicted to the focaccia.

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vipSalvador
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Kt5405
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food! We were a little worried eating in, but social distancing of tables was evident and appreciated. Can't wait to go back.

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vipTomW
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, as always. I would highly recommend!

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vipLauraK
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rachel always takes good care of us. Try the veal, yum

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PastaGirl
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Amy, was outstanding and very accommodating. Excellent job

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davida
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We did not like the choice of music... it was too energetic and loud 80’s playlist) for the setting. Food was wonderful!

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JonS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had heard great things and had high hopes. The food was ok, but generally just very average. Prices weren’t too high, so the value was reasonable.

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vipGerriH
Cincinnati
128 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy you are back!! Bolognese was delicious! As was the service!

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vipMaureenY
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Forno has excellent food!! I can't say enough about how good their food is....but it's pricey....For three of us, the bill came to $170. I still would have given them 5 stars but they were playing classic rock music (Rolling Stones)...more something that you would hear in a sports bar or casual restaurant. If I'm going to go to a high-end restaurant, I want the music at the same level. I mentioned changing the channel to the staff and she didn't seem too crazy about my request.

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KevinG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner out in front of the restaurant was really perfect! Food was excellent and the ambiance was exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Great service and food was amazing as always.

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emilym
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul is a great bartender/server! Super fun, helpful, and light hearted :)

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Italian food paired with excellent service

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vipLauraK
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Handled the COVID-19 spacing issue perfectly best meal I’ve had in six months staff was fabulous

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vipBethJ
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. They never disappoint. Great job with new procedures. LOVE this place.

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LynnA
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forno is one of our favorite places to dine. We are so excited that they have reopened, and obviously addressed the new requirements for restaurants. The food is consistently exceptional, and presented by servers who know their menu and are provide service excellence in everything they do.

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were grateful that Forno's was open despite the protests downtown. There weren't many patrons, so the atmosphere was subdued, as expected. Our waitress, Rachel, wore a mask and was appropriately attentive to our needs all night long. Ordered the special (Bolognese); it came with Artisan bread which tasted like it was baked that day. Good chew, soft in the center, full of flavor. Also ordered gin and tonics and the veal meatballs for appetizers - especially tasty with a nice marinara sauce and what seemed to be pecorino-romano grated cheese. I could have eaten a dozen more meatballs. But, the star of the night was indeed the bolognese - brought to the table piping hot - al dente pasta noodles smothered in red Italian sauce, meat, and cheese. I could not eat it fast enough, although it was very rich - tasted like it was finished with heavy cream. Mama Mia! I took the rest of my portion home and had it for lunch the next day. When they boxed up our leftovers, Rachel had placed it in a large brown bag with a handle because she included a bag of paccheri pasta and a big jar of their exquisite Via Vite bolognese sauce. Apparently, this was their way of thanking us for coming out under some less than ideal circumstances. As for our evening at Forno's, like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, all I can say is, "Oh What a Night!"

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vipBigE
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience

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TraceyK
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious as always!!

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Todd
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The place was popping on a Wednesday night. Great food.

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LynneP42
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Will probably skip open table and reserve directly. Great food!!!

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vipRandom
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the food! Service was as would be expected. I prefer the vibe of the Hyde Park location.

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vipsquirebrandy
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. The menu was very different from other Italian restaurants and our server Jennifer was excellent and very helpful helping us with our selections. Additionally, we loved the decor.

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anshuls
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was really awesome so is the service

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vipBrianEats
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good brunch. The pancakes are amazing and we bring our 4 kids here for them. However, we weren’t told they were out of them until we had already looked at the menu for 10 minutes. Would have been nice to know that when we sat down as there is not much else for a bunch of small children to order. We ended up with the French toast for them. And while it’s not a traditional preparation, they ate it. The blueberry compote is amazing! My husband and I enjoyed the Benedict and the Crocca Signore. I wanted the mushroom quiche but they were out of that too.

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vipFoodiegirl
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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vipBrianJ
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing dining experience. Quality ingredients, best Italian food and exceptional wait staff.

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vipAdrianne
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious

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DeanJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place. Decor is awesome. And our server Rachel was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meaghan was our server for a party of two. She was superb! The food, service and ambiance were great.

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vipTobilicious
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect to celebrate my husbands birthday and our very sweet server treated him to his favorite dessert! The cingalle pappardelle was out of this world- just like in Italy! Hi

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vipKenS
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

After several excellent recent dinners at Forno, the last one was a bit of a disappointment. I ordered a bread basket (the only place in Cincinnati I know of where you have to pay for bread) which never came. Sad because the Blue Oven bread is excellent. A Ceasar salad was very good. My wife and I decided to try the pizza rather than a more traditional entree. The eggplant pizza could have been better. The eggplant was cut in large square cubes rather than as thinner slices. Then grated cheese was put on top after the pizza was removed from the oven--much time must have passed because it did not melt and should have been much better than it was. A sausage pizza and mushroom pizza was better, though the sausage is bland compared to what we usually experience on the east coast. We have had the the tiramisu in the past and it is superb. We were handed dessert menus and when the waitress returned we ordered the tiramisu. It was only then that she told us the tiramisu was not available (sad again). This should have been stated when she dropped the dessert menu off. We will try again since it is difficult to get quality Italian food in Cincinnati. Hope they do better next time.

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vipCarolineR
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Seats too close together. Noise level high when restaurant was full.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Too many tables in a tight space.

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AmyP
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food, and service was pretty good. Tables are too close together. Not much privacy

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JeffreyL
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being 1/2 Italian, I usually don't eat Italian food outside of the house, because I can usually make it better. But, Forno makes excellent Italian food better than I can. We only had 2 entrees w/ a pizza for an appetizer and one side, so it's hard to judge the entire menu. But, if I had to make a judgement based on what we ate, Forno IS authentic, outstanding and is worthy of another visit!!! Bravo!!!

FAQs

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 231-5555.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery is rated 4.7 stars by 416 OpenTable diners.

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