Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery

4.7
601 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Our second location in the heart of Olde Montgomery. Full service, authentic Italian restaurant serving appetizers, wood fired pizzas, pastas, entrees and desserts. Full bar and extensive wine list.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 601 people are saying
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ET76
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian place. Nice little gem in town. Loved it

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ReneeI
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was scratch made, delicious and Melissa was wonderful server!

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vipCatherine
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I visit Forno often - really enjoy the bolognese. But other dishes I have ordered are also great

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MaryE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was there for dinner with two friends and it was a first time experience for all of us. Our server was outstanding and our meals and salads were absolutely delicious. We will definitely be back and will be recommending Forno to family and friends.

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Dinonnati
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Michelle was our server and made great suggestions.

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MegH
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Nice ambiance, and of course amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Great food and atmosphere. If you are looking for authentic Italian, look no further.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded 5 days ago

Hey there, thank you for the five stars! We love knowing that you had such an amazing experience with us, and look forward to having you dine with us again! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome!!!

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 12, 2021

Hey there, thank you for the five stars :)

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vipNS54
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We're there at least once a week to either dine in or carry out. The service last night was horrible. Something should have been done to at least compensate us for the inconvenience. 2 hours at dinner on a Wednesday night is unacceptable.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 11, 2021

Hello-- We are so sorry your experience was not up to our highest standards. Please email our manager at jamie@fornomontgomery.c om with a little more information so we can work hard to make things right!

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ThomasL
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Bruschetta appetizer excellent. Beef shank very good but rich sauce. Would go back anytime.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 11, 2021

Hi Thomas, thank you for the kind words, so glad you enjoyed everything! :)

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vipRianB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback Rian! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your birthday celebrations! :)

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CMMishappy
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the entrees are consistently great. We sat at the bar this time and Liz was focused on all of the things that made our meal and drinks a pleasure. Thank you cooks and staff for another fun evening.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 11, 2021

Excellent! We love hearing how great your evening was with us and look forward to having you in again :)

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maryg
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waiter. Delicious Elena pizza! Yummy cocktail

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 11, 2021

Hi Mary, thank you for the five stars :)

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vipmadphilprof
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Forno is as average as average gets, at least this location. Cocktails are very sad. Pasta dishes are uninspired and overcooked. Desserts have potential, but need work. Service is fine. (Is there even one table that doesn’t wobble?)

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 3, 2021

Hi there. thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. We're sorry to hear that you felt underwhelmed by your experience here at Forno. We'd like to get a chance to make things better, if you'd care to share more details regarding your experience please feel free to email our manager at jamie@fornomontgomery.co m - thank you!

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PatrickF
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Shared a celebratory meal last night at the Montgomery location. Quality expectations were high because of multiple, wonderful meals at the Hyde Park location. A true disappointment. To be clear, the food (we actually ate) was decent, but certainly not Hyde Park quality. Some highlights, or actually - lowlights: we ordered focaccia, but turned it down after observing the chef blow mask-less into the pizza oven OVER the focaccia as it cooked in the attempt to build the fire and resulting heat. Yikes! Sorry, but chef saliva was not an ingredient on the menu, let alone at the time of COVID. And, yes, the charge for the focaccia was not taken off the bill. We waited over ten minutes for a coke and cocktail, despite a largely empty restaurant. As we waited and waited for our bill, the restaurant music was turned off, as if to send a message to us to leave. We walked to the kitchen to request our bill, explained we were sorry to keep them, but we first needed our bill. There is certainly more to tell, but this should be enough to invite change, particularly so as not to blemish the quality experience of sharing meals with family and friends at the Hyde Park location.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 4, 2021

Hi Patrick, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback. However, we're not pleased to hear that you're experience at Forno Montgomery was so underwhelming. We apologize for the confusion and misunderstandings during your experience with us; we'd like to get a chance to make things better and hope to get the opportunity to serve you again in the future. If you would like to share more details directly with our manager, please feel free to email her at jamie@fornomontgomery.co m

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SallyF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our waitress was great, everything was really nice except our pizza was surprisingly off. The veal meatballs were terrific, the salad nice, but the pizza was mushy in the middle and perhaps too thin in the middle?? My 100% Italian friend and I were underwhelmed by the main dish. Will still be back but not ordering pizza (margherita ).

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for your feedback Sally! We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Via Vite :)

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vipRonS
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Elena pizza, but everything we ordered was delicious. Truffle corn goes great with this pizza.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 1, 2021

Glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves! Thank you for your feedback! :)

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vipCynthia
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Highly recommend the meatball appetizer and the pizzas.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for your feedback Cynthia! :)

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JeffR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The appetizers were very good. We had the burrata and the tuna. The pork chops had way too much butter in the sauce. It was not an Italian dish. The pork was pounded out and fried in a very German style technique and the sauce was heavy butter and lemon, more like French cooking. Italians cook lighter and with olive oil, not butter from my experiences traveling throughout Italy.

Our server was great. Very friendly and appropriately attentive.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 4, 2021

Hi Jeff, thank you for taking the time to review us! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Cooking styles, ingredients and recipes tend to differ throughout various regions of Italy; southern Italians traditionally cook with more Olive oil compared to the Northern regions of Italy, which are geographically closer to "Nordic" countries, such as Germany and France. Many techniques to deliver many different flavors while still remaining authentic to traditional Italian cuisine!

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LeonaK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner... great experience! Loved the food from start to finish. From the kale salad to the gnocchi to the creamed corn... excellent all around. Good service too and food came out at a good pace. Tables were socially distanced which we definitely appreciated. Plus they didn’t charge us for dessert (which was fantastic by the way, highly recommend the chocolate salami!) A+

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for your feedback Leona! We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time spent with us :) we hope to see you again soon :)

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vipThomasB
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good good and service.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hi Thomas, thank you for your feedback! :)

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TimothyG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liz was extraordinary! She provided a great experience with advice and direction that was perfect for the occasion!

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 1, 2021

Glad to hear you enjoyed your time spent with us Timothy! Thank you for your feedback :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Love the food and servers. Once June 2 arrives, hoping to see the bar partitions disappear, tables full, and bring back BRUNCH… perhaps after Labor Day.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for your feedback! Hope to see you again soon :)

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Rekr
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual!

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 27, 2021

Hi, thank you for taking the time to review us!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved that we got a booth as requested. Always enjoy the friendly and awesome service and the food is always fresh, tasty, and delicious!

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 24, 2021

We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to se you again soon :)

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal and fantastic service! My wife and I went for date night, enjoyed excellent cocktails, yummy apps, then had braised short ribs and bolognese entrees. Happy as can be with the 80’s music choices on top of it all. Top notch all around, we WILL be back.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 24, 2021

Hi there, thank you so much for the five stars! We hope to see you again soon :)

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vipSharonZ
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liz, our server, was outstanding! The food was delicious...... some of the best Italian we’ve had in Cincinnati. A wonderful neighborhood eatery!

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 21, 2021

Thank you for your feedback Sharon!

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Extremefoodie
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server knew the menu by heart and was very patient when he had to repeat it twice to my mom. Everything was timed perfectly, tasted amazing. Great playlist -best hits of the 70s and 80s but not too loud. Well worth every penny.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 17, 2021

Hi there, thank you so much for the five stars! We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us!

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vipDatenight
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 17, 2021

Hey there, thank you for the five star review! Hope to see you again soon :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was great and our server, Liz, went above and beyond in service.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 14, 2021

Hi there, we're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, thank you for the five stars!

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ClintG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As usual food was great, but also par for the course was sloooooow service.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 12, 2021

Thank you for your feedback Clint! :)

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vipdeedee123
Cincinnati
142 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as well as the service were absolutely wonderful.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 12, 2021

Hi there, thank you for the five star review!

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RandyM
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent. Our waiter Mark was informative. . I love that you can get half portions on the pasta. It’s great for sharing & tasting a variety of food.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 14, 2021

Hi Randy, thank you for reviewing us! :) We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to seeing you again soon !

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AndreaB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. We would appreciate more vegan/vegetarian options. They were, however, willing to work with us to adapt the menu. A straight up chocolate mousse cake would top off dinner perfectly.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 10, 2021

Thank you for your feedback Andrea! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

We were disappointed with the server. She must have

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 10, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your feedback! We'd like to get a chance to better understand the details of your experience, would you be willing to share? Feel free to email our manager at jamie@fornomontgomery.co m

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

We arrived for our 6:30 pm reservation and were promptly told that we would need to vacate our table for an 8pm reservation after us. After being served a cocktail and an appetizer after 45 minutes there was no way we could have had a dinner and a bottle of wine in the remaining time. Plus we were at a bar table. We went down the road to one of our favorites and had a nice dinner. We will not return.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 3, 2021

Dear guest, we're very sorry to hear that your experience with us didn't meet your expectations. We would like a chance to make things better if possible; feel free to email our manager at jamie@fornomontgomery.co m if you'd care to share more details regarding your evening. We appreciate you taking the time to review us and hope to get a chance to make things better in the future. Thank you!

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vipLauraK
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forno continues to delight and impress. The Veal Piccata dish with a side of Fettuccine easily could be the best in the City. Chef Daniel and entire staff make the experience second to none. We visit every other week to see our waitress Rachel and get the same outstanding dish every time. If you have not tried this you are missing a true treasure in Montgomery. TK & LK

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi Laura - We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience with us at Forno and appreciate you being a returning customer :) Thank you for taking the time to review us!

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vipTeri
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi Teri - Thank you for leaving us a five stare review, we hope to see you again soon :)

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Floyd
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for my husband’s birthday and I requested a regular table on our reservation for our dinner (not a high top, which was a choice on the reservation). The hostess sat us at the bar and I asked the hostess if any table opens up if we could move. We saw and heard several people, including people without a reservation, walk in and be seated at a table in the dining room right away. We had a very nice dinner (the food was amazing) and the bartender was very attentive. I just wish we could have had a better birthday celebration for my husband instead of sitting next to the entrance door and the kitchen door. We spent and ate a lot of food. I would expect the requested table at some point and it never came. I was disappointed with the hostess and how she handled our situation.

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi Floyd - We appreciate you taking the time to review us! We're glad to hear you had a nice anniversary celebration but wish you had felt more cared for as far as seating options go. If you'd like to share more details regarding your experience feel free to email our manager at jamie@fornomontgomery.co m - we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Love going to forno. They accidentally sat someone else at our table. We ended up at a makeshift table in the corner. Wasn’t ideal for first date night out

Forno Osteria & Bar Montgomery
Responded on May 12, 2021

Hi - Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback! We're sorry to hear that your experience didn't meet your expectations due to seating arrangements. If you'd like to share more details please feel free to email our manager at jamie@fornomontgomery.co m

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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 601 OpenTable diners.

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.