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Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.3
1112 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
Casual
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1112 People Are Saying
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HeatherH
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food and service. My friend found her “new favorite” wine.

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doro51
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always know that dinner at Forno’s before the theater will be very enjoyable.

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KathleenG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forno is delicious every time (and we are regulars)! We love that they change the menu regularly, so there is always something new to try, and we've never been disappointed. They also a selection of good wines.

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vipPghkid
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The good -Forno pizza is always really good last night they had a butternut squash sauced pizza which was outstanding
The Bad -spaghetti and meatballs were inedible meatballs under cooked pasta over cooked and clumped and not sure why there was cilantro sprinkle on top maybe chef meant to reach for basil or parsley and grabbed cilantro
Finally the service and server were very good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Barely made it to our show because the kitchen was very backed up. Make sure you give them at least 2 hours before a show.

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Michele
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We frequently went there pre-theater prior to COVID. The food was very good, but some old favorites are no longer on the menu. The truffled papperdelle was excellent - scallops cooked perfectly, pasta was al dente, and the mushroom cream sauce was flavorful, but not too heavy. Appetizers were octopus (excellent combo of ingredients) and oysters (good). Nice selection of wines by the glass, craft beers, and innovative cocktails. The best part was the wait staff (which was clearly reduced in numbers) who did an incredible job to provide prompt and courteous service. One waiter was tasked with serving the entire outdoor space and he was phenomenal. We appreciate that staff shows up so that clients can enjoy eating out!

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MarieJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Having been to Forno before, we know what to expect in food and service. Unfortunately the service was SLLLOOOOWWWW...and we do understand that is a direct affect of the Pandemic and staffing issues. We felt bad for your wait staff b/c they could not keep up with the pre-show crowd for the Hippodrome. Hope things improve in the future.

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JerryandLynn
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great to see Forno's packed! Yay! Wait staff (and I assume everyone else) was working as hard as possible! Very thoughtful and polite despite immense business level. Thanks.

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LewisS
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was fine but took way too long to arrive. For a theatre restaurant this is a problem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Max, our server was excellent. Well informed and personable! I hope you do what you can to keep her — she is a real asset!

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WilliamH
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food

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ShelleyC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great pre-concert dinner and cocktails. Loved the Brussels sprouts, PEI Mussels with white wine garlic sauce, and the baked oysters. Must try! Mule and Basil Melon Spritzer were also tasty! Would love to go back to try the entrees and the wine.

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ChinaDoll666
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Love the gnocchi and the pizza. Parking was super easy for me around 7pm on a week day.

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DateNighter
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Farmers Pizza was so tasty and interesting. Our server was great and made great suggestions. The mixed drinks were excellent. Oh my gosh, and the Brussels sprouts appetizer was to die for! This will definitely be our go to when we go to downtown B-more.

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EricW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We came into Baltimore from the burbs for date night. It was kind of last-minute so we didn’t do a bunch of research. Forno had an outdoor covered patio and we like wine. The patio wasn’t beautiful or anything but it was fine. The interior was nice for when we go back to eat inside. Our server was great and the meal was well-paced. The wine was very good. We just didn’t like the food that we’ll. There was a corn fritter appetizer that was all dough and no corn and slightly undercooked. Caesar salad was overdressed. The pasta dish was good, with perfectly cooked scallops.

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PhilipT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend left her phone at the table - The waiter looked up my reservation and called my number to tell us - Truly exceptional service!

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Unclej
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner before the show

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited from out of town. Amazing service and delicious food.

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and really nice outdoor patio.

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doro51
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The wait staff was great. Made sure everything was perfect. I was disappointed in the Pollo Pesto pizza. very bland. the pesto had no taste. but we still love Forno and will be back.

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annie
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back to dinner before Everyman theatre at Forno's. It is just as delicious as it was. Our server, Heather, was so accomodating and nice. the white asparagus and the baked oysters were particularly good. The chefs behind the counter waved to us as we left. I think the staff is as happy to be back to almost normal as we were!!!!

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Kenny
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall we had a great experience. We were taken right away, the service was great, and the food was very good. It was pretty quiet overall and I loved all of the plants scattered around.

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KulRiggs
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Forno is one of our favorite dining choices. Always have a quality meal and love the proximity to Everyman Theatre, our post-dining experience.

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vipstationnorthdiner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and fantastic service! My husband loved the squid ink pasta and I loved the polenta! Street parking was easy and a validated garage on the next block! Great wine list and excellent prices and specials!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a really good experience!!! The drinks were delicious and the food was tasty. I went during Restaurant Week. I took advantage of their 3 course menu for $45. I also added the 1/2 glass wine pairing option for an additional $18. The pairings were amazing!!!
For my 3 courses I had the following:
1st Course - Watermelon Arugula Salad
2nd Course - Seared Rockfish
3rd Course - Bananas Foster Bowl
I forgot to take a picture of my Seared Rockfish😩😩😩!
Definitely check them out!!!

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vipNHRBP
Baltimore
78 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forno is a gem. All of the food and wine was delicious. Our service was exceptional. We are so glad we discovered this place! We have come back a few times for date nights but also brought our children one time. Such a great atmosphere for both situations.

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BaltimoreMickey
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was very good. The presentation was nice, but the food was oily and a bit salty.

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Joey
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was fantastic - highlighted by the sauces on each dish. Would go again well worth the visit - beer battered octopus was top notch. Only complaint would be that it was hot - not sure if the air conditioning was on.

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Kevin
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the Restaurant Week 3-course menu. Each of the choices was excellent. Our favorites were the roasted brussel sprouts appetizer, the grilled rockflsh with the creamy and tasty asparagus and corn risotto, and the delightful bananas foster dessert. Service was friendly and attentive. The only drawback was that the room temperature was overly warm--but maybe that was a sign of the warm, welcoming, friendly atmosphere. We would definitely recommend Forno to our friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My only complaint was that either the air conditioning wasn’t working or didn’t turn on so it was extremely hot. Having said that the food was excellent, we went for restaurant week and their big polenta is the best polenta I’ve ever had. And that’s saying a lot. I would definitely recommend for the food quality

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh Italian food. Atmosphere is hip/relaxed and not stuffy. SUPER cocktails. Restaurant week options were great.

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BrianG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the new outdoor space (although, I couldn't stop playing with the magnet tacks that help the wine list down). Food was wonderful as usual, and the service is spectacular!

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JessicaP
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Forno never disappoints. The food and service are both outstanding. Get a bunch of stuff and just share it with your group. Great place to stop if you are going to the stadiums or are anywhere in the Bromo Arts District.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
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
79 reviews
Dined on 29 May 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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vipunencumbered
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 May 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 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chicken and waffles were great!

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Lisa
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great location low key and nice experience over all

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jayem
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 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
10 reviews
Dined on 11 April 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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Forno Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 1112 OpenTable diners.

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

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