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Forno Bistro

4.6
1752 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Anchoring Saratoga's vibrant downtown Forno Bistro is a family-owned bistro that offers a variety of rustic, Tuscan-style food rooted in tradition. Our chef's use only the freshest seasonal ingredients to prepare dishes with respect to their flavors, appearance and aroma. The menu is sophisticated but approachable, expressing the sense of hearth and home that defines the Tuscan style of life. Forno Bistro's rustic, Tuscan-style food is hearty and unpretentious with sophisticated flavors rooted in tradition and always open to new interpretations and adaptations. Many of our dishes are greatly influenced by the use of the wood-fired oven: homemade pizzas, sautéed calamari, and wood-fired towers of vegetables. The oven is always the inspiration.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1752 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AaronC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First, thank you for being open and for all of the safety precautions enhancements you've made during the pandemic. Investing even more into your customers during a time of economic strife in your industry is noted and appreciated. As usual the food, service and atmosphere are all outstanding. Another great night out with our family was greatly appreciated.

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JuliaC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all- delicious food! The covid safe barriers between tables were gorgeous and in my opinion actually added to the overall experience. It was romantic and warm/cozy inside and we would definitely eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Always work a visit.

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vipNYtravelers
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always really good!

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MaddyB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forno Bistro was a great experience.
We had a table reserved but the party did not leave on time so we were seated at the bar, what a great experience!
The bartenders service was superb and the food was great. Management even checked in with us to make sure all was good! Will definitely return!!

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dovincog
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming place with a local feel at the edge of the main road in a touristy town. We liked the vibe, and we thought the food and service were excellent.

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vipKerri
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place !
Everything is awesome

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening. Jessica was our waitress and she was fabulous. Then sat at bar for dessert and after dinner drinks and Luke was awesome. A true conversationalist. He was friendly and knowledgeable.

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ClaudiaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially distanced , great service and of course food.

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GeorgeL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time going to a sit down dinner since Covid struck and it was a perfect time! The food was delicious our waiter was personable but gave us space and the interior was cozy but not cramped and everything was clean. I've already recommended this restaurant to others who are just as excited to try it as I am to go back. I'm hoping that when we return it is as just as good as the first time. One cool feature was that all the tables had dividers but they were still tables so it was the benefit of a booth with the comfort of a table.

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RobertT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service and food. The wood fired pizza is to die for!

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StaceyO
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Nice restaurant to be at physically but food left a lot to be desired. I am all for quick service but how can an order be on your table less than five minutes after ordering? Even the plate was cold. Bread was good.

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Made a reservation, table wasnt ready had to wait about 10/15 minutes but once we were seated we had a fabulous time, food and service were fantastic. Would definitely go back again and recommend to family and friends.

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MichaelO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere.
Great waiter.
Quality cocktails.
Great apps and dishes.
One of our favorites.

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localcustomer
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were wonderful, highly recommend!

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JohnH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Saratoga on a short getaway. This restaurant was the PERFECT SPOT -great food and cocktails. Many options in the menu. Excellent pizza. Fantastic service. I would go here again without hesitation. I wish I lived closer!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service Steven was wonderful!

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Fiona
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Staff were so professional and helpful with the menu questions we had. It was a busy evening but we were brought to our table on time and enjoyed the food, ambience and wine

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vipPeterMcF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Great ambiance!

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Need more attention brought to 1 hour 30 minute time slots and limited availability for drinks!! Was very disappointed when I felt rushed on Valentine’s Day. Along with this, the online website includes multiple different drinks that were unavailable during my visit. This needs to be made clear to your customers. Forno is my favorite restaurant, however I must say this was the poorest experience I’ve ever had while dining there.

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jamesg
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

the food and service were very good , i did find the music a little too much for a restaurant , something more subtle would have been more appropriate . overall a very nice dining experience

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vipZeegirl1
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Saratoga Springs. The food is fantastic, besides the regular menu there are always specials that are excellent. The entire staff is awesome from the hostess, busboy, server and manager. I have to give a shout out to the bartender Luke, he is truly a mixologist with creative drinks. Make sure to make a reservation its a very popular restaurant even if you want to sit at the bar. Wine list is superb, I particularly love the Chianiti selections and the pizza is a winner. Whether you are a local or visiting make this one of your safe bets.

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Cher
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service! The calamari, aranci, and gnocchi were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Everything was off this Friday. Frutta de Mar was spicier and less flavorful than usual. The green beans were undercooked then when notified about that they brought overcooked green beans to replace them. They gave the impression that they weren't going to do anything about it until the last minute when they salvaged the dinner by comping our two paid beverages.

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BarbaraS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. They have done a great job with Covid 19 separation too.

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vipDonnaK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious! Our server was attentive and knowledgeable . We were in town visiting, but will definitely return:)

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judym
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like always, great place to dine, wonderful staff, enjoyable evening, thanks for staying open.

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TylerC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We came for the Chowder event, I’d say 7/10 for the chowder. But...I ordered a penne dish, claimed to come with red sauce then topped with Italian cheese and garlic and fresh basil. When I got my plate, it was LITERALLY just penne in red sauce. Just a blob of red, with penne underneath. No fresh basil nor any garlic (for presentation and/or flavor) to be found in the dish at all. I had to ask for a side of fresh basil and garlic to add. TBH the red pepper flakes and parmigiana cheese that I got off the TABLE were the tastiest ingredients in the dish! Lol, not okay for an Italian restaurant. My gf said she also felt her entree was underwhelming. And, she had paid $11 for 1/4th of a glass of wine.... She wanted more but wasn’t willing to pay another 11 bucks for two sips. Although, My beer was only $6 was good size and tasted good. The two tiny cannolis for dessert were the tastiest part of entire dinner. But with an $80 price tag for the two of us, it was quite underwhelming, and we will not be spending our time or money there again ..... both regret and wish we had gone somewhere else for the Chowder fest event. Is not a good place for a date. More for a group of 3-5 people to chill.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waited 45 for table with a reservation. Food good but very small quantity for price. I have been supporting restaurants during this difficult time but won't go back there.

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LoriP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was great as well as the service. Had the unfortunate table near the door ams was chilly but still loved the night!

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jeffd
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Server was energetic and knowledgeable, however the food wasn't fantastic, especially after finding multiple hairs......

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vipcaratgal
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Service was awesome but the food was not as awesome. The mushrooms were cold. My pasta was not favorable. Very disappointed

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KimberlyL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Forno was awesome as usual!!

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vipLoveSaratoga
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great eggplant dinner, and terrific service at the bar.... Luke is the best!

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DebK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have really done a nice job of making it safe for customers - no plastic barriers - nice wooden, rustic dividers.

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vipGabrielaG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We sat at the bar - the service was fabulous! Great drinks and very personable! Will go again! Thanks for a great night!

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SandraR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Cozy ambiance. Good choice of beverage and food. Tasty food nicely presented, pleasant staff. Very pleased with the experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is pretty much our favorite restaurant. Everything on the menu is delicious. Staff are wonderful. warm cozy and inviting in winter months and patio dining romantic and airy in good wether months. It’s always a special night dining here.

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Rb80
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The place was very crowded. One serving of food was cold, one was over cooked.

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JohnV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Once again, for the second time, my party got under cooked food. My Girlfriends Salmon (which was good) was under cooked. The inside was clearly not fully cooked.
My Penne Toscanne, which was very good, was warm when I got it, but not hot.
The waiter was excellent, and realized as soon was we showed him the salmon, it was not cooked, and he took it back to the kitchen.
The food is great there, and prices reasonable, but why the food is under cooked, I don't know...

FAQs

Forno Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 581-2401.

Forno Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 1752 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.

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