Forge and Vine

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Drawing inspiration from the region’s history and natural surroundings, the 156-seat freestanding restaurant reflects elemental themes of wood, water, iron, and fire, reminiscent of the carriage houses and blacksmith shops that once dotted the landscape. The centerpiece of Forge & Vine is an eight-foot wood fired grill and open kitchen with counter seating where guests can enjoy dinner while interacting with the chef. Welcoming residents as well as visitors to the area, Forge & Vine offers a strong sense of place with a design sensibility that brings in the outside with floor to ceiling windows offering breathtaking pastoral views of Gibbett Hill. The restaurant boasts spacious and casual bar with service inside and out and features classic and comfortable cuisine sourced from the best produce, seafood, and meats that New England offers.
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4.6
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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything!
We tried one of their dinners for two. The short rib was the best I’ve ever had.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, terrific waiter, delicious food.

TD
New England
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great drinks lots of fun with friends !!

FL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good experience - food, wine , service tip notch

FP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My dinner (pork chop) was very good. My wife's meal was not so good. The gnocchi she ordered was lukewarm and quite hard. The mussels she exchanged the gnocchi for were good but the ssuce was pretty bland. So it was a mix of very good and disappointing.

BR
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Sat at the Chef’s table, really enjoyable

G
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My family of 8 had reservations and was a bit late for our reservation - the restaurant was very accommodating with a 15 minute delay.
Everyone was pleasant, but we had 4 “oopps” by the staff: could not find the wine we ordered, took 20 minutes for the bottle to be delivered; wrong dinner order delivered to one at my table; forgot a dessert order; brought the wrong drink. The waitress was all apologetic, and we don’t know how much of this was her (was she new?) vs. the others in the kitchen. Anyway, if we ever go back, we would return, but perhaps with different expectations

JB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations before hand so no waiting. First time here and the setting was beautiful with a barn like feeling and interesting lighting. Beer and wine selection was good. Menu was terrific. We had the beet salad, braised short ribs and a beef and noodle dish, all excellent. Topped it off with spice cake and chocolate cheese cake. Again excellent. Couldn’t finish any of it so we enjoyed the entire meal again the next night. We’ll be back. A great special occasion destination.

f
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my third time dining at Forge and Vine. The food is lovely, the potato dish that comes with the filet mignon is to excellent. Downside is that it prevents me from trying other dishes. We were seated in the main dining room and had tables quite close to us on either side. Both parties were very nice, but we could hear every conversation. I much prefer sitting at the bar or in the bar area. My husband and my brother in-law both enjoyed their meals very much. My brother in-law has an allergy to soy and the kitchen and waitress were very accommodating, knowing ahead of time which dishes he would be able to eat (and there were quite a few).

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arriving at 5:30 on a Tuesday was good timing for us because the restaurant hadn’t filled up so we were able to have a conversation without straining. Server (Jessie) was pleasant, attentive and efficient. Food was delicious.

KL
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is my second time dining at Forge and Vine. I even invited a different group of friends along for the experience. They all loved it and were pleased with their entrees. The braised short ribs is always a popular dish and never disappoints. I tried the mushroom flatbread this time which was good also. We were promptly seated and waited on. Our meals came out in a timely manner. We will be planning our next visit soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The food, the service and the company .. can’t wait to go back!!

LS
Adelaide / SA
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with brother and sister in law
Their first time here
They loved it
As do we
We keep coming back and bringing friends and family to enjoy with us

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and had amazing service!

DD
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night! Awesome! Laura was our server and she was spectacular! We'll be back

B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as expected

LL
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at Forge and Vine! Keep up the great work of preparing the best locally sourced foods in a great ambiance!

VL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Good drinks. We ordered the new England charcuterie board and the waiter took the time to explain where all the meats came from and the best way to enjoy them. Great service! Already can't wait to go back.

AA
New England
33 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent atmosphere and staff is excellent!!

JV
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and our waitress had an awesome personality and was very intuitive to our needs and very helpful. The food was excellent. Everyone seemed to love their meal. The serving style and table water etc... and serving of everything was done with beautiful elegance.

KW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I grew up in Groton and remember the property that was there very well. I live in the next town and don't often get out when I'm with my family to a nice dinner. I am an event planner for my job so maybe I'm more critical than most? The venue is pretty, parking was fine and we didn't have to wait for our table since we had a reservation. The noise though, LOUD. I attended with my husband and 12 yr old son and I'm not sure why, but people were just shouting at each other from the tables all around us. I would have loved to have rated this venue 5-stars, but our waitress. We sat for a while before she came over. She asked us if we'd been there before, we hadn't and then she explained that the food is cooked to order. Was there any specials? Recommendations on what to order? Nope. The table next to us was ordering dessert and she went through the menu with them, sharing the specials. I don't know why, but this is the second year in a row we've been to a nice dinner after our annual TSO outing in which the waitress has essentially taken the specialness of the evening away. From dumping and running from our drink orders to never checking back in with us during dinner except to dump dessert menus from the next table over since she "heard we'd be needing them". She left the check & didn't come back for a solid 10 minutes, then took our card, came back and said "you're all set, but stay as long as you'd like" yet didn't offer us anything else before or after. It's always a surreal experience to save up for a special occasion, as noted on our original reservation, and then to be treated like we are in steerage instead of first class when we arrive. Is our money not as green as others? Does my husband's long hair or my son's attendance offend the help? We only left 18% for the tip. Maybe don't wait for 10 (often longer) minutes in between visits to our table. Because of my job, eating at fancy restaurants on the road is the norm for me, I guess I'm too critical.

TK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of four went to Forge and Vine to celebrate a birthday. As usual, the food, service and ambiance was excellent. Prices are very reasonable, we appreciate that the menu changes seasonally as this is our favorite “go to” restaurant.

TD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing service- from the front team to the servers- warm and professional. I had the steak frites and wasn’t thrilled with the flavors or preparation... but the crispy duck salad was divine. Everyone else very much enjoyed their meals and ate every bit. Can’t wait to come back.

F
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, wonderful ambience, though a bit noisy. Service was a tad slow - I think the server was new.

HP
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really excellent! Worth trying at least once.

HH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Comfortable atmosphere. We've been several times and are pleased everytime.

k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great from the moment we checked in!

TR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I were on a date night. The waitress was great. The food was excellent. We both had the filet and they were cooked perfectly. We tried the pumpkin bisque and clam chowder, both were excellent. And the drinks from the bar were spot on. Would highly recommend, but make sure you have a reservation on the weekend.

CC
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in the area. We've come here now maybe 5-6 times and each time we absolutely love every bite. This time we got the rotisserie chicken for two with a poutine starter and it was incredible. The chicken was moist, tender and delicious. The poutine almost had too much short rib, but we all know you can actually never have too much short rib in your poutine. The butterscotch pudding for desert was ridiculous. This place is always packed for a reason, but they still seat you pretty quick! And they have drink service while you wait, which is always welcome. All and all a very swank and hip locale for dinner. Prices are upscale yes, but in my opinion you are getting what you pay for.

MK
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time with old friends. We were very grateful to be seated in a quiet area because one in our party has hearing difficulty. Our waiter clearly loved his job and promoted many dishes with enthusiasm. Everything was as promised. Love the menu, love the ambience.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Informative server. Great suggestions. Delicious meal. Good drinks.

PE
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Had to wait 30 mins past reservation time but the food was wonderful. Service a bit slow. Would recommend

RO
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The question is always would I go back and yes I would but it is pricey.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked an early dinner as we just came back from a trip and hadn’t shopped yet. Server and service were terrific! A nice way to wind down!

A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food and the service at Forge and Vine were both very good. My only criticism was that the pacing of the dinner was a little too fast. While I have no complaints about the attentive service of the wait staff, it would have been nice to have had a little more time between courses. The overall ambiance and background noise level in the restaurant was noticeable but not overly intrusive. The size of the tables and the spacing between tables was a little tight. Overall, though, I will be back again for the food. It was truly excellent.

KB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Our third visit for dinner and you never disappoint. Can’t wait to to again!!!

LS
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends met us there for dinner.
We had been before and loved it.
They really enjoyed it also.

ST
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my fourth time eating at Forge and Vine and each time it just keeps getting better. For this visit, I made reservations for a large party and we were accommodated immediately and our server was wonderful throughout the evening. All of the food was delicious and cooked to perfection. I ordered the pork chop and it was, hands down, the best pork chop I have ever had at a restaurant. We will definitely be back again!

TA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place to eat and enjoy the atmosphere, it is a lively place which was full and everyone appeared to be having a good time as well as enjoying the excellent food. The service was outstanding from the greeting and throughout the meal, the servers are very knowledgeable, especially about the menu choices and their ingredients which was important as we an a nut allergy guest with us.

Overall a great place to go and eat.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

We sat in a back room with no atmosphere what so ever.