Fino Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2905 San Gabriel St

    Austin, TX 78705

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  • 512-474-2905

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I really do love Fino, it is a great spot for a nice date. We have come as a group, but I believe that it's a better date night spot. Sit outside when it's not disgustingly hot as they have a great patio! I really enjoy their drinks,

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I really do love Fino, it is a great spot for a nice date. We have come as a group, but I believe that it's a better date night spot. Sit outside when it's not disgustingly hot as they have a great patio! I really enjoy their drinks,

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A relaxed, romantic setting with Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine make this a perfect date spot. Call ahead for a seat on the patio when the weather's nice.

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★★★★★

A relaxed, romantic setting with Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine make this a perfect date spot. Call ahead for a seat on the patio when the weather's nice.

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Just ate here for the first time last night. The wine selection was great, the waitor recommended our meals and I enjoyed the chicken entree as well as the romaine salad. the pound cake dessert was awesome and the appetizer was also very

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★★★★★

Just ate here for the first time last night. The wine selection was great, the waitor recommended our meals and I enjoyed the chicken entree as well as the romaine salad. the pound cake dessert was awesome and the appetizer was also very

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Okay let's start by saying whats good about Fino. Good: Decor, well thought out and has a great outdoor entertaining space. Parking: is convenient. Tapas: the dips are tasty, fried calamari done just right, stuffed peppers yummie, fried olives, all good.

Now the BAD... (why the 180?!)
for god sake we even sat at the "chef's table!" I don't know who was the chef that night but the food was atrocious. When you claim that you are sitting at the "chef's table" you have high expectations of a fabulous meal. Unfortunately this did not come to fruition. It seems the only things they can get right are the tapas.
So on to the pre-selected menu...The endive salad was super bitter so/so the butternut squash soup was sweet and bland. The fish tasted fishy and injected with loads of butter to mask any flavor at all. Granted it said it was a brown butter sauce, HELLO? brown butter when properly browned should have a pleasant nutty flavor. This was just straight lazy clarified butter. The flank steak was better..marginally. With overly salted puree and a lackluster amateur red wine reduction, it was meh nothing I couldn't do at home. The dessert, a sorry excuse of a creme brule, the texture wasn't silky it tasted like a jello pudding cup with a hint of orange, with an uneven caramelized sugar top, kinda sad.. They also lack platting consistency. It's been a long time since I've had a really REALLY bad meal..the kind of meal that pisses you off, especially when you drop over $120 for a meal c'mon? seriously? that's the BEST you've got?

Fino is a great place for Apps and drinks. The rest is risky foodie beware...

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★☆☆☆☆

Okay let's start by saying whats good about Fino. Good: Decor, well thought out and has a great outdoor entertaining space. Parking: is convenient. Tapas: the dips are tasty, fried calamari done just right, stuffed peppers yummie, fried olives, all good.

Now the BAD... (why the 180?!)
for god sake we even sat at the "chef's table!" I don't know who was the chef that night but the food was atrocious. When you claim that you are sitting at the "chef's table" you have high expectations of a fabulous meal. Unfortunately this did not come to fruition. It seems the only things they can get right are the tapas.
So on to the pre-selected menu...The endive salad was super bitter so/so the butternut squash soup was sweet and bland. The fish tasted fishy and injected with loads of butter to mask any flavor at all. Granted it said it was a brown butter sauce, HELLO? brown butter when properly browned should have a pleasant nutty flavor. This was just straight lazy clarified butter. The flank steak was better..marginally. With overly salted puree and a lackluster amateur red wine reduction, it was meh nothing I couldn't do at home. The dessert, a sorry excuse of a creme brule, the texture wasn't silky it tasted like a jello pudding cup with a hint of orange, with an uneven caramelized sugar top, kinda sad.. They also lack platting consistency. It's been a long time since I've had a really REALLY bad meal..the kind of meal that pisses you off, especially when you drop over $120 for a meal c'mon? seriously? that's the BEST you've got?

Fino is a great place for Apps and drinks. The rest is risky foodie beware...

Pros: decor, patio, tapas, parking

Cons: sadly the entrees

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My husband (French) has been lamenting about vacations in Spain and the paella on the beach there for a couple of months now. So we went to Fino's last Saturday night for the first time. Immediately I liked the atmosphere - very hip, contemporary, lounge-y. We ordered a couple of cocktails with the artisenal cheese platter to munch on while waiting on the paella, which takes about 30 minutes. It was well-worth the wait! Now, this isn't an absolutely 'classic' version of paella, but I personally loved the idea of the aioli and fried eggs. Really interesting (and HUGE). I love any menu which includes half-bottles. Dessert was an incredible blood orange sorbet with sparkling rose. I wish that I could remember our server's name, because he was great. Can't wait to go back!

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★★★★☆

My husband (French) has been lamenting about vacations in Spain and the paella on the beach there for a couple of months now. So we went to Fino's last Saturday night for the first time. Immediately I liked the atmosphere - very hip, contemporary, lounge-y. We ordered a couple of cocktails with the artisenal cheese platter to munch on while waiting on the paella, which takes about 30 minutes. It was well-worth the wait! Now, this isn't an absolutely 'classic' version of paella, but I personally loved the idea of the aioli and fried eggs. Really interesting (and HUGE). I love any menu which includes half-bottles. Dessert was an incredible blood orange sorbet with sparkling rose. I wish that I could remember our server's name, because he was great. Can't wait to go back!

Pros: Great cocktails, food and service

Cons: none so far

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I've been here for drinks and tapas with friends and it's great for just that. It's very casual yet elegant and the menu offers a wealth of options. I'd definitely visit again.

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★★★★☆

I've been here for drinks and tapas with friends and it's great for just that. It's very casual yet elegant and the menu offers a wealth of options. I'd definitely visit again.

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I found Fino online while searching for a restaurant to bring a group of our important clients to while in Austin for a conference; it was important that the quality of the food, beverages and service be 5 stars we were also looking for a relaxed ambience for the final evening of the event.
When I booked our reservation about a month out the vast majority of online reviews were very positive - a few days before hosting the dinner I went back online and was very surprised to see several very critical reviews. Rather than embarrass myself in front of my boss and our clients my first thought was to cancel the reservation - but I had no guarantee that the next restaurant would be any better; so I phoned Fino and spoke with the General Manager who assured me that there had been no major staff turnover and I could be confident in my choice.
The restaurant was perfect for our occasion ?? we were all arriving by taxi ?? by the time the 4th cab arrived and everyone had a drink the selection of tapas and small plates I ordered were on the table. Everyone could relax with a drink and a tasty nibble ?? every plate was a hit.
Our waiter was contentious but not the least bit intrusive ?? a true professional; dinner orders were taken and variations and recommendations made for the vegetarians and those with allergies in the group.
As it worked out, everyone had a different main course ?? the depth of menu selection offered something for every palate. Everything arrived hot, and well presented and timely.
Although we were all exhausted by the weeks activities the great food and service at Fino Restaurant made it easy for us to linger of coffee, dessert and after dinner drinks.
When it was time for the check the waiter offered to call for taxi??s knowing that is how we arrived ?? only needing to know how many we would like.
We left not only well fed but feeling well cared for as well. I recommend Fino Restaurant without hesitation and look forward to returning my next trip to Austin.

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★★★★★

I found Fino online while searching for a restaurant to bring a group of our important clients to while in Austin for a conference; it was important that the quality of the food, beverages and service be 5 stars we were also looking for a relaxed ambience for the final evening of the event.
When I booked our reservation about a month out the vast majority of online reviews were very positive - a few days before hosting the dinner I went back online and was very surprised to see several very critical reviews. Rather than embarrass myself in front of my boss and our clients my first thought was to cancel the reservation - but I had no guarantee that the next restaurant would be any better; so I phoned Fino and spoke with the General Manager who assured me that there had been no major staff turnover and I could be confident in my choice.
The restaurant was perfect for our occasion ?? we were all arriving by taxi ?? by the time the 4th cab arrived and everyone had a drink the selection of tapas and small plates I ordered were on the table. Everyone could relax with a drink and a tasty nibble ?? every plate was a hit.
Our waiter was contentious but not the least bit intrusive ?? a true professional; dinner orders were taken and variations and recommendations made for the vegetarians and those with allergies in the group.
As it worked out, everyone had a different main course ?? the depth of menu selection offered something for every palate. Everything arrived hot, and well presented and timely.
Although we were all exhausted by the weeks activities the great food and service at Fino Restaurant made it easy for us to linger of coffee, dessert and after dinner drinks.
When it was time for the check the waiter offered to call for taxi??s knowing that is how we arrived ?? only needing to know how many we would like.
We left not only well fed but feeling well cared for as well. I recommend Fino Restaurant without hesitation and look forward to returning my next trip to Austin.

Pros: Excellent for our group of 9

Cons: not easy to find for out of town guests

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Dined at Fino for the first time. Not thrilled with my choice. Ordered the chicken entree, with garbanzo beans and spinach (very salty), did not have the wine choice I requested, alternate white wine was good. My dining companion ordered the Halibut, he was pleased with his selection. We noticed there was really no ambiance, or substance to this restaurant. Nothing really stood out about the restaurant, except it being a bit pricey. Dinner for 2 was around $80. Review: 1 star. I will not return or recommend.

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★☆☆☆☆

Dined at Fino for the first time. Not thrilled with my choice. Ordered the chicken entree, with garbanzo beans and spinach (very salty), did not have the wine choice I requested, alternate white wine was good. My dining companion ordered the Halibut, he was pleased with his selection. We noticed there was really no ambiance, or substance to this restaurant. Nothing really stood out about the restaurant, except it being a bit pricey. Dinner for 2 was around $80. Review: 1 star. I will not return or recommend.

Pros: Lots of Parking and Seating

Cons: Food not all that appetizing

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Just to be concise, we went to Fino today, July 25, 2009. We were sitted in the bar, because apparently we did not make reservations for the main dininig area. The waiter was not particularly interested in us and rather indifferent to our presence in his restaurant?! The main thing is food of course, and it was merely not enough. Risotto as the only vegetarian choice was probably 1/4 of a cup, not more. There was also barely cooked zuccini/squash and something else in it which I could not recognize. Bread pudding was $9 for a tiny piece! The manager of both Fino and Asti came by, and I told him that the portions were to laugh about. He tried to expIain that usually people get full by ordering tapas.... HOw pretentious and how not European at all. BTW, if you visited Italy nowadays, the portions in their restaurants are now big, trying to satisfy us, Americans. The way to go and be happy. I left very angry and hungry. Would not recommend at all! The customer who weighs only 115 lbs, but still likes to eat and enjoys loads of best food!

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★☆☆☆☆

Just to be concise, we went to Fino today, July 25, 2009. We were sitted in the bar, because apparently we did not make reservations for the main dininig area. The waiter was not particularly interested in us and rather indifferent to our presence in his restaurant?! The main thing is food of course, and it was merely not enough. Risotto as the only vegetarian choice was probably 1/4 of a cup, not more. There was also barely cooked zuccini/squash and something else in it which I could not recognize. Bread pudding was $9 for a tiny piece! The manager of both Fino and Asti came by, and I told him that the portions were to laugh about. He tried to expIain that usually people get full by ordering tapas.... HOw pretentious and how not European at all. BTW, if you visited Italy nowadays, the portions in their restaurants are now big, trying to satisfy us, Americans. The way to go and be happy. I left very angry and hungry. Would not recommend at all! The customer who weighs only 115 lbs, but still likes to eat and enjoys loads of best food!

Pros: Quite expensive but rather miniscule portions

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Fino must think it's a tapas bar, but it's not really touted that way so it's confusing. Granted, the appetizers are pretty good - but when our risotto entre arrived with no more than 1/4 cup of the risotto rice, we felt gyped. Asking the waiter about it, he said that most people fill up on the tapas so they keep the entrees small. Hmmm. . . we didn't get the memo, and that's no ok with us! The crab and avocado bruchetta didn't taste like anything, the jambalaya was way over salted, and as I said-the risotto was almost non existent on the plate (the scallops were good). We would not go back - it's our second time and both times we were disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

Fino must think it's a tapas bar, but it's not really touted that way so it's confusing. Granted, the appetizers are pretty good - but when our risotto entre arrived with no more than 1/4 cup of the risotto rice, we felt gyped. Asking the waiter about it, he said that most people fill up on the tapas so they keep the entrees small. Hmmm. . . we didn't get the memo, and that's no ok with us! The crab and avocado bruchetta didn't taste like anything, the jambalaya was way over salted, and as I said-the risotto was almost non existent on the plate (the scallops were good). We would not go back - it's our second time and both times we were disappointed.

Pros: Big porch for drinks before dinner, creative cocktails

Cons: Don't think the food is very good, portions too small

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We went Fino for our two year anniversary dinner, hearing great things about this restaurant. We ordered some appetizers to start things off. We ordered a variety of dipping sauces to go along with some pita bread. We had smelt that something was burning in the kitchen. Well they actually delivered whatever was burning in the kitchen to our table. It was the pita bread. Bread is the staple of a restaurant and they delivered it burnt! The stuffed mushroom caps were nothing to write home about. Our entrees we ordered the paella which was very wet and runny. I know this a mediterranen fusion restaurant but come on with the paella!! There was no twist or fusion with the paella, it was just plain horrible. For our $100 tab for our dinner we were very dissapointed. I don't know how this restaurant got the reviews that it did. We will never go back to Fino again. Also, the service lacked something to be desired.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went Fino for our two year anniversary dinner, hearing great things about this restaurant. We ordered some appetizers to start things off. We ordered a variety of dipping sauces to go along with some pita bread. We had smelt that something was burning in the kitchen. Well they actually delivered whatever was burning in the kitchen to our table. It was the pita bread. Bread is the staple of a restaurant and they delivered it burnt! The stuffed mushroom caps were nothing to write home about. Our entrees we ordered the paella which was very wet and runny. I know this a mediterranen fusion restaurant but come on with the paella!! There was no twist or fusion with the paella, it was just plain horrible. For our $100 tab for our dinner we were very dissapointed. I don't know how this restaurant got the reviews that it did. We will never go back to Fino again. Also, the service lacked something to be desired.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Food & Service

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We used to like eating at Fino's. After a recent visit, we noticed the wrong tip amount was on our cc bill. It took three phone calls with the increasingly snooty management to get it corrected. Errors (?) happen, but admitting them and correcting them is part of good management. No more Fino's for us...

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★★☆☆☆

We used to like eating at Fino's. After a recent visit, we noticed the wrong tip amount was on our cc bill. It took three phone calls with the increasingly snooty management to get it corrected. Errors (?) happen, but admitting them and correcting them is part of good management. No more Fino's for us...

Pros: Good food, pleasant outdoor seating

Cons: O.K. service, snooty management

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gorgeous restaurant with a menu that sometimes sounds better on paper than they can actually pull off.

best for half price champagne and fried olives, not to mention their specialty cocktails. fun wine list and great patio.

highly reccomended.

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★★★★☆

gorgeous restaurant with a menu that sometimes sounds better on paper than they can actually pull off.

best for half price champagne and fried olives, not to mention their specialty cocktails. fun wine list and great patio.

highly reccomended.

Pros: awesome bartender

Cons: occasionally underwhelming food

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this place has great tapas and paella. Their patio is really fun on a beautiful afternoon with friends.

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★★★★★

this place has great tapas and paella. Their patio is really fun on a beautiful afternoon with friends.

Pros: really nice atmosphere and surprising patio

Cons: strange location

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Love this bar! The inside and outside. The outside patio balcony has comfortable sofas and lots of room to spread out with a lovely tree top view of central Austin. There are happy hour drink specials every night, which is why I am usually there after work. My champagne drinking friends and I like the 1/2 off sparkling wine special every day from 5-7. I highly recommend the fried goat cheese appetizer.

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★★★★☆

Love this bar! The inside and outside. The outside patio balcony has comfortable sofas and lots of room to spread out with a lovely tree top view of central Austin. There are happy hour drink specials every night, which is why I am usually there after work. My champagne drinking friends and I like the 1/2 off sparkling wine special every day from 5-7. I highly recommend the fried goat cheese appetizer.

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This is a great place for a casual small meal kind of Mediterranean tapas style or a romantic paella for two. The service is great, the decor is modern and the food is fresh and simple.

You can tast the high quality of the ingredients. They have indoor and outdoor seating, and a large raised up table for up to 16 people too. The bar is on one side with a partially open kitchen at the back.

If you want to spend a little, try the Chateau Musar Lebanese wine, WOW.

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★★★★★

This is a great place for a casual small meal kind of Mediterranean tapas style or a romantic paella for two. The service is great, the decor is modern and the food is fresh and simple.

You can tast the high quality of the ingredients. They have indoor and outdoor seating, and a large raised up table for up to 16 people too. The bar is on one side with a partially open kitchen at the back.

If you want to spend a little, try the Chateau Musar Lebanese wine, WOW.

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I hate this restaurant. I went with a group of 8 friends on a friday night at 8pm, and can't really say I enjoyed any part of it. The tapas style items worked well for our large group, but everything was so absurdly overpriced we could hardly afford to pass things around. The ambiance and decor inside, described so majestically on this site's homepage, was like a Macaroni Grill. Plain green walls, one decorative carving on a center wall, and a few dim, square light fixtures. Oh, and the bathrooms (which are plain and public school-ish) are hidden by large cloud-grey curtains. So artsy!

There was nothing about the atmosphere or the service that could have justified their outrageous prices. My girlfriend ordered, as her meal, an endive and apple salad, which listed 3 or 4 other ingredients and cost $9. When it arrived, I almost yelled. It consisted of 5 individual endive leaves (about 2-3 inches long), and what looked like 1/4 of a granny smith apple run through a french fry cutter, and drizzled in olive oil. No exaggeration. It took her about 4 bites to consume the entire $9, bland and boring plate.

Our waitress was kind and attentive, but on an extremely mild night (about 5 or 6 other parties in the room) it took about 30 minutes for our main courses to come out (and only 3 of us could afford to order main courses).

Skip this one, for sure.

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★☆☆☆☆

I hate this restaurant. I went with a group of 8 friends on a friday night at 8pm, and can't really say I enjoyed any part of it. The tapas style items worked well for our large group, but everything was so absurdly overpriced we could hardly afford to pass things around. The ambiance and decor inside, described so majestically on this site's homepage, was like a Macaroni Grill. Plain green walls, one decorative carving on a center wall, and a few dim, square light fixtures. Oh, and the bathrooms (which are plain and public school-ish) are hidden by large cloud-grey curtains. So artsy!

There was nothing about the atmosphere or the service that could have justified their outrageous prices. My girlfriend ordered, as her meal, an endive and apple salad, which listed 3 or 4 other ingredients and cost $9. When it arrived, I almost yelled. It consisted of 5 individual endive leaves (about 2-3 inches long), and what looked like 1/4 of a granny smith apple run through a french fry cutter, and drizzled in olive oil. No exaggeration. It took her about 4 bites to consume the entire $9, bland and boring plate.

Our waitress was kind and attentive, but on an extremely mild night (about 5 or 6 other parties in the room) it took about 30 minutes for our main courses to come out (and only 3 of us could afford to order main courses).

Skip this one, for sure.

Pros: parking garage

Cons: overpriced, average flavors, slow, boring

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I've come to Fino on a number of occasions and have always been impressed with both the quality of the food and the service I've received. The waitstaff is great about making recommendations if you are new - or just indecisive. I love the atmosphere! It's definitely a great place to go with friends or even a date. Give them a try and I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

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★★★★★

I've come to Fino on a number of occasions and have always been impressed with both the quality of the food and the service I've received. The waitstaff is great about making recommendations if you are new - or just indecisive. I love the atmosphere! It's definitely a great place to go with friends or even a date. Give them a try and I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

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I went back last week. I am glad I did. Everything was prepared well and looked great. Keep up the good work

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★★★☆☆

I went back last week. I am glad I did. Everything was prepared well and looked great. Keep up the good work

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Great food...great space...great atmosphere! The food is delicious and the ambiance is relaxing, yet refined.

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★★★★☆

Great food...great space...great atmosphere! The food is delicious and the ambiance is relaxing, yet refined.

Pros: ambience, good food, parking

Cons: none

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I went to FINO with a friend after work and sat on their patio. We ordered the fried goat cheese which was fabulous. The sweetness of the jam and the honey with the combination of the saltiness of the cheese was mouthwatering! Yum, yum. We split the tomatoe risotto which was also very good and a bottle of wine. Our waiter was great at making suggestions and didn't miss a beat. We had a great time and the food was a wonderful compliment to a great evening. We will definitely return in the near future. We've found a new Austin favorite for sure!

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★★★★★

I went to FINO with a friend after work and sat on their patio. We ordered the fried goat cheese which was fabulous. The sweetness of the jam and the honey with the combination of the saltiness of the cheese was mouthwatering! Yum, yum. We split the tomatoe risotto which was also very good and a bottle of wine. Our waiter was great at making suggestions and didn't miss a beat. We had a great time and the food was a wonderful compliment to a great evening. We will definitely return in the near future. We've found a new Austin favorite for sure!

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I LOVE FINO. It's a great place with great atmosphere. The happy hour is the best - one of the best in Austin. There are selections of small plates that you can order for half price. They do $5 martinis on Monday and the wine selection is good too. Definitely give this place a try if you are looking for high quality food that won't empty your wallet.

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★★★★★

I LOVE FINO. It's a great place with great atmosphere. The happy hour is the best - one of the best in Austin. There are selections of small plates that you can order for half price. They do $5 martinis on Monday and the wine selection is good too. Definitely give this place a try if you are looking for high quality food that won't empty your wallet.

Pros: weekly food and drink specials, atmosphere

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We decided to try Fino a few weeks ago and I'm so glad we did: dinner at Fino was a blast and the food was great. They serve Mediterranean food, and have small plates and big plates to choose from, which makes dinner a lot of fun, because you can sample a variety of dishes and try new things. The service, atmosphere, and food and drinks were all wonderful. We left Fino very happy and very full. Overall, our dinner was wonderful and we are looking forward to going back.

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★★★★★

We decided to try Fino a few weeks ago and I'm so glad we did: dinner at Fino was a blast and the food was great. They serve Mediterranean food, and have small plates and big plates to choose from, which makes dinner a lot of fun, because you can sample a variety of dishes and try new things. The service, atmosphere, and food and drinks were all wonderful. We left Fino very happy and very full. Overall, our dinner was wonderful and we are looking forward to going back.

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Fino put a disclaimer on my review. I wrote the review several months after going to the restaurant, but the review is accurate.

I ordered a salad & the sauteed mushrooms. The mushrooms would have fit in one of those old-fashioned Dixie cups that we used to have in our bathroom. 4 bites tops (and I'm talking girl bites, not giant man-bites). The salad, likewise, was tiny under-dressed.

With so many other good places in Austin, I don't understand how this place has managed to stay in business.

One plus - atmosphere and service are nice - but they can afford to be at these prices! Thye

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★☆☆☆☆

Fino put a disclaimer on my review. I wrote the review several months after going to the restaurant, but the review is accurate.

I ordered a salad & the sauteed mushrooms. The mushrooms would have fit in one of those old-fashioned Dixie cups that we used to have in our bathroom. 4 bites tops (and I'm talking girl bites, not giant man-bites). The salad, likewise, was tiny under-dressed.

With so many other good places in Austin, I don't understand how this place has managed to stay in business.

One plus - atmosphere and service are nice - but they can afford to be at these prices! Thye

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I try to go to Fino any chance I get and my parents always insist on eating here when they come to town. The tapas are great, lots of variety, seasonally changing menu, always delightful. The wine list is extensive and compliments the menu well. I've been here many times and have only had one less than great meal - our steaks came out cold. We sent them back to be put on the grill again and they comped all three of them for us - really can't complain about that. While the service can be a little slow during peak times the food makes up for it. I recommend Fino for the wine and the tapas - and definitely try the goat cheese!

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★★★★☆

I try to go to Fino any chance I get and my parents always insist on eating here when they come to town. The tapas are great, lots of variety, seasonally changing menu, always delightful. The wine list is extensive and compliments the menu well. I've been here many times and have only had one less than great meal - our steaks came out cold. We sent them back to be put on the grill again and they comped all three of them for us - really can't complain about that. While the service can be a little slow during peak times the food makes up for it. I recommend Fino for the wine and the tapas - and definitely try the goat cheese!

Pros: patio, ambience, food, wine list

Cons: service not as great when it's really busy - but not bad

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We went to this restaurant looking for good Mediterranean food in an outdoor patio setting. The patio setting was comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, save the view of the parking lot. The appetizers were imaginative and flavorful. Good dessert. Entrees -- just OK. In fact, the risotto dish was bland and undercooked, and the chicken with green olives was reasonably flavorful, but also slightly greasy. Service -- passable. To their credit, they removed the risotto from our bill with no complaint. To sum up, FINO delivers on a few points, but does not provide a superlative dining experience.

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★★★☆☆

We went to this restaurant looking for good Mediterranean food in an outdoor patio setting. The patio setting was comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, save the view of the parking lot. The appetizers were imaginative and flavorful. Good dessert. Entrees -- just OK. In fact, the risotto dish was bland and undercooked, and the chicken with green olives was reasonably flavorful, but also slightly greasy. Service -- passable. To their credit, they removed the risotto from our bill with no complaint. To sum up, FINO delivers on a few points, but does not provide a superlative dining experience.

Pros: Appetizers, atmosphere

Cons: Entres, limited menu, higher price

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I visited Fino last night and it was probably the best dining experience I?ve had in Austin! Everything was well done, from the decor to the drinks. My date and I started with some Scotch and Bourbon (they have a great selection), and then we shared a ?small plate? of Middle Eastern dips and grilled pita bread. The bread was delicious and apparently made in the restaurant. We then each had an entree: I had the risotto with wild mushrooms and shaved cheese, while she had the trout with almonds and capers. Both of them were done perfectly and not over-cooked at all. With out dinner we shared a half-bottle (good selection) of a Lebanese wine that our waiter recommended. Seriously, where else in Austin can you find a Lebanese wine? It was the perfect recommendation. Really, everything was wonderful, but the service was by far the strongest point. Our waiter made both me and my date feel really comfortable trying things (like that wine) that we had not had before. We never once felt rushed, just the opposite ? and this was in the middle of a Friday night. Among the best service I have ever had, in Austin or otherwise! At one point we spoke a little to the people seated next to us, and they too had a wonderful experience with both food and service. I will absolutely be back, and soon too!

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★★★★★

I visited Fino last night and it was probably the best dining experience I?ve had in Austin! Everything was well done, from the decor to the drinks. My date and I started with some Scotch and Bourbon (they have a great selection), and then we shared a ?small plate? of Middle Eastern dips and grilled pita bread. The bread was delicious and apparently made in the restaurant. We then each had an entree: I had the risotto with wild mushrooms and shaved cheese, while she had the trout with almonds and capers. Both of them were done perfectly and not over-cooked at all. With out dinner we shared a half-bottle (good selection) of a Lebanese wine that our waiter recommended. Seriously, where else in Austin can you find a Lebanese wine? It was the perfect recommendation. Really, everything was wonderful, but the service was by far the strongest point. Our waiter made both me and my date feel really comfortable trying things (like that wine) that we had not had before. We never once felt rushed, just the opposite ? and this was in the middle of a Friday night. Among the best service I have ever had, in Austin or otherwise! At one point we spoke a little to the people seated next to us, and they too had a wonderful experience with both food and service. I will absolutely be back, and soon too!

Pros: Amazing service, delicious food, huge wine and drink list

Cons: None that I can see

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I did not honestly think FINO was awful, but if I paying to eat at fine dining type of resaurant I want to receive great food as well. The scallops that I had were paired with a not so delicious mexican type of salad and the scallops were not seared, but more so just burned. The dessert was frozen and not very tasty. I did enjoy the espresso martini and the pinot noir, but overall I thought the food was not up to par for the prices. I will say that the service was great.

1
★★☆☆☆

I did not honestly think FINO was awful, but if I paying to eat at fine dining type of resaurant I want to receive great food as well. The scallops that I had were paired with a not so delicious mexican type of salad and the scallops were not seared, but more so just burned. The dessert was frozen and not very tasty. I did enjoy the espresso martini and the pinot noir, but overall I thought the food was not up to par for the prices. I will say that the service was great.

Pros: Great cocktails and wine

Cons: Burned scallops, frozen desserts, expensive bad food

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Passion is the word that comes to mind when we dined at Fino on this past Saturday night. From the return call to confirm the reservation, to being greeted at the door, to the fantastic wait staff, to the die for food, and to the hospitality of Brian. We can't thank you enough for exactly what we were looking for a special place to celebrate a special night. When going out, which we do often, it's not only the attention to detail, but the passion in which it is given. Fino did not dissapoint!!!

2
★★★★★

Passion is the word that comes to mind when we dined at Fino on this past Saturday night. From the return call to confirm the reservation, to being greeted at the door, to the fantastic wait staff, to the die for food, and to the hospitality of Brian. We can't thank you enough for exactly what we were looking for a special place to celebrate a special night. When going out, which we do often, it's not only the attention to detail, but the passion in which it is given. Fino did not dissapoint!!!

Pros: patio (wish it wasn't raining), service, food

Cons: none

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There's this thing in the service industry we call "customer recovery." It is the title we give the efforts to sway a patron back in love with our businesses when we have committed some heinous error. Being in the service industry myself, I know to what extent a place CAN go to win a customer back...and FINO went 10 steps further. Saturday night, my husband and I were TREATED to a chef's table with wine pairings at FINO. For two and a half hours, we were served some of the finest dishes I have ever eaten. The chef, Brian, our wait staff, and the host wowed us. It was an impeccable, flawless, unforgettable experience that has me giving FINO a 5-star rating! Thank you FINO for winning me back! I will be back many more times and I will share my fabulous experience with many more people!

This was a review I left a few weeks ago:
LOVED the food. BEAUTIFUL patio. RIDICULOUS incident afterward:
Checking in on my bank statement I find there are two charges to Fino from my Saturday out. Call the restaurant on Tuesday. Managar Brian is in a meeting and will have to call me back. Calls me Wednesday- I tell him the situation and that I loved his restaurant. He tells me he'll take it off right away and sorry for the inconvenience. No big deal- loved the food, people make mistakes, and Brian said I would be refunded that day. Well, held out until TODAY which is 6 DAYS after we spoke. Had to call my bank and have the charge disputed. Seriously? Come on Brian-----the food, ambiance, and booze is awesome. But pay for it twice? I would normally rank this place 5 stars....but this put me at a 2.

2
★★★★★

There's this thing in the service industry we call "customer recovery." It is the title we give the efforts to sway a patron back in love with our businesses when we have committed some heinous error. Being in the service industry myself, I know to what extent a place CAN go to win a customer back...and FINO went 10 steps further. Saturday night, my husband and I were TREATED to a chef's table with wine pairings at FINO. For two and a half hours, we were served some of the finest dishes I have ever eaten. The chef, Brian, our wait staff, and the host wowed us. It was an impeccable, flawless, unforgettable experience that has me giving FINO a 5-star rating! Thank you FINO for winning me back! I will be back many more times and I will share my fabulous experience with many more people!

This was a review I left a few weeks ago:
LOVED the food. BEAUTIFUL patio. RIDICULOUS incident afterward:
Checking in on my bank statement I find there are two charges to Fino from my Saturday out. Call the restaurant on Tuesday. Managar Brian is in a meeting and will have to call me back. Calls me Wednesday- I tell him the situation and that I loved his restaurant. He tells me he'll take it off right away and sorry for the inconvenience. No big deal- loved the food, people make mistakes, and Brian said I would be refunded that day. Well, held out until TODAY which is 6 DAYS after we spoke. Had to call my bank and have the charge disputed. Seriously? Come on Brian-----the food, ambiance, and booze is awesome. But pay for it twice? I would normally rank this place 5 stars....but this put me at a 2.

Pros: Food, wine, service, ambience

Cons: None

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The ever-changing menu at FINO is always a pleasure, along with the wonderful atmosphere and excellent service from Brian, Josh and crew. To those who said the portions are small - that's why they're called Small Plates! The Large Plate (Hangar Steak) was enough for three of us to share (after a couple Small Plates), but we do tend to prefer sampling several of the tapas-style small plates. Our family favorites are the marcona almonds, pork pinchitos, and serrano ham flatbread.

The winelist is extensive - it's a shame more Austin restaurants don't follow suit. I do tend to prefer the strawberry basil mojito's or the seasonal sangria! The Rose Petal is also an intriguing drink for a change of pace.

I would never attempt to bring a cake into a restaurant such as FINO - especially when the AMAZING Milk Chocolate Curry Semifreddo is on the dessert menu! I wouldn't expect to be able to bring a bottle of wine into a restaurant without a corking fee (if I was even allowed to bring it in the door!) so I'm not sure why a plating fee was so surprising...

Anyway, thanks FINO for always cheering me up. I'm sure I will be back soon, and often!

2
★★★★★

The ever-changing menu at FINO is always a pleasure, along with the wonderful atmosphere and excellent service from Brian, Josh and crew. To those who said the portions are small - that's why they're called Small Plates! The Large Plate (Hangar Steak) was enough for three of us to share (after a couple Small Plates), but we do tend to prefer sampling several of the tapas-style small plates. Our family favorites are the marcona almonds, pork pinchitos, and serrano ham flatbread.

The winelist is extensive - it's a shame more Austin restaurants don't follow suit. I do tend to prefer the strawberry basil mojito's or the seasonal sangria! The Rose Petal is also an intriguing drink for a change of pace.

I would never attempt to bring a cake into a restaurant such as FINO - especially when the AMAZING Milk Chocolate Curry Semifreddo is on the dessert menu! I wouldn't expect to be able to bring a bottle of wine into a restaurant without a corking fee (if I was even allowed to bring it in the door!) so I'm not sure why a plating fee was so surprising...

Anyway, thanks FINO for always cheering me up. I'm sure I will be back soon, and often!

Pros: Delicious, innovative, changing menu

Cons: None!

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I have been to Fino before and thought it would be the perfect place for my Birthday dinner on a Monday night... not so great after all. It began with an akward waiter that asked if he could store the b-day cake my friends brought me in the fridge. Dinner went well, then he brings out the cake... and then the bill. We were charge at $10 "plating fee" for cutting our cake and 18% gratuity for 5 people. When i told the waiter i thought this was ridiculous and we thought this should have been disclosed when he took the cake the waiter responded "i don't think its so ridculous... but anways (rolling eyes)." We asked to speak to the manager he gave us some lame excuse trying to justify the plating fee and we called out the waiter out for "grating" us. He said that the waiter shouldn't have done that and sorry about his attitude. All in all, I know no other resturant that makes you PAY for a "plating fee" or that try to get away with grating 5 people. I was disappointed in the manager who didnt even offer to take a meal or wine off the price for the awful and rude service. Either way FINO needs to realize that customer service should be taken more serisouly and... I will cut my own damn cake and eat it too next time!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Fino before and thought it would be the perfect place for my Birthday dinner on a Monday night... not so great after all. It began with an akward waiter that asked if he could store the b-day cake my friends brought me in the fridge. Dinner went well, then he brings out the cake... and then the bill. We were charge at $10 "plating fee" for cutting our cake and 18% gratuity for 5 people. When i told the waiter i thought this was ridiculous and we thought this should have been disclosed when he took the cake the waiter responded "i don't think its so ridculous... but anways (rolling eyes)." We asked to speak to the manager he gave us some lame excuse trying to justify the plating fee and we called out the waiter out for "grating" us. He said that the waiter shouldn't have done that and sorry about his attitude. All in all, I know no other resturant that makes you PAY for a "plating fee" or that try to get away with grating 5 people. I was disappointed in the manager who didnt even offer to take a meal or wine off the price for the awful and rude service. Either way FINO needs to realize that customer service should be taken more serisouly and... I will cut my own damn cake and eat it too next time!

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dear cooks: when competing with other chefs for presentation of food, small portions are better because they are easier to make look attractive on the plate. when charging people for food, they dont fly unless you are in a huge city with expensive customers. that's not austin - get a clue. understand your market.

will fail unless they change their price-to-portion ratio. good luck.

1
★★☆☆☆

dear cooks: when competing with other chefs for presentation of food, small portions are better because they are easier to make look attractive on the plate. when charging people for food, they dont fly unless you are in a huge city with expensive customers. that's not austin - get a clue. understand your market.

will fail unless they change their price-to-portion ratio. good luck.

Pros: well prepared.

Cons: portion size-to-price

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My wife and I had dinner at FINO for the first time last week and we liked it so much that we have been back twice since then (she went once with a friend for happy hour, and I went for a business lunch). First of all, the food is great. You might think that some items are a little overpriced, but when you taste them you realize that only the best ingredients are used: organic and local for some stuff, always fresh seafood and tender meats. We loved the sauteed asparagus with egg and porcini oil, the roasted shrimp with feta, the scallop ceviche, the skewers of grilled pork and the friend olives with anchovies: everything was cooked perfectly and presented beutifully. The chef is not famous or anything, but he knows his stuff. The Provencal sea bass entre was out of this world and the duck was just wonderful. At lunch they do a shrimp thing similar to the sea bass that is great, and the sandwiches are awesome. The best part of this restaurant though (even better than the food) is the service. Our waiter the first time was the best we've ever had. When we ordered something that came out not quite right, he immediately agreed with us and brought us another one without the mistake. He answered all our questions with real knowledge and honesty -- what he liked, and what he didn't. Also, he suggested a wine that was cheaper than the one we wanted but that was so much better!!! Finally, for dessert he was honest enough to tell us that he didn't like them very much and to skip the sweets and go for the cheese plate with some desert wine whose name I forgot (it was a king of Madeira) that was absolutely amazing. My wife raved about the happy hour, and my business lunch we great (with another great server). We now consider ourselves regulars even though we've only known the place for two weeks or so. Really the best restaurant in town.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I had dinner at FINO for the first time last week and we liked it so much that we have been back twice since then (she went once with a friend for happy hour, and I went for a business lunch). First of all, the food is great. You might think that some items are a little overpriced, but when you taste them you realize that only the best ingredients are used: organic and local for some stuff, always fresh seafood and tender meats. We loved the sauteed asparagus with egg and porcini oil, the roasted shrimp with feta, the scallop ceviche, the skewers of grilled pork and the friend olives with anchovies: everything was cooked perfectly and presented beutifully. The chef is not famous or anything, but he knows his stuff. The Provencal sea bass entre was out of this world and the duck was just wonderful. At lunch they do a shrimp thing similar to the sea bass that is great, and the sandwiches are awesome. The best part of this restaurant though (even better than the food) is the service. Our waiter the first time was the best we've ever had. When we ordered something that came out not quite right, he immediately agreed with us and brought us another one without the mistake. He answered all our questions with real knowledge and honesty -- what he liked, and what he didn't. Also, he suggested a wine that was cheaper than the one we wanted but that was so much better!!! Finally, for dessert he was honest enough to tell us that he didn't like them very much and to skip the sweets and go for the cheese plate with some desert wine whose name I forgot (it was a king of Madeira) that was absolutely amazing. My wife raved about the happy hour, and my business lunch we great (with another great server). We now consider ourselves regulars even though we've only known the place for two weeks or so. Really the best restaurant in town.

Pros: Best service, great food, nice atmosphere

Cons: none

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We have been to Fino twice now, and will sure come again - either for special occasions or in a group. The waiters are knowledgable and attentive, and above all the food quality is excellent. I like the fact that they serve food that you probably will not be able to replicate at home - the desserts are very creative. I like how you can adjust the amount you can eat and choose a variety according to how full you feel, and their menu has some regulars but others that change so you will have plenty of choice. If you prefer quantity over quality, this is not the place, but I really really really hope Fino does not sacrifice its quality for quantity! I feel that with the atmosphere, the tapas choices, and the creative and high quality food, it is a very unique restaurant in Austin - I cannot think of some other place that could replace Fino, and that's what makes it special.

2
★★★★★

We have been to Fino twice now, and will sure come again - either for special occasions or in a group. The waiters are knowledgable and attentive, and above all the food quality is excellent. I like the fact that they serve food that you probably will not be able to replicate at home - the desserts are very creative. I like how you can adjust the amount you can eat and choose a variety according to how full you feel, and their menu has some regulars but others that change so you will have plenty of choice. If you prefer quantity over quality, this is not the place, but I really really really hope Fino does not sacrifice its quality for quantity! I feel that with the atmosphere, the tapas choices, and the creative and high quality food, it is a very unique restaurant in Austin - I cannot think of some other place that could replace Fino, and that's what makes it special.

Pros: ambiance, service, high quality food

Cons: none

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Went to Fino last Friday during Happy Hour time, love the outdoor seating area, it was ambient and romantic. Great for date or just chill with friends sitting at the sofas available. The place packed up quickly after 7pm. The servers tried to recommend us food whenever we ordered drinks/food and they usually turned out as disappointments. My advice is to order Happy Hour appertisers, they are much cheaper and are in a more reasonable portions. The food are a little pricey for its tiny little portion. The drinks they made wasnt too fancy either. Will probably not go back again since there are so many other places to go to in Austin.

1
★★★☆☆

Went to Fino last Friday during Happy Hour time, love the outdoor seating area, it was ambient and romantic. Great for date or just chill with friends sitting at the sofas available. The place packed up quickly after 7pm. The servers tried to recommend us food whenever we ordered drinks/food and they usually turned out as disappointments. My advice is to order Happy Hour appertisers, they are much cheaper and are in a more reasonable portions. The food are a little pricey for its tiny little portion. The drinks they made wasnt too fancy either. Will probably not go back again since there are so many other places to go to in Austin.

Pros: Atmosphere, Happy Hour Appertizers

Cons: Expensive, not great for value to money

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I had no idea this place was there, but it is tucked at the back of West Campus, and was a pleasant surprise. I had the grilled eggplant sandwich and my mom had the grilled shrimp and they were both great. But what topped it off was the pistachio baklava. It was fantastic!

2
★★★★★

I had no idea this place was there, but it is tucked at the back of West Campus, and was a pleasant surprise. I had the grilled eggplant sandwich and my mom had the grilled shrimp and they were both great. But what topped it off was the pistachio baklava. It was fantastic!

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

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the portions are so tiny as to be laughable. My friends and I have re-named our one night there as the night of the supermodels' buffet.

1
★★★☆☆

the portions are so tiny as to be laughable. My friends and I have re-named our one night there as the night of the supermodels' buffet.

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Great place to go for 4 or more people. Food was very good and worth the money. service was very good as well.

2
★★★★☆

Great place to go for 4 or more people. Food was very good and worth the money. service was very good as well.

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Hey, this place is very unusual --- second floor outside dining with a great menu and wine list. The food is good and the portions won't choke you. Funny sometimes I want great big portions and sometimes I want small portions. Comfort food v tasty food?

I like Fino.

2
★★★★★

Hey, this place is very unusual --- second floor outside dining with a great menu and wine list. The food is good and the portions won't choke you. Funny sometimes I want great big portions and sometimes I want small portions. Comfort food v tasty food?

I like Fino.

Pros: Great setting, food, wine list

Cons: Small portions of great food

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I almost laughed out loud when we got the bill. My girlfriend and I ate here and it cost us 117 dollars for two entrees and two drinks a piece. I ordered a scallop entree that cost over twenty dollars and came with THREE scallops. My girlfriends meal was twenty five dollars for no more than rice, sauce, and a few pieces of chicken. I WOULD NEVER GO TO THIS PLACE AGAIN. I have no problem paying for good food, but this place is a JOKE! This place competes with fine dining in new york for prices. DO NOT EAT HERE, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I almost laughed out loud when we got the bill. My girlfriend and I ate here and it cost us 117 dollars for two entrees and two drinks a piece. I ordered a scallop entree that cost over twenty dollars and came with THREE scallops. My girlfriends meal was twenty five dollars for no more than rice, sauce, and a few pieces of chicken. I WOULD NEVER GO TO THIS PLACE AGAIN. I have no problem paying for good food, but this place is a JOKE! This place competes with fine dining in new york for prices. DO NOT EAT HERE, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Pros: nice space, good atmosphere

Cons: OVERPRICED TINY PORTIONS

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Here is the high level review.

* Atmosphere - above average
The inside is sophisticated but still very inviting. The outside dining area is great during cool weather.
* Service - above average
The service was very good. The wait staff was helpful, polite and always around when needed.
* Food - average
We ordered from the small plate section (TAPAS) and the Large plates as well.

So in summary good place to have a glass of wine or two but as for the food experience I probably won't go back.

* Fried Olives stuffed with Anchovy 4.5
They were ok but nothing to write home about. They were a little over salty tasting.

*Grilled Calamari & Piquillo Pepper Salad Potato & Celery, Red Wine Vinaigrette
The calamari was tough but the overall flavor was ok

*Spanish Potato Tortilla Romesco Sauce
This dish was ok but rather bland.

*Flatbread of Serrano Ham & Manchego Cheese White Truffle Oil.
Good taste I would try this one again

* Pan Seared Scallops 3 Ways Carrot & Cumin Puree Ragout of Swiss Chard, Apples, Pinenuts & Raisins Melted Leeks, Tomato & Pancetta
Overall Flavor was good but the scallops did have a fishy taste

*Algerian Braised ShortRibs Harissa Sweet Potato Puree & Roasted Red Onion Rings Balsamic & Pomegranate Sauce
Watercress Gremolata
Best food item from the ones we tasted. The meat was very tender and the sauce was a good compliment.

Wine Selection:
Good selections of wine and each half bottle we tried was very good

1
★★★☆☆

Here is the high level review.

* Atmosphere - above average
The inside is sophisticated but still very inviting. The outside dining area is great during cool weather.
* Service - above average
The service was very good. The wait staff was helpful, polite and always around when needed.
* Food - average
We ordered from the small plate section (TAPAS) and the Large plates as well.

So in summary good place to have a glass of wine or two but as for the food experience I probably won't go back.

* Fried Olives stuffed with Anchovy 4.5
They were ok but nothing to write home about. They were a little over salty tasting.

*Grilled Calamari & Piquillo Pepper Salad Potato & Celery, Red Wine Vinaigrette
The calamari was tough but the overall flavor was ok

*Spanish Potato Tortilla Romesco Sauce
This dish was ok but rather bland.

*Flatbread of Serrano Ham & Manchego Cheese White Truffle Oil.
Good taste I would try this one again

* Pan Seared Scallops 3 Ways Carrot & Cumin Puree Ragout of Swiss Chard, Apples, Pinenuts & Raisins Melted Leeks, Tomato & Pancetta
Overall Flavor was good but the scallops did have a fishy taste

*Algerian Braised ShortRibs Harissa Sweet Potato Puree & Roasted Red Onion Rings Balsamic & Pomegranate Sauce
Watercress Gremolata
Best food item from the ones we tasted. The meat was very tender and the sauce was a good compliment.

Wine Selection:
Good selections of wine and each half bottle we tried was very good

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I eat at Fino a lot, and I'd no idea there were all these negative reviews here until I suggested it to an out of town friend and she pointed this out to me. We went anyway and had a wonderful meal.

They have a terrific wine list, mostly passing by the usual, boring choices of California Chard and Cab in favor of terrific Eurpoean bottles that are hard to find in the town. The wines complement the flavors of the food and the servers and bartenders know their stuff. More than once, I've selected a bottle and had the staff there suggest a different, cheaper bottle that they felt would better complement the food choices we'd made. Each time, they've been right. That kind of service is rare--how often do you have a server talk you out of an $80 bottle in favor of a $40 one?

When they first opened, I'll grant that the food was uneven--the small plates were excellent and the big plates not quite as good. But that's changed. The menu is inventive, interesting, and now heavy on local, seasonal and artisnal ingredients across the spectrum. I've been told a new head chef is working there, and the quality is way, way up across the board, especially on the big plates. The short ribs are amazing, the lamb chop is great and the weekend specials rival any food made by any restaurant in Austin.

They also have a well stocked bar and a terrific house cocktail list. A date recently had their new Spiced Apple Martini and it's the kind of thing Fino does so much better than anyone else in Austin--it's full of real apple flavor but isn't sweet or cloying. This isn't your Sixth Street Appletini--it's for grown ups. I like the Sazarec, a classic from my hometown of New Orleans that is made here better than any place I've had it since moving away, and on a recent business dinner, my client raved about the Sage Margarita.

2
★★★★★

I eat at Fino a lot, and I'd no idea there were all these negative reviews here until I suggested it to an out of town friend and she pointed this out to me. We went anyway and had a wonderful meal.

They have a terrific wine list, mostly passing by the usual, boring choices of California Chard and Cab in favor of terrific Eurpoean bottles that are hard to find in the town. The wines complement the flavors of the food and the servers and bartenders know their stuff. More than once, I've selected a bottle and had the staff there suggest a different, cheaper bottle that they felt would better complement the food choices we'd made. Each time, they've been right. That kind of service is rare--how often do you have a server talk you out of an $80 bottle in favor of a $40 one?

When they first opened, I'll grant that the food was uneven--the small plates were excellent and the big plates not quite as good. But that's changed. The menu is inventive, interesting, and now heavy on local, seasonal and artisnal ingredients across the spectrum. I've been told a new head chef is working there, and the quality is way, way up across the board, especially on the big plates. The short ribs are amazing, the lamb chop is great and the weekend specials rival any food made by any restaurant in Austin.

They also have a well stocked bar and a terrific house cocktail list. A date recently had their new Spiced Apple Martini and it's the kind of thing Fino does so much better than anyone else in Austin--it's full of real apple flavor but isn't sweet or cloying. This isn't your Sixth Street Appletini--it's for grown ups. I like the Sazarec, a classic from my hometown of New Orleans that is made here better than any place I've had it since moving away, and on a recent business dinner, my client raved about the Sage Margarita.

Pros: great for groups, but also nice for dinner for two

Cons: weekends often busy, but almost always room at the bar

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Sounds like a few folks are missing the whole small plate, large plate option.
The small plates are intended to be samplers to share among friends. Have everyone at the table pick one and pass them around to compare. Then order more of your favorites or if you're hungry go for one of the large plates, or even split a large plate.

The large plates are more like a normal entree sized portion. The small plates are a fun way to introduce new friends to Fino, however the large plates are often real knockouts (ie: the butternut squash gnocchi, or the lamb chops).

I recently took some friends for the first time and we had to order 2 extra orders of the fried goat cheese after they tried them.

My wife is especially fond of the dessert cocktail.

2
★★★★★

Sounds like a few folks are missing the whole small plate, large plate option.
The small plates are intended to be samplers to share among friends. Have everyone at the table pick one and pass them around to compare. Then order more of your favorites or if you're hungry go for one of the large plates, or even split a large plate.

The large plates are more like a normal entree sized portion. The small plates are a fun way to introduce new friends to Fino, however the large plates are often real knockouts (ie: the butternut squash gnocchi, or the lamb chops).

I recently took some friends for the first time and we had to order 2 extra orders of the fried goat cheese after they tried them.

My wife is especially fond of the dessert cocktail.

Pros: inventive cuisine - excellent patio for happy hour and appetizers

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We went to Fino to celebrate our daughter's 20th birthday. We had a large party with an age range from 12-73. The waitstaff was wonderful with everyone. The atmosphere was wonderful, relaxed at the same time it is upscale. The food was perfect! I never thought you could have a very thick pork chop that would be cooked so perfectly, well-done but juicy and tender. All the plates looked wonderful and tasted even better! The portions were absolutley perfect. I am tired of going to a resturant and ordering a plate and having enough food for three people. I still did not finish my food but there was a lot less left on it than anywhere else. Thanks for not getting dragged in the hype of super-sizing. I am so thrilled our daughter picked this resturant. It was well worth the two hour drive to have such a wonderful meal with three generations. I highly recommend this resturant for a nice, quiet, wonderful meal.

2
★★★★★

We went to Fino to celebrate our daughter's 20th birthday. We had a large party with an age range from 12-73. The waitstaff was wonderful with everyone. The atmosphere was wonderful, relaxed at the same time it is upscale. The food was perfect! I never thought you could have a very thick pork chop that would be cooked so perfectly, well-done but juicy and tender. All the plates looked wonderful and tasted even better! The portions were absolutley perfect. I am tired of going to a resturant and ordering a plate and having enough food for three people. I still did not finish my food but there was a lot less left on it than anywhere else. Thanks for not getting dragged in the hype of super-sizing. I am so thrilled our daughter picked this resturant. It was well worth the two hour drive to have such a wonderful meal with three generations. I highly recommend this resturant for a nice, quiet, wonderful meal.

Pros: Totally wonderful

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I have been to Fino three times--once by choice and twice as a guest of someone else. The first time was for my anniversary. The other two times were for a casual lunch with a friend and then a large group (8) dinner. Each time was a disappointment. The food is good, but the portions are tiny. The drinks were watered down. Also, I found the lunch menu to be very limited. The first time there our waiter was overly attentive and because it was for my anniversary, that was very annoying. The other two times the waiters were rude. The host of the party of 8 asked to see the manager regarding the service and the manager was very rude and did not offer anything to compensate us for the poor service. I will not go back.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to Fino three times--once by choice and twice as a guest of someone else. The first time was for my anniversary. The other two times were for a casual lunch with a friend and then a large group (8) dinner. Each time was a disappointment. The food is good, but the portions are tiny. The drinks were watered down. Also, I found the lunch menu to be very limited. The first time there our waiter was overly attentive and because it was for my anniversary, that was very annoying. The other two times the waiters were rude. The host of the party of 8 asked to see the manager regarding the service and the manager was very rude and did not offer anything to compensate us for the poor service. I will not go back.

Pros: food tasted good

Cons: poor service, tiny portions, rude manager

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My husband and I love Asti, so we expected that Fino would be equally wonderful. Because they're still new, we've given them three chances, but each time we've been disappointed. The food is delicious, but the serving sizes are really absurd. We don't mind spending a lot for a great dining experience, but we do mind feeling feeling taken advantage of. I should add that we are both light eaters, so when I say the serving sizes are too small, I'm certainly not exaggerating. And $4 to add barely any chicken to your thimble-sized salad? Our servers have all been friendly, but not extremely attentive or knowledgable - again, unlike Asti. We're not going back unless we hear that they've made serious changes.

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I love Asti, so we expected that Fino would be equally wonderful. Because they're still new, we've given them three chances, but each time we've been disappointed. The food is delicious, but the serving sizes are really absurd. We don't mind spending a lot for a great dining experience, but we do mind feeling feeling taken advantage of. I should add that we are both light eaters, so when I say the serving sizes are too small, I'm certainly not exaggerating. And $4 to add barely any chicken to your thimble-sized salad? Our servers have all been friendly, but not extremely attentive or knowledgable - again, unlike Asti. We're not going back unless we hear that they've made serious changes.

Pros: ambiance, menu, chef

Cons: portion size, waitstaff

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My husband and I went for our anniversary for the first time. We wanted a really great experience and had been excited about trying Fino. We chose the special and it was not edible. The grilled fish tasted charred and like lighter fluid. The beans that came with the dish were undercooked. The sangria was very watered down--I saw that it was premade and had been sitting in a pitcher most of the night. The waiter offered us another dish and we opted for dessert. The service was great despite the food.

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I went for our anniversary for the first time. We wanted a really great experience and had been excited about trying Fino. We chose the special and it was not edible. The grilled fish tasted charred and like lighter fluid. The beans that came with the dish were undercooked. The sangria was very watered down--I saw that it was premade and had been sitting in a pitcher most of the night. The waiter offered us another dish and we opted for dessert. The service was great despite the food.

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Doesn't that say enough?

We love Asti and are frequent patrons, but we didn't fall in love with Fino. Cool atmosphere, but the food is overpriced with skimpy portions (even the entrees) and seems more concerned with being interesting than being good. We won't go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Doesn't that say enough?

We love Asti and are frequent patrons, but we didn't fall in love with Fino. Cool atmosphere, but the food is overpriced with skimpy portions (even the entrees) and seems more concerned with being interesting than being good. We won't go back.

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I ate at Fino with a group of friends while celebrating a birthday. The dinner was excellent and the service was great. It was unfortunate, however, that our experience was ruined by the owner of the restaurant who was rude to our entire group. While I will continue to rave about the food, I do not plan to go back to Fino. Austin has many other restaurants with great food and friendly surroundings.

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★★☆☆☆

I ate at Fino with a group of friends while celebrating a birthday. The dinner was excellent and the service was great. It was unfortunate, however, that our experience was ruined by the owner of the restaurant who was rude to our entire group. While I will continue to rave about the food, I do not plan to go back to Fino. Austin has many other restaurants with great food and friendly surroundings.

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Chefs Emmett and Lisa Fox, the power duo behind Austin's popular Asti, transformed the site of the former Granite Cafe. Young, well-heeled patrons can choose from two distinct areas: a sleek, open dining room with muted decor, or another…

 

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