Austin >Food & Dining > Fino Restaurant
2905 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870530.297832 -97.747733
Neighborhoods: West University, Central Austin
When I'm feeling swanky and have a hankering for tapas, Fino is my spot. The perfect spot to meet the girls for happy hour or grab dinner for a hot date.
What's the Rave All About? – 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.
Good food, but how big was my tip? – 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...
great bar! great ambiance! – 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.
great paella – this place has great tapas and paella. Their patio is really fun on a beautiful afternoon with friends.
Great bar for meeting friends – 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.
Overpriced and annoying – 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.
Consistently Exceptional! – 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!
Thumbs up! – Great food...great space...great atmosphere! The food is delicious and the ambiance is relaxing, yet refined.
Nice atmosphere better food – I went back last week. I am glad I did. Everything was prepared well and looked great. Keep up the good work
Yummy..... – 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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