We held a small and low-key end-of-year celebration at Fino's and everything - from the atmosphere to the service to the food and wine - was superb. It was very comfortable, the drinks and food came at precisely the perfect times, and everything was wonderful. We have held our celebrations at Fino's before, and no doubt we will again.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
always a pleasure to drink
always a pleasure to drink and dine at FINO! their menu is fun and unique, and small plates are great for sharing.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still got it!
Not new to the Austin restaurant scene, but still a contender. Great wine selection and delightful tapas. Very comfortable outdoor seating.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
wonderful tapas and drinks
All of the tapas we had were made from delicious and sometimes unusual ingredients. Our waitress was quite accommodating about making a few substitutions for those in our group who were watching their carb intake.The drinks were fun and delicious, too.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Tapas, Fantastic Service
I've eaten here multiple times, and enjoyed it every time. I've taken my children in several times as well, and they're always treated very well. One of our party has to avoid gluten; the waitress was great at pointing out options and being aware of it without making it a hassle. The food was all very good, but special stand-outs were the fried anchovy-stuffed olives, Ratatouille Tart, and the brussel sprouts. Also, the fried cabbage served with the quail was really good. The desserts menu has changed recently - the Pavlova was ridiculously good. The peach cake was great as well. The ice cream and sorbet trio included apricot sorbet - insane. Tasted like you'd just taken a bit of cold, sweet apricot. Delicious! Service was amazing as well.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice evening with friends
Great atmosphere for meeting up with girlfriends. We enjoyed the small plates and shared a carafe of a Yummy White Sangria.
Service was prompt. Would have enjoyed some description of the dishes we were unsure about.... to help us choose. All and all a very nice evening. Will go back !
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tapas & drinks
I think the portion size is great so you can try several things. The flavor is fresh and well constructed. Will go back.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Austin favorite
I love meeting friends here and eating the good food and enjoying the pretty place. The patio's great though I like being inside too.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and good service.
Great food and good service. We were treated to a tasty and complimentary "something from the chef" that prepared our palate for the delight that was to come. We tried the baba ghanoush, ratatouille, and quail; all prepared to perfection. Only possible complaint could be the lack of intimate seating spaces. With reataurant not even half full, the seating area did not feel very private. Will recommend again if only for the excellent quality of the food. Many thanks!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Business Lunch
Fino was a perfect place to have a social business lunch. Wonderful food, great service, easy to have a conversation, it was lovely.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
It is always consistent.
Food and drinks are really of highest quality for Austin which has a deceptive good scene.
Lots of sizzle no steak is quite usual at most restaurants here.
Fino's manchego biscuits at sunday brunch are worth the detour and their drinks are too notch.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly service combines with tough decisions on what to eat -- paired with an attractive, comfortable patio - for a can't miss dining experience. Loved the savory waffles at brunch, with a rich syrup and perfectly cooked fried egg. Don't miss the shrimp and grits! I was in town from SA, visiting with friends, who are regulars here. I see why. I look forward to trying dinner soon.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a Travel Zoo coupon for Sunday brunch which the restaurant accepted without question. We have dined at Fino several times so the coupon was a added bonus. Highly recommend the shrimp and grits!!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good location. Parking not a problem. Nice atmosphere and not too noisy. Great specialty drinks. Tapas and small plates. Meditteranean fare. Great red pepper hummus. Loved the salmon I ordered. Small but decent wine list. Great for foodies, but also have a burger and fries on the menu for those that aren't so adventurous. Good place for happy hour with outdoor seating.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Keep it local
Another great Austin find tucked away in the neighborhood. I took some out of town clients who were impressed with the quality of the food and perfect portion size for working folks heading into a meeting after lunch.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the tapas specials and the small plates; the lemons curd was the best!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for Unique Food
This is a great place to get unique (to the US) food. I had the Pork Pinchitos for an appetizer (a.k.a. Tapas) and Pan Seared Salmon for the main meal. Although, the best way to eat at Fino is to go with a group and everyone shares their food.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had brunch on the Patio 7/21/13. Nice atmosphere outside, attentive waitstaff and nicely prepared dishes. Shrimp w/ grits was delicious.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food in a very pleasant room, excellent wait-staff, and I could hear my lunch companion. What a treat.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service could be better
I've been to Fino twice now, and the great thing about it is that it's not as intimate as most tapas places, but still maintains a great romantic vibe. The first time I went, it was just two of us, and we experienced an extremely rude hostess. It was the middle of summer, and pretty hot outside, so while they have a great outside area, we didn't want to sit outside. When we came inside, we could see every single table was open. The hostess asked me if we had a reservation, and we said no, and then she told us that it would be a 2 hour wait for a table inside. She made us sit outside, and we waited a long time for a waitress to come by. Thankfully, after that, our experience was great. However, the hostess should work on her people skills.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoy eating here occasionally. The service is almost always good. The food good; perhaps too odd for a meat and potatoes person. Mostly tapas with good selection of wines by glass. I has a salad with fried ham. The salad was excellent but the cuminvinagrette took some getting used to. Fried goat cheese was great. Special, risotto with peas and shrimp, was amazing. Dessert: churros with choc sauce was really, really awesome. Crispy, sweet, meltinyour mouth, chocolately goodness.
A bit pricey for lunch if you eat like me, but oh, so worth it. Also, plates are small, even the entrees.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never Too Busy to Be Good
We were a bit surprised to find the restaurant so full relatively early on a summertime Saturday evening. We were glad we'd made a reservation, and adjusted our expectations accordingly as the place was already nearly packed with diners.
Despite being very busy, the kitchen and wait staff did their utmost to assure we got all our food in a timely way and to make sure our beverage situation was under control. Some restaurants suffer from lower quality of experience when they get busy, but FINO was super busy and still offered a positive dining experience. That reliability in combination with their consistently great food and wine list is why we keep coming back.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was delicious especially
Everything was delicious especially the Sweet waffles. Shrimp and gritts could have used a bit more salt but was still yummy. Service was Excellent
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service and yummy food
Made a reservation to go back to the restaurant where we had our first date. I mentioned this on my reservation and asked if we could get the same table. When we got to the restaurant, our table was ready with menus and everything. Our waitress was prompt and congratulated us on our anniversary. The service was extremely good and the food delicious as usual. Need to come back for brunch, the menu looks really good.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Being a first timer to the restaurant we were not sure what to expect. The staff was very welcoming, service was spectacular and the food was delicious. No matter the time of day I could see this being a great place to be with a unique atmosphere. We definitely will be revisiting again.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best dining experience in years
I took my girlfriend to FINO for her birthday dinner and we had an great experience. The service was prompt and respectful, the food was delicious, the waitress recommended excellent drinks and the restaurant was occupied but the atmosphere was conducive to quiet conversation. I've been here before and it's always great, a nice neighborhood niche. Try the pork belly and octopus while they have it, the pita is also fantastic.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great brunch - one diner
Had a great brunch - one diner had eggs benedict and other had waffles.. great service. Nice modern décor.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I appreciate a nice breakfast brunch that's not a huge buffet with diners running back and forth , eating as much as possible just because it's there. The food at Fino was beautifully prepared and very tasty. The dining atmosphere was a clean modern space with a fantastic outdoor seating area. You wouldn't know you're in a business complex once you step inside Fino.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of variety
Great for diet restricted people. There is a variety of options so everyone can be accommodated. Very tasty!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the cocktail choices!
I had not been to Fino in over a year. The cocktail menu is great, and there were many new small plate and appetizer items that were perfect choices for a hot summer evening. Everyone was very happy with their selections. I am looking forward to cooler weather so that I can enjoy being outdoors on the beautiful patio.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleased with first time brunch
Pleased with first time brunch . All in our party were positive about the food and selections. My selection of Shrimp & Grits was very good and comparable to others I have had. The salmon was a favorite of another. The waffle (sweet one) was a beautiful presentation and every bite eaten by my son! The others had the hamburger which was a recommendation of one of our group.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
FINO an all-time favorite...consistent quality in all aspects. And don't miss the mirrored bull sculpture!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, as usual!
Fino is always excellent and this time was no exception. I tried the tasting menu for the first time ($35) great value and excellent food choices. I didn't want beef for the entree so they let me sub the chicken confit. Wow--so good. Careful on the drinks, though. The more than doubled the price. Oh well, it was worth it. :)
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for an unhurried date, celebrating a special occasion, or meeting some friends. The tapas were creative and delicious. They offer a choice of a large (American) size dinner or a more European small dinner plate. Very unique concept for the U.S.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about this restaurant was outstanding,
Service, food, everything
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed our brunch here. The service was excellent, and the food was delicious. We will return.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative food; great dining porch
Nestled upstairs in a chic little shopping center, Fino's combines an expertly prepared, innovative Mediterranean menu (emphasis on Spain) with a subtle hip/minimalist indoor dining room, separate bar seating and outdoor porch with the ambiance of an al fresco Madrid cafe and sound level that promotes conversation. The tapas selections retains favorites while adding seasonal choices. Small plates and dinners, including a nightly tasting menu, change frequently, to maintain the interest of regulars. Everything is delicious; service is well-informed and always welcoming; and the bar is a treasure of classic cocktails, lovely creations, correctly served straight drinks and a reasonably priced wine list that compliments the menu. Lovely!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thanks again to the staff who took a reservation for 9 of us dining together. I don't know that "vibrant bar scene" is quite the right expression but their mixologists are first class. The restaurant specializes in Tapas and small plates. Smaller portions of delicious food which is a great break from the enormous portions you always see elsewhere.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy the food here, and the service by Sabra was impeccable. We had a ton of small plates, including the Muhamurra, Babaganoush, Shisito peppers, chicken meatballs, and Brussels sprouts. It was the perfect amount of food for a pre-theatre meal.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
She was an excellent somelier who recommended outstanding wine, to go with our dishes. We followed her advise on food and wine and had the best experience ever. We left happy, and experienced food in a wonderful way. She is tall, fair and very kind, and very very smart. Congrats on great staff!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good time had by all
We had a wonderful time at Fino, a restaurant I usually go to for lunch. Our group of six--some old friends, some new--enjoyed cocktails, delicious wine, tapas, and small plates, and then dessert. The full meal stretched over hours, as it would in Europe. The waitress was excellent and Emmett Fox, the owner, was a kind host. I recommend Fino for everything.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday Night dinner
Went on a Saturday night with good friends. The four of us shared their multi-course special dinner without the wine pairings as we started with a carafe of Sangira - rosé. The service was impeccable and the manager stopped by the table as well as assisting in the serving of several courses. The fish was slightly better than the chicken which I thought was a little dry and tough. The portions on the plates were superb. We truly enjoyed the evening.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Food, Great Atmosphere
The food was fresh, natural, clean and so delicious. We loved everything we ordered. And, we ordered a lot! Don't let the odd location deter you. The restaurant has done an excellent job with decor. We ate outside and it was a beautiful setting.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you go here and you don't
If you go here and you don't have the porkbelly & calamari, you're missing out.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings
My wife and I love to eat at Fino because the food is consistently good and it is quiet. We usually have the paella which is delicious but the other night we tried the fall tasting menu with wine pairings. Everything was great from beginning to end. It was a cool Austin evening so we ate outdoors on the elevated patio. Wonderful!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fino on the Rise
As we arrived at Fino, we were surprised to find the atmosphere so inviting. Soft music was playing in the background and the tables set outside including a very nice lounging area complete with couches to melt into. The appetizers were notably delicious and the main entry was heavenly. My date commented on how sweet and peaceful yet alive Fino's was.
We enjoyed the experience so much we posted it all over our social sites.
Thank you Fino for a very nice and warm reception.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not up to their usual standards
The current menu (Nov 2013) is not up to Fino's usual standards. Too much cream -- I think they decided it was winter and it was time to go with an overly heavy menu. Still some great flavors -- it's just more hit or miss than usual.
I'll wait a few months and give them another chance with the next version of the menu... they have been excellent in the recent past. (And the "tapas" / appetizer menu, which does not change much, is always great.)
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
A place to sit and enjoy
As always, good food, cheerful service, a place to enjoy your friends, the food, the lovely light in the room.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious but mostly tapas
Mostly tapas except for the paella, which is for 2.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great date night
We have enjoyed Fino on several occasions but our last visit was maybe the best yet. The setting was comfortable and quiet and our server was attentive and friendly and gave us a perfect wine following my not so perfect description of what we like! The variety of flavors we chose with the small plates were heavenly. Really enjoyed the seasonal dish with squash in a pasta and rich cream sauce, which was satisfying yet still not too heavy. The falafel and sea salt pork skewers my husband ordered were excellent and all were served hot. We especially enjoyed the special which was the spicy potatoes which are often served in Spain. Delicious!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM