In Austin, good food is not hard to find, especially during SxSW. Food trucks, bars, and restaurants abound and everyone has a favorite.
We passed Finn & Porter as we were loading in for the trade show, and pegged it as our "close of show" celebratory location. Assuming we would be fighting hordes of foodies and attendees for space, I made an early reservation for the restaurant.
Upon entering, we were warmly greeted and seated. The early reservation meant the room was largely empty when we sat down, but as the dining area filled over the evening it was obvious the great attention we were paid was not unique; everyone was greeted, seated, provided some complimentary champagne, and told about the specials. Service remained top-tier throughout the evening.
As a celiac diner, it is always hard to find a good restaurant that will even pay attention to my dietary needs; Finn & Porter not only explained what I could and could not have, but our server made multiple trips to verify various foods. We settled on a selection of appetizers and entrees that left us satisfied and sated.
The food was amazing. Each piece of seafood, each cut of sashimi, the lamb appetizer... all of it was wonderful. The fish was fresh and flavorful, and if you have not had a chance to eat their octopus appetizer you must do so, even if you ordinarily avoid tentacles.
The service was attentive, courteous, and just that right mix of there-but-not-oppressive; glasses were refilled as needed, plates were cleared when finished, but overall we felt left to enjoy our dining experience in peace.
Dessert was a pleasant surprise, not being left to sorbet or crème brûlée. I had a wonderful mousse plate with flamed marshmallow that was decadent and wonderful.
Price is much what you would expect from a restaurant of their quality, and I did not think twice at all for what we paid.