finn & porter, which is located in the downtown area of Austin, TX, provides quality food for patrons and has been doing so for more than 12 years. During this time, the restaurant has worked hard to utilize fresh and local ingredients, which have helped to make the items on the menu real standouts to patrons.
finn & porter is an upscale restaurant that offers steaks, seafood and sushi prepared by Chef Peter Maffei. The restaurant works hard to choose the best options for items in season. In addition, finn & porter offers quality cocktails that include fine liquor and spirits. The restaurant also has a range of wines available.
If you ARE looking for boring hotel food, you found it. Old style, uninspiring and a restaurant that needs more than a face lift. What a mistake
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.
Service was fantastic, drinks were good, and so was the food.
It is very difficult to find Beef Wellington in the Austin area, and Chef Peter Maffei of Finn & Porter incorporated it into his Valentine's Day Prix Fixe 4-course menu. Every course was excellently prepared and very pleasing to the eye. The flavors were unique and well balanced on every plate. We have never had a bad meal at Finn & Porter.
From the moment we announced our arrival, the Finn and Porter team set the stage for a quiet evening of casual-yet- elegant dining. From the birthday champagne to salads (beet salad and caesar salad) to our main courses (sea bass and Finn & Porter - tenderloin & poached lobster) and a shared dessert (a glazed banana, peanut butter, and chocolate treat), each item was both a presentation delight and an uncommonly delicious taste and texture experience. To top it off, their de-caf coffee (French Press) was on par with everything else. An excellent experience ...
I chose the restaurant because it was inside the Hilton Austin where my guests were staying for a conference. It was beautifully decorated, quiet, and the food was plated exquisitely. Unfortunately, that was completely undermined by the poor service and attention to food delivery. Several times we question whether our table had been forgotten by our server - it took 15 minutes to be greeted and asked for a drink order. The food looked lovely, but the mashed potatoes and broccoli under my roasted chicken were cold. Overall, I would not go back.
If dining here on a regular night, I highly recommend this restaurant for its raw fish dishes as well as steak. We ate here on NYE with a slightly limited menu, but it was still satisfactory. Great cocktails!
We went here for Thanksgiving dinner which was a fixed traditional thanksgiving dinner menu. While weren't expecting anything amazing, it was very disappointing to get cold (and I mean room temperature at best) bland food for 45 bucks a plate. My wife's dinner came out with no stuffing on the plate. Dessert was something I would have expected from going to a national chain. Service by the various individuals that waited on was OK, but I would have expected to have one waiter/waitress serving our table of five, not three different random people, given that they were not very busy. Overall we were very disappointed.
This review is only regarding the Thanksgiving meal. It was the first time we had been to this restaurant as our old favorite had closed. For the price, we felt the food was just okay. Bland, actually. The soup and salad starters were exceptional. But the main turkey meal was just not up to par for a nice restaurant. The service was good except for having to go ask for a spoon once the soup arrived. It may be great for non-holiday meals.
You'd think that with a limited menu, a renown restaurant would knock it out of the park. Sadly, not the case here. For $45 pp, we were served cold and dry pecan-pumpkin pie, soggy and flavorless green bean casserole and undercooked yams. The starter soup was good but a little salty. The best part was the mashed potatoes which were whipped and pipped for a pretty presentation but could have used a side of gravy. The turkey was moist at least, but it would've been nice to be given the choice of dark or white meat.