BRANZINO

4.5
67 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Welcome to BRANZINO de Porto León, the gateway between the old world and the new, where Spanish and Californian inspired cuisines unite in a celebration of the senses to create authentic Spanish Tapas with seafood forward cuisine and raw bar. We have curated the finest ingredients for your pleasure: off-the-boat seafood from our local harbor, farm-fresh vegetables, vibrant fruits, exotic meats, hand-selected wines, and cheeses and spices imported directly from Spain. With a modern design and a classic feel, our intimate dining room sets the stage for a rich culinary experience that is as delicious as it is invigorating.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM
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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband, daughter, and I went for brunch after our daughter’s graduation this morning from Cal Poly. We ordered the steaks and eggs, French toast, and seafood paella and we all shared. Everything was delicious except the paella. The rice in the paella was flavorless. The seafood in the paella was delicious and cooked perfectly. The steak and eggs were good and the French toast was delicious and a very generous portion. We also tried two of the red sangrias and they were both very good. We also all had coffee and it was not good.

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d
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New - great seafood, vegetarian options, drinks. They pay for parking at neighboring garage.

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TM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

For the price point it was underwhelming. Some of the dishes were pleasant but the dinning room was just to hot. Hard to enjoy the food because of the humid stuffy air. Service was inattentive and impersonal. Will probably not return.

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PD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun, tasty new seafood tapas restaurant. We had their signature dish, a whole branzino fish that was cleaned at our table. Our octopus / potato appetizer was outstanding too. Our server was attentive and thoughtful. We're coming back soon.

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TT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic but at 7pm on a Friday night, they were out of Filet Mignon, which for how small the menu is, that probably shouldn’t happen.

The seafood paella was done extremely well. I was hoping for more than one piece of shrimp, since this is a “tapas” kind of style and it’s hard to share one piece. But all of the food was prepared extremely well.

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PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

The first time we went the food was very good. Lots of people dining. Servers were great.
The second time we went we were a party of 6 - nobody else was in the restaurant at 6:30 on a Sunday night - not a good sign.
The dinner was disappointing. Will not go back as there are better choices in town. This restaurant won't last

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DO
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The food, the sangria, the service. Yes please. Can you open one in Paso Robles too please? ;) Wonderful!

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AB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, great service, fun atmosphere. Food is to die for – fresh, local, yummy. Constant service from quite a few friendly staff. Lovely place to celebrate a special occasion, go for a date night, or a friends’ get-together. We’ll be back!

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WB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not inexpensive, but a real treat - worth the money.

We shared the lobster cocktail for appetizer. It was perfectly cooked, and came with 3 different dipping sauces. My wife's salmon was SUPER. My paella was very good, but thought it could use some more vegetables. The paella was LOADED with seafood.

We had three different Spanish sparkling wines (Cava) which my wife and I shared. All 3 were excellent. I hate paying a lot for bad wine, which happens in too many restaurants.

We shared the dessert (espuma de chocolat) which was surprisingly good. The combination of flavors (chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and berries) was outstanding.

Restaurant was quiet initially, then the noise level picked up as more people arrived. Noise was not overpowering but definitely noticeable. Noise is a common problem with many restaurants.

Service was superb without being bothersome.

Overall, we had a wonderful time celebrating my wife's birthday. Highly recommended.

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TA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An all around excellent dinning experience. I would wholly recommend Branzino to anyone in or around SLO. The oyster service, excellent. Arugula salad, spot on. Paella, what-cho-talkin-bout Willis? That stuff is fo-real gooood! But the pièce de résistance are the churros con chocolate, if you like that sort of thing. Some good local wine selections but (as of this writing) no cocktails.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was fantastic! My boyfriend and I enjoy the small plates experience and to find one combined with a raw bar? Well, I knew it was prefect for our dinner out on our long weekend in SLO. We sat at the wine bar for our dinner and enjoyed views of the kitchen and great conversation with our server, Jorge. Every dish we had was out of this world with the steak tartar and hamachi standing out. But above all else was the surprise of the flavor of the crostini with Humboldt Fog cheese and sweet English peas. It doesn’t sound anywhere near as good as it was! Seasonal, fresh and creative food served by a bunch of attractive and customer service oriented wait staff. The attention to detail was impressive. I highly recommend Bronzino.

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Steak & tuna tartare were excellent. Really enjoyed it. Would return.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding customer service. The branzino was delicious!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was not brought to the table warm. It was room temp. Kind of disappointing

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DC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered the Branzino (the whole fish) it looked beautiful, great presentation. Tasted good. Unfortunately there was still uncleaned guts which made that portion of the fish bitter and fishy, and there was still scales left on the fish skin.

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed everything. All four of us have made many paellas and did not find yours to be authentic or at least what we expected. The shellfish was delicious - the rice so-so. The whole branzino was delish!

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular meal. Went to Branzino for my birthday and was truly knocked out.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Great seafood.

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LH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such amazing food!! Will definitely be back. Octopus and oysters we're incredible. Arugula was ok as were the toasts. Glad we finished the meal with the churros...because holy amazing!!! Oh and thank you Branzino for treating us to some bubbly as we celebrated our anniversary!! We will definitely be back!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous- would love to go back the next time we’re back in SLO!

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Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the variety of dishes. I recommend getting a few plates and sharing. Our server, Conner, was fabulous. She did a great job explaining the menu and making recommendations for the table. Thanks so much for making our special occasion so special!

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O
Orange County
80 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love love the tapas! Especially good are the hamachi and tuna tartare.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt bad making such a late reservation (9pm) but it was the earliest we could get there. We had a great dinner and as always loved the sangria. I like to try something new each time- I enjoyed the tuna sashimi this visit. The staff was attentive and we didn’t feel rushed. This is definitely becoming one of my favorite restaurants here in SLO.

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ME
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mothers Day Brunch was absolutely fantastic! Service and food were wonderful.
Cannot wait to return! Not inexpensive, but worth it! Will definitely recommend
to all my friends....

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was enjoyable. We were disappointed that there were a few things we ordered that were not available. We were told they had had a busy night the night before so they ran out of food.

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AR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Loved the good! Taste, presentation, amount of it and value. Service was great, very informative, quick but not annoying! Loved the overall experience and for sure will be back!

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M
Washington DC
220 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us tried out the new hot spot in downtown SLO, and we already can't wait to go back. Highlights included Truffle Mushroom Croquetas (must order status) and Hamachi in an avocado leche de tigre that is so tasty we asked for bread to mop up the plate! Service was superb without being stuffy, and their open kitchen smells and looks amazing. Definitely another culinary gem here in the Central Coast!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, food was excellent, service was a little slow but not too bad. Very fun atmosphere and quality authentic food.

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seriously delicious food, but high priced. We had some Pan Tapas as well as the Paella Del Mar. When the tapas arrived I was surprised that we got truly 1 of each, 2 bites worth per. I'm used to tapas being a couple small items per order. So the tapas are priced at over $2 per bite.... but they are truly lovely bites. Just wallets beware.

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DS
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We love this place but they served 3 of us our meal and the fourth meal came at least 10-15 minutes later. Our crispy skinned salmon was over cooked and a little dry. It might have continued cooking while we were waiting for the fourth dish to arrive.

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MK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

There were no seafood selections on the menu that were for one person. All the prepared fish selections were designed for two. The chef would not make any accommodation for one person who wanted a dish

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R
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very exciting addition to SLO. Fantastic food, beautifully prepared and presented with warm, knowledgeable and friendly service. Will definitely be back to work through the dishes on the menu we weren’t able to get to.

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DJ
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We ordered the mushroom tapas; very good. Our entree was Branzino served table side. The server was new so there were a lot of bones still in the fish. The potato side was a bit gelatinous and the cauliflower was charred with sauce and did not finish most of it. Our table was very close to the next party so it felt uncomfortable. It was an interesting experience. Chef is clearly talented and glad we tried it, but likely won't hurry back.

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N
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space. Very good service. I had the paella with seafood. Paella and scallops were yummy. Other seafood was flavorless. The arugula salad was good but being it was so simple, pricey.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and knowledgeable service, excellent presentation and wonderful flavor of all dishes.

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CG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new restaurant in downtown slo! They had a great Easter Brunch.

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t
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great first experience at Branzino. Nice to see something new and different in SLO, the crudo was excellent. Only critique would be the noise level, hard to hear a conversation and even the servers.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the most impressive restaurant to open in SLO. Dare to say, the best restaurant in SLO. Great service, great food. Worth the price! The menu is balanced and well-executed. The open kitchen is awesome--We enjoyed being able to watch the kitchen work from every seat in the restaurant. Carlos, the executive chef has his hands touching everything with last details to edit. It's really beautiful. He's humble and so talented! His food eats in layers of flavor, like unexpected ingredients just pop up and then just fold into the whole bite. Go try immediately!

*Request Connor as your server, she's amazing!

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E
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh Spanish tapas and seafood! So delicious! Attentive and friendly servers.

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j
Phoenix
46 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Let me start by saying the food was excellent and beautifully presented. I believe this is a new restaurant and it's clearly still trying to work out the kinks. There was a constant flow of different people at our table and that got a bit overwhelming. All that said, this is a great addition to the SLO dining scene and we will be back.

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