Finfine

4.6
36 reviews
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$30 and under
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Ethiopian

Finfine is an Ethiopian style restaurant in Berkeley, California with a focus on providing diners with healthy, tasty and spicy food. The restaurant prepares unique Ethiopian and ethnic dishes utilizing fresh ingredients from local organic farms.

The menu at Finfine features an eclectic mix of appetizers, vegetarian dishes and meat and fish. Menu selections include such fare as highland salad, tsom firfir, gomen, shiro wat, lamb wat, assa tibs and gored-gored. Gluten free menu options are also available at the restaurant upon request. Finfine also offers a variety of drink options to guests including beer, white wine, red wine, tej-honey wine, soft drinks and hot drinks including coffee and tea.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Ethiopian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Monday & Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(510) 883-0167
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood

Private Dining

A neighborhood restaurant named after a natural spring in Ethiopia and focused on bringing healthy, tasty and spicy food to the bay area. We prepare our unique and flavorful dishes with the freshest ingredients from local organic farms.

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AG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh food and good service. Would definitely go back again

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j
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ample space and great service. The food was ok, nothing special. Simple and healthy. The service was top notch. This is family run establishment and the warmth is felt in service and food.

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O
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

An intimate place which is proud of organic sourcing. The raw tuna was an interesting tweak on kitfo chopped raw beef. They have a few high quality tej honey wine selections I had not seen elsewhere before. The next time I get the jones for Ethiopian, I will return.

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DG
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent kifto made with high quality meat. Seasonings in kifto and vegetation items were tasty, not just hot.

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V
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice Ethiopian Restaurant close to UC Campus. This was a find. They have a nice varied menu of vegetarian, fish, lamb, chicken and beef and you can choose your level of spiciness. Even the medium is pretty spicy though. They serve it on the bread with pieces of bread with which to eat. All the food is excellently prepared. A plate includes salad and vegetable. The vegetarian platter is a veritable feast of many different things. Prices are reasonable and service is friendly. Street parking is available in the neighborhood, but might be more challenging on a Saturday evening.

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E
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Ethiopian food and nice service. Weve been to this restaurant several times and had a good time trying different things

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KR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing; so so good very flavorful and quality ingredients the service was wonderful too!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service excellent food. Disappointed that there was no dessert menu. We will be back.

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JW
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My only complaint is that there seemed to be fewer options on the menu compared with other Ethiopian restaurants I've visited. However everything we did order was delicious!! They might also consider offering a couple of desserts, even if strictly from this cuisine...a couple that are satisfying after spicy food.

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MS
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! Great food!! Definitely coming back!!!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Social and fun! Great food!

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MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent, at a good price and the staff was friendly . . .

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great... staff was great... got our food quickly. My only complaint and this extends to all restaurants not just this one— when you order a starter, it should come before the meal. Not after and or at the same as the main meal. Otherwise why call it a starter.

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very patient and knowledgeable staff. Great food!

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

lovely little spot, great food, service. we got the veg combo for two, and it was just the right amount. no deserts...my friend is gluten free and they accommodated her w/gluten free injari (i thought all injari was gluten free, but apparently some places use wheat with their teff.)

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RJ
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

All three dishes we got tasted the same, they claim meat is tender on the menu, i am not sure i would call both lamb and beef dishes i had tender. The spicy sauce used on all the dishes is the best part of the experience but every dish has got it!!

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, waitstaff very attentive to needs of customers. Great food, something new for me and quite good at that! Will be returning.

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j
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Not a large variety of Ethiopian dishes, but those that are there were very good. And so was the spongy bread (injera). It doesn't take long to get served, and while the ambiance isn't spectacular, the overall experience is quite good. (And the Ethiopian lager beer isn't too bad...)

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little hidden gem!

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L
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to place for Ethiopian food. The food is wonderful, and the service is delightful. It is a great place for out of town people to experience something different. It is also a great place to go with a group as you eat out of one platter ( although you can have a separate dish if you want) and really get to know your group. Lots of fun for all and delicious.

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RJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting dishes and flavors. I really enjoyed the lamb stew. They pride themselves on using organic and locally sourced items. You will be eating without knife and fork (in case you haven't been to an Ethiopian restaurant before).

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SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful find-just off Telegraph Ave., and walking distance to Zellerbach Hall!

Ethiopian food was a new experience for all 4 of us, and we were so pleased with the meal. Owner/chef welcomed us warmly, explained the spice blend (and adjusted it to our taste) and shared his passion for organic, locally-sourced ingredients.
We were all very pleased with our meal and hope to return soon.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Reserved a table but when we got there we were told there was no seating available?!?! We sat at the bar.

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Service was wonderful. Food was great!

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R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! Flavors were amazing. Loved the varied fish options. Salmon was excellent. Lots of excellent vegetarian options. Organic ingredients definitely a plus. Portions were a little n the small side. Corkage fee was $8! Extremely reasonable. Would definitely go back.

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Returning to Berkeley after 18 years, we were disappointed to find that the Blue Nile restaurant we had enjoyed as students had closed. Finfine made up for it and then some, with the food being both better and more authentic. This isn't a fine dining experience, but it's better than your typical ethnic-restaurant ambience. Simple but pleasant-enough surroundings, capable service, and tasty, family-style Ethiopian food.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great service...GREAT FOOD & honey wine.

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E
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the delicious food and appreciated the organic food. Friendly, attentive staff made the dining very pleasant!

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real find for vegetarian me!. Fresh and flavorful sampler plate, excellent service, warm, comfortable vibe. A dollar or two more than a few other places I have tried, but we'll worth it for the organic, more than ample servings (took half home for another meal). I will return.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented , I would definitely recommend it and come back again

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for a casual restaurant with good food, FinFine is Fine! We often bring out of towners to Ethiopian restaurants. There are three on this stretch of Telegraph that we know of. FinFine is very pleasant and the owner courteous to his guests. Every Ethiopian restaurant has a unique taste which makes the food fun to explore.

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MS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We came to FinFine before a performance at Zellerbach. The service was friendly - the owner stopped by to talk with us and answer questions about the Ethiopian cuisine. The food is locally sourced and was delicious. Certainly something a little different for us, but we'll definitely return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fun experience. We ate dinner with our family then ran off to Berkeley playhouse theatre. Our first Ethiopian food, and we will be back!

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KW
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the food & our experience at Finfine. The service was great & the staff very friendly. We will definitely be back.

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d
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice to have an option of an Ethiopian restaurant that sources organic and (at least some) locally grown produce. And good quality fish!

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have gone to Finfine about 6 times and every time the food was fantastic. We love it. Amazing vegetables, their salmon is so delicious, and we really like the people who own/run it. This time they were busy so it took a little while, but that has never happened before so I don't think it is much of an issue.

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