Finfine

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$30 and under
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Ethiopian

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Casual
Good Vegetarian Options

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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RichardH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and I've had a lot of Ethiopian food in the past. Service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive, ambiance is casual, I don't live in Berkely but if I did, this would be a regular spot for me. I will be back!

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vip2paddlers
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming place to have a very congenial meal. It was perfect for us before a concert at Zellerbach. Very grateful to be able to make a reservation. Delicious Ethiopian food (which they readily modified for the few in our party who don't eat especially spicy food) served communally. The congenial hosts helped to make this a wonderful way to enjoy a pre-concert dining treat

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TonyC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good service and fresh tasty food. Good experience. Very hospitable service and friendly atmosphere.

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olivere
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and an amazing staff. The atmosphere was lively and the overall experience was unique and charming. Definitely check out Finfine if you're interested in a great meal in an energetic small location.

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DoRo
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fantastic! We all loved our meals which were very fresh. The service was wonderful. Definitely a must do while in Berkeley!

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Erin
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service.

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JAMESH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Excellent value. Seems like a wonderful family enterprise.

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AF18
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little restaurant and fantasy, fresh food! I highly recommend this spot.

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DebB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was outstanding and the ambiance comfortable. It’s a small place so only a handful of tables. Service was good but it took a long time to get our food, but the food quality made up for that. We were even given gluten free bread for someone at our table.

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vipEdmj2tl
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service - it’s a family favorite restaurant.

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BPC1
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great surprise. Unassuming on outside but cozy inside. Owner gave great recommendation and presentation was fun. $7 a glass for a great Cab just highlights great value.

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CoreyR
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ethiopian in Berkeley! I love everything about it.

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BeckiLynnB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Beautiful food. Nice family dinner

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RochelleN
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food! Always consistent.
One of our favorite restaurants ! Flavors are amazing.
Just be aware that they charge a service charge on your bill which is the tip. Dont tip on top of the service charge.

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AmyG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fresh food and good service. Would definitely go back again

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vipjvikrant
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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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vipOsiris
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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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vipDavidG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipVirgocook
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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vipEdmj2tl
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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KelleyRenee
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipJesseW
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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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vipMariaS
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Social and fun! Great food!

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MichaelM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

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2Lucid
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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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SunnyD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very patient and knowledgeable staff. Great food!

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EricS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipRJ44
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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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RileyM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipjeg1
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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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TracyD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little hidden gem!

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Lovingit
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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RobertJ
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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SharonM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Rochelle
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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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Finfine is rated 4.5 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.

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