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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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!
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
Good service and fresh tasty food. Good experience. Very hospitable service and friendly atmosphere.
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.
Just fantastic! We all loved our meals which were very fresh. The service was wonderful. Definitely a must do while in Berkeley!
Delicious food, great service.
Great food. Excellent value. Seems like a wonderful family enterprise.
Fantastic little restaurant and fantasy, fresh food! I highly recommend this spot.
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.
Delicious food and friendly service - it’s a family favorite restaurant.
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.
Best Ethiopian in Berkeley! I love everything about it.
Great service! Beautiful food. Nice family dinner
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.
Fresh food and good service. Would definitely go back again
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.
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.
Excellent kifto made with high quality meat. Seasonings in kifto and vegetation items were tasty, not just hot.
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.
Delicious Ethiopian food and nice service. Weve been to this restaurant several times and had a good time trying different things
The food was amazing; so so good very flavorful and quality ingredients the service was wonderful too!!
Great service excellent food. Disappointed that there was no dessert menu. We will be back.
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.
Great service! Great food!! Definitely coming back!!!
Social and fun! Great food!
The food was excellent, at a good price and the staff was friendly . . .
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.
Very patient and knowledgeable staff. Great food!
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.)
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!!
Excellent service, waitstaff very attentive to needs of customers. Great food, something new for me and quite good at that! Will be returning.
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...)
Great little hidden gem!
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.
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).
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.
Reserved a table but when we got there we were told there was no seating available?!?! We sat at the bar.
We had a great time! Service was wonderful. Food was great!
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.
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.
Finfine is rated 4.5 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.