A bookable BarrafinaHaving previously been to the sister restaurant of this place (Barrafina) on a number of occassions I decided to take my parents out for a meal because I was able to book a table at Fino.
Just like the other restaurant, the food was excellant, as well as the service, wine and decor. Although a little more subdued in terms of atmosphere, but this made for dining as a group easier as we could all hear and contribute to the conversation.
Would definitely recommend if you are a lover of spanish food and wine.18/05/2013 00:00:00Excellent EveningWe hadn't been to Fino for around 18 months so were a little surprised by how reduced the menu was in terms of choice of dishes, but in fact, this made it a much easier experience as the old menu was overwhelming. The food was absolutely amazing as always, every dish we had was exquisite, the wine was superb and the waiter was attentive to the point of seeming telepathic!11/05/2013 00:00:00Da consigliareIl personale accogliente, gentile e simpatico ci ha meravigliato con delle tapas veramente particolari e gustose.
E' un locale veramente da consigliare10/05/2013 00:00:00TapasThe best restaurant I've been to. The service and the food is amazing.03/05/2013 00:00:00business lunchFood was great - as on all previous occasions - sophisticated, properly made tapas dishes (their aioli was made in the kitchen, not in factory, as it is as the equally priced Iberica). Choices easily allowed to accommodate guest on low-carb regime - and they didn't try to press bread or alcohol on us, which was nice. It was a quiet lunchtime, so I thought phoning in the morning to confirm a reservation for 2 was tad inappropriate. £70 for two without wine or dessert which you can spend on considerably worse food and service in the Charlotte St area.29/04/2013 00:00:00Spain in Fitzrovia?We were impressed from the moment we arrived, although we were early we were led immediately to an excellent table right in the centre of the restaurant. Our party of three tried a wide range of dishes and each one arrived beautifully presented and delicious to eat. Highlights included some wonderful scallop ceviche, excellent manchego and fantastic squid risotto nero. We loved the featured aperatifs and complement the restaurant on the good range of wine by the small carafe, helping us to match wine to food. The service was friendly and professional and although the room is below ground the style and buzz provide an excellent atmosphere.This was a first visit for us although we found Fino is celebrating its tenth anniversary!26/04/2013 00:00:00TastyWe found this restaurant at the Internet and did not know anything about it. We were not disappointed.
The food was really really tasty. Everybody loved it. And the deserts :))))
We did not quite u derstand the prices in the menu, but the total sum was ok.26/04/2013 00:00:00A dining experienceThis restaurant was recommended by a friend and we felt we found a hidden gem in London. The restaurant was a bit hard to find but oh so worth the hunt! The wait staff gave excellent recommendations and advice (when asked). The service was impeccable, and my friend and I, in London on business, had a fabulous dining experience. Each tapa was prepared to perfection. This will be one of my more memorable meals in London. Thank you.25/04/2013 00:00:00A good oneWas as the other reviews have said - good food, good atmosphere (even if when you walk in it feels like you're going down to some bathrooms rather than a restaurant!) and good service. Can't really fault it.23/04/2013 00:00:00Stunning food, busy but notStunning food, busy but not obtrusive ambience, friendly, relaxed service from spanish native-speakers with enthusiasm and local knowlege and helpful advice. Our waitress went out of her way to ask the chef for a recipe which duly came back hand-written.
Lovely evening.22/04/2013 00:00:00Lovely food disappointing serviceHad a 10pm booking. About 8pm (2h before we were due to arrive) called to pre-order the suckling pig but told they needed 48h notice for such requests. On arrival the waitress tells us the special that night is SUCKLING PIG and there may be 1 left. Sadly she returns a few minutes later to say its gone already. Dude, why didn't they tell me about this when I rang?!
Also by the time we sat down and looked thru the menu it was 10:15pm and the waitress says last orders are at 10:30 so make sure we order everything we want ASAP. That was a lot of pressure, and when we asked to order a couple of extra dishes at precisely 10.32, we were told sorry cant be done. Not very helpful.
Surely the kitchen should be open for 1h from last seating?19/04/2013 00:00:00Fantastic restaurant!! BestFantastic restaurant!! Best spanish in London by far. Food is a trip between a burst of emotions. Amazing!!13/04/2013 00:00:00What a gem!?A complete surprise. I had previously eaten a Barrafina and thought I should try the sister restaurant Fino. I expected the same type of restaurant as BF but it was so much better than that! This is a superb impress your guest place. Amazing food and beautiful venue. Not as cliché as some of the well know London dining rooms which makes it so much more refined. Do not hesitate to book!12/04/2013 00:00:00Birthday dinnerWe booked for 7 people and were seated in a nice quiet bit of the restaurant. The service was friendly and helpful directing us as to how much we needed to order as the speciality here is tapas. All our dishes were excellent although we felt we over ordered by choosing a meat course as well. Great atmosphere, very good Spanish wines and overall excellent value. Highly recommended08/04/2013 00:00:00Would recommendSomewhat difficult to find, but worth it. Delicious food and wine, great ambience and thoughtful service. The waitress didn't interrupt us or try and hurry us out when we found ourselves sitting in an empty restaurant with all the chairs put away for the end of the day....there are not many places you can say that about.02/04/2013 00:00:00Almost boring - it's alwaysAlmost boring - it's always the same, absolutely fantastic and still my favourite restaurant in London. Thank you so much Nieves27/03/2013 00:00:00Fino never disappointsI've eaten here a few times now, and it's probably my favourite restaurant in London. The tapas arrive on your table at perfect intervals, the food is great, the wine good value, and the ambience nicely loud.26/03/2013 00:00:00always excellentI've eaten at Fino several times now, and I really can't find anything to fault. The welcome is warm, the service efficient and friendly, and the food extremely good. The 'sharing small dishes' format is a winner, and the total price never seems as bad as I expect23/03/2013 00:00:00Great Service!We went as a group of 5 people which meant that we could try many of the dishes for sharing. In the end I think we'd over ordered and the bill came to £75 p/p including 2 bottles of wine and 2 cocktails each. So not too bad for London. The service was exceptional at both the bar and restaurant, we felt that we were being looked after and the dishes were explained and recommended well.23/03/2013 00:00:00As always we enjoyed a lotAs always we enjoyed a lot our dinner at Fino.
Excellent food, perfect service.21/03/2013 00:00:00Surely the best London tapas...Excellent service in a sophisticated yet warm environment. Just off the vibrant Charlotte St this place offers the best formal tapas in London. Service is friendly, wine list comprehensive and the food mouth-watering. The tortillas are as good as anything you'll find in Spain and the croquettes likewise. A great place for a romantic dinner or business lunch. If you haven't been you have to try it!21/03/2013 00:00:00Saturday 16th March 2013Nice staff, really good service and just amazeeing food and wine!16/03/2013 00:00:00We absolutely love Fino. ItWe absolutely love Fino. It consistently rates as one of our top restaurants in London because it never disappoints, the food is always outstanding, the service is warm, knowledgeable and friendly and the staff don't change (always a good sign). It's always packed, yet it's not the usual London nightmare to book a table. The menu has been pared down but remains interesting, and there's always something new and different. Can't be faulted - Happy 10th Anniversary Fino and thank you for many happy evenings!16/03/2013 00:00:00Flawless Tapas - London's 100%?The joys of tapas are many but one of their downfalls is that, usually, there's always one you wish you hadn't ordered.
Not at Fino; not that we've ever found. This is the only Spanish restaurant in London I would call a "100 per-center"
From the melting cod croquetas to the briny squid-ink risotto, from the gutsy chorizo tortilla to the simplest, crunchy/saucy pan con tomate, it was all faultless.
On top of all that, add very gracious service and an unabashedly elegant interior.
The wine list is exemplary of the best that Spain has to offer, albeit with pricing to match.16/03/2013 00:00:00Great food and excellent service.Great food and excellent service. A little too much olive oil to my liking but the decor and ambience made up for this shortcoming.12/03/2013 00:00:00Comida buenaGood Spanish food, welcoming and helpful staff, good atmosphere and a decent wine list. What more do you need for a decent night out.09/03/2013 00:00:00很美味，值得去试试盘子小食物不精致，味道非常好，其中的玉米片（好像是叫这个）非常值得去吃
Small plate food is exquisite, the taste is very good, very worth eat cornflakes (this seems to be called)04/03/2013 00:00:00authentic tapas in great atmosphereSpanish run and staffed -service was informative and oozed enthusiasm for the food in a helpful not pushy way.Food was great - high quality tapas served quickly with excellent all spanish wines.Nicely decorated and modern but with authentic food. We will definitely return.Recommended!02/03/2013 00:00:00Great Spanish restaurantExcellent food, and not extortionately priced. Good selection of wine; the cheapest Rioja Crianza was delicious. Attentive and helpful service, and we were seated at a good table. Complimentary sorbet, which was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend.16/02/2013 00:00:00BirthdayMy wife and I celebrated her birthday at Fino. Fino is one of my preferred spots for lunch and dinner when I have speakers and collaborators visiting UCL. Everyone is always very very pleased. My wife was very happy too. We asked for a quiet table (the restaurant can be noisy during weekends) and our request was accommodated. Great food and excellent service. Still top of my list.16/02/2013 00:00:00Just like spain, but in London!I took my girlfriend to Fino to relive our anniversary in Barcelona a year ago. The food there was very similar to the tapas that we ate in Barcelona and the price is pretty much the same too. The seafood was fresh, the lamb cutlets were spot on and the service was incredible. Not being able to read Spanish didn't hinder our choices as the waitress was very keen to explain each and every ingredient within the dish. She was outstanding. The environment is nice - trendy and lively and it welcomes you whether you're dressed smart or casual. Portions are decent in size so don't be fooled into ordering too much food!15/02/2013 00:00:00Quality still goodFisrt time back for a few years and it was as good as ever.15/02/2013 00:00:00David FolkesStaff are always very friendly and the food simply superb . I prefer eating at the bar but the main dining area also has a great atmosphere .Will certainly return !14/02/2013 00:00:00Fantastic Food!Both selection and quality of food was excellent. Genuinely unusual dishes. Great wine list.14/02/2013 00:00:00Best Tapa's ever!Loved Fino, had high expectations after seeing it on Ramsay's TV programme and certainly lived up to it, eaten some of the best meat I have ever had in my life! Waitress was lovely and very helpful , all in all a brilliant valentines meal - will. definately return.14/02/2013 00:00:00Believe the hypeMany people have commented what a fabulous dining experience Fino is so with this in mind booked for an anniversary. Been to many tapas places both in the UK and in Spain but this tops them all.
Having never been to Fino before we asked the waitres to guide us through the courses and she was excellent. Her recommendation were fabulous, I mean really great food. Make no mistake this is not cheap easy tapas, this is very high end but worth every penny. From when you enter the concierge makes you feel very at ease and the waiting staff are friendly and efficient with no frills and no fuss, just how it should be.
S and C09/02/2013 00:00:00we stuffed our faces!There are so many delicious dishes on the menu that we may have over ordered slightly(!), but virtually every dish warranted being ordered - the cuttlefish in pancetta was brilliant, as was the melting pork belly and lamb. Even the chips were faultless. Being ravenous and attending meant accepting a chunky bill, but you could order a good selection of the wines by the carafe instead of full bottle, which was a very thoughtful.09/02/2013 00:00:00A Fine OccasionReally enjoyed visit. Great atmosphere. Lovely food. Had a ball.02/02/2013 00:00:00Food great, drinks expensiveI made my first visit to Fino on a Friday night for dinner, and really enjoyed it. The food is superb (the chicken wings and the ham croquetas were particular favourites) - a very varied menu, we were spoilt for choice - and extremely good value. Our waitress was friendly and engaging, keen to offer recommendations on the food and wine. The only downside was the cost of the drinks - the wine list is extremely expensive (there were only a handful of bottles for under £30), and a bottle of wine plus three drinks in the bar before dinner accounted for over £50 of the bill (which came to £107 for two of us including service). The food was superb value, but drinks are far too expensive.01/02/2013 00:00:00LunchBooked for lunch - given a nice enough table but they happily moved us to the bar which was much more fun with a good view of the kitchen. Wonderful selection of dishes and beautifully chilled wine - a rare thing in London still. Very nice front of house staff. Will be back soon - this time for early evening drinks and food at the bar again I hope.30/01/2013 16:00:00FINO LONDONFifth visit there, always outstanding food and service, Roast Belly pork in particular. The place is always busy and has a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.30/01/2013 00:00:00ExcellentThe food was great and the service was even better. They could not do enough for us, Alex was especially good and made it a great night25/01/2013 16:00:00Great night at FinoMy friend and I went to Fino for the first time on Thursday. Very good ambience and not too crowded. The food are delicious and beautifully presented. We ordered 6 dishes to share between two (plus some cocktails :)) The squid ink rice was the best I've ever had!! we also like the scallops and croqueta, even though it's a little bit expensive compared with other Spanish restaurants in London. Will definitely go there again.23/01/2013 16:00:00Spanish food at its best!This is a fantastic place! The staff are extremely friendly and welcoming - you can either have a drink in the large "bar" area - with comfortable seating - or go straight to the table, of course.
The choice of food is great - all freshly cooked. We had tapas of about 10 dishes (between 3 of us) - every one was top class (even the razor clams, which are VERY easy to over-cook!).
A perfect 10 out of 10.15/01/2013 16:00:00Have eaten many times at Fino,Have eaten many times at Fino, always excellent. Exceptional tapas, excellent service from friendly staff who all appear to really enjoy working there. Would thoroughly recommend.11/01/2013 16:00:00Romantic Meal for TwoMy wife and i had been to Matinee Show on Saturday and arrived freezing cold at 6 pm. into the restaurant. The restaurant is not actually on Charlotte Street but just off it and we informed the manager who agreed that everyone complains about this. We had 3 course lunch and bottle of wine - all choices of Starters/Tapas and Mains were explained by the Waitress. The quality of food - excellent and fresh. The wine was ice cold and kept chilled. Thouroughely excellent experience and we even said that our boys would love the food here.11/01/2013 16:00:00Amazing foodThis place is expensive but worth every penny. Every dish we ordered was delicious.09/01/2013 16:00:00Tasty spainsih foodTasty spanish food, location was easy to get to from Tottenham court court road. If you are into fine dining, you will like the place. I would not recommend ordering the sangria, tasty, but not value for money. Otherwise, food are delicious and would recommendd it.04/01/2013 16:00:00Wonderful food!Fino Restaurant is a wonderful tapas restaurant with dishes from a number of regions in Spain. The fish, meat and veg are very fresh, using local and Spanish products. The service is extremely friendly. Very nice wine list although many of the choices are expensive (fewer 'good value' choices). I've eaten here three times--all were wonderful!26/12/2012 16:00:00First class tapasI had been recommended by a friend to try the superb tapas at fino, as I have been going to Menorca every year since I can remember, and have eaten endless amounts of tapas before. So well endowed with tapas knowledge I decided to give Fino a go, before heading to the theatre. Anyway, despite being early we were welcomed and a cocktail was made for me. It was delicious, the Barman was adorable and had obviously put a lot of precision into the drink. We then sat down and our order was taken by the most charming Spanish waitress. We shared everything. The flavours were incredible. My favourite things were the croquettes, the monkfish, the mackerel and the prawns were simply amazing. Wouldn't think twice about recommending it!!26/12/2012 16:00:00