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La Finestra Ristorante

100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 101 (at Mount Diablo Blvd.), Lafayette, CA 94549
925.284.5282
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Ranked #21 of 62 restaurants in Lafayette
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We had lunch on a weekday, I had the special which was lemon Sole. Fish tasted and looked liked it had been re-heated and was overcooked, basically very poor, the accompanying spinach was ok as was the sauce. Probably the worst lemon Sole dish I've ever had... My wife had a pork chop which was again over cooked and dry.... More

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Orinda, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Interesting menu with a wide variety of choices. The wine list is extensive and not too expensive. Monday is 'no corkage' day so bring your own. The online coupon is silly but it will save you at most $8.

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The food is average, and one could argue a bit below average for Italian cuisine. However, the staff are very warm, and provide top rate service to their clientele!

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San Jose, CA
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I suppose someone might quibble that this isn't authentic Italian food, but it is genuinely delicious. The ambiance is quite nice, too, especially if the weather is good enough to let you eat outdoors. I chose the lasagna specifically because it wasn't made in the traditional way. The light tomato sauce and beef/sausage mixture were excellent. I was not layered... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Ambiance of this small Italian restaurant is very good and the wait staff was very friendly and helpful. Fresh bread was light and airy. Food was okay to good, but not "very good." I had Chicken Jerusalem and it had more flavor than the Prawn special in Gorgonzola cream sauce.

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Post Falls, Idaho
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243 reviews 243 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We were invited here by friends who not only live in Lafayette, but who owned a successful restaurant for over 30 years. We knew we were in for a treat. We were not disappointed. We were in fact dully impressed. Tony, our waiter is the example wait people want to be. He was friendly, attentive, and knew how to be... More

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Lafayette, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

It's been two years since we dined at La Finestra. The food had no resemblance to Italian and certainly not Sicilano. We stayed in Sicilia more than a week and even the worst restaurant in Palermo (Bufala) was better than this one. Sauces way too creamy and the dishes overcooked. It might have improved over the last two years but... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Four foodies went for dinner on Tuesday (free corkage on Tues) and I was blown away by their excellent food. The Malfatti appetizer is a Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings in a Sicilian Pesto Sauce, with Roasted Almonds and it was delicious...I never had that before. The Cesare salad was crisp and very tasty...they have an excellent dressing. For the entree,... More

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San Francisco, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We've been coming to La Finestra for years. Tony the waiter is the man! This guy really hustles, and has a very big personality. He's exuberant and enthusiastic. The kitchen can be slow at times. The restaurant offers a full selection of wines and liquor, with a smaller selection of beer. They just added another dining room that is tastefully... More

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Faifield, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful time here for my brother in laws birthday- we were a party of 6. The waiter had character and reminded us of an Italian uncle- just the right fun spirit for the Italian atmosphere and food. Very good service. Courses were delicious- the shrimp pasta with a light creamy curry sauce was great- other dishes ordered... More

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