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La Finestra Ristorante

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100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 101 (at Mount Diablo Blvd.), Lafayette, CA 94549
925.284.5282
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Worth looking hard for this restaurant

La Finestra is in an odd location in Lafayette, CA. It is on the ground floor of a nondescript office building at the back of a too small parking lot way off the main street. But you should make the effort to find it. You will be rewarded by an excellent wine list, especially the reds, and well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
davegeorge7
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Lafayette, California
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Went here for dinner for my birthday. Have been here before, and it has always been the best. Had the shrimp with cheese ravioli which was delicious, and my husband had the lamb shank which he gets every time we come here and he loved it. There is an extensive wine list and the food choices are great. We highly... More 

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Lafayette, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

La Finestra is in an odd location in Lafayette, CA. It is on the ground floor of a nondescript office building at the back of a too small parking lot way off the main street. But you should make the effort to find it. You will be rewarded by an excellent wine list, especially the reds, and well prepared nouveau... More 

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Albany, NY
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171 reviews 171 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

My wife and I joined seven other friends for a sort of reunion dinner at this quaint comfortable and just a bit out-of-the-way restaurant. Let me explain o-ot-w. Located right in the heart of downtown Lafayette, La Finestra is a couple of blocks off of the main street and is nested in amongst an residential area dominated byu large surrounding... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
6 helpful votes 6 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
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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69 reviews 69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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355 reviews 355 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Additional Information about La Finestra Ristorante

Address: 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 101 (at Mount Diablo Blvd.), Lafayette, CA 94549
Phone Number: 925.284.5282
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lafayette
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 101 (at Mount Diablo Blvd.), Lafayette, CA 94549
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lafayette
  • Phone Number: 925.284.5282

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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