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“Yum!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fino Wine Bar - CLOSED

Fino Wine Bar
804 10TH St, Bellingham, WA 98225-6245
(360) 676-9463
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Cuisines: Seafood, Wine Bar
Dining options: Reservations, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Waitstaff
Burlington, Washington
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We had the fillet mignon and grilled chicken linguine. They were both delicious. Also had a glass of Reisling and a very berry martini. Order the rustic bread basket to start. They serve it with three different butters and was really good.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank heidimomof4
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29 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Denver, Colorado
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Best food in Bellingham.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I have been coming here for more than ten years and find the food the best in town. Hard to find anything close to fine dining in Bellingham, but Fino's does that well while offering less expensive possibilities. New ownership has led to great improvements. There is now a brand new gorgeous bar area with great happy hour food prices. Until now there was no good way to come for drinks and snacks. And there are new menus with less costly options and some of the lunch choices are really extraordinary. I tested the hamburger, the fish tacos and the steak salad, priced reasonably but exceptional in taste and quality. The burger was amazingly high quality beef. Rob Holmes, the chef, is doing very creative and tasty work. And this leaves out the view and gorgeous architecture. Magnificent.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
2 Thank Jamie M
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Shaw Island, WA
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Grosso, not Fino”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Red alert! Fino has morphed into a barely mediocre restaurant. Linens? Gone. The interesting two dollar bread basket? Gone. It's till two dollars but is made up entirely of sliced, sandwich-style grocery "French" bread. The menu? Dumbed down.
It was our server's first day. She knew absolutely nothing about the wine list. She was eager and tried hard but had not been taught how to serve or remove dishes. We said we missed the breadsticks; they brought out some which were gaggingly state. I ordered cioppino. Shrimp? Scallops? Mussels? No! Three miniscule clams, about three tablespoons of over-cooked cod and salmon, and a cup of broth thick as tomato sauce. Propped on the side of the bowl were two more slices of the cold, store-bought bread. Twenty-three dollars. Ghastly! Never again.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
1 Thank carolynw09
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Bellingham, Washington
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful view, wonderful food, excellent service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Fino is a really nice, cozy restaurant in an un-busy area. One evening we watched a small -boat sailing race. The restaurant even provides binoculars at the table. On a chilly evening it's delightful to sit by the fire. The wait staff are attentive and friendly without encroaching on one's privacy. The food is delicious and the wine list is excellent. Portions are small, which was fine with us but might disappoint big eaters.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Barbara946
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Level Contributor
51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Exotic cocktail choices and european based wines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Happy Hour is a must. The smallish tidbits are free and "chef's choice" but very savory. Fino has excellent service (thanks, Sam) and an incredible view of Bellingham Bay. The cocktail choices were mostly new to us and refreshingly light. The wines, none from the U.S., were well worth the price. Nice quiet place for a pre-dinner experience.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank TomLaw
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