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“New Bistro in Town” 4 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
ferndale, wa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“New Bistro in Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had our first concert at the Mt. Baker Theater last night and afterwords we decided to go to Fino for dinner. We have been there many times and have always enjoyed ourselves. Not being aware of the recent changes we were very pleasantly surprised. The stuffy library is gone and has been replaced with a cozy bar. They now have a full bar and a great happy hour menu. New carpet and new lighting make it much brighter in the dining room. The old menu was very good, but it was getting a little stale. That is gone, as well as the volume size wine list. It has been replaced with a one page bistro style menu with plenty of choices. The wine list is straightforward, two pages long, great selection and the markup is equal to what you would find in other fine restaurants. Food quality was awesome. The seafood chowder was delicious with ample portions of salmon, cod and clams. Soup of the day was butternut squash and kidney beans with a hint of spice. Delicious! Calamari was perfect with a light crust and a dill aioli. We had a house salad with in house smoked salmon. Salmon was lightly smoked, moist and very tasty. Scallops and butternut squash risotto equally as good. They have a very nice desert menu but we were too full to take advantage of it. If you enjoy bistro dining head for Fino and enjoy the excellent service from the young and eager staff and the fine food and wine. Relax and enjoy the view. The only reason I did not rate Fino with five stars was the rustic bread basket. The three compound butters they serve are very good, but the bread was just an average sliced french bread. A nice assortment of breads from the bread farm would be a nice addition.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
2 Thank robzFerndale_Wa
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English first
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Dinner out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I recently had a little celebratory dinner at Fino's. The food was overall awesome, but there were a few issues. The waitress or the kitchen failed to present our salad course on time and only one of two salads. After inquiring about the missing salads, our dinners arrived with my wife's salad, but not mine. I told the waitress no problem, just comp the salads. My salad never arrived, which I wasn't charged for, but my wife's was. Overall, the food was very tasty. I had the rack of lamb, requested medium rare, but it was more medium. Great entree though. Wife had sea scallops with risotto, which were also good. Ordered a bottle of wine and ended up pouring it mostly myself.

The location, view, ambiance, new bar and food are excellent. The staff is young and somewhat inexperienced, with mostly 20 something's trying to pull off fine dining. The wine list is adequate with mostly NW wines, but the markup is high. Single glasses were running $15 for something you pay $20 for the whole bottle at the grocery store.

We look forward to returning, just hope they have the kinks worked out soon.

2 Thank supermountain
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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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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
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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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