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“A Hidden Gem”
Review of La Finestra

La Finestra
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Grand Falls Windsor, Canada
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89 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

We stumbled upon La Finestra while shopping at the great little artisan shops in the Plaza ColoniaL. It was our first day in SMA and we immediately liked the ambiance of this delightful restaurant. We chose to eat outside in the tiny plant filled courtyard which reminded us so much of European bistros. The owner, who also served and cooked, explained the menu items and indicated that she had trained as a chef in Italy. She also offers cooking classes on a weekly basis.

It was a challenge to choose from the many interesting things on the menu. However for starters along with wine and beer, we ordered guacamole. It was delicious as was the lasagne which we had chosen as a main. It was also difficult to choose from the dessert menu but we finally settled on the homemade ice cream ... creamy and absolutely wonderful! We returned to La Finestra several times while in SMA and the food was consistently very good. Try it! I think you'll agree.

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank HomedicMunes
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  • English first
  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Queretaro City, Mexico
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216 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“The Window”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

“La Finestra” in Italian means window. Don’t ask, this is San Miguel de Allende. Nevertheless this charming little restaurant is located in a building bisected by two halls connected at a ninety degree angle. Down one hall are jewelry and other artisan shops and the other hall contains the restaurant and indeed, the indoor and outdoor portions of the restaurant are separated by a window. In Spanish, “la ventana”.

For starters, cold beer, fruit juice and a Michelada con Clamato. One of the interesting appetizers is Perejil Frito, which is fried parsley. It is crisp, light and with a hint of vinegar. It is served with crackers or you can put it on totopos (chips). Anyway, it is unique and delicious. The Guacamole is served in a small molcajete and is fresh, fresh, fresh. Another appetizer is Tacos con Camarones. The plate contains three soft tacos stuffed with chopped baby shrimp. The tacos are covered with a light picante sauce.

The entrées were smaller portions but well presented, fresh and tasty. The Caesar salad was a little disappointing because it was merely heart of romaine lettuce with croutons and a Caesar like dressing. The ham and smoked Gouda cheese sandwiches were very good and came with a more interesting mixed salad with a mustard dressing.

Overall it was very good but a little pricy. I attribute this to the area.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank mcahill6912
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Coral Gables, Florida
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“Glass Encased Delight”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

You could easily miss the location without guidance (located inside the Plaza Colonial across from the Bellas Artes) and that would be a shame. A lovely, quaint restaurant serving a full, mixed menu of both Mexican and Continental fare. The owners are on sight and it shows - this restaurant shines from beginning to end. A lovely little courtyard with outside or inside tables reminiscent of a European Bistro. The daily specials are excellent and very reasonable. The desserts include crepes as well as a different assortment of home-made ice cream the way grandma use to do it. A great dining experience from beginning to end!

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank robert b
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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“Good inexpensive food in the "heart" of San Miguel”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

You can reach this restaurant either from Canal street or Hernandez Macias street. The place is far from being pretencious. As a matter of fact, the owners keep a couple of parrots and some birds in the restaurant and, that circumstance, and the fact that the place is surrounded by all kind of plants and flowers, make you think for a moment that you are having your meal at one of the homes in San Miguel and not precisely at a restaurant.

The owners themselves take care of the tables and that brings the service to a different level. Usually, there is a "comida corrida" and during my visit, this consisted of soup of the day or salad, breaded chicken breast with a touch of rosemary, crepes of "cajeta" and coffee, all for about $14 dollars. The chicken was a bit "dry", though. The Argentinean beef "empanadas ($2.40 dollars) were also very good.

This restaurant is a valid option in historical downtown, particularly when you want to enjoy a full meal at a decent price.

PELUCH

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank PELUCH
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Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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“Great Hedonist location”
Reviewed February 29, 2012

If you enjoy the simple things, great quality food, and know that the pleasure is the only intrinsic good, then eat there. The person who attends there is a chef, living the life she wants, and that gets reflected on the taste of the food, and the way it is decorated. It is inexpensive, the menus haves all what you need to have a great experience. One of the most romantic meals I ever had..

  • Visited May 2011
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2 Thank Raul C
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