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.
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