Finestra Italian Steakhouse

Solaire Resort and Casino, Aseana Ave., Entertainment City, Parañaque, Metro Manila

Finestra Italian Steakhouse
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  • 5 stars 13
  • 4 stars 7
  • 3 stars 5
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 1
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Category:
Italian
Business Hours
Open: 6:00p - 10:30p
Phone
+6328888888

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Monday
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Tuesday
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Wednesday
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Thursday
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Friday
    • 6:00p - 10:30p
  • Saturday
    • 6:00p - 10:30p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Most Recent Reviews

AlwaysHungryPh P.
5.0 Stars
10

Finestra could be your window to exquisite Italian dining without the need to fly out to Europe. The restaurant’s name, which means “window” when translated into English, is Solaire Resort and Casino’s signature Italian steakhouse.

Here, you can upgrade your overall food experience, as you indulge in cuts of Australian Blackmore and US Snake River Farms Wagyu beef, cooked to perfection by Chef Allan Marchetti. At Finestra, you can boldly state that your meal is “a cut above the rest.”

Heading here last week was not as stressful as I anticipated. It was like Manila traffic cooperated for a bit for this special feast organized by Zomato. I, together with other food bloggers, were invited to indulge in their upcoming Christmas menu, a sampler of classic dishes with modern twists, composed of different meats and Italian staples.

Finestra’s sophisticated interiors boast of walls of glass and chandeliers of Ornate Murano from Italy. Its ceiling reaches the heavens, floors are well carpeted and the furniture fit for royalty. Going inside was like traversing a palace, and I was their very important guest. You can expect impeccable service here, it is personalized, informative and intimate.

As you dine you’ll likely notice their open kitchen set-up. It’s a stage where everything happens and you can observe it in full access. I was impressed by how clean, organize and quiet everything was despite a relatively busy night for them.

For starters, we sampled their fresh Fine de Claire (Php 1,900). These are newly opened, fattened with fruity touch oysters. If you are up for an adventure, must have is the Octopus Carpaccio (Php 680). This flattened invertebrae was mixed wonderfully with cherry tomatoes, olives, spring onion, basil, Ligurian extra virgin olive oil, and Amalfi lemon zest. It was quite addictive to eat. It had a nice moist and chewy feel paired with strong citrus taste.

Not to forget, we were served signature Italian dish, pizza. We got the Primavera (Php 680), which had mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, wild rocket, parmesan shavings and bold truffle oil. This was a gastronomic bite after another even with its simple ingredients, a favorite ensemble made elegant by the Chef. I also loved the rustic crust, soft with a slight crisp on the onset.

Another Antipasti attention stealer was their Giant Burrata (Php 1,700), accompanied by heirloom tomatoes, homegrown herbs, and a 25-year-old Modena balsamic vinegar to give a boost of seasoning. Even if mozzarella is not my go-to cheese, I enjoyed the smoother and chunky version of it here.

Flashed in our very eyes was Josper grilled USDA Omaha Beef Tenderloin (Php 3,600). This was perfectly medium grilled with an overly juicy pink center. It was joined by porcini mushrooms, potato mousseline, baby leeks and crispy pancetta. Our 300-gram wonder sadly vanished too fast with my palate still longing for it. This is just one of the varieties of steak Finesta is proud of. They also offer different parts of Snake River Wagyu and Australian Blackmore Wagyu.

Next was the Organic Spring Chicken Cacciatore (Php 2,100/500 grams), with San Marzano tomatoes, Tagiasca olives, sage, thyme herbs, and roasting jus. It resembled similarities to the charm of our Adobo, only more memorable. I enjoyed this dish tremendously for its abounding flavors that I ordered a cup of rice with it, even if Finestra didn’t offer it on their menu.

Other notable Italian delights here include Chilean Sea Bass al Cartoccio (Php 2,100/200 grams), with cannellini beans and pesto sauce. This was a favorite by the ladies at our small table. We were also served a pasta piece in Agnolotti Tartufo Carbonara (Php 1,080), a handmade pasta parcel, carbonara stuffing, crispy bacon, diced zucchini, and black truffle. This impressed as it was like an art piece, how does one think of arranging two pasta in one?

For the contorni or side dishes, there were Josper Grilled Asparagus (Php 200) with lemon zest, Ligurian extra virgin olive oil; Cauliflower Puttanesca (Php 200), and Duck Fried Potato Chips (Php 200) with sea salt, and thyme. Stay away from the latter if you are veering away from extra weight.

For Dolci or dessert, we were treated to the most fitting sweets to cap off our modern Italian meal. The Baked Alaska (Php 550), an igloo-shaped creation, had homemade hazelnut, coffee, and chocolate ice cream in it. This was the balanced blend of hot and cold, a cake and ice cream in one go. They also threw in Finestra Tiramusi (Php 550). Their version had mascarpone, marsala, lady finger, and coffee, a classic and timeless cake. The fancy-looking one, the Lemon dome (Php 360), which has Lemon cremeaux, almond sponge, and limoncello sorbet am not much of a fan of, but it was the most interesting thing to take a photo of on all we had.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Chef Allan Marchetti, a pleasant and endearing individual, far from the stereotype of the angry passionate chef. His creations may intimidate for its combinations, flavors, and price, but they do give you and me an unforgettable trip to Italy!

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Lia B.
5.0 Stars
7

Beautiful resto with a nice view of the sea and sunset. Excellent service and good food. Will definitely go back to try their other dishes. Love their complimentary chocolate cart!

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Elise C.
4.0 Stars
10

Had our valentines date at finestra this year and it definitely is a far cry from all our annual valentines buffet dinners at spiral and fresh. Was lucky to get a hold on a table two days before valentines. Upon reservation, I was already informed that they will only be serving set menus, meaning, no ala carte entrees (to be honest, I was a little bit disappointed because their menu is actually very enticing!!! But it being Solaire's actually reassured me that the food and the overall experience will be great.

The interior design is beyond spectacular, very grand and classy. Love everything especially the chandeliers lit up by recessed lights. Beautifully designed and planned. Service was impeccable as well.

A three course menu for the price of 2500++ might be discouraging as I've had an 8 course menu at Strip for only 2000 before and that was unforgettable, but to give credit to them, Finestra's portions were really really big. We had all the set menus except the vegetarian one (kudos to them for actually thinking of vegans).

We were of course first served with the house bread. Lovely set and the dips were so good. Everyone enjoyed this part of the experience. I personally loved the white dip. Didnt get its name but it tastes a little bit like cheese? After that, the amuse bouche arrived. The amuse bouche is really a crucial part of a meal for me as it sets more realistic expectations. We were served with a tiny cheesy croquette and it was party in my mouth. Bursting with flavor and all that. My eyes literally widened. So good!

Moving on... I got the menu tre,

To begin
Pan-seared goose liver with caramelized apples and eggplant puree -- divine. Loved everything about this, definitely a great start to my meal. It wasnt as warm as I wanted it to be, but the goose liver tasted really good.

I also got to try menu uno and due's caprese and burrata salad. I have to say that I liked the fresh burrata salad more than the caprese one since the portobello mushrooms were really overpowering.

Secondi Piatti
Risotto of fresh peas topped with grilled prime beef fillet and pancetta crisp -- pancetta was tasty and of course crispy as I wanted it to be. Serving was beyond expectations. Risotto was good. Very consistent in flavor and light. Finally, an entree that encourages me to eat steak with rice!! Steak was okay, not as tender as my brother and I expected it to be, but I loved it nevertheless.

Menu uno's lamb three ways was really really good. Meat was tender and very flavorful. Lamb loin alla romana & eggplant caponata tasted more like upscale spaghetti and meatballs.

Dolce
Bitter sweet chocolate delight, black cherries,& raspberry jelly for two. There were 5 of us and we were only served three plates, which is something I don't really get. One would expect so much more from a restaurant like this when it comes to dessert. For me, it should be fireworks and wows. I don't know but this was the disappointing part. I love the theme but it isn't something I cant find from other restaurants. Very forgettable even if the chocolate tasted good.

Nevertheless, it was still a lovely dinner with the best people in the world. Love, love the ambience. Would definitely come back for the ala carte menu. Im sure they have so much more to offer.

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Jackie A.
5.0 Stars

Celebrated Father's Day at this really beautiful restaurant and equally delicious food. 128524

We had a huge Italian feast. There were two baskets of bread, a huge plate of mozzarella balls & calamari for our appetizers; carbonara, lasagna, and two huge pizzas for entrees.

Everything tasted fresh and authentic, and was really filling. I think I my stomach gave up after one slice of pizza. 128517

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Melissa May A.
5.0 Stars

Italian fine dining at its best! But their arugula salad has no arugula when we visited here, huhu

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Ivy T.
4.0 Stars

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April H.
4.0 Stars

What's a night at the theater without a pre-show dinner?128516

Got to Solaire quite early, giving us time to eat dinner somewhat leisurely... My mom, dad and I were there first and decided to go Italian, hence Finestra...128522

As we got there by 6pm, we were accommodated without reservations... Though I do recommend that you call ahead, especially during the Chicago run with Christmas bonuses to boot- it does get packed!128561

It was a very elegant restaurant, with a beautiful bar up front... The high cabinet has floor to ceiling alcohol, tastefully displayed... We were seated on the plush upholstered circular booth, where we had the arduous task of choosing our dinner... To help our unenviable position, we were served an assortment of freshly baked bread... What is it with hotels (it's still part of the hotel) and bread? These carb loaded beauties are usually so good, as is the case with Finestra!128077

My parents split a salad and ordered the deep fried mozzarella balls... The salad they chose had figs and cherry tomatoes with a balsamic vinegar dressing... It was okay for me... The mozzarella balls had initially liquid cheese inside due to the heat... These were really good, served with four kinds of dip... Very enjoyable and heavy appetizer actually...

My mom ordered the Tartufo pizza, which we all got to share... Fair warning, it was big... The pizza had truffle and Parma ham-- always a great pairing... The crust was just wonderful!128077 great choice!

My dad ordered pork chops while I wanted the Salsiccia risotto... But the rest of our party (the early birds at least) were already able to join us and the main dishes were still not served... Very disappointing, to think we already warned them ahead of time that we were there for the show...

The newcomers helped out with the rest of the pizza and they all ordered their respective soups... When asked, they all thought the soups were just okay, nothing special...128563

After more than 30mins of waiting, the pork chops and risotto finally arrived... The chops were cooked perfectly... But as for my risotto, topped with truffle and Italian sausages, it was also just okay... I had high hopes for the dish, but it wasn't met...

Other orders, such as their beef carpaccio and salmon started arriving, all of which I wasn't able to taste anymore... 128522

I'm forgetting to mention that I also ordered their mocktail, Rosaline... It's made of Rose water and cucumber which is an excellent combination, resulting in a refreshing drink... I recommend you try this...127801

Overall, the place was very elegant and most dishes were delicious... I understand that the waiters and staff were swamped that night... But they were still able to accommodate requests for taking pics and filling water glasses... I enjoyed the experience actually, though I feel that I would have enjoyed it more if not for the time crunch... Lovely place, okay service... A bit on the pricey side but not too bad...128522

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Kate T.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Allister Roy C.
5.0 Stars

One of my favorite Italian restaurants of all time, and a family go-to fine-dining place. The menu, while not as expansive as other restaurants like Italiannis, is authentically Italian - and the food itself confirms that.

More often than not, I have steak here, and tonight my brother and I got the Florentine steak (which Nigella Lawson raves about in Nigellissima), Scottona alla Fiorentina, which is actually a dish for two (I do have a family friend who can eat it all up himself). As usual, we ordered it medium-well.

The beef tasted every bit as a European steak should, and even when it went colder (I'm a dreadfully slow eater), it was still appetizing to eat. After seeing half a lemon and a bunch of thyme in the dish, I had a sudden inspiration of Nigella Lawson innovation, and ordered from our waiter some olive oil, salt, and pepper, mixing my own Lemon & Thyme post-hoc marinade for the beef (a Nigella Express recipe). It made the whole thing even better, as I was happy to have used the lemon and thyme more efficiently.

By the way, this waiter, Kuya Rennel, 27, is one of the most professional and friendly waiters I've ever met, as we always chat about his experiences prior to his work here and his personal life as a dedicated triathlete. :)

I ordered tonight the minestrone alla Genovese too, a non-tomato, all-green variant of the dish. Though light in taste, it's very hearty and healthy, and I am inspired to recreate my own version at home.

For pudding, instead of ordering my usual (sweet) vanilla panna cotta, I chose something to cleanse the palate and another comfort flavor of mine - the lemon sherbet. It tasted less sour than sweet and was not consistent, as if I were eating mini ice cubes, but it was cleansing enough and I felt satisfied with the way I ended my meal - and day.

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Davin C.
4.0 Stars

Well worth the price! Uses premium ingredients and food tastes good too.

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Jonathan Gil G.
5.0 Stars

Had Dinner last night and its worth it. Loved the complimentary bread and eat it all. Soup was a blast, i got seafood soup but forgot the exact name. Main course Lamb Chops was perfectly cooked and delicious.. Btw appetizer forgot the name but for its just good. Dessert, Tiramisu was delightful. Definitely i'll be back and taste some other menu. They say Pizza is great and i will just try it on my next visit.

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mrtea m.
4.0 Stars

Ok, i already forgot what we ordered, this was christmas day dinner.. I'd keep it short this time, place is undeniably nice, menu seems to be a lil limited, big serving--meaning the price is reasonable. Overall, it's worth the visit.

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

salted caramel gelato and nice brewed coffee. nice drive from fort to solaire. 20 mins and 350 pesos coffee and ice cream break.

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Erika J.
5.0 Stars

Fancy restaurants tend to have overpriced items who dont quite meet their worth. Not this place. :) everything is fresh and light on the palate! Italian at it's best10084

My top 3
1.Balsamic vinaigrette- wether in bread or with greens or in my case, in everything else :))
2. Branzino- sea bass. Wrapped in potato skin. Crispy skin, soft melt in your mouth fish! <3
3. Lobster in marinara sauce and fresh linguine pasta- my new favorite! Al dente is an understatement.

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

best seller pizza tartufo!, meat based with black truffles. always been a thin crust guy but this is the first soft, juicy and most tasteful italian pizza ever. italian chef making sure guest are happy. excellent service!

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Nap I.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Steph D.
3.0 Stars

Since my friend had a voucher or something, we decided to eat at Solaire for lunch. He made me choose between Japanese and Italian, so I picked this. We could only order the set menu though...

The place was really bright and fit for an italian theme, it was fine dining-like and it had a relaxed feel to it. The servers were also very accomodating.

They served complimentary bread but i didn't even touched it. Hahaha. It looked good though.

For the starter, I got the mixed seafood soup. It didn't have much taste, it was just like red water. Hahaha. The seafood was well cooked though.

For the mains, I got the chicken casserole. The chicken was tiny and the vegetables didn't have that much taste. After 2 dishes, I was still suuuuuper hungry.

For dessert, we had the affogato. This was yunmy!! The ice cream had graham crackers at the bottom which added texture to it. I loved it 10084 Dessert was the savior, hence the 127775127775127775

Since it was free, I couldn't complain that much. HAHAHA. But since i was still hungry after our meal, we headed to the food court and got nachos. Superb nachos! 128077

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April M.
4.0 Stars

I expected the food to be delicious given the price range (700-1,500 pesos per dish). Pasta and pizza were good for sharing. Must try is the pasta carbonara and pizza with truffles. Yummy!! Also I was willing to pay a premium for this view (refer to photo)

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Hailey V.
3.0 Stars

Since it was our second time, we knew what not to order so this time around, we had a better experience. Try the Finestra antipasto plate, linguini aragosta and the seabass with prawn main course. Those were yummy. Dessert was a hit and miss. The hit was the 24k chocolate cake pictured here and the miss was the Nutella calzone whose pizza dough was too heavy and thick for desert.

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Gidget K.
5.0 Stars

I love the food. Its pricey but you can share the pizza, pasta and risotto. The restaurant is at the end of the hallway overlooking Manila Bay and the swimming pool. I love their bathroom too. It comes with an Acca Kappa perfume.They gave me a rose and chocolates for Mother's Day128522

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