Serafina

4.7
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1760 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Serafina opened its doors in 1991 as an intimate neighborhood restaurant located along Eastlake between the University and Downtown. Its ochre walls, reminiscent of the Tuscan landscape, its intimate, sultry atmosphere, outdoor garden seating and its authentic Italian cuisine make it a favorite with diners from around the Puget Sound and beyond. Serafina's philosophy is simple: Offer the freshest, highest quality ingredients, present the food in an honest and inviting way, and provide the casual warmth and soothing ambiance that echoes the welcoming embrace of an Italian home.
The ritual of coming together sharing wine and food with family and friends is the central motif in our lives. Italian food has an immediacy, honesty, and warmth; it possesses the spirit of a grandmother's wisdom and love. Italian food isn't about trailblazing alchemy or edible high fashion; Italian food is about staying connected—to each other, to the past, to the earth.
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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t
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service as always. Daily fish special was perfectly prepared. Nice wine list and well prepared cocktails

EL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Perfect food- muscles, burrata, eggplant, gelato. Great service, wonderful wine pick from Saul. This place should always be a top pick for friends or a romantic dinner.

T
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous! That’s why return again and again. It’s always a perfect night at Serafina!

D
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the wait staff was awesome. There was a a torrential downpour and we were eating outside. The staff got everyone resituated very quickly and smoothly.

S
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love sitting on their outdoor patio. Lovely ambiance, delicious food and great service. My favorite spot for lunch!

DT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So happy Seraphina is open for lunch now. It is the perfect spot for a business lunch, catching up with an old friend or making a great first impression. The food is consistently great, the wine list superb and the wait staff is seasoned and very good. Never disappoints.

HH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect about our dining experience. Our server Brian knew exactly what to recommend and was the perfect amount of attentive. It was a celebratory evening for 6 of us, and the staff made everything extra special. I can’t wait to come back soon.

SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice casual place for wonderful food. Patio a great place to sit. Service was excellent

BR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food was extremely salty throughout the meal. I have no problem spending the money, but expect a better experience.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely patio, great service and food, and great time with family!

DJ
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The service was very good, but the food was just ok. I enjoyed the pasta the most. The soup of the day was ghastly--a corn chowder with WAY TOO MUCH tumeric. Tasted medicinal and should be taken off the menu. I wish they had taken that dish off of our bill. We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary, but the restaurant didn't do anything special for us. Dessert menu needs to be revised as well and they should be making their own gelato. Not sure I will be returning.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cuisine is consistent and always memorable. The staff is fabulous and the wine variety is always excellent.

LR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service, a waiter who is a pro, and very attentive without being overbearing. Everything was wonderful for our 20th anniversary. Thank you!

t
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

This is a good restaurant where they make their own pasta, which is delicious. They have a full bar and a specialty cocktail each night. Ours was excellent. The only downside is the noise level, which is pretty intense. It's better to sit outside if you can and if you want to have a more intimate conversation. Good wine list, too.

TK
Seattle
112 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

An old staple in Seattle; went for lunch and they were not busy. attentiveness was good but maybe cause they weren't rushed. Food as always was fresh and prepared impeccably, but selection is getting old.

DH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service!! Wait staff was fabulous, as was the food!!

PL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat outside on the patio and it was perfect weather. Food was amazing as always along with the service. Will definitely be going back.

RQ
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food, great enviroment, pleasant people. Couldn't ask for more

KM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

The waitress did not refill drinks. She was not attentive. One item that was ordered was ridiculously salty. When we discussed with the waitress she did not care and did nothing to improve the experience. The other four people at the table enjoyed their main course, but did have anything to drink with their meals due to the waitress never coming to refill drinks or check on us.

Z
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great location for a romantic dinner or small group. A bit too noisy on this evening.
Food was excellent and presented well.

AN
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Serafina. Great food and ambiance. It’s always a good time when we come here.

LI
Seattle
288 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a blast and delicious food and great service from Michelle with our get together for four birthdays!! Everyone loved their drinks, dinners, and desserts!
Highly recommend it for two or for a party of friends and family!
Save us a table though!!
💕

AK
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This was a great place to catch up with old friends over good wine and great food.

DA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

I am sad to write a review that is not stellar for this place as it is a nostalgic place for us. We dined there recently on a Saturday night. We had a reservation, and even though there were lots of open tables, it took them 15 minutes to seat us. Once seated, we were not waited on for another 20 minutes. It was a special occasion for us, but after the first half hour of being there, it wasn't so special any more. I hope it was just an "off" night and this is not the norm.

MW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Excellent staff, food, ambiance. A little noisy, but not to the point of hurting the evening.

T
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

-took an hour to get food to the table
-the salmon was super super small and should have gone with a pasta instead. way over priced for what you get. there were a few beans that were not even aldente and super tough.

S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of Seattle's most romantic spots for a celebratory dinner or an evening with friends. The service and food is always excellent and interesting. It feels like 'home'.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great urban ambiance. Bartenders know what they are doing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

My husband and I usually love Serafina’s. We were celebrating our anniversary this visit. I just want to start by saying that our server was great but we were very disappointed with our experience otherwise. I am in the industry, so I’m generally very forgiving and I never usually send food back, but I just couldn’t let this slide for the amount of money we were spending. We got the mussels to start with and the bread basket. They were great, although we were never offered more bread, which would have been nice since we had a lot of sauce still from the mussels. Someone just swept by and cleared it before we could even ask for more. For the main course both my husband and I ordered the prime ribeye steak medium rare. I used to work at El Gaucho’s, a very high end steak house, so I know what a prime ribeye should look like. This was not that! Both steaks were mostly fat, however my husband’s steak was about 75% fat, while mine was maybe 40%. So I kept my steak, while we sent back his. They cooked him a new steak which came out much better, although a bit under medium rare, but he ate it anyway because he was tired of waiting. Meanwhile, I had already finished my steak while he waited for his. So it was a little annoying that we couldn’t eat together, especially since it was our anniversary. We then decided to share 2 desserts. One was some chocolate cake thing that was mediocre at best, and the other was some type of cheesecake I think, which was delicious. Then we got our bill which was around $225 (about $270 after tip). As a server myself, I was a bit shocked and annoyed that they didn’t at least take care of a dessert for us since we weren’t able to eat together and it was our anniversary. But whatever, we paid, tipped, and left. Approximately 1-2 hours later, my stomach wasn’t feeling well and I was sweating and I said something to my husband, and he was feeling the same way. We both were then violently ill for the rest of the night. We won’t be going back!

SF
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Serafina is one of Seattle's best restaurants!

LS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Serafina is always a special place to meet friends and family. Their ambiance, food, service and "vibe" is just the very best. My family and I love it.

D
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always love going to Serafina's! Our favorite dish is the Cozze, the large plump muzzles in the most incredible broth ever!!!

DS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding and consistent service and food selections.

m
Seattle
101 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We scored a table in the patio on a lovely summer night. It was off in a corner and we had all the privacy in the world. The food was great as usual and we had a lot of fun with our waiter. He recommended a wine that was delicious and we had never heard of it before. The whole evening was a treat.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was good. Service was NOT GOOD.

MS
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was soooo good! I have eaten there a couple times in the past few years and it was consistent with how I remembered it!!! What a pleasure !

m
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. Our server was amazing and was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. She even recommend a non-menu item that was epic: Old World Spaghetti with mushrooms!!

GH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Serifina is always good and a delightful atmosphere. One of our favorites!

C
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was out of this world. I don’t like the 20% service fee they add to the check but everyone in Seattle is doing it. Sucks it doesn’t all go to your wait staff

JN
Portland
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant is a gem-excellent food, terrific service and great ambiance. We have dined there three times in the last month and each experience was consistently great.

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