Serafina

4.7
1691 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
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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JO
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love everything about Serafina, but tonight the server was especially skillful.

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ML
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Italian food in Seattle and great staff all around.

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a
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite Seattle Italians, especially with out-of-town guests. The only downside is noise.

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VW
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the top 3 date night restaurants in Seattle. So, so good.

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F
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with our son and daughter-in-law on a beautiful Saturday night. Everything was perfect.

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P
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good experience: meal, attention and ambiance. We sat outside in the courtyard which is very pleasant on a nice evening. The service was well-paced, not rushed, which also made it for a pleasant, relaxed visit. The food was excellent. Overall - we highly recommend it.

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D
San Antonio
28 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly and attentive service. Well crafted cocktails. Outstanding food. Personal favorite was the rigatoni bolognese. Gnocchi with rabbit was outstanding.

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LI
Seattle
286 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always love our meal and time spent here. The halibut was amazing and I love the bruschetta as well which is like crostini with three topping you put on it.

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S
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were a party of 6 and sat out on the patio. I had the tagliatelle with chanterelles, mint, peas and a light creme sauce. My husband had the pork chops, and daughter had the eggplant dish. Others had rigatoni bolognese and lasagne. We all had great entrees and desserts were also amazing. My husband and I want to return to have the eggplant, the bite I had was so delicious!

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CG
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice food, drinks, and desert. Service was great despite a busy night and a crowd of people coming into the bar area all at once. This made for a fair bit of noise level at different points, but the ambiance and overall experience was great. We will return soon!

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Can't beat the patio on a lovely Seattle summer evening! Food is spot on, service lacking a bit. Felt a little dumped for a bigger table.

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g
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

I would temper my recommendation with caveats. The menu is heavy on dairy and meat and pricey or what one gets. The atmosphere is lovely as was the server. Some of the food is mediocre but the eggplant continues to shine.

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AG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to Serafina while on a business trip. It was the first time I brought my husband along. The fabulous dinner and exceptional service by Grace made it a true occasion! Highly recommend. Thanks !

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l
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attentive hostess and server. Bar is busy so unless you are sitting at the bar it's difficult to get a drink from the bar area. Seasonal menu and regular menus available. Melon gazpacho soup was very good and unique. Eggplant and rigatoni from regular menu was delicious. I've never had a bad meal here.

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R
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had reservations for 6:30 dinner. We were seated promptly. Service was great. Food was very good. Drinks were innovative. All in all, a lovely time.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. Was a bit noisy but didn't put a damper on the evening. Would highly recommend.

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NM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we walked in to the good-byes at the end of the evening, our experience at Sarafina's was excellent. The waiter was knowledgeable, helpful, attentive without being intrusive, and friendly. The food was well prepared, attractively served and absolutely delicious. To top it all of, we were a party of 6 and wanted a photo taken, but we were in front of a window with backlighting - the host suggested we step outside. He patiently took pictures of us until we got one we liked, all the while giving the impression that there wasn't anything else he'd rather be doing. We will recommend and we will be back!

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RM
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food, wine, service, and atmosphere. The rabbit pasta dish and eggplant parm were both fabulous. My wife and I are looking forward to going back soon.

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JL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!! Very knowledgeable staff about their wine selection. A definitely neighborhood gem!!! We were there to celebrate our anniversary and engagement. The staff wAs very warm and friendly. Thank you for the great memories and service!! Will be back!!!

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R
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary we decided to visit an old friend in Serafina. We hadn't been there in a while and thought it would be a nice place to get a little romantic. The table we were sat was in a very busy location. The noise and bustle around us almost required yelling at times to talk to one another. romance out the window for now! Our waitress was very nice and knowledgeable. appetizers and dinner courses were ordered. The duck ravioli came first. absolutely delicious. My biggest disappointment was in the eggplant that followed. watery, burnt on top swimming in bland tomato sauce that i could have found in a jar of ragu. i didn't know that eggplant could be messed up but i guess everyone has a bad day. following a dinner disaster ( which yes i did finish ) we shared a lemon torte'. It wasn't that bad. a little soggy but very flavorful. Will we return to Serafina ? I'm sure yes, but with reservations. and i don't mean for seats ...

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Love the feel of Serafina - relaxed, noise level is just great for a place this size too. Usually I rave about the food here and their specials have been amazing in the past. This trip, however, portions were very small, food a bit over cooked. There were also fewer options than I remember in previous visits. Overall it was good, but for this money, there are other options out there.

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VC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I went here for a date night and had an amazing time. Before we were seated, we stopped by the bar for cocktails, which was a great decision. Their handcrafted cocktail selection is solid and their bartender knows what he's doing. The food was great - my wife had their eggplant over angel hair pasta, I had their lasagna. We were seated outside in their courtyard. The atmosphere out there was perfect for a summer evening date night. I would definitely go again and recommend this to other couples looking for a date spot in the neighborhood.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Our waiter was terrific, the food was great, but the hostess would not seat our party of 5 until the last 2 arrived. Really annoying, and a missed opportunity for us to buy last of appetizers and converse comfortably. I likely will not plan a small group dinner here again.

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LI
Seattle
286 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it love it love it! This visit my hubby had the mussels which he loved as an appetizer and I had the amazing mozzarella and grilled artichoke salad! We forgot to take photos of these! We did get photos of our entrees which were the luscious salmon dish with a special pepper sauce and the special pappardelle pasta with morels in a goat cheese (it also comes with a special meat but they made it vegetarian for me - they are so sweet).
It’s our fave place and everyone is awesome!
💕 h&d

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g
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely, helpful staff. Equally wonderful meal. The noise level was excessive. Even the waitstaff struggled to hear orders and such

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s
Portland
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and wonderful service -- as always! We were there with friends to celebrate a birthday and the six of us were seated at the wonderful round table and each of us loved our meals (Bolognese (!!) loved by several, the plin, the cavatelli - all yum!), and the shared plates (several delicious salads, bruschetta). We will be back!

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FF
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Expensive but fabulous. I could spend more and get less elsewhere, this place is one of a kind!

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JB
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Great food and we loved our waiter, but the noise level was almost unbearable. Perhaps because we are all "mature", we could not possibly hear each other in normal conversation. We were told the new owner will install noise mitigation panels. The sooner the better.

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EM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I was told that Mondays are usually slow, but it turned out to be a busy Monday. The lighter staffing caused our meal to take a long time coming out of the kitchen as one chef was handling almost everything we ordered. This made the experience a little disappointing, but not enough for me to never come back. I loved the ambiance, and the staff were very friendly.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my daughter and friends there for for her SU graduation celebration. Overall it was a great evening with the staff very friendly and helpful, food very good, and atmosphere. Would go again for any reason at all.

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F
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

The food used to be better. 1 of 4 dishes we got was good.

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SJ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food, ambience, and overall service is great at Serafina. If you plan on biking, ask the staff for help when parking your bike because the sidewalk is too narrow and they have a little space for them in the back. Make sure your server knows what you want because ours got our order wrong three times. Still 10/10 recommend for a cute date or family time.

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LI
Seattle
286 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love everything about Serafina from the great bartenders, servers, managers, chefs, delicious food, and music we always are finding ourselves singing along to! 💕 h&d

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CB
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food with a great wine selection and friendly service.

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A special day for us(49th wedding anniversary) was made even better by the service, food and setting at Serafina's. The day was hot, but the patio was quite comfortable and the water glass refills appreciated. I always recommend Serafina to people who have never experienced the food or atmosphere.

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TA
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

It’s been awhile since we Dined there. Still a nice atmosphere but the food was not as good as I remember.

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PK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We have eaten at Serafina for many years. Our salad and appetizer were excellent. Both past disches were not up to the usual high standards of Serafina. The pasta was firm and the sauces overwhelmed the pasta and other ingredients. We still love the place.

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HB
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommended! Excellent service Started with a spicy octopus appetizer followed by Copper River salmon risotto that exceeded my very high expectations.

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DT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our neighborhood restaurant with exceptional food and wine list and a wonderful staff that keeps us coming back.

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MD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Still our favorite restaurant in Seattle. The food is always good. The service is impeccable - even on a busy day. We particularly like the mussels (a must have for my chef mother when she visits). The wine recommendations are spot on.

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