Serafina

4.8
1724 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MS
Anchorage
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

C
Palm Springs
2 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.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great service. Love the quality of the standards on the menu. The room could use a refresh. Seriously.

PG
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was understated and attentive. Knowledgeable and attentive wait staff mad the experience well worth it.

M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

always a magic experience. not sure how they do it

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A+++ so delicious

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D
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Summer dinner in the terrace- really special!

N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Serafina is one of my favorite places. Always great food and service. I have been going to this establishment for decades now and never been disappointed.

LC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I had an early dinner for our wedding anniversary. We were seated inside by a window. Although it was happy hour and the bar was very noisy, we were away from the crowd. Service was great. Our servers were very attentive but didn't hover.
My wife's pesce di giorno, scallops, was extraordinary. Pricey but worth it.
I had the baked eggplant. It was good but nothing special.

CN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Serafina has a lovely setting both indoors and out, with a food menu and wine list of reasonably priced options for a nicer Seattle restaurant. We had stellar service, from the host who greeted us and allowed us to select a table location, to the knowledgeable and fun waiter, to the staff person who encouraged us to stay late and enjoy ourselves even as the restaurant was about to close. Food recommendations: house-made lasagna with béchamel sauce, grilled octopus appetizer.

MN
Portland
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are temporarily in Seattle for the summer as I recovering from surgery. We happened to pass by and it caught our attention. We have been back twice. Love it all! Servers, food, everything.
Thanks for a memorable dining experience (s)

L
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat on the patio and even though the tables are quite close together it felt quiet and private. The food, as usual, was very fine. And the service was top notch.

DP
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everytime we dine here, it is outstanding food and a great wine selection. The Somm was very helpful and put us onto a very fine wine at a reasonable price. The Charcuterie platter was amazing and the Melanzanne (baked eggplant) was the best we’ve ever had.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance with outstanding service. Enjoyed every moment from when we arrived until we left. Diverse menu items prepared wonderfully. We sat outside on the patio and had a private table off to the side which was shaded and sheltered, perfect for the occasion and conversation

L
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Serafina is our go-to place for an always outstanding meal. The special menu is always inventive and interesting with the regular menu items calling to previously enjoyed visits. Always graciously served making the guests feel comfortable and at home. If you can sit outside in the courtyard the experience is only better.
What to say, except go and enjoy.

SR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were wedding dress shopping for my daughter and had lunch here between our appointments. We sat at a table on their beautiful patio and had a delicious lunch. It was a perfect addition to our wonderful day!

b
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Patio was perfect for us.

AO
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The food was good - service excellent. I wish you had more vegan options. Most of your pastas are made with egg (the waiter said) and my vegan guest was able to have only one kind with a very plain tomato sauce.

e
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Sat on the patio, nice evening. The Plin is outstanding. Service was great.

E
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Have not dined here in several years, and was looking forward to taking our visiting nephew and his wife to celebrate their 10th anniversary as it is so lovely. Service was very good, but food was very disappointing, especially at this price point. Seasonal special Teres Major had undercooked potatoes, asparagus past their prime, and meat that lacked flavor. Husband's pork chop was nicely cooked but with skinny, tough asparagus (seriously? Serve fresh veggies or change up the menu!!). Lasagna was a loose blob: very tomato-y and acidic; otherwise flavorless and basically insubstantial. Bisteca ($48) was borderline overcooked.
Would perhaps recommend for HH, as it is still a very beautiful setting, but very unimpressive dining.

KI
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined in the outdoor patio area which is charming and quiet. The quintessential summer venue! Seafood was delicious and serving size generous. Highly recommend!

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful evening so we sat on the patio, which was lovely and enjoys beautiful landscaping. Terrific ambiance and the service was excellent. Two of us had the specials which were outstanding. I requested a spicy pasta dish I loved that is no longer on the menu and the chef happily obliged. It was delicious and a memory in the making. Pastas are superb.

LI
Seattle
286 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are regulars and recently I tried the bruschetta and I love it! Everything is always great and service is always top notch. The bartenders are terrific if you want to hang at the bar area also. Meet your friends and sit in lovely patio for.a fun night!
It’s our number one place to go!
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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to the restaurant early on a Friday evening with reservations at 5:30 and had appetizers and sampled three different dishes and it was all wonderful. The sommelier was very well informed and provided good notes on choice of wine based on food and our server Jonah was outstanding. Would highly recommend to anyone.

c
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and great service with lovely ambiance inside or outside.

SJ
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have always thought that Serafina is a hidden gem in Seattle that does not get as much appreciation as it deserves. The food quality is amazing and the combination of flavors follows the statement accordingly.

BM
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent, friendly, and fast service.
Entrees we had which were lasagna and eggplant were delicious, but I didn't see too many other entrees we would like for next time. That is why I gave it 4.5, not a 5.

SR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A nice lunch with the Spring Prix fixed menu. We also had the Polpo (octopus) which was illegally good. I could have had another order. The Limone salad is a bit of a play on a Caesar Salad. I also had the Rigatoni Bolognese- all exceptional- as always.

r
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Would have been 5 stars, but the salad and mains all came together and the wine lagged both by a considerable time.

K
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was great and the deck is charming, but unfortunately smoke from the kitchen blew onto the deck on and off. We are sensitive to smoke, so that was an issue.

JO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

ML
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Italian food in Seattle and great staff all around.

a
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

VW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

F
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
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.

D
San Antonio
29 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.

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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