Serafina
Serafina

Serafina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.serafinaseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2063230807
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00AM - 2:30PM

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM

    Late Night: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00PM - 12:00AM
    FRIDAY - SATURDAY 11:00PM - 1:00AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Christian Chandler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Serafina can cater in any format or venue – in your home, on a beach or at a park. Your guests will be transported to Italy when they taste the dishes recreated from meals enjoyed in friends' homes throughout Italy by owner Susan Kaufman and Chef Josh Green. Or, choose the Mediterranean cuisine offered at sister restaurant, Cicchetti. Buffet, plated, cocktail party – whatever the style, we will custom-tailor menus and hand-select wine and cocktails. Our catering manager, Maxine Holtzman, can help with arrangements for rentals, decorations, musicians, florists and photographers.
  • Entertainment: Serafina offers live music every Tuesday Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings as well as Sunday brunch and the "First Wednesday" of every month. Our musicians mostly perform jazz, but music also ranges from blues to bossa nova. The stage is at the heart of the dining room, with many tables enjoying a direct view of the musicians. There is no cover charge to enjoy music, however the dining room is reserved for dinner only until our waitlist is entirely seated. At that point, typically around 10pm on weekends, we are happy to seat guests for drinks and dessert who'd like to enjoy the jazz from the dining room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boston St.
  • Public Transit: Bus:
    Eastlake Ave. E & E. Newton St.
    Eastlake Ave. E & E. Howe St.
    Eastlake Ave. E & Lynn St.
    Boylston Ave. E & E. Boston St.
    Streetcar:
    Fairview & Campus Drive
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    *Paid parking ($3.00) is available in a parking lot located one block north of Serafina, above the Eastlake Market (at Eastlake and Lynn St).
A word from Serafina
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Serafina reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (98)great for outdoor dining (87)romantic (84)special occasion (78)fit for foodies (74)notable wine list (44)great for brunch (25)great for lunch (25)good for groups (17)hot spot (14)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Go to restaurant
    shannon
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Excellent food and fun atmosphere. We choose Serafina for every special occasion. The mussels are the best I have ever had and the halibut was amazing! I have never had anything I didn't love here!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food awesome experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The ambiance was romantic and energetic. Good decor and setting. Food was great. Service was great. I would recommend it for couples
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place!
    kiwimaster
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Heard of this place years ago, and finally had a chance to visit with a friend :) The food is great and fits my preference, and the design is very energetic too! Years ago, a brilliant violin artist told me about this place and that he play there on Sundays, but the restaurant week is Thursday so didn't have a chance to see if he's still playing there. Like the bread with olive oil+garlic: the taste is very refreshing! The space was a little bit crowded and a little low-on-staff that day though, perhaps the last day of the restaurant week brought in too much people at the same time xD Conclusion: Great place for casual/semi-formal gathering with friends. Lots of great food and interesting displays!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely spring day on the Patio
    jenn
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Came here for restaurant week, the group was very pleasantly surprised by the back patio. Perfect little patio for outdoor dining on a sunny day. Service was relatively fast until it came to the dessert which took longer than expected. Was charged for bread which was a surprise, but it was delicious and worth it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dine Out Seattle night
    AllthingsFood
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We did the 3 course Dine Out menu - our main dishes were great! I had the halibut and the hubs had the pork. Both were amazing! The starter salad was good, but the hubs thought it lacked a cohesive element. Maybe a bit of parm or goat cheese could have tied it together more. Still...very good! The corn cakes for dessert weren't my favorite, but I don't think it's because of how they were done, I think it's just that they weren't for me. The wine list was amazing and the atmosphere was fun. I would definitely go back and try some other things.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • celebration
    Rosemary
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This is a lovely place to celebrate and at the same time enjoy food prepared with care and expertise. We come often and always recommend it whenever asked "where should we go for great food and service" Thank you Rosmeary
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JanMM
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Although we dine there regularly, we had never had brunch there before. It was very busy and staff were accommodating but taxed. The offerings leaned toward heavy and eggs were predominant ... not a fan of eggs so the choices were very limited. The music was so loud we had to lean across the table so we could hear each other. We won't go back for brunch but will return for lunch and dinner ... they each would receive considerably higher ratings.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant fare, always
    pamcr
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Took a friend for a birthday lunch and we were not disappointed! Had the Potato/leek soup with black truffle oil and it was velvety and lovely. She had the charbroiled octopus salad---yum! Everything was beautifully presented and delicious! We both had the pan roasted halibut with a rhubarb reduction sauce over grilled asparagus and man was it good! My only quibble would be that the portion of halibut was quite "petite" but it was perfectly cooked and the sauce complimented and did not overwhelm. It is always a treat to dine at Sarafina!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Pointbobgirl
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Like I told my friend who was with me from out of town serafina is not "nouveau Seattle " it is a classic. They have it all beautiful space wonderful well prepared food & great service & ambviace!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your average Sunday Brunch!
    Frenchy
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We booked reservations; "lunch" during restaurant week, but on arrival, learned the “deal” did not begin until Sunday night. Oh well.. let’s spend the $22. each and eat. It included 2 courses; My #1 was pork belly with granny smith apples & almonds. Amazing! I can’t say more than that except that all the flavors of these ingredients were heaven when taken all in one bite. My #2 course was a type of home made rustic type of noodle (can’t remember the name) stuffed with pork and cabbage. I could not detect the cabbage at all, and although really too rich for my stomach, it also had very good flavor. Husband had a pork cut of meat (nice size) on a bed of polenta I think. Every bite he took, he would say..”mmmmm”. His was the better choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative Italian and fine service
    LGRF
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Serafina on a busy night is a bit crowded and noisy. But the service is excellent--friendly, timely and not overbearing--and the kitchen prepares consistently delicious variations on Italian standards. Just watch where you park since many of the streets in the surrounding neighborhood have restricted hours if you don't live there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful as always! They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    wonderful as always! They do wonderful things with seasonal vegetables. We did not, however, like the change in bruschetta - hopefully they will return to the original offering which we have enjoyed for many years
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Love the food, the server, the service! It was probably one of the most perfectly prepared pieces of halibut I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep going back
    GonzoVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    After having brunch here recently I remembered why I ALWAYS come back to Serafina at least a few times a year. The service is always spot on, the food TO DIE For, and the ambiance is perfect for any occasion really. Had never been to their jazz brunch and man have I been missing out. The short rib was delightful and the portions for the "pre-fixe" brunch were perfect - left there feeling sated but not stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambience. Only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Great food and ambience. Only problem was it was too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fantastic experience!
    TGF58VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    My wife and I took some colleague for dinner at Serafina -- a repeat visit for us but a first for them. As always, the food was outstanding. The winter green salad with the cider-thyme vinaigrette was light and had just the right amount of flavors to make it delightful. The pappardelle with short ribs was one of the best I've had and the balsamic pork chop was generous and flavorful, not drenched in balsamic. This was a great treat for a Monday night. Our server was very friendly and attentive, and her suggestions where very helpful in guiding us through the winter menu. All in all, she complemented our experience beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    Allen
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We had an amazing brunch here last weekend. The live jazz was a great compliment to the delicious food. We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Not much more to say. Had dinner and lunch during our recent visit to Seattle, food and service were outstanding, as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a wonderful evening,
    ljg122
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had a wonderful evening, our server was amazing, she did not rush us and spaced our appetizers and entrees perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    Nellie
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We had a fantastic time and the service was impeccable. As always the mussels were perfect and worth the trip alone. In addition to the mussels, The desserts were also delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    Kate
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Wonderful food! Not much of it, so be prepared to pay for a couple courses. We had miserable service. We waited 45 minutes for our lunch to arrive. The beautifully melded flavors were worth it, but just barely.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant!!!
    Bill
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    This is a great place with excellent food sand service, romantic atmosphere and great live jazz too.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an excellent dinner
    focusedonfood
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We had an excellent dinner with a great server and wine steward. Lovely preparation of each dish, from appetizers to deserts. Wonderful assistance with the wine selection, we were delighted! The staff were all over solving an unfortunate mishap by the bus boy who knocked my wife's wine over and onto her- things like this do happen and everybody went the extra mile to help us. As this was a special occasion I'd looked at several restaurants, I'm quite happy we dined at Serafina!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    vkimVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Genuine Italian flavors, excellent wine list (with a very dedicated sommelier), attentive unobtrusive service. Would definitely recommend Serafina for a proper Italian meal in Seattle
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal including Risotto,
    TyGuy
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Fantastic meal including Risotto, eggplant dish with red sauce, brussel sprouts, white bean soup and bruschetta
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place To Share With Friends
    NotALocal
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We've been to Serafina's 3times before but last visit was 2years ago. We are from Eastern WA & love to try Seattle's wonderful restaurant offerings when in town (every 3months or so). Each time we've been to Serafina's the food has been amazing and service outstanding. Personable too!! We love the authentic Italian family-style atmosphere, and have managed to share our dining experience with others who've never been there: and come away totally impressed (and in love with the food!). We'll be back again for sure and will continue to recommend it to our friends and anyone who asks us for a recommended place to go in Seattle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savory
    Falcon
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Serafina again surprises me with their food and atmosphere, I hadn't been there since 2006 and it still surprises me.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favourite
    GealtA
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Serafina is our " Go To "spot for celebratory occasions as well as an Anniversar.y and Birthday spot -the food is tasty and well presented without being too trendy and the service attentive but not intrusive... The Bar is small and crowded but worth the aggravation. A warning - the noise level was HIGH on the Saturday night we were last there,but everyone was having such a good time that it hardly mattered. By all means give her a try and I'll bet Serafina will become one of your favourites too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • serafina has become our go-to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    serafina has become our go-to when we're in the mood for really good italian and are feeling a little spendy - you truly get what you pay for, and-then-some. the waiters/waitresses are always passionate about the food and offer great insight into your choices, and the drinks are always divine. we've eaten at serafina over a handful of times now and haven't had a bad experience yet - give them a try if you haven't already.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy and delicious
    Walter
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Perfect for two. Too noisy for a larger party. (ables are packed together so your neighbors are hollering right in your ear). But the food is creative and delicious, the service perfect, and the restaurant gorgeous at night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattle Gem
    MerryKerry
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    First time and Serafina, all I can say is Bravo! A perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Flavors and Great Atmosphere
    Hooba
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Visited just recently with some family. Serafina didn't look like much from the outside, but I had heard great things. Inside was much livelier! Great energetic atmosphere with guests just really enjoying themselves. The service was prompt and polite with great recommendations. The food itself was great - full of new flavors we all really enjoyed. I'll definitely recommend this to a friend. All recommended food: octopus & Israeli couscous, dungeness crab pasta, butternut squash sage ravioli
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, loud joint.
    Clarence
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Thought the spacing between dinner salad and entrees was too long. Once the restaurant was half full, the volume was fairly loud. Good service though. Will probably go back in a few years. Hopefully more acoustical treatments will be in place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Serafina
    CJ88
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Wonderful food, incredible service, lovely environment. Won't come too often cause it's very expensive!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Serefina offers an amazing wine selection and delicious italian food with a wonderful romantic & energetic scene. Will defintely be returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Celebratory Spot
    ninao
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    I went here to celebrate my birthday and, let me tell ya- it doesn't get any better than this! The staff are attentive and genuine, the food is unique and flavorful in the best way imaginable and the ambiance is the cherry on top with a live jazz band to add to the experience. Overall, I would highly recommend this place for any occasion or even an impromptu meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Special attention
    SarahK
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Very appreciative of special effort made to give my vegan granddaughter good choices. Without making a big deal of her diet or birthday we were treated so well. A special memory was created by her surprise & delight when a dish of fresh raspberries with candle was served with our coffees. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    Jenn
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We cannot say enough about how amazing this restaurant! From the moment we walked in we were greated with friendly staff that you could tell enjoyed what they did. Our server, Natalie, was very knowledgeable about the food and gave great tips to help us order. The food was delicious! Life changing dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hearts
    WCSMLDS
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We couldn't get reservations for Valentine's Day so went the night before. We arrived and were asked to wait as our table was not yet ready. So we enjoyed an appetizer in the bar with delicious martinis. But then they seemed to forget us so we finally reminded the host. It took 10 minutes more to be seated. Once done all was fine. The meal (braised pork) was delicious. Although it was very busy the sommelier came and worked with us. He was terrific and generous with shared pours. Dessert was OK- the coffee layer in the tarimisu was watery but the accompanying port was excellent. All in all we had a very nice evening and will return on a less hectic night. I'm glad we didn't come on Valentine's Day. It would have been too crazy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT food, great service, romantic
    KPCV
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    It was a special occasion (which was noted in the reservation). Everyone we encountered from check in to the server knew and acknowledged the occasion and made it special. Great food, serive and ambiance....
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet