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Serafina by The Water
Serafina by The Water

Serafina by The Water Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.serabythewater.com/
  • Phone: (954) 463-2566
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michele Viscosi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Serafina by The Water
“SERAFINA” in Italian translates to both “angel of the sea” and “fine evening”. Those who have been there completely agree! Serafina also has a covered and heated patio.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed the authentic Italian food served at the restaurant. From the gracious staff to the tasty food it's like you escaped to a small village in Italy. We are definitely looking forward to our next experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very well prepared Italian food with a continental flair"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This is the second time I have eaten here and the food is incredible! This time though we had a lot of problems with the check. We split it 4ways for 7 ppl and they messes up 2 of 4 credit cards twice! I will still go back but might bring cash."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "What a great find in Fort Lauderdale! Food was fantastic...Bread warm and from Gran Forno Bakery, salad light and plentiful and the main course outstanding. The chilean sea bass with seafood dish is to die for! A wonderful small romantic restaurant to share delicious food, drink and conversation in a beautiful outdoor setting with soothing italian music playing in the background. A diamond in the rough not to be missed!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Dined here for the first time Saturday and really enjoyed it. Don't be discouraged by the reviews saying Serafina is "run down," it's quaint, cozy and elegant without any glitz or glamor. If you expect perfection then small neighborhood restaurants aren't for you.. Our server, Joe, was superb, offering excellent suggestions and descriptions of the specials which we ordered and were glad we did. Our appetizers and entrees arrived exactly when they should have and our dinner was paced leisurely on a nice night to be on the Intracoastal. It is true that the view is more or less the sterns of very large yachts but it hardly spoiled the ambience. We'll be back and highly recommend Serafina."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We love Serafina. IN FACT we will be back next week to celebrate my girlfriend's major birthday. Very charming, scenic and great food. Wines are well priced, as well as the menu. What ever one orders they will be VERY happy. I had the salt backed Bronzino. It was my poor decision to order this since I hate salt. Yes the skin is removed once deboned, but still it was to salty for me. My husband LOVED it, but he enjoys the taste of salt. His occu bucco was finger liking great and the risotto to die for. If you are an Italian cheese cake fan this is the place to indulge in the calories. Serafina is very small so make a reservation, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Go for the food, not for the ambience.... Place is a bit run down and in great need of upgrading. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The staff was very accommodating and the food was excellent. Thank you for making our anniversary a memorable one."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Serafina is a local gem, with excellent fish & pasta, and the feel of old italy. We sat outside by the intracoastal on a mild evening, and the service was very good. Enjoy"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food, service and outdoor setting at Serafina are always excellent. We have been several times and will continue to go back."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Not like pictures. Place looks run down. No view cause old best up boats are blocking view. Not worth it. Only good thing was the Caesar salad. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have been to Serafina several times --live out if town, but make a point of it always. The food is authentic and the atmosphere is cozy , warm & reminds me of Italy ! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Even though it was a hot and humid evening, the doors to the patio were kept open. We could appreciate the difficulty of carrying trays and having to negotiate doors, but there was virtually no benefit to sitting indoors as it felt as hot and sticky as the outdoors did. More shocking was that they ran out of some ingredients of one of the dishes two of us ordered .. instead, we were brought a completely different preparation than that which we had ordered.. with no mention of this. When we questioned the server, she was very kind and offered us another meal, stating clearly that it would take about 20 minutes for any fish dish... which would have allowed two of our party of four to eat at one time, and the other two at a later time."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I had been to Seráfina before and had a good experience and liked the quiet ambiance by the water, so when I had guests from out of town it was my first choice to take them. It was very noisy outside, hot, the food was so, so and the worst was the tired and unpolite waiter."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Not worth the money. Food and service not great. Servers not very personable. Very hot outside, no fans on. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I thought it a bit overpriced for the location and ambience and food. The food was very good as was the service. The people I dined with thought the dessert was the best and that they could have made their salmon dishes as home. I love the portion of my risotto as I got 3 meals from it. It was heavy on the sauce though."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "You can not top the ambience at Serafina, the outdoor patio sits right on the water with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal. As you dine you feel like you could be sitting in Italy. This small intimate restaurant is a real neighborhood gem off the beaten path. The food is delicious and the staff is attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. I have eaten here several times and each time it was delicious and enjoyable. There are always different specials in addition to the regular menu so I can not recommend one particular dish, but I do suggest trying anything on special; the chef creates new items daily. The owner takes pride in the restaurant and frequently walks around greeting diners. Always a great dining experience. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This was our third time eating at this restaurant, it has always been great, but this time the friends we brought with us were not happy. Their meals were served cold and had to be sent back, when the meals did come out they both stated that the food was tasteless and very bland. My wife's and my food were good, not great but we give a little for the romantic setting. I guess the third time was the back breaker..."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "When we arrived we were a little confused because we can see the kitchen from the street and felt we arrived to the wrong location. We decided to proceed down a pathway that led to the elegant ambiance pictured online. We were seated outside on a patio overlooking water.The table we was leaning I was looking for a rock or brick to help level it out so I could get more comfy. To the food...we ordered spicy mussels in white wine sauce that had no taste. Then I ordered a risotto dish with 2 scallops and 2 prawns cut in half. The taste was good and I didn't take the leftovers. My partner ordered a grouper dish that was just okay and lacked flavor. Would we go again no, would we recommend not really. The servers were nice though."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "table was ready and staff was very attentive food was excellent very nice waterfront dining"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A great Italian restaurant right on the water. Good value and well worth a visit"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Small walkway into the restaurant set the stage for a European feel. Service was excellent, the dinner was amazing portions very large. Overall, the setting,music, wine,service & the food made Serafina a dining experience will return to again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A terrific Italian Seafood restaurant. Everything we have ever eaten here has been wonderful"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food was wonderful. Our server was very helpful, but we seemed to get forgotten about a lot. So dinner took a little longer than it should, but I would still recommend serafina'a to a friend."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It was so wonderful, Its Ft Lauderdale's best kept secret . I don't want anyone else to find it otherwise I'll never get a reservation! Ha!Ha! Seriously its awesome."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "When we pulled up to Serafina we wondered if we should keep our reservation! It is not in the best part of town, you need to walk down the side of the building to actually get into the restaurant. Inside seating is very small with plenty of outside seating with a water view. Be careful if sitting outside- the patio slopes and depending where you sit this could affect how stable your table and chair are! The food was good, solid Italian food. There was nothing that was outstanding but good. Their seafood soup was the best part of the meal. The portions are generous."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The setting along the ICW is great - ya' gotta' love it!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Seemed as though they were unprepared for the crowd, everything took an extremely long time. Our food was delicious, when it finally arrived. Waitress was great, but was definitely overwhelmed. We were lucky and had a later dinner, so by the time we were finishing things were slowing down & she was able to be much more attentive. Would give the restaurant another shot as the food was great."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Usually go to Serafina for special occasions as know will be good meals with something to please everyone. Seafood, sea bass, veal chop and antipasto salad were all delicious. Only complaint was the kitchen was VERY slow. Took over 2 hours for our party of 4 to have dinner. Not servers fault, as she did check back with us and comped us coffee drinks. With expanded waterfront seating, many more patrons will be able to experience dining outside on the canal. Willing to give it another try, as food and ambiance are so good."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Serafina. Our table was right along the water, and it was delightful to watch the boats coming and going, with darkness approaching and lights twinkling. Service was excellent, and the food was fabulous. My husband chose a very lovely Carpaccio and perfectly prepared fish. I selected Pappardelle al Bolognese. I was amazed at the lightness of the pasta, and the meat ragu sauce was wonderful. We definitely will return when we visit Florida next winter."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The owners were wonderful and Dominique was a delight to talk to about their Restaurant. They do plan on fixing the patio. On the south side. So I was told call for any table Requests. The table was very very uncomfortable. Tables on the north side were much more Even. Our waiter was ok:the con however when asking for wine there was no list That he provided. He assumed I want wine by the glass versus the opportunity To get a bottle of wine. Upon asking for refills he was attentive to my Husband but not To my empty glass. Nor other beverage offers. He seemed to be very very attentive To one table if gentlemen next to us. Other waiters seem to be better in taking care Of their patrons much better."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "hadn't been to Serafina for a long time. We were a party of five. Everyone enjoyed their salads and entrees. I had the Snapper Special and it was beautifully served and very well prepared. The waitress was charming,"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Really amazing service, a lot of attention from many staff, and a quiet location, with an outdoor patio overlooking Middle River"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "A friend found this place a few weeks ago. We have been back twice. Food is wonderful, waitstaff outstanding and Mickey the owner a pleasure to meet. We will be going back many more times."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "This establishment recently taken over by new owners. The food was delicious and we were guided without error by our server. The wine list was perfect and not overwhelming. We both ended up having specials...mine was a lobster risotto dish with saffron which was fantastic. Also had the calamari and fennel appetizer which I could eat every day. Our server was fantastic. We sat in the new dock space which put us right on the Middle River - lovely. We will be back sooner than later!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The restaurant is underwhelming from the outside, but charming inside. The bread is great. The wine is reasonably priced. The food is delicious. The fresh grouper was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very nice setting for a restaurant, service was friendly and fun! Food was good as well!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Serafina is tucked in behind some other businesses, down a quaint alleyway. We were greeted warmly and brought to a lovely, waterside outdoor porch. The menu was interesting, from tender Gorgonzola topped filet to a unique lobster ravioli. The sea bass just melted in your mouth. The crusty bread was fresh baked and great with the wonderful sauces on all six dinners. Our service was slow, even for the well prepared food, but we would let it go on a busy nice. They gave us wine to ease the delay - so nice! The owner is present and friendly. You should try Serafina if you want something tasty, out-of-the ordinary and fairly priced. All six in our crowd would agree!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is one of the best finds in Fort Lauderdale. I have lived here for 10 years and just found this place this year. The food is amazing and its outside dining, DIVINE. I would make one suggestion: If they could get rid of the BRIGHT lighting under the tent, that would make the place perfect...........Otherwise, I will be dining there regularly.... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Not worth it. The floor is slanted so the chairs and tables are off. The tables are squeezed so tightly together the servers kept bumping into us. The chairs were uncomfortable and the food was just okay. Not worth it!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014