Serafina Fabulous Grill
Serafina Fabulous Grill

Serafina Fabulous Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://always.serafinarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2127029898x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily Hours: Monday - Thursday:11:30am - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am Sunday 11:00am - 12:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park and Madison Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A public Icon Parking Lot is located right next door
A word from Serafina Fabulous Grill
Everyone, from beautiful models and young professionals to families and business types on power lunches, flocks to Serafina Fabulous Grill to enjoy the ambiance and delicious cuisine found in this upbeat three room restaurant. Choose from a variety of homemade pastas and fresh grilled meats, fish and vegetables. Always buzzing with good music, animated conversation and hearty laughter, diners can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine on the terrace, in the main dining room with the open fire grill and cherrywood burning oven or at the lively bar.
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Serafina Fabulous Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (16)good for groups (15)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (8)kid-friendly (8)romantic (6)hot spot (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Kathy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Large menu with something for everyone. I ordered the Bresaola for a starter. Nice and solidly good. The Branzino al Cherry Tomatoes, was also quite good with the fish perfectly cooked. If i could find a complaint, it would be that there was just a little bit too much sauce in the dish for my liking. My husband ordered a pizza which he enjoyed. Service was medium, but the place was bustling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    sussVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a party of 11 people, 6 of which were clients. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal. The lobster carpacchio appetizer was delicious, as was the tuna. I would definitely recommend this location and will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly Place
    scorpio
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Curteous service makes up for adequate but not special food
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunshineVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went for dinner at the East 61st Street location. Menu is somewhat limited and the space is small making for tight tables so you hope for a quiet party next to you. Staff is pleasant and food is good but not a knockout. Go when it is convenient for you.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BrowserVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food simple and excellent...a bit lively near the bar...hey, that's how it should be, right! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in the new space
    nycdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    serafina is one of our family go-to spots for over a decade. it's always solid food, attentive service and usually bustling. the new space is no different. my fav dish will always be the gnocchi. pizzas are amazing as well as the veal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth the visit
    Foodie101VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have been a fan of Sarafina for years - but no more ! Not what it use to be ! Chicken parm was over cooked and tasted like it was stacked up in the kitchen hours before and then reheated with a little sauce and cheeze. Should have sent it back but no one would understand
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great before a show.
    joec
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Friendly service and excellent food. Great if you are heading for 59 E 59.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT!!!
    JULIREBEL
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Serafina moved next door from their original space. It is very well planned and the layout is great. Food, as usual was excellent. Service was very attentive and the staff was friendly and helpful. The only minus is the noise level, which is extremely high.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PattVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a lunch reservation, but they told us we would have to wait 15 minutes when we got there, because they had given away all the tables. When taking people out to lunch, this is not an ideal way to start your experience. I have been to this Serafina many times and have to say that the past two times have been average at best. My entree came out with our appetizers and the pizza crust was soggy. This used to be one of my favorite spots, but I think I am going to have to find a new restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Biaspv
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    It was a family dinner with a kid but the adults had a great time with good food and wine!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good, service is TERRIBLE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The service is the worst! We waited an hour and 10 minutes for our starters. Our waiter did not bring bread or fill our water glasses until after we received our food. The food itself was not bad but I prefer going somewhere where the food is good and the service at the very least acceptable. That would exclude a another visit to Serafina at least at this location
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  • EvelynVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    There's no excuse for the poor service your skeleton crew provided the day of our meal. The upstairs area was basically 90% empty.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always reliable
    MJP60VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Go to place when in the area. Always reliable. We had great server who made it that much better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for the young "In Crowd"
    Linda
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This place was hopping! I was surprised that we got in at the last minute. Most patrons appeared to be groups (small and large) of twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings. Everyone was having a good time, and the manager/owner (?) as well as the wait-staff was very attentive. They did seem to specialize more in pastas than other dishes, but everything we tried (or saw) was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was a last minute, and a random choice, and it turned out to be a terrific one! The food was very good, as was the service. We will definitely go back there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic!
    nancy
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The burrata with smoked salmon was amazing and my friend had the lasagna bolognese - our meals were delicious and service was friendly and efficient. Definitely a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    estab
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Was very happy with the pasta. Excellent flavour and perfectly cooked
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent¡¡¡
    NYCHotSpotVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Best pizza in town (my suggestion and also my favorite are Di Fabio and Formaggi D-italia). Pastas are also delicious and desserts too. Great option for a casual and chick diner in the UES.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 39 reviews are from the Serafina Fabulous Grill reviews archive.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My daughter had eaten here several times with her friends, and wanted to have a family dinner there. We were seated promptly, and then essentailly ignored for 15 minutes. No bread. Water took another 10 minutes. Another 10 minutes before we could order. The food was delivered promptly, and was quite good. It took a good 15 minutes before we could get the attention of our waitress to get the check. The prices were high for the food we got. I am unlikely to go there again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with little kids
    jake
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were seated at a large round table where the kids could sit inside and still have lots of room to draw with the provided crayons and do what little kids do. We never felt that we were disturbing anyone because they seated us away from the crowd and really comfortably. I wrote that the two kids were under 5 years and they considered it for our comfort as well as for the convenience of other guests. Will do it again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CphnycVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I have been coming here for years and i won't any longer. Not only were we rushed, the staff was rude/surly but the restaurant was more than half empty and yet they seated us next to a very loud group, despite that we were with older guests.The bus, wait staff and kitchen seemed out of sync, they started to forcibly clear our appetizers to make way for the main courses- while we were still eating them!The food was decent but far from what it once was and the staff seemed like they could not wait to get us out of there. Plates were slammed down and the attitude was almost aggressive.
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  • MferVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Have had lunch there and now Easter brunch Will go back when in NYC
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crying baby central!
    scottyVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Pizza here is fabulous. Hands down. However lunchtime here is heavy on the stroller set. That coupled with the tight quarters makes for the potential for multiple temper tantrums to occur at once. That was the case during this visit making a great pizza barely tolerable. I would only reccomend coming to this location after baby bedtime.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised. I thought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Pleasantly surprised. I thought as a chain it would be only fair, and it was quite good. Also Italian speaking people seated near me, which was a good sign. One of the reasons we chose it was because the price seemed moderate but we ended up spending $85/head anyway (before tip). Given the dearth of good restaurants in this part of town, this is an excellent option.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    GoodEats
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food was good, went for a date. Service was very nice, fast and efficient. I would dine again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must Go for Casual Dinner
    ras831
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    If you in the Upper East Side and are tired of extravagant food and need very good food at fair prices and casual attire, this is perfect. The lobster pasta is fabulous and wine list extremely fair. Great pizzas and all the other pasta dishes I’ve tried are very good. This place fills up fast after 7pm.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasteless food, lousy wine
    Jn700VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Fish was over cooked and drowned in a tasteless pinkish sauce, chicken Parmesan was petrified and gnocchi dish was just goo. Cheapest bottle of red wine at $65 retails for $8 in wine shops. Needless to say it was a waste... Filled with UES parents feeding pizza to their kids. Yuck.
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  • Fun & friendly
    Steve
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The staff and services are terrific. Food is also very good. Must start off by sharing a pizza & then find out what the daily specials are. The ownership is as nice as the staff & most always there to make your visit a memorable one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Pizza
    dineoutVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The pizza is very good but the other dishes are bland and overcooked. This restaurant is good for groups but the service and food could use a little more attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fancy pizzeria
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great food, good service . Nice atmosphere ... If your looking for a casual night with a high end touch this is the place. Will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were looking for a different
    BonnieVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We were looking for a different Italian restaurant in the low 60s and decided to try Serafina. The service and the food were fine, but not better than "good." We wanted to like it more than we did. A problem in getting Open Table credit from the restaurant that reported us as a now show didn't help.
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  • Girls lunch
    southamptonVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Brought my daughters and friend to have Sunday lunch. Truffle focaccia was amazing! Pasta and salad was delusions as well. Saw other friends there who also commented what a good meal they had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it used to be
    LalloVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This used to be decent and affordable, but lately not so much any more. Last two times I went, food is becoming more and more mediocre and very pricey. I won't go anymore and do not recommend it anymore.
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  • acoupleandadaughter delicious days
    acoupleandadaughter
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    We have been there on Serafina one year and a half ago, and we returned there jan/2014. We had about 4 meals in 4 days and we aprecciate de service, food and the place. The restaurant changed the place but it's still wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pizza
    mpb46
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Had a great pizza and some really good pasta. The portions including the pizza were small. It is also a bit pricey . Overall, it is a decent place to go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a great time food was excellent and we ordered a lot. Felt a little rushed by staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holiday Lunch
    KevinG
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Took the family to NYC for a Christmas visit. This spot was convenient. Menu was interesting and varied. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and the overall restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good experience
    suttonplaceVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    I was looking for a neighborhood place that was open Christmas that had good food and was casual and Serafina fit the bill
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Neighborhood by The Park
    TheSpiceMan
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Nice location, long narrow restaurant, with lots of noise and super fast service. We sat upstairs with all the families, small table for 5 people. Somewhat pricey, and good food,mbut not a place to relax and enjoy the company of your family conversation. Downstairs is the best place to sit, relax, and enjoy the slower service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.