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Serafina - Philadelphia

Serafina - Philadelphia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://philly.serafinarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 977-7755
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 11:30am - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sansom Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Serafina - Philadelphia
Our cuisine is Northern Italian, originating from family recipes handed down from generations of cooks and adapted by Vittorio Assaf and his team of professional chefs. Serafina's creative pastas and risottos come to life with the freshest locally grown produce and ingredients, while the delicious desserts and extensive wine list satisfy every craving. Our famous thin crust pizzas are made with 00 Italian flour, filtered water, extra virgen olive oil, sea salt from Sicily and are produced in ovens hand built with lava stone from Mount Vesuvius fueled with burning cherry-wood. The remarkable food combined with the lively atmosphere of each location has mass appeal. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "An experience so horrific I wish I were allowed more characters. Waited minutes to even be greeted by our waitress who was unabashedly huffy and curt slamming things down on our table upset that SHE got our orders wrong several different times. Didn't receive my drink until after my meal and it wasn't right. Food lacks depth and flavor profile, waitress never came to check on us until after it was time to box up. Manager ROSE PAROTTA is very nasty and obviously lacks true passion for the customer experience; did not care about the many pitfalls of the service. So above it all texting on her phone while we waited what seemed minutes to speak to her. The food was just below mediocre, but the service was APPALLING! Resting on their location."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Works for celiac, vegetarian, and omnivores. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. Our food: Chopra salad, arugula steak salad, and gluten-free fusilli with a vodka sauce came relatively quickly along with toasty bread. (Bread was not as amazing as their brioche at brunch, but was a pretty good French baguette-style bread served with olive oil.) the steak in the salad was a little overlooked, but both salads had fantastic dressing and fresh ingredients. The non-celiac, who shared the gf-fusilli said it didn't even taste gf! PS. A restaurant of that size should have more than one toilet stall for women (don't know what it's like in the men's room)."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed our experience from beginning to end! We had brushetta and Bianca pizza for apps and a spinach salad with warm goat cheese. The chicken parm special was fabulous, as so was the pasta and ravioli dishes we had. Too full for dessert, but the menu was tempting!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "From the start he seemed rushed and distracted. He forgot to put in an order for one of the appetizers we requested, so when the entrees arrived, we just said skip it....food was good, but not amazing, a bit pricey for good, but the atmosphere is quite nice."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Serafina is in an excellent location. The food is good but I don't see anything special. It was a little loud..."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food is good, but overpriced. The tables are very close together, so it can be hard to hear someone at your table when the restaurant is crowded. Service was good, however we had a different server for each course which seemed a bit odd. When we received our check, we were charged for the wrong entree. I'm not sure I would go back but maybe would go just for lunch."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great place for 1 on 1. Romantic atmosphere. Great for a small business lunch"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Serafina is great for both lunch and dinner. There are healthy and gluten free options. I always enjoy my meals there."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Food was mediocore, service was lacking, I can't find anything good about the experience. Save yourself the time, money and frustration. Don't go."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food was fantastic!! Lighting and music good. A little tight inside, not much room to walk around. Service was good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Celebrating my husbands 50th birthday with another couple. Restaurant was recommended by a friend. Ambiance was great. Waiter was very forgetful. Forgot to tell us about one of the specials which was a salad and forgot what find of salad it was so he had to go check and come back. He asked me if I wanted another drink. I said no and 5 minutes later I had a drink in front of me that I didn't ask for. Food was bland and uneventful in including appetizers. Not a 5 star experience at all. Very disappointed given the fact that the food and drinks were expensive. We paid to park and paid a babysitter."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Randomly selected this place off open table on a short visit to Phili. Really enjoyed the experience. Loved the parpadlla with pesto, calamari and capresa salad."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "If you are celebrating a birthday at Serafina, BE AWARE! Our waiter overheard us toasting our friend. When dinner was over, he came to our table with a piece of cake with a candle & placed it in front of my friend. I thought: "How classy - a complimentary dessert". Much to my surprise & disappointment, we were charged $8 for the cake, which we did not order! This was also after we had already spent $150 on dinner & drinks!! Very underhanded!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I have been taking clients and colleagues here for business lunch and I have never been diissapointed. Great food and service and the right atmosphere for a professional lunch."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Despite having a reservation, I was given what looked to be the worst table in the house. It was crammed into a small corner and I had to move the table to fit into my chair, and I'm not a big guy. The appetizer was really great, but the entrees as a whole were disappointingly average. However, all the food came out quickly, I believe I was in and out in under an hour, with ordering an appetizer and entree."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I have wanted to go to Serafina for some time and finally got there for lunch. The food was good as was the service. As a lunch location, I wasn't overly excited about the menu and it was quite overpriced. $110 for lunch for two people who ate salads and drank ice teas."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Nice menu, good food, good service, but a little pricey. Would probably return."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I was quite disappointed actually as the meal was very average and overpriced. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had dinner with a group of friends. Food was good. Waitress a bit unattentive. Hostess was accommodating since we add another person on late notice. Reasonably priced food. Will return f or lunch soon."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "They did a good job accommodating request for alterations to dishes based on food allergies - and delicious."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed the street scene. Blend of old favorites and modern flavord"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dining experience. Our friendly waiter recommended what we ordered and he steered us in the right direction. We were stuffed by the time we left. The pizza was a nice appetizer, the salad with meat was delicious, the tiramisu was tasty."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Servers are extremely rude and unfriendly! They got my order wrong. They took forever to get us Parmesan cheese, etc. They didn't give us enough olive oil to have with the bread. Service was just AWFUL. 2) We ordered Bruschetta and it was so crisp that we couldn't bite into it! Because the staff was not friendly and very rude, we did not even try to bring this to their attention. I've had better (at Maggiano's!). I ordered penne pasta with pesto, potatoes, mushrooms and pine nuts. It was good but not out of the world. The tiramisu was yum. For the price, the food wasn't worth it. The terrible service made it worse. 3) I thought it was a bit pricey. For 3 appetizers, 7 drinks, 5 entrees and 1 dessert we paid $220 excluding gratuity."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "liked the open window seat, we had my family of 7 in a corner booth on a beautiful day. Staff was willing, but they were understaffed that day. Food was good, but not memorable. I would try again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "OMG. WE WERE THERE FOR FAMILY DINNER AT 6:00 NOT A ROCK CONCERT! The music was so loud we could not hear each other talk. Otherwise would have been wonderful."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The waiter spilled water and ice on a plate and proceeded to pick up the ice with his hands off my friends plate....while she was eating. Who does that? Additionally they brought out the main course without taking away the appetizers plates and I had to é specifically ask the waiter to take them away otherwise they would have stayed!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I went to Serafina with two colleagues on a Saturday evening. The hostesses ignored me for several minutes before we were seated in a tight fitting area at a table. Our waiter was either very busy with other tables or doesn't like his job very much, his manner was lackluster at best and at one point two glasses of wine we had ordered sat on the bar behind us for about 10 minutes (possibly more) before we had to remind him that we had ordered them. Fortunately, the food was very good, I particularly enjoyed my black truffle ravioli. For the price, there are other restaurants where you can get comparable quality and better service. As it was only one trip, I would recommend the restaurant, with some warning of the service issues."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Good vibe, nice waiter, great service, really good food."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food was only average at best - nothing notable or special. Given the prices, I expected more authentic Italian cuisine. The pizza crust was awful, and the Prosciutto and Mozzerella appetizer was just slapped onto a plate with some large basil leaves. The open windows/doors on the corner location made it feel like a walk-in place for tourists to stumble upon. I wouldn't go back again and spend over $120 for two people at this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great place for a business lunch, my clients loved it. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The service was outstanding as usually. Was abit shocked at the size of my branzino entree, it almost looked like one of those Ms. Paul filets. Was really surprised. It tasting okay and everything else was good. I usually get the spaghetti and lobster which is truly first rate. Still one of my favorite Restaraunts."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "overrated. food okay. nothing spectacular for the price. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We were just at Serafina for Mother's Day lunch. All three lunches ( sctually brunch items and one lunch) were quite good. The brunch items were especially tasty. They make a great bloody mary! When in the area, I would not hesitate to return. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had the VIP margarita individual pizza for $17.50; It was good but they weren't the freshest flavors for the price. For that price I compare it to Vetri Pizzeria where you can taste the freshness. There was also some lovely outdoor seating but we were placed inside at a cramped table despite the restaurant being fairly empty. Overall, it was good but not great."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Brunch was a lovely experience. The omelet (made-to-order) was large and full of spinach, mozzarella, and Italian-style sausage: delicious. The side salad was slightly bland, but it made a nice contrast to the omelet. When sour cream and strawberry jam was requested (and not found in the kitchen), the substituted ricotta and strawberries made for a lovely brioche toast topper. (Apparently the "Steak and Fabulous Eggs" were really fabulous!) Overall, Serafina's staff were very accommodating."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Recommend to share a pizza and a pasta dish w a bottle of wine (or 2)...can't go wrong!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "You will fall in LOVE with their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The food was fair, nothing I wouldn't be able to cook at home. The portions were small, the bread in the basket was stale. The prices considering the quality of the food were absurd! Terrible chocolate cake! "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Very simple the food and service were fair. My wife and I brought two others couples based on our past experience and what we got/received we had to apologies to our friends. Service was bad (1 1/2 hours to get our meal) Two people didn't get correct meal they ordered. We had to ask for napkins two different times due to a spill on the table. Won't go again!!! Too many other good Italian restaurants in the city."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Excellent. Our waitor was outstanding. Would go back, we celebrated a birthday and there were 6 of us."
    Dined on 4/17/2014