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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Good vibe, nice waiter, great service, really good food."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We visited Serafina in New York and decided to try the Philly location. We were not disappointed - great food and service. Rittenhouse Square is a great spot for natives and visitors"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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
  • "Excellent. Our waitor was outstanding. Would go back, we celebrated a birthday and there were 6 of us."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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
  • "Great location to people watch and have a drink outside. Poor service, servers are nice enough but weren't able to handle the volume and the food was just ok. No bad but nothing "great", pizza was runny and bland. The host was anything but hospitable. This my second time there and both times the host was borderline rude. Not very welcoming. I guess if the line is out the door they can get away with it. Probobly would come back for a drink just for the location and outdoor seating."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good location but slow service and average food for brunch."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My fiancé and I had the perfect dinner. I do not like heavy cream sauces but I decided to try one with chicken, peas, mushrooms and pasta. It was perfect. Can't wait to visit again!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was there on Friday night. The food was outstanding. I had the salmon, my mom had the grilled chicken, and my dad had the chicken parm special. We all thought the food tasted very good. It was sort of a chilly night and they had their huge windows all opened up, so basically the whole restaurant was outdoors. Physically, I was freezing and very uncomfortable. The music was also extremely annoying and loud with an obnoxious beat. We were eating at 5:30 pm. They could have saved the techno music for the late night crowd. I would go back, but only on a night when I find the temperature outside comfortable, because apparently the whole thing is basically "outdoors.""
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Went to Serfina with a group of six. Had a great welcome, great service, and great food. Try the house made ravioli - yum. Also loved the salad options. And don't miss desert; everything we tried was great."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had lunch here recently,the menu had something for ever one. We all ordered different items and everything was good. the staff were attentive and our food came out pretty quickly. Overall we enjoyed our food and surroundings."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food, service and atmosphere. Grilled calamari are delicious."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "You can't beat the food at serafina. They have chicken parm on special sometimes and it's the best chicken parm I've ever had. Very unique dishes, and great service makes a lovely combination. The atmosphere is also lovely."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "All three of us loved our salads, but the best part was our amazing server. We loved her."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Overpriced, average food is what we got. There was nothing special about our food and overall the dining experience was disappointing. The service was decent but we felt like their goal was to get us in and out as quickly as possible."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "we got our food in 5 minutes. a little too fast to enjoy the time at the restaurant. i felt like their goal was to get us in and out, and you could sense it too. the food was a little overpriced for what they gave you. great portions just overpriced for what it was. food was pretty good, but I've had better italian. probably would only go back if a friend wanted to go. there are better restaurants in philly. we went on a saturday night at 830 and were paid by 920. and we took our time to look at the menu since it was our first time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were so excited to visit this popular hot spot, but so disappointed after. Our food was below average, and our server was absolutely terrible. After taking our order he never checked on us, instead going to all the tables around us an blatantly walking by our table to others around us. We didn't receive bread, or any other assistance for that matter. Our bruschetta appetizer was hard as a rock. Overall incredibly disappointed with this dining experience, especially since we had considered going to Parc or Rouge and decided against it. I will definitely not be recommending this restaurant. Again--horrible service!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The restaurant has improved since it first opened. Great penne arrabbiata!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I didn't like how the lunch menu mainly was a dinner menu. I wish they had lunch options. With that said, I got the spaghetti squash & it was quite delicious."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants! I The wood fired pizza and fresh pastas are excellent. The quality of the food is consistent too. The salads are fabulous also!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The pasta was not cooked all the way, so pasta was harden. Drinks were extremely expensive for such a little amount. Services was poor, took some time to order, once seated, someone finally came 15 minutes later, hard to flag down the waiter, etc."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "reliably up beat atmosphere; good food; conscientious service and very accommodating with a necesary change in reservation time."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I'm always up for 3rd chances but this is the 3rd time I'm disappointed in Serafina's food, from over cooked, dry, steak to soggy pizza, & rubbery bread. Every time we try it, once a year for 3 years, we agree that the food preparation leaves much to be desired, & we are always reminded of how important timing & attention to detail is in the kitchen. The lack of attention is evident & translates into a lack of caring to provide a great experience. Service was a particular factor this last visit, as our waiter was inefficient & made continuous mistakes, ex. serving multiple incorrect drinks, not noticing, & unapologetic. In addition, we felt rushed, as if we were an inconvenience, yet the restaurant was 3/4 empty."
    Dined on 3/7/2014