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Serafina - Philadelphia

Serafina - Philadelphia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://philly.serafinarestaurant.com
  • Email: serafinabroadway@verizon.net
  • 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
  • "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
  • "Decent Italian but nothing special, too pricey for what you get."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Had a light, late night dinner on a Friday night. Carrot-ginger soup and arugula salad were both excellent. Service was fantastic, but dining area was cramped and a bit noisy until the room cleared out after 9pm. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "From the beef carpaccio to the grilled calamari salad to the special chicken parm, our meal Was delicious. The service & hospitality from the service to the management was warm and Helpful. I hope that chicken parm will be a special again soon."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The entrees literally came out 5 min after we ordered. We had not even received our wine or bread yet. Made the entire meal feel short and rushed."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "First time. Showed up early, they whipped me up a nice double shot cappucino for my wait. The recommendations were excellent. I had the Serafina chicken salad and it was excellent. My guest had the gnocci and said it was great. Very nice spot. Will definitely be back and would like to try some of the pasta and pizza."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "From the waitress to the food, everything about Serafina is worth it! I got to pick where I wanted to sit, instead of being limited to a certain area. Within seconds, i had lemon water and bread with olive oil on the table. When I ordered a drink, the drink was too strong, so it was modified free of charge!! The Gnocchi with the chicken was so good, and the red gravy was amazing. Even the Parmesan cheese tasted great. i had the Lobster Carpicchio the next day for brunch, which is also amazing. This place is worth every penny!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "waiter was horrible. took 20 minutes at least to come back to our table each time. was sitting for 25 minutes before we even got our drinks and had to remind him twice. the chicken was completely dry as well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I thought the wait staff was fantastic and attentive even though it was valentines day. The food was quick to come out as well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I enjoyed a recent business lunch at Serafina very much. A diverse menu with some modern twists on Italian Standards. I had Bruchetta for an appetizer with the Lobster Ravioli for a main course, and both were delicious. The Service was friendly, prompt, and the atmosphere down to earth. I will definitely look to go back on a return trip to Philly!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We sat at the bar, bartenders were very informative though one did not know the menu and told us there was a dish with your onions that was actually made with onions. The pasta was delicious! Not huge portions but it will fill you up. House wines are pretty tasty. Overall it was good not amazing. Prosciutto appetizer was something worth returning for."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week on a Friday night. Restaurant overbooked - way too many people seated on top of each other. No room to move your chair and very difficult to get up. Due to the overbooking, the restaurant was very loud. Quite honestly we couldn't wait to finish our meal so we could leave :("
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I was really expecting more from this place. The service was mediocre, and the food really wasn't great. My girlfriend got the calamari salad which was pretty good, but the rigatoni tasted like it came from a can of Chef Boyardee. The service was just ok. Probably won't return."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My girlfriend and were spending a Saturday in the city getting massages and facials. We were hungry and heard about Serafina. We called and they said there were plenty of tables which I thought might not be a good thing. I was wrong. The food was wonderful. I had a warm arugula, shrimp and cannellini bean salad that was to die for. I had a nice glass of French chardonnay with it too. Great brunch and lunch. So glad we went - and the prices were pretty standard. Service was very good. The waitress knew when to leave us alone and when to be there."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This was my 2nd time at Serafina's. I was not satisfied at all. My maritini tasted like medicine. I wanted to order a pizza, the pizza oven was BROKE. I then order a steak and they had no steak sauce. My server was great, but I'm sorry I will not be returning."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I have been meaning to try out Serafina for quite some time. I decided to go there with my family over MLK weekend. Our table was not ready when we arrived for our reservation. We were seated in the back corner but the back door. The waiteress recommended the pasta, but after i questioned told us that only a few of the pasta dishes on the menu were made in house. The pizza was the best thing there. One and done. I will not be back."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We went to Serafina during Philadelphia restaurant week a the suggestion of a friend and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. The food was delicious and you could easily order the "set" RW menu or off their regular menu. The service was a bit inattentive but I think that was just because we came at a time when the restaurant was not very crowded/busy. I will definitely suggest this place to many of my friends in the future."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Techno music not compatible with dinner, tables were jammed in and noise level high. Food was okay, service was terrible. Apparently we were interrupting our waiter's evening, honestly not even an effort."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This is an ordinary American-Italian restaurant. No surprises on the menu. Still, classics can be done well -- or done carelessly. Deep-fried calamari was not overcooked, so that was good. Accompanied by a bland, uninteresting tomato sauce. The menu listed risotto with porcini. The risotto was nice, but the porcinis had morphed into ordinary button mushrooms. The young woman who identified herself as the assistant manager launched into an incredible explanation about porcini suddenly being expensive -- the menu should be changed to reflect the fact that the mushrooms were a mix of button and porcini. They weren't. It's like describing shrimp as lobster. Porcini probably aren't around, fresh, in January. But dried are."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Delivering one of the best values for restaurant week. The Veal Carpaccio & Salmon were both amazing...also Great cocktails were served with gracious knowlegible Service throughout."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We tried this place out during restaurant week. The service was excellent, choice of menu very good, somewhat noisy. Other diners dishes, pizza and desserts looked awesome."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The asparagus with eggs was delicious as was the eggs white frittata. Service was also good."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My husband and I went on a date night here. We loved the food. Our waiter was perfect. We had a cute little table in the corner by the window, which was lovely and private. We would dine here again any day."
    Dined on 1/11/2014