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Serafina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.serafinaseattle.com
  • Email: reservations@serafinaseattle.com
  • Phone: (206) 323-0807
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00AM - 2:30PM

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM

    Late Night: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00PM - 12:00AM
    FRIDAY - SATURDAY 11:00PM - 1:00AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Christian Chandler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Serafina can cater in any format or venue – in your home, on a beach or at a park. Your guests will be transported to Italy when they taste the dishes recreated from meals enjoyed in friends' homes throughout Italy by owner Susan Kaufman and Chef Josh Green. Or, choose the Mediterranean cuisine offered at sister restaurant, Cicchetti. Buffet, plated, cocktail party – whatever the style, we will custom-tailor menus and hand-select wine and cocktails. Our catering manager, Maxine Holtzman, can help with arrangements for rentals, decorations, musicians, florists and photographers.
  • Entertainment: Serafina offers live music every Tuesday Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings as well as Sunday brunch and the "First Wednesday" of every month. Our musicians mostly perform jazz, but music also ranges from blues to bossa nova. The stage is at the heart of the dining room, with many tables enjoying a direct view of the musicians. There is no cover charge to enjoy music, however the dining room is reserved for dinner only until our waitlist is entirely seated. At that point, typically around 10pm on weekends, we are happy to seat guests for drinks and dessert who'd like to enjoy the jazz from the dining room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boston St.
  • Public Transit: Bus:
    Eastlake Ave. E & E. Newton St.
    Eastlake Ave. E & E. Howe St.
    Eastlake Ave. E & Lynn St.
    Boylston Ave. E & E. Boston St.
    Fairview & Campus Drive
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details:
    *Paid parking ($3.00) is available in a parking lot located one block north of Serafina, above the Eastlake Market (at Eastlake and Lynn St).
A word from Serafina
Serafina opened its doors in 1991 as an intimate neighborhood restaurant located along Eastlake between the University and Downtown. Its ochre walls, reminiscent of the Tuscan landscape, its intimate, sultry atmosphere, outdoor garden seating and its authentic Italian cuisine make it a favorite with diners from around the Puget Sound and beyond. Serafina's philosophy is simple: Offer the freshest, highest quality ingredients, present the food in an honest and inviting way, and provide the casual warmth and soothing ambiance that echoes the welcoming embrace of an Italian home.
The ritual of coming together sharing wine and food with family and friends is the central motif in our lives. Italian food has an immediacy, honesty, and warmth; it possesses the spirit of a grandmother's wisdom and love. Italian food isn't about trailblazing alchemy or edible high fashion; Italian food is about staying connected—to each other, to the past, to the earth.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Came here for restaurant week, the group was very pleasantly surprised by the back patio. Perfect little patio for outdoor dining on a sunny day. Service was relatively fast until it came to the dessert which took longer than expected. Was charged for bread which was a surprise, but it was delicious and worth it."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This is a lovely place to celebrate and at the same time enjoy food prepared with care and expertise. We come often and always recommend it whenever asked "where should we go for great food and service" Thank you Rosmeary"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We did the 3 course Dine Out menu - our main dishes were great! I had the halibut and the hubs had the pork. Both were amazing! The starter salad was good, but the hubs thought it lacked a cohesive element. Maybe a bit of parm or goat cheese could have tied it together more. Still...very good! The corn cakes for dessert weren't my favorite, but I don't think it's because of how they were done, I think it's just that they weren't for me. The wine list was amazing and the atmosphere was fun. I would definitely go back and try some other things."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Although we dine there regularly, we had never had brunch there before. It was very busy and staff were accommodating but taxed. The offerings leaned toward heavy and eggs were predominant ... not a fan of eggs so the choices were very limited. The music was so loud we had to lean across the table so we could hear each other. We won't go back for brunch but will return for lunch and dinner ... they each would receive considerably higher ratings."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Took a friend for a birthday lunch and we were not disappointed! Had the Potato/leek soup with black truffle oil and it was velvety and lovely. She had the charbroiled octopus salad---yum! Everything was beautifully presented and delicious! We both had the pan roasted halibut with a rhubarb reduction sauce over grilled asparagus and man was it good! My only quibble would be that the portion of halibut was quite "petite" but it was perfectly cooked and the sauce complimented and did not overwhelm. It is always a treat to dine at Sarafina!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "After having brunch here recently I remembered why I ALWAYS come back to Serafina at least a few times a year. The service is always spot on, the food TO DIE For, and the ambiance is perfect for any occasion really. Had never been to their jazz brunch and man have I been missing out. The short rib was delightful and the portions for the "pre-fixe" brunch were perfect - left there feeling sated but not stuffed."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Like I told my friend who was with me from out of town serafina is not "nouveau Seattle " it is a classic. They have it all beautiful space wonderful well prepared food & great service & ambviace!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "wonderful as always! They do wonderful things with seasonal vegetables. We did not, however, like the change in bruschetta - hopefully they will return to the original offering which we have enjoyed for many years"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We booked reservations; "lunch" during restaurant week, but on arrival, learned the “deal” did not begin until Sunday night. Oh well.. let’s spend the $22. each and eat. It included 2 courses; My #1 was pork belly with granny smith apples & almonds. Amazing! I can’t say more than that except that all the flavors of these ingredients were heaven when taken all in one bite. My #2 course was a type of home made rustic type of noodle (can’t remember the name) stuffed with pork and cabbage. I could not detect the cabbage at all, and although really too rich for my stomach, it also had very good flavor. Husband had a pork cut of meat (nice size) on a bed of polenta I think. Every bite he took, he would say..”mmmmm”. His was the better choice."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Serafina on a busy night is a bit crowded and noisy. But the service is excellent--friendly, timely and not overbearing--and the kitchen prepares consistently delicious variations on Italian standards. Just watch where you park since many of the streets in the surrounding neighborhood have restricted hours if you don't live there"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Love the food, the server, the service! It was probably one of the most perfectly prepared pieces of halibut I've ever had!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great food and ambience. Only problem was it was too noisy."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My wife and I took some colleague for dinner at Serafina -- a repeat visit for us but a first for them. As always, the food was outstanding. The winter green salad with the cider-thyme vinaigrette was light and had just the right amount of flavors to make it delightful. The pappardelle with short ribs was one of the best I've had and the balsamic pork chop was generous and flavorful, not drenched in balsamic. This was a great treat for a Monday night. Our server was very friendly and attentive, and her suggestions where very helpful in guiding us through the winter menu. All in all, she complemented our experience beautifully."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Not much more to say. Had dinner and lunch during our recent visit to Seattle, food and service were outstanding, as usual!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had an amazing brunch here last weekend. The live jazz was a great compliment to the delicious food. We will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening, our server was amazing, she did not rush us and spaced our appetizers and entrees perfectly!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a fantastic time and the service was impeccable. As always the mussels were perfect and worth the trip alone. In addition to the mussels, The desserts were also delicious."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Wonderful food! Not much of it, so be prepared to pay for a couple courses. We had miserable service. We waited 45 minutes for our lunch to arrive. The beautifully melded flavors were worth it, but just barely."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This is a great place with excellent food sand service, romantic atmosphere and great live jazz too."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Genuine Italian flavors, excellent wine list (with a very dedicated sommelier), attentive unobtrusive service. Would definitely recommend Serafina for a proper Italian meal in Seattle"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Fantastic meal including Risotto, eggplant dish with red sauce, brussel sprouts, white bean soup and bruschetta"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner with a great server and wine steward. Lovely preparation of each dish, from appetizers to deserts. Wonderful assistance with the wine selection, we were delighted! The staff were all over solving an unfortunate mishap by the bus boy who knocked my wife's wine over and onto her- things like this do happen and everybody went the extra mile to help us. As this was a special occasion I'd looked at several restaurants, I'm quite happy we dined at Serafina!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We've been to Serafina's 3times before but last visit was 2years ago. We are from Eastern WA & love to try Seattle's wonderful restaurant offerings when in town (every 3months or so). Each time we've been to Serafina's the food has been amazing and service outstanding. Personable too!! We love the authentic Italian family-style atmosphere, and have managed to share our dining experience with others who've never been there: and come away totally impressed (and in love with the food!). We'll be back again for sure and will continue to recommend it to our friends and anyone who asks us for a recommended place to go in Seattle."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Serafina again surprises me with their food and atmosphere, I hadn't been there since 2006 and it still surprises me."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This,for us, is one of the best restaurants in the city- in summer the outdoor patio simply charming. Food always great"
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Serafina is our " Go To "spot for celebratory occasions as well as an Anniversar.y and Birthday spot -the food is tasty and well presented without being too trendy and the service attentive but not intrusive... The Bar is small and crowded but worth the aggravation. A warning - the noise level was HIGH on the Saturday night we were last there,but everyone was having such a good time that it hardly mattered. By all means give her a try and I'll bet Serafina will become one of your favourites too."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "serafina has become our go-to when we're in the mood for really good italian and are feeling a little spendy - you truly get what you pay for, and-then-some. the waiters/waitresses are always passionate about the food and offer great insight into your choices, and the drinks are always divine. we've eaten at serafina over a handful of times now and haven't had a bad experience yet - give them a try if you haven't already."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Perfect for two. Too noisy for a larger party. (ables are packed together so your neighbors are hollering right in your ear). But the food is creative and delicious, the service perfect, and the restaurant gorgeous at night."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "First time and Serafina, all I can say is Bravo! A perfect evening!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Visited just recently with some family. Serafina didn't look like much from the outside, but I had heard great things. Inside was much livelier! Great energetic atmosphere with guests just really enjoying themselves. The service was prompt and polite with great recommendations. The food itself was great - full of new flavors we all really enjoyed. I'll definitely recommend this to a friend. All recommended food: octopus & Israeli couscous, dungeness crab pasta, butternut squash sage ravioli"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Thought the spacing between dinner salad and entrees was too long. Once the restaurant was half full, the volume was fairly loud. Good service though. Will probably go back in a few years. Hopefully more acoustical treatments will be in place."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Wonderful food, incredible service, lovely environment. Won't come too often cause it's very expensive!!!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We couldn't get reservations for Valentine's Day so went the night before. We arrived and were asked to wait as our table was not yet ready. So we enjoyed an appetizer in the bar with delicious martinis. But then they seemed to forget us so we finally reminded the host. It took 10 minutes more to be seated. Once done all was fine. The meal (braised pork) was delicious. Although it was very busy the sommelier came and worked with us. He was terrific and generous with shared pours. Dessert was OK- the coffee layer in the tarimisu was watery but the accompanying port was excellent. All in all we had a very nice evening and will return on a less hectic night. I'm glad we didn't come on Valentine's Day. It would have been too crazy!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Serefina offers an amazing wine selection and delicious italian food with a wonderful romantic & energetic scene. Will defintely be returning."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I went here to celebrate my birthday and, let me tell ya- it doesn't get any better than this! The staff are attentive and genuine, the food is unique and flavorful in the best way imaginable and the ambiance is the cherry on top with a live jazz band to add to the experience. Overall, I would highly recommend this place for any occasion or even an impromptu meal."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Very appreciative of special effort made to give my vegan granddaughter good choices. Without making a big deal of her diet or birthday we were treated so well. A special memory was created by her surprise & delight when a dish of fresh raspberries with candle was served with our coffees. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We cannot say enough about how amazing this restaurant! From the moment we walked in we were greated with friendly staff that you could tell enjoyed what they did. Our server, Natalie, was very knowledgeable about the food and gave great tips to help us order. The food was delicious! Life changing dishes."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "It was a special occasion (which was noted in the reservation). Everyone we encountered from check in to the server knew and acknowledged the occasion and made it special. Great food, serive and ambiance...."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We chose this old favorite Italian restaurant on a Thursday night, thinking we might catch up on some conversation. The food was predictably good, the service attentive but leisurely, not a problem for us that evening. But conversation was not to be. We asked to be moved to a quieter location away from a large party, but there was no place to go. I hate to ding a Seattle institution, but unless you just want to eat and leave, I can't recommend Serafina."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "On a Tuesday night the scene was still energetic, and I find the interior to be quite pretty without being overly fussy. The pappardelle with short rib was aromatic, tender, and perfect for a rainy night--was the winner of the night, and it will be hard to order other things while that's on the menu. The Plin was also quite good, and the Bruschetta is my go-to for appetizers. They have a daily fish special which has historically been good and well prepared--worth paying attention to; you won't see it listed online, but worth calling about if you're looking for good fish. Staff is typically quite knowledgeable about their dishes and service is typically quite good--present and yet also out of the way. Great place; I try to go often."
    Dined on 2/11/2014