Serafina
Serafina

Serafina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.serafinaseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2063230807
  • 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.
    Streetcar:
    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Serafina reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (116)fit for foodies (91)special occasion (91)romantic (85)great for outdoor dining (78)notable wine list (53)great for lunch (24)late-night find (22)great for brunch (20)hot spot (19)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious and alert service
    karenb
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We were 4 women going there prior to a Seattle Rep matinee. We all found our food wonderful. They knew from our Open Table reservation that we would need to leave to arrive at the theater. They mentioned that as we arrived and were attentive in our service. The only disappointment was a group of about 7-8 people who were fairly loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Serifina Still Has It!
    Aero66
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    It's been almost 20 years since we visited Serifina - it was great then - and it is great now. The menu is exceptional with something to appeal to any and all tastes. While the crowd is a bit noisy, the place is vibrant and busy. Ask the well-informed wait staff for their suggestions - you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice lunch
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The mussels and trout both were very tasty. The server was friendly and attentive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect 35th Anniversary dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    WOW. Some of the best food we've ever had, better than most we had in Italy. We chose Serafina based on reviews on OpenTable and TripAdvisor for our 35th anniversary. It was everything we hoped and better. We dined on Monday of SRW, so it was crowded, and gave a nice energy to the evening. Our server, Matthew, was impeccable. He was friendly & attentive w/out being intrusive. The service was PERFECTLY paced; apprx 15-20 mins between courses, allowing time for each to settle before the next. We enjoyed a pear & frisee salad, trout, and cocoa nib cake and pear gelato. Each course was flawless, perfect portions and beautifully presented. A hiccup with taxi was resolved personally by Matthew. Grazie mille for a memorable anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was our second visit - first was for lunch, this time for dinner. Great vibe, outstanding food, and terrific service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner
    LavenderTrinVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went with another couple to Serafina for the Seattle Restaurant Week. The choices were excellent and we each enjoyed our dishes. The chicken dish was in a succulent sauce with a celeriac puree and the onions. My friend who had the trout said it was the best she had ever eaten and had no bones. The Bittersweet chocolate crema was outstanding. There was a pianist playing wonderful music throughout the meal, which added ambiance to the beautiful dining area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jazz Brunch
    Tikamika
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I took my husband out for a jazzy birthday brunch. At first I was worried because it was empty and looked too fancy for brunch, but I soon experienced the impeccable food, service and entertainment. The house-mede fennel sausage was mouthwatering! The music was a nice touch. It was pleasant without intruding into conversations. By the time we left, I noticed that the place was packed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection!
    belltownbuzz
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have had brunch at Serafina before, and this visit lived up to our high expectations. This time we had a teen with us, and she was given such special, respectful attention that it made her feel quite special. From the delicious, and unusual brunch choices, to the service which was attentive, to the live music, there is nothing that could have been improved. It was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still my favorite
    Abby
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Over the last couple months I've been to Serafina's twice. I had the Plin at a brunch and the Mlenzane a la Serafina's at dinner. Both dishes continue to be as outstanding as I remember them since first trying them back in 2007. Serafina's continues to be my favorite Seattle restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and exceptional service
    FablokVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We started with some fabulous tender calamari - not breaded, just nicely seared. We had some beautiful scallops and a delicious lamb-shank special. Our server recommended an excellent wine that was a little less expensive than the one that I was considering. Tables are cozy, but the overall atmosphere is fun. Music on the weekends. Don't skip the cream puffs for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Nice selection of pasta dishes. The lamb shank was far too salty with the addtion of olives.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional food & service combined
    EatsOutALot
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Serafina has been around for many years and I am never disappointed when I go there. The food is excellently prepared and is paired with old fashioned wonderful service. t is a rare pairing in American restaurant experience. The staff is genuinely congenial. It will keep me coming back and taking out-of-town guests when I want to brag about Seattle restaurant offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food; long wait...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was outstanding, as it typically is, but having to wait a half hour in a packed bar, when we were on time for our reservation, was frustrating...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep the Open Table menu updated!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We reserved, as we usually do, through open table. We were surprised that the menu on the OT website was not updated, so we came in really hungry for the pork chop only to be told that it was not on the new menu. The server said they "had more important things to do" than update the site. We debated leaving, but decided to stay, had the mussels, (which were a little too strong and smokey), the Brussels sprouts and the ravioli, which were both delicious. Good wine. It's one of our favorite places, so we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding food and service
    ballardfoodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went to dinner with a party of six. Waitress was knowledgeable and attentive, without being disruptive. Mussels appetizer was fantastic, salads were fresh and light; entre portions were perfect and well presented. Food was outstanding. Will be back! Great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Awesome
    cjfsince1980
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wife and I just had dinner for our three year (wedding) anniversary here. The fall menu was amazing, who would've thought black pepper cheesecake would be so good? It's been one of our favorites for years and years and and still the best. Tables are a little crammed in (if i had to be critical of one thing) and the noise level gets up there, but its mostly because it's fantastic food & service, great setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Everything
    trickyV
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended and I understand why. Everything about our dining experience was wonderful. The staff is all cheerful, pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful; the food was outstanding. It's a bit spendy for continuous repeated visits, but for a special occasion, you simply can't go wrong!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    peramykins
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food. Portions are reasonable but a bit small and pricey. Very pleasant staff. The gnocchi is the best- wish they served it year round!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely evening
    cstump
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Serafina remains a treasure. The food is first class only enhanced by the service. Our waitperson described each offering so delightfully that it was a pleasure just to listen to her. She made sure we were out in plenty of time for our symphony and called within five minutes to say that a credit card had been left.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    service was very slow this last visit compared to prior time. Because of slow service we were offered a free bottle of water but it ended up being in our bill. I did not make a big deal of it and just paid
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food and service were excellent, but it was a little loud. We will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Seattle's BEST
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My above statement just about says it all. I just wish it was more quiet so table conversations would be more pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We typically visit once or twice a year and the quality and consistancy of the service and food are very reliable. We appreciate the casual but formal ambiance and have never been dissappointed with the focus on customer care at Sarafina - its a great group of folks and they try hard to make each visit special even if you only drop in a couple of times per year
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian menu
    Gale
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The atmosphere is very romantic. The service is very attentive. The food is Italian at it's best. The wine list is extensive. The desert choices are difficult to choose but the desert beverages are great if you are too full for a luscious aperitif. You will hate to leave the wonderful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    As always the team at Serafina impressed U.S. with great food, excellent wine and unrivaled service. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite!
    vegasdocVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Always visit at least 2 or 3 times a year when visiting my kids in college. Best ingredients with simple and classic presentations. Service and atmosphere warm and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun birthday dinner
    familydining
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We arrived at 5pm for a birthday dinner for my son who loves pasta, but we were hoping for something a bit nicer than the typical spaghetti. The staff was great, we got a wonderful outside table and my son felt special. It was especially nice for my husband and I to feel like we had a great meal as well. The lasagna was amazing and the touch of hot pepper in the oil for the bread service was a great touch. My son loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food as always
    nono
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I took a co-worker from out of town to dinner here and she could not stop raving about it, in fact, she said that it was probably the best meal she has ever had anywhere! I have never had a bad meal here and the service was great, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner !
    tk999
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. Fantastic wait staff, excellent food and wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place
    Ross
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I have come here probably half a dozen times over the last few years. It never disappoints. We like the varied menu including things like "plin", which consists of very small dumplings with pork and veggies, something you wouldn't find on most Italian restaurant menus. It's a little pricy, which is why we don't go here very often, but for a treat, it's great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place!
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great neighborhood Italian restaurant. Food was great. Service was awesome - sommelier was incredibly helpful in pointing out great Italian reds for a reasonable price. He even let us try two that we were choosing between. Good vibe - fun outdoor seating, and often live Jazz is played inside. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bandit
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Natalie was our server and she helped make the whole evening very special. Outside dining was very nice in the back. Food was great, will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Service was top notch. Foods...OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very nice courtyard type outdoor area which we thought would be perfect for summer nights. Service was very good. Very kind and attentive. Foods were kind of hit and miss between the 5 dishes we ordered. Great appetizers and so so desserts. Multiple staff members kept asking if we wanted extra bread which we replied with "no", but eventually gave in and said "yes" - later we found out that they charge $3.95 for extra bread. At the end of the meal, we couldn't come up with a particular description of our experience....it was just "hmm..."
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!!!
    onceinawhile
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at Sarafina on a number of occasions but hadn't been there in a long time. We just celebrated our 10th anniversary there and the food, service, and ambiance was out of this world. We couldn't have asked for anything better. The food is outstanding and the service provides an experience to make you think you are the only table at the restaurant. This is a hideaway must for Seattleites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Go-To Spot
    Shellran
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I just celebrated 28 years of marriage. Serafina is our go-to spot for celebrating special occasions! The wait staff are always delightful, the food is always delicious, and the wine and dessert menu are the icing on the cake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, delicious food
    David100
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First time dining at this restaurant and would definitely come back. The Italian food was delicious starting with appetizers and then entrees and service was friendly and fast. Great setting for a late-night romantic dinner
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Place!
    larryVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Exceeded expectations although it was highly hyped by our local friends from Seattle. Absolutely some of the best italian food outside of Italy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait staff amazing!
    Winniedog
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The wait staff was personable and knowledgeable. Thank you Kristi and Samson. Susan, it was great to see you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!
    mimat
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The entire experience was incredible! This is the most authentic Italian food available in Seattle. Our server, Sarah, was incredibly passionate about all the meals. Every dish she described made your mouth water. Great for date nights and business meals. I've done both and it seems to get better each time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but slow
    Noied
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went on a beautiful Sunday evening in August. and all the tables were full, both indoors and out. The food was excellent, but slow. I think the kitchen was overwhelmed. Our server was attentive and apologetic. She gave us a free plate of bruschetta to share while we were waiting for our entrees. I would go back, and see if the service is faster another night. The food was definitely worth another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.