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
161 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (113)fit for foodies (89)special occasion (87)romantic (86)great for outdoor dining (81)notable wine list (51)great for lunch (26)great for brunch (20)late-night find (19)hot spot (18)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent food, excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    Excellent food, excellent and delightful service and beautiful ambiance. What's not to love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were out of town visitors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/17/2011
    We were out of town visitors but treated like long-time regulars! Good food can always be found; great service cannot! Kudos to Serafina for providing both!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Every time I go to Serafina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2011
    Every time I go to Serafina I wonder why I don't go more often. It's so cozy, almost like going to a friend's house but the food is better!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was fantastic, ambience
    dancerVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    food was fantastic, ambience lovely, and excellent service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant if you take a cab.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2011
    Had a great dinner at Serafina last Friday night. Good service, good food and a lot of energy in the place. Every table was full. Biggest problem was finding a place to park. Next time we will need to take a cab.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is one of my favorites.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/4/2011
    This is one of my favorites. Always the best food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fish of the day and NY strip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/28/2011
    Fish of the day and NY strip steak were excellent. Server was attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Four of us went for dinner
    thea
    Dined on 10/26/2011
    Four of us went for dinner on 10/26 for my birthday. The bar was pleasant while waiting on our table and the food is wonderful. I am very critical of Italian food and loved it! Three of us ordered different pasta dishes and all were yummy. I especially liked the house specialty, melanzane, or eggplant. Delicious. My husband ordered the steak. I would stick with the pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I met my daughter for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2011
    I met my daughter for dinner and we had a very enjoyable experience. Attentive, not intrusive, service, good food, interesting wine list. The big problem - parking. Lots of restrictions on Eastlake, few spaces for blocks around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Left underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2011
    The service was impeccable and friendly. The food was good but nothing stood out. The cappacino panne cotta was good and the tres cake was as well. The rest of the food was almost forgettable. The cod was cooked well. The gnocchi were like heavy cakes over a hot bed of greens. Not very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went there for a birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2011
    We went there for a birthday celebration. Each of the 4 of us ordered a variety of items, from pumpkin soup, several salad selections, flatliner beverage (yum!) and of course an entree. EVERYTHING was fabulous. I can't wait to go back! Natalie our server was wonderful and really helped to make it the perfect night. Thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUTSTANDING waitstaff
    Frenchy
    Dined on 10/25/2011
    Although the food was good, the wait staff was outstanding! They were ready with more bread and coffee and kept our water glasses full without visiting our table too many times.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Serafina is excellent! I found
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2011
    Serafina is excellent! I found this for a date with my husband on a Monday night, as we wanted a good meal before he left to deploy to Afganistan the next day. We were not disappointed. We had a delicious cheese plate appetizer, then I had the eggplant - again, delicious. We toasted with Prosecco and everything was wonderful. Also, the waitress found out he was deploying, and brought us an extra appetizer of mussels that were truly the best I've ever had. After dinner she surprised us with two desserts and a couple drinks sent over from the kitchen to thank my husband for his service. It certainly made him feel special and appreciated, which is the best thing I could ask for on our last night together. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Given the crush of restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/23/2011
    Given the crush of restaurant week, the service was a bit slow but very gracious. The meal was superb, a succulent lamb ragu with papparadelle and my friend's steak. The butternut squash soup was also excellent. I have only had wonderful meals at Serafina. The music on Sunday night was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our dinner was a delight and
    fricard
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    Our dinner was a delight and the staff very helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Service Tasteless food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2011
    Food was very bland and tasteless. I was disappointed since their sister restaurant Chechetti was so outstanding. I would skip Serefina and go to Chechetti right behind it. The olives for an app were soaked in way too much basil which is all i tasted. The calamari didnt come with any dipping sauce, which i figured would be fine but it really just tasted like breaded calamari. I had the plin. Which i had to add salt and pepper just so i had some flavor, not good at all, Olive Garden would have been better. My boyfriend had the Polpettine di Vitello (veal meatballs)which was much better then the Plin, but nothing to write home about. All and all the bread was my favorite dish of the evening. Skip Serefina and go to Chechetti!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brought friends from out of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/20/2011
    Brought friends from out of town, as alway great service and great food. Always proud to share our neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is consistently a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/20/2011
    This is consistently a wonderful place for ambiance, food and service. My favorite Seattle spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been there a number of times.
    DavidHSeattleVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2011
    Been there a number of times. The last two have been disappointing. Sorry. Noise level was so high (tables were so crowded together) it was very difficult to talk. We were nearly shouting. The Restaurant Week menu was pretty lame to be honest.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/19/2011
    We went for Restaurant Week and all 6 of the dishes we got (3 each) were fantastic. Great ambience and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre fixe menu for Serafina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2011
    Pre fixe menu for Serafina has been much better in the past. And food taste was better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambiance was great with live
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/16/2011
    Ambiance was great with live music. Food was delicious. Desserts were just okay. I would skip the dessert and get one of the many bottles of italian wines they have instead.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place. The waitstaff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/6/2011
    I love this place. The waitstaff is well trained and always very friendly. The food is copnsistantly good and I eagerly look forward to returning again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Serafina Always Delivers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2011
    Serafina never disappoints. Amazing food, excellent service, wonderful atmosphere. Servers all have genuine passion about the menu and always have the perfect wine recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our third time to
    NapanVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2011
    This was our third time to Sarafina and the best! We had a great table in the window, Liz, our Waitress, obviously loves the restaurant, food and her job. Her descriptions made the printed word of the menu leap out in 3D...or 4D. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cannot believe that we live
    GregVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2011
    Cannot believe that we live on QA and have never been over to Eastlake to eat here. Our friends from Mill Creek had to invite us to go!! Great neighborhood diner. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent and will visit again...a
    ScottheanVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    Excellent and will visit again...a foodie from Vancouver BC.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    Food was very good, but the service was incredibly slow. It may have been because we sat outside on a cloudy Friday night and they weren't anticipating how many people would sit outside, so there was 1 waitress. It tools theman hour to figure out she needed help. Also, the outdoor furniture is really uncomfortable if you have any back sensitivities. The table legs also make it hard not to bump your knees, and I am not a tall person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been going to Serafina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2011
    I have been going to Serafina for my birthday dinners for almost 20 years and have never been disappointed. The wait staff are helpful and happy to be serving you. The entrees are delicious and plentiful. We ended with their yummy red velvet cake. The entire evening met my wishes for a perfect birthday dinner out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/2/2011
    A little bit it Italy on Eastlake. You feel as if you are in Italy from ambiance and service to the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Searafina is wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/26/2011
    Even on a busy night, Serafina is quiet with all it's busy-ness and quite romantic. The food is always outstanding (5 out of 5) and the service is almost ALWAYS great. Had a new server take care of us this evening and had a couple of mishaps, but the atmosphere and great food overshadowed the less than perfect service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Serafina has a lovely outside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2011
    Serafina has a lovely outside patio at the rear of the restaurant. It is very uplifting to sit out there and dine on delicous food
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food at Serafina was delicious,
    rc8647VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2011
    The food at Serafina was delicious, but the service was so slow that it ruined our evening. We waited 20 minutes before we were even approached by our server to see if we wanted to order a drink, let alone the delay in getting our drinks, appetizers, and entrees. While the food was wonderful the service was not and we would think twice about returning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were married here so coming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2011
    We were married here so coming back to the restaurant is always a pleasure. As usual, the food was wonderful. Will come back as soon as we can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2011
    This was our first time at Serafina and we had a wonderful evening. It's a lovely spot, the food is excellent and the place is both big and popular, but still makes its customers feel special. The ambiance is truly something unique, a function of both the one of a kind building and a great eye for what makes a restaurant a success. The inside area can get noisy so it might not be the best choice for someone who has trouble hearing over background noise but other than that we'd strongly recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Their garden courtyard is
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2011
    Their garden courtyard is perfect for a summer lunch. Without a ceiling other than sky it doesn't matter that other diners are close by.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always enjoy ourselves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    We always enjoy ourselves at Serafina's. The lounge is especially good, i.e., great drinks and wine selection. The staff has always accomodated our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Fabulous. I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2011
    Absolutely Fabulous. I have not stopped thinking about what a wonderful dining experience we had. I almost went back the next day for lunch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The good: They do pasta very
    MangiamoVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2011
    The good: They do pasta very well and their salads are very fresh. The pasta was not drowning in sauce, and was simple without an overabundance of ingredients. The service is also attentive without being obtrusive. The bad: The Calamari Saltati was one of the worst dishes I've ever had. The squid was rubbery and over-salted and over-chili flaked. It was a bad start to the meal. The pasta dishes somewhat atoned for this, but then came the dessert, or rather the dessert wine. The glass of Moscato d'Asti I ordered was flat. I sent it back, the waiter returned with the same glass, saying it was a still Moscato d'Asti. Sorry, but Moscato d'Asti is always in the frizzante style. Waiter ironically returned and opened a new bottle at the table.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm very picky when it comes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/1/2011
    I'm very picky when it comes o Italian food so take the ratings with a grain of salt. Our appetizer (mussels) was good, and while the pasta and bechemel sauce in my lasagna was good, I didn't care much for the tomato sauce, it was too thick for me. My wife had chicken which was also good and tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic