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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Serafina reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (100)great for outdoor dining (91)romantic (84)special occasion (80)fit for foodies (78)notable wine list (45)great for lunch (29)great for brunch (24)good for groups (19)hot spot (15)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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!
    Andrew
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Wonderful Sunday kick-off
    Johnny
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Sunny morning on a patio, with great food and live non-intrusive jazz in the background - can't beat a moment like this! Will certainly come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A different brunch
    AndrewW
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They put an Italian spin on brunch with items like a plin and polenta. Don't worry, they also have a bacon and eggs plate and a waffle.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply, an incredible restaurant!
    ChuckZ
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I am fortunate to travel extensively and this is one of the great Italian restaurants in the country. Incredible food with phenomenal service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great in every way except volume
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I like a busy and delicious restaurant, but the music the night we were at Serafina was so loud that we had a hard time holding a conversation at our table. It might have been that we were right under the speakers, but if that is the case the speakers should be moved, or a least calibrated for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovey and reliably delicious
    WedgwoodKs
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We've been coming to Serafina for close to 15 years, and find it a sure bet for food, setting, and wine. It's perfect for taking out of town guests to show them a neighborhood place that still feels like old Seattle. The food is always outstanding, the service is unobtrusive but friendly, and the outdoor space is perfect for summer evenings. It's no wonder the place was packed on a mid-week evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Lucy54VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    You just can't go wrong with ivar's! It is totally all what the northwest is about! Only thing missing would be the killer whales swimming by!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Eastlake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Spectacular food, great environment. A perfect dinner and great friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening
    OutgainesVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service was excellent and the food delicious. The eggplant was wonderful. Fun patio dining available.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably wonderful.
    niceguyseattleVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    With a last-minute guest in town on a Saturday night, I was lucky to find an open table at Serafina at the last minute - and only because they expand their seating to outdoors in the nice weather. We were seated promptly and served delicious food professionally and warmly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun times!
    JohnT
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We celebrated our 2-year anniversary here on Friday 8/8/14 and had a wonderful time. The host even put flower petals on our dinner table (by request of course) and made the entire experience memorable. We enjoyed the food sooooooooo much, it was delicious!! From appetizers, to main entree to the mouth-watering dessert. And the service, music and everything was perfect. Thank you so much, we will be back :) PS - we've been telling all our friends and they will be coming soon too
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sweet food
    Etienne
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Nice ambience, clean space. I had the rack of lamb, and it was very tender. Ingredients are fresh and good quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Absolutely perfect! Matthew is a great waitstaff. Maxine made our business dinner most delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Brunch
    Chetboar
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had brunch on a Sunday sitting outside in the courtyard. Everything was wonderful. Our server was knowledgeable and efficient. The food was prepared perfectly. We were a group of four and commented thruout the day how great our meal was.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vaguely Italian fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Hmm. Calamari with Israeli couscous, the chubby kind, and other oddments, as the only protein appetizer? Sounds meager and filled out. I ordered the eggplant (melanzane), sliced thin and wrapped around feta cheese atop limp angel hair pasta. Okay but odd. I initially misjudged how much to cut and was barraged with rich flavors not necessarily in harmony, though the band playing that night definitely was. Lovely atmosphere and pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seattle gem
    Seattlite
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is a must go to restaurant whether one lives in Seattle, on business travel, or tourist. My husband and I became regulars at Serafina when we lived in the neighborhood. Now that we have moved a distance away we still make it our go to Italian restaurant. It just has no rival in the quality of food, wine, exceptional service and ambience. Once you experience Serafina's you will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live Jazz and excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We came in for a late dinner. My wife just returned from Italy and had a meal that rivaled what she had there. Beautiful ambiance and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian in Seattle
    JohnG
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Recommended to me by a long time resident foodie of Seattle. Great atmosphere and super service. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. They picked up on my desired speed of the meal right away. Great music throughout my time there although it was recorded-they have live music just not the night I went. Waitress made some great menu recommendations. Food & the cocktails were really good. Highly recommend the Pappardelle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were half an hour late for our reservation due to traffic and they were very gracious about it. They were out of the wine I wanted and substituted another bottle (which was delicious and more expensive) for the price of the bottle I requested. Food was delicious. Though I know the outdoor tables in the lovely courtyard were likely desired, we were not rushed. Lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Like Being in Italy!
    Judy
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My friend and I had a wonderful lunch there recently on a beautiful day in Seattle. We were fortunate enough to grab seats on the patio in the back. She enjoyed the grilled Ahi Tuna and I had the Val d'Aosta ravioli. Both dishes brought back memories of a recent food and wine trip to Italy. The ambience, professional service, food preparation, cocktails were all superb. Serafina's is certainly a neighborhood gem, and even tho' we aren't local Eastlake residents, we vowed to return often.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Serfina Lacks Much
    LoveSF
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was the 4th and last time that we will dine at Serafina's. The very first time we dined at Serafina was several years ago and is was a wonderful experience; however, it seems to have gone downhill since then.This was one of the poorest experiences we have had in dining. I had the lasagna which was mediocre at best. My daughter had the duck which was a disappointment. My wife however, enjoyed her pork chop. The music was way too loud which added to a forgettable dining experience. We have dined at many "fine dining" establishments throughout Seattle and San Francisco. Unfortunately, it seems like the Canlis is the only fine dining establishment in Seattle that meets the standards that can be found in SF.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great italian Restaurant
    Vicki
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our food was delicious and our server was very professional, attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate