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Safina Restaurant  - Safina, Milwaukee, WI

Safina

4.8
4.8
227 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
It’s been over four years since guests last tasted the Sicilian dishes from longtime Milwaukee restaurant Giovanni’s. But all of that changes with Safina: a new casual Italian concept that comes to the historic building at 785 N. Jefferson St.

Focusing on comforting dishes with roots in Sicily and the southern regions of Italy, Safina's goal is to keep the menu familiar and accessible. The restaurant also features a full bar and second-level seating, complete with wood and marble finishes that highlight the rustic, modern Italian ambiance.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Sicilian, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (414) 488-9578
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 227 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Wisconsin

    Best Food

  • Wisconsin

    Best Value

  • Wisconsin

    Italian

  • Milwaukee

    Best Overall

  • Milwaukee

    Best Food

  • Milwaukee

    Best Service

  • Milwaukee

    Best Value

  • Milwaukee

    Romantic

227 Reviews
  1. LF91

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was outstanding. A bit loud at times, but the food was well worth it. We will certainly be back.

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  2. dlhoon

    Chicago

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Early dinner before a show and the place was full but service was quick without feeling rushed. Food was amazing - had the bruschetta appetizer and the chicken Parm entree and both were delicious. Highly recommend!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was out of this world! From the service, drinks, appetizers, entre and dessert!

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  4. JimP

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was clean and nice. Food was very good. Did have to wait for our service a couple of times. But overall, very nice, I would go back.

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  5. TomM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The night was perfect. Food was excellent, ambience casual enough to be comfortable and very nice staff. I would say the service a bit slow. We will be back

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional. Best pesto I’ve ever had. Made sense when the owner came over and told us he is from Sicily and has been making it since he was a child. Makes it himself every day. This should be a Michelin star restaurant. Five stars in every way. Must go.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant and will be going back regularly.  Food is extremely tasty and the service and attention to detail are outstanding. The fried eggplant is as good as any I’ve ever had and we try it at many different restaurants. As a beer nerd, I appreciate the variety they offer as well as some of the Menebrea craft brews from Italy. 

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  8. Foody

    Milwaukee

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was absolutely wonderful. So nice to use OpenTable for a restaurant like this. Highly recommend!

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  9. Lana

    Milwaukee

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is in a small, historic (?) building on Jefferson Street. It’s very comfortable with nice ambience. We had an excellent meal and the service was very good. The bartender even asked me how I wanted my cosmo made (tart or more sweet?) I told her not tart and it was perfect. We had the eggplant appetizer, the beef ragu Al forno, the shrimp special with cauliflower, broccoli and fingerlings. Everything was excellent. We will be back.

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  10. BillF

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Acoustics were deafening. Perhaps some sound-softening ceiling tiles or wall coverings might help. Food was great, as was the server.

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FAQs

Safina is rated 4.8 stars by 227 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Safina

785 N Jefferson St. , Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Grafton
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Sicilian, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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