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San Fermo, Seattle, WA

San Fermo

4.7
4.7
1477 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
We have 15 intimate indoor tables. Reservations can be made for parties up to 5 guests. Larger groups are politely declined. Please understand when making your reservation that we cannot guarantee a specific table or area of the restaurant. We recommend 5pm reservations for parties with specific table requests.
If you are having difficulty finding a reservation you are welcome to stop by for walk-in seating. We seat our bar and covered/heated patio for dinner nightly.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (206) 342-1530
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Sam West
  • Private party facilities
    We do not offer private dining.
  • Private party contact
    info@sanfermoseattle.com: (206) 342-1530
  • Neighborhood
    Ballard
  • Cross street
    Ballard Ave and 22nd Ave NW
  • Parking details
    Parking in Ballard is limited, however, there is a paid lot and several free parking spaces behind our restaurant on Shilshole Ave NW. Street parking on Ballard Avenue is metered through 8pm, free on Sundays and holidays.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,477 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Romantic

  • Seattle

    Best Ambiance

  • Seattle

    Romantic

  • Seattle

    Italian

1,477 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I wish there was an option to reserve a patio seat versus an indoor seat. My group was also seated upstairs, which was really uncomfortable and a bit too warm. The four of us were seated where the ceiling was shorter… it was a bit awkward because someone had to sit under the short ceiling. Maybe have those spots be a two top so no one has to sit directly under that.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing. The atmosphere is beautiful. The food is beautiful. And the servers are beautiful. When you walk in, the food is being prepared to the left. You can watch how everything is made if you like. Everything is delicious. And the menu is seasonal. Right now there is a beautiful pesto and Sun choke dish made with Hazelnut nettle pesto.

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  3. seattlenative

    Seattle

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit but we will definitely be repeat customers. We like the casual atmosphere, attentive service and certainly the creative and fresh dishes.

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  4. ND15

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shelby was a phenomenal server. Personable and knowledgeable of not only the restaurant, but also the Seattle area. We were celebrating getting engaged, and he helped us celebrate in style. 10/10 would recommend!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great. Staff was very friendly. My only complaint is the mandatory 23% gratuity on a table for 2. I understand a mandatory gratuity on a table of six or more. Where I come from gratuity is something that is up to the customer to decide what they want to give based on the service that was provided. this is not the first time I have run into this issue with restaurants in Ballard.

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  6. Drinky

    Portland

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just wow! San Fermo was soooo good. The restaurant is in an old house and sort of reminded us of a quaint New Orleans restaurant. Our server, Sully, was fantastic! There were four of us, and we shared several items. We started with the bread and butter and warm olives with citrus - both delicious. We ordered a nice bottle of Roero Arneis which perfectly paired with our meal. We shared the Caesar with wine-soaked croutons (fabulous!) and the spring onion salad (seasonal perfection). The mains were pasta with nettle pesto and sunchokes, herby, buttery goodness, and the scallops - four beautifully seared scallops with julienned apple and pumpernickel (we nixed the guanciale, as we are pescatarian). For dessert, we opted for the bread pudding - incredible. We would definitely return to San Fermo and highly recommend it!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a great restaurant my wife and I would love it. The service is good. The food is good. The attention is good our first time and we like it and all the members are really nice and friendly. Thank you.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Original, well executed recipes, phenomenal service and great wine! What more could you ask for!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous. Queen waitress. Slay cocktails. Slayer pasta. We ordered all four desserts and can now die happy.

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  10. TomG

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ceasar salad was really bad. A good ceasar salad should have a distinctive, good taste with anchovies being prominent. This one was totally bland with not nearly enough dressing -- though I'm not sure having more of the bland, boring dressing would have improved things. So, the salad was essentially boring, tasteless lettuce. My pasta dish (bucatini with shrimp) was pretty good. But, there was too much oil. Since the dish was served in a bowl instead of a flatter plate, the oil gathered in the bottom of the bowl making the last bites of pasta overly drenched in oil. And, since the oil (olive oil? Maybe) seemed of indifferent quality, the emphasis on oil in the last bites was not particularly pleasing.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle and the service was beyond (Chuck was awesome)

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Sadly went for restaurant week and they had ended their menu two nights before the actual week ended. Dinner was still good.

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  13. DaivaT

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hip and cozy atmosphere. Creative and interesting food .

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pasta and cocktails. Charming ambiance, nice background music, perfect for long conversations and dates.

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  15. Huckykao

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, nice ambience, cute restaurant, good quality food, extensive list for libation and wines. Food is fresh and flavorful but can at times has too much salt.

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  16. Erica

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and very good service! Would recommend this place for date night, anniversary, birthday, or any occasion!

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  17. Pairadux

    Seattle

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all around. Went for Seattle Restaurant Week but I think the price would have been the same any night.

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  18. VivianC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was unique and delicious! Loved the handmade noodles.

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  19. BethanyP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful place with character and cozy romantic lighting. The food was excellent and the dessert was life changing. My only issue was that the music was giving

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was better than ever, and ambiance and service perfect, as always.

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  21. Maru

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    23% mandatory tip and it’s somehow taxed. The food was just okay. We paid for $135 for 2 people, left the restaurant hungry.

    2 people found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love eating here - The bolognese can’t be beat! Best in Seattle!

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  23. Mimi

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great but portion sizes were very odd. Pasta portions should be bigger, dessert portions were huge. Garlic bread was very hard. 23% service fee is excessive, I recommend paying workers a little better.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great space, great service, good starters, but kinda meh mains.

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  25. BLH77

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time coming to San Fermo and loved it so much. Can’t wait come again

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  26. JosephL

    Boise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant as a whole was very nice and a perfect location for a nice date for two. The tables were quite close in the main dining room, so at times it felt like we apart of other people’s conversations. The food was wonderful, using seasonal ingredients. The only change I would make are the proportions of the dishes, they were quite small and we ended up leaving hungry. We spoke with some of our friends who had been as well and they agreed that the proportions were quite small.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Wanted to try this restaurant when we stay in Seattle. Very charming place. My experience of the restaurant was not great. Our server must have been overwhelm with a full section. I’ve witness a table whom sat next to us, a table of four waited 30 min before they were serve water and 1 hr before their bottle wine was open that sat on the table. Very slow service overall for us. Had to mind our server what we order a few times when the food and drinks did not arrive. My concern is a 23% service on our bill for a party of 2. Not stated anywhere in writing. Will follow up

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  28. Ballardite

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Helpful, friendly waitstaff. Lovely food and drink.

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  29. BezA

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food, Our server Mac was exceptional, definitely will go back, make sure you try the Beet Salad 💯

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  30. Thrine

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Intimate, casual with great food. A terrific place to celebrate my birthday.

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  31. Mouth

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, looking forward to going again :)

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mac is the best server! Always makes it a fun experience and has great suggestions + wine pairings! Super attentive & the food was amazing as always!

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  33. JackM

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a pretty good experience at San Fermo! The restaurant is very cute and has a great ambiance. Our server and service was very good throughout the meal as well. We had a couple tasty cocktails before dinner and some very nice wine with dinner off of the reasonably priced wine menu. Unfortunately the food did not quite live up to the rest of the experience. We ordered a beet salad which was very overdressed and really just tasted of balsamic vinegar and nothing else. We also ordered a cavatelli pasta with duck confit that was quite bland and lacked much flavor at all. Finally we had a cheese and kale ( I think ) ravioli that was very very tasty. We wished we would have just ordered two of those. Overall for the price of the food we were a little disappointed in two of our three dishes. The service, ambiance, and drinks were all very nice though. We'll be giving San Fermo another chance to see if it can change our minds in the future

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  34. Ryan

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious. Service was wonderful. Corkage fee very high though ($50.00)

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would definitely recommend getting a reservation, we had one and it was quite busy with walk ins having to wait an hour (to be fair it was a saturday night at 7:30/8). Everything we ate was delightful. Honestly I expected smaller portions but was pleasantly surprised. Would 100% recommend the buratta, butternut squash risotto as well as the tiramisu. The host/our server was also very kind and accommodating. I broke my foot recently and spaced on calling them to mention needing accommodation, and he took care of it in under 3min. Not to mention he was just overall nice, and started chatting more as the night slowed down. Another thing I really appreciated was that they do automatic tipping which is cool and should definitely be more common. Great spot for a nicer date night, definitely will be going back!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect all the way down to the bottle of wine to go with the food! 10/10 chance we will be going back.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service great atmosphere amazing pasta chicken cacciatore was perfect

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  38. LID1

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I was hoping for an occasion (anniversary) they would add some sort of celebratory element or acknowledgment and they did not. but besides that the experience was wonderful

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  39. BriT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic! Perfect for our anniversary dinner. One of the best restaurants in Seattle.

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  40. NancyP

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great, the food excellent. Great spot for a celebration.

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FAQs

San Fermo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 342-1530.

San Fermo is rated 4.7 stars by 1477 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for San Fermo

5341 Ballard Ave, Seattle, WA 98107

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Ballard Ave and 22nd Ave NW
  • Neighborhood
    Ballard
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking in Ballard is limited, however, there is a paid lot and several free parking spaces behind our restaurant on Shilshole Ave NW. Street parking on Ballard Avenue is metered through 8pm, free on Sundays and holidays.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Sam West
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (206) 342-1530
  • Private party facilities
    We do not offer private dining.
  • Private party contact
    info@sanfermoseattle.com: (206) 342-1530
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