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San Fermo

4.6
4.6
1042 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian

Please understand when making your reservation that we cannot guarantee a specific table or area of the restaurant. This includes requests for indoor or outdoor dining. We understand that many guests have specific concerns and therefore we recommend arriving early if you are hoping for a specific area. You are always welcome to wait until a preferred table opens up.

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Booked 60 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 2 PM

Sides

  • Baguette$4.00

    • Castelvetrano Olives$5.00

      • Rosemary Almonds$3.00

        Salads and Soups

        • House Caesar$7.00

          anchovy, red wine croutons

          • Beet Salad$11.00

            hazelnut vinaigrette, celery, thyme, shallots

            • Duck Salad$12.00

              chicory greens, orange supremes, fennel, pistachio

              • Italian Chop Salad$10.00

                • Potato Leek Soup$5.00

                  Pastas

                  • Strozzapreti$11.00

                    w/ Short Rib and Wild Mushroom Ragu

                    • Campanelle$9.00

                      w/ Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes and Sunchoke Puree

                      Sandwiches

                      • Parmigiana Sandwich

                        house marinara, arugula, toasted baguette

                        • Chicken$12.00
                        • Eggplant$11.00
                      • Oil Cured Tuna Tartine$12.00

                        sweet onion, watercress, baguette toast points

                        Last updated: February 1, 2022

                        What 1,042 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                        4.6
                        4.6 based on recent ratings
                        • 4.6Food
                        • 4.7Service
                        • 4.7Ambience
                        • 4.2Value

                        NoiseModerate

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                        • Seattle / Eastern Washington

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                        • Seattle

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                        • Seattle

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                        1. L

                          Lifjejazz

                          Seattle

                          40 reviews

                          5.0

                          40 reviews

                          Dined 1 day ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Lovely anniversary dinner. The setting was intimate, the service was just right, the food was excellent. We had halibut and lamb shank for our entrees and both were cooked to perfection. Will definitely go back

                        2. R

                          Robert

                          Seattle

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined 6 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                          Could not be happier that I choice San Fermo for a surprise birthday dinner for my wife. You've got a great place with great food and wonderful service people. We'll be back!

                        3. BM

                          BenM

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 6 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food is very good, but the excellent service is what makes it really special.

                        4. K

                          Kevin

                          Raleigh

                          6 reviews

                          4.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined 7 days ago

                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                          Great service and food, but a bit overpriced for the serving size.

                        5. KL

                          KateL

                          Seattle

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined 7 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          San Fermo is my go-to restaurant in Ballard. I could go so many other places but almost always think of (and eventually go to) San Fermo. Food is interesting and delicious but not fussy or overwrought. Love the limited menu that makes best use of what's in season and fresh. Friendly staff who always have helpful recommendations. Love the Pet-Nat and other natural wines on offer. JUST THE BEST.

                        6. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Seattle

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 20, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Best Italian restaurant in Seattle mix. Can’t go wrong with any item off the menu. One of our favorites

                        7. TB

                          TiffanyB

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 18, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Our favorite place for a celebration! Always enjoy the beautiful meal and atmosphere!

                        8. B

                          Bainbmimi

                          Seattle

                          29 reviews

                          3.0

                          29 reviews

                          Dined on May 15, 2022

                          overall3food2service4ambience4

                          The two different pasta dishes both had types of sausage too spicy. I was disappointed that there was no manicotti ir lasagna type dishes on the menu. Gin cocktail was good, service was great but I went there for good pasta and it was only ok.

                        9. DH

                          DavidH

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 12, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          server was great and the food the delicious. i’d love to go again!

                        10. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Celebrated Mother’s Day and a birthday.

                        11. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Thank you Julia and San Fermo chef and kitchen crew. The food was sinfully delicious and the house red was excellent ❤️

                        12. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                          overall3food3service3ambience4

                          I asked for a vegetarian option and was recommended an off the menu dish which was really not appetizing. I’d be okay with it if it was any place, but San Fermo is among fine dining restaurants that seem to have a high regard and I expected better, and for the price as well.

                        13. J

                          Jungsies

                          Seattle

                          25 reviews

                          5.0

                          25 reviews

                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          My mom was in town and we did an early Mother's Day dinner out during the week since we have a kiddo that is too young too be vaccinated...wanted to avoid a crowd. I knew it was possible that we might not get an outdoor table as requested, but was so happy that we did...made me feel better about my kid! Drinks, appetizers, and entrees were delicious. And they even brought out some Seawolf Soudough for the babe...she devoured it. While everything was delicious, the appetizers were the stars of the show. Next time, I'm thinking In might just order appetizers! Well, wine and cocktails too, of course :) San Fermo never disappoints! And they have absolutely lovely staff!

                        14. GW

                          GlennW

                          Las Vegas

                          19 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          19 reviews

                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          The appetizers and mains were very good. The burrata and crostini were great and the bolognese along with the sausage dish tasted great.

                        15. SK

                          SiaK

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 28, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great vibes and good food! Great service and friendly staff.

                        16. G

                          Glenrio

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 26, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The food here was just brilliant…every item ordered was the best I’d ever had, plus the items new to me were excellent as well. We loved the setting and ambiance, and the amount of service was just right. I can’t wait to eat here again.

                        17. SR

                          StellaR

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          amazing food, beautiful restaurant, and super kind staff. 10/10, will definitely be returning.

                        18. KB

                          KayaB

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 19, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Amazing, one of my new favorite restaurants in Seattle! Food & drinks were delicious and I love the intimate ambiance.

                        19. JC

                          JoeC

                          Los Angeles

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on April 18, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Another amazing meal at San Fermo start to finish. Thank you.

                        20. SM

                          SMody

                          New York Area

                          11 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          11 reviews

                          Dined on April 18, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Loved this place. Everything was delicious. And they will adapt dishes for vegetarians

                        21. LA

                          LisaA

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 18, 2022

                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                          Very nice space, very good service, food was just a bit under the quality I was hoping for.

                        22. HF

                          HollyF

                          Anchorage

                          28 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          28 reviews

                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          lovely as always! and the staff can sing

                        23. TM

                          TMcP

                          Seattle

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on April 14, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          We enjoyed the Restaurant Week offerings at San Fermo, with some additional appetizers and dessert. The wait staff was completely professional and friendly, food was amazingly good. I would have loved to be in the back part of the restaurant or the upstairs, only because our corner seat by the entrance was very busy and bustling, but that's what you get when you grab the last reservation of the night! We can't wait to come back.

                        24. P

                          Pretoriagirl

                          San Francisco

                          33 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          33 reviews

                          Dined on April 14, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Delicious food, lovely wait staff & not a long wait for us hungry diners . Thanks for seating us earlier than expected & calling us to change the reservation. Will be back if we come back to that part of the world .

                        25. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Seattle

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on April 14, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          We had great food and even better service! Julia was our server and gave great recommendations and was so nice. She’s great!

                        26. CY

                          ChristinaY

                          New York Area

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 11, 2022

                          overall4food5service4ambience3

                          Loved the food, great cocktails and fun atmosphere. The service was great, we loved everything- especially the espresso martini and the vanilla buttercake and the charcuterie with the absolute best onion jam.

                        27. A

                          Avery

                          Los Angeles

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 11, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Simply can't get enough. This spot makes my regular rotation and is always a win.

                        28. LP

                          LauraP

                          Seattle

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 11, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Amazing!!! Great for a date night or a dinner with friends, food was so delicious and the staff is excellent!

                        29. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 11, 2022

                          overall2food1service3ambience2

                          Más de 1 hora esperando por la comida

                        30. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Seattle

                          6 reviews

                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wonderful service, great food, they were very understanding about being a little late for the reservation!

                        31. DP

                          DrewP

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Top notch service by Julian our server. Very knowledgeable about the food and usage of product. The menu was seasonal and well thought out. The service was timely and unintrusive. The food was beautiful and perfectly seasoned. The two pastas we had (gnocchi with nettle pesto and spaghetti bolognese) were perfect texture. Both had distinct flavors and stood on their own. I have no negatives here. The only thing I didn’t like was there was no tiramisu on the menu and I’m only saying that because I know that would have been spectacular too. This place deserves all the credit in the world and am thankful I got to share this experience with someone else.

                        32. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 6, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Our night initially began with reservation at Conversation at 745. To keep it short, we weren’t even greeted until at least an hour after our reservation time and hadn’t even been offered water. Throughly frustrated because we both work in hospitality and fine dining, we left the restaraunt. We then booked San Fermo on a whim. The food, drinks, service, and ambiance were fantastic. How promptly the staff accommodated our reservation really turned around our entire night. This was our last dinner before we head back to the Bay Area and we unexpectedly saved the best for last. So greatly appreciated. I will recommend them over and over to all friends and family coming to visit Seattle. Thank you :-)

                        33. NZ

                          NiZhang

                          Seattle

                          5 reviews

                          4.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on April 6, 2022

                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                          Ambience: A very sophisticated and small family style restaurant with a touch of vintage, open kitchen to watch the chef cook, a well-structured bar, very nice wall murals and decorations, and very traditional Italian floral plates Value for money: the restaurant week set menu is only two courses for $35, an appetizer and a main course, but the bill is mandatory 20% service charge, so 4 people did not eat anything full spent $200, super poor value for money The food: it's more refined, with fresh ingredients but very little quantity Belgian Endive - $15 The combination of bitter cabbage and crispy apples with ricotta cheese and cashews was very light and sweet in the raw endive, the sweet and sour of the apples added a great dimension and the cheese and nuts combined to make a refreshing salad. House Caesar - $14 I was expecting a Caesar salad, but was a little disappointed with the dish, an anchovy, a few very hard slices of bread that had been intentionally soaked in red wine and parmesan cheese, but it just wasn't very good Farinata - $12 A chickpea frittata that tasted very much like a tortilla, served with a creme de menthe and a tomato rosemary sauce on the side, good texture, only 4 slices Safron Spaghetti Bolognese - $27 The pasta was a slightly thicker spaghetti, just the right amount of softness and the meat sauce was soft on the pasta. Rigatoni A spicy pasta dish, personally I didn't like it because it wasn't cooked soft at all, it was seasoned with vodka sauce and sugar cane, it didn't have any sweetness and the sour cream was a bit greasy when mixed Risotto Verde - a good value risotto as they used jalapenos to pick out the green cheese rice, I had a bite and it felt right, garnished with pickled red onions to balance out the creamy flavour Translated directly online from my original language

                        34. NK

                          NikkiK

                          Seattle

                          3 reviews

                          2.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on April 5, 2022

                          overall2food2service3ambience2

                          Food was only average I don't see myself ever going back. Not too great of a value either. Only ok

                        35. Y

                          Yarobaro

                          Seattle

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 4, 2022

                          overall3food2service5ambience4

                          3/5 overall Antipasto (4.5/5) We had Belgian Endive and Crostini w/ Onion jams, those were fabulous. Entree (1.5/5) Sorry we didn't like duck breasts nor the squid ink pasta. Duck breasts were overcooked (tons of flavor btw), and the squid ink pasta... I was thinking it as one of those pasta where you have it with olive oil-based/garlicgish + stir-fried tomatoes, this was more around tomato paste/vodka sauce-ish type that enhanced the fishness smell. Price: 1/5. I wanted to tip less than 20%, I didn't see much value esp. with the food, yet 20% gratuity was mandatory. If I were asked to come here with my friend, I would probably say no. If my family/friends really wanted, I may just order wine + antipasto those were great!

                        36. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Seattle

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                          overall3food5service2ambience5

                          Food is Delicious!! The service was Meh. Our server did not speak more than a few world about the menu and could not speak to the wine list. I felt like we had to know and do our research in order to dine there and it did not make it a great experience. Also we had to put in our entire food order at once, which is fine, but I felt like it was being shoved down our throats to the point I needed to as them to slow it down. Once again the food and the wine we decided to get was amazing. If you don’t care about service you should be good.

                        37. SS

                          SeattleScientist

                          Seattle

                          17 reviews

                          5.0

                          17 reviews

                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          We went to San Fermo for the first time for a celebration dinner (two people). The experience was lovely. The staff were attentive and professional, and the food was delicious. The endive salad with salted ricotta, frisee, cashews and apples was a great starter, and my partner and I enjoyed the ricotta gnocchi and the rockfish. Be warned that the space is a little close. Tables are set near each other and there's a fair amount of ambient noise. However, we enjoyed the food, the cocktails, and the ambiance a great deal and will come back again.

                        38. T

                          Tessa

                          Seattle

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 2, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Love. Music is a bit loud. Food and service is stellar.

                        39. M

                          Michael

                          Charleston

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 1, 2022

                          overall3food3service4ambience3

                          We were seated in the smallish upstairs room, which felt a somewhat claustrophobic. The meal was well presented, with good color and appearance. However, when brought to us it was onlyslightly warm, as opposed to very warm. While the meal tasted nice, the lack of temperature was a distraction. The starters were okay, but not memorable. The server was very good, attentive but never hovering. For the price, the meal, while pleasant, was a little disappointing.

                        40. LB

                          LindaB

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 1, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Interesting, excellent, top quality food. Friendly, efficient service.

                        Safety precautions

                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                        • Screening

                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                          • Staff is vaccinated

                        FAQs

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

                        San Fermo is rated 4.6 stars by 1042 OpenTable diners.

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

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                        Booked 60 times today
                        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

                        • 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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