Our reservations are designed to give you the first available table at your booking time. Please keep in mind that we do not reserve specific tables, or areas of the restaurant. We maintain space for walk-ins, so if you’re having trouble finding a reservation, please stop by when you get to the neighborhood.
We serve traditional and contemporary Italian in one of Seattle’s oldest homes. Our menu changes daily and features handmade pastas, peasant braises and traditional veal, lamb, and seafood dishes. We offer vegetarian and gluten free options daily.
Our reservations are for 2-hour time slots. We do our best to accommodate as many guests as possible, so please be considerate of other diners when you are finished with your meal.
What Insiders Are Saying
San Fermo is a charming Italian restaurant in an old house where an indie rom-com would take place. Use it for a first date in Ballard.
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The atmosphere was great! Food and service was also great but think smaller portions!
Everything was perfect, highly recommended.
We had an overall okay experience because the food was amazing. The only downside was it was a warm evening and we wanted to try and sit outside but was told nothing was open which was fine. We get seated and then hear the host tell another couple oh we will have a seat outside in about ten minutes if you want to wait. We would have waited the ten to fifteen minutes for outside seating but where not given the opportunity. Other than that the food was really good and presented very classy.
First time dining here and we really enjoyed it! The homemade pasta is a highlight and the atmosphere is very relaxed.
This was our second time to San Fermo and we adored it just as much as the first. The food is amazing, very kind service. Cozy and cute atmosphere
San Fermo is always a win. The service is amazing, the food is outstanding, and the vibe is so cozy and nice. Highly recommend!
Took my parents here and it’s my moms new favorite restaurant when they are in town.
Amazing server and amazing food! A go to favorite!
The atmosphere is always charming at San Fermo, but this particular evening the music was just a bit loud, which I think caused patrons to raise their voices to be heard. Our salad course was delicious and fresh, and the pastas that we ordered were of the season and perfectly prepared. Everything came out very quickly, and we were in and out in an hour (not exactly what we had planned, but OK). We will return to San Fermo another time.
Great food and atmosphere, love the building! Thank you to the waitress who went along with my dad's jokes and brought us small forks!
The food was fine...but it was so expensive. Food and drinks for 4 cost $250.00. It just seems like the food should be spectacular at those prices. And it was just fine. The patio seating was nice and it was not noisy so we could have great conversation while we dined.
The waitstaff (assigned to our table) was quite pushy, and seemed impatient about taking our order...
otherwise the place still remains a great local spot :)
We've been to San Fermo in the past and it was flawless. On our last visit we were entertaining my son from out of town. The food was excellent as always, but the service completely lacked the warmth it usually has. The order of food was rushed, our entrees arriving before salads were done. Wine order not being filled until entrees were half gone (and that was with an attempt to wait). Very very poor. They add a 20% service charge to the bill. I am in favor of that, but 20% is supposed to be for a service level above normal. This was well below. We'll likely return, but this definitely left a bad taste in our mouth. The gentleman at the table behind us, from the "industry" as we heard couldn't stop saying F-this and F-ing that throughout our meal. Really loud and annoying. Too bad for such a quaint little restaurant.
First time here for Restaurant Week, the rabbit, spaghetti bolognese and bruschetta was delicious, and their panna cotta was honestly the best one I have ever have in my life. Our waitress was very attentive and provided suggestions for our first time there and the overall restaurant gives off a homey feel. Will definitely be back!
Food quality was lower than we have experienced at least six times over past two years. Caesar salad was less tasty and pasta carbonara was gummy and too thick. Beverages and service was very good as usual.
Lovely service and ambiance. Some of the best Italian food in Seattle
Cozy place ! The variety in the menu is ok, I think it could have a few more entree options.
The food was very good.
The food was amazing! Small menu but they really focus on the quality. Very cozy and wonderful ambiance.
Discovered San Fermo through restaurant week, and I will happily return! The atmosphere and decor is modern yet cozy, and the open kitchen design allows an irresistible aroma of authentic Italian to waft through the restaurant. The menu is unique and often changing, ensuring fresh products and delightful dishes.
The host was prompt and very nice, the waitress did the bare minimum, not even close to the good enough to warrant the 20% surcharge. The panacotta was was astounding best dish wall night and my pasta was perfectly cooked! Another great choice for restaurant week
Restaurant is in a house which makes this place feel very homely. But the food didn’t quite meet my expectations. I guess because they change the menu daily I expected something REALLY good. Prices weren’t all that reasonable, I know the ingredients were high quality but the portions were small and $20 for a small plate of okay pasta just seemed a little excessive when the plating wasn’t all that amazing either.
Great service, amazing atmosphere and to-die-for pasta. Everything is delicious. Year-round outdoor seating can't be beat!
We went for Seattle Restaurant Werk. The food was delicious and the space was beautiful. All the serving staff was very helpful and attentive with good knowledge of the menu. We appreciated the wine recommendations from our server. We will definitely be back for the food and the atmosphere.
Waiter was wonderful, great wine pairing recommendations and didn't rush us. Food was as good as all reviews professed. This was our first time but definitely not our last! Thank you for doing your thing so well!
A wonderful experience all around. We will be sure to return again and again.
Very charming restaurant in Bellevue with really great Italian food. definitely will become one of my favorites!
I love this restaurant. The food is always amazing and the service is great. It is so cute and fun and I always have a great time.
Kitchen is small so expect to wait between courses. Food is very tasty!
Our meals weren't as great this evening as they have been in the past, but it's still a lovely place.
Our favorite restaurant in Ballard! It never disappoints!
Fantastic brunch on the patio!
This place is a little gem. The food is wonderful, the building itself is charming and the service is great.
Excellent service, beautiful building, the drinks are amazing, and the pasta is sensational.
Food was fantastic. Service was excellent. I am telling everyone I know to add it to their list of go to restaurants.
WE really like San Fermo, but the serving of Bolognese this time , and also the previous time we were there, was woefully petite. One of our servings of bread and butter this time, was too.
Very good service, and it wasn't too loud to enjoy our companions.
Awesome food. Fantastic service! Loved sitting outside.
We normally love this place and it is our first choice for a romantic evening out. The service was good and the atmosphere is excellent. Although, the food was off this evening. The pasta was OVER salted. We ordered another plate (risotto) and it was parsley with Risotto. This was our first bad experience and it wasn’t that bad because we still enjoyed ourselves. We will go back. Maybe they had a new chef that night.
San Fermo is amazing. Their dishes are inventive and at the same time homey, comfort food. I've never had a bad meal!
Our regular date night spot. Always something memorable on the menu.
We sat in the front dining room, where you feel a part of the kitchen. It's an amazing dining experience to see food being prepared and plated like this. The service was top notch, and the food even better.