San Fermo

4.7
502 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian


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

The Infatuation
8.4

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.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 502 People Are Saying
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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Yum -

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great! Food and service was also great but think smaller portions!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, highly recommended.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and we really enjoyed it! The homemade pasta is a highlight and the atmosphere is very relaxed.

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KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

San Fermo is always a win. The service is amazing, the food is outstanding, and the vibe is so cozy and nice. Highly recommend!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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a
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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NO
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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 :)

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P
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

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.

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LN
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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GF
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and ambiance. Some of the best Italian food in Seattle

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cozy place ! The variety in the menu is ok, I think it could have a few more entree options.
The food was very good.

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s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Small menu but they really focus on the quality. Very cozy and wonderful ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

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

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SF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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AM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great service, amazing atmosphere and to-die-for pasta. Everything is delicious. Year-round outdoor seating can't be beat!

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AE
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience all around. We will be sure to return again and again.

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m
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming restaurant in Bellevue with really great Italian food. definitely will become one of my favorites!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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L
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Kitchen is small so expect to wait between courses. Food is very tasty!

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L
Seattle
112 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our meals weren't as great this evening as they have been in the past, but it's still a lovely place.

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CK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Ballard! It never disappoints!

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T
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch on the patio!

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LH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a little gem. The food is wonderful, the building itself is charming and the service is great.

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BN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, beautiful building, the drinks are amazing, and the pasta is sensational.

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DS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Service was excellent. I am telling everyone I know to add it to their list of go to restaurants.

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PP
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Fantastic service! Loved sitting outside.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

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.

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MV
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

San Fermo is amazing. Their dishes are inventive and at the same time homey, comfort food. I've never had a bad meal!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our regular date night spot. Always something memorable on the menu.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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