San Fermo

4.6
881 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 outdoor dining. We understand that many guests have health 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 881 people are saying
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SandraT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience…as usual . One of the best Restaurant in Seattle.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The ragu was incredibly spicy (and I like spicy food). Must have been a mistake. Server never asked “how was the food?” or I would have told them directly.

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Ginad
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This is one of our favorite places in Ballard. It was a little off this night as the service was fine but my pasta was cold and there was some mix-up at the front. We had made reservations over two months in advance as we don't live in Seattle. We were told it was first come, first serve on reservations? This evening we had a special birthday, so maybe not the best evening to hear that news. I am going to chalk this up to the strange situation with covid and will definitely go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I wish we knew our reservation would be outside on the street before coming as we’ve been planning a first visit with a friend for a while

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Seattle7
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around amazing food and wonderful service! Current favorite spot!

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DeedC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! From the bread to cheesecake everything was sooo good. The tomato tart and buratta with peaches were perfect seasonal appetizers. Our entrees Spaghetti Bolognese, Carbonata and Ravioli were some of the best dishes we’ve tasted in a very long time. We will definitely return!

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vipMaureenV
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious! Loved the ambiance.

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vipFoodfun27
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint little spot in Ballard. Beautiful outdoor seating. Attention to detail down to the quirky dishes. Food was creative and delicious.

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Sarah
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place, food was pricy but very very good and in high quality!
A little disappointing they don’t serve bread.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I normally love this restaurant - however the service was really rough and we had a rat running around the patio.

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AliciaJ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The mushroom appetizer is out of this world!

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LisaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son picked the spot for my visit. We sat on their enclosed porch; it was a warm and quiet area. From the burrata appetizer all the way to the lemon polenta cake dessert our dining experience was tremendous. Highly recommend!

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SamanthaR
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner. The pastas were so fresh.

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vipmariasemple
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all around. One of my Seattle favorites.

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AileenM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time experience, loved it! Such lovely ambiance on the outdoor balcony patio, memorable music absolutely delicious Bologna’s pasta, can’t wait to go back!

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Bkkk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, great staff. Was nice outdoor with overhead heating lamps until the Ninja rat began flying around. Would be 5/5 if it wasn’t for the rat.

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clarity
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I used to love this place. I was so looking forward to the fresh pasta, wonderful sauces and inventive new Italian. Unfortunately, I was sincerely disappointed with a lackluster meal here. Outside of the tomato tart, which was fresh and delicious, all other dishes were just lacking in flavor and finesse. Flavorless peaches with burrata and sloppy presentation and high prices for nice but semi-dull mushroom sauce on the scallops and 4 mussels over dry pasta, both for over $30. I'm sad to say this one is off my list of go-to's.

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vipNikkiK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it and always do! We come here at least once or twice a month maybe three times of lucky!

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience with trying out the unique menu as well as with the excellent service staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food5service3ambience1

Paid $350 for a dinner for 4 people (meal + 2 drinks a piece) to have rats running under our table. Told a server about the rats and she brushed it off like it’s been a ongoing issue. So unless you want rats at your feet at dinner I’d choose somewhere for dinner.

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BigGuy
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall good. Our appetizers arrived promptly, but there was a long wait until the main courses arrived. Our server didn’t provide any updates. There may have been a bunch of to go orders in front of ours. Also, the server didn’t get our glasses of wine on the bill. We had to remind them. Finally, there was an automatic 20% gratuity. I wish restaurants would let you know before you order.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience. Great staff, beautiful ambience. Great food!!!

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NMMM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Portion sizes were small. Service was lacking in attention and entrees came out at different times

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

San Fermo is the whole package. Whether you are out for a date night or a special occasion the atmosphere and food is to die for. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. It wasn’t the best service I have received at restaurants similar in price but definitely sets a very good standard of service. The food is expensive but you truly get what you pay for. It is my favorite Italian food in all of Seattle no question. I have been here many times and I always get excited the next time I come back. The quality and consistency is top notch you can tell the owners and employees are passionate about what they do.

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VinceL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Way overpriced and not too good. Ordered a dish with morel mushrooms and cheap button mushrooms were substituted without telling me. We also order a primavera pasta and it was strange and consisting of corn and bitter shishito peppers and the sauce tasted bland. They were cheap about adjusting the bill when we raised these issues. Service wasn’t great for the 20% service fee included. No check up to see if we wanted fresh pepper or cheese on our dishes after they came.

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themistressofspices
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

My boyfriend and I went here for a special dinner, and we decided to split the bill, like we usually do. We got a charcuterie plate, I got a glass of red wine, and 2 entrees for our meal. The service was SLOW af, it took them over 40 minutes to get us our entrees which was disappointing, and another reason why we didn't get dessert here. Later in the week, he and I were checking our cc bills and san fermo shows up on both our accounts twice! We call them to let them know that they've charged both of us twice and they tell us that since we split the bill, they wanted to make sure that it gets paid nonetheless in case one of our payments don't go through so they charged us twice as a back up, which was absolutely insane to me and has literally never happened before. I guess indirectly, they told us that we didn't look "rich" enough to dine here and pay our $60/head bill. They auto include a 20% tip in the bill, so make sure not to over tip if you find yourself here. The food was good but the experience was mediocre. I do not recommend this place if you're a person of color or don't dress rich. We TRULY felt discriminated against and that's NOT OK!

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MahijaD
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

While the ambiance and service was good, I was very disappointed with the food. I heard about this place from a list of best italian to try in Seattle and was looking forward to dining here! Specifically, the scallop dish, it was mostly mushroom forward with a very salty broth. The scallops or the broth were not hot either. We did a customization of the spaghetti to make it vegetarian, which was a disappointment as well. The spaghetti was over cooked, the sauce too tomato-y.

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SharonR
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place. The indoor ambience is so cozy and the food is a WOW! That tomato tart, watermelon salad, pasta bolognese... all so good!! And by the way, great cocktails and wine list! Thank you San Fermo!!!

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LetsEat
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The ingredients were of good quality and everything felt like it was made on site or from a local business. Unfortunately I found my starters bland, then my main so spicy I couldn’t taste (the waitress did warn me it was spicy, but my bias in knowing Seattle’s spice level made me think I’d be fine, normally spice is fine with me). The dessert was delicious and perfectly balanced, not too sweet. The mocktail (I’m pregnant, and as call out to many restaurants, pregnant women still want to go out and have a nice experience, so if we go to a nice place something more than a soda or water would be nice) tasted just like a flavored San Pellegrino with a piece of basil floating in it. Note: the choice was ‘house made’ I didn’t get options. Because of this, I probably should have sent it back and they may have provided something else. I guess I was picking up that that was what they did and there wasn’t much else available.

I want to like this place. Lots of people do and highly recommend it and it looks so charming. Their attention to decor, vibe, service makes me want it to be a favorite.

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happyguest
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five at the meal, three 21 year olds and two 50 year olds. We loved our drinks and our food! Our server was excellent too. Highly recommend the Nari (mussels and pasta) and the risotto. I love this restaurant and will eat here again and again.

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vipFoodieFrank
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice outdoor space, great food, and very good service. There are some Covid-related quirks, like no corkage, and need to order everything at the same time, but still worth it.

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Sarah
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Minus the rats on the ground and eventually on the tables scavenging, the only complaint I have is about the bill. 250$ for 3 people to have pasta is pricey. The outdoor area is nice though. Our waitress also pretty blah and rarely seen. I probably wouldn't go back.

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vipMariaR
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Seattle!! Thanks!!

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DonnaS
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked the location of our table on the side terrace. Our waiter was very good and attentive inspite of that area was full of customers. We did ask that the music be turned down and he complied. We will definitely return again to San Fermo.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and lovely outdoor dining! Our server was terrific, and we had a wonderful meal.

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KarenC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommendations were great, location was sweet. Simple, elegant food presented beautifully with incredible quality ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visiting

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MollyC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food? Insane. People? Amazing. Vibes? Outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. This place has it all!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music on 8/16 dinner was very loud, highly inappropriate, and often misogynistic. Food and service were good.

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 881 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.