San Fermo

4.7
540 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 540 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Family had a cozy light meal in the attic room as they had all just flown in. It was delicious, summery, and a great way to start the night.

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o
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We've enjoyed San Fermo several times since it was recommended by friends. The staff include thoughtful servers and creative kitchen staff. Still trying to get the ins and outs of the menu and our own dietary concerns, including with the bar, but my visiting Bay Area brother in law just loved it. So grateful for this in Ballard, nearby home.

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JF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance here! Service is great. The Bolonese dish is wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Family get together with parents visiting from out of town. Service was very slow, frequently felt forgotten, with some drink orders missed, not coming back after a first check in until signaled. Wine and water pours were really rushed and messy. Main courses took over 30 mins to come out and were tepid. Overall, disappointing. We planned to stay for desert, but left early.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic vibe in a quaint old house. Do not miss the bruschetta, it’s outstanding.

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DL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good, as always. Focaccia was incredible!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food just took a little while to come up but otherwise one of my favorites!

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food good as always. Ridiculously small portion of anoglotti. If you are suggesting pasta as a main course, which your menu and servers suggest, that portion size is just completely unacceptable. A joke really.

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KE
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service! I don’t think I’ve ever had my food be ready faster!

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AS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was lovely to sit on their patio- however the ladies running back and forth was not. I normally wouldn't mind however they seemed to be annoyed..? Our server was nice, until she abruptly told us that we had to order all at once- not that big of a deal. She forgot I gave her my card to pay at the end so at one point my guest and I were just sitting there for an extended period of time, they rushed so fast by the tables it was near impossible to stop someone to ask. Food was good- the bread and butter was near the best part, along with the mixed greens. I will skip the rest, and conclude that the shrimp and risotto tasted majorly of a plain tomato sauce mix.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Bummed. We’ve been there several times and always received great service and great food. We were celebrating and received lackluster service, slower food delivery and forgotten pieces of our order.

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D
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

chose this place to celebrate my retirement. waitstaff was painfully slow. went thru an entire bottle of prosecco without checkiing on us. 45 minutes to get food with an early dinner reservation. will not return

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service and ambiance:
Well appointed and great ambiance. The service was solid. Refined enough to match the price point.
Food: The pastas we ordered we good but not as complex, subtle, and delicious as I would have expected the menu to suggest. The portions seemed small, but were adequate. Below expectations. The gelato was overly icy and overwhelmed by the salty meat and balsamic. It was actually not good at all.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Multiple terrible experiences of getting rushed. On our last date night we were told that we couldn’t order an appetizer until we ordered our dinner. Super rude hipster servers. Food is the only reason we have given them multiple chances. They’re bolognes is great... but not good enough to put up with the rude staff.

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE BEST SERVICE.
THE BEST FOOD.
THE BEST AMBIANCE.
THE BEST SEX AFTERWARDS.

thank you.

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the place but the upstairs dining area seemed bland and a bit dull compared to other tables at the restaurant on the main level.

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MY
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant, one of my favorites in Seattle. The food, ambiance, and service are all wonderful. Will keep going back!

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CP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this place, portions are small but we go for special occasions

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

San Fermo has some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten. They take traditional dishes and make them their own by using non traditional ingredients. The flavors they come up with are genius. The service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is amazing!

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S
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a super brunch menu.

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FE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always wanted to try San Fermo and I was so glad I got the chance. Everything was excellent. The only thing better than the amazing service and ambiance was the food. I highly recommend.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great. The service was not. We waited over an hour after our appetizer to receive our dinner. The table next to us has sat down, got appetizers, their dinner and their bill all in the time it took for us to receive our dinner. Food was amazing, unfortunately the service was not.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on the patio which was perfect! Service and food were amazing!

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CP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sitting outdoors on a summer night at San Fermo is a joy.

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BF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant, but the portions are ridiculously small. My wife's entree looked like a small appetizer.

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DP
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious! Try the Bolognese and polenta/sausage.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to San Fermo to celebrate and it was the perfect place for our quiet two person party. Lovely on a weekday evening. The food was fantastic and all the staff was very attentive.

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We must have gotten a bad chef because it was extremely salty. I wish we would have made it clear it was not editable as we told waiter otherwise to avoid conflict in front of friends.

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CH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Really liked San Fermo and we’ll be back! This was our first time & thought the food was a little rich & the service was just good but we’ll definitely return. Cheers

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RH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful food. The service was lacking just a bit. Took a while to get our main courses. But overall, some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had. The carbonara was the best I’ve ever had, even above carbonara in Italy!!

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LS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The outdoor seating was wonderful. The food was spectacular. Wine list and cocktails also very good. Loved the burrata and Cesar salad.

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London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food (and butter)! They greeted us with Prosecco for our anniversary. Fantastic service - wouldn’t hesitate to return or refer.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Seattle. Best pasta, never disappoints.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The music they played was horrible but everything else was very romantic! Just say no to ‘80’s pop on date night.

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food. Our server was very helpful throughout the entire night! Great ambiance and over all vibe.

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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Highly recommend.

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MB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kelly, was terrific! Great personality, efficient, didn’t over-pour our wine (we ordered a bottle to share), let us savor our appetizer before having our main course delivered. AND OUR MEALS WERE DELICIOUS! Thank You!!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Yum -

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San Francisco
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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