San Fermo

4.8
713 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Reservations are available for outside seating. All tables are covered, heated and socially distanced tables. Reservations cannot be made for specific tables or areas, please review the SEATING AND RESERVATION tab on our website for more information.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 713 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.9
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NikiK
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Usually when you pay over $150 for a dinner for two, quality service and being treated with respect is a given. Not at San Fermo. My husband and I originally had reservations for Valentine's weekend, which were understandably canceled due to the snow. At the time of that booking, we had requested to be seated in a dome knowing full well that they are first come first serve. However, the information about the domes listed on the website indicated that you could arrive and wait for a dome even with a reservation. We rebooked for the end of March and made the same request. Shortly thereafter, we received a text that the domes were being removed (specifically because we had requested one). So, we scrambled to rebook an earlier reservation on a Sunday night in order to try to sit in a dome. We booked the reservation for 5 thinking that we could arrive and wait for a dome if necessary and still eat at a reasonable hour. When we arrived and were the first ones there upon opening, we were told by the hostess that we were being seated on the side patio because the domes were taken. I calmly asked about the policy that I had previously read which indicated that we could elect to wait for one. I was then chastised in a tone as though I were a child that just wet the bed that people showed up to claim the domes at 3 pm (as though I should have known to do that) and without explanation was told that they were unavailable for the entirety of the rest of the evening. I get that the domes must be annoying and having people requesting them must be annoying and working during COVID is stressful, but that's no excuse to treat paying customers (or, frankly, any human) like garbage. What's worse is that others have written similar negative reviews about this hostess and clearly management has done nothing about it. Having someone manage the front in an efficient/orderly manner is very important, but this can be done with class, manners and patience. For this reason, we won't be back.

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vipSuziQ
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They've really done a nice job with the outdoor areas for Covid. We sat on the charming outdoor patio on the side of the building and were kept warm by the heaters while enjoying the reassurance of fresh air circulation that keeps the virus germs away. The food and ambiance was excellent - the bolognese sauce is amazing. We'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you can get the igloo, do it! What’s fun experience. Food was great. Small portions, good for sharing. Servers were attentive and accommodating.

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Nate
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot. 100% will return. Their pasta dishes are incredible. As is everything else.

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SSarts
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always. They are doing great with creating a safe and beautiful Covid dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb

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JBBN
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was just ok and staff were not the friendliest. No dessert menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was soooo good! Staff is amazing, we had a super late reservation and were the last ones there and we did not feel rushed at all.

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melanie
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and loved it - we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

All the staff was absolutely amazing!!

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LindseyW
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so great eating in one of their bubbles outside!

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Jess
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate in the sidewalk dome and it was every bit as awesome as we had imagined! A little cold at first but warmed up after awhile. Delicious food! Waiter doesn’t come in at all. Will definitely go back!

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KateD
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The service was amazing. Everyone there was so nice. Do yourself a favor and dine there!

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SunnyC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always amazing but what makes the experience even better is that the staff is always friendly down to earth and super cool. Cannot recommend this place more than any other restaurant in the Seattle area.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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AanchalJ
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Service and ambience was great, but the food was terrible. All we could taste in our food was a ton of salt. It's really hard to go wrong with something like pesto based tagliatelle, and it should be rich in flavors of basil and garlic and olive oil, but literally all I could taste was salt, salt and salt.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service even better, I didn’t like that they include the tip already in the check but maybe that it’s how it works, i fully recommend the experience

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Sat outside but was very comfortable the whole time. Best spot for a date night in Ballard!

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RobertP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially distanced from other diners; we were able to finally "eat-out". It was a terrific experience. A bit pricey but so worth it. The food and wine were outstanding. The staff are very knowledgeable. HIGHLY recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this little Ballard gem. Intimate patio dining is the perfect setting to enjoy their amazing pasta dishes and wonderful selection of wines. The service has always been attentive and extremely friendly.

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vipNikkiK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always. The service was great too!

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UrsulaS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm Italian and I was pleasantly surprised to taste very good homemade pasta.
This will be my pasta fix place!
The tagliatelle with short rib ragu were my favorite, but bolognese also really good.

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vipFootn
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

San Fermo is doing a great job of providing an excellent experience and excellent food during the pandemic. Cheers to San Fermo for doing it right!

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vipKelleM
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was fabulous and the ambiance perfect for this New Years Celebration!!

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JonK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our New Years dinner at San Fermo was absolutely top-notch - undoubtedly one of the best dining experiences that we have ever had. It was our second time eating at San Fermo and on both occasions everything was top-notch. A+ cocktails, food, and service. It truly doesn't get any better than that!

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MITCHELLH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way especially in these crazy times.

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LacyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Food was excellent however they were completely out of desert and our favorite appetizer. Am sure just result of holidays but was very disappointing to our group not to have desert for our one covid meal outing this holiday season. Would still go back as food we did have was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

The host of the evening was incredibly rude and unprofessional. Upon arriving she immediately told us we had to leave the restaurant by a certain time. We would have been gone by then anyway, but she continued to repeat it, and then after 30mims of no one coming to take our order, we decided to stick to drinks and appetizers to make sure we’d be able to finish by the stated time she asked us to leave. She then chided us for not ordering a full dinner service. It was confusing and disappointing to say the least. It’s also a real bummer as we love this restaurant.

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Jroman
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was one-of-a-kind. We had communication with the host throughout the day to try and coordinate our dinner in one of the two domes. She was kind, communicative, and pulled through for us! We felt safe in our dome, which was sanitized and heated between seatings. Our waiter never once entered while we were in there, and the food was spectacular! We highly recommend if you’re looking for a special occasion or date night. We will definitely be back again soon.

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DanielK
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

San Fermo is my favorite restaurant. We flew in from Dallas for my birthday just to come here. As always, the food was the best, great hospitality and great atmosphere. 10/10 cannot recommend enough.

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CamM
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in Seattle. Always delicious, always interesting, and changing dishes, but the quality never falters despite them trying new and interesting things.

Great service as always, and a wonderful setting. They are friendly, and you can tell the people who work there care.

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ThomasN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at reasonable prices, and good management for COVID concerns. In particular, the individual outdoor domes for up to two people from the same household is great. Very limited reservations (at least on OpenTable) given limited outdoor capacity so book early!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outdoor seating on the front porch is the best I’ve found in Covid times and the food was delicious. It was warm enough to keep food warm while you eat. They were gracious about me being a single diner.

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FrancesSalt
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service! It was a perfect romantic dinner spot. We sat on the front porch where they had plexiglass up to block and chill and a heater over the table so it was comfortable yet you could still enjoy the environment on the street! Our service was so attentive, the food was perfect and all came out in perfect timing! Their covid protocols made us feel taken care of and it was obvious they took keeping everyone safe very seriously! Would absolutely recommend eating here!

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JennyG
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Perfect ambiance, amazing food and drink, great service. Highly recommend!

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KriziaR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The serving was a little small but the flavors more than made up for it. We ordered a bunch of things and they were all amazing! The bread and butter were fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

San Fermo has been a favorite for years, I simply always have a fantastic experience when I go! Pandemic dining has changed the ambiance and experience many places (understandably so!) San Fermo has found a way to only improve the experience. Their patio is warm, cozy, comfortable, and just lovely. Their service is always exceptional, and the food, delicious. Thank you San Fermo!

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vipJhunterfalk
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always special. Great food and service! The outdoor bubble had an air filter and a heater. Such great ambience and we felt very safe. Highly recommend the chicory salad and their cocktails! Wonderful staff!

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AmandaR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dreamed of going to San Fermo for a few years actually, and it absolutely lived up to to the dream! Let's keep supporting them to keep this amazing restaurant alive!

FAQs

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

San Fermo is rated 4.8 stars by 713 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.