Serafina Always

4.4
729 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Everyone, from beautiful models and young professionals to families and businessmen on power lunches, flocks to Serafina Always' for its energetic ambiance and delicious cuisine found in this upbeat three floor restaurant.

Based on a very authentic approach to Italian food and using only the highest quality ingredients, our cuisine originates from family recipes handed down from generations of cooks and adapted by Vittorio Assaf and our team of professional chefs.

Choose from a variety of homemade pastas, pizzas and fresh grilled meats, fish and vegetables. We offer over 20 varieties of thin crust pizzas made with 00 Italian flour, filtered water, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt from Sicily.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely great as always!

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LindaB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant was highly rated on Open Table and usually you are spot on-this was not the case this time.

We had a 5:30 reservation and were seated outside as requested. Limited heaters and our section didn't have one.

It took at least 10 minutes for a server to initially greet us and another 15 minutes to get the drink I ordered. The Kir Royale tasted bitter and I had to request a lemon rind, twice.

The Caesar salad was some watery chopped lettuce with a watery dressing, few crotons and a little cheese. It looked like a bagged salad.

Our server highly recommended the special, which was a grilled halibut, which I ordered. It was a dried out thin piece of white fish served with cold potatoes and asparagus.

My sister ordered the chicken parm, which was not on the menu. It was a big slab that took up the entire plate. Although plentiful, it was dried out and mediocre.

We asked for some bread and after the third request, the server brought some towards he end of our meal.

The highlight of the meal were the French fries that we ordered.

Not once did the server check to see how everything was.

Needless to say, we won't be coming back, ever.

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MichelleD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Even had gluten free options!! Beverages were a little slow, but entrees were to table in a timely manner.

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vipElizabethM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed that this restaurant charged 10% Covid Recovery Charge. By eating out in New York I am already contributing to the recovery of restaurants. We didn't see it on the menu or was notified, will not be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too many flies ruined a usually good time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service delish food as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal! A bit on the expensive side, but worth it.

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vipLaurelM
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and great service! Can’t wait to come back again!

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vipJuli
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is the best food in town , covid and restrictions makes the service slower but It has to be understandable they always have been excelente have been going there for the last 10 years

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GiuliannaE
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , great service, and friendly staff, i will come back for sure.

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MandieA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and quality service. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

They gave us a wrong dish. We didn’t have time so we just had the wrong one. Servers were not very attentive because it was very busy.. Food was okay but I don’t think I will come back.

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vipAbbeyS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience4

The food was terrible. My brussels sprouts salad w/ avocado tasted moldy and tasted terrible. I couldn't eat it. My son had the Bolognese and the sauce and the meat tasted terrible and gamey. I have never had a worse bolognese. He didn't eat it and I couldn't eat mine either. The calamari was good as was my daughter's rigantoni, but the sauce was very tangy. I usually order from Serafina UWS and the food is stellar. This location is terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina never disappoints! The food is great and always consistent. Service is impeccable and both their outdoor and indoor dining is very nice. Do not miss the truffle pizza, burrata and procuitto, and the chicken Milanaise.

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KarenL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We recently enjoyed a late lunch at Serafina Always. We ordered a pizza for an appetizer - it was really tasty and the perfect size for 4 to share. Three of us ordered pasta dishes for our entrees, and the pasta was cooked perfectly al dente and the sauces had great flavor. The other person in our party ordered salmon with lentils and spinach - so good! The portion sizes are perfect. I don't like huge portions and this was the perfect amount to satisfy without being overly full. The outdoor seating (due to Covid) was very pleasant and the service was attentive. I would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a very hairy experience (found 3 hairs in my food)

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vipBillyd
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Ate on the sidewalk which was fine. They were super.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cacio e Pepe was one of the best pastas I’ve ever had! They have a great outdoor space that takes up most of the block so people feel spread out and safe. Would definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Yelp was 3star but I guess it’s worth 4.5star. Food absolutely delicious and people friendly:)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious truffle pizza!

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vipEllenR
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive friendly staff and food delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food here is always really good! Service a little slower due to COVID changes but that is completely understandable.

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vipmelanied
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

service was SO slow - had to ask for our drink order multiple times upon arrival. any additional drink orders took long as well

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NormaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gilberto was our waiter and he was super attentive and efficient. The Manager Alessandro greeted us when we arrived and checked on us several times during dinner. I love this place for many reasons. The food is consistently amazing and the staff/management always make you feel welcome like family. Ten out of ten.

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vipnjgirl
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Unfortunately outside dining in the middle of New York doesn’t always work very well but they made the best of it

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vipEllenR
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! So lovely to be comfortable and distanced from each table

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

They have taken many steps to make sure people are safe and comfortable during this Covid period

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vipTK719
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a delicious lunch at Serafina Always. The mista salad, housemade fettucine with tomato sauce, and chocolate hazelnut cake were all fantastic. The service was excellent and they have a great set-up for outdoor seating.

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vipVeerle
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining!!

Fast service and very friendly people :-)

Would highly recommend for outdoor dining

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina is out go to. The food is exceptional, the service is good and it is in a great area in the upper East side. The food portions and quality are 10 star. I frequent many great restaurants but Serafina ( East 61st street is a step above all). Even neighborhood competitive Italian restaurants cannot best Serafina. Their truffle pasta, pizza and raviolis rival that in Italy. The fish and chicken dishes are exceptional as well.

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CourtneyD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner date with girlfriends at one of our fave spots. The waitstaff were extremely helpful and friendly, and even replaced my friends meal when she realized she had ordered the wrong salad. Great experience- we will be back!

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NaturaLee
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is our go-to place when we find ourselves in the area. It's a lovely restaurant, the food is uniformly tasty and the prices (given the neighborhood) are fair. If we have a quibble, its the packing of tables so close together we might as well all sit together and have family dinner. However, to be fair, we have yet to find a restaurant in Manhattan where this is not the case.

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Excellent
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great

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vipShari
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow. Table in poor location. Servers were nice but not as attentive as they should have been. The Brussels sprout salad was too salty and too full of dressing or mayo. Sorry!

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vipElizabethM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Regulars to Serafina, however was disappointed by this visit, food took too long and then it was cold. We had to ask the waiter every time we needed something, not a great experience.

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AlvaroC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Not so good... uses to Be much better. Party of 4, gave us a very bad table at second flloor, near the window. Had to change. Asked twice for the olive oil, waiter forgot both times. Never more

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vipElizabethM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our local and love every time we go. We prefer to go outside the busy hours as the service is always better. Pizza's are excellent, spaghetti bolognaise is perfect

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MammaBear
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serfafina Always is always a winner! Despite our reservation being slightly delayed, the food was excellent and the host, most pleasant accommodating!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Staff was very busy but even with reservations they were not seating people and staff was often ignoring us. Table was squeezed against the stairs. I come here regularly and was really unimpressed by their ability to handle a normal weekend volume

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’m still thinking about the brussel sprout salad and my friend’s porcini ravioli was out of this world. Also make sure to try the Strawberry Basil martini - I don’t like sweet and this was perfect! Somehow we saved room for Tiramisu, which I’d highly recommend doing as well since it was awesome.

FAQs

Serafina Always does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Serafina Always also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 702-9898.

Serafina Always is rated 4.4 stars by 729 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.