Serafina Always

4.6
842 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Everyone, from beautiful models, young professionals to families and businessmen, flock 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, family recipes are adapted by Vittorio Assaf and our expert chefs. Choose from a variety of thin crust pizzas, homemade pastas, pizzas and fresh grilled meats, fish and vegetables.
UPDATED COVID-19 POLICY:In adherence to the NYC mandate, all eligible guests 12 years and older must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter our restaurant.You will need to provide proof of at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to enter & dine indoors. The following are acceptable proof of vaccination with a matching valid ID: NYS Excelsior Pass, State or Country issued digital pass or Vaccination Card. Unvaccinated guests are welcome to dine outdoors. Outdoor dining is on a first come, first serve policy.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 842 people are saying
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MarcelaG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

The place was inviting to stay, but the tables were too close/ not covid friendly. The waiter rarely came to the table and kept the change (I was planning on giving him more tip).

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vipRahb
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

My spinach salad was wilted. I sent it back and a new salad was brought to me. It had less wilted lettuce but was still not all fresh spinach. The fries were under cooked. The arnold palmers were warm and melted the ice in the glass. I eat here often and This was the first time this has happened. This is matching the poor quality of food in other locations.

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vipJuli
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it there !

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UESider
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Called ahead the day before to alert them of my son’s anaphylactic allergy to Dairy. Asked about specific menu items. Spoke to maître d’ who “said” they spoke to the chef. Asked about the Fried Calamari and the Rigatoni alla Bolognese. They said, “You cannot have the calamari because there is dairy in it but you CAN have the Rigatoni alla Bolognese. It usually has dairy but tell your waiter when you arrive that you need it to be prepared dairy free and the chef said they will do it for you that way.”

Son arrived at restaurant with his girlfriend, he passed on this info to the waiter. Waiter spoke to kitchen and kitcehn said they could not prepare the dish Dairy-free. Ended up with a bowl of rigatoni with some plain tomato sauce. Very disappointed that Serafina is not more accomodating, especially when a customer goes to the trouble to give them plenty of advance notice, does their work and clarifies ahead of time what they can and cannot eat.

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Brianw
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Bruschetta was the worst I ever had. Straight out of the fridge.

Risotto was also something from a microwave.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Items on menu not available which is disappointing.

Surprised they didn’t check for vaccination status even though I am.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food4service5ambience1

Not My Serafina. So long old friend.

I have been dining here for nine years since my son started preschool. We used to love a post school lunch with the great kids menu and crayons and the adult food was a perfect balance.

On this occasion, made an Open Table reservation and was treated with disdain by the hostess. Told outdoor tables were first come, first serve. Since had young kids decided to wait as a table of four was finishing (we were told by waiter). We turned to say hi to friends on street and turned back to see the table had been given to three women who were not there waiting before us. We approached the hostess who proceeded to tell us they had “reserved it”. I told her that she had said outside was first come, first serve. And she had the audacity to say “they were allowed to reserve”.

We were then tired and the kids were starving so we said we’d go indoors. She would seat us at the front table downstairs but rather upstairs where no one was seated. We then sat for 20 mins with no menus, waters or anything. We sent kids downstairs to inquire for menus and drinks. Instead of a waiter, the hostess returned saying “What do you need now?” We responded menus, drinks, and a waiter. She said “Oh.” Ten more minutes we ordered drinks.

Definitely becoming a Serafina Don’t!

Serafina should go back to old and friendly ways or locals will start going elsewhere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. In every way. All these years later.

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TATIANAM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am coming to this place 20 years. Amazing food ,great service, very warm atmosphere.

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CaroleM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waiter told me the special however wrong meal came , told the waiter he said blah blah didn’t make sense to me. He tried to let me think it was fine. I like branzino but not fillet. When he found out that they didn’t have the lobster and pasta he should have told me not bringing what he wanted.
, that being said the food had no taste. The patrons next to me was complaining about their dish as well. I am a regular at Serafina, my office orders take out abd I dine in. I have always had a great experience but not last nite.. will I go back yes because every where have an off nite. I think chef had an off nite as well.

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vipFreddy
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The banquet in the bar is very very uncomfortable.

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vipDaniC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome. Music was just really loud
MATEO is the best server....exceptional

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JamesM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was good. It was good. It was good. It was good.

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BDsucks
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was incredible. Service was good - using a reopening from a pandemic standard. The servers and all the staff were so nice but were short staffed. We kinda felt forgotten about at times. However, that paled in comparison to how amazing the food was. Definitely recommend going and supporting the restaurant and the staff. You will not be disappointed.

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vipAllyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding sirloin and pomme frites. Great light summer cocktails. Everything was so delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My aunt and I thoroughly enjoy the bruschetta, the spinach goat cheese salad, and the ravioli. Hers was the lobster and mine was the spinach ricotta ravioli with butter and sage sauce.

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Michael
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

1. the one thing i wanted in the menu was sold out. shouldn't happen on a saturday night but that's not the main issue.
2. service was very poor. Maitre D was fine but server took our drink order and didn't return for another 30 minutes to take our order for food. This is not an exaggeration. Also asked the bus boy or staff twice for help and they said they will let the waiter know.
3. also no bread while we were waiting (and actually not brought at all). we asked the other staff twice and the told us to ask the waiter.

really wanted to give 1 for service but would reserve that number if they were rude or inappropriate

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SusanP
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, we had a great time and the food was scrumptious! Thank you so much! We’ll be back!

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vipLiEL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Dirty cups and utensils, inattentive server, asked for 1 seltzer he came with 3 large bottles of sparkling water and charged me for it. Probably the worst experience I’ve had and this is a staple restaurant I’ve been going to for many years.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing took my parents to celebrate their anniversary food was phenomenal. Server was very polite

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate there twice this week / food and service was that good!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

the food was amazing and the service was very quick. the ambience was great as well.

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vip1211SR
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Ravioli, lasagne, penne bolognese, orecchiette sausage & broccolini. Everyone was happy with their choices.
Great wine & service.
Within steps to Loews Regency. Highly recommend!

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Jake
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant provided the Goldman Sachs experience, thank you

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience. Food and service were great

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BrendaA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff was amazing. The ambiance at atmosphere was perfect.

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vablet
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside as there was no music. They did a great job with the 'in street' dining. The service was excellent, the food was the same. I had the Seabass, other members of a group had the Shrimp Salad, and two had pasta. We all enjoyed what we ordered. The bread was a table crowd pleaser.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here very often because it’s always great. Service, food and ambiance

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vipHeathcliff
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very dependable for consistently good food.

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santi
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

best food ingredients which leads to great food. Very cosie and good ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time we are in NY we make a point of having lunch at Sarafina. The Gnocchi is heaven reminds me of my grandmother’s food!

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JudyR
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous I would highly recommend. Perfect meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS WAS AMAZING. I’ve been here multiple times and it’s just as good every time. Gilberto is such a good server and was spot on with everything!

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ariP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit often. And it is always SUPERB. Thanks for a great meal!

MJ
MJ81
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was good but there are many better places to go for pasta and pizza! I also didn't really like the basement vibes they have. Overall was just okay!

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Shineeyes
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina is always great, good food, our server was wonderful and very accomodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The waiter didn’t distinguish the types of flat water for our table and chose the one that cost instead of giving us tap water like the other tables. My dining partner wanted cheese on her pasta and said yes when the waiter asked. She never got her fresh grated cheese on pasta. We asked for more water and it took the waiter 10 minutes to get our table water. Poor service.

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PalomaF
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, very good pizza (try the Di Fabio you won’t regret it) and nice energetic ambiance

TK
TopKat
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In these difficult times, they have throughout consistently excelled.

FAQs

Serafina Always offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 702-9898.

Serafina Always is rated 4.6 stars by 842 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.