Serafina

4.7
1937 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Serafina opened its doors in 1991 as an intimate neighborhood restaurant located along Eastlake between the University and Downtown. Its intimate, sultry atmosphere, outdoor garden seating and its authentic Italian cuisine make it a favorite with diners from around the Puget Sound and beyond. Serafina's philosophy is simple: Offer the freshest, highest quality ingredients, present the food in an honest and inviting way, and provide the casual warmth and soothing ambiance that echoes the welcoming embrace of an Italian home.
The ritual of coming together sharing wine and food with family and friends is the central motif in our lives. Italian food has an immediacy, honesty, and warmth; it possesses the spirit of a grandmother's wisdom and love. Italian food isn't about trailblazing alchemy or edible high fashion; Italian food is about staying connected—to each other, to the past, to the earth.

Support Serafina during COVID-19

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
What 1937 people are saying
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ChastityH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Great service. Best Italian food in Seattle!

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LaurenM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner and drinks. Great service. Nice cozy little table. We had a wonderful time!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

we have such a very bad experience last night. The food is very salty, overcooked and supper slow service. never come back!

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SamanthaM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great about COVID accommodations. We love this place when visiting. Only comment is it was very salty food flavor would have come through better with less salt.

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vipHaroldH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambiance less than ideal due to fault of COVID and not their fault. Needed to put mask on everytime someone came by our table. Unfortunately not same ambiance pre-COVID and certain it will be once mask mandate is lifted.

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ScottyE
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent. The staff is always wonderful. I couldn't recommend this place more highly.

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vipAnthonyB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Historically have loved this restaurant. And truly do appreciate operating a restaurant in the days of COVID is a challenge. I've been trying to support as many of my favorite restaurants as possible during this time to do my part to help keep them alive. Most places in Seattle have done well at adapting but still make you feel like a "guest". I was very disappointed with Serafina as they have swung so far the other way in providing service and making you feel comfortable. I'd go somewhere else until COVID is over and hope that they return to the service level they were known for.

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vipngalinski
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been waiting for the meatballs to come back to the menu - they do not disappoint! Great as always. We’ll be back soon!

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NancyC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went for what I thought was Seattle Restaurant Week Menu - turns out it was TAKE-OUT Only (yes, it said that on SRW listing but I thought it meant Dine-In and Take-out). Have done SRW here several times in the past....Heard numerous other diners inquire about SRW Menu and told Take-out ONLY (LOTS of not happy customers). I always feel the food is way OVERPRICED for the portion you get - I ordered seafood risotto with 3 smallish prawns and 4 mussels (it was $28!!) small portion and that's all you got. Had to order bread on the side for $5 (got 4 tiny pieces with some olice oil= 1 regular piece of focaccia) Food is good - not GREAT. Dessert for $10 was excellent - Chocolate mousse.

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vipAlidaL
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside on an isolated deck, under a heater.
Excellent service, even though we were out of the line of vision. They also have safely spaced indoor dining. Food is delicious and environment is soothing.

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ErikaL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, perfect drinks, perfect service —as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my boyfriend there for his birthday and had an amazing time! Service was fantastic, wine selection was great and the food was some of the best we’ve had (and he loves Italian food)!! Highly recommend the bruschetta appetizer and meatballs, we will definitely be back for those alone!

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CarinaC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

As always, the food is amazing at Serafina -you can't really go wrong with anything on the menu. The rigatoni is actually something to write home about. I ordered a high end Merlot and that was just OK. The staff was friendly and very accommodating as we were running behind for our reservation, so really appreciated that. They have removed at least 1/2 of the tables in the dining room which has really changed the acoustics and the aesthetic of the room and doesn't have that romantic, cozy feel it once had. Somehow it just doesn't feel commensurate to the beautiful plates they are serving. I recommend leaving the tables in place even if unseated or filling the space with other things; it will help the lighting, the acoustics, and the vibe. There was a huge empty space in the middle of the room - a large rustic table there on a pretty rug would do wonders. There were also no candles on the table or anywhere in the dining room so the lighting was just really drab and flat. It was also hard to see/read the menu. They did a great job at keeping the waitstaff social distanced by having patrons mask up when they approached the table. It is hard to get used to this but really is the right thing to do. Being social distanced, waitstaff probably has to go out of their way to be extra engaging while in a mask and at a distance but this is necessary to make people feel welcome and not as though you are doing them a favor by being there. One other thing, as we were leaving, the staff opened the door to a blind dog that visits every night for his treat. So very sweet :)

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brooksie
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our experience at Serafina during the pandemic was a positive one.

Upon arrival we were informed that while we could take our masks off at our table, that when waitstaff approach our table, we were to place our masks or napkins over our mouths for added safety of the staff. This was the first time at a restaurant that we'd experienced this heightened level of precaution - up until now we've only been required to put our masks on if we LEAVE our table, not when the waitstaff approach. This precaution made sense to us and we were amenable to it, though truth be told, because it's new for us, at times it felt odd to see the waitstaff approach and then suddenly stop about 8 feet away and wait until we covered our mouths.

As required by health code, tables were spread far apart which not surprisingly diminished the typical cozy atmosphere typical of Serafina. Lovely touches like tablecloths and candles are missing, so the atmosphere sadly, but understandably, lacks.

The beverages and food were delicious and beautifully presented.

For pandemic fine dining, Serafina is a lovely though spare, experience.

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SalehaP
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious.
Ambience could have been better for the price we pay.
They ask for special occasion, but you dont see any gesture for that apart from a wish. So wonder why would they even ask for it and raise customer expectations.

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FoodGeru
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the BEST Italian / Culinary Restaurant on the West Coast. Period. Food is absolutely EXCELLENT. I HAD Oso Buco and it was the best ever, excellent flavors - served hot with wonderful plate presentation. My wife had a pasta dish to rave about. This Restaurant is fantastic...we could eat there every night.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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JessicaR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great service and excellent ambiance!

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JenniferA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Never disappoints!! Great menu, staff & ambience.

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vipdaleos
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

One of our favorite spots for years, very different experience now. Have been to many restaurants in the last few months, and found the "attitude" at Serafina very off putting. Our server approached our table as if we were radioactive, standing 10 feet back from the table to take orders, masks had to be in place when any server approached you even though they were wearing masks and gloves. Sensible precaution is are one thing, outright paranoia is another.

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Server was super helpful with recommendations and wine pairings. They can make anything off menu you might want. It’s worth the price!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first restaurant I tried since my arrival from Boston. My fiancé and I had a wonderful experience. The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming. We will definitely visit this restaurant again in the future.

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RyanD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been hearing good things about Serafina for a while and finally took a chance to visit for my partner's birthday. The food was great, the outside patio was beautiful and staff very friendly! Definitely recommend checking it out.

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JudyE
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, from appetizers to dessert. Wine selection good. Service was attentive and helpful. We love Serafina!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and delicious!! Great service!

MT
vipMichaelT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Great food
In era of Covid , very prepared and thoughtful

JC
JCWabc
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food is great, but the service is terrible. It was very transactional and cold.

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BrentE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, staff and drinks absolutely amazing! We are so happy we chose Serafina for our special anniversary dinner. Well worth the drive to Seattle and we felt completely safe from illness and bad guys in this setting.

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vipngalinski
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As great as ever. We’ll come back soon!

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Linds
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

They did a wonderful with Covid awareness and the starters were amazing.

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vipAlex
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

FYI, you will be asked to wear a mask every time a staff member approaches the table. You can land where you want on the utility of this, but since this a non-standard policy and does affect the value of what is being traded for your hard-earned money, it should be clearly announced on their website.

We would have picked a different restaurant had we known. Now ya'll know.

Food was good. Service was good.

MA
MATTHEWF
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

My group of four was all dental care providers, so we fully understand the concerns for Covid, distancing, masks, etc. That said, it was rather nervewracking having to raise and lower masks about 40 times during our dinner. We have been to several restaurants that have opened their doors and Serafina was the most stringent regarding mask use....by far. What was more important though, was that the entire serving team seemed stressed and unhappy and awkward. We were asked to stand outside for 10 min, despite reservations. NOBODY smiled when we arrived or were seated.....seriously, nobody. Our server approached our table from far away and awkwardly greeted us with a surly, "Sir, please put your mask on!". All four of us were quite taken aback and the experience was not good. My overall point is, if you are not willing to enjoy your customers, to work hard for a lovely experience (which is what we are accustomed to at Serafina) and to find ways to be lighter and fun about the restrictions we are all faced with.....maybe you should not be open for in house dining yet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina is Always a treat! It’s our go-to with my friends. The melanzane is so fabulous, there are no words!! ♥️

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vipEliseE
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff made a formal request for guests to wear masks when waiters approach the table - makes so much sense! Everyone enjoyed their food. Will return when back in Seattle.

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BethG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, above and beyond COVID safety procedures.

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vipScottW
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly crafted meal. Every facet was excellent. Best COVID safety protocol of any restaurant we have visit during the pandemic. Service was smooth and seamless. Cheers to Serafina!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with dinner at Serafina. In these days of Covid, it was good to see that the restaurant and the staff were serious about protecting their staff and patrons. Most of the dining spots were available on their patio which was beautiful and well spaced. The staff was very attentive but not obnoxiously ao. The meal was fantastic. We enjoyed the Bruschetta with craft cocktails, a fine bottle of wine and their Lasagna and Orchiette pasta. The Lasagna was one of the better ones I’ve ever had. We topped the evening off with wonderful deserts. We couldn’t be happier to spend our anniversary celebration at Serafina. We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy Serafina was still able to pull off their always lovely patio seating for a dinner with a few friends this last weekend. Tables were spaced appropriately apart and all servers wore masks and gloves, and patrons were also expected to wear masks going to/from their table or when servers approached. As usual, indulged in too much bread and amazing house olive oil (which I enjoy gifting to friends when I stock up at their holiday bazaar). The bread was a house focaccia that comes sprinkled with coarse salt not the Columbia bakery offering of years past and a nice change. The agnolotti with duck confit was very good (sage butter = happy tummy!) and friends enjoyed their tagliatelle with smoked salmon, melanzane and lasagna. Cioccolata and vanilla chiffon cake for dessert was also pretty and delicious. Good food, relaxing ambiance and belly laughs were much needed during these stressful times and we were more than happy to bring our business to a much loved restaurant. Thanks for a bright spot in these unusual times!

BH
BHC1
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have enjoyed every dish we've ordered on multiple visits to our go to restaurant.

I wrote an earlier review and it froze on the upload photo screen.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Serafina using the Order Online button. Serafina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 323-0807.

Serafina is rated 4.7 stars by 1937 OpenTable diners.

Serafina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/serafina-cicchetti/giftcards.

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.

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