Serafina

4.7
1562 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Serafina opened its doors in 1991 as an intimate neighborhood restaurant located along Eastlake between the University and Downtown. Its ochre walls, reminiscent of the Tuscan landscape, 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.
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina was lovely, as always. Phenomenal food, perfect service and warm ambience.

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GL
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful at dinner. Black garlic gnocchi was fabulous. Roasted brussel sprout dish was another beautiful creation.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff went above and beyond to make our date night an individual and romantic experience, the food was phenomenal, and the wine list was exquisite. I have nothing but good things to say.

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KB
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food portions we super small for the price and nothing we ate was remarkable !
We still hungry after we got home so ate popcorn .

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HF
Anchorage
20 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina was excellent and so nice that they were open in the snow!

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely sensational...innovative and complex....from the salad to the dessert we were not dissappointed!! i am still dreaming about the delicious flavors and swooning from the romantic atmosphere :)

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C
Detroit
43 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good traditional neighborhood standby. Great staff!

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BN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress. She made it really fun!!!!!

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G
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely FABULOUS!! Our waiter, Kyle was over the top amazing & the food followed suit. I can't begin to describe how wonderful the whole experience was.
Extra bonus points for the locally owned, beautiful array of glassybabies. A different lovely color brightened up each and every table.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina has retained all of the charm and remains at the top of my favorite dining experiences in Seattle.

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R
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going to Serafina. Consistently good food and service!

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly wonderful place for dinner. Very romantic and comfortable.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was pedestrian. Been there many times; this time was disappointing.

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LJ
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina is amazing, there's definitely a reason we go at least 5 times a year. Staff is incredible and the food is amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As great as always. Serafina is the best Italian restaurant in Seattle, so I visit often and the food is always delicious and the service impeccable.

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s
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very noisy! Great food and service, but I could not hear what my companions were saying. More soft furnishings? Sound baffles?

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LD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with old friends to have good food in a festive atmosphere. All points hit. Our waitress was great.

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JH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I wrote the restaurant and stated that the value for our meal was subpar. They charged for extra sauce and the lettuce for our salad was not fresh. I did not want to make an issue with my guest there and promptly advised Serafina later via email.

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HF
Anchorage
21 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We have been dining at Serafina on a regular basis for over 20 years and we have really never had a bad experience until tonight. We ate early, sitting down by 5:30pm in a restaurant less than 1/3 full. We ordered our drinks but did not receive them until our food was presented, which was a very long wait for a couple of glasses of wine and one simple cocktail. Worse though than the slow service, was the attitude of the staff... immediately defensive, rude and unapologetic, especially from the manager. The waitress, who was clearly overworked, was apologetic but defensive. The manager glared at us for commenting on the poor service, offered no apology or any verbal interaction and was in fact hostile and intimidating in his silent glares. It was really unpleasant and the service did not improve tho the waitress did try to bring the next round of drinks more quickly. The kitchen here is impeccable and good food goes a long way... but service is king and manners have a really powerful impact on either a good or a bad dining experience. A manager who is openly hostile and unwilling to make any effort to provide a decent level of service is inexcusable and should be replaced. The bus boy went out of his way to compensate and in fact saved our experience while the manager chatted to two other floor managers or uppers the entire evening never making any efforts toward his customers even though his wait staff was visibly stressed and unable to keep pace. This was a case of poor floor management and frankly, with so many good restaurants in Seattle now, Searafina can no longer keep pace with San Fermo, Staple and Fancy and other Seattle super stars.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Took a while to get to our 7:30 reservation table Dinner was great

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RC
Seattle
95 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply ,THE BEST
WE EAT HERE REGULARLY AND IT IS ALWAYS OUTSTANDING .NEW YEARS EVE WAS A FEAST,THAT WE RATED A 10.
Saturday we ordered our favorite ,MELANZANE,eggplant with cheese and sauce over pasta .A
10 does not do it justice.
Great food ,great service ,a great place!

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Time with friends and family...I have never been disappointed with anything I've eaten at Serafina and I've never had the same thing twice! Outstanding every time! Thank you!

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CM
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is consistently well prepared. Excellent waiters. Serafina takes reservations which is very helpful on a busy weekend. Good in town location and nice cozy feel inside. Pasta is excellent.

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Short menu; but good food. Few Veg offerings (understandable). Gnocchi could have been better. But, we had an excellent time - perfect service, great ambiance, and the meat dishes were excellent. Would definitely go again.

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k
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Always consistent.

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NB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brussel sprouts were the best I've had in my life with bacon and gorgonzola! Charcuterie was also amazing, especially the proscuitto. Pastas were good, not great, but the sauce on the bolognese was outstanding.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, prompt, and kind service. High quality ingredients and food. Highly recommended.

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N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent-good food, friendly expert staff, timely

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N
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

We did not have a good time. My wife and I wanted a quiet place for a romantic date. In Serafina it was quite the opposite. It was extremely loud, the tables were placed too close to each other, the aisles were too narrow.

In addition, the food was below average as well. The lasagna was ok (4/5). the pasta was undercooked and had to be sent back. (2/5). We did not dare to try the desserts. I wouldn't recommend this for Italian food or otherwise.

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DH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed and romantic feel of this place. Was great for a group of 6 girls enjoying a girls night dinner and I am already planning to come back with my husband for a romantic date night!

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ES
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch was terrific; the staff were wonderful and created a lovely ambience to enjoy a business lunch. Would definitely return, and certainly recommend.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, friendly staff, overall great experience.

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s
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The 3 of us spent close to$200---and I didn't get a cocktail that tasted good. The first choice was recommended, it was awful. I relayed that then asked about wine. Nope, sorry. No sweetish wine either. So......I said I'd have a Sprite. 'ok, no problem. I'll bring it right over.' I think it would have been nice if the waitress asked what kind of cocktail profile I wanted, or had the bartender talk to me about it. They seem like the kind of place that want you to really enjoy your dining experience. Oh well. Next time I'll go to the bar myself.

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LI
Seattle
278 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winner in our world! My husband has been loving the broth based cioppino type dish and I’ve been loving the recent pasta specials. Everything is amazing and service is always awesome. It’s our fave neighborhood restaurant and we don’t even live close to it! Go and find out why it’s so special to everyone!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service was exceptional. Cozy and romantic.

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IH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina does not disappoint! Great food in a very pleasant and welcoming setting plus all the service staff was very very nice.
Dined there with out 13 year old and he loves the bread and olive oil there. We had the left over bread and oil “doggie-bagged” and our waitress packed extra oil especially for him. He felt so special :-)

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EF
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first time here. The food was delicious, the service was friendly, the wine list was excellent, the ambiance was perfect. We’ll be back for those brussel sprouts and arancini and some barolo! Don’t skip dessert, either (so good)!

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l
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a relaxed yet elegant evening with cocktails, appetizers, delicious wine, and amazing meals. The service was on point - attentive but not hovering, and the ambience was as delightful as ever. Serafina never disappoints!

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O
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and comfortable, this restaurant has food and drinks that are worth the price. My fiance and I went here for our anniversary and enjoyed everything from the service to the water. While there are not very many vegetarian options, the dishes are lovingly crafted. It's very worth it to dive out of your comfort zone and try something you might not otherwise.

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