Serafina

4.7
1645 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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Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my husbands birthday. We have been here before and loved it! But this visit was extra special, every person engaged him with a birthday wish. Thank you for making his day special.

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CL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great spot for any occasion. Always have the nicest staff.

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j
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and staff was friendly! Only complaint is that it took a while for the food to come out. Other than that i will definitely keep coming back!!

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j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner sitting outside on the patio. Everything was perfect-the food, drinks, and the service. This is a great place for a family dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was exquisite. Only two (minor) complaints: bill was put on our table when we had just started to eat dessert, which seems inappropriate at a fine restaurant. Table next to us was exceedingly loud and person seated immediately adjacent to me continually bumped into our table--maybe separate these tables a bit more?

Would definitely return as food was truly memorable.

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EA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina is one of our family’s favorite places to eat! Every pasta dish was impeccable and the rockfish was delicious! Great service and a wonderful dessert helped make our Mother’s Day dinners one of the best yet!

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EH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The eggplant entree was outstanding! Brussels sprouts were so tasty too. Lovely place!

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b
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina is always a treat. Great ambiance with white table clothes while remaining urban and grounded in "simple" and great dishes

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, uniquely prepared food, great ambiance

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JA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina (and Chichetti) never disappoint. My favorite spot to share with visiting guests. Fantastic food/drink & reasonable corkage fee.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Menu was very limited and too lamb heavy. My wife doesn’t eat lamb or bivalves. She had to have a veal meatball appetizer for dinner that she did not enjoy. Your menu used to be more extensive when we have been there in the past.
I won’t be returning until the menu changes.

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MV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Incredible food. Outstanding service!

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KV
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Great food! Great service! We celebrated my friend’s birthday and it was just what she wanted!

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always great food, at times the noise level is a little to elevated. Must be from all the close seating. Excellent service.

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p
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina is our favorite restaurant....it never fails to impress. We have never been disappointed over a period of 25 plus years. On this visit, Paul had tomato soup and Bolognese and I had a butter lettuce salad with a spicy mussels dish. Both were delicious.

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DT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seraphinas always offers consistently delicious food, a knowledgeable and approachable sommelier, friendly staff that know their offerings and a comfortable ambiance.

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HF
Anchorage
24 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, very nice service, good cocktails and an all around lovely evening.

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PI
Seattle
72 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First let me say Serafina has been one of our favorite restaurants in the Seattle area for the last 10 years. Everytime we visit Seattle we try to go for lunch or dinner. Last fall we went for dinner but I didn't write a review because I didn't want to write anything negative. Last month we went for lunch and I regret to say it is just not the same as it was. The food is still very good, some things are excellent. The menu is more limited and the service not quite as friendly. One of the things we always loved about it was we always felt so welcome, like we were coming home each time we visited. I can't say exactly why, but the last two times we were there we just didn't have that "welcomed" feeling. I would still recommend Serafina for lunch, if the weather is nice and you can sit on the lovely patio. I'm sure we'll go again sometime but probably not for awhile.

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BP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food & service were wonderful.
We just thought the portions were too small.
We all left hungry.

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GC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great ambiance, great service. I’ll be back soon.

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A
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a phenomenal dinner. Start to finish everything was exceptional.

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RB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal with great service.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Melanzane!!!! Brings me back regularly!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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MD
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food is outstanding, it really surprised us given the price point and the general state of the restaurant's interior. I would only knock Serafina for the ambiance and the general shabby condition of the furnishings. We went at lunch time on a Tuesday (not peak time, admittedly), but the restaurant was probably half full. It was very quiet and the dance music on the stereo was really in our faces; the dance music jarred with the ambiance, we felt, but each to their own. The ambiance was a bit sterile as a result, it's not a memorable place to spend time, which is a shame because it can be so much more with a little more effort. Our personal taste, maybe. I wouldn't consider Serafina for a "special" dinner/lunch because it's clearly a "functional" restaurant, and because the furnishings are both rustic (paper table cloths and place mats) and shabby (the seats had holes in the cushions). Go there for great Italian food in a rustic, functional environment and you will be very happy. I'm sure they could triple their prices if they revamped the interior drastically and customers would still pour through the door, the food is that good.

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A
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the meal and the mixed drinks-- ordered the Bruschetta, Polpettine, our favorite were the Bucatini Cacio e Pepe and Rigatoni Bolognese. The Carbonara was far too peppery for our taste so we wish we had skipped out on that one. The place was full, so it gets a little loud in the space, but not too loud to hear each other just fine for a wonderful date night.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live just across the way on Capital Hill. This is a neighborhood “go to” restaurant. It’s consistently delicious and homemade. The ambiance is calming and elegant. This is definitely one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Seattle.

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L
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina remains our favorite restaurant. Always exceptional food, attentive service, in a unique neighborhood atmosphere.

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D
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Serafina delivered on a fabulous Easter Brunch. The special menu left me wanting to come back to try the other options. Beautiful event and lovely live music.

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W
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina is a real treat. We love the cozy local atmosphere and lovely friendly staff. The food is top notch but $35 + beverage cost (even for coffee or juice) for 2 course Easter Brunch prix fixe menu is high so we only indulge for very special occasions. Live music serenading the guests throughout the meal added to the charm of the atmosphere.

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J
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! Great food, service, atmosphere. Just a great experience.

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N
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and so was the service. The tables are really close together so we couldn’t even hear each other properly across the table. A good restaurant with a fun vibe

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AW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had to shout across our table-for-two in order to hear each other -- a major and tiring downer. Not what I expected from this restaurant ... and disappointing. :-(

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PS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There for restaurant week. Chefs did a great job designing a menu to fit into the $35 budget. Will definitely be back to experience your actual menu. Favorite moment was when our server offered us a taste of the wine we were thinking about getting with our meal. Never have had that happen.
Thanks for what you do.
Penny S.

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SR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was divine! The flavors were complex and well balanced on the out to lunch special menu for the fish and the salad. The eggplant rolls were presented in a very bright and perfectly flavored tomato sauce.

We plan to return. Service was impeccable.

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P
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A wonderful lunch experience. The food was excellent as was the service. One suggestion: please upgrade the dining room chairs most of which have torn and uncomfortable seats. A small improvement will make a big difference.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly? Fabulous! Restaurant Week menu was all beautifully presented and delicious. The atmosphere is upscale casual, very friendly and always fun. Service excellent. Try the pulpo (octopus)!

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A Seattle treasure still! Casual elegance all around. Outstanding service. Amazing meal.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Always Have a great experience.

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DA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, delicious pasta lunch. We'll be going back!

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T
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal during Seattle Restaurant Week. Everyone in our table of 4 left happy and full. A great choice for a friend gathering.

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