Serafina

4.7
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1871 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 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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vipngalinski
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining since the renovation and it felt as if nothing changed. Felt welcomed upon arrival with smiles and prompt service! The soup of the day (a celeriac and porcini) was delicious as was the special pasta.

Wonderful service, wonderful food. Looking forward to coming back soon!

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SSabc
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beautifully presented and rich with flavor

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MarkH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Fresh food and perfectly cooked. Server was super friendly.

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RobZ
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived late for 8:15 reservation. Apologized, people waiting to be seated. Staff very graciously accepted apology and got us seats ASAP, bit of a wait. The meal and service and ambience were wonderful.

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Raymond
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Serafina for over 20 years. It’s the best Italian restaurant in Seattle. Outstanding food and wines.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great for lunch dates or a business lunch. Cozy and easy for conversations.

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vipEatOut
Seattle
303 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve renovated the restaurant and it’s still got great charm yet is very lovely and updated inside. The menu is the same which is great because our same faves are there! Same great food and service and neighborhood charm!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service very good. Food Excellent. A bit noisy. But the place was full.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, Brian our server was amazing .

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JessP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful service, and a lovely spot for a cozy winter dinner.

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Harvey
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Food as always was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Valentine’s Day dinner. Food, service, and ambiance were top notch.

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vipfoodie
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Couldn't see the remodel they were just to have completed. Live music was excellent. Really good food except a crab spaghetti that was so powerfully spiced that you couldnt taste the crab. I had asked to not have a check brought to the table and they forgot to do that. Had called in with my credit card number etc. But it was slammed because it was Valentine's day so that should be taken into consideration. Overall a great evening.

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Manni
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

we were there to celebrate our 49th anniversary. I noted that while making the reservation but the restaurant completely ignored that. However, each item that we ordered was spectacular! Our server was very attentive and pleasant. It remains one of our favorite places to eat.

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AbigailAG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this beautiful, intimate restaurant. It’s perfect for dates with my lovely wife. I took her there 3 years ago and she loved it then and loves it still. The service is always so attentive and kind. Can’t ask for a better place to celebrate with a certainly delicious meal.

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vipAndyP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cauliflower soup was amazing and the rigatoni was sauced perfectly. The only thing missing was some good bread.

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wsmart
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I live in Eastlake and this is a perfect Italian date-night venue. The food is always incredible and the service is outstanding. The staff is extremely helpful, provide opinions when asked, and do not pressure us into any wine outside of our price range.

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vipDeverie
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baird made our special occasion night out very enjoyable with attentive service, a great sense of humor and impeccable hospitality. We loved every bite of food from the bread to dessert. The pasta, the seafood, the wine - all incredible. Serafina holds a special place in our hearts!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remodeling has remained faithful to the intimate, Mediterranean vibe while freshened up. Food is to the same exceptional standard (everything is obviously made by hand on site) and cocktail and wine list are classics. Staff make you feel like a favourite neighbour without ever being inauthentic. Just effortless indulgence. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was a very memorable experience. The food is outstanding, the staff were all friendly and professional, plus there was a parking lot within walking distance.

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Dian
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine are great! Love it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was decent-place was too loud. Service was mediocre.

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NLH1
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

This was our second time at Serafina. The first time everything was excellent 10/10 for the food. This time, 3 out of 6 of our party order the pasta di giorno- lobster tortellini which came highly recommended by our waiter. It was not good. Not at all. It was in a broth, no sauce, not much flavor and the pasta was very firm like quite under cooked maybe? It was a real bummer because the ambiance, service, drinks, etc were all fabulous.

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Catherine
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the eggplant it’s amazing! Great service relaxed candlelight tables. Warm and inviting

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MBed
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect New Years Eve - Thank you Serafina team it was awesome!

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JosephM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Noise level was so high, my partner and I could not hear each other, and we were seated super close, in a corner. The food was good, but there was so very little of it. Service was good, but we ended up with an item that I was allergic to, in the bread, even though I specified that I did not want anything with pepper in it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. Amazing food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been a few years - pleased to find that this continues to be outstanding food served graciously.

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EmilyV
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely and elegant ambiance. Server really tried to accommodate us, but the kitchen couldn’t make anything we wanted without heaps of pre-seasoned black pepper on every meat and seafood dish. We paid $66 for bread, water, one glass of rather nice wine, and bland pasta (as in there was little other than pasta in the pasta dish). This all suggested to us that the chef relies entirely on overuse of pepper to generate taste in the dishes. They saw on my OpenTable reservation that I can not tolerate spice (causes dangerous autoimmune disease flare — not just a preference but something I simply must insist on). Yet they were utterly flummoxed and could only recommend one main dish (spaghetti with literally nothing other than tomato sauce with slices of garlic) on the entire menu that could accommodate the very simple request that black pepper or chili flakes be left out. We were underwhelmed.

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MikeW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our go to restaurant for special occasions. The food was fantastic and we like the lively atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12/19/2019 it was just what I wanted to celebrate my birthday with 3 very dear friends. Stormy night and felt lovely at Serafina.

LM
LindaM
Seattle
1 review