Serafina

4.7
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1818 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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D
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best mussels we have ever had, anywhere!!! We love Tony at the bar and all of the wonderful staff!!

S
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious,
We started with bruschetta, and ended with port and espresso..
The service was fantastic , our reservation time was perfectly on time , parking was not an issue.
The menu had a large selection , I’m a vegetarian and my husband is definitely not !!
Enough choices to make us happy ..
We definitely be back !

MF
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The pasta and wine were delicious, and the service was spot on. The menu was meat heavy but the restaurant was willing to accommodate dietary preferences. Would highly recommend!

MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and delicious food. This place is a gem.

m
Seattle
104 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at Serafina on a Friday night. The restaurant was packed and the ambiance was fabulous. So warm and cozy on a rainy winter night. The food and wine were delicious. Our waitress was attentive and charming. Serafina remains one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle.

F
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. At our table of six every dish was consistently good. It was almost impossible to decide what to order as each dish is so unique. Can't wait to go back.

HA
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best date night in a long time. Thank you!

DS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Seattle - service, drinks, wine selection, and food prep.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Thanks

EO
Seattle
296 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Hubby had the swordfish special and LOVED it! Also shared the Arancini which are wonderful. I had melanzane and took half home which I had for breakfast the next day and loved it both times.
We tried the peanut butter mousse dessert which was terrific.
Treat yourself and take your friends. The vibe is awesome and bar is always hopping as well.
Jonah was our server and he’s always spot on with his friendliness and great service!

JM
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth it - beautiful ambiance & high class fare

W
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Usually we have had wonderful service at Serafina, however this time not so much. We checked in with the hostess for our 6:15 pm reservation and she said it would be just a few minutes. We stepped aside so as to not be in the way. 20 minutes went by and meanwhile other people were seated right away. It wasn’t until I went back up to check in with a different hostess we were seated right away. The first hostess completely forgot about us.

W
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My daughter and I had a beautiful dinner. The service was friendly and attentive, yet we had privacy for a nice conversation. We had three courses - soup, entree and dessert - along with a lovely tuscan wine recommended by our server. I've enjoyed Serafina each time I've eaten there.

a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

My husband and I came for restaurant week. The place is very noisy as the sound bounces off the mostly bare red walls. The restaurant did not have a romantic ambiance. The service was very good but it felt very in-and out for us. We got our food quickly ate and left. It was not an experience I generally seek when I go out to eat. My husband ate seared tuna which was excellent. I had tagliatelle pasta and I thought it lacked in flavor. The dessert was very sub par. That was the most disappointing part. Everyone we spoke with was professional and lovely but I did not enjoy myself enough to go back especially with the plethora of restaurants in Seattle. If you’re looking to have a drink with an appetizer at the bar, this would be the only occasion I would return. The bar is tiny but it has a lot of character.

RC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went during restaurant week with another couple. The food and service were outstanding, but the noise level was so high that we couldn't hear each other's voice.

MZ
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an awesome evening at Serafina. Food was divine, wine list was great and it's the best service I've had a restaurant in a long time. We went in for Seattle Restaurant week but ended up ordering off of the main menu because it all looked so good. Highly recommend for a really great meal or special occasion. We plan to go back often!

BH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service at Serafina were excellent, for more about the food please read below. I have however downgraded the ambiance because the restaurant was so noisy. Unfortunately OpenTable does not have a category appropriate for excessive noise. Energetic is an attempt to put a positive spin on restaurants that are so noisy conversation is difficult. The restaurant was almost completely full including the bar and though I was at a two person table i had to lean forward and cup my ear to enable me to hear my dinner mate. This level of noise seems to be a fairly common occurrence at Seattle restaurants. The lack of carpeting, drapes, or ceiling treatments exacerbates the problem.

The food was excellent, I ordered Serafina's special chicken dish on mashed potatoes, we also got the Brussels sprouts and the soup of the day, which my wife really liked. it has some apples pureed in to the soup base to add a nice fall nuance. she also ordered the Melanzane, which was similar to eggplant Parmesan, though the dish was intensely tomatoey, so don't order if you don't like an intense tomato experience, the sauce was very good. We also had the Tuna tartar which was also excellent. Recommended. I will return but will try to choose a time with the restaurant and bar are not so busy.

c
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous neighborhood cozy restaurant with amazing food and ambiance.

TK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service. Been here many times and will return again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

We booked an 8:00 reservation for restaurant week but we had heard such great things about the place we decided to do the full menu. It took 15 minutes for the server to greet us. It was busy so we understood since we work in the restaurant industry. However our apps and drinks trickled out very slowly and after apps, we struggled to find our server to place our main course choices. He arrived later after we both had been waiting another 15 minutes since our plates were cleared and drinks finished. At this point we had been in the restaurant for an hour. He asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu, assuming we were just done. We asked for the check and left. We felt ignored and as though because we are two younger individuals (mid-20s) we were assumed to not be ordering much that night. The food we did eat was great but the service kind of ruined it.

LP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first time at Serafina. After finally dining there, we're happy to say we'd enjoy returning regularly, on the nights where we don't feel like doing our thing at home... a nice backup to a home cooked meals, right around the corner.

p
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our lunch during restaurant week! Goid value, tasty variety and a sweet, kind server!

N
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality fresh ingredients and delicately presented dishes, perfectly balanced mix of flavors. Totally worth it.

JG
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and experience all around. Every bite was exceptional!

TS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've enjoyed dining at Serafina many occasions over the last 25 years or so; also a very good time.
Food and service always great and I am a 'foodie'!

EO
Seattle
296 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well we always love it and stumbled in during the seattle weekly dine out weeks and had the specials and they were all delicious. What’s great about Serafina is they never give smaller portions or off the menu items so you’ll get their delicious items designed for the dine out weeks.
Just go. You’ll love it.
💕

JM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only trouble was that the portions were somewhat small

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food! Dinner was very loud. Would go back again.

EO
Seattle
296 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service and the squash soup was superb! We also had the spaghetti and meatballs and the tajarin which is a new item and delicious as they add kale and mushrooms to it. Make sure you get the bread as the Seawolf sourdough is the best in Seattle!
Grace and Beth were terrific servers as well! We e gone for years but actually met the chef this time and he’s super nice and we told him how wonderful the soup and tajarin are as well.
Save room for dessert because their pastry chef makes amazing desserts as well.
Make a reservation as they’re popular!
💕

BW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding. I took my wife out for our anniversary and Serafina is the perfect place for a romantic dinner.

LC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have the best time and food at Serafina and this last dinner was no exception. The wait staff is so friendly and engaging; they made the whole experience that much better. Looking forward to our next outing to Serafina already!

NC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My meal was delicious, but the portion was very small. It was also very warm and loud in the restaurant. I'd return, but I'd order something else.

CH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A gem of a restaurant in Eastlake!

PD
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really recommend this restaurant. Very good Italian food. Also, best mussels dish in Seattle (no comparison).

Only one thing ... I found it odd for open table to ask if we were celebrating an occasion (yes, birthday), then at the end of dinner, for the server to also ask, and ask who's birthday ... then leave it at that. Not a greeting, not a small dessert, nothing. We were not expecting anything, except by asking those questions, they sort of made us expect something.

EP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

It was so loud it negatively impacted everything else . Five in our party, conversation was barely possible with dinner partners except for those seated immediately next to me. Couldn't wait to exit so left before desert, even though we were celebrating two birthdays. If we ever come again it will be at opening time or when we can sit outside. Food was served hot and for the entire party at the same time - excellent. Meatballs were excellent, risotto OK, lasagna disappointing. Sorry for the negativity it's not in my nature but ---

S
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed a lovely meal at Serafina with a friend. The service is impeccable and the food was delicious. One caveat is that some ingredients like the garbanzo beans seem to come in every dish - including the appetizers - which makes it a tad tiring e.g. Octopus and garbanzo beans... Halibut cheeks and garbanzo beans..

Parking is not great, so I also recommend taking an Uber/Lyft/Taxi.

EL
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite - casual lunch, dinner or special occasion

TB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Fine Italian dining at its best.

b
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were seated right away, and our server was very attentive. The food is very good, and we enjoyed it. While this can be a romantic place, the noise level can be high. I wasn't to keen on getting charged for a few pieces of bread to finish off our appetizer - $3 for 5 thin, small slices of bread! Otherwise we had a good experience.

j
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Prix fixe menu for lunch is superb. Great for vegetarians. Tad oily- but overall great value as well. Pasta was to die for.

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