Serafina

4.7
1973 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1973 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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CarlosM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unfortunately the Food was a bit over seasoned but not too offensive.
The main delta was the responsiveness of the waiter we waited long enough to be noticeable for appetizers then the main course. We wanted to have dessert but the waiter was helping other tables and eventually come to see us but at that point we just wanted the check.

The time to table check from the waiter was definitely noticeable which would be understandable if the restaurant was full but the capacity was at like 30 - 40%

Don't mean to go into math but a good spot of waiter cooks ration could be calculated using the timing of preparation for the meals in the menu the amount of waiters and the amount of people with reservations.

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4foodiesonRavenna
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My girlfriend and I went to Serafina for our first indoor dining date since the pandemic hit over a year ago. The food was great, the service was appropriate and unobtrusive, we had a nice table with a view of the street, and it felt great to be out in the real world again. The noise level was a little high at times (which is probably a good sign these days — lots of people having a good time after a long year of quarantine), but overall we had a great experience.

If you want to order a nice bottle of wine, be prepared to pay top dollar. That would be my only criticism — the final bill was pretty high for a two-person dinner with one appetizer, two main dishes and a bottle of wine (plus tip).

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OpalO
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I came to Serafina a few years ago and it was immaculate. I had high expectations for returning and was sadly uncharmed this time around. The bruschetta and spaghetti cacio e pepe were delicious but the new spring pasta dish lacked depth. The host who sat us was clearly not in the mood to be working. Our server was kind but Serafina is known for its wonderfully personable staff. I’m not sure if COVID has changed things but our server was quick to come and go with little conversation.

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MatthewW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down Best Italian in town next to grandmas house...

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Carolynmezzo
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and ambience. Difficult times made for slightly anxious servers, but this is totally understandable due to the number of COVID cases currently.

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vipkaa1
London
51 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and it was lovely.

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vipGailT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven't gotten to enjoy Serafina since summer 2020 due to the Pandemic.
Were thrilled to see they were serving Easter Brunch. Everything was just perfect; food, drinks, service, friendliness and Covid protocols.
We thoroughly enjoyed and can't wait to go back soon for dinner. One of the premier places in town!!

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vipEliseE
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Easter brunch

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Susan
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Ambiance is so nice for date night.

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NicoleW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and they took such good care of us!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating nested in a patio garden. Food was delicious

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RichardD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Seattle.

Always great.

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Ryanmcv
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I made my reservation a few days ahead of time and put in the comments that it was our 3 year wedding anniversary.
I'm not the kind of person that wants a free dessert, but we were seated in an odd area and not even a "Congratulations!" or mention of it at all. I thought we might get a small pour of bubbles or dessert comped but again, I don't expect that. Just some mention of it would've been nice. That's why I put it in the comments.
The food is always good, but because of that oversight, I don't think we'll come back. We left a little bummed.
Again, the food is great and the staff are very good too.

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vipcpd43
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love the restaurant, just not the addition.

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vipShirleyR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obsessed with this place. It's the best food I've eaten out in a long time! Highly recommend. Great for date night.

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vippaul
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Can’t recommend Serafina enough. I wished we lived closer and could visit more often.

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vipPeterH
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are open with spaced dining. We were in the back building which was pleasant and peaceful. Same great food - glad to have them open again.

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BarbaraR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been here in years. It was so nice to be sitting in a restaurant and be served delicious food, and not be rushed to eat it. I'm so glad they are still in business after this pandemic!

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vipAwesome
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good was fabulous. A little over the top on the mask situation compares to other restaurants.

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Elidiana
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quite oasis of fine dining and atmosphere.

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vipJustin
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Was so great to be out again at a restaurant. They are doing a nice job managing the space. Food was great. With fewer customers the atmosphere was subdued. Service was surprisingly slow at the start but improved.

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Phillip
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice portion sizes with the small and larger pasta dishes. Great variety but a
Lot of pork in dishes. The spaghetti dish with mushroom and pepper was a ten....perfect!

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Peterd
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was average at best. Lasagna was cold and gummy, steak was tender but overcooked. Good wine prices, crappy server. I won’t be back and wouldn’t recommend.

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NicoleP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina has the best eggplant dish in the world. Delicious!

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GaryN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our steak was overcooked. The waiter offered to take it back but we thought it would take too long to cook another. They did deduct some money from out bill. This is the first time this has ever happened to us at Serafina. Otherwise, the dinner was very good.

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NicholasG
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinner out in a long time! We felt safe and well taken care of..drinks and food fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very nice and attentive without being annoying. We created our own four course meal:
Pear walnut vinaigrette salad B+ (needed more pear)
Bolognese Pasta A+
T-bone and greens for two B (not the best cut too fatty, salty and not tender enough)
Hazelnut chocolate mousse cake B- mouse and crunchiness was good cake a bit dry)

Atmosphere was nice not as intimate as reviews make it as the noise of the bar and kitchen made conversation a bit challenging. Our servers friendliness made up for the shortcomings. I would go again and order a pasta dish and order wine vs bar drinks.

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Connor
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The restaurant took precautions to make patrons feel safe during the pandemic. Wait staff was respectful of our space, but also made us feel comfortable. Would highly recommend for the person who is dying to go out during the pandemic, but concerned about safety measures the restaurant is taking. Serafina puts you at ease.

The food was great too! It was our first time there, but we will definitely be back!

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PallaviD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and service, they're maintaining social distancing and hygiene very well.

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vipMFlann
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the best meal at a restaurant that I’ve had since Covid changed dining. The yellowfin tuna was amazing and the fennel, olive, blood orange and pistachio plant based accompaniments were outstanding.

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CathyJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and friendly staff! Great food as always! It’s odd not to see the restaurant full as usual but that is a Covid thing! I’ll be back!

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vipKristin
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food. Lovely ambiance.

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vipMTKk
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Initial greeter was very abrupt, we were 5 minutes early. After that, the waitstaff was gracious, attentive and the food was sublime.

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TacomaFoodie
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My pasta carbonara was not warm and I had to ask for my meal to be reheated. The bolignaise was so so.. Be sure to request a seat in Serafina vs Cechitti if you like a more formal environment. The meals and prices are the same.

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vipWilliam
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina is one of our favorite Seattle restaurants. The food is delicious and thoughtfully prepared. The staff are consistently friendly and attentive. We are so glad they have found a way to continue to serve people during the pandemic.

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vipmike
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food and service were excellent.

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KenE
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the finer places to eat in Seattle. Please check it out. They are very mindful of Covid, and they take care if their patrons.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for about 8 years and love it. We had not been in a while due to COVID but decided to
Venture out last weekend. The safety standards were amazing and did not hamper the experience. The food was top quality as always and the service impeccable. The staff remembers us each time and makes a point to stop and say hello. If you take into consideration the food quality and taste, service, ambiance and value; this is in my opinion the best restaurant in Seattle.

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 1973 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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