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.
I love this place! Food is always great as is the ambiance. I do miss the live music and felt that s couple of dishes had pretty small portion size for the price.
I took my family to dinner here the day after Thanksgiving. The service was very good, friendly and informative, and the sommelier helped me pick a moderately priced Nebbiolo that was very nice.
We had a variety of pastas, and i have a secondi, the short rib. I had the cavatelli with rabbit. It was only ok in my opinion. It was overseasoned with pepper, and the rabbit had not been totally deboned, which appears to have been inadvertent. I punctured my gum on a piece of bone, which made it hard to chew the past couple days. My daughter had the ragu, and i thought it was overspiced. I like spicey food, but i had a lot of ragu this past summer in Tuscany and never was it as spicey as this version. The short rib was, as one would expect, tender and rich. Just fine.
All in all, I was a little underwhelmed by the quality of the food, and it wasn't cheap. For about the same price, Il Terrazzo is a better bet.
Wonderful people, excellent food, great ambiance. What else is there??
The limone salad had a nice flavor, the anchovy flavor really stood out.....I guess bad if you don't care for anchovies. I could have wished for a runnier egg yolk vs just a soft boiled egg. The Brussels sprouts with guanciale was very flavorful....loved the salty bites of the guanciale. The lasagna was good, but nothing I would say "wow" over. The pork chop, though, was thick and juicy and the accompanying flavors were absolutely harmonious. Highly recommended.
The room was a bit cold but the eggplant was delicious.
Great service and lovely ambiance. My parents were visiting from New York City, and this met all of their needs (they can be quite picky!) -- Grateful to the waiters who made the experience even better. Highly recommend and would return.
The best mussels we have ever had, anywhere!!! We love Tony at the bar and all of the wonderful staff!!
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 !
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!
Superb service and delicious food. This place is a gem.
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.
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.
Best date night in a long time. Thank you!
Best place in Seattle - service, drinks, wine selection, and food prep.
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!
Worth it - beautiful ambiance & high class fare
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love this restaurant. Was restaurant week in Seattle and their offering was amazing. Great service too.
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!
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.
fabulous neighborhood cozy restaurant with amazing food and ambiance.
Consistently great food and service. Been here many times and will return again.
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.
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.
Enjoyed our lunch during restaurant week! Goid value, tasty variety and a sweet, kind server!
High quality fresh ingredients and delicately presented dishes, perfectly balanced mix of flavors. Totally worth it.
Wonderful food and experience all around. Every bite was exceptional!
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'!
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.
Only trouble was that the portions were somewhat small
Amazing food! Dinner was very loud. Would go back again.
Best quality food and excellent service. During our visit to Italy we were comparing Serafina to many Michelin star restaurants in Portofino, Venice, Verona, Forte Di Marmi and Serafina was being missed a lot
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!
The service and food were outstanding. I took my wife out for our anniversary and Serafina is the perfect place for a romantic dinner.
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!
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.