About Serafina

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.

2043 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00PM - 6:00PM in the bar
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM

Cross Street:
Boston St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 323-0807

Website:
http://www.serafinaseattle.com/

Entertainment:
Serafina offers live music every Saturday evening as well as Sunday brunch. Our musicians mostly perform jazz, but music also ranges from blues to bossa nova. The stage is at the heart of the dining room, with many tables enjoying a direct view of the musicians. There is no cover charge to enjoy music, however the dining room is reserved for dinner only until our waitlist is entirely seated. At that point, typically around 10pm on weekends, we are happy to seat guests for drinks and dessert who'd like to enjoy the jazz from the dining room.

Catering:
Serafina can cater in any format or venue – in your home, on a beach or at a park. Your guests will be transported to Italy when they taste the dishes recreated from meals enjoyed in friends' homes throughout Italy by Chef Christian Chandler. Or, choose the Mediterranean cuisine offered at sister restaurant, Cicchetti. Buffet, plated, cocktail party – whatever the style, we will custom-tailor menus and hand-select wine and cocktails. Our catering manager, David Weeks, can help with arrangements for rentals, decorations, musicians, florists and photographers.

Parking Details:

*Paid parking ($3.00) is available in a parking lot located one block north of Serafina, above the Eastlake Market (at Eastlake and Lynn St).

Public Transit:
Bus:
Eastlake Ave. E & E. Newton St.
Eastlake Ave. E & E. Howe St.
Eastlake Ave. E & Lynn St.
Boylston Ave. E & E. Boston St.
Streetcar:
Fairview & Campus Drive

Executive Chef:
Christian Chandler

Private Party Facilities:
Looking for a warm and inviting location for your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception, business lunch, or private event? At Serafina, our accommodations suit a wide array of functions.

Private Party Contact:
David Weeks: (888) 491-8253

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Serafina Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

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4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (57)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Special Occasion (48)
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Romantic (48)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Cozy (34)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Authentic (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Notable Wine List (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Business Meals (19)
Great for Lunch (17)
Comfort Food (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Seasonal (10)
Casual (9)
Healthy (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 6, 2016

I love this place. This time I had the New York steak, which was perfect, and we almost always get the plin as an appetizer.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 6, 2016

We've been going to Serafina for about 20 years and it still amazes me that the quality of food and services has remained so high for so long. For most of those years we've lived on Vashon so only get to Serafina every few years--usually for celebrations like our anniversary. This last visit proved they still got it! A great meal--every course--super nice service in both bar and restaurant, and a very vibrant but romantic atmosphere. We try a lit of new places in the city but Serafina remains one of our all-time favorites and we'll keep coming back as long as things stay as they are.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 3, 2016

Looking for a restaurant with a neighborhood vibe check out Serafina. Excellent wine list and interesting menu with something for all types of foodies.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 3, 2016

Don't miss the calamari!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 29, 2016

Everything we ate was awesome. My favorite items were the pappardelle, and the bistecca with English pea risotto. Definitely going back again!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 27, 2016

If you can get the Tom Wilson Booth at Serafina, grab it! The bar tender is the waiter for this table and is able to give you wonderful service, to match appetizers with wines you might enjoy and our experience there with waiter Matthew Skeel was amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 25, 2016

It's been a long time since I had dinner at this gem of a restaurant. I rarely drive down Eastlake these days. A few nights ago I was passing by and thought we decided we would stop in for an appetizer and a glass or two of wine. That turned into dinner and more. This classic restaurant was terrific. Each course we had was perfect and not overdone. Every bite was delicious. Can't wait to head back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 22, 2016

Serafina, above Lake Union, is a longtime Seattle favorite - a great place to meet someone for a first dinner together, a terrific spot to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, and a comfortable, familial atmosphere for sealing a deal that's already been signed & sealed. With gracious, attentive and well informed staff, a sharp and deeply knowledgeable sommelier, and a warm, welcoming and almost maternal - on the floor - owner, a celebratory evening of live music and exquisite, rustic Italian food and wine unfolds and passes with seemingly no effort, all too quickly. One can deceive oneself into thinking that everyone in the room is having a grand time at the same party, when in fact, roughly a quarter of those in the room are busting their tails to keep that deception colorfully alive for the guests. Serafina is the sort of place one falls in love with and she's always there when one needs that special hug and kiss.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2016

We've eaten at Serafina many, many times and are always appreciative of the wonderful food and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 21, 2016

We have dined at Serafina several times and have not been disappointed. We particularly like their restaurant week menus because the portions are smaller and leave room for dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 20, 2016

Every bite was fantastic, unique and oh so tasty. Great service. Very friendly and engaging.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 20, 2016

It doesn't get any better. Most aptly positioned as a neighborhood secret everyone loves. Serafina gives you everything you're looking for in a classic evening or brunch. Proud to be a disciple. You have to love that they prefer to be strictly by reputation only.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 19, 2016

Have probably been to this restaurant once a year for 20 years. Consistently high quality Italian cuisine, good service, and a romantic outdoor dinning experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Overall a good experience. Food was good, place was too noisy + live music, parking was hard to find.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2016

A very lovely place.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 15, 2016

Great food, service, and atmosphere!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 14, 2016

While we absolutely love Serafina, there were a few misses this time. The bread was cold. Almost icy. Considering that they charge $5 for a few slices, it was very surprising. My friend's salad really wasn't much of a salad - 4 lettuce leaves and very little vinagrette. Almost too dry. The main courses were fabulous as always and the mussels were superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 14, 2016

We have not been to Serafina for years and had forgotten about it with all the new restaurants. Last week we took our daughter there and the three of us felt we had traveled to a quaint restaurant in Europe. Great service, beautiful lighting, delicious dinner and dessert. We will be back again soon and bring our friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 14, 2016

Serafina doesn't disappoint. A Seattle standard that I've had the pleasure of enjoying for over 20 years. Terrific.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 12, 2016

The server does not pay attention to the clients and needs to come over the cashier to communicate. The food comes very late. I took more than 5 minutes to get next meal after we finished first one. The server asked desert and left the menu but did not come back more than 10 minutes. We did not take desert.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 10, 2016

After being gone from Seattle for 15 years, I recently visited Serafina again and was happy to find the food and service still excellent. We ate there for Restaurant Week, and their 3-courses-for-$30 menu was delicious and offered a lot of variety. We'll definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 10, 2016

I don't think the LivingSocial coupon is worth the meal. It is really rather limited. The brunch was just OK, nothing special.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 10, 2016

We were celebrating a birthday with a ladies weekend and went to Serafina for Sunday brunch. The food and service was great. They offered a dessert on the house for the birthday, but the food was so good and filling, we just couldn't do it. Definitely will save room next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 9, 2016

I have been to Serafina many times and like it very much. However, last Saturday was not a good night. It took a very long time for dinner to arrive. While it looked okay it was definitely not up to normal standard.
Maybe a new cook or who knows. The waiters were standing around waiting for food to be ready mostly. :(

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 5, 2016

Disappointing. The chicken special was dry and bony pieces. The pasta dish that came with capellini had so little capellini it was almost undetectable in the dish. I have had much better food from Serafina in the past so this meal was disappointing in comparison.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Prompt seating. Good service and very good food.. Very helpful wine steward.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 30, 2016

Much too loud. I ordered a dish to go that for me to take home to my wife. I told the waitress about it when I was ordering for myself. She said the kitchen would start cooking when she served us. Then she forgot about it completely, and we needed to wait 15 minutes--with barely an apology. But the fish stew (different at each of my last 4 visits) and the pasta are incomparable as always

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 28, 2016

The food was amazing as usual. It's a little spendy but worth the quality of food and service. The Paperdelle Ragu is my favorite.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We loved the food , presentation , wine suggestion!!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 27, 2016

We were flabbergasted when we were able to get a brunch reservation the same day on Easter and were even happier after the experience. Serafina is a neighborhood gem and well worth the expense!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 27, 2016

It was my first but certainly not last time at Serafina!
I like everything about it!
Old charm, decor, food, presentation,wine, music, friendly stuff.... Everything!
I will come back soon!🍸💐🍾

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 20, 2016

Took my mom for her71st Birthday dinner. Laurawas our server. She know the menu well, was so attentive to detail and gave us a wonderful dining experience. We a few items of small plates and every bite was so flavorful and tasty, unbelievable delicious! Can't wait to go back again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Great food, nice ambiance, nice waiter, knowledgeable wine steward--only problem is we had to shout as the restaurant on a Saturday is VERY noisy!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on March 13, 2016

We loved the food, and the wine (top notch selection)and the jazz music was lovely. We will certainly be back, perhaps to try out the brunch

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 12, 2016

All staff are very attentive and helpful, especially with the menu.

Love the food and the creative, in-house mixology.

Started going to Serafina back in 2002 and will continue to do so.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 2016

Fine food, gracious, knowledgeable waitstaff. It was a special occasion for us, which they made still more special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 8, 2016

I've had many great dinners over the years at Serafina, which was why I took my dear friend there for her birthday: I wanted a predictably great experience. We both ordered the same pasta and crab dish, which sounded fabulous but failed on many levels: it was cold, the pasta was wayyyy undercooked, not just al dente, which we like, and there was almost no sauce on mine. The waiter apologized but did not take anything off the bill--even after the second try was equally dismal. He did bring one free dessert. He acknowledged that the kitchen had been having some trouble with the dish, described the challenge in detail, and said he "valued" our feedback. But, evidently, not enough to take anything off the bill. All the discussion interrupted our evening; we just wanted to have a good meal. When they redid the dish, it was tepid and the pasta was even more undercooked—which we told him. Also, the pasta, which was, $26 per order, was served on a narrow rectangular plate that I would describe as being in the "small plate" category. I would have confronted the waiter about the bill, but given the occasion, it would have been awkward for my friend. Serafina, what happened?

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 7, 2016

I eat at Serafina occasionally - a least 4-5 times a year, mostly for business or casual lunches. I've always enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
It was odd that on my most recent visit for lunch that the service was slow and the restaurant was noisy, which made conversation difficult at our table. I hadn't experienced or noticed the noise issue on previous visits.
The food, as always was exceptional - I had the gnocchi!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 4, 2016

Serafina was extremely enjoyable! Quickly has turned into one of my favorite dinner spots if not my favorite in Seattle.
Top notch for food, wine, ambiance and service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 3, 2016

Excellent dinner and service! Had the salmon special with peas and pea purre as well as the chicken with carrots and mushrooms. Both plates were seasond, prepared and well balanced. Both of the salads we had were also very good. Not my first time at Sarafina and definitely not my last. Our waiter was well informed, helpful in addressing the menu as well as a wine to pair with our meal. Excellent service.

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