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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (51)
Special Occasion (44)
Good for a Date (41)
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Romantic (40)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Authentic (32)
Cozy (30)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Great for Lunch (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Business Meals (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Fun (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Seasonal (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (7)
Casual (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Had a lovely fall lunch on the heated patio. Couldn't have been nicer. However, I did expect more for my $15 salad. Was not entree size, just entree priced.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our go-to Italian for decades of special occasion dining, although one need not wait.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Always a lovely place for dinner! Good food, good wine and good service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Serafina has been a great, reliable retreat for us (though a little noisy for business). And this time the food and service were great. This visit I was struck by the wine list. Nothing under 40 dollars (I don't think I missed a page). I am sure they take great efforts for the best pairings, but it is off my list like one other place on the water. Sorry, they have to have a more reasonable offering.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Absolutely delicious, but also noisy. Great anniversary dinner

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We really like Serafina, but the pasta on this visit wasn't up to their usual standards. The lasagne in particular was uninteresting. The bucatini ametriciana was much better last spring than it was on this visit. The rigatoni was stellar, and the tomato/basil/mozarella salad was very good. Serafina has a good selection of Italian wines, and we were able to sit outside which was lovely. This was a good meal, but we've had many meals that were better here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Still good food but service was off. It took forever to get a couple of beers and at the end of the day when we ordered a dessert they brought the coffee and it was another 15 minutes before the dessert came out. The food is quite good. And perhaps because we had a bigger party of 6 and were put in a separate area so that we weren't as noticeable we were not getting decent service. And it's expensive which only bugs me when service is bad. But we will try it again and hope for a better experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Try the specials!! When we went the pasta special was a chestnut pasta (yes you read that right!) with a mushroom (four types) sauce. We both ordered it and both loved it. Wish it was in the menu every day!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We have gone to Serafina many times, but
they were just off their game on our most recent experience. Dishes came out not hot enough (gnocci, pasta) Menu didn't seem as appetizing as our last visit. Cocktails and oysters were superb. Restaurant was busy & vibrant, but a little loud.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We have been dining here for years. Love this place!!!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Always great service and food with choices for everyone! Currently the arancinni appetizer with a special cheese sauce is our fave, my husband usually gets the special fish dish of the day which is always outstanding, and I can hardly ever not order melanzanne which is rolled eggplant stuffed with cheese and herbs on a bed of garlic pasta with an addictive marinara sauce. Although they charge for bread it's delicious and worth it and it comes with an herb oil you can dip it in.
All the staff are great and say hi to the manager, Dave, if you drop in.
The bar has a super happy hour and the food and drinks are always spot on.
The patio is always busy in the summertime but will probably close soon with our chilly weather arriving.
Have fun and treat yourself!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Had a fabulous lunch yesterday at Serafina. The waitress was fabulous and the food, too. I ordered on the Prix Fixe menu and had a truly wonderful salad called "Limone." This was followed by a small portion of Rigatoni Bolognese which was just the right amount.

Would recommend Serafina as a great place for a lunch treat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 18, 2017

It was our daughter's 18th birthday so we thought she might enjoy a nice dinner at Serafina. All of our meals were delicious and the service was wonderful! I love Serafina, we come back again and again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The outdoor seating is really cozy and romantic. We went for a family function, but now I want to go back for a date night. The servers were fun and welcoming.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

My partner and I went for a late lunch on a special occasion. I'd been twice before. My partner had never been there. We ordered their pre-fixe lunch menu and some wine. The salads (misto and limone) were fresh and simple. The pasta (rigatoni bolognese and bucatini amatriciana) was house made and properly sauced. They had an outstanding negroamaro on the "by the glass" lunch menu. This place obviously cares about Italian food as it's some of the best in the Seattle area. Can't wait for the next visit.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This is a very good neighborhood restaurant. Food is very good; service is excellent. I thought the wine list was kind of pricey for us. Few choices under $50.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Made reservations for anniversary. Arrived there saw no outside seating available. They don't do live music anymore like reviews said. Very noisy. Food was food.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Love love love this restaurant. Food is always on point. We are here in the summer so we were able to enjoy the patio which was so cute! Staff is attentive and knowledgeable. This restaurant is great for both everyday dining and special occasion. They also have live music some nights. You have to check the website for details.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Outstanding lasagna. Nice balance of sauce, meat and cheese.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Serafina has delighted for many years, and this last occasion was no different. It's nearly impossible to overrate this wonderful restaurant!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Our favorite place to eat in Seattle! Food is always good! Service is great!

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food was great but our service was awful. It ruined our delicious meal and actually had us rushing out of there before getting dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It has been years since visiting this old friend, Serafina, but pleased to find that it remains a local gem. We sat in the charming back patio to celebrate a birthday and leisurely enjoyed a lovely sparkling rose followed by an octopus appetizer and the deliciously earth seasonal mushroom pasta - a perfect nod to fall on an early September evening. Panna Cotta desert was perfectly creamy and rich. Highly recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Trevor was a superb server, efficient and yet personable. The food, in my case a green salad and casereccia with squash and squash blossom, were both well done. They gladly substituted oil and vinegar for the buttermilk dressing. Reasonable wine selection both by the glass and bottle, but the bottle list is not extensive. A very nice meal.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Our server Trevor was outstanding

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Serafina remains one of our most favorite restaurants in the city! The food is always delicious and they have wonderful specials and cocktails. The ambiance is lovely and the service is great. you can never go wrong with a visit here.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We Just moved to Eastlake and thought we'd try a local favorite. My 17 year old spent last year in Italy as a foreign exchange student. She wanted to Judge Serafina's much talked about lasagna. She said it was the best lasagna she has had since coming home. I loved my eggplant capellini and my husband enjoyed his lamb. Great recommendations for wine from our very professional waiter. We will be spending a lot more time here in our future.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Sat on the patio and had a relaxing evening from the beginning. There was never a rush, food and drinks were delivered promptly, flavors were delicious and the staff could not have been friendlier. Wonderful experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food, the service and the atmosphere were great, as usual.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great meal, great service. Lousy parking.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 22, 2017

When in town, we always try and visit Serafina, glad to see the anchor still holding in the Eastlake neighborhood. We had exceptional service, and were greatly pleased to be able to sit on the patio before the evening "rush" and enjoy our wonderful meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Came for old classics, but they weren't on the menu this time around. I did not leave disappointed because the next closest dish ended up winning me over. I had the Prixe fixe lunch course which allowed me to get a salad before my pasta and the pasta was a half portion of the normal size. I enjoyed that very much.

I brought someone here for their birthday, they enjoyed the service, excellent food, and the wine choice by the dark-haired gal (she's a pro). They close prior to reopening at dinner but we never got rushed out. Kitchen closes at 2:30, and I never would have known had it not been mentioned. Such a lovely restaurant, will be back soon!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food and a great experience! The service was great too! I have two elementary age kids, and I would NOT bring them here. But, it was a great spot for a night out without the kids!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Give This Standby Restaurant Another Look !

For years I considered Serafina a good stand-by restaurant - one which I always knew I could get into if all the 'hot' and 'great' restaurants in Seattle were booked. It was consistently OK -sort of like a reliable Buick, but nothing special. How times have changed !!! This is now one of the restaurants I urge friends to try again and discover the superb quality of the menu, preparation and service of the 'new' Serafina. The patio is especially lovely during the summer and early fall months. I now consider this one of the best restaurants in Seattle. Rather than go into the perfection of the recipes and execution of the food, I would just urge everyone to try it for themselves.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2017

What a lovely find! Each dish was a thoughtful and wonderful execution of components. Sweetest mussels imaginable in my fish of the day entree. Lemon cheesecake was a standout! Will be back later this week!

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

great great service. first time there, will definitely go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 15, 2017

With a Open Table/Serafina gift certifcate, my wife's birthday was celebrated well on the outside patio. Her pasta (made in house) dish was outstanding and my lamb chop was excellent. The lamb sausage was extraordinary and should be sold ala carte to take home. Order the mussels and rustic bread first and then you could amost get by with one shared entree. Great service. Wine prices a little too high/ Not sure about corkage. Will return for special occasions.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Great pasta dishes and sauces. The fish, not so good. Took too long to get the check, and multiple servers just made things repetitive. The food here is usually quite good, but not everything was as up to par this time. Staff could be friendlier.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 14, 2017

A favorite Seattle Italian during our first 19 years here proves its merit again after returning from a nine year absence. Chose it for our 28th wedding anniversary and it exceeded expectations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was outstanding; all courses from cocktails - appetizers - salad - entrees and dessert! Service was as well; helpful, but no overbearing - just perfect. Such a delightful evening!
Highly recommend -

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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