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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
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Good for a Date (39)
Romantic (38)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Authentic (30)
Cozy (26)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Business Meals (17)
Fun (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Seasonal (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Hot Spot (8)
People Watching (8)
Healthy (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Casual (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Organic (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Great restaurant with an ample happy hour menu.

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 (Boise)·Dined 3 days ago

We recently moved to the area and this will now be our go-to Italian spot! Perfect for a date night you're both craving Italian.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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·Dined 4 days ago

Waitress and Valentine’s spaghetti were 6 Star. Waited for 15 mins past our reservation and the “main” braised short rib was average. Everything else from food to service was great as expected.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine special. Great menu. Pretty pushy on table turns but it was one price fits all occasion. Serafina is always good though.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was outstanding - good specials, very fresh ingredients overall really great food. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food; very, very noisy on a Saturday night. Fun environment and crowd.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was so, so and highly overpriced (ended up getting 2 scallops for $34... absurd!) pasta was dish was dry and nothing special. Our server was excellent and very knowledgeable. C+ otherwise.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was my 2nd time here and I was not disappointed! Everything was fantastic!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was wonderful. Service was great and very thoughtful. It is a little noisy

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our server (Beth?) was amazing! She was informative, understood our time limitations, also our bread and oil obsession! We all had wonderful meals and will definitely return!! We were going to see Hamilton!! Delicious dinner and spectacular show; a perfect night out!!

I recommended Serafina to the group because they took such good care of my group from the American Lung Association.

I truly appreciated the attention and care that was given to us as a very large group of 22 and small group of 4.

Thank you from the bottom my heart and stomach!! :)

Linda

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Had not been in at least 10 years. The mussels were amazing. Soup special, amazing. Lasagna, amazing. Even the martinis were on point. Server was perfect. Attentive without annoying.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Serafina is one of my most favorite restaurants of all time.

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Left standing by our table near the entrance and told to wait even though it was empty and no one else was waiting. Service was super slow I ordered a seafood dish and asked if I could get a side of noodles with garlic butter but got a no instead. They make homemade pasta for heavens sake!!
Besides that the over all service was bad and slow. I have had two other meals in that restaurant which was outstanding but no more.it was a slow night as well so it's not like they were too busy.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very palatable food with decent portions. Loved the lamb shank.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I love everything about this restaurant... the inside seating, the outside seating, the bar, the cocktails, the food, the service.... I try to make a stop here every time I am in Seattle.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great ambience, consistently great food and wonderful service!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Met friends for dinner at Serafina. For most of us, this was the first time dining there and we all loved the experience. Our server was knowledgable and attentive, the atmosphere was nice, and our meals were delicious. Considering we shared a bottle of wine, had appetizers, main course, and dessert, it was a great value. Highly recommend trying it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

It has a great trattoria feel to it, but it’s very expensive, and is not consistent across its dishes. We ordered a cookie / biscotti sampler for dessert, and not a single one of the five varieties was particularly good. Just not the attention to detail from a place where you can spend $100 for two for lunch.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Took our friend for his first time and he loved it as much as we do! Great food and great service always!! Save room for dessert as well!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This was a birthday dinner for my husband, and, as I had requested in the reservation, our server wished him a happy birthday as soon as we were seated. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and just right for a special occasion. We enjoyed all our dishes -- the braised octopus starter, special wild mushroom pasta, and rigatoni bolognese. Our server, Taylor (may have forgotten the name but she was a tall blonde woman), was gracious, helpful and attentive. Overall, it was a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We dined at Serafina on a Saturday night. The tables were very close together and it felt tight . It was very loud and I could hear more from the conversation at the table next to me rather than the conversation I was a trying to have with my family. We had to talk very loudly to hear ourselves. Service was excellent and the wine steward was very kind to explain the smells of our newly opened bottle of red wine from Umbria to our kids. Appetizers were excellent. Pasta was good but not amazing. Authentic Italian food is simple and does not need to "try so hard" to be really good. Some of our dishes seemed like they were trying too hard.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Confused - the first time I went it was one of the best meals I’ve had in Seattle. This time it was pretty bad and I got a little sick.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We have loved coming to Serafina for years. It is a great place to bring friends and family, also nice for a cozy dinner for two.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fabulous food every time we go to Serafina! We will defiantly go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing experience from appetizers to dessert. Knowledgeable waiters and waitresses. Strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to have a top notch dining.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I enjoyed my lunch immensely. Unfortunately, the dining room is cold and noisy, but I would return.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Me and my family have been dining here since the early 90's and has never disappointed. Consistently great food and service over the years!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We've been dining at Serafina for 25 years, and it's always been a delightful experience. This evening we went to Serafina with long time friends who had never been there. They, too, enjoyed it immensely. The wait staff is professional and knowledgeable, and Sal, the Sommelier, knows how to choose the perfect wine. We also like the fact that the food changes with the seasons and is always prepared expertly. All five of us loved what we ordered including the desserts.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Birthday Dinner-
Some of the tables are very close to each other.
The food and service was great!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We love it here and always enjoy our meal and the service! We have our faves but everything is always delicious! All staff are terrific and care about your experience! My fave is eggplant mellanzane and I have a hard time switching. My hubby is recently a major fan of the seafood pasta (probably has another name) and at night it has clams and crab. The arancini appetizer is always a must as well and they always have daily specials and dessert also.
Just go. You’ll love it. But leave us an opening for our table!!
Should out the great managers and staff!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Cozze keeps us coming back every time. Noise level was minimal due to a late Monday night dinner. Normally can be quite lively.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 18, 2018

It was a rainy evening but the location was very quiet and quaint. It's got a really cool bistro vibe. You get lost in time and space in that place. If you don't look out the window, you could be anywhere in a small town in Europe.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Love this restaurant. Quality food. Never disappointed!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The experience is average. The restaurant is smaller than I thought. On the upper side, the food is good but it didn’t make me wow, service is just ok for the price. One thing makes me didn’t enjoy very much is the nose, it was very very loud. I would not consider this place for date night ever again, may be only for family or friends. It was great that they were able to change my table to a quieter place. There are 3% surcharge per person on top off everything. I don’t think this would be in my favorite list.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We hadn't been to Serafina in quite some time and always had a wonderful experience. This last time was just as great. The food is excellent, service is warm and attentive, the ambiance is warm and comfortable and the wine list is great. The sommelier knows his business. The pasta especially is a standout - homemade and perfectly cooked and sauced. If you order the Limone salad be aware the vinaigrette has a very strong anchovy flavor. This restaurant is a Seattle icon. Love Serafina!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Because parking is an issue, I do not frequent Serafina as much as I otherwise would.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I have been dining at Serafina for more than 20 years. This is my first lunch. They decided to seat my friend and I adjacent to a large group of loud, inebriated guests because it would be easier for the server, despite the fact that half of the tables in the restaurant were empty. It was rude and nasty to me and my friend. I am sad that a place I respect sunk to that level. I won't be going back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Lovely ambiance. Delicious food. Helpful and attentive wait staff.

Our main complaint is that it's prices are dear. We felt that they were trying to upcharge us, and on top of that without telling us in advance, they charged $3.50 for a basket of ordinary bread with herbed dipping oil.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful meal at Serafina. We made a reservation, so the wait was short. Everyone at the restaurant was dressed nicely; I think dress casual is appropriate. The food was delicious. And I love that the restaurant offers half bottles of wine to order. It's an economical option if you're both drinking wine. We had the octopus (Pulpo) with lentils, which was prepared perfectly. The octopus was grilled and had a nice char and texture. The veal meatballs (Polpettine) were nicely prepared with a tomato sauce and cheese topping. Our main dishes, lobster tortellini and rabbit parpadelle were a bit small. However, with the 2 appetizers and dessert it was the perfect sized meal for us. I was very pleased that the restaurant could make a vanilla latte for me. An after dinner coffee was the perfect ending.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We have been going to Serafina for over 20 years. Last Friday we went with a party of eight. Again it was excellent, if anything, better than ever. Very good food, great service, great ambiance with an upscale neighborhood feel. Growing up in a foodie family with Italian roots, this is not a 'pure' Italian restaurant, but the Italian dishes they do serve are fabulous. Among others, try the Polpo (braised octypus) for an antipasta and the Limone salad, for pasta the Spaghetti Cetarese or the Pappardelle di Porcini (braised rabbit, and for secondi's try the Melanzana (eggplant w/cappellini) or the Agnello (lamb shank with polenta). You won't go wrong.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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