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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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (52)
Special Occasion (44)
Good for a Date (42)
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Romantic (40)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Authentic (33)
Cozy (30)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Great for Lunch (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
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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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Love this restaurant. Quality food. Never disappointed!

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·Dined 6 days ago

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 11, 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 11, 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 7, 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 6, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This restaurant has the best soups in town. Paired with a small pasta just the right amount of food. The restaurant should publish a soup cookbook

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

It was our 26 year anniversary and we jadnt been there in 20 years. We use to go all the time when we were younger. It was great. Food was ezcellent, waitress was excellent. We desribed what we wanted from a wine and they brought us the perfect bottle. We are goung back soon and have told our friends to go.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Years Eve! Everything was tasty! I felt my scallops had an inky taste so did not eat them but we enjoyed everything else! The only thing I didn’t like was when the hostess called to confirm the reservation and wanted to know if we could eat in two hrs. Our reservations were for 9:45pm so didn’t feel they would have a seating after that! We want to go back and try their regular menu!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Live Music, Authentic
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I loved it, me and my lady had a wonderful time and had a great waitress. Will be back soon 👌🏼

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was excellent and would have given 5 stars but hostess seemed to be having a bad day which unfortunately transferred to the customers a bit too much. The food is amazing, the desserts are well portioned (who can't love that?), and ambiance is timeless. Serafina continues to be a classic in the area.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Found the service and food to be very good. Our server was helpful for our wine choice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

One of our favorites in Seattle, great ambience, fantastic service and amazing food.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had an amazing experience. The Chef made us something off menu to accommodate our food preferences and allergies. We had the trout and It was amazing. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The tables are too close together. It's so noisy we could not have a conversation without yelling at each other. And this time, unlike prior times, the pasta was very dry and even though it was listed as a crab dish; there was virtually no crab in dish.
I'm sad, but we won't come to this restaurant again.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Had a great meal & good time.Could have been more enjoyable if the music had not been so intrusive.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Had one of the most positive dining experiences I’ve ever had in Seattle! I don’t remember our waiter’s name, but he was impeccable. He was so knowledgeable about the menu, the wine list, listened to us and had perfect recommendations. The food was incredible and we will most definitely be back! So happy we found this gem in Eastlake!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

85 year old mother just graduated from college.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Simply......great food, superb service, and great atmosphere. It is a bit on the noisy side, but what do you expect from a pact restaurant during the holiday season?

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Except for the noise level, Serafina is a great restaurant with excellent service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Lunch took one hour to be served. The meal was mediocre at best. Very disappointing

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 14, 2017

EXCELLENT!!! As always :-)
A favorite gathering place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

I came for a business lunch and as always, the food was overall very good. I had the limone and papardelle; flavors were good but brussel sprouts a bit undercooked. The restaurant was full, so things may have been rushed a bit in the kitchen.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Serafina is well known here as the best restaurant around.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Serafina took wonderful care of us for the celebration dinner. Every detail they worked on makes the restaurant such a pleasant experience every time.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

An absolutely wonderful please to eat. Food is always delicious- service great. A neighborhood Italian restaurant feel that is hard to find in Seattle.
One of my favorites for a long time.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Lovely evening, in all respects! We went tonSerafina to celebrate my husband's birthday and will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Seasonal, Romantic
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is the second time we’ve been to Serafinas. The food is top notch, the service is great. My only complaint is that it is pretty loud during the dinner hour if you are seated inside. For any meal, but especially a more pricey meal, I’m looking for the social aspect that makes a special meal special.
I wouldn’t turn down a reason to go to Serafinas but I’d love a little more soundproofing. All in all a great place.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Whether a quick pasta course or a full fledged leisurely dinner, the food is always great. The wine recommendations always a perfect match. Cozy neighborhood spot that we travel 20 minutes to get to, ‘cuz it’s just that good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Quick Bite, Authentic, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Serafina is our favorite restaurant in Seattle - and there are a LOT of great restaurants in Seattle. Serafina always delivers a memorable, delicious experience and we never tire of going there (we have been regulars for nearly twenty years). We go there for date night and special occasions, and we take out of town friends and clients there, knowing that it is a sure thing. The only downside to Serafina is street parking in the Eastlake neighborhood, which is reserved for residents with permits and strictly enforced. You WILL get a ticket if you park on a side street. Finding a place to park on Eastlake Ave is about the only option and it is a real challenge. Obviously, we think Serafina is worth it. We like everything on the menu, but when halibut is in season Serafina's preparation is especially notable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Never disappoints! Always a great spot for lunch or dinner. You can't go wrong with anything you order. We've never had a bad meal, always delicious!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent! Duck confit ravioli were perfect. The misto was delicious too.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had a fab time, service was impeccable, food was excellent. Definitely would go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wow! Our fave restaurant totally outdid themself for my birthday dinner. I had my fave, melanzanne, and we also had the arancini for appetizer. My hubby had the pasta with lobster sauce, clams and other fish and he loved it!! It’s his fave now!! He talked about it for three days! He had the special dessert which was fab and I had the special cheesecake which was amazing.
Staff are always friendly and professional and honestly a lot of the reason we keep going back!!
Special thanks to Beth, Kyle, Kelly, and Gabriel for making my birthday so special! They make getting older fun and delicious!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My lasagna was so delicious that I dreamed about it overnight.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Serafina never disappoints. Great to know that it will be consistently delicious. Creative food pairings surprise the palette and leave you wanting more! Special offerings keep the menu fresh and interesting.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We've been going to Serafina for years and it has always been excellent, but that wasn't the case on Saturday night. It was really loud, they forgot our appetizer. Our pasta was cold and the scallops were sandy. It's not the same romantic great food restaurant that it once was....We won't be going back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a very enjoyable evening!

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