Serafina

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Serafina opened its doors in 1991 as an intimate neighborhood restaurant located along Eastlake between the University and Downtown. 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.
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H
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Food as always was amazing.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Valentine’s Day dinner. Food, service, and ambiance were top notch.

f
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Couldn't see the remodel they were just to have completed. Live music was excellent. Really good food except a crab spaghetti that was so powerfully spiced that you couldnt taste the crab. I had asked to not have a check brought to the table and they forgot to do that. Had called in with my credit card number etc. But it was slammed because it was Valentine's day so that should be taken into consideration. Overall a great evening.

M
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

we were there to celebrate our 49th anniversary. I noted that while making the reservation but the restaurant completely ignored that. However, each item that we ordered was spectacular! Our server was very attentive and pleasant. It remains one of our favorite places to eat.

AA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this beautiful, intimate restaurant. It’s perfect for dates with my lovely wife. I took her there 3 years ago and she loved it then and loves it still. The service is always so attentive and kind. Can’t ask for a better place to celebrate with a certainly delicious meal.

AP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cauliflower soup was amazing and the rigatoni was sauced perfectly. The only thing missing was some good bread.

w
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I live in Eastlake and this is a perfect Italian date-night venue. The food is always incredible and the service is outstanding. The staff is extremely helpful, provide opinions when asked, and do not pressure us into any wine outside of our price range.

D
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baird made our special occasion night out very enjoyable with attentive service, a great sense of humor and impeccable hospitality. We loved every bite of food from the bread to dessert. The pasta, the seafood, the wine - all incredible. Serafina holds a special place in our hearts!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remodeling has remained faithful to the intimate, Mediterranean vibe while freshened up. Food is to the same exceptional standard (everything is obviously made by hand on site) and cocktail and wine list are classics. Staff make you feel like a favourite neighbour without ever being inauthentic. Just effortless indulgence. Perfect.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was a very memorable experience. The food is outstanding, the staff were all friendly and professional, plus there was a parking lot within walking distance.

D
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!!!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine are great! Love it!

OT
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was decent-place was too loud. Service was mediocre.

NL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

This was our second time at Serafina. The first time everything was excellent 10/10 for the food. This time, 3 out of 6 of our party order the pasta di giorno- lobster tortellini which came highly recommended by our waiter. It was not good. Not at all. It was in a broth, no sauce, not much flavor and the pasta was very firm like quite under cooked maybe? It was a real bummer because the ambiance, service, drinks, etc were all fabulous.

C
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the eggplant it’s amazing! Great service relaxed candlelight tables. Warm and inviting

MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect New Years Eve - Thank you Serafina team it was awesome!

JM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Noise level was so high, my partner and I could not hear each other, and we were seated super close, in a corner. The food was good, but there was so very little of it. Service was good, but we ended up with an item that I was allergic to, in the bread, even though I specified that I did not want anything with pepper in it.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. Amazing food.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been a few years - pleased to find that this continues to be outstanding food served graciously.

EV
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lovely and elegant ambiance. Server really tried to accommodate us, but the kitchen couldn’t make anything we wanted without heaps of pre-seasoned black pepper on every meat and seafood dish. We paid $66 for bread, water, one glass of rather nice wine, and bland pasta (as in there was little other than pasta in the pasta dish). This all suggested to us that the chef relies entirely on overuse of pepper to generate taste in the dishes. They saw on my OpenTable reservation that I can not tolerate spice (causes dangerous autoimmune disease flare — not just a preference but something I simply must insist on). Yet they were utterly flummoxed and could only recommend one main dish (spaghetti with literally nothing other than tomato sauce with slices of garlic) on the entire menu that could accommodate the very simple request that black pepper or chili flakes be left out. We were underwhelmed.

MW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our go to restaurant for special occasions. The food was fantastic and we like the lively atmosphere.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12/19/2019 it was just what I wanted to celebrate my birthday with 3 very dear friends. Stormy night and felt lovely at Serafina.

LM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Portions were tiny. We were overcharged for a cheese plate and the pasta plate was a speck. It was when they were getting read to close for the afternoon. I will never go back. I was hungry after I had spent $95. for nothing.

JC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, Serafina delivered! The service, ambiance and food was extraordinary. Beth, our server, knew the menu backwards and front. The entrees were delicious and inventive. Overall - Serafina delivers on all front.

M
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels were out of this world! As was the salad limone with soft cooked egg which went well with the mussels. Great pre-fixe meal for $20! Loved every bite!

MT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and attention to detail
The entrees were delicious and had the best presentation . Beef short ribs and Brussels sprouts were cooked to perfection
The wine we selected took awhile because he had to go next door but he gave us a tasting of another while we waited. I will be back again !

AN
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Have been coming here for many many years. The food is always excellent. No complaints ever. I want to talk about service though:
* I had a reservation for 6; only 5 people showed up since one of the couples had an issue with a babysitter. The hostess was not very pleased with that. It's ok to smile and understand circumstance
* 3 of the 5 people were there at reservation time. However, hostess would not seat us till the entire party shows up. Why? What logical reason would one have since the table was ready? The bar area is too congested for anybody to hover and order a drink. If you had seated me, maybe I would ordered a drink at the table while waiting.
* You are on a street with permit parking spaces. I got a ticket which I have never received one before. There is no parking available close by and there is no valet. The signs for permit parking are terrible and multiple people got tickets. I understand this is not under your control; but understand that you might have to make accommodations for customers who aren't aware of the stupidities of Seattle parking.

OT
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always!

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Simple out, this place makes the best

n
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went out for an impromptu date night and everything was perfect. We started with the arancini and bread. The arancini was perfectly cooked and had wonderful texture and flavor. We split a the ravanello salad - a good size portion even to split. For our main courses, I had the special pasta (a tagliatelle with sausage and peppers) and it is worthy of being on the menu full time. My wife had the melanzane (a recommendation from Bryan) and it was easy to see why it is one of the most popular dishes. Be warned - if you get the melanzane, you need other courses because it takes a long time to prepare. If you are in no rush, it’s definitely worth the wait!

All of our foods were paired perfectly with great wine recommendations from Sal. We look forward to coming back!

EO
Seattle
303 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Great service! And a fun time!

GT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A wonderful break in the middle of the day. We had a multiple course, each dish was delicious, not to skip over the two bottles of wine. Just a pleasant Seattle day

JB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina always has great food and great service. The waitstaff is really patient and upbeat. All of our dishes were prepared perfectly and were hot when they arrived. The pasta dishes really highlight the reason for visiting over and over. Rigatoni with lamb and fennel sausage is killer. One of our favorite go-to spots in Seattle!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

I wasn’t a fan of the hostess. She needs to watch how she communicates with clients.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

MI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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.

j
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful people, excellent food, great ambiance. What else is there??

D
Seattle
314 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

P
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The room was a bit cold but the eggplant was delicious.

AK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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