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Serafina SF

4.8
112 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Serafina is a little gem of a restaurant, perched on top of Nob Hill, with views overlooking the city and Bay Bridge. Serafina was owner Maurizio Bruschi’s grandmother, and the name of her eponymous restaurant in the heart of Trastevere (Rome), where Maurizio first began making pizza at the age of 14. The executive chef is Umberto Cannarsa, a successful chef from Rome, who left his own restaurant in Rome to work with Maurizio again. The menu offers everything, including vegetarian options, but specializes in innovative Italian fish dishes, including fresh calamari, stuffed with olives, escarole, anchovies, drizzled with a potato leek sauce, as well as homemade pastas and dolci. The space is warm and elegant, where neighbors and friends can come together.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 112 people are saying
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CV1220
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food! Such a gem of a restaurant. The Salmon and Cod dishes were so fresh and the pasta was cooked perfectly. Dessert was to die for as well!

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Michelle
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Italian food, a very affordable wine list, and a great location - got to watch the Bay Bridge twinkle in the distance while we ate dinner!

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CandyB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming neighborhood restaurant with wonderful character and delicious food! After dinner we down the Broadway steps and enjoyed the amazing view of the city, which was a wonderful bonus. So happy to have found Serafina!

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MoonMan
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with their SF Restaurant Week menu and it was really good. What a gem of a neighborhood place. We’ll be back

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vipTrishy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is a very fun spot with delicious food and a lovely atmosphere. We will definitely go back.

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RobinG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Amazing service. Incredible food. Can't wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious homemade pasta and great wine to choose from

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Bamber
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful evening here. Kudos to the chef - the linguine with black truffles was a MEMORABLE dish. The homemade pasta was light & airy. The risotto was flavorful - and very different - extremely enjoyable. The presentation and ambiance very classy, and the service from the Italian gentlemen was warm, professional & funny. Great, great experience!!!!

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PaulL
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was excellent in all ways. The food was outstanding. Both the lamb and the chicken were just about perfect. The service was efficient and friendly. The spectacular view of the Bay bridge added to a great experience. We highly recommend Serafina.

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JeffF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully authentic fresh pasta and gnocchi options. Service was very efficient and professional. Very enjoyable evening.

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MargaretM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Loved the neighborhood setting and warm welcome. The food was fresh delicious and generous. Great wine list. It was a bit noisy and more casual than I had expected, but that did not detract at all from one of the most delightful meals I’ve had in months. Grazie!!

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vipHappyinSF
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This neighborhood gem serves delicious Italian dishes. The calamari appetizers are outstanding, as are all the pasta options. Pistachio crusted ahi tuna is amazing. Service is very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Authentic delicious Italian with really extraordinary snd pleasant service. Cute location with outdoor tables at the top of a hill with nice views.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG. The food here is outstanding. Authentic, beautifully prepared, presented and frankly delicious. I work for two native Italian men who insist that this is among the best Italian cuisine in the city and they are not wrong!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian restaurant in San Fran. Nice location and easy to get too. Place is small so it’s a bit tight but food is fantastic and every employee seems to speak Italian there.

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BradenA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!! The entire experience was fantastic. I felt transported to a little Italian bistro.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic friendly service from the owners. A great menu and quality of food. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great little Italian corner restaurant. Food and service was very good. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for authentic Italian fare.

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JasonP
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff also helpful explaining the food choices. Would absolutely go back the pizza brought me back to my Italy trip…. Will be going back for sure.

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LouB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fausto provided great service. Made for extremely enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Great and fun service that felt like a very authentic small Italian restaurant. Great food and pasta. Great wine. Great atmosphere. We had a really fun time and would come back again in a heartbeat.

TJ
TJK04
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Great food, great people, and great setting.

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Ranon
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant with amazing Italian staff and food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with a cozy ambiance and exquisite flavorful dishes. Perfect for special occasions.

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AnnaW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious. The service was excellent and we had really good fun. This is a neighborhood gem and we will come back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a birthday. Amazing experience and delicious food. They were very accommodating. We had 7 people and the stuff octopus came in orders of 3 so we ordered 2, they were able to add another piece so everyone got one.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

They should stop doing late night reservations if they are going to push you to order, eat and pay. I didn’t feel good there at all. The food was no bad but I honestly couldn’t enjoy my time there.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and real Italian seafood!

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DonC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our group had four different entrees which were all excellent. Loved the neighborhood feel with intimate inside and outside dining. Would highly recommend! Great location!

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Lola
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday, I loved this restaurant outside and inside, it has a quaint, warm and cozy atmosphere. I felt like I was in Italy. Two brothers run the place with very thick accents. They were fun and very entertaining to be around. Food was excellent, wine was super and the company was delightful.

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vipAnneA
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all absolutely loved our meals. Attentive and personable service with a sense of humor thrown in too. Would definitely go back. A real gem hidden away.

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MikeD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff!

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vipNaGla
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I came to Serafina from out of town. We were looking for a nice place with great food to celebrate our anniversary. We read reviews of all 5 stars. These guys have worked hard through the pandemic to stay open and I think the amazing, delicious, authentic food is what did it! The gnocchi was melt in your mouth! I don’t think I can eat it from the store ever again. The bucatini was exceptional! The sauces were so simple and flavorful. We even got two desserts!!

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SusanW
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, charming neighborhood-type restaurant. Nice selection to choose from the menu. The ahi was especially good. Nice atmosphere to this small restaurant. I would definitely recommend it and will return next time I am in SF.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente restaurante, con gran atención por parte de sus dueños. Excelente comida. Vale mucho la pena.

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Michelle
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t waste your time looking for a better Italian restaurant this is it! A party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their meals. If I lived in SF I would probably eat here 2 or 3 times a week. Save room for dessert because it’s just as good as your dinner! It’s a small intimate place I recommend making a reservation. This dinner will be one I remember for a long time and can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Checking out our local neighborhood and decided to try this little gem after reading previous reviews. Tiny place but very lively. Food was amazing! My husband and I split a starter, pasta and main and they nicely plated everything out for us separately. Grilled calamari with arugula salad was tasty- though my husband commented a little char on the calamari would bring out the peppery flavor of the arugula. The bucatini was so good that we had to use our bread to mop up the sauce. Finally, the lamb with grilled vegetables was amazing! I don’t know how they flavor the veggies (tons of olive oil and herbs probably) but both were so flavorful! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Each of our meals was fabulous and we felt like we were taken care of like family. Would highly recommend this to anyone in SF!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great experience

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You can order delivery directly from Serafina SF using the Order Online button. Serafina SF also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 874-1936.

Serafina SF is rated 4.8 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.

Serafina SF does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/23M0EJEG06ZV0/order.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.