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Serafina SF

4.8
78 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 78 people are saying
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SusanW
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
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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vipCarolyn
Birmingham
39 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My daughter and I were in town celebrating her recent college graduation with another friend. Arrived and were seated on time w a reservation. Friend had not arrived yet as she was having trouble finding parking. Anyway we immediately ordered Prosecco and then ordered a glass for our friend. She was about 15 min late. We ordered the salmon carpaccio, gnocchi, crab pasta and seared tuna… plus wine!! All were delicious, served FAST and hot. I say all this bc if you’d like a restaurant to relax and enjoy your dinner- this may not be the spot for you?? As good as the food was… we felt rushed from the moment we arrived. It feels they’re more concerned about turning tables then offering an amazing dining experience. I get it that this past year has been hard on the restaurant industry and possibly they are trying to ‘mKe up’ for lost time… but in the end, as delicious as the food was and as warm and quaint as the restaurant was.. we left w the feeling that our dinner was more about getter’ in and gettem’ out!! Sorry to say- we will probably not return. Too many other fabulous restaurant in this town!!

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vipwino63
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Authentic Italian. Like being in a small trattoria in Lazio.
The Bucatini all'Amatriciana was perfect; hard to do right.

The hosts work the crowd and are very hospitable. Great vibe with lounge-y Italian music playing in background.

Chef is dialed in- great execution for a small place. Diverse crowd of mainly locals. Oozing Italiano.

Will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner. Delicious Italian cooking.

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vipRoxanneT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious menu. Wonderful service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most inviting restaurant Iv ever been to. The owner and server are both from Italy and are great to converse with and inform you of the menu. They made me feel like I was at home for sure. Try the lasagna! They also have the best tiramisu Iv ever had!

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Spling
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful. No missed notes in any category - excellent food, wine, and attentive service. Will go back. Frequently.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice waiter. Excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with a chill local vibe, it’s one of those places in SF you walk by and go “I want to check it out”. The reviews here are spot on. Authentic Italian food with enough on the menu to satisfy any guests.
We sat outside and there were plenty of gas heaters to keep us and the surrounding tables warm (you should still dress in layers and a jacket, it’s SF). Also, it’s as dressy or casual as you make it.
Our server was literally running all the tables outside, but efficient and also super nice and welcoming. We have no complaints on the food or service, pisce, lasagne, gnocchi, and bucatini were exactly as we hoped, delicious!
Thanks for a great night and we’ll be back again :)

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StephenB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming restaurant and excellent food. But the over-the-top experience was being waited on by the owners. They’re the real deal and really dedicated

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vipDMID
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Music was quite bad. Who plays Kenny g all night in an Italian restaurant? Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I wish it was a little warmer on the inside:). But the waiter (owner) was super sweet & attentive and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome local spot. Will be back again!

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vipPaulP
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, enjoyed so much went back the next night.

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JLMO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a sweet spot away from the hustle. A beautiful dinner and excellent personable service; we will return.

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vipRussianHill
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazingly enjoyable four hour dinner. Food was great. Service was perfect (there when you needed help, not there when you didn't need anything). A great wine recommendation and a bit of limoncello at the end. Doesn't get more enjoyable.

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VictorC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I stumble on this restaurant and am I glad I did. The service was fantastic and the food amazing!

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Chris
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely neighborhood restaurant, with a heated outdoor area (good place to bring your dog!). We had the Pinsa (pizza) and the Halibut. The Pinsa was fine. The Hailbut was a tad salty and overdone (dry). But - I'd still come back. The owner was very welcoming, and the atmosphere was quite nice.

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IvelinaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service and attention to detail!

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EatwellinSF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous pasta

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MarkH
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, superb food, and very safe ambience from a COVID-19 perspective. Mille grazie!!

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marks
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall the experience was great. Had a little problem with the choosing of the wine. They did not have a Chardonnay. The communication was not easy enough to have them say that they had a white Italian wine that would match. Once we got that communication and had the white Italian wine it was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great dining experience

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raquelg
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant! the view was amazing just as we arrived at sunset. Very attentive service and food was amazing

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COAvalancheFoodie
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Serafina was great. Fun environment. Cool location - at the top of Nob Hill. The staff work very, very hard. Our wine and burrata were delicious, but our crab pasta dish lacked flavor. That being said, everything else on the menu looked delicious. Wish I ordered the gnocchi!

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KellyD
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina is a MUST when in SF! The food, the service and did I mention the FOOD...?!! The pastas, the tuna was perfection, the appetizers, all fantastic! Don’t miss out on this neighborhood gem!!!

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Adam
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Would put this at a solid 4.5 and rounded up. Service was excellent, especially compared to other places I have been recently (during COVID). They were just solidly on top of it here.

Food was good. Eggplant parm was very solid and unlike others I have had before (not fried, not too cheesy) and just really tasty. Seafood risotto was above average but would probably mix it up next time as there were a few other dishes that I saw others eating I would want to try first. Prices were downright reasonable especially when you consider they don't tack on the so called "mandates".

Look forward to returning to this neighborhood gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina is such a gem. Expect a small, intimate space, amazing Italian food, and wonderful service.

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vipReggieinRWC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my first time at this charming restaurant . Best Greek salad I have had in ages. Will definitely return.

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Spotts
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! The staff were so nice
Highly recommend
Beautiful view bay bridge

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AlisonP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is phenomenal, and the service was great. Feels like an Italian restaurant in Italy. In true Italian style, they did not expect to turn tables after an hour of dining. We were able to sit and enjoy our evening, and conversation with no pressure to leave quickly. Great atmosphere, feels very quaint and romantic.

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Barbie
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed our first experience at Serafina. It’s great to have a restaurant of this caliber within walking distance of our residence here in SF. Looking forward to eating there again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wine!

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CarolZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a great “first time in a restaurant” reunion.
Delicious food and friendly service.
A perfect evening.

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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 78 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.