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Serafina Always

4.5
4.5
1021 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Everyone, from beautiful models, young professionals to families and businessmen, flock to Serafina Always for its energetic ambiance and delicious cuisine found in this upbeat three floor restaurant.Based on a very authentic approach to Italian food and using only the highest quality ingredients, family recipes are adapted by Vittorio Assaf and our expert chefs. Choose from a variety of thin crust pizzas, homemade pastas, pizzas and fresh grilled meats, fish and vegetables.
UPDATED COVID-19 POLICY:In adherence to the NYC mandate, all eligible guests 12 years and older must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter our restaurant.You will need to provide proof of at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to enter & dine indoors. The following are acceptable proof of vaccination with a matching valid ID: NYS Excelsior Pass, State or Country issued digital pass or Vaccination Card. Unvaccinated guests are welcome to dine outdoors. Outdoor dining is on a first come, first serve policy.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner & Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 702-9898

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    We have a wonderful private dining room that seats up to 55 people. It is equipped with a Private bathroom, sound system , and TV that can easily be connected to a computer or dvd player.

  • Private party contact

    Nick Granato: (212) 702-9898

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    Between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue

  • Parking details

    A public Icon Parking Lot is located right next door

  • Public transit

    N, R & W subway lines stop 5th avenue station and Lexington and 59th Street stations. Both stations about 1.5 blocks from restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comomos afuera . Muy rico
  2. LG

    LindaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We were put upstairs and pretty much forgotten. I guess the fact that we had 3 children with us was a factor. The restaurant wasn’t busy at all. A gratuity was added to the check and then on top a tip was requested. I don’t understand that.
  3. NY

    formerNYCer

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Not a very professional or well seasoned staff. Service was spotty and had issues when we were paying the bill. Not accommodating and left with an overall bad experience.
  4. GW

    GW2020

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always amazing! The food is consistent, the service excellent.
  5. M

    Maria

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Horrible food, poor presentation of food, tasteless and overall, the worst experience in nyc ever!
  6. NN

    NedaN

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic all around. Had the truffle pasta, artichoke salad with burrata. Would go back if I lived in NYC. Jessie, the bartender made the experience even more special. Attentive, professional and nice.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The hostess was wonderful! All staff was exceptional.
  8. s

    sioux

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The problem with Sarafinas is that they are not consistent. This one, Sarafina Always, is excellent. I recently ate at the Sarafina in the Time Hotel, ordered the same dish and it was terrible as was the service..
  9. A

    Asgl

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food is consistently delicious but the service was poor, almost non existent. We ate outside and had to track down a waiter to order, for bread, Parmesan cheese, another glass of wine, salt and pepper, etc. we often couldn’t find any waiters outside and it was very distracting to have to keep our eyes out for a waiter. No one came over to our table and asked if we needed anything. This really took away from our enjoyment of the evening.
  10. q

    quentins

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Everything abut Serafina was greta except the dismally slow service. That is, of course, fixable. Food delicious. Reasinabky priced. Good ambience.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good and Mateo is the BEST.
  13. T

    Taleen

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Food was great, no complaints. Awesome kids menu. Service was atrocious. First, we entered the restaurant and were told every high chair was taken and were offered no solutions (although I booked reservation with high chair request). Thankfully that was rectified after a high chair was “found” causing unnecessary stress to the start of our dinner. Our drink and appetizer order was taken quickly and then about 40 minutes passed until we could call someone over to have them take our entree order. Lastly, I needed to change my toddler’s diaper and this seemingly family-orientated restaurant did not have a changing station. Very disappointed, as we went in on a quiet Sunday night, in a rather empty restaurant.
  14. AW

    AdrienneW

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food getting pricey though, great service
  15. LB

    LindaB

    New York Area

    185 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful dinner, great bruschetta, pasta and pizza!
  16. A

    Anonymous

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Waitress was abrupt. I had a salad with grilled chicken which was cut into thin pieces that were tough in consistency
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Please be fair credit back 10 usd to my card cause I volutarily left no tip cause of your awful service and food, I recommend everyone to look into the final charged cheque of these people, now I’ ll proceed through my bank.
  18. m

    marciad

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our dinner in the beautiful oput door patio, plan to retunr again with my family this Sunday for dinner. Big Serafina fans. Thank you, Marci
  19. L

    Lisa

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Outdoor seating and good food is worth the visit. Pizza Formaggi (4 cheese) is what keeps me coming back!
  20. AB

    AdamB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff Quick service Great location Great food and choice Even suggested a different wine as what they had wasn’t chilled enough as new delivery; and no it wasn’t more expensive Family friendly What’s not like
  21. CL

    CunhaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The waiter was in a hurry for us to go to get another client. He even brought the bill without us asking. And he kept asking every second if we wanted something more. Super nasty. And consumerism a lot
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always very good!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    And Roberto is the best MANAGER EVER.
  24. L

    Lapdog1

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really nice staff. Quiet.
  25. s

    stephaniek

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    jarred the manager is SO nice and attentive!
  26. MA

    MaryAnnC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great evening out, welcoming and attentive staff, delicious food at good prices!
  27. RM

    RalphM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always Branzini was as delicate and delicious as ever Could use a bartender with a heavier hand though as the cocktails did feel a bit watered down But nonetheless a wonderful meal and great evening
  28. l

    laura8

    New York Area

    181 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Wise choice: we sat u[srtaairs, which is quieter--at least until families with children arrived.
  29. K

    Kitty

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always consistently good.
  30. LH

    LeticiaH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service is always very kind, the food is delicious and the environment is great. I love Serafina!
  31. CL

    CLGdiner

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    What a disappointment. Came to Serafina as we were going to 59 E 59 theatre. So,it was a perfect location (they even offer a small discount with proof of tickets). We bother ordered two appetizers (Caesar salad and meatballs for me and Caesar salad and grilled octopus for my friend). They arrived together (as we requested, big mistake) within 5 minutes. We did not ask for fast service and had allowed plenty of time. Most diners eating outside so our server was busy running outside as well as serving us. She barely paid any attention to us. Food was mediocre. Haven't been to a Serafina in a long time. It will be a long time before I go again.
  32. RK

    RobK

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I eat at Serafina a few times a year, and it's always good. Never great. Service is fine, ambient is nice. In a neighborhood full of super-fancy restaurants, it's good to have a reasonable place that won't break the bank.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite when in nyc
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    amazing food. good service. only issue is the pizza was $16 on the menu and $21 on my receipt. i didn’t realize until I got home.
  35. N

    Nina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Penne Vodka/ Spaghetti Carbonara/ Penne with pesto/ Tiramisu
  36. H

    Hairball

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazeballs!!! Must try Octopus app. Best ever by far. Have been dining here for years and the quality “always” impresses. Cacio e Pepe and Carbonara made via the most authentic manner. Everything is excellent.
  37. S

    Symone

    New York Area

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always loved serefina, but Jesse the bartender is my favorite..love her..
  38. SH

    SteveH

    Ayrshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Booked for my daughter’s birthday…. I specifically mentioned this on booking. Whilst the food was better than average, there didn’t seem to be any point in having mentioned the fact that it was her birthday. My point is-don’t bother asking if it’s for a special celebration when nothing out of the ordinary seems to happen…..
  39. f

    foodie

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best experience great food and best waiter!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best service ever( betwen MATEO and ROBERTO).

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Serafina Always offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 702-9898.

Serafina Always is rated 4.5 stars by 1021 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Serafina Always

33 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner & Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    A public Icon Parking Lot is located right next door

  • Public transit

    N, R & W subway lines stop 5th avenue station and Lexington and 59th Street stations. Both stations about 1.5 blocks from restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 702-9898

  • Private party facilities

    We have a wonderful private dining room that seats up to 55 people. It is equipped with a Private bathroom, sound system , and TV that can easily be connected to a computer or dvd player.

  • Private party contact

    Nick Granato: (212) 702-9898

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