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Serafina

4.7
4.7
2428 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 43 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Northwest, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 323-0807

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Christian Chandler

  • 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 general manager, Kelley Kieser, can help with arrangements for rentals, decorations, musicians, florists and photographers.

  • 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

    Kelley Kieser: (888) 491-8253

  • Neighborhood

    Lake Union / Eastlake

  • Cross street

    Boston St.

  • Parking details

    <br />*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:<br />Eastlake Ave. E & E. Newton St.<br />Eastlake Ave. E & E. Howe St.<br />Eastlake Ave. E & Lynn St.<br />Boylston Ave. E & E. Boston St.<br />Streetcar:<br />Fairview & Campus Drive

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,428 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Seattle

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date nite! Server, Chloe, was a fantastic host and has waited on us twice now with the same warm manner and impeccable attention to our needs. In the bar, Todd, made delicious craft cocktails with his usual charm and great bar banter
  2. f

    foodie

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The ambiance ,food and drinks were excellent however when charges on the credit card slip did not match the first itemized invoice presented . When we asked to see the detail , a new detail invoice was presented and it was obvious to us that dessert charges were added but we did not order dessert? We told our waiter but when he came back he said it was credited off but he did not provide a new charge slip. So we have no receipt for what was charged to our respective cards as we did not authorize/sign for any charges. A very unpleasant unsettling ending to what was a very nice dinner.
  3. DH

    DH425

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Serafina has been our favorite spot for 20 years. Their patio is the best in Seattle and the food and staff are consistently great. Although we only dine there a couple of times a year, some remember us and treat us as family. We do however miss their old Sommelier Sal, and his amazing wine list. I know they hired someone new but sounds like they will keep the wine list simple and small. Maybe they can get Sal to do some contract work for them!
  4. LG

    LyndaG

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous, attentive service; terrific food. We had a wonderful evening.
  5. K

    Krisinseattle

    Seattle

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Found out Happy Hour only applies if you are sitting in the bar. Also found out there is no little dessert with a candle for a birthday... Other than that, enjoyed sitting outside and food was good, although dishes could use a vegetable or something other than just a bowl of the entree.
  6. SC

    SC2WA

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Indoor and outdoor dining options in the PNW means you will get a few gnats flying around you. Not a deal breaker, but wanted others to be aware.
  7. J

    Joseph

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff, even better food! Chef had a couple surprises for us that didn’t disappoint! Highly recommend…
  8. V

    olyVisitor

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    warm, attentive service, very good food, friendly atmosphere.
  9. s

    sunshine

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to serafina for two decades Last night was first time since covid If anything the restaurant is better The eggplant Parmesan still fantastic. Same with lasanaga Also Porchetta great Service great. Even price was reasonable
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service. Burrata was excellent. Very loud was our only issue.
  11. J

    Jane

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding- our favorite restaurant to dine when we visit Seattle. Great food and outstanding service. And we adore “our” special corner table. ❤️
  12. JC

    JohnC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever we visit Seattle, serafina is a must stop. Great food and service. One of our favorites!
  13. A

    Allaboutthebase

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently one of Seattle’s best
  14. JG

    JamesG

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    My wife and I lived at Boston & Yale about a block from the Serafina location after getting married on 9/13/1987. We spent many days at the old restaurant before it became Serafina. We spent many birthdays, anniversaries, special dinners with our kids and friends at Serafina over the past 30 years. Always the best. Not last night for our 35th wedding anniversary dinner. Very disappointed. Service was slow. The braised octopus was pushed mightily......and it was meagre and tasteless. Drinks took forever. My wife's special pasta was ok. My duck confit showed little if any signs of duck and had zero flavor. The server apologized for the slow delivery. No reason was given. The ambience is still wonderful. The wait staff seem ok but not the same as we remember over the years. We have always held Serafina in a special place in our all-time favorites. We left sad at our special night out being not what we expected. Sorry, Serafina. We won't be back any time soon.
  15. MN

    MarciaN

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at this restaurant and it was simply delightful. The noise level is rather high but the location of our table allowed us to have conversations nonetheless. Service food atmosphere outstanding ….we will return
  16. I

    Iggy

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor location safe and fun
  17. BG

    BGrungeman

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for the lasagne.
  18. S

    Shellran

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming to this gem of a restaurant to celebrate our anniversary and other special occasions since they opened over 30 years ago. The top-notch food, welcoming atmosphere, excellent service, and genuine Italian ambiance will keep us coming back for many years to come!!
  19. TM

    TonyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding service. Delicious food. Short menu. Slightly different from online version.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was so salty and I love salty food
  21. BH

    BrentH

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Still going strong, with amazing food and service!
  22. c

    carlosi

    Miami

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    No lo vale. Demasiado caro para lo que es. La comida nada especial
  23. NG

    NikkiG

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Service seemed slow. The food was great but could have been warmer. The ambiance was really nice and I think we will give this another shot in the future.
  24. MR

    MargaretR

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Comparing to other Italian restaurants the menu choice is limited, no good salads. The octopus was dry. Overall, nothing special for the price.
  25. KH

    KristinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Serafina! We celebrated an Anniversary dinner after not being there for several years. The Bruschetta toppings were scrumptious. The Melanzane was just as good as ever and the Crostada was to die for. Service was wonderful! We sat outside on the street as it was pretty loud inside. It was quieter on the street than in the restaurant. So glad this restaurant continues to serve Seattle its little slice of heaven!
  26. K

    Krisinseattle

    Seattle

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Night out!
  27. E

    Eiffel

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Usually, we are very happy about Serafina. But this time was a catastrophe. We had booked at 7.30pm, and we had to wait until 8.05pm to get a table. The time to get served was very long as well. We did not even get a dessert as it was not a pleasant experience.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Serafina and have been coming for over 10 years for our anniversary. Every year the food is phenomenal and service second to none. The staff genuinely seems excited to be there and so knowledgeable without being pretentious. We will be coming back for years to come!
  29. K

    Kejano

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just perfect like always. It's the best Italian in Seattle as far as I'm concerned. There's a reason its an institution and it keeps getting better every visit.
  30. WL

    WiLD

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal on the courtyard; server was particularly friendly and helpful.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was a nice experience overall . It took over an hour from when we placed our order until we got our meals which wasn’t ideal, but the food was great when it came.
  32. j

    jayt

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Very disappointed in a restaurant that is one of our favorites. We brought out-of-town guests - and told them in advance how good the food was. Server at the bar got 2 of our drink orders wrong. Our server didn't bring us one of the appetizers we ordered and another took forever to get. Four of the pasta dishes we ordered were undercooked (more than al dente) and cold.
  33. PS

    PaulaS

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seattle Classic since the 1990s. Amazing food, service and venue. Love it!!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner! The ambiance is very romantic, lovely feeling to the place. We ordered several dishes, as it was our first time. The salads were so good. We also ordered the octopus, which was itself very delicious, but the preparation was quite pungent. My husband loved his lasagna. We had to wait at least 20 minutes for our main dishes. Our server was very kind about the wait and offered us something complementary.
  35. EP

    EricaP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Serafina never disappoints! The squid in pasta was delicious.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Like nearly all restaurants, you could tell serrafina struggled to handle the huge crowd of loving guests - troubled by understaffing. Even so, this team knocked it out of the park. Doing a great job when the work is tough goes extra far!
  37. J

    Jeff

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Honestly disappointed at our recent Friday evening dinner. We dine at so many great restaurants and damn if Serafina ended up a less than enjoyable evening for my gal's birthday. I know Friday and Saturday evenings can be a sh** show so I'll blame some on too busy an evening for them. Within first 15 seconds it was obvious hostess should not be playing role of hostess at A list place. Then our server was so nice and easy to chat with at start, but dropped off map rest of evening. I mean she's walk past us and not say anything. I know she had a big table next door but at least acknowledge us. She must have not come by for almost an hour. We gave up on dessert and ready to leave. Added annoyance: my gal's daughter pre-paid for two glasses of champagne for us and that never made it to our table as we found out later. Come on Serafina, get handle on customer service. Food wise nothing was memorable. It was good, not great.
  38. IH

    IngHen

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Hostess was ok, had friendlier ones before. Wait staff was great! But food was not as good as before. Inside seating was way too hot, no working fans anywhere close to our table :-( Wrote in the reservation that we had a birthday celebration but did not feel treated special at all :-( Also felt they are now penny-pinching. Asked for some additional bread for the mussel-clam dish and were charged an extra $3. We had 2 appetizers, 3 main dishes and each of us had a drink, then I would assume that decent customer service would allow for an extra slice of bread without an extra charge :-(
  39. S

    larryS

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a nice time. Food was excellent! We would recommend highly. Tried 2 of the specials and they were terrific. Looking forward to our next visit.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Reservation time wasn’t honored. It was 20 minutes after my reservation time and we still hadn’t been given our table, even though there was literally (used correctly) only one other table seated. We gave up and found a spot in the bar. LOVED everything else about it!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Serafina using the Order Online button. Serafina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 323-0807.

Serafina is rated 4.7 stars by 2428 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 43 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Serafina

2043 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Boston St.

  • Neighborhood

    Lake Union / Eastlake

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Northwest, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    <br />*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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christian Chandler

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (206) 323-0807

  • 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 general manager, Kelley Kieser, can help with arrangements for rentals, decorations, musicians, florists and photographers.

  • 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

    Kelley Kieser: (888) 491-8253

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