Serafina by The Water

4.7
1622 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
“SERAFINA” in Italian translates to both “angel of the sea” and “fine evening”. Those who have been there completely agree! This beautifully romantic, candlelit trattoria is nestled in Victoria Park on a gorgeous view of the Middle River. Its doors open to the most irresistibly charming ambiance and aromas of fantastic Mediterranean flavors. Serafina has a covered and heated patio so guests can enjoy their surroundings in every season!

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4.7
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Similar good italian asnorthern nj

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ShannonF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small place with nice water view seating . Great food will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. We will be back

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Barbsfavs
Miami
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food is excellent. We love to sit on the terrace by the water. We have been over 6 times in the last few months. It is our go to restaurant.

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vipEatoutalot
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, great experience. Food was outstanding and service impeccable. One of the best dining experiences in Ft. Lauderdale!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious! Our waitress did not inform us of all of the specials. We overheard another waitress telling her table the specials. Good thing we did, because I ordered one.
The tables outside were next to the water and had a nice breeze.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, amazing meal outside on the water! Handmade pasta with lamb Ragout was out of this world. Veal chop parmigiana always tender and tasty.

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charlesc
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Disappointed in two appetizers Octopus was not fresh and sponge, Caprese salad was also tasteless and accompanied with wilted lettuce. Pasta dishes were very good, Osso Bucco must have been prepared days in advance as was the risotto, very dry. We have eaten here before and always were happy with the meal? I would have to cautiously recommend at this time..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Little cozy spot on the water. You would never know from outside. Tablecloths and lovely service. Nice menu of pasta. Excellent bread. Always a good sign. The food was just a bit heavy with too much oil. If they lightened up the oil on the chicken Francesca the experience would have been perfect. I will go back and ask for lightness. It’s a lovely little hideaway. Tight views of boats and the intracoastal. Great for lunch outdoors and for a romantic dinner inside.

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Julie
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner with my girlfriends! Will return soon!

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vipErinC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, including the wonderful manager stopping by twice to check in. Loved everything we tried from the burnt fish roll to octopus and bao buns. Highly recommend.

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vipkdmeit
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Serifina is a lovely, romantic place on the inter coastal. Fantastic service and classic Italian dishes. Nice wine and drink selections. Great for date night. Enjoy!

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Sbmud
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife had the Dover sole, awesome! Some type of rice ball, decadent, delicious!
Service was great. Sat right by the water as boats go by.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress, Mary Jane was outstanding! She was very attentive, polite, and very knowledgeable of the menu. We are going back because of her, the ambience, and then the dinner.

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vipErick
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic amazing Italian food, outdoor river view, and priced right with great service is more of a reason to return. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day dinner experience was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner by the water

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd time here. It was superb. Lovely seating outdoors on the water. Excellent wait staff. Primo food. I recommend the Grilled/charred octopus. I also got some kind of fish that was cooked in salt. It's on the pricey side but worth it. The tiramasu was superb. Also had the cacio e pepe. (It's a pasta dish) and it was magnificent. If you can choose, go prior to sunset so you can watch the colors on the water. The seating faces east so it's not blindingly bright. Sunglasses might be nice but not necessary. Not sure if they have boat tie-ups.

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NilsaP
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Valentines

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Foodie
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I look forward to coming back. Great restaurant.

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vipDrTiffany
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 1st time here after living in Broward for 20 years. We absolutely loved it!! There was a set menu for Valentine's Day but all in all, it was good! We'll def be back for brunch soon!!

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breannaj
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My husband and I went to Serafina a few years ago and it was delicious so we decided to go back and reminisce for Valentines day. We ordered the octopus as an appetizer. It was ok. I got spinach fettuccini with grilled shrimp as my entree. The sauce was like soup. It was so thin. It didnt taste bad just didnt coat the pasta. My husband had the double cut lamb chop. It was expensive and just mediocre he said. It came with some sad vegetables. We were definitely disappointed. The waiter was ok, very polite.

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AnitaB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I made a last minute reservation here for Valentine’s Day and Serafina did not disappoint I was hoping for a better ‘water’ view but that’s ok. The food was delicious. Our waiter could have been more attentive - not the best. I would finback though because the food was excellent !

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Adri
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We did not like the food or the service. I do not recommend this place

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camilog
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience, over the canal and great meal. Wait staff friendly and made good recommendations.

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BarbaraS
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, excellent food and good service. Highly recommend it.

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vipJRad
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Was not impressed. Will not return

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GeorgeH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant! From the time you arrive and are seated until dessert. Most importantly the food is spectacular. JOE, who has served us on prior visits is a professional and awesome waiter.
Try it you won’t be sorry.

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vipDave
Miami
45 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had a great meal! Eggplant appetizer was very good and prepared perfectly! The halibut special was very tasty and well prepared. The fettuccine with porcini mushrooms with shaved black truffle was amazing! Joe our server was very good and very busy but through it all was attentive and pleasent. If there was a downside it would be that outside dining by the water is one of two areas, one was 4 tops and the other 2 tops. Our 2 top was 3 feet from an old house boat docked and had a residential 3 ton a/c going on and off. Not a romantic view at all. Will definitely return though.

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TomG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They had a pasta with truffle sauce special that was amazing. Great food, great value.

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vipMaven
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we have eaten here many times but this is the first time since the pandemic started back in march of 2020. the veal chop parmesan was good and the fish was excellent, we felt secure as tables seemed far enough apart

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vipPatriceC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did a Sunday family dinner here. I loved the little alley you needed to walk down to reach this hidden gem. Excellent Italian food overlooking the River. Nice for a date but I would only eat outside here. We shared so I sampled most dishes which were all tasty!

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RudyD
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place on the water. Good for family as well as date night

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AdamS
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Serafina and it definitely will not be the last. The food is amazing. Likely, one of the best Italian restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area. The service was quick and on point. The menu has a large selection of appetizers, main courses and wine. High recommend this place. Be sure to make a reservation!

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CarliC
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful view, excellent service!

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vipCeeJay
Dallas
83 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to come here. It’s always well prepared and a a beautiful setting.

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BobD
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always/ SUPERIOR

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Nance
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding!! Waitstaff was very attentive. A bit pricey but it’s great sized portions!! We’ll be back!!

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JosephM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was awesome. The food was excellent, both selection and value. The service was outstanding....we had bottomless mimosas and the glasses were never empty. Service was impeccable and the staff extremely friendly and courteous. The variety of the menu was great. A very satisfying experience. I would highly recommend to anybody....I will be back, often!

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MichaelW
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Jimmy was excellent and very attentive! Food was great, loved being on the water!

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Serafina by The Water offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 463-2566.

Serafina by The Water is rated 4.7 stars by 1622 OpenTable diners.

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.

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