Serafina by The Water

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$31 to $50
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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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we hoped for and more. Very charming little independently owned Italian restaurant on the channel. It’s a bit unassuming when you pull up then it turns into a pleasant surprise once you’re being seated. The food (arugula beet salad, snapper special and primavera pasta) is delicious. Kudos to the Italian sangria as well. We were visiting from Chicago and grateful to have found this gem.

BT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary Jane is a fantastic server! Our party of 4 ate the various specials, Short rib was to die for! Lamb shank was huge and delicious. You can hear yourself talk on the fabulous terrace on the water!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent meal & service. The restaurant does not look like much on the outside but the location inside by the river is beautiful. The food is exceptional & plentiful. Service great too. We were in vacation, so we do not live in Ft. Lauderdale so that’s the only downside. We cannot come back often, only when we visit the area again. Go... you will not be disappointed.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Very negligent arrogant service!! Wait staff spent most of their time talking with each other. Had to get up multiple times to get water, condiments and waited forever for the bill...the ONLY reason it got two stars was because it was on the water. YUCK!!!!

OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good ambience, service, and quality!
Would recommend highly with one exception that being need to work on bathroom cleaning!!!

p
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome place

FG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food profession service and nice views of the intercostal and a great wine list
I would highly recommend Sardinia for any occasion

FR
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beet salad was awesome, veal dishes and shellfish dinners were all scrumptious. I would like to see some more vegan options however.

P
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique setting. Food was great and server was outstanding.

QG
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food, ovearll, was good. We were a party of 4 so we were able to cross taste the dishes. Two were over the top delicious (the osso buco and veal special) while the third was average (Gnocchi) and the forth (the seafood and pasta specia) was underwhelming in flavor; the lobster was overcooked and the dish, overall lacked any depth in flavor. A little pricey for the location although it is quiet and setback. Service was slow paced and not at all rushed so we easily finished a bottle of wine and if we were in the mood could have run through another before finishing our meal. Would recomend outside seating and make sure to have a reservation.

G
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good experience. Our waiter, Sinisha was very attentive and extremely pleasant. Food was very good although this time the grilled octopus wasn’t as good as previous times here. Veal Parm and tagliatelle w porcini mushrooms were delicious.

RM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was terrific Sonia's made us comfortable and friendly

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife 40th birthday

RK
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic. We had a great dinner with a terrific staff taking great care of our party of 4. Thank for a delicious evening.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food. Great location. Slow service. It is high season but it took an hour for the apps to come out. Then another hour for dinner and 45 mins for dessert. We understand they were busy- but it took way to long.

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Waterfront ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good - only complaint was hair found in salad

BS
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, ambience, and service. It was our first time there in many years. We live about 45 minutes away and will be back soon.

B
Atlantic City
56 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Servings were very generous! Had made this reservation at least 6 weeks ago and still couldn’t get a waterside table. Overall experience still very good!

AR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad experience here. The service is great & the food is amazing

D
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views, service, and food! Three of us enjoyed the red snapper special while I had probably the best osso bucco ever, which was served over a bed of wild mushroom risotto.

JJ
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The food is nice and the service was great. Problem is, the place looks a little run down and, therefore, is a little depressing for a place at this price point. A great place to take your aging parents...

E
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat pappardelle bolognese delicious food. Good vine

R
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, exceptional food and service - truly a must visit restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Exceptional Italian wines at 70% of the prices in the rest of Lauderdale

MB
Philadelphia
426 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, attentive service. Food was very good, with large portions. Pastas, seafood, appetizers, desserts...all very good. Would certainly return.

FG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner with my wife

PR
Las Vegas
58 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom was our waiter, total professional and catering to our needs as a returnee customer.
Awesome food and wine selection. Highly recommend Serafina by The Water to the world...though its a "best kept secret" in Fort Lauderdale.

RO
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find. Both the food and service was excellent. Great choice of specials.

OT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gentleman that officiated our wedding today told us about Serafina. Judge Rob you were 100% correct! Roxana was an amazing server and took great care of us! The waterfront views were gorgeous - even saw a rainbow!!! The food was INCREDIBLE!!! We will be back!!! Thank you to everyone at Serafina for making this such an amazing experience!!!

RA
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the dinner was exquisite. The food, the service and the ambiance never fail us.

BM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best of 15 meals we had during our five days in Ft. Lauderdale. Outstanding Fettucini Al Fredo and Lamb Osso Buco! Despite the unimposing facade in a rather downtrodden neighborhood, this restaurant is right on a dock on the intracoastal. A cozy and romantic setting for a great meal. Don't miss it!

PR
Las Vegas
59 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say - great service and great food..we are a repeat customer and love this place

r
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding italian food. Flavors boast, presentation, taste.
So far the best i have had in florida south areas. Fort Lauderdale to Boca Raton

SV
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place,food is good,location is awesome ,service was good

HR
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine is consistently good. I have never been disappointed in either the standard menu items, nor the specials. So far, the best Italian cuisine in the area.

JB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service was fantastic. We had the lobster ravioli, cheese/spinach ravioli, veal marsala and bolognese. The bread was piping hot and so fresh. All sauces were outstanding. Our server team was extremely attentive and we all enjoyed sitting on the covered porch.

LC
Guadalajara
30 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant would be a reason I would come back to Fort Lauderdale! Absolutely delicious food, authentic Italian, homemade sauces, we had wonderful apps from artichokes and eggplant and then amazing pasta and risotto dishes. Truly a great find! Our server was so friendly and sweet. Make sure you come here for dinner!

MC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very cute place hidden off the beaten path. Service was on point. Food very good. Meatballs were amazing, and we are meatball lovers!

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