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!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

There will be a preset menu that will allow customers to choose from a menu that encompasses and highlights customer favorites. The full regular menu will not be available.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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L
Miami
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service we’re both great. Atmosphere was also very nice.

l
Miami
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside and surrounding was most pleasant, right on the water with yachts lined up. Food was delicious. My friend ordered the salmon and said it was the best salmon she ever had. I ordered the lasagna and enjoyed it. The desserts were also excellent. The espresso gelato was sooo good. We will be back.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. The only concern was when ordering wine the waiter didn’t clarify that there were 2 kinds of the same wine and just assumed we wanted the most expensive which we didn’t find out until we received the bill.

G
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good ; waiter attentive.. nice to sit by the water..

HB
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. Our favorite Italian restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale.

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Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place. The staff is so nice and the food is always fantastic. Love eating outside.

p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. We had a particularly wonderful waiter who made our dining experience so enjoyable. This is a great spot for a romantic dinner or just a special night out.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service food and wine amazing

j
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The staff was attentive. It was great to sit outside with the weather so great.

SA
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly staff

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. The outside/facade isn’t much to look at but the majority of the dinning area is outside on the covered and screened deck and was comfortable with views of the boats at the docks and the river. If you see an entree you like that comes with spinach/ricotta gnocchi don’t miss it, the gnocchi was great!

DB
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Two of the people in our group of six had the pork chop. The pork chops were so tough that they could hardly eat them. They said the taste was very good but chops tough.

BS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

JR
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven't had Italian food this good since we were in Italy. The evening was a little chilly, so we opted to eat inside, but if the weather is nice enough, I would highly recommend eating outside!

WV
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lovely evening. Restaurant was very busy but it did not affect the service. Attentive and pleasant. The food was delicious. I had a special of red snapper that was Francese style with artichokes and mushrooms. It was the best fish I’ve ever had… My partner had veal piccata and thoroughly enjoyed his as well, we also had a fresh beet salad that was to die for. ..I would highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is excellent. The food is consistently great, service wonderful, and if you get an outdoor table the atmosphere is attractive. One warning, the portions are huge so arrive with an empty stomach!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outside seating is nice, intimate. Large portions. Appetizers, salad and desserts were great. Pasta was fair. Good value

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I have dined at Serafina before and truly enjoyed the experience so for New Years Eve we tried the price fix menus at $120 per person; sadly the quality just didn’t meet expectations. The menus option was also not diverse enough for a price fix at that level.

I would recommend Serafina for a night out but avoid the Holiday price fix menue

IV
London
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Music was nice
But set menu was given to us. No option to have the regular menu. Which we were expecting.
Lots of food that we couldn't eat.
Fixed menu had prosecco or champagne option. We were not given the option to have champagne.
$120 per person.
Not value for money

B
Miami
82 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I booked the reservation I did not know that they would have a set holiday menu. I was a little disappointed because I was craving their delicious lasagna all day. However this will go down as the best NYE dinner I have had in a restaurant.Every single course was top quality and delicious. There were three choices for each course. It was hard to decide the choices were so good. I was full after the appetizer and first course and salad. But I still found room for my filet and lobster tail. Dessert and prosecca were included.It was pricey but worth every penny. I do have two small complaints. I do not like when the tip is included in the bill. I always tip well I just don't like the restaurant deciding for me.I usually tip higher. And we sat a small two top that was to small.Even as we finished and were leaving several four tops by the water and inside were still empty. As two gentlemen dining together we see this happen often.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A definite go back!
The best veal chop parmigiana!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are in from Chicago and we stumbled into this hidden gem! It was possibly the best Italian food I have had, outside of Italy. Authentic and every bite was delicious. Attentive service, beyond expectations! Must try if you’re in Fort Lauderdale!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely spot, excellent food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We love the food and ambiance but the service was very slow.

f
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service but with the extra pleasure of having live music with Patrician! She is an icon of the Fort Lauderdale scene. Ask her about jamming with Duke Ellington!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great. The food was delicious. The portions were large! The service was awesome. I spilled and broke my wine glass (red wine). They cleaned everything up ASAp and brought me a new glass at no charge! Really great people.

r
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with delicious authentic Italian food . Restaurant is located on the water with a beautiful view.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and welcoming. It was an overall pleasant dining experience

OT
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

We will not be returning. We were very disappointed. We have dined here many times before and enjoyed.

The tone was set my the maître d
We arrived and were told the only table available for our reservation was in the doorway to the outside. The next group with a reservation were shown to an outside table. Then another two arrived and they reset a table outside for them.

Our table was in direct line to the outside and my husband was bumped by both waiters and customers on many occasions during our meal

The waiter did her best to serve us and kept asking if everything was ok.

The food was ok but not delicious.

Not returning and not recommending.

B
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Restaurant came highly recommended by some foodie friends who visited last month. It did not disappoint! Food and ambiance first rate! Thank you and no doubt we will visit again!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always exceptional. Perfect location for a romantic dinner. Great wine list and very authentic Italian menu. Thank

DE
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gets better every time. Portions are ver large. Recommend sharing salads. Salmon is especially good.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from start to finish. Large portions that satisfied my husband, which is hard to do! Service was terrific. Nice off the beaten path location on the water. Will definitely go back.

G
London
46 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

A little too much hustle and bustle. Like eating dinner with cast from Jersey Boys.

Food quality very good. Service is too rushed.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a date or intimate gathering

PM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service, delicious starters and best pasta I have ever had in a restaurant. Good value for money and lively outdoor seating. Inside of restaurant is quite small so would recommend the outdoor seating.

OT
New England
45 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and visit frequently. The service is always spectacular and the food is even better. Authentic italian cuisine. Last night I have the special veal chop pounded down veal parmigiana and it was unbelievable! All three of us enjoyed Caesar salad that had the best dressing ever! The bread was warm and the drinks were great. (Hint: they have dark cherries for drinks. They may have been Luxardo brand but not sure) Desserts were awesome too. Cheesecake and tartufo ice cream balls. The entire experience was awesome which is why we visit so frequently. A real hidden gem!

B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner. The food was outstanding!

J
New Orleans
85 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's not often I can say this, but our Christmas Eve dinner at Serafina was spot on perfect. Service was exceptional. Delicious!!

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