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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Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Italian restaurant. Dined outside. Joe was
An awesome server. No push to try and up sell. Great recommendations. I had the bolognese. My wife
Had a crab ravioli special. Ceasar salad was wonderful. Homemade dressing. Fresh bread was wonderful. Also had the fresh fried mozzarella app. Was wonderful. Saw others with the burrata prosciutto di Parma app and it looked wonderful. Highly recommend

c
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, views , and service ! Had such a nice romantic dinner with my husband .

N
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Survey sucked and was sweaty

AJ
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was my third visit while the food was up to its excellent standards, this time the service was not up to the high standards set on previous visits. The waiter while pleasant was not terribly knowledgeable about the wine list or the specials and we waited far too long to be greeted. In the future I will request a different server however Serafina serves arguably the best Italian food in Fort Lauderdale with seafood given a starring role

MV
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with a quiet ambiance. I recommend and go back again for a special occasion

CA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. I will definitely be back and refer others

YM
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, this is the best Italian restaurant! The food it’s incredible good and the service.

B
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent over two dinner visits. Superbly prepared food with excellent service. Moderate, eclectic, fairly priced wine list. Great for outdoor seating. Definitely will return again.

KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is great, and sitting outside by the water was so nice. The service was excellent and friendly. The food was true Italian and the specials were amazing. It's a little pricier, but definitely worth it. I look forward to going back again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our waitress was super friendly. This restaurant was a great find.

CC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You would never anticipate, approaching the entrance to Serafina, that the restaurant has such a lovely ambience. We sat right on the water with a great view of the sunset and enjoyed drinks and a delicious octopus appetizer before our leisurely, first-rate dinner of seafood risotto and osso buco. Our waiter was attentive, and the live music was delightful. Highly recommend for a romantic outing.

OT
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always good there it will be our second time the food very good

but the best is our serveur marie jane very kind and nice service

thanks again.

B
Miami
76 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going there since it opened. It is a real gem. We shared their antipasti platter. It was filled with Italian cold cuts, olives, mushroom, fresh mozzarella and arugula. Then I had their lasagna which I love because they have a ricotta layer as well as meat sauce. My friend had their bolognaise sauce on a large pasta. We split a piece of cheesecake for dessert. It's always a pleasure to enjoy a meal on the intercostal.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night! Thank you

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

G
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our dinner at Serafina was wonderful. Love the waterfront location, reasonable priced menu (not cheap but fair for a nice dining experience) though, most importantly, the food never ceases to please and the staff are all wonderful and contribute to a nice meal on the water.

MP
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. A hidden gem.

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S
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was by the water. The food was very good. The bread was Sicilian. The proseco was very good.

m
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This was our first dining experience at Serafina by the water. The food was average. Carpaccio di Manson and Pepata di vongole e Cozze were fair. The Capellini Fra Diavolo Con Gamberi was bland and dry. We had to request some additional sauce. I was disappointedly with the Spigola Cilena all’s Positano. It is described as Chilean Seabass seared, with garlic white wine sauce, shrimp, muscles, clams, capers and cherry tomatoes. The first ingredient should be muscles followed by clams and the last ingredient should be Chilean sea bass
It was raining that day And the restaurant head plastic tarps down to stop the rain. The patio was Narrow and cramped for space. The view was great if you liked looking at the back of large boats. On a scale from 1 to 10 the ambience would be a 2

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had a outside dinner reservation. The hostess said it was drizzling and had us sit inside, the other couples that came in at the Same time were seated outside as well as everyone else. We have been there multiple times and she was adamant about us sitting inside due to the weather. Very disappointed. The waiter also put in the wrong order of risotto and wouldn’t remake the correct one because it would take too long. This was a birthday dinner and my guest ended up getting linguine and oil with garlic.

FR
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful outdoor seating. Great food

c
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!! Liquor price is the only thing that is totally out of line!

M
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was very authentic. Our waiter kept trying to convince us not to order certain dishes we wanted because they were “too big”. Super distracting which made our experience less than awesome. He was too involved in our meal repeatedly telling us to relax and enjoy our wine when all we really wanted was the dessert menu.

We gave up on dessert because we didn’t want more interruptions. However the cuisine was very good and the ambiance romantic. Note to restaurant our Barbera was chilled as in “was in the fridge” when it shouldn’t be refrigerated.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The patio has a nice atmosphere. Just wished there was more of a breeze.

C
Miami
64 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food, service and view were great. I ordered the Chilean Sea bass (with shrimp, clams and mussels) which tasted great but it was a little small for the cost. The service is always fantastic and we love seeing but the canal.

MB
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy restaurant by the waterway. Staff is professional and accommodating. The meal was delicious. Recommend the carpaccio appetizer, the sea bass with clams, mussels and shrimp was delicious and well as one of the specials for the evening, the Snapper Francese. Marco, or server was kind, funny and professional. His recommendations were spot on. We look forward to coming back again...

M
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Unfortunately the service was so poor... that I had convince everyone to please leave tip. Our waiter was grumpy, unfriendly... The Risotto Tutto Mare was so mushy and Fettuccine Con Panna so bland... tasteless... very 😞

OT
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time but not the last one thanks to Marie Jane nice service

b
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint place located on the water. The service was excellent, the tasty and cooked to perfection. The outside entrance does not look like much, but don't let that stop you. I can't wait to go back. Had an awesome meal sitting outside overlooking the middle river and boats.

J
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, wonderful spot on the water, and always reliable and attentive service. This is the first time that we went when there was a pianist/singer - she was very good and not obtrusive to our dinner or conversation. One of our favorite romantic places for dinner.

R
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service. Seated waterfront enjoying the piano player’s wonderful music! A delightful evening!!

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for dinner. If you are looking for somewhere quiet . Its right by the water, good customer service...

LG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VIEW AND FOOD AAA+++ AND I AM PICKY! WE HAD OSSO BUCO AND SEA BASS. WOW!!!

RG
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden neighborhood gem. The food is spectacular the service equally wonderful and you would never know from looking at the front how awesome a spot this is inside!
right on the water you can eat outside on the dock or inside in a cozy classy warm environment. We were fortunate enough to have a cool light breezy night so I opted for outside under the canopy on the water near all the sailboats and it was gorgeous and a wonderful time. Also excellent signature cocktails

SG
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food on the water. Great service and good value.
Always great!

TM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meatball panini was to die for! Our server was very friendly and informative .

M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite! Our server Tom was amazing and knew the menu well. This place is amazing. A 10!!!!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter Nicolas provided us with outstanding individualized service. He made my sons birthday celebration extra special. The food was served fresh and promptly. We enjoyed a delicious bottle of Chianti a recommendation from our waiter. The tiramisu was heavenly.

N
Miami
74 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service we really enjoyed the restaurant setting out side on the intracoastal

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