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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Miami
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, beautiful outdoor seating. Great food

c
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

b
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
73 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was closed!!! And we had to go somewhere else

GH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent. Had the lamb shank with mushroom rissoto and it was melt in your mouth tender. Wife had snapper piccata and was equally impressed.

EP
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is exceptional at the waterfront seating. The view is great. The meal was excellent. My Osso Bucco was cooked to perfection.

JT
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A neighborhood gem. Good food and a pleasant waterfront location. The night we went was surpriingly quiet. Good value.

R
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful waterfront setting with a wonderful pianist playing in the background. Food and service were top rate!

ER
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. We had Osso Bucco, beet salad, caprese salad and tiramasu and everything was excellent. The waiter Nicola from Croatia was incredible, friendly very attentive to our needs. I highly recommend this restaurant.

J
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh food and delicious Never a complaint about their staff Neighborhood gem

CM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and our waiter was very helpful and friendly. My husband and I enjoyed sitting outside overlooking the water. I went home with plenty of leftovers which was also nice.

CG
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Although the entrees and main courses did not disappoint, I can't get past the mold in the desert. A portion of it had actually been ingested before the green mold was noticed in the filling. The establishment took the deserts off the bill but should have done more.

DK
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make an annual visit to Serafina each August as part of our last week away at the end of the summer. And this year reminded us why we make an effort to come back. In addition to having a great location on the waterway, Serafina is an example of old world service, traditional Italian fare, and excellent service.

The pasta is made fresh, and the menu offers a range of traditional fare; I've had the bolognese a couple of times and it's a hearty and flavorful sauce that is jam-packed with meat. My wife had a snapper special, egg washed and finished in the oven with a sauce of lemon and butter, served with a side of the house linguini. Both dishes were hearty, perfectly cooked, and served in large portions.

My daughter and her friend who was dining with us both have very specific dietary needs which the restaurant gladly accommodated, and their dishes were both thoroughly enjoyed.

We'll be back next time we are in Fort Lauderdale.

BM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Serafina a couple times and myself and guests were always very pleased. Food is very good - authentic Italian and very fresh seafood. Nice little tucked away view with a patio on the intercoastal. The service is very strong. Come by and check on you just enough without it being too much. Knowledgeable and helpful in selecting the right sized portions, etc. (they do NOT 'oversell'). Place is tucked away off 20th St just South of Sunrise so you likely won't pass it and stroll in. Give it a shot, though. Would recommend.

DC
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Serafina. Food was delicious and service was first class. I also enjoy the waterside outdoor dining area. Extra thank you to our server Nicola for your excellent service. We will definitely visit again when our travels bring us back to Fort Lauderdale.

T
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best choice ever made when kooking for a authentic en customeroriented italian restaurant! What a great food and service! Thanks for the great evening!

VE
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mary Joe is awesome. Her service was spectacular and we will be requesting her when we return. She made is such a pleasure, basically recommending our entire meal and being spot on with what we’d enjoy.

JE
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Lovely and charming waterside location. Had a reservation and was seated upon arrival. Valet parking convenient. Appetizer of burrata cheese and tomatoes was fine, but main courses - snapper and crab ravioli - were over cooked and tasteless. Service was slow. Waited about an hour for the main course to arrive. For two, with wine and dessert, bill was $163. Not worth it. Very disappointing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great italian restaurant. Service awsome. Wines very good. Good evironment.

M
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent foods and service. We can’t be any happier to celebrate our anniversary at this restaurant. We will be back as often.

OT
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We thought that was original Serafina, but it wasn’t.
The reception was great, but too much food in a plate. Could be shared by 3 people.

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