Serafina by The Water

4.6
1729 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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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was expecting a bit more from their food. Bread was hard and chewy, both pasta dishes were ok but lacked flavor. Service was good, outdoor seating by the water very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian in Lauderdale.

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vipPELLY
Miami
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good 👍

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MichaelR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Ok but service was really slow very little place no really designed for a lot of people good great 😌

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yaniquer
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The customer service is excellent. Spent $88 on the plates of food and it was absolutely horrible.

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vipAlainaA
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was amazing! Will definitely go again!

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vipKKNYC
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for outdoor dining in a very nice setting. Delicious food and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The food was great. The service was poor. Our waiter did not check on us. We had to ask someone to call him over. For the cost of the food you expect much better service. If we go back and get him as a waiter I would ask to change.

Also it was my daughter’s 10th birthday. They didn’t do anything special. Not even wish her a happy birthday. I would not go there again for a special occasion.

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TriciaE
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and it was absolutely wonderful. The food could have used a little more seasoning but the overall experience was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place once you got inside.

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RichardL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The view was great, to enjoy a perfect evening of delicious chefs specialties.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this restaurant!!! Food is great and authentic. Service by Joe was exceptional!!!

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PatrickD
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent the atmosphere great and the best waiters

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Chewie
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been there in years and wanted to try it again ( experience years back was a little ‘iffy’).
Very nice experience. Seated outdoors.
Staff was friendly and attentive.
Wine and cocktails were on point.
Shared an antipasto platter. Well done with a good mixture of items on it.
Entrees were spot on as well.
Lobster ravioli was done perfectly. Ravioli is often soggy or still cold in the middle.
Shrimp / capellini fra diavola well done. Shrimp were huge snd cooked right. Pasta was a little soft but understandable. Sauce had a bite but not a burn.
Dessert was an ice cream bombe that the diner thoroughly enjoyed.
We originally parked on the street on our own but midway through the meal asked the valet to collect our car snd bring it closer. He was wonderfully obliging and gracious.

Oh, and to make it even more pleasant the music is at a level that allows for quiet conversation at the table. Its background music not a Stones concert It’s awful being places where the music is so intrusive that all conversation is conducted at a near scream.

It’s not an inexpensive place , but the value is there.
It’s also not a fast fine and dash place. Plan on relaxing and having a true dining experience.
A thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable dinner. We will be back soon and plan on bringing others.

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viphoyhoy
Miami
76 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful evening, food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

The branzino was served in small pieces, the shrimp was overcooked, the octopus was tough,

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This may be the best francaise I have ever experienced. Amazing food!

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TonyS
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The artichoke appetizer was not cooked it was very hard and my pasta special was all stuck together I had to peel it apart should not happen in your true Italian restaurant

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FabioC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Joe made a real difference, very kind and very sweet.

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vipHalB
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very disappointed in the service and food. This was the first b ad experience we had in this restaurant in over five years. We had to send back the appetizer as it was undercooked. The three main dishes were not up to the quality that we had come to expect from this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 couples weekend get together, loved the food and loved the atmosphere !!

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Ruth
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very expensive!! This restaurant charges prices higher than nicer restaurants in the area -Canyon for example-
Restaurant is very old, bathrooms are filthy, food is ok

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JoelL
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Sitting inside (outside tables remained open until we left, but they would not move us) with two drunks at the tables next to us was disconcerting and uncomfortable; management did not attempt to "quiet" them. Service by Bianca was very good. Food not so much. Caesar salad had an "off" taste. Chicken (dry) needed a sauce, and they got us a marinara after requesting. Looking forward all night to Osso Buco; it was way overcooked and burnt. Should have sent it back. Risotto was average. Wife said her lasagna was excellent. The appetizer, mozzarella, and dessert, tiramisu, were both very good. Would we go back? Probably give them a second chance even at their lofty prices.... probably but not definately.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Amazing food as always. The server was rude tonight which is not usually the case. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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vipmoritze
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The food al lunch is reheated. Even the pasta. It is uneatable!!!

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vipVan1
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Terribly disappointed with our recent visit. I had made reservations a week ahead of time. Only the 'bar' was available. I called the previous night and asked if we might be able to sit outdoors, the person I spoke with said, no problem! When we arrived, it wasn't possible. Our food was quite good, my Veal dish was warm, not hot. The other 2 dish were hot. Our waitress did not put the entre' order in on a timely basis....and people around us received their food before us despite us putting our order much sooner. I would recommend the place only because I think they had a bad night. It's always been enjoyable...this time, not so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

When we arrived, the host said they close at 3:00 and were implying she wasn’t going to seat us. I had to ask for a manager in order to be seated. When the food was brought, my ravioli was cold and we weren’t given any cutlery.

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vipgoldenboy
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food the service in the atmosphere… Will be back… My favorite with the tulip zucchini which was a special and if they’re having it that day do not miss them they are amazing. Everything was superb

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vipAliceP
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu, new ideas and classics...all delicious.we sampled a few appetizers including antipasto, arancini, oysters, octopus and mozzarella en corrozza., so delicious!! Veal parmigiana is special, halibut a lamb pasta and linguine with clams were all amazing.

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vipFoodie
Miami
60 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely terrific service and delicious food. Loved sitting outside and watching the boats go by.

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vipMarieD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We expected a nicer ambiance. It is on the water but not exactly scenic. Also very disappointed to learn that they decided not to serve brunch that day, even though it was a Sunday. We had to order off the dinner menu.

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vipEvanK
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was outstanding. We had a fabulous evening at Serafina. Kudos to our server Tom.

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Ariiella
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels in white wine garlic sauce
The osso bucco was amazing and the mushroom risotto was so creamy. I am daydreaming about this food!

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JoZo
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our meal was fabulous, but our waiter was really horrible. We had been there a few weeks before and the service was terrific as was the food. It was not the same this time. My husband asked him about a beer he had on our last visit that he could not remember the name of. The waiter turned away, came back a minute later and dropped a menu in front of him and turned and walked away. We had to ask several times for lemon for our water. Another server came by to drop an appetizer at the table and we asked him and he immediately brought us lemon. One of our party and I ordered the pasta with seafood which arrives at the table enclosed in foil. Our waiter dropped the entrees at the table and walked away. Another server noticed and quickly came over and removed the foil. We had the feeling that our waiter was high on something or just plain clueless. I love the food at Seraphina and the service on our first visit was impeccable. We will go back, but if we end up with this waiter again, we will request to be moved to another server's section.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! Food was delicious, staff was attentive, I wish could give this restaurant 10 stars!!!

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vipKenn
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

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vipSherryS
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a beautiful setting

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vipDKOne
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server Joseph S was on point. Asked questions, offered specials at the right time, asked about the amount of sparkling water to pour. Asked the kitchen or knew what changes could be made to an entrée to accommodate my partners dietary requirements. Dinner was on point and the time between appetizers and entrée was on point. All in all, a great evening of dinner along the water.
Well done Joseph S and Serafina!

DK

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StephenM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding and the service was excellent! Unfortunately, we were seated waterfront, outside, which normally would have been terrific, but were stuck staring at a run down old houseboat taking up half the dock. We were told by staff they had no control of that. That’s a shame. Totally destroyed view and hurt ambience.

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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 4.6 stars by 1729 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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