Serafina by The Water

4.7
1580 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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vipADN1
New York Area
337 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was on point and phenomenal! The Staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, our waitress Becka was fabulous and payed attention to the details. A must try!

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SN106
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A flawless experience, starting with the service, then the food, and the setting on the water. Quiet music in the background and very attentive servers. Top quality food. Highly recommended!

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vipHoward
Miami
100 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great! Service from Nicolas, drinks sublime. Food delicious, loved the special octopus and calamari appetizer. Perfectly grilled! Pasta special with jumbo shrimp, shaved black truffles wonderful. Drinks a little pricey, but very generous pour. Becoming our go to restaurant especially dining outside on water during our winter!

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vipHEIDI
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We had a nice table by the water. Would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend.

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vipVeryMonet
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely charming neighborhood gem. Wonderful food. Lovely patio for dining right on the water.

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DrJG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Outdoor sitting was nice but service is not that good, waitress are not friendly, they seem all the time to be in a rush. Food is ok, we had a good time but service in general was mediocre.

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vipHoniP
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Everything was perfect!

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vipMaggie
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and ambience are great at this intimate waterfront restaurant. The only recommendation to the owners, get some more Scotch options as the drink menu is mostly wines.

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vipphilipa
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was amazing and the food was fresh abd tasty . One of our favorites in Fort Lauderdale . We will definitely be back .

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vipHalB
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service. The ambiance completes a fabulous dining experience.

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vipLoriSoBe
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the definition of a neighborhood gem in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale but you fell,like you could be in Portofino, Italy! Amazing views, great service, excellent food!!!

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William
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful Sunday brunch on the water with out of town friends. The seafood bruschetta, anti pasta and frittata were all delicious! And our service was impeccable. I highly recommend Serafina by the Water.

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BrCr
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AmAIng food and service as usual! We’ll we back.

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CathieS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious and our server (Mary Jane) extremely personable and professional. I will be going back for sure!

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vipBrentB
Cleveland
55 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is outstanding, from the excellent selection of food, the quality of the food, the attentive service and, for outside diners, the nice view of the waterway. We had the combination grilled octopus/calamari as an appetizer special, followed by a fantastic snapper entree. Dessert of tiramisu rounded out the excellent evening. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Joe was the best server I’ve ever had. Amazing food. Quality all around.

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vipHEIDI
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We enjoyed sitting on the water and the service was excellent.

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vipPixie
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of us ate at Serafina near the waterway and we had a great view and three very good dinners. Everything was low key in a very relaxed atmosphere. We'd highly recommend it.

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HollyL
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was excellent all the way through. Food presentation and delivery were on point. The selection of food and appetizers made final decision difficult. So many great choices. Only disappointment was the tiramisu . It had no flavor despite being baked in house. Our server Mary Jane did a great job on a busy night.
I love the music as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we are in Fl we make it a point to dine at Serafina. The food is excellent and the staff outstanding. Highly recommend it.

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vipSkip
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great find. Dinner for four on the water? No problem. Service? OUTSTANDING. Food? Delicious. We each had something different. Oso Buco, Veal Chop, Snapper and Chicken Milanese. To make it even better, for me at least, they made their greyhounds with PINK grapefruit juice. Almost as good as the food. We will be back next week with different friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect and the food was delicious.

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vipstusky
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Surprisingly good food. We had a lobster Franchrse special that was very well prepared. We also tried the special appetizer of zucchini flowers stuffed with cheese, which was not as successful as the lobster. The restaurant is located directly on a dock which allows a view of the river, although it is not spectacular as some of the restaurants close to the beach/ocean. The area is cramped and busy, but worth the effort given the quality of the food.

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ASKA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Serafina has it all! Good Food, Great Ambiance (outside on the water,) and meets all current safety requirements with appropriate social distancing of tables, masking by staff, etc. This is our go to location for special occaision dinners.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Xmas music to add to the ambience!

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vipMdp1
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Can’t say enough about this place. Always great and xmas eve dinner was no exception.
I’d give them 10 stars if I could

DB
DebbieB
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine at Serafina by the Water. Great service, and amazing food. One of my faves.

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vippopper
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a charming place. And such a refreshing option compared to the corporate restaurants.

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vipbwal
Miami
79 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Italian frittata that was sp delicious served with sauted spinach.

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WayneH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great italian Seafood. Well served in a wonderful restaurant setting.

HB
vipHalB
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service. Well worth the money.

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Dani
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time but surely not the last. The location at first was misleading because you don’t see the restaurant until you walk through a corridor. Really cute once you go inside :) Food and service top notch!

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vipNYCperson
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good ..pandemic or not. Social distancing was respected. Masks were worn. Food and service was excellent.

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vipTaoShugyo
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place (always is). The grilled octopus is fantastic and perfectly done. Generous portions and very good service. Great place for family gathering and outdoor eating.

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vipHoward
Miami
101 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was great and food exceptional. Loved the osso bucco on the mushroom risotto! Manhattan was generous and perfectly prepared also!

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kaylac
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - the Osso Buco was unbelievable along with the positano fish dish. They always have amazing new specials. I haven't gotten a bad dish from here. The martinis are STRONG. Try to get there early so you can sit outside by the water.

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enriqueg
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Some things good,some bad.Very bad olive oil,acid peppers.Some bread heated some not.Good main courses,good wine list and coffe

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SoniaR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Service was excellent. We'll be back.

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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 4.7 stars by 1580 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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