Serafina by The Water

4.6
2020 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food was superb

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WalterP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Service was very poor. Food was really poor quality and cold. Sent it back (one plate) I ate by myself and when I finished my plate. The other person ate by himself as well. First plate was awful, second was great. Server did not care about a single thing. (Other server saw our frustration and offered to help) still our server was only paying attention to the bigger seating table two tables across from us. Never even offered to implement service recovery. We paid the full bill without asking anything free. We came for an experience and left frustrated. The valet was very unprofessional. Never again, do not got there! Although has a nice view. I would never go there again.

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vipJfadmd
New England
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience, fine Italian food with even better service

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JaneB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah was our server & she was fantastic !!!!! We will return & we will ask for Sarah!!! The Andre Busalds

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TaoShugyo
Miami
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Serafina with friends on the water. The charred octopus as good as ever and red snapper made to perfection. Mahi was excellent as was Zuppa di Pesci. Great service from Tom - nice beverage recommendations!

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Velocity64
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect venue for a date night. Water front dining on the east side of the building provides ample shade from the afternoon sun. Our server, Sarah was friendly, attentive and definitely knew the menu. Our pasta was freshly made and cooked perfectly. The place was jumping on a Thursday night so make reservations.

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Rolga
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the place.
Love the food and great service.
And it is a quiet. No music.

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Alyssia
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Nice location, excellent service. Food didn’t have a fresh taste, the shrimp was frozen previously as it was water logged and made the red sauce watery. The fra diavalo wasn’t spicy. The restaurant is listed as being on the water, which is just really a boat dock. Ambiance was confusing it was supposed to be a waterfront Italian restaurant but had Halloween decorations draped all over the place and just really didn’t fit the theme.

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vipJillH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was great. Very enjoyable evening. Will definitely return!

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Polycom
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is likely the best meal I will have this year.... fantastic!!

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vipNannan
Miami
50 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time there and a wonderful experience. The neighborhood is a little rundown, but once you are inside, they have made the most of a lovely water/boat view. Tables are white linen, soft table lighting and overhead fans make outside dining about as comfortable as can be. Service is very attentive, but they don't rush you. Delicious food and a complimentary warm bread with olive oil, that was especially good. My husband had the veal picante and I had the vodka pasta - both excellent. We split a caprese salad with "to die for" fresh mozzarella and large basil leaves. We had the "not to be missed" tartuffo for dessert. The whole evening was lovely. Large portions, so we brought enough home for a another meal! All the diners were smiling and it was clear they were all having as good a time as my husband and myself. Highly recommend. Based on the crowd on a Sunday night, I would say reservations are a good plan. Don't miss this jewel of a restaurant. And they also have $5 valet parking - a bonus in a busy neighborhood.

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vipCapefoodies
Fort Lauderdale
362 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service lovely view.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and they have a great view too

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JosephS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The server Joe was courteous and helpful with food recommendations.

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Elizabeth
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I wish the wait staff didn't need to wear masks as it was hard to hear my server. Otherwise, the experience was excellent!

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vipThrilled
West Palm Beach
29 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious! We always have a great meal and experience.

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Rainbowe48
Fort Lauderdale
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 5. Everyone loved their meals. The wait staff were very accommodating! It was my husband’s birthday so they gave him his own dessert! They put a candle in it & lit it. It was very special!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The appetizer and bread was ok.. The soup I had was very good, I had that as my meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice ambiance with a professional staff.

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vipLL2553
Fort Lauderdale
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and great service

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vipPaul
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing and the service and ambiance perfect! We will def be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience with my beautiful partner! Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We were seated at 7:30, they close at 10p, our meals didn't arrive until 9:35p. We all took a few bites and asked for to go boxes. Several tables around us were seated far after us, ate, and had checks on their table prior to our food arriving. The waitstaff was not very attentive to even grab attention asking, finally she said she checked on it and said it would be right out. Then probably 30 more minutes before it did. Our appetizers did come out quickly then it was an hour at least later our meals came. She did apologize and they didn't charge us for our drinks, but a manager should have come to our table to address. I understand places are short staffed and stressed right now but that doesn't make up for the lack of customer service.

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vipHankV
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Nice ambience!

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vipNemrac766
Atlantic City
66 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah was great very very attentive!!!
The gnocchi were so light amazing and the gravy (sauce) was absolutely delicious I wish I could cook half as good as the chef
And the finality the gigantic piece of tiramisu was the best I have ever eaten!!!!!
All the chefs my “compliments”
Every time I travel to Ft Lauderdale I come to Serafina
And I am never disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service were superb. The stuffed pork chop special was sublime and the parmigiana risotto was a great complement to it. We ordered the caccio e pepe as a pasta course and it was wonderful but it was well overpriced at $36.

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LindseyT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina was so incredibly good! The seating outside was so pretty and the food was incredible. I haven't had such great gnocchi since visiting Italy. I will be coming back every time I visit fort Lauderdale!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing… one of the best Italian cuisines I’ve had in Florida. Staff is super helpful and nice. Highly recommend!

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vipMark
Fort Lauderdale
58 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was ok not great like other Italian places in ft Lauderdale. Service was fair and the linguini with clam sauce was dry. We sent back for more sauce and still came out dry. My wife didn’t eat.

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freblnd
Fort Lauderdale
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This was our second visit to Serafinas. The first time was amazing - great delicious food and outstanding service. Last night our water glasses remained empty, the artichoke appetizer was so bad we sent it back, and dinner took 90+ minutes to get to our table. On the way out, I held the door open for a man who had difficulty walking, who I later found out was the owner. He never made eye contact and never said thank you. Nice way to treat a patron. No need to go back to a restaurant like this again. Unfortunate because the setting and location are lovely.

Serafina by The Water
Responded on October 4, 2021

We greatly apologize about your negative experience at Serafina Waterfront. It is definitely not typical for Serafina, thus we would like to invite you back to Serafina to rectify this experience, if you do decide to come back please let a manager know upon your arrival so we can make sure you are properly treated. In regards to the man, he is the previous owner. Unfortunately, he is partially deaf and has alzheimers. I can assure you no disrespect was intended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was salty overcooked and the view horrible. Pictures of the place show a gorgeous view of the inter coastal. It must have been a photoshop job because it was absolutely not a view at all. The special occasion was a failure. In sum don’t waste your money on this place. Food and atmosphere were terrible.

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vipROMAC2
Charleston
63 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, fine wine, wonderful service. Definitely will go again.

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DebbieB
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my faves! Neighborhood gem, but I’ll drive the distance. Great service, great food and nice atmosphere.

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vipLeeS38
Fort Lauderdale
93 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time to Serafina and it was everything was as good as it was cracked up to be. We had an out of town guest who was overwhelmed with the ambience and the setting. Nikki Griffith the singer on Wednesday nights was fabulous. We really enjoyed her. And then the meal started which was fabulous. Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese was a great beginning. We then had a delicious salad and Pappardelle Bolognese which we loved. Of course, coffee and desert were excellent as well. Our server was a real pro.

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vipMaureenG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance and our server Mary Jane were amazing! Couldn’t ask for a better evening!

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Marti
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Linda experiencia junto al canal. Comida italiana muy buena

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't let the street view fool you. This is a perfect example of not judging a book by it's cover. Absolutely outstanding food, service, ambiance. The gnocchi and pappredelle are amazing!

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vipSamir
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, lovely menu, and extremely fresh and delicious food. Great view on the water, highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best Italian dinner I’ve ever had. Absolutely love the food!

FAQs

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 2020 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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