Serafina by The Water

4.6
2007 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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Polycom
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipNannan
Miami
50 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service lovely view.

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JosephS
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Elizabeth
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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Rainbowe48
Fort Lauderdale
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
65 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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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
60 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!

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frankn
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The Chicken Milanese was almost, but not quite, chickenless. For that it cost me $27.00. The service only worked if you prompted the staff to help you. Overall a very bad experience.

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JonH
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Off night for a typically outstanding restaurant. The main complaint for dinner last night was the smell. It seems as though the the entire restaurant was dowsed with Simple Green making it difficult to enjoy dinner. Every bite of food I took was mixed with the aroma of simple green and it was not pleasant. When we entered the restaurant it was not very busy and it seemed as though the servers were everywhere, plentiful and helpful. As the night wore on the and the restaurant filled up the service got slower and servers, scarcer. Thankfully there was a pay by scanning a QR code app on the receipt which expedited our departure. Unfortunately, the system failed to notify our server who chased us out onto the street to ask about the payment.
Typically this is my go to restaurant when I want good Italian food, after last night I may be rethinking this choice for future dinners.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was amazing !

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vipAugustoM
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good ambience. Food taste good too except the ravioli because werent home made and had too much pastry dough around the filler. Expensive. The food took ages. Very slow service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome servise and food

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OpenTable Diner
Costa Rica
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food!

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AlbertoB
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was just ok, wine was warm it had not been properly chilled. Services was subpar. Overall not worth the price at all. Will not repeat nor recommend.

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SConnor
Greensboro
23 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not sure how to describe this very underwhelming overpriced meal? other than just that.
I was initially excited by the idea of “authentic Italian “ and I certainly was not eating anything authentic or fresh, homemade.
My ravioli was very frozen and Costco tasting while I wouldn’t mind but the cost for Costco ravioli was very inflated. The mozzarella was still cold in middle yet another disappointment.
Now let’s talk about service… what service? Our waiter NEVER came to see if our food was good or if we needed a refill of water or cocktails.
Btw with a more than 3/4 empty restaurant we could not get the waterfront table that I had reserved.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good experience. There was 6 of us. Only issue I have is the automatic 20 percent tip and the no mention at end of meal. It’s possible it was on the menu, just don’t recall seeing it. I would have tipped him 20 percent anyway, just don’t care for it when it’s automatic.

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vipRRS8
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was outstanding! Loved the appetizer’s & entrees! Also, fabulous dirty martini and super Tuscan!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible Experience! Joe, our waiter, didn’t seem at all interested, he seemed more annoyed. Took 15 mins to simply get my Coke, but it was sitting at the bar for pickup the for those 15 mins. Took 1 hour and 20 mins to get our main course after we placed the order. The group behind us received their food first (we didn’t order anything that way special, simple pasta)

As we told them our thoughts, they simple said that they are short cooks in the kitchen. Comped our appetizer but didn’t even receive an apology for the inconvenience. I would have preferred a apology and understand rather than save me some $$$.

Would never recommended or go there again!

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vipFANDM
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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vipMJM1
Fort Lauderdale
86 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The attraction of Serafina is clearly the seating by the water however when it is 85+ degrees outside, that is not comfortable. We opted to sit inside yet it wound up being even hotter inside than outside. There is one, tiny and very old wall A/C unit that does not cool the restaurant. Service got off to a shaky start with 2 servers not knowing who was serving our table. We finally got a server and Tom provided good service going forward. The food was good - not outstanding. Would have been a much better experience had the temperature in the restaurant been comfortable. We definitely would have stayed longer and ordered more drinks and dessert if the A/C was working.

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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 2007 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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