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Serafina by The Water

4.6
4.6
2850 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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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 77 times today
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (954) 463-2566

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Fabio Lazzari

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator : (866) 954-1924

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria Park

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Wine Wednesday

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
    $5 Glasses of Wine on Select House Wines every Wednesday between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm!

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What 2,850 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Romantic

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Great for scenic views

  • Fort Lauderdale Central

    Most Booked

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  1. R

    Ronjay

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed our dining experience there and will def be back and tell our friends about it.
  2. RT

    RogerT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had swordfish and and chicken with pasta and marinara sauce. Spectacular from start to finish. By far the best thus far in Ft Lauderdale. Wonderful setting and people. 9.5/10
  3. M

    Maya

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a phenomenal experience at Serafina! Our Server DJ was amazing, and the staff was very friendly and personable. Will definitely be going back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing, most recent trip was one of the best. Took out-of-town guests to Serafina on a Saturday night and they were impressed. Rigatoni special was amazing and veal chop parmigiana and bolognese were outstanding as always. P
  5. DJ

    DawnJ

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food here is always great! Waiter/bar passed my off a diet ginger beer instead of the regular ginger beer that I asked for. How inconsiderate to not ask me if I would mind a diet soda instead of just serving me a diet soda. I instantly knew it wasn’t right because I have a reaction to imitation sweeteners. The only fail here. Food and salads were wonderful.
  6. CB

    CraigB

    New England

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent selection and service and all of the dishes were very tasty and perfectly prepared. The Caesar salad was really fantastic as was eggplant as starters. The zuppe de pesce was excellent with lots of fish and fresh pasta. Other pasta and entrees excellent as well have been here before and will be back.
  7. D

    Daisey

    Minneapolis

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sarafina is one of our favorites. We like outdoors, their patio, on the water, and it is always good in every way.
  8. K

    andyK

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we always enjoy going to Serafina, even if it is some 30 miles away. The ambience sitting on the canal cannot be beat, and their servers and food are always great. Nice wine list, and great choice of pastas, meats or seafood. I order the Snapper Francese too much, but its just that good. The Veal Parm is on the bone and half will be taken home. We will always go back when we have something planned in Ft Lauderdale for the evening.
  9. 1

    123245

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was just ok and pricey. Osso Buco was good but again a little high $. The veal piccata was tasteless. The sauce was more like a thick congealed gravy Vs a lemon butter wine sauce. Awful and again pricey. I honestly should have sent it back and gone home hungry to a sandwich. Too many other really good Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.
  10. c

    cheerios

    Baltimore

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service (Ivan) and wonderful food. We will be back!
  11. D

    Disneygirl

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Canal Water view obstructed a bit by big parked boats. Service attentive . Food good not great.
  12. B

    Berdache

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Old school, basic food - messed up the parmigiana- prices are sill for what you get Nice view though
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Had a very nice time great service and food was good also
  14. B

    Bill

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clams, octopus & calamari to start. lemon grouper, gnocchi & mahi mahi for entrees and tiramisu w/coffee to finish. Food, view, company & service were excellent. Everyone had a great time!!
  15. P

    Pickydiner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    DJ our server was excellent! Food was fabulous. Would definitely return.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was outstanding. Ordered several appetizers and all entrées were great. Portions were generous. A new go to place!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good very good very good
  18. GA

    GustavoA

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Buena comida y servicio, muy atenta la gente para atenderte. La terraza al lado del agua es el mejor lugar para comer.
  19. MS

    MikeS

    Fort Lauderdale

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a 7:45pm reservation and were seated upon arrival. Our waitress had a busy area but she was attentive and had a very nice disposition. Food was very good from the chevallata app to our main courses that both had pasta and seafood. Highly recommend and will be back soon.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff did everything to make sure our night went as smoothly and festively as possible. Compliments to the chef, the bartender, and to our server, DJ We'll be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian cuisine with wonderful ambiance and service. A great experience!
  22. ER

    ElcaR

    Miami

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The waitress was very nice but she was by herself serving 9 tables and was impossible to give attention to so many tables. The food was ok but was served not hot enough. The problem is really lack of management.
  23. D

    Dodie

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Serafina. We go there at least once a month.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    What to love: outdoor seating views and ambience. Tiramisu and cappuccino for dessert What could have been better: the food was pretty mediocre. I’ve had plenty of Italian seafood dishes and my husband and I just weren’t wowed by the flavours of our dishes. I had pasta with clams in red sauce and he had the lamb shank. Both were cooked perfectly but flavours weren’t outstanding.
  25. ST

    StacyT

    Fort Lauderdale

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming here for years. It’s one of our favorite local restaurants and never disappoints. Maya was amazing. She took great care of us and the SACCHETONI PESTO (Pear and ricotta stuffed purse-shaped pasta served with pine nuts, pesto sauce and sun dried tomatoes) was outstanding. The best we’ve ever had!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  26. JJ

    JudyJ

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Made reservations for a birthday meal but we were quite disappointed. Asked for outdoor seating but was seated in a dated cramped back room (not the end of the world). Service was not great (I had to ask for bread, which was stale and tasteless) The food was blah… definitely not worth the price tag. Didn’t complain, made the best of it and tipped my waiter… but I’ll never go back. Not the dinning experience we were hoping for.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This cozy restaurant has left the best impressions! Great anniversary dinner, great dining experience, excellent service and hosts, delicious dishes, beautiful presentation, generous portions. I recommend to everyone! I would like to come back here again and again.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, food came out very quick on a busy night, and had a nice, attentive waiter! Would definitely come back.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  29. J

    Jack

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always excellent and so is the service. Can’t beat the location for ambiance.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing and the service was phenomenal. It was definitely a great place for a date night or celebratory dinner

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  31. G

    Gordy

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant. Great food. Terrific service

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  32. JJ

    JamesJ

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Serafina has great food and a fun atmosphere. It has a strange layout that doesn't lend outside dining very good for groups over 5 or 6 people. The specials were excellent. The pricing was comparable for area restaurants and not in a mall. Our outside dining experience was laid back with a nice water view at a table for two.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  33. t

    tom53

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was spectacular! Despite being very busy, the service was outstanding. Nobody missed a beat. Waiter and the other table staff helped make it a wonderful evening.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  34. DS

    DouglasS

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Dinner on the water is always a pleasant experience. Serafina By The Water was a pleasant experience. The quality of the fresh pasta, the attentiveness of the staff and the valet parking make it a nice spot for dining in a less hectic location. I would recommend being seated outside, weather permitting, since the interior dining room is a bit dated and cramped. The pasta selections are worth a second look. I had the ravioli special of the day.: ravioli florentine and I choose to substitute Marinara sauce for Alfredo. Great decision. The Alfredo was delicious, creamy and buttery. Although the wine list is expansive, few selections by the glass are available. Perhaps they can add more selections by the glass. Use the valet parking since the area is a bit challenging to locate a metered space and a 10 minute walk to plenty of parking by Macy's in the Galleria.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  35. f

    foodie

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mia was amazing/ food delicious

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  36. JO

    JasonO

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The bread was cold and stale, main food was mediocre.
  37. MB

    MitchellB

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  38. B

    Brad

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was great!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  39. MS

    MsSa

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, and service. The atmosphere is pretty, when sitting outside by the water. Great place.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  40. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Efficient service and good food.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on January 27, 2023Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

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 2850 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 77 times today
Google Map for Serafina by The Water

926 Notheast 20th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Victoria Park

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fabio Lazzari

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (954) 463-2566

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator : (866) 954-1924

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