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Serafina by The Water

4.6
4.6
2724 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

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today
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Private dining

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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 2,724 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fort Lauderdale

    Great for outdoor dining

  • 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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Very good ambiance, standard food, good services. Good overall.
  2. MT

    MickeyT

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Overated and disappointed. Had reservations for special occasion and were put in a corner instead of outside on the patio. The menu in the restaurant did not reflect the one online. Pasta sauce was not seasoned and shrimp overcooked. Would not recommend or return.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    Great Ambience on the outdoor back deck overlooking water. Unfortunately, my husband and I arrived at 6:30, a few minutes before a table of 30. Was told to put our order in because of the large table. The caprese Salad was missing the balsamic dressing. The octopus was very small and underwhelming, perhaps not cooked throughly. The shrimp pasta I ordered tasted like freezer burn and wasn’t very tasty. My husband ordered a lamb chop which also didn’t taste fresh, was cool in the middle and very fatty. I was very excited to bring my husband here for his birthday and perhaps it was bad timing but we were very very disappointed.
  4. VK

    ValerieK

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Victoria Park "best-kept" secret for many years. Charming ambiance with a lovely waterside view and outstanding food. I highly recommend it!
  5. J

    Josey

    Fort Lauderdale

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the portions huge and Emily was an excellent server. I would return in a heartbeat, this time for the Zuppe di Pesce.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded 5 days agoThank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  6. RE

    REBGIL

    Chicago

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a delicious dinner consisting of a glass of Chianti wine, arugula salad and linguine marinara. For dessert we had a frozen mango sorbet. The food and service was great and cost was moderate. A wonderful Italian restaurant!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded 5 days agoThank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  7. MM

    MMcC

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening at Serafina. Our waiter Pande was outstanding, a real pro. Appetizers of charred octopus, calamari, and carpaccio were great. The lasagna, osso bucco lamb shank, and a truffle pasta & pasta bolognese were great too. Atmosphere was awesome with some great old Italian songs on the play list, and the rest of the servers were first class as well. Not a chain place with kids working as if they don’t care or haven’t been trained. On the contrary these people know their business.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded 5 days agoThank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  8. H

    Howard

    Fort Lauderdale

    143 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    143 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Usually love your osso bucco (lamb shank), but flavor was not as wonderful as usual. The risotto was not as rich and the mushroom sauce overpowering. The lamb was not overly tender as usual. Caesar salad amazing.
  9. MT

    MichelleT

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I judge a restaurant by their simple foods, soup, salad and a broccoli rabe side of its Italian. You nailed all 3.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded 5 days agoThank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time there and everything was fantastic. The food was excellent. The service was great. Our table up against the rail by the deck on the water made it just that much more. We have been coming down here for years and had never been here. It’s tucked away and unless you knew it was there you wouldn’t find it. We will be back for sure.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  11. w

    warrenk

    Miami

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sitting by the water is an excellent experience, and a great place for a date. The waiter staff were extremely attentive and the food was prepared professionally and came promptly- very nice ambience

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  12. DA

    DoloresA

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely great food, atmosphere outside was beautiful and the service was wonderful !!!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  13. m

    mariejoseep

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was amazing, negroni’s also and food was good ! Very good experience overall!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  14. JW

    JulW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, remarkable ambiance, and outstanding service, especially Maya, no our server, went above and beyond, and made the evening memorable.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a reservation for thanksgiving and got a text to let us know our table was ready. When we arrived we were seated right away There were a lot of people but everyone was seated promptly. Our server Maya was very professional and attentive. She helped us with the wine selection as well as the food selections. We had a great experience. The food was very good We are locals who live very close by and will continue to visit Serafina. It never disappoints

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  16. WE

    WarrenE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I had a seat reserved at the bar. They said it’s not available when I arrived. They sat me at a table and I had a great meal. It’s not fun sitting at a table alone but I didn’t care.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Walking by the back end of the kitchen and the bad smells on the sidewalk was the first turn-off. The wait staff was very pleasant but the all 4 meals and appetizers were tasteless unfortunately I’ve been there pre-Covid and was extremely pleased with the food. This time nothing had any flavor. The prices were high but the quality of the proteins dictated that more than anything. That part seemed fair. The preparation and end result flavor just wasn’t worth the $
  18. D

    Daisey

    Minneapolis

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Sarafina is SO good! It was my first Thanksgiving to eat out other than with family in a family home. And I am OLD My mood was somber. Sarafina came to the rescue. We were out-doors near the water, had a happy, friendly efficient server, the food was wonderful, and the guests were "dressed up", people were happy, cordial, and we were glad and thankful we chose Sarafina when I was missing family.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  19. LP

    LindaP

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The octopus was incredible and the service was perfect. Reserve on the patio for awesome views of the water.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing! The food was excellent!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  21. RE

    RERMD82

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening was awesome. Dining by the water, beautiful live vocalist, adept hostess and server and fab food!! If we lived here we would visit often!!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Staff very friendly. Food was excellent. Entertainment was fun

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  23. BR

    BellaR

    Fort Lauderdale

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was terrific

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was great and the food was really good

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  25. LD

    Luv2Dine

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mia was our outstanding waitress. Professional, knowledgeable, attentive. The food is as over the top!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  26. DB

    DaveB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!!! Everybody in our party said they want to come back.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  27. RS

    RebeccaS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great ambiance and delicious food! Service was great. Felt like food came really fast and I would have spread it out more between courses. Highly recommend this restaurant!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  28. k

    keithh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Serafina is our favorite FTL restaurant! They deliver great food, great service and great atmosphere. The staff is friendly and helpful and always smiling. Thanks for all you do!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  29. CC

    CCKen

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! Service and food is great and the view outstanding-right on the water.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  30. AD

    AraD

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall was great, service was excellent and food was delicious. Portions were appropriate

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 22, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  31. L

    Liberty56

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great like last time ( almost a week ago) however the only criticism is that the first basket of bread was old tasting ( we were one of the first tables of the night). The second basket was great. Otherwise a great dining experience.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 18, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 18, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  33. PS

    PeterS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent, as usual

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 18, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  34. S

    Sarahh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Food was mediocre. Only nice thing about this place is the view of the water.
  35. CA

    ChrisA

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food as always. One of our favorite restaurants in Fort Lauderdale

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 18, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  36. DA

    DanA

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a hidden neighborhood gem. Their food is outstanding. Book early so you can be outside by the water. Impressive wine list and exceptional food. You pay for what you get. I look forward to the next time I visit the Ft. Lauderdale area. Service from Amelia was outstanding as she suggested the sauce for the Veal scallopini.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 15, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  37. DA

    DaniA

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Each of us got a pasta; Cappellini with shrimp, egg noodles Bolognese and Cappellini and marinara sauce. The only criticism I have is the marinara sauce was a bit watery. I like a thicker, robust tomato sauce. The waiter was super friendly and attentive. Very personable. I would recommend this place highly for atmosphere, food and value.

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 15, 2022Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate it and hope to see you soon!

  38. EB

    ElaineB

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We’ve been here before and really enjoyed it so we came back. We had a very nice table next to the water. Our waiter was very nice. However, the food was just okay. We were disappointed. My husband ordered the fra Diablo. It’s supposed to be spicy it was not, very bland, felt like something was missing. I had the Mahi Mahi, it was okay but very salty. Maybe there was a different chef that day.
  39. i

    irag

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Food had way to much salt sent back and booth main dishes and they were taken off check
  40. L

    Liberty56

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food!

    Serafina by The WaterResponded on November 15, 2022Thank 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 2724 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 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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