Serafina by The Water

4.6
1761 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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Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We did not care for the server. It seemed as though she really didn’t care about us having an enjoyable evening. I felt like she was just looking for the tip. Also, she forgot to bring us our second round of drinks. The food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely sensational

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vipDLWTOYS
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good. Service was great. We would go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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DanielaB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing!!! Ambiance was great & the service was wonderful. Took my mom for Mother’s Day & I would recommend 100%

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LoriG
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

My son’s chicken parm had no sauce on it. Only cheese. Very disappointed. We also didn’t t feel well after the meal.

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LizD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an outstanding experience! Mary Jane was our server for the evening and I cannot recall a more fun and pleasurable dining experience. We wish we could talk MJ home with us for comic relief as much as her amazing hospitality- a true professional.

Every dish we got was perfectly prepared (burrata, artichoke, shrimp pasta, mahi mahi, and sea bass, amongst the table). Our outstanding dinner was followed by homemade, complimentary limoncello and tiramisu to celebrate an anniversary. Beautiful waterside setting that is an absolute gem.

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vipMichaelH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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RodneyC
Naples
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excelente lugar en Firt Lauderdale en plena marina. Linda vista, buena comida y ambiente relativamente tranquilo. Precios moderados. Muy recomendable

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great day to have lunch during the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. Great views and food. Awesome service thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place beautiful location great food great service
Would definitely highly recommend

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QueenYumYum
Miami
53 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was great. She was friendly and made good recommendations. They have a decent wine list. We ordered a bowl of pasta fagiole, Which was very good and a very large portion. With a tomato mozzarella salad which had a flavorful balsamic dressing. The grilled octopus was just OK. The sauce that was on top was not my cup of tea. We had ordered two Veal entrées and a shrimp pasta entrée. They were all very good portions and delicious.

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vipMaryR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We were a party of 4 and all of us felt our entrees were under seasoned. Also we ordered a “stuffed artichoke” and received a plain grilled one.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place!

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vipPugnfriend
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was excellent! However, two of us received cold (as in NOT heated at all) food. We know that lasagna is made ahead of time and re-heated before serving, but our food was sent to our table without having been reheated. By the time it arrived again, it had been OVERCOOKED and our friends who ordered other dishes were already finished with their meal. THAT is NOT good value by any person’s definition.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Great good. Waiter was excellent. Dessert was fantastic! The place itself could use a remodel but great food and awesome espresso martini!

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vipMonicaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpectedly beautiful restaurant with awesome dock. Food was incredible.

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JoshuaS
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, excellent staff. Couldn’t have asked for more!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Prices are steep for good, but not extraordinary food. Service is attentive. The spot, on the intercostal, is beautiful, but the space is 20 years overdue for an upgrade. Hallways are stacked with propane tanks, PVC pipe and plastic tarps along with orange cones block off sections of the restaurant. I’ll choose a different spot on the intercostal for my next waterside dining experience in Fort Lauderdale.

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JoeS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining here and will not be the last. Food was excellent, Carpaccio was the best I had in a long time. Veal parm was great and large portion size. Ditto the crab raviolis. For dessert, the Tiramisu is a no brainer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!

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BruceB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great Food - Deceiving from street front. Nice atmosphere

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vipRDEllenG
New England
49 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Selected this restaurant based on Open Table reviews and it did not disappoint. Lovely patio on the water. Food was very good, fresh and nicely prepared. Our waiter was very good and just attentive enough. It's a "repeat" for us!

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DanielM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is a wonderful venue. Well placed tables mostly all near water if you are outside which I have always been unless by myself in the bar area. Still nice though.

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GaryP
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Hide away location on the water. Only detractor was a house boat parked right in front of dock side of restaurant

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vipFabricioB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurante. Great service, beautiful view and quiet view in an outdoor and cozy space. Very good wine list. Food is phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Good was over cooked. Fish was good, but the Sauce was overwhelming and harsh. Wine was great Cleanness of the table was mediocre. Won’t go back for the food. Maybe foe the ambiance.

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JudyG
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dominic was very personable-our waitress very attentive and the food was excellent

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Finickyfoodie
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our regular restaurants and it always feels like coming home. Great food and great staff. The setting isn’t fancy, but it’s charming.

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vipWVillageD
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was top notch friendly and attentive. Our food was delicious and plentiful - as always. What a treat to sit outdoors by water with boats in a fully booked yet completely relaxed and un-rushed gem of a restaurant.

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MariH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very disappointed. We have been going to Serafina for over 10 years —- my last 2 meals have not been good. In addition, our server automatically added 20%. I always tip 20% but it should never be assumed. That said, she was average at best. In addition, they preceded to move tables for 15 minutes beside us and scratched the furniture against the wood deck. I called the restaurant yesterday and asked that the owner call me back. No response. So disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was expecting a bit more from their food. Bread was hard and chewy, both pasta dishes were ok but lacked flavor. Service was good, outdoor seating by the water very nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian in Lauderdale.

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PELLY
Miami
54 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good 👍

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MichaelR
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Ok but service was really slow very little place no really designed for a lot of people good great 😌

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yaniquer
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The customer service is excellent. Spent $88 on the plates of food and it was absolutely horrible.

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vipAlainaA
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was amazing! Will definitely go again!

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vipKKNYC
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for outdoor dining in a very nice setting. Delicious food and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The food was great. The service was poor. Our waiter did not check on us. We had to ask someone to call him over. For the cost of the food you expect much better service. If we go back and get him as a waiter I would ask to change.

Also it was my daughter’s 10th birthday. They didn’t do anything special. Not even wish her a happy birthday. I would not go there again for a special occasion.

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TriciaE
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and it was absolutely wonderful. The food could have used a little more seasoning but the overall experience was great!!

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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 1761 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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