Serafina by The Water

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$31 to $50
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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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RA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the dinner was exquisite. The food, the service and the ambiance never fail us.

BM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best of 15 meals we had during our five days in Ft. Lauderdale. Outstanding Fettucini Al Fredo and Lamb Osso Buco! Despite the unimposing facade in a rather downtrodden neighborhood, this restaurant is right on a dock on the intracoastal. A cozy and romantic setting for a great meal. Don't miss it!

PR
Las Vegas
57 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say - great service and great food..we are a repeat customer and love this place

r
Miami
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding italian food. Flavors boast, presentation, taste.
So far the best i have had in florida south areas. Fort Lauderdale to Boca Raton

SV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place,food is good,location is awesome ,service was good

HR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine is consistently good. I have never been disappointed in either the standard menu items, nor the specials. So far, the best Italian cuisine in the area.

JB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service was fantastic. We had the lobster ravioli, cheese/spinach ravioli, veal marsala and bolognese. The bread was piping hot and so fresh. All sauces were outstanding. Our server team was extremely attentive and we all enjoyed sitting on the covered porch.

LC
Guadalajara
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant would be a reason I would come back to Fort Lauderdale! Absolutely delicious food, authentic Italian, homemade sauces, we had wonderful apps from artichokes and eggplant and then amazing pasta and risotto dishes. Truly a great find! Our server was so friendly and sweet. Make sure you come here for dinner!

MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very cute place hidden off the beaten path. Service was on point. Food very good. Meatballs were amazing, and we are meatball lovers!

LA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect romantic place with a great food and nice atmosphere and great staff

b
Charlotte
91 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, this was a great find and the staff is SS wonderful as the food. I could not say enough great things about it. We will be back next time we are in town. Thanks

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Serafina! Food was fantastic! And service was A+ as usual!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been wanting to try this restaurant for years & am so happy that I finally did. Everything was amazing from the service to the food to the beautiful and delicious surprise desert. We are definitely going back soon!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious.... great food.

AF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the most incredible seafood pasta! Great little spot, great value and great service!

RA
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food wasn’t good than the last time I was there

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Disappointed with the limited menu for Valentine’s Day. Wish I knew! Absolutely love their food.

KW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot with great food. Good date night spot! Nice view. Outside seating.

A
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

My wife and I had an early reservation and arrived while the restaurant was about 25% full. The hostess tried to sit us at a two-top cornered up to an awning post outside. Great view of the water and docked boats, but the post was a little distracting. I asked if we could switch to another table and the hostess directed us to other two-tops. Seemed odd when some of the four tops close to the water hadn’t been filled until we almost left.

Food was average. Meatball appetizer was a little red in the middle. Angel Hair Fra Diablo was meh. Lasagna and the bread that comes to the table were pretty good. I do wish they had more wine options by the glass.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Highly recommend!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was amazing with a cool breeze blowing. The food was great and the service was good.

A
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was simply incredible. As a SoBe resident with many restaurants in our neighborhood, I can tell you the this place blew us away. The staff and food were amazing! Go and give yourself a treat to some top notch Italian food. Both the seafood and pasta were excellent. Imagine getting this quality meal and discovering when you get the bill that not only was it delicious, but reasonable in price too!

OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service (our waiter was phenomenal and the way he described food is an art and passion and just gets you so hungry) to the food to the atmosphere to the amazing full moon and music it was a perfect evening. We love Serafina and love that it is in our neighborhood of Victoria Park. The only issue this time was we all had our leftovers boxed up and unfortunately the bus boy accidentally threw them away :-(

RA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Horrible ambience for a Saturday nigh and definitely there’s no water view on the patio!

D
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place. The service was terrific. I loved sitting on the deck overlooking the yachts. Two things though, the front of the restaurant leaves a lot to be desired. Also, the receptionist (young blonde female) was not welcoming. The first thing she said when my Wife entered was, "do you have a reservation" not Hi, welcome, how are you? The hostess is literally the initial connection with the patron. She needs to be more welcoming otherwise a great place!

CR
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation beautiful table by the boats excellent food

OT
New England
47 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

We done there often and this one waiter constantly messes up the dinners. I don’t know how much more I can take. It’s the second time in a two weeks that he has completely messed up the order.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. First time. Will be back!

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice setting by the water, actually a yacht parking lot. For the price, the seafood should not have been overcooked.

MB
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, dockside. Our waiter made the experience special. Our dinner was delicious.

EG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had to wait a bit. They were apologetic, but we still had to wait. It’s a nice ambiance by the water, with good food and generous portions.

JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Would not go back.
The Young man serving bread, etc. Was very rude.
Server was mediocre. Food was not horrible but not great. Overrated! We were 2 women and did not get the service that other tables received.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was just ok. Lady's restroom was filthy and if you're going to have an open kitchen, keep it clean!

W
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A must place to go when visiting Fort Lauderdale. Authentic Italian on the water

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Very romantic!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled octopus appetizer was amazing

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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EW
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

While the service was very good, the price of the meal was not. The food was good but not exceptional which is expected at a high cost restaurant.

KP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

the waiter was extremely annoying and the food was just mediocre The restaurant was a bit rundown

CP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You would not expect the ambiance from the outside. Cute and cozy little restaurant by the water. The entire staff was super welcoming and friendly. We celebrated my sisters birthday here on Monday night and it was fabulous! The food and wine selection was divine. Definitely going again!

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