Serafina by The Water

4.5
2159 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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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited serafina every time I come back to pompano beach. The ambience is beautiful, and the food is always delicious. A perfect place if you like intimate gems in the city.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I have had in a long time.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good

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vipJanskiw
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Italian meal with some different options. Apps were good - I had the grilled Octopus and Calamari. Octopus was good but Calamari was a bit tough. My wife had the Pasta Faggioli soup - had a nice flavor, and you can taste the beans in the stock.

Entrees - I had the Pork Valdostana special which was a pork rib chop (French boned), stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto then breaded and fried topped with a mushroom sauce (Marsala-like) with a Parmesan Cheese Risotto. It was excellent however, it would have been even better if the chop was grilled rather than fried (IMHO). My wife had the Lamb Osso Bucco which was braised in a rich stock served with a sauce over porcini mushroom risotto. She loved it.

All in all a great meal with a nice atmosphere. The weather was kinda chilly so their propane gas heaters and set up made for a comfy evening on the water...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good meal, drinks and service. We were seated outside which we requested and was fine but would have liked to have had an additional heater. But still all ok. We will be back!

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johnnyM
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect. Great view of the inter coastal. The food and service was amazing. Totally recommend.

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RosemaryS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was perfect. Service was outstanding as well as the food. They never rushed us out. Very good experience. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. Does not look great from the outside but walk through the alley and you will have a wonderful surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great appetizers and pasta. Friendly staff

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vipStephenB
New England
147 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As usual a great dining experience. Things back to normal with lots of tables all occupied, but our server Tom and the others handled it perfectly.

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vipMatinee
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently excellent neighborhood gem with Middle River seating creating a relaxing ambiance. Staff is attentive and professional.

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Laze
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Large portions, food ok . I give it a 6/10 , good service. 2 people $150 tax and tip in

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vipTerriP
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our experience here. First of all our server, Bella did an amazing job. We started with the eggplant and also the burrata both were fantastic. Next for dinner one of us had the veal chop another the chicken alfredo also the pappardelle bolognese and I had the special which was Osso Bucco over homemade pappardelle. Everything was amazing. Every time we are in Fort Lauderdale we have dinner here.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner dining outside, tuna tartare was fresh. Gnocchi and lamb entrees were wonderful. Service was great. Tiramisu was HUGE and tasty.

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jimp
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Can’t say anything good about the place. The live”entertainment “ was incredibly bad, my octopus app. was inedible. My wife’s pasta e fagolie was good. Pasta course was not hot but good and the entrees were both terrible, chicken cutlet and the snapper. The hostess was remarkably unhelpful and impolite when my wife asked for help with a cab. Worst Italian restaurant in my memory.

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vip2Mal
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An aplus surprise.
Salads and main courses were shareable and reasonable. Restaurant was clean, on the water, and a real surprise at its size. Service was attentive and courteous.
Definitely returnable.

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AnnaR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina is a hidden gem. What you would call a little hole in the wall.
You have no idea what you’re walking into and then you arrive at the most picturesque spot on the waterway. White tablecloths set the tone for a lovely evening. Food is excellent, authentic Italian. The waitstaff thoughtful and attentive. We go there once each time we go to Fort Lauderdale. If you look past the exterior, you’re in for a special evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about Serafina. We’ll be back soon

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, atmosphere excellent but service could be better.

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vipMkrupp
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was mostly very good. Tuna tartare appetizer and Caesar salad were great. Veal was very tender though salty. Seafood pastas excellent, snapper francese good though also a bit salty. Ricotta Cheesecake was delicious. Tom was a good waiter made great drinks.

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GailK
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went of a Wednesday night around 7 pm and the place was not crowded but had a good number of patrons. We sat outside by the water and it was delightful. Drinks were delicious and the food was bountiful and also delicious. Enjoyed a great evening out with friends!

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vipTomS
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our food was very good and ver generous portions. The ambiance and location was fabulous. The singer was excellent. An unexpected but worthwhile addition. She was top shelf. I highly recommend. Also the spirits were wonderful and tasty. Our server ( can’t remember his name but recently from New Jersey) was delightful. Overall a great experience. I’ll be back. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic we come here whenever we are in Fort Lauderdale which is 3-4 times/year and have been fir 7-8 years

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DaveP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Staff was very busy, ambiance and food were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great !!! We will be back the lamb was amazing . I wish they woujj kkj d share the recipe lol

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vipBond
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always …. And now no houseboat eye soar to look at .. just the waterway and beautiful sail boats

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vipMadelineM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was awesome. Great ambience.

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RecentDinner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food and drinks were okay. Nothing bad, however, nothing special.

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LauraE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious food I have experienced in Florida. Totally will come back again when we are visiting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and without a question the best Italian we’ve ever had! Great view of the water, too.

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vipTopazRanch
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Very large portions. Nice. Nice cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and couldn’t be more accommodating. The ambiance was great, sat outside on the water. The food was good.

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vipNYCperson
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience . Service is great..food is great and they have outdoor seating...couldn't ask for anything more.

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vipdiningdiva1
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the meal but the menu is geared toward dinner, not lunch. There were not enough lunch salads , no thin crust personal pizza, we all ordered things that normally would be dinner items.

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ViktorP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went there for my anniversary. I made the staff aware on my reservation. No one acknowledged the occasion. My wife brought her favorite bottle of wine. They would not cork it for us. They said it was on the menu and it was not. We ended buying a bottle of wine from them. The whole experience felt awkward from that point on. I went there to celebrate a special occasion; situation should have been handled differently.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal!

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vipNYCperson
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Service was a little slow but then got better as restaurant cleared out. Staff was polite. Food was good and tasty but not a wow. Lamb was a bit chewy maybe overcooked but plentiful. Risotto had a hint of truffle oil but could use more mushrooms.

An Overall nice experience and I may return if in the area but nothing stood out as great!

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vipRichardB
Fort Lauderdale
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were there for a quiet mid-afternoon lunch. They seemed understaffed and food came before drinks or bread. Typically when we have lunched here, it would not be a problem. Food was good.

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TrevorG
Fort Lauderdale
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing as always! Brought people from out of town service and dining experience could not have been better.

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vipDawgsfromAthens
Charleston
115 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hosted some family members while on our trip to the Orange Bowl. Go Dawgs! The food was great, especially enjoyed the grilled octopus. Nicely prepared and not over cooked as is often the case. From the lasagna to the Zuppa de Mer, we tried a variety of dishes, and all were excellent. Weather was pleasant and setting near the water provided a great venue for fine dining. We would do it again.

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 4.5 stars by 2159 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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