Serafina by The Water

4.6
2073 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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vipCapefoodies
Fort Lauderdale
365 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely seating outside. Excellent service and menu

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vipeagereater
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Only problem was when it came time to use our $50.00 Open Table Reward card. Restaurant manager insisted card was denied because Open Table hadn't funded it. After calling number on card and connecting card processing rep with manager, payment went through and all was well. Too bad the manager didn't think to call that number before informing us that he was sure Open Table was at fault!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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vipNYCperson
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always.

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vipPhyllisH
Pittsburgh
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant was greatly improved from my previous visit. Given a water front table with no problem.

Server was wonderful but I did not order any seafood. Kept to Italian pasta dishes. Excellent choice!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible. Their pasta is unbelievably good. I had the spare rib special and it was delicious!

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Pasta3
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our waitress N. Biljjana was not friendly at all and took long to check on us, sat waiting twice with an empty drink. I guess she did not have to be with a 20% Gratuity already included.

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FaithB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent hidden gem. Outside seating is excellent.

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vipPhyllisH
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This restaurant discriminates against open table because they do not allow open table reservations to be seated on the water front. This needs to be addressed.

Also the seafood special Maui Maui was inedible and I sent it back to the kitchen.

Very disappointing experience.

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RobertP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always dine at Serafina's whenever we visit Ft Lauderdale. We have never been disappointed!

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BenjaminS
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good! We frequent this restaurant. The waiter seemed a bit new and didn't really get the flow. Our meal (pan-seared filet and braised lamb shank) were exceptional.!!!

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vipAlmaC
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious… never disappoints

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vipStephANDTed
Key West
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic and food was excellent. Highly recommend.

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Belladonna
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food lacks flavor, service is not on spot, had to ask for bread, waitress brings plain bread, no butter, no olive oil nothing on the table; had to ask for it. Tiramisu is just cream and sugar all over.

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vipPhyllisH
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and selections.
Best Italian Restaurant in Ft Lauderdale.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location - delicious food - knowledgeable staff - great service!

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vipHelenT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent but the noise level deafening - the bartender made lots of noise throwing bottles and there was a very loud customer, both taking the enjoyment out of an otherwise lovely time.

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vipSkip
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Four of us went to dinner. Two had been before and the other two had not. We ordered two specials for the evening. One was a cordon blue pork chop which was flavorful but a little over cooked. The other was some veal dish with angle hair pasta. I was very disappointed as the veal pieces looked to be so overdone as to be burnt. I tried several times to have our friend return it but he chose not to. The others choose menu items, one was salmon which looked and tasted great. The other was a ravioli style of pasta stuffed with pears and cheese with a basil cream cheese sauce. DELICIOUS according to the consumer.
Not up to their usual level on one, close on another one and great on the last two. We will go back again and hopefully our friends will get something more up the the Serafina standards.

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vipJeterbug
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

We had an OpenTable reward card that we activated for our use that evening. The restaurant was unsuccessful at getting the reward to work. After numerous phone calls to the phone number on the Reward Card and a lengthy time on “chat” I was forced to pay the bill without being able to use the reward.

Serafina by The Water
Responded on November 19, 2021

We do apologize that your Reward Card was not able to be used at the restaurant, however the Reward Cards are provided by OpenTable. The restaurant has nothing to do with the Reward Card, if the Reward Card was not functioning properly, OpenTable did not properly fund the card. The restaurant cannot fund the card for OpenTable, as OpenTable is the entity that provides the funding. I do hope this may solve any question you may have and we hope to see you again at the restaurant!

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vipwineman
Kansas City
37 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was terrible

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MarieL
Fort Lauderdale
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was great!

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viperic
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic and authentic. The servers give great advice and really know the menu well. This is one of our favorite spots and we love sitting outback by the water.

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DwayneH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 1st date night out since March 2020. We enjoyed ourselves and we plan to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina is an excellent restaurant on the water. The atmosphere, service, and food are all excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The waiter was very rude, and could not use the word please and thank you when I ask for certain things such as a cup for water, what’s the best food on the menu, and certain things to be replaced within our meals. I will not be going back to this restaurant.

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BillW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautiful, friendly staff, excellent menu, and the food was delightful. I did however expect a better view of the water.

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viptraceys
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Great waitress

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vipBill
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seafood was fresh and well prepared. Risotto fell short of expectations. Waterside seating is nice but some work could be done on seating, ambiance, etc.

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Danielle
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good and our server, Dom was great!

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eduardog
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We enjoyed the ambiance, the food was great. Wine was also excellent.

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Rroz
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great spot, nice ambiance, excellent service. Our waiter was excellent, food is average, location is great.

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BradNY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter “D” and his right hand man “DJ” were perfect. They were friendly and professional. There was a singer, I believe her name was Nikky. She was FABULOUS and had an awesome song selection. I had the Cacio e Pepe with truffle sauce and shaved truffles on top, it was perfect. We shared the grilled octopus and house made sausage appetizers, both delicious and just enough for four hungry diners to split to start.

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pauly
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, great value! Attentive wait staff

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vipGingerW
Fort Lauderdale
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience, aggressive rude waiter ... left after 20 minutes waiting ... stay away

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Tables were way too close

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viplisaR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local neighborhood restaurant. Consistently friendly wait staff and quality home made food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Serafina for the first time after hearing so much about it. We sat on the dock for a 5:30pm dinner reservation. The ambience was fantastic, the weather was beautiful and the service was spectacular. I ordered a mahi mahi special and my boyfriend ordered the fettuccine Alfredo. Everything was homemade and fantastic including your homemade bread. We had the tiramisu for dessert which was the best I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend this place. This will now be our GO TO place for celebrations.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Better than expected!!

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 2073 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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