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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

ONLY FIXED NEW YEARS EVE MENU AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 31. $120. Per person. 7 % tax and 20% gratuity will be added automatically for over age 10 and up. NO REGULAR MENU AVAILABLE.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1255 People Are Saying
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J
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The lamb Osso Buco was spectacularly good as was the accompanying risotto.

T
Washington DC
156 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since we moved into the area in February we have been wanting to try Serafina by The Water and we were totally impressed and pleased. Both the food and the service was outstanding. We really enjoyed the outdoor seating. We would highly recommend Serafina by The Water. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

SG
Miami
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal on the intercostal. Great food and service in romantic setting. Serifina never disappoints.

OT
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstandingi n every way. Superb service. Excellent view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Watched yachts while dining on fabulous authentic Italian dishes. Buratta per due was exquisite.

g
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family in town for the Thanksgiving Holiday and took them here for dinner. We all loved our food and our server and team were awesome. It was nice to sit in a restaurant and be able to talk in a normal tone and enjoy a delicious meal. The food and service never disappoint and this is one of our favorite go to restaurants when we have out of town guests.

BM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service, food, staff, ambiance, location. All there. Hidden gem. Never a bad experience.

P
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Beautiful night to be outside.

HB
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in Broward County. Great food. Great value. Great service and ambiance. Consistently good.

f
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good, as always.
Serafina is consistent.

EM
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice evening on the deck to and enjoyed a cool evening warmed by heat lamps. Food and service was great. Live music was a bit loud.

E
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was just fair. I am still waiting for the butter I asked for. And three of us were served but it took a good five to ten minutes for the fourth person to get his food. Finally our waitress appeared, saw he did not get his food, and some time after brought it our. Very poor service. The food was just good. Two of us had the special fish which was supposed to have artichokes and maybe had two little pieces of them.
Plus the noise was terribly annoying because our table almost buttressed the one next to us and they were so loud it made for a very unpleasant evening.

SG
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Joe was an amazing waiter. Attentive and invisible at the same time.

R
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Not great food. Waiter was mediocre.

LT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Charming location when you are inside but disappointing curb appeal. The front looks like a small shop. I was prepared because I had seen the street images but my wife was a bit put off. Hardly any parking, luckily we were able to park in the shopping plaza opposite the restaurant and walk to the entrance. Food was pretty good. Some dishes were better than others. Salmon Francaise was good, sauce was tasty, but potatoes and vegetable we a bit undercooked. my wife ordered the crab ravioli, which was a featured dish, but sheater found that they were out of it. She ordered the lasagna, which was ordinary. Our waiter was failry attentive but not very pleasant. He made my wife feel a little alienated. What saved the night was the ambiance. Despite the small tables and space, it felt intimate and romantic. All in all, it was a pleasant night but I was expecting for more.

KH
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serafina is a gem. Small, intimate, great outdoor ambiance. The service was great, and Joe our server was a traffic help in deciding our orders. The food was delivered in a reasonable amount of time and tasted wonderful. I will continue to refer people to Serafina for a great night out. Thank you!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting and professional friendly server despite taking care of the entire lunch crowd by himself. Really classic delicious dishes

w
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Italian restaurant. Dined outside. Joe was
An awesome server. No push to try and up sell. Great recommendations. I had the bolognese. My wife
Had a crab ravioli special. Ceasar salad was wonderful. Homemade dressing. Fresh bread was wonderful. Also had the fresh fried mozzarella app. Was wonderful. Saw others with the burrata prosciutto di Parma app and it looked wonderful. Highly recommend

c
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, views , and service ! Had such a nice romantic dinner with my husband .

N
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Survey sucked and was sweaty

AJ
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was my third visit while the food was up to its excellent standards, this time the service was not up to the high standards set on previous visits. The waiter while pleasant was not terribly knowledgeable about the wine list or the specials and we waited far too long to be greeted. In the future I will request a different server however Serafina serves arguably the best Italian food in Fort Lauderdale with seafood given a starring role

MV
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with a quiet ambiance. I recommend and go back again for a special occasion

CA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. I will definitely be back and refer others

YM
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, this is the best Italian restaurant! The food it’s incredible good and the service.

B
Miami
46 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent over two dinner visits. Superbly prepared food with excellent service. Moderate, eclectic, fairly priced wine list. Great for outdoor seating. Definitely will return again.

KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is great, and sitting outside by the water was so nice. The service was excellent and friendly. The food was true Italian and the specials were amazing. It's a little pricier, but definitely worth it. I look forward to going back again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our waitress was super friendly. This restaurant was a great find.

CC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You would never anticipate, approaching the entrance to Serafina, that the restaurant has such a lovely ambience. We sat right on the water with a great view of the sunset and enjoyed drinks and a delicious octopus appetizer before our leisurely, first-rate dinner of seafood risotto and osso buco. Our waiter was attentive, and the live music was delightful. Highly recommend for a romantic outing.

OT
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always good there it will be our second time the food very good

but the best is our serveur marie jane very kind and nice service

thanks again.

B
Miami
78 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going there since it opened. It is a real gem. We shared their antipasti platter. It was filled with Italian cold cuts, olives, mushroom, fresh mozzarella and arugula. Then I had their lasagna which I love because they have a ricotta layer as well as meat sauce. My friend had their bolognaise sauce on a large pasta. We split a piece of cheesecake for dessert. It's always a pleasure to enjoy a meal on the intercostal.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night! Thank you

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

G
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our dinner at Serafina was wonderful. Love the waterfront location, reasonable priced menu (not cheap but fair for a nice dining experience) though, most importantly, the food never ceases to please and the staff are all wonderful and contribute to a nice meal on the water.

MP
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. A hidden gem.

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S
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was by the water. The food was very good. The bread was Sicilian. The proseco was very good.

m
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This was our first dining experience at Serafina by the water. The food was average. Carpaccio di Manson and Pepata di vongole e Cozze were fair. The Capellini Fra Diavolo Con Gamberi was bland and dry. We had to request some additional sauce. I was disappointedly with the Spigola Cilena all’s Positano. It is described as Chilean Seabass seared, with garlic white wine sauce, shrimp, muscles, clams, capers and cherry tomatoes. The first ingredient should be muscles followed by clams and the last ingredient should be Chilean sea bass
It was raining that day And the restaurant head plastic tarps down to stop the rain. The patio was Narrow and cramped for space. The view was great if you liked looking at the back of large boats. On a scale from 1 to 10 the ambience would be a 2

HP
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had a outside dinner reservation. The hostess said it was drizzling and had us sit inside, the other couples that came in at the Same time were seated outside as well as everyone else. We have been there multiple times and she was adamant about us sitting inside due to the weather. Very disappointed. The waiter also put in the wrong order of risotto and wouldn’t remake the correct one because it would take too long. This was a birthday dinner and my guest ended up getting linguine and oil with garlic.

FR
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful outdoor seating. Great food

c
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!! Liquor price is the only thing that is totally out of line!

M
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was very authentic. Our waiter kept trying to convince us not to order certain dishes we wanted because they were “too big”. Super distracting which made our experience less than awesome. He was too involved in our meal repeatedly telling us to relax and enjoy our wine when all we really wanted was the dessert menu.

We gave up on dessert because we didn’t want more interruptions. However the cuisine was very good and the ambiance romantic. Note to restaurant our Barbera was chilled as in “was in the fridge” when it shouldn’t be refrigerated.

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