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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we hoped for and more. Very charming little independently owned Italian restaurant on the channel. It’s a bit unassuming when you pull up then it turns into a pleasant surprise once you’re being seated. The food (arugula beet salad, snapper special and primavera pasta) is delicious. Kudos to the Italian sangria as well. We were visiting from Chicago and grateful to have found this gem.

BT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary Jane is a fantastic server! Our party of 4 ate the various specials, Short rib was to die for! Lamb shank was huge and delicious. You can hear yourself talk on the fabulous terrace on the water!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent meal & service. The restaurant does not look like much on the outside but the location inside by the river is beautiful. The food is exceptional & plentiful. Service great too. We were in vacation, so we do not live in Ft. Lauderdale so that’s the only downside. We cannot come back often, only when we visit the area again. Go... you will not be disappointed.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Very negligent arrogant service!! Wait staff spent most of their time talking with each other. Had to get up multiple times to get water, condiments and waited forever for the bill...the ONLY reason it got two stars was because it was on the water. YUCK!!!!

OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good ambience, service, and quality!
Would recommend highly with one exception that being need to work on bathroom cleaning!!!

p
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome place

FG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food profession service and nice views of the intercostal and a great wine list
I would highly recommend Sardinia for any occasion

FR
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beet salad was awesome, veal dishes and shellfish dinners were all scrumptious. I would like to see some more vegan options however.

P
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique setting. Food was great and server was outstanding.

QG
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food, ovearll, was good. We were a party of 4 so we were able to cross taste the dishes. Two were over the top delicious (the osso buco and veal special) while the third was average (Gnocchi) and the forth (the seafood and pasta specia) was underwhelming in flavor; the lobster was overcooked and the dish, overall lacked any depth in flavor. A little pricey for the location although it is quiet and setback. Service was slow paced and not at all rushed so we easily finished a bottle of wine and if we were in the mood could have run through another before finishing our meal. Would recomend outside seating and make sure to have a reservation.

G
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good experience. Our waiter, Sinisha was very attentive and extremely pleasant. Food was very good although this time the grilled octopus wasn’t as good as previous times here. Veal Parm and tagliatelle w porcini mushrooms were delicious.

RM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was terrific Sonia's made us comfortable and friendly

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife 40th birthday

RK
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic. We had a great dinner with a terrific staff taking great care of our party of 4. Thank for a delicious evening.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food. Great location. Slow service. It is high season but it took an hour for the apps to come out. Then another hour for dinner and 45 mins for dessert. We understand they were busy- but it took way to long.

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Waterfront ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good - only complaint was hair found in salad

BS
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, ambience, and service. It was our first time there in many years. We live about 45 minutes away and will be back soon.

B
Atlantic City
56 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Servings were very generous! Had made this reservation at least 6 weeks ago and still couldn’t get a waterside table. Overall experience still very good!

AR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad experience here. The service is great & the food is amazing

D
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views, service, and food! Three of us enjoyed the red snapper special while I had probably the best osso bucco ever, which was served over a bed of wild mushroom risotto.

JJ
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The food is nice and the service was great. Problem is, the place looks a little run down and, therefore, is a little depressing for a place at this price point. A great place to take your aging parents...

E
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat pappardelle bolognese delicious food. Good vine

R
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, exceptional food and service - truly a must visit restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Exceptional Italian wines at 70% of the prices in the rest of Lauderdale

MB
Philadelphia
426 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, attentive service. Food was very good, with large portions. Pastas, seafood, appetizers, desserts...all very good. Would certainly return.

FG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner with my wife

PR
Las Vegas
58 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom was our waiter, total professional and catering to our needs as a returnee customer.
Awesome food and wine selection. Highly recommend Serafina by The Water to the world...though its a "best kept secret" in Fort Lauderdale.

RO
New York Area
20 reviews