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About Serafina by The Water

“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!

926 Notheast 20th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(954) 463-2566

Website:
http://www.serabythewater.com/

Executive Chef:
Michele Viscosi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please note we are offering a fixed New Years Eve menu for $110 per person plus tax and gratuity. Alcoholic beverages are not included.

Serafina by The Water Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (43)
Waterfront (33)
Good for a Date (28)
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Romantic (27)
Scenic View (21)
Cozy (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Authentic (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Casual (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Business Meals (12)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Fun (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Birthday celebration !

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food5
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service5
value3

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Have been to Sera Fina many time

Great for lunch waterfront on small canel

Not to busy & great service & food

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food4
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The hostess was downright rude and strange and incredibly off-putting. We arrived and I️ had made a mistake and we didn’t have a reservation after all. There were plenty of open tables but she said they had no tables to give us. I️ went outside. Checked open table and there were open time slots. So I️ secured one. I️ went back in and let her know. She still said no tables were available- rudely. I pressed her because I️ had the reservation and she relented. We were at a table and the staff seemed slow to welcome us. We didn’t feel very welcomed so we left. Not sure why she was rude. Really not sure why she wanted to keep us out of the restaurant. We were dressed nicely, and friendly to her. If there was a legitimate reason, she should have the professional communication skills to explain to a patron in a manner that is friendly.

Certainly not going to give this place a second chance since they were so unwelcoming. Not a nice feeling.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great first experience. Sat on the deck with a water view. Don’t hesitate.

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food5
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service4
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful Italian food and beautiful setting on the canal! Mary Jane took excellent care of us!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We have been here quite a few times. The food is always consistent and good. It’s nice to sit outside. Very nice boats parked there so it blocks the view but just knowing your on the water is special. Our waiter couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. Will go back again,

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 1, 2017

In general the food was decent, but very inconsistent. Don't get the shell fish. The mussels were terrible and the shrimp over cooked. The pasta in truffle, had way too much truffle and tasted terrible. The gnocci and linguini carbonara were excellent. Our waiter, Joey, sucked! Me and one other in my group of 10 complained that the mussels were bad and we did not eat them, but he just shrugged it off. Also, the deserts were so big that one tiramisu could feed 4 people, but since his tip was included in the check, he just wanted to build up our final bill and he did not inform us that not every person needed a desert. Most of the desert went to waste. The ambiance was very nice, but overall experience was disappointing.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We love this restaurant. The food is good, the service is good and it's on the water. Parking is easy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food was superb, wait staff efficient and friendly without hovering! Great wine list, especially Italian selections. Used to go for quiet business lunches, now retired and great date place with my husband.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The setting at Serafina was excellent. The view of the intracoastal was relaxing, while the food and service were just as wonderful. We shared the branzino fish, it was de-boned table side, cooked just right. Evertyhing was just perfect.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Took my neighbors there for a thanknyou dinner. The place has a wonderful atmosphere right on the intracoastal waterway. The food is delicious and our Italian server from Capri was charming. A very nice evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Wonderful meal on the water. The fish was really fresh. Love everything except the parking.

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food5
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We love this place! Beautiful atmosphere and great authentic Italian food!!! It doesn’t get any better! Our waiter was absolutely charming and his Italian accent made us want to keep him talking. Great lunch!

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 16, 2017

A bit tricky to find (It is on 20th and Sunrise) but a delight I keep for my special occasions.
It is true Italian, the servers have been there for years (Bianca is a sweet heart) and their cuisine never fails to impress. Velvety fresh fish, decadent Osco Buco, the best and most creamy Burrato etc, etc.

Wines...Love their Wine Selection, you see it properly chilled as you come in.

I keep this one for Special Occasions as its romantic dining, simple water view as sit by Mega WaterCraft docked next to you, the calm breeze and great service, wine, food and well you get my idea.

Take some time out for yourselves, find this little hidden jewel, you will be glad you did.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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food5
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Special surprise Could not be better.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is such a lovely hidden gem :) tucked away with a beautiful view and fresh air dining. As always the food was amazing. We had the specials of the night- the grilled octopus and calamari with a citrus sauce, the snapper with a lemon caper sauce and angel hair pasta, the Parmesan risotto with scallops and asparagus.....they were all divine. My sister in law was in town for a business meeting and I arranged dinner for us. It was a huge hit with her and her colleague. Can't wait to do it again!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our server was brilliantly wonderful - an attentive, caring gem. I watched him gallantly serve all of his customers. It was if each was a guest in his home. He made the evening a special one.

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food5
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Just wonderful! This is a gem of a restaurant. True italian food, exceptional service and a great outdoor setting on the water. We were a party of ten and had a great table outside right on the water. This was a business meal and EVERYONE had a wonderful experience. Your evening specials were excellent, creative and true Italian. Everyone commented how flavorful the food was and loved their experience. Don't let the exterior entrance fool you, this restaurant is well worth finding.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service was excellent. The hostess Christina is always so welcoming. The food is cooked to order with excellent quality, taste and great taste of Mom's Italian cooking.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Outstanding. Compared to meals we’ve had in Italy. Authentic and fresh. Try ricotta cheesecake. Awesome wine list. And gorgeous ambience. On the water.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

food and service were amazing!! can't wait to go back!

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Nice neighborhood gem for a date night for two up to private party of 65.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 21, 2017

It was amazing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

What a gem! I loved this restart - comparable to the food in Italy - very authentic ! Stumbled upon it and snagged a last minute reservation and will be back soon for the beautiful atmosphere and amazing food.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wonderful food, service (Nikolai), location. But I have to say, we didn't like the music they piped in on some cheap speakers.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Ate early. Was by myself. Lamb chops were very good, considering it was on there summer specials. Was the only one in the restaurant at that time. Overall Serifina is a restaurant I would return to.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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food5
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The food and service was fabulous! Can't wait to take my dad!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 26, 2017

My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate my birthday. We were seated on the patio which had a very romantic ambiance. Our waiter was knowledgeable of what to recommend based on the types of foods we mentioned we typically enjoy. The bruschetta served was a great start as the ingredients seemed very fresh. As an appetizer we shared the shrimp which was good. I had the chilean sea bass and it was amazing! The clams and mussels were perfect and the portion was large. At the end the waiter surprised me with tiramisu (which is typically not one of my favorites) but it was so light and not overwhelmingly sweet that I enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this restaurant and hope we visit again!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have enjoyed Serafina several other times. We chose to sit inside (very small, quiet) as south Florida summers are not exactly condusive to outdoor dining! Service was excellent; our server was a seasoned professional. The food was delicious- three of the four of us ordered the snapper special (oreganato). Excellent, fresh and generous portions. Overall a nice evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was good, just overpriced for the quality, would have expected it to be better for the price. Seabass had a fishy taste to it which was surprising and the pasta that was it's side was extremely basic. The Osso bucco was really good as well as the risotto.

Our bill for 2 people with a small app and 2 glasses of wine each was close to $200.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Atmosphere and service were great, but the food was not. I had salmon which was bland and over cooked and my boyfriend had bolognese which was average, we have definitely had better. It was pretty pricey and the food just was not worth it. I wouldn't recommend this place for anything other than appetizers and drinks by the waterfront.

Tags: Waterfront
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food3
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

First time there. Definitely going back ! Great value !

Tags: Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Low key, quiet; great location, view, service, land FOOD!!!

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Ambience is quiet. Service was exceptional as well as the cuisine!! We've been to Tuscany and Serafina's was authentic.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Scenic riverside or cozy indoor dining, enormous portions of expertly prepared and served old favorites and chef's imaginative daily specials. We opted for the indoor dining room to enjoy the air conditioning while most seemed to prefer the stunning shaded dockside outdoor venue -- everyone seemed quite happy with their choice of dining area!! We can't wait to return in cooler weather when we definitely plan to join those outside folk! This was a celebration of our wedding anniversary with friends and we couldn't have selected a more perfect place!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Wonderful setting --dining dockside while listening to the piano tunes and vocals from Patrician. Great food and warm friendly service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Amazing evening. It was a date night that had the right view, right food and the right service. Thank you for a great eveing.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Excellent dining experience. Italian but not. Had the Mozzarella in Carrozza, gazpacho, a small Caesar and the Double Veal chop.
Everything was prepared perfectly, the service was excellent - they were attentive but didn't hover. Dined outside on their deck, overlooking the waterway - this very nice when it cools off in the evening and there was a nice breeze. You can also eat indoors in the A/C.
I would absolutely go their again and recommend it to anyone in the area.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The calamari appetizer was amazing, as always. I had the snapper, which was perfectly done. My wife had salmon, also perfectly dine. Our friend had the risotto which he enjoys every time. The wine list is adequate and more importantly fairly priced. A famous musician was there with his family, and of course we all pretended not to notice - except for a boat owner who, as he left the dock, played a hit song from the same musician loud enough to be heard - but not too loud or too long.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We have been here several times.... a top choice for everyday or a special occasion... the food is always great no mater what you get... I had a fish special and it was awesome... server was excellent... and the view is so nice...

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