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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Show how much you care with a delicious meal at Serafina in a perfect, waterfront setting. We are offering Valentine's Day Specials all weekend.

Serafina by The Water Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (42)
Waterfront (28)
Romantic (27)
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Good for a Date (24)
Scenic View (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Authentic (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Cozy (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Casual (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Business Meals (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Live Music (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

Great restaurant food and wine were absolutely incredible!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great hidden gem. Off the main routes but very cool place on the water. Tiramisu was very tasty. Our sever was also very helpful. You won’t regret going here. Well done

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely spectacular place! Will be going again.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Wonderful food and service. Mary Jean was fantastic in serving our group. She gladly acommodated two extra guests. The waterfront location is great but differently from most water front restaurants in the area the food is fantastic.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

All good except the waitress mouthed off for no reason whatsoever. Other than that one instance of rudeness all was good.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our waiter was very nice and personable but the kitchen was slow and we waited a long time for our meals - this was our first visirealize that there were two very large groups and

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Serafina’s realy italian restaurant! The filing, the food true italian family hosted restaurant!
If you wanna know, what is the italian filing, must be go to the Serafina!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We had an excellent and attentive waiter, Nicolas. We had a good wine for only $40. We shared the outstanding antipasto. The bread is excellent. I had the meatball appetizer for lunch, fabulous. My husband had the seafood pescatore off the dinner menu, also excellent. The only shortcoming, a very small serving of tiramisu for dessert was a whopping $10. It was very good, but $6 would have been a fair price for such a small serving, about the size of a brownie. They should lower the price and augment the size of dessert. Other than the dessert, everything was five s star.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Serafina is amazing!! The food is delicious and service polished. Outside is so romantic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The best Itailan food I have had in a long time!! Highly recommend this restaurant. Absolutely amazing!!

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Why would would anyone want to go there,
A total tourist trap with a side of attitude!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Wonderful meal and great wait staff! We enjoyed the seafood and pasta… the snapper and the sea bass.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

We found this spot and absolutely LOVE IT. Great Food, Great Service and Amazing atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful food, service and dining experience! We had a great time!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to Serafina for New Year’s Eve with our two teenage children. The set menu had excellent choices and the food was very high quality. The service was perfect and sitting outside by the water was very nice.

Tags: Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was not good. Second time here. Perhaps we ordered the wrong items.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent service! Perfect romantic night with an authentic Italian food and an Italian feel right on the water.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always high quality food and service at Serafina, my wife and I love this place

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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was delicious. Try to reserve a table outside as it is a big part of the experience. We booked late so we had to sit inside. Service was very good too. I would go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food is great. Service was excellent. Parking in a crowded day may be tough.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, generous portions and super friendly service!
We dine here every time we visit Fort Lauderdale.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner, suprised by the lack of ambiance. Service was fine and the food was pretty good (large portions)
Casa de Angelo is soooo much better

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was Christmas Eve and a special evening was planned. Too bad the service sucked and the entree was very small. The shrimp were overcooked and tough. The dessert had been made for some time and was dry and stale. $60 per person and so not worth it.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

great food but three shrimp in an entree at$27 is not worth it !!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Service was excellent. Both the polpette appetizer and the main course veal parmigiana (unique and more interesting with bone in) were excellent. Sadly, the pasta was not al dente, which spoiled it. Not a water view, as advertised, due to near total blockage by rear ends of a half dozen enormous yachts 10 feet from outdoor tables. Recommended -- with above critical reservations.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was all excellent! The best Caesar salad I’ve ever had! All our guests were quite pleased! Our waitress was wonderful!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was my first time at Serafina's and it was a very pleasant experience. I took the office staff and they also enjoyed the meal, the wine , the deserts and the wine.
We will certainly return.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Serafina’s is a great go to place that does all things very well. The server, the atmosphere and the warmth made me it nkjj The food is delicious, homemade Italian, great octopus and calamari starter, branzino was perfect and the taramisu was awesome. Our guests also loved every minute. We all will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Il est évident que la vue sur l'eau est drôlement minimisée à cause de la grosseur des bateaux qui sont au quai mais l'ambiance est très agréable et la nourriture est excellente.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This is a romantic spot with indoor and outdoor seating. Although described to us by our hotel concierge as “waterfront ,” several yachts were docked at the restaurant deck which blocked our view of the water. The noise level was high, primarily because the table next to us had a foursome who were raucous. The noise level retreated to normal once they left, but we would have preferred the wait staff to have said something for the benefit of those seated nearby. The wine selection was decent, however, of the three featured wine specials that evening, our choice was sold out. We ended up ordering a red which was served to us in white wine glasses. We asked for larger glasses and were told the restaurant had none. We ordered the antipasto as an apppetizer, which was very good. I ordered the beef carpaccio as my main meal and it came with an arugula salad in oil and lemon. It was very tasty, but the carpaccio was mixed into the salad where I prefer my carpaccio separate on the plate. My date had the linguine in white clam sauce. She was happy with the meal, but not effusively so. All in all, I would recommend the restaurant, but it did not live up to the expectations set by the concierge at my hotel.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We love Serafina. It reminds of a quaint European restaurant with wonderful salads, pastas and mains. There is one thing we aren't happy about. One of their signature services was to give patrons a tiny bruschetta upon first sitting down. This was a lovely gesture and one everyone we know who is a patron of Serafina looks forward to. We were so disappointed when we learned this is no longer offered. Can you please bring it back? Was it that expensive that you needed to eliminate it? In a world of cost-cutting don't scrimp on something that sets you way apart!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was good. Waiter was tired.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 4, 2017

WOW is all we can say -food , waiter, piano player , everything was great _will go back

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The ambience is very relaxing. Service was excellent. Only "complaint" was that the food wasn't especially hot, but otherwise, I would definitely recommend it. We plan to go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our table of four enjoyed a pleasant evening on the patio waterside. Unfortunately the view of the water was blocked by yachts but it didn’t bother us so much as the breeze was perfect. We started with the grilled octopus appetizer which was very good. Our husbands enjoyed the veal parm but our yellow tail snapper was absolutely delicious. The noise level was fine. It was nice to dine and actually be able to hear one another for a change. We’ll be back soon!

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was good not great. We were 5 Dinning and 3 of the plates of food were not hot. Service was spotty and the server was not as attentive as She could have been. Overall I would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food quality was fair. Bruschetta (bread) was harder than expected.
Most of the pasta was over cooked and sauce had no taste/flavor
Ambiance was not all it was made up to be. On river however view blocked by large size vessels so all you saw was back end of boats.
Server (Mary Jane) was great. Water fill ups were sparse and had to ask

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Charming, intimate, low key, delicious. Just perfect for any occasion. Everyone we’ve taken there has agreed. A gem

Tags: Vegan, Late-night Find, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We love this place! It’s a go to for us. The wine selection is great and reasonably priced.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great Thanksgiving feast! Great food and wine with excellent service. Don't judge this gem from the exterior or you will miss a treat.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups
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