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Serafina by The Water

4.4
795 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
“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!

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(954) 463-2566
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fabio Lazzari
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 795 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
service
4.5
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was absolutely Delicious. Perfect date night! Prices and amibiance was excellent.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous food; classic Italian. Excellent service; great wine list. I had the special homemade pasta with jumbo shrimp, argula, tomato and mushrooms. Delicious! Desserts were to die for. Our party of four got four different ones; we loved them all.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My only complaint was that they don't have any type of covering to protect patrons from the rain as you make your way from the front of the building to the back where the entrance actually is. It was raining quite a bit during our visit. It's a small place and pretty much every table was full. Food was delicious. A little pricey.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We recently returned from 3 yrs in Italy. Serafina is the only restaurant we've encountered that matches our dining experiences in Italy. Service is 1st rate. The food is authentic right down to the after dinner Cafe Macchiato we ordered. We will be coming back!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Always a great pleasure,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

So many other places to choose from, I decided on Serafina based on the reviews and waterfront view.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Overall had a great experience here. The lamb as well as our pasta & seafood dishes were delicious. The food was a great value for the cost. Medium- high prices but large portions. Beautiful waterfront view.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Friendliest servers we have encounter in a while.Specially that was out first time.
The food is very good...And a lot is served on your plate without it looking ugly or "piggy" style.
Nice view of marina with many boats, yacht s, etc.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is not Italian Restaurant piriod!!!! I am Italian, this food is just simple terrible, maybe good for someone that never been in Italy or in good real Italian reastaurant, pasta is precooked,

I don't raccomend

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

A wonderful evening spent with dear friends at one of our favorite restaurants in Ft. Lauderdale.
Food is delicious & service is impeccable. Our server, Mary Jane, was attentive & terrific!

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our waiter Joe was Great other than that 👎 doesn’t anyone notice the first impression walking up to the place? You are walking into the back of the place and it’s really dirty looking. While sitting outside doesn’t anyone notice how disgusting it is? Horrible like eating in a back ally also the smell of fuel from the boats that idle is bad. The food is at best mediocre I actually had a better meal once when I was forced to go to Olive Garden. We sent one of the meals back because it was so bad. It was raining on and off and they kept raising and lowering the shade so we wouldn’t get wet very annoying and uncomfortable. There are so many better places to eat I’m amazed this place is in business.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great ambiance! It was the perfect space, for two friends to dine and catch up! Will visit again soon!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great ambience in general though the waiters could be heard discussing problems between the wait staff.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Our waiter Joe was terrific !
Food was delicious
We had a really enjoyable evening

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It was our third year wedding anniversary dinner. Arrived an hour earlier and was still able to be attended. Very beautiful and quiet place, was definitely impressed and would go again. My wife had the risotto with all the seafood you could think of and it blended perfectly. I tried the veal Parmesan and it was delicious. Thank you guys for a good dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

OMG octopus and calamari with orange reduction sauce. To die for.

Chicken liver pate super good.

Ravioli with shredded veal and cream sauce was outstanding.

Asked for special order carbonara Italian style no cream please was perfection.

Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon blend excellent and great value.

And ambiance the best.

Very responsive and customized service.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Absolutely lovely dining experience right by the water. Food was amazing and staff were very gracious hosts ♥️

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great Ambiance, Great Food, Great Service! What more do you need.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

It’s a nice getaway from the busy of the main strip, cool eating outside but views are limited by the boats docked right there. Chilean Sea Bass was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Beer & Wine only , No Liquor. That’s my fault. Food was just ok , glasses were a bit dirty as far as water stains. Had to ask for bread , no butter or anything put on table. Wasn’t terrible but was not worth the bill. Sorry.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Will never go back and could not wait to leave!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We wi visit every time we come down to Fort Lauderdale

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Food was amazing. Great wine recommendation!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

I chose this restaurant for the name (same as mine!) but so glad we came! Our server was attentive and helpful. We had the grilled calamari and octopus and the burrata with tomatoes for apps. I had the red snapper special and my husband had the lasagna. Both were very good! I would definitely return again.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Great value and service in a beautiful settings.....good wine selection at fair prices

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I took my grandparents here for dinner since I was in town from NY. The food was very delicious! We had a great table on the water too!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

First time there and absolutely will be back. Ambiance is great, food selection varied and tastes great. Gigi our server was terrific. Great find!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This is a little gem of a restaurant that you could pass by if you were only judging by its location on the street. However, once inside, you realize that this place is something special. Eating outside on the water only added to a truly wonderful meal. If you love calamari, do not miss the grilled dish for an appetizer. The seafood risotto for dinner was excellent and the portion was enormous. While the service level could have been a little more attentive, I would highly recommend Serafina for an exceptional dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

best italin dishes in the area courteous staff promt service good value

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Fantastic, wonderful little gem in ft lauderdale

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My wife and I loved Serafina. The food was fantastic and the wait staff was very attentive. It is a romantic little restaurant right on the canal. We will definitely go back next time we are in town.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I went to Serafina because of the reviews. There is little to no parking, and the entrance is very awkward. The ambiance was good but nothing out of the ordinary for a Tuesday evening. Service was very good, as well as the food. The reason why I didn’t rate the service or the food with 5 stars is because 1) the back up server just took away my friend’s plate without even asking if he had finished; and 2) the bread was really awful, extremely hard and tasting old and somewhat stale. I’m sure it’s a good option for the neighborhood, but living in Miami, I doubt that I’ll return any time soon.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We were seated on the outside deck. The screens were down because a storm was passing through, but the staff was very accommodating and lifted the screens as soon as possible after the storm. The food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Ate dinner here twice so far, always an outstanding meal. Service was good went on a Saturday night late around 9:30, I was late for my reservation but called to let the restaurant know and it was no problem, we were dating as soon as we arrived.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Was our first time and we couldn’t have praised the place more. As frequent travelers and self proclaimed foodies, but also fairly picky eaters we often times leave places unsatisfied. I can venture to say this was if not the best, of the best meals I’ve ever had. Prices were shockingly reasonable and I’d recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great table on the water, good food and amazing service by Mary Jane. Was our anniversary and was a memorable evening!!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food is always well prepared and the wait staff are friendly and accommodating...the ambiance is soothing with great views of the water mixed with relaxing music

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Found this hidden gem, last minute for a dinner on our last night in Ft. Lauderdale. Couldn't have picked a better place to celebrate a fabulous family trip. Food was OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD. We sat outside on the patio. Everything was fantastic, and we will surely be returning.

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1.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We have been here many time last year. Unfortunately this year the food was not good at all. In fact 3 out of 4 in our party we're sick from dining here.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We enjoyed a "last night as a family" meal together on Easter while in Florida visiting my parents. As other reviewers have mentioned the outside of the place is unassuming and a pretty lighted walk leads you to a beautiful waterfront view including large yachts. Service and food were great. We thoroughly enjoyed our special occasion at Serafina.

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