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Serafina by The Water

4.5
774 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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Only the best for Mom will do, so make your reservation today and treat her to a taste of Italy! We will be opening at noon and will be featuring Mother's Day Specials along with our full menu.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 774 People Are Saying
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4.5
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1.0Dined 4 days ago

Will never go back and could not wait to leave!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It looks very unassuming from the street, but, once you get in, sit down and enjoy the excellent cuisine, you will be very impressed.
Many menu choices and the wait staff are very good at what they do.
Mickey comes around just to make sure everyone is being taken care of and having a good time.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Serafina was wonderful! We were visiting Fort Lauderdale for vacation and wanted to step away from the hotel area for a night, and it was totally worth it! The atmosphere was delightful as well as the service and piano player out on the patio with us while we dined. It was the best meal we had the whole weekend, from the fresh pasta to fresh fish, we enjoyed every minute!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always a great meal!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We took our out-of -town guests to this restaurant on Saturday night. They loved it so much we took them back the following night. The food is excellent; the grilled octopus was amazing. The service and ambience were wonderful.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It was my husband’s birthday. I wanted it to be very special. It was nice, but to start with we had quite a wait even though we had reservations. After getting our seat it became even more frustrating, as it took a while for the server to acknowledge our presence. After that, I would say our server seemed to be “in the woods”. Never as attentive as one would expect from such a quality restaurant. We probably will be back because of the food, but not in a hurry.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Lovely place! Very special Italian food

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The hour long wait for food while being ignored by waiter and manager gaurentee we will never return.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Best Italian food I have had in America. Big American portions though

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

A wonderful atmosphere to dine outside by the yachts, food is fabulous. Service wonderful.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very good service, excellent food, building a little dated. Water view really not, due to giant boats parked in front of you.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food was really good but they were super slow serving the food. Almost two hours from start to finish on a Monday night seems ridiculous.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

This was our second time there. The first time we were there it was truly amazing. however the second time my finance ordered the orchetti with sausage an broccoli rabe an honestly it was very bland not much flavor. I also ordered eggplant parm an specified that I don't eat Parmesan cheese, an it came out with it on. I told the waiter an he said its just a habit. He didn't offer to get us a new one. Everyone else ate it.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I feel like we stumbled on a wonderful secret with Serafina. Our waitress MaryJane was outstanding and the food was so fabulous. When the Uber driver dropped us off we were a tad concerned doesn’t look look JW much from the street side but once you walk inside and onto the waterfront you’re sitting dockside in a romantic setting with a very enjoyable experience. Will be back next time we are in town.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent food and service. Was not our first time there but this was the best.
Was a chilly night on the patio Outside and no one could get our heater working.
That was the only problem

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Truly one of the best Italian restaurants in the area. Staff is interested in making your evening a memorable dining experience. Kitchen staff knows what it is doing. Excellent overall

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The wait between courses was too long. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu but mostly ignored us. Getting the check was an ordeal.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our waiter was wonderful. The food was very tasty. The calamari was lightly coated and fried perfectly. The lasagna was one of the best I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great overall experience

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great food and ambiance with terrific service

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very unique location and experience -
Upon arrival, the front looks more like an aged storefront than a beautiful restaurant...That said, sitting on the back patio enjoying the waterfront setting (albeit blocked somewhat by docked boats) offers a beautiful ambiance.
Service by Mary Jane deserves positive recognition. Friendly, honest, and efficient.
The food was good, not amazing. Portions are quite large, and the lasagna was quite tasty.
Pricing is reasonable. We will certainly be back.

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