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Serafini

4.3
137 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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If out shopping at St. Clair Mall and looking for a place to grab a great meal, pay a visit to Serafini. Right in the heart of downtown Frankfort, this restaurant is the perfect spot for a date night, dinner with friends, or to even host an event in the private party space.

Chef Tim McGowan uses fresh locally grown ingredients to create the menu at Serafini. The dishes here combine traditional Italian cuisine with down home Southern Kentucky cooking. Appetizers include choices like bruschetta or pimento cheese wontons. Grilled Berkshire pork chop and Risotto del Giorno are just two of the entrees from which to choose. No meal in Kentucky is complete with some Bourbon and Serafini has an extensive list from which to choose.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(502) 875-5599
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Business Casual
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on March 14, 2016

Fried green tomatoes were great

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

I love this restaurant. They are always glad to see their customers and the atmosphere is always great!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Very good, chef inspired food. Surroundings are very nice, staff is great. Probably my girlfriends favorite place to eat, we go on special occasions. Not cheap, you will pay a lot more than going to some chain place like Appleby's, but then again you get a WHOLE heck of a lot more, plus you won't find food like it anywhere else around the Frankfort area. I highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Very nice ambiance. Food was very good, but service was slow.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2016

Great food, wonderful server. He was very attentive and recommended things all night. My husband and I enjoyed almost everything. It was a little awkward how close to the front door and to the table to the right of us was. The couple at the table beside us seemed to know everyone so it was pretty loud most of the time. But besides that we enjoyed all the food and service.

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2016

On a not very crowded night, we waited more than ten minutes to even be approached by a waiter. The food was so-so.

The steak was dry.

The appetizers and desserts were acceptable, but not great.

These prices should be accompanied by great food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Serafini is the gem of Frankfort and you will not be disappointed by your first or fiftieth visit.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2016

I was disappointed with my dining experience. The food was mediocre. The table was right by the bar and the kitchen. There was a reception which made the noise level extremely loud. People at the bar hovered close to the table. It was the worst seat in the restaurant! The waiter was very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2016

Excellent service from a friendly and knowledgeable Carlos. The food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Excellent waiter. Pleasant, appropriate. Drinks delivered promptly. Attentive without being obtrusive. Great night out on NYE.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

We picked Serafini as a halfway point between Louisville and Lexington to meet friends for New Years Eve. Having never been there, we were more than pleasantly surprised. From start to finish, the meal was one of the best we have enjoyed in a long time. Will return, definitely!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Serafini is a good location in a part of downtown Frankfort, Kentucky that has experienced some rejuvenation over the past few years but is still a work in progress. The restaurant has a nice ambiance and appears to be a good place for group or professional dining. The food was good, but not as good as other restaurants of the same price range. As is my custom, I had the lasagna, which is a good test dish for a restaurant that claims "Italian" food. The lasagna was creamy with a nice ricotta sweetness, although the sauce was also sweet, the cheese under melted. I thought the dish could have used a touch more garlic, a bit more acidic tomato, and a stronger dose of oregano to balance the ricotta. Other members of my party had beef dishes, which were cooked a little over, but otherwise very good flavors and sauces. I would recommend Serafini's to anyone spending time in Frankfort after a bourbon distillery tour or a day at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2015

We enjoyed a delicious meal - had great service and they have an extensive bourbon collection. The gnocchi was excellent.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2015

Serafina is a great spot for a business dinner. The staff is very attentive without hovering and the menu offers something for everyone.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2015

First time at Serafinis and will definitely return next time I'm in Frankfort. Had the hot brown and loved the addition of prosciutto place of country ham. Everyone's food in our group was great. Charming location in the heart of town.

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2015

The current menu is very contemporary. I love the Bison Meatloaf and the variety of salads cannon be found on any other menu. The bartender is always up to date on the latest drink trends.

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2015

Both our entrees were excellent. Pork chop for her, medallions for me. Best bourbon selection I've seen. We definitely recommend this establishment

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2015

We stopped in Frankfort, KY while on the Boubon Trail. Someone recommended Serafini for dinner and a good Boubon bar. We had a terrific waitress who was very knowledgable about local bourbons. There was a nice wine list and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2015

I come here fairly regularly as it's the best date night spot in Frankfort. (Unfortunately in my search for Mr. Right I go on a lot of dates.) I love their ribeye, salmon, their deserts, the goat cheese & apple salad, and their selection of wine and bourbon is great. Carlos, the manager, ensures that all tables are adequately attended to, that staff know the daily specials, and that customers are happy with their experience.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2015

Loved the location, great server, food was very good and you could hear each other talk. Would go back again.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2015

Service started rough but recovered quickly. Bar manager took personal care for us, as we were interested in tasting several local bourbons. Good wine and spirits list. Food was tasty, portions were reasonable. Salted Caramel cheesecake was lovely finish. Nice location in historic downtown area. Quiet on weeknights.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

Nice atmosphere. Local bourbons available. Good bison meatloaf, carbonara, hot brown, and pimento cheese wontons. Plus there were specials also. The only negative is it seemed a little expensive. $12 for 3 tiny wontons.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2015

When you find the spot that hat has the best rib-eye in town why go anywhere else. The service is excellent, second to none!

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2015

Our last night on the Bourbon Trail we had reservations for the Ghost Tour at Buffalo Trace. We got stuck in traffic and arrived a little late for our reservation, cutting our dinner time short. The staff did everything they could to make our dinner enjoyable, relaxed and still got us on our way to make it to the tour.
The food was very good, we had a variety of Starters and Entrees between the 4 of us, including the Bruschetta, Tuscan Bean Soup, Carbonara, Bison Meatloaf. We will return to have a more relaxed dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2015

New menu has the best rib-eye you will ever eat. The Bison meatloaf is also very tasty!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2015

The menu is always fresh. The recent changes with Bison meatloaf and Iron Skillet Rib eye have taken the restaurant to a new level. Service is always second to none.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2015

First time in Frankfort and found this gem right downtown.. It has a great view of the old state capital and the food and service were superb.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2015

have been going to Serafini's for years when I come to town for business. food and service top notch, similar to what I am used to in much larger cities. specials are always super fresh and innovative.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2015

Met some family there for lunch. I had the salmon cake and they both had the hot brown. Both were delicious. To our benefit, the crowd was light so, coupled with the fast service, we were in and out in no time. The tierra missou was wonderful!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2015

Great place to go if you have no time restraints. Unfortunately we were on a schedule. Service was very slow. Initial wait time for offer for drinks, greeting at table, etc was about 15 minutes. Food service was also slow. Wait staff was pleasant and food was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2015

Enjoy the wonderful food and the ambiance of Serafini's. A nice variety of entrees to select from & pices are reasonable. Entree portions are large enough to share.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2015

Love to eat here especially in the winter! Warm and inviting with great pasta and a wonderful wine list. Service was very good and the manager stopped by to check we were enjoying our food. Will defiantly return soon!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2015

The Filet was a good cut but it was delivered ranging from medium rare (center) to well on the edges. Medium-well was requested. If the chef had problem cooking this piece of meat he should have butterflied the steak. With steak, the quality of the cut and the consistency of cooking the meat requested by the customer is everything. Yes I realize filet's are difficult to cook but for a restaurant with the hoped for reputation of Serafini's it was less than ideal.

The potato and asparagus were cooked well and were delicious. My wife had Prime Rib. Two pieces were served and one was mostly gristle which after chewing had to tastefully retrieve from her mouth and returned to her plate. The other piece of Prime Rib was overcooked...well versus the requested medium. The salad was very good.

The waiter seemed a bit disinterested and less than attentive after we declined to order mixed drinks or wine. Server requests often had to be repeated and the response was at times OK and at times delayed. Immediate waiter promises often had a delayed response. Maybe the waiter had too many tables to serve.

The view of the old capital is always a nice setting. On a cold evening outside, the lack of a weather barrier or double door entrance meant that everyone on the same side of the restaurant as the door had cold rushes whenever the door opened. Overall, I have enjoyed dining at Serafini's in the past.

Unfortunately, the food preparation and service were less than desired from a restaurant with medium-high prices and a purported reputation as a fine place to eat. My reaction is mixed and a bit disappointing. I sincerely hope for much better the next time I patronize Serafini's

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2015

2 Beers 2 entrees 2 appetizers $120.00 with tip included... Food looked good and sounded good but very over cooked and expensive. I think my halibut had been prepared earlier as it was the anticipated valentine's day special and my fiances special had no flavor best part od the meal was the fried oysters and pimento cheese mashed potatoes everything else was not up to par. Very disappointed to drive from Lexington, we went home and bought pizza!!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

The food is very good and the service was good even though it was Valentine's Day.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

It was a great experience for Valentine's day. Would take my wife there again any time

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2015

The management and wait staff are second to none! Dining here is always an enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2015

Interestingly located across the street from Kentucky's Old State Capitol. Extensive wine list and an impressive bourbon collection. The daily risotto specials are creative and deserve consideration.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2014

Great food! I have been here many times and the food is always excellent ! Excellent bourbon selection as well

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2014

great food, service, and ambiance. serving portions are definitely enough to share. imperssed with our server. will definitely return.

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