Serafina

4.7
1429 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
Serafina opened its doors in 1991 as an intimate neighborhood restaurant located along Eastlake between the University and Downtown. Its ochre walls, reminiscent of the Tuscan landscape, its intimate, sultry atmosphere, outdoor garden seating and its authentic Italian cuisine make it a favorite with diners from around the Puget Sound and beyond. Serafina's philosophy is simple: Offer the freshest, highest quality ingredients, present the food in an honest and inviting way, and provide the casual warmth and soothing ambiance that echoes the welcoming embrace of an Italian home.
The ritual of coming together sharing wine and food with family and friends is the central motif in our lives. Italian food has an immediacy, honesty, and warmth; it possesses the spirit of a grandmother's wisdom and love. Italian food isn't about trailblazing alchemy or edible high fashion; Italian food is about staying connected—to each other, to the past, to the earth.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Regional American (Northwest)
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00PM - 6:00PM in the bar
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM Friday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(206) 323-0807
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Christian Chandler
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Private Party Facilities
Looking for a warm and inviting location for your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception, business lunch, or private event? At Serafina, our accommodations suit a wide array of functions.
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Private Party Contact
David Weeks: (888) 491-8253
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Catering
Serafina can cater in any format or venue – in your home, on a beach or at a park. Your guests will be transported to Italy when they taste the dishes recreated from meals enjoyed in friends' homes throughout Italy by Chef Christian Chandler. Or, choose the Mediterranean cuisine offered at sister restaurant, Cicchetti. Buffet, plated, cocktail party – whatever the style, we will custom-tailor menus and hand-select wine and cocktails. Our catering manager, David Weeks, can help with arrangements for rentals, decorations, musicians, florists and photographers.
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Cross Street
Boston St.
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Parking Details

*Paid parking ($3.00) is available in a parking lot located one block north of Serafina, above the Eastlake Market (at Eastlake and Lynn St).
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Public Transit
Bus:
Eastlake Ave. E & E. Newton St.
Eastlake Ave. E & E. Howe St.
Eastlake Ave. E & Lynn St.
Boylston Ave. E & E. Boston St.
Streetcar:
Fairview & Campus Drive
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Entertainment
Serafina offers live music every Saturday evening as well as Sunday brunch. Our musicians mostly perform jazz, but music also ranges from blues to bossa nova. The stage is at the heart of the dining room, with many tables enjoying a direct view of the musicians. There is no cover charge to enjoy music, however the dining room is reserved for dinner only until our waitlist is entirely seated. At that point, typically around 10pm on weekends, we are happy to seat guests for drinks and dessert who'd like to enjoy the jazz from the dining room.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1429 People Are Saying
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PC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Serafina. The atmosphere is always very cozy yet energetic and the wait staff is terrific. Salomon Navarro, the sommelier, does an excellent job of de-mystifying the mostly Italian wine list and respecting one's price range. And who knows, he may give you a tasting of a wine that he loves - for future consideration.

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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with close friends for a date night and had a perfect evening! Service was so friendly, helpful and attentive (he even offered up some reader glasses for my wife when she forgot her glasses!). Food was fantastic! Scallops we're perfectly prepared and super tasty. Favs lasagna and eggplant were outstanding as usual! Ravioli was expertly done! Thank you for an amazing evening!

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M
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I've always loved Serafina. The service was outstanding, food and wine was wonderful. However the noise level on a Friday night at 7:00 pm was so loud we had to shout to converse throughout the meal.

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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a winner and great go to location for any occasion!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food amazing

Service was a little slow but staff was lovely and professional

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LI
Seattle
270 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chefs outdid themselves with the daily pasta special which was mushroom and marscapone tortellini in a porcini broth. We both loved it! The apple tart dessert with dried cherry vanilla ice cream was so good we ordered a second one (kudos to the pastry chef). I need to stop writing good reviews or we’ll never get in soon!

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RM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding Food and great service, Tables a little close together and kind of loud because of that so i recommend trying to get a table on the outer edges of the restaurant which may be better than middle tables.

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SE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great round table for our group of six celebrating a birthday! Great food and wine and waiter who was pleasant and really helpful!

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HD
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wait servers both young woman and man, extra polite and friendly, made us feel welcome and special. Will go again and not wait for a special occasion.

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L
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite place to dine in Seattle. Dependable menu, service, and wine list. Always a treat. Not inexpensive but worth every penny.

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h
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a few days beforehand after we couldn’t get reservations at a newer popular place. I remembered Serafina was in a good location for us and I always enjoy dining there. I was happy we got a reservation! We had a wonderful time and the food was great!! We all remarked how much we like this hidden gem! We are all longtime Seattleites.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, delicious food beautifully prepared and presented.

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Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my birthday to try it out for the first time and now we are planning on coming back for my mother’s birthday. The servers were very kind and attentive and the food was amazing.

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BM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Went on a date night with my wife over Labor Day weekend as we both really like Serafina and have had great food here in the past. The ambiance was great; waiter was good but they forgot our first pasta course and brought our main course out before our pasta. The limone (cesar) salad was not very good at all, the carbonara pasta that we shared lacked any real flavor (and brought after our main course as they forgot to cook it); the main course halibut was a small portion but very good. Given that the main course was really good, it saved part of this review. All in all it wasn’t up to the standards that I remember Serafina having and we were both disappointed. I hope it was just an off night for them, but we will probably go somewhere else next time.

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BT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb and the service impeccable! It was my sister's birthday and everyone was very attentive. We will come again.

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LI
Seattle
271 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Brian, Gabriel, and Kelly made my husband’s birthday so special! From the soup of the day, the salmon special, to his favorite dessert by their pastry chef it was a wonderful dinner to celebrate! We loved the special flower arrangement Brian made for our table as well!!
This is our fave restaurant and there are so many reasons why: great food, great service, and great staff!!

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the mussels, lasagna, and eggplant involtini! Lasagna was light and super fresh, bechamel was perfect balance and extra tomato sauce allowed for extra sauce with every bite! Eggplant was absolutely fantastic and mussels we're super flavorful with slight spiciness. Service is exceptional - friendly, engaging, and attentive but not obtrusive. Helpfully guides selections and did not disappoint. Ambiance is great for an intimate dinner!

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JW
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going here for years and the food, service and ambiance are always impeccable!

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SO
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rich and complex flavors that make your taste buds dance!

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PP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I were to quibble, it would be that our table wasn’t ready when I arrived. To be fair, I did arrive 10 minutes early, and the table was ready within a short period of time. However, the restaurant was almost empty when I arrived, and all the other tables appeared to be ready.

All that was soon forgotten upon being seated. Our server was excellent. He was always there checking to see that all our needs were fulfilled. The food was Devine! The ambiance of the restaurant is lovely. Sometime, I must sit outdoors on the patio. However, the indoors is wonderful. We had a corner table in the window. So, lots of light and great people watching.

I look forward to going to Serafina again!

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BB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with even better service. Attentive without hovering, knowledgeable not haughty, gracious and friendly versus obsequious and fake. Whether as a couple or as a group, the food and the staff of Serafina will make you feel comfortable and right at home while still enjoying the pleasures of being out on the town.

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EH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic and well worth the price for an occasional dinner! The ambiance, service, and food have been consistently phenomenal.

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SW
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing gem on Eastlake above Lake Union. Excellent menu with options for all, and top quality service.
Make sure you sit out on the patio when weather permits, you will feel like you are in the heart of Tuscany!

You gotta go!

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S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A favorite restaurant. Accessible from the Eastside.

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WA
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Picked Serafina for our one year anniversary - and choice was perfect! Energetic, attentive staff... timing was spot on from cocktail thru dessert. Ambience of the restaurant was comfortable but stylish. Only reason for not perfect rating is the food was a little "cool" - probably due to plating and presentation which was stellar. Steak and pork chop tender, juicy and flavorful... we will be back! Thanks Sal for the wine selection based on our description - excellent choice for us!

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OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serafina is SO special. The warmth you feel there is so welcoming. The food is beautiful and delicious and the service is always superb.

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AE
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our table on the patio was lovely and our waiter was top-notch. He did a great job of explaining and recommending dishes, as it was the first time for all of us at the restaurant. The pastas were cooked perfectly and the salads were fresh and creative. It was a good place to have a business dinner, as they were all impressed and enjoyed their meals.

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CR
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Long time customers, always very good! Wine selection is great and I would recommend letting them pair the wine with your food, they are experts and will respect your wallet and taste preferences. During summer, their patio is a slice of Italy, perfect. Interior is comfortable and in winter, very cozy. Bar scene is lively, though seating has a modest number of stools. Bartender is perfect, service staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Bolognese is just about the best in town.

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R
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Service was attentive, food was outstanding (the pasta was incredible, as was the risotto) and the wine list was varied. Really enjoyed our dinner! And appreciate the option to order half servings.

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KD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! The staff is exceptional and the food wonderful.

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LI
Seattle
271 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here a lot as it’s our fave but in thinking about why we love it so much we realized it’s their amazing CONSISTENCY!!! Every meal is delicious! Service is terrific! They care about the customers experience! And when we say consistent, we mean it. When you go to a restaurant a lot you really notice when something is off. That never happens here. Ever.
There is nothing better to be said about a restaurant than it is wonderfully consistent and always has great food and service.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my birthday and it was perfect!

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V
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Thank you!!!!

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FK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent patio evening, with great service. Rigatoni Bolognese amazing!

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LI
Seattle
271 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fave Italian restaurant with a great varied menu! The staff do an excellent job with the menu (specials daily as well) and service. They have a wonderful pastry chef so save room for dessert!

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L
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We really enjoy the ambiance of Serafina, especially on the patio.

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a
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The servers and sommelier wee kind and accommodating. Though it was a busy night, they made us feel special. Our meals were good and Italian.

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SS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Gazpacho. Attentive, helpful table service, lovely patio dining - truly a great meal in a top space.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for any occasion. The food is some of the best, of any type of cuisine, in Seattle. I’ll keep coming back.

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m
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, delicious food, beautifully presented. Excellent service, nice ambiance . Serafina never disappoints!

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