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Everyone's favorite romantic restaurant. And during the summer the patio is THE place to be!
Best Classic Italian Fare, Excellent Service, Gracious Management! Serafina's A Must Try, You'll Go Back for More!.
Serafina is an icon of the Lake Union and Seattle area, it has withstood many economic storms and is a survivor because it is excellent !!! I absolutely love their menu, staff and attention to detail. If you ever have a propblem the management will go above and beyond to make it right. We often give gift certificates to Serafina's as gifts and I have had nothing but Kudos from all recipients...... who are now dedicated to Serafinas for the Classic Italian Fare. I would recommend Serafinas without hesitation and you will love your meal, the staff is exceptional and the ambiance, GREAT WINES!. Its a Classic for a reason....
Michelle ( Former 42 year Resident of Seattle... now Park City, UT) I miss Serafina's Big Time!
A Fine Weekend Morning.
It was a perfect weekend morning and we were at one of our favorite Seattle Restaurants, Serafina Osteria and Enoteca. What is there to like about Serafina?
1. Live jazz duet - piano and saxophone, this time ? while you dine at Sunday Brunch
2. Food that is so complete and alive with flavor that you need not add your own condiments. It would be an insult to the chef if you did. It is what it is and ?Oh, how it is!? The food is as well prepared as any upper end restaurant in downtown Seattle.
3. The courtyard with the morning sun penetrating through the cover of trees and shrubs, the sunlight highlighting the old green painted window and door frames and the cedar trellis with the wisteria cover.
4. The staff who make you feel like someone special and who make sure you are well attended because they have a fondness in serving their customers. If it isn?t right, they will make it right. You feel invited to return.
5. The location in a residential neighborhood along Eastlake above Lake Union and away from the bustle of downtown Seattle.
6. The charm and ambience of the space situated as it is in a residential neighborhood. It has an eclectic feeling with its five separate spaces and its anti-modern architecture.
7. Criticisms? Well, it is two million light years to the Great Nebula in Andromeda. That is significant. Any issues with Serafina are insignificant.
Bravissimo!. on a beautiful summer night in seattle, we were seated near the patio with the refreshing breeze flowing over us. our hostess was extremely courteous , and the wait staff was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. i had ordered the handmade agnolotti (a delicate handmade pasta filled with a robust roasted pork shoulder) complimented with a chive butter sauce. this was absolutely the best meal i had ever eaten. from the bread and delicious olive oil before our meal, to every last drop of sauce on our plates. we left the restaurant entirely satisfied and gluttonous. we had no room for dessert, but plan on going back to try Mei-I Funtanilla's desserts . i can't wait to eat here again!
Italian soul food. I love this place. Warm, busy, great food, lovely wine. I could go on. Sat on the patio and it was beautiful. My server was lovely, smart and informed. we had caprese salad, 2 kinds of ravioli, a great lamb dish. I come here 4ish times a year and have NEVER been dissapointed.
Awful Customer Service!. Talk about snobby wait staff! When we arrived without a reservation at 5:25pm (they start seating for dinner at 5:30pm) they acted like it was a huge inconvenience to find a spot for us even though there were only about 3 other small parties waiting as well. We were able to sit at the bar and were rudely directed to close our tab so they could seat us right at 5:30pm in the dinning room. I do have to say our waitress was very pleasant and if it weren?t for her it would have been the worst dinning experience of my life. I should have listened to my sister when she warned me about this place but I unfortunately had to experience it myself. Never again!
Extremely rude hostess started the evening on a sour note. Having been to Serafina before, we knew it was a great place for a special occasion. Therefore we decided to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and bring his family along. When we arrived his father walked up to the hostess desk and stated we had reservations at 8pm. The main hostess rudely told him that it was not 8 yet (it was about 7:55, and we of course would rather be early rather then late) and to come back to her when it was time for our reservation. I was mortified when he came back and told us what had happened. We then had to cram into the small waiting area with the other bar patrons. When his father spied an empty small table in the bar he sat down to wait and had me come over. The hostess did not wait one second to push her head over us and tell us that table was reserved and we were not allowed to sit there. After standing for more then half an hour after our reservation we were finally seated. From there on out the service from our waiter was fantastic, the food was amazing, wine, etc. everything else was great! But to have an evening start off due to bad service has made me very unlikely to return to this establishment. If they cannot hire proper employees and teach them how to speak appropriately to guests, I would rather take my money elsewhere where I am made to feel welcome.
My first visit to Sarafina's was a disaster. The green salad was bitter, the eggplant signature dish was far too salty. The restaurant was profoundly noisy and the waiter could care less......so I contacted the manager next day and she repsonded immediately.
I returned and was delighted. The service was wonderful, the food was very good.
Food that breathes Italian soul, a wine list that is an education.
I had dinner with 3 other girlfriends on a Friday night. The restaurant was definitely crowded, but the staff did all they could to get us a(fantastic) cocktail while we waited. BTW--I think Matt & Chris are the best , most creative bartenders in town. Their special infusions absolutely rock!
I had the sea scallops with a sort of grapefruit sauce which I think are some of the best scallops I've ever had. Huge, tender, moist-wow. The table shared a quail salad with a lush raspberry dressing that had us all groaning. One of the others had pasta with lamb ragu that tasted just like a dish I've had in Rome.
And the desserts were spectacular. We ordered 3 and shared and they were all homemade, seasonal and wonderful. The service was good throughout and some lovely Brazilian music started around 9. this is where I take all of my out of town guests.
great italian food. Small setting, nice small bar, very romantic and intimate for a couple or small family. Food is impressive and servers are very knowledgeable on wine selecton.
A Wonderful Evening Out.
My boyfriend and I just went out to Serafina for a romantic/fun outing and we can't wait to go back!
While it was my boyfriend's first visit, I had been there once before in the summer months, and was able to enjoy the lovely patio dining on a warm evening. This time around, we went for a late dinner on a Saturday night, looking forward to the live music that is scheduled on weekends.
I must admit, that after reading so many reviews from people who were disappointed with the whole experience, I was a little worried-however, as my first experience had been a positive one, we went in hoping for another good time, and we weren't disappointed.
We were seated promptly, about 5 minutes after being greeted at the door, right on time for our reservation. Our server was friendly, was able to help us with the wine selection and, as a small but important thing, was able to let us know ahead of time that one dish was in short supply-it's always annoying when you have your heart set on something, and you don't find out it's unavailable until you're placing your order-glad we avoided that pitfall!
Our appetizer (the bruschetta with a fun twist) and bottle of wine was served by the executive chef, which, in our eyes, made the service all the more special. The entrees arrived in a good time frame-we had just enough time to enjoy our appetizers and soak up the live music a bit before being served the next course. Since it was a busy night, we were both glad they weren't rushing us to empty out another table. The pasta was great (as it should be in an Italian restaurant) and the beef in the Gnocchi di Patate dish melted in your mouth!
We both had a marvelous time-our server was attentive the entire evening, the live music was a fun way to liven up a regular dinner date, the food and wine were quite enjoyable, and the cozy restaurant, complete with twinkling with lights, was the perfect setting for a romantic evening together.
Serafina was a wonderful experience!
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