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Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro

926 Northeast 20th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (Victoria Park)
+1 954-463-2566
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Ranked #366 of 1,112 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Victoria Park
Description: Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro is Fort Lauderdale's best Italian restaurant! "Serafina" in Italian translates to both "angel of the sea" and "fine evening." Those who have been to Serafina Waterfront Bistro agree that our name fits our fine Italian restaurant. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to travel to Italy knows how easy it is to fall in love with the people, the language, the landscape and of course the food. Italians take great pride in their love of food and wine. This legendary love is matched only by the desire to share it with friends and family. This traditional essence of Italy has been brought to us here in Fort Lauderdale. Serafina celebrates all of this with warmth and passion. 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 ambience and aromas of fantastic mediterranean flavors. Its Italian-speaking staff is perfectly complemented by the melodies of Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble and Il Divo. Save your appetite and taste for yourselves this mouthwatering celebration of food and fun. Beautiful nights are every evening at Serafina Waterfront Bistro. Buon appetito!
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Looking for the "out of the way" small and intimate Italian restaurant, this is your place. Outside dinning on the Middle River in central Fort Lauderdale Serafina this is your best choice. Mostly frequented by locals the food is very classic Italian, not your typical Americanized Italian food. Try it and you will go back again!

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Vicki A, Owner at Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro, responded to this review

Thanks for such a wonderful dose of encouragement, Joe! It's lovely to be described as a "waterfront hideaway" with traditional Italian classics -- that exactly what we hope to hear. We'd love to welcome you back soon for a 5-star experience -- I know we can do it! All the best, Vicki A. - Owner More

South Florida
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We celebrated our anniversary at Serafina. The service and food were excellent, as was our table by the intercoastal. The portions are large .

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Vicki A, Owner at Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro, responded to this review

I'm touched that you chose to spend your special anniversary evening with us, Marenya, and that we provided you with excellent service and dishes throughout. That's music to my ears! Next time you're wanting another relaxing evening by the intercoastal, you know where we are! Until then, Vicki A. - Owner More

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Our friends who live in the area rave about this restaurant and took us there on a recent visit to Fort Lauderdale. The setting is lovely overlooking the water and our friends were greeted with enthusiastic warmth....they clearly eat there regularly. There is nothing pretentious about the décor and although the terrace is large, the inside of the restaurant is... More

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Vicki A, Owner at Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro, responded to this review

We wish you had been more impressed, too, David, but we appreciate your feedback, especially about our Bolognese. It's definitely a popular dish around here, but we'll certainly share your thoughts with our team, as well as your experience with the server and your wine. Spills happen, but it sounds like this was a bit too much. I apologize, but... More

Sunrise, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Went to the restaurant after reading review online. Much smaller than pictures portrayed but nice. Also much older crowd than we anticipated. Elderly waiter was nice but not very attentive. Took forever to get our main entrées even though our appetizer came out right away. Food was excellent when it did arrive.

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Vicki A, Owner at Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro, responded to this review

Although I'm glad that you and Steve enjoyed your dishes, I wish that we could have exceeded you expectations, Cheryl. While we're unable to change the size of our restaurant, we can definitely make sure that our servers are always attentive. I'll speak to them about that, so thanks for letting me know. In the meantime, I hope we'll have... More

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We had a very nice meal here. The service was great and the food was tasty. Unfortunately, several items were dirty and that cast a pall on the experience. Among the highlights was a potato and leek soup that was perfect, my wife had lamb chops that were very very good. I had pasta with clam sauce that was possibly... More

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Vicki A, Owner at Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro, responded to this review

I'm so glad that you managed to enjoy our dishes despite these few incidents, but I wish we could have avoided them all together. It seems that we're having a problem with our dishwasher, and I'll attend to that straight away. In the meantime, thanks for bringing this to my attention, and I hope you'll keep us in mind during... More

staten island, NY
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Serafina is a classic italian restaurant on the canal that provises a romantic and scenic setting while eating great italian food. Pasta was delicious. Service was excellent. Decent wine list with reasonable prices. Worth finding off of Sunrise and Fed Hwy.

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Vicki A, Owner at Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro, responded to this review

I'm so glad you were impressed, Frank! Thanks for making us a part of your vacation. We can't wait to welcome you back for more of our favorite Italian dishes during your next visit! Warm regards, Serafina Waterfront Bistro More

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

My husband took me here for my birthday and we had an awesome meal! The menu is a lot of traditional Italian food vs. the types of typical "Italian" you might see at the Olive Garden or Carrabba's. (No penne vodka or chicken parm) the service was great and the waiter even put a candle in my ricotta cheesecake to... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Try making reservations!..they can't be bothered to phone back a confirmation....we have eaten here several times because we live in the area, and it is never the same - one time great and the next time stingy and mediocre at best...no value for the price....as all the other reviews show

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Vicki A, Owner at Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro, responded to this review

I'm so sorry to learn of your disappointment, especially since you've been coming back to us for years. First, let me apologize for the mishap with your reservation. We should have been able to get back to you in a more timely manner, and we'll definitely work on that. However, your comments regarding your meals are even more troubling. While... More

south florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Not worth it -- not going back. Food mediocre at best... disappointing and overpriced. I really wanted to like it because of the atmosphere, but I just wasn't impressed.

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Vicki A, Owner at Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro, responded to this review

Mediocre isn't good enough for us, either, but I'd like to know more about your meal. If you can recall what you ordered, please don't hesitate to reach out. Any further feedback you can give us will only make us better for our guests. Regards, Vicki A. - Owner More

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Am going to make this review simple w/o all the Italian menu descriptions: 3 sm breads with tomatos for starter - lousy Goat cheese salad - needs to be removed from the menu at 14.00 is a ripoff with bitter lettuce Tuna with alvacado - fresh decent portion but non descript taste Main entree Veal dish with ham and cheese... More

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Vicki A, Owner at Serafina Italian Restaurant & Waterfront Bistro, responded to this review

I'm very surprised to hear about this. Authentic Italian cuisine is our passion, and we work hard to serve the best meals to all of our guests. I'm sorry you were disappointed, but I'd like to dig deeper to better pinpoint any areas in need of improvement. If you'd like to discuss this further, please don't hesitate to reach out.... More

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