Serafina Waterfront Trattoria

926 NE 20th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Best Of


  • Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
  • $$, $$$
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available, Metered Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Accepted, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
Chef Michele Viscosi took over Serafina in 2007 and nudged it from broad Mediterranean to classic Italian. He's paired a lineup of classic dishes from North and South - mussels marinara, carpaccio di manza, pastas, risotto, veal scaloppini, fish soup, and chops - with a reasonably priced wine list of Barolos, Barberas, Amarones, and Chiantis. The menu is simple and pleasant in the style of a small, family-run Italian trattoria. There are no pyrotechnics to draw attention away from the gorgeous setting on the Middle River in Fort Lauderdale, where in fine weather everybody dines outdoors on an intimate dockside patio under torchieres. Because the menu is fairly reserved and modest, all the elements at Serafina - setting, service, and food - fall into balance. What you come away with is not just a full stomach but an experience.

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  • On the Waterfront
    Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 4 a.m. by Gail Shepherd

    There are times when eating out is not all about eating. Which is to say, so much goes into making a restaurant meal the kind of experience that exalts rather than exasperates. It sounds corny to say it, but deep down, we're all hun...

  • The Angel Has Landed
    Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 4 a.m. by Gail Shepherd

    Serafina means "angel" in Italian, and I guess with the right sky-blue backdrop, a little otherworldly lighting, and the wistful notes of a discrete off-stage choir, you could mistake Shari Woods for one of those heavenly creatures....


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