To many loyal patrons, Serafina is the perfect neighborhood restaurant. And then there's the romance: burnt-sienna walls topped by a forest-green ceiling convey the feeling of a lush garden villa—a sense heightened by the small sheltered courtyard out back. Menu highlights include grilled eggplant rolled with ricotta and basil; asparagus with an egg and truffle oil; and gnocchi with rotating ingredients such as mushrooms, nettle, or beef cheeks. Live jazz every Friday through Sunday (and the first Wednesday of each month) should be considered a plus, but it can be difficult to hold a conversation while the band is playing. Note that Serafina is close to Capitol Hill, in the Eastlake neighborhood, so definitely spring for the short cab ride here.
Jan 31, 2012
The Fodor's review left me feeling this place was overhyped. The ambiance wasn't special, but just workaday, neighborhood-y like you'd stop in if you lived nearby, but wouldn't exactly bother looking nice for. The happy hour menu was a good deal, however.