Serafina – Intimate atmosphere with some highs and lows.
On first look, I wasn’t sure Eastlake would have a classy restaurant. Once you step inside, it’s cute, quaint, and very cozy. Most of the tables are 2-person tables, signaling to me that it is probably a great place for a date. We saw moms and daughters on dates, male and female dates, and small groups of friends. The front patio is a little close to the street and traffic, but the back patio is adorable. You’ll have to see it for yourself.
Photos by Sean.
The very popular pork belly appetizer, Pancia di Maiale, was very dry. As soon as it was placed on the table, we could tell it wasn’t juicy and moist like it should be. However, it did have a nice crunchy crust and the golden raisins were a nice hint of sweetness. Otherwise, the hummus underneath was dry (how long had it been on the plate?). Another popular appetizer is the Cozze Affumicate, mussels in a smokey tomato broth with fennel, herbs, and garlic. The smokiness was overwhelming and the only flavor we could taste in the dish. Furthermore, the mussels were overcooked and chewy.
Their housemade Beet Gnocchi was too dense. Gnocchi should be light and fluffy pillows of potato deliciousness, but this one, while a pleasant hue of red, was heavy and gummy. The Bucatini was the most peppery (in a bad way) dish I have ever eaten. I felt like sneezing. It was bad. The pasta was cooked correctly, but the pancetta was burnt and hard and the pepper taste was so overwhelming, it was hard to eat.
The best dish was our last (savory) dish — Bistecca con Risotto, a pan-roasted beef tenderloin garnished with a rich and creamy marrow butter, served on top of a spring risotto with English peas, fava beans, mint and basil. While we weren’t a fan of the dill in the risotto, it was cooked. Oh, and we hate fava beans. They suck, always. The steak was cooked medium rare, tender, and moist. The marrow butter was creamy and a nice topping to the rich steak. Definitely order this one.
The Tiramisu, according to my Tiramisu connoisseur co-writer, Stephanie, was no bueno. The cake was too wet and there was little to no coffee flavor.
Serafina is open daily 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Happy Hour is served Monday through Friday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Sundays feature a Jazz Brunch with live jazz music 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.
Summary: It’s a cute place for an intimate dinner date.
Recommendation: Take a date here or celebrate a special occasion and make sure to sit in the back patio.
Serafina | 2043 Eastlake Ave E., Seattle | (206) 323 – 0807