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Serafina SF, San Francisco, CA
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Serafina SF

4.7
4.7
190 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Serafina is a little gem of a restaurant, perched on top of Nob Hill, with views overlooking the city and Bay Bridge. Serafina was owner Maurizio Bruschi’s grandmother, and the name of her eponymous restaurant in the heart of Trastevere (Rome), where Maurizio first began making pizza at the age of 14. The executive chef is Umberto Cannarsa, a successful chef from Rome, who left his own restaurant in Rome to work with Maurizio again. The menu offers everything, including vegetarian options, but specializes in innovative Italian fish dishes, including fresh calamari, stuffed with olives, escarole, anchovies, drizzled with a potato leek sauce, as well as homemade pastas and dolci. The space is warm and elegant, where neighbors and friends can come together.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Fish

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 874-1936

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Umberto Cannarsa

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at serafina1sf@gmail.com for more info about private events. We will open for lunch events as well as dinner.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Parking is usually not an issue.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 190 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Francisco

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The waiter was lovely, food fantastic, and had such a nice date night!

  2. e

    eat2well

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice high-end options abound for the classic Italian fare at Serafina. ...Nice, representative list of Californian and Italian wines at a wonderful price point. The stuffed--locally sourced--Monterey Bay calamari were a hit all-around. We loved the pinsa piccante (a type of thin crust Roman pizza) for a primi piatti. Perfect for sharing for two or three. My wife enjoyed the evening special--lobster over a bed of homemade linguini and red sauce. I was in full-on "comfort food mode" this night, thorougly enjoying the pillowy-soft potato gnocchi with spare rib sauce. I'll work the gym harder the morning before we next visit Serafina and embrace their dessert list, as it looked wonderful. After dining, we recommend you stroll just a few paces across to the other side of Jones and take in the view to the East on this quiet cul-du-sac. The best of SF.

  3. A

    Alanna

    Pittsburgh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dinner at Serafina. Service was outstanding and food was delicious.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just awesome. Great servers & service. Food was excellent as was the wine list. Have rare types of wine - so great place in my book!! Totally recommend.

  5. SB

    ShaneB

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good and authentic Italian food. Would highly recommend

  6. PY

    PaulY

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly, cozy, quintessential City hideaway. It was a chilly night and we were warned by the service and excellent regional wines. The food was beautully prepared and presented, and though noone claimed to desire dessert, the shared tiramisu and lemon tart were devoured.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food in a cozy spot.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place and staff

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The stuffed calamari were very good. We each had a salad as well: the Caesar for me and the Beet salad for my husband. Both were delicious. I had the Risotto which was very rich and tasty. Our server, the Manager, was very friendly. He is from Capri and, as he says, knows fish. We will definitely be back.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service. We really enjoyed dinner and the conversation with our hosts. Thanks!

  11. CC

    CzeCze

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    We felt rather crammed into our table as the restaurant is tiny and I think maybe they had not prepared for our reservation and threw something together for us. I will say the space could be very romantic for two people. The service was not great in my opinion considering the size of the restaurant. Food was good we tried several dishes though the eggplant was a bit bland. Overall definitely worth a visit especially if you are a party of two.

  12. U

    Upscalehealthynatural

    Los Angeles

    367 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    367 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fantastic meal!! We loved the calamari and the halibut. The eggplant lasagna was also delicious. It is a very cozy, warm environment that is perfect for a date or getting together with friends.

  13. M

    Momof4

    New England

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great little gem. Found it on Open Table and so glad we did. Seems to be locally run. Small place. Excellent service and delicious food.

  14. S

    Sandy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing. It felt just like being in Italy with the atmosphere and staff. It's a hidden gem and I am only taking people who I really love there. I selfishly don't want to let you know how wonderful this place is but I want them to do well so letting the secret out.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    If your party is not complete when seated, they will not let you ask for anythig to eat while waiting, the waiter has a very rude way of saying this We were missing one person and kept saying that we should not be ocupying a table. It was until We tried to leave that he changed his attitude I DO NOT RECOMEND THIS PLACE

  16. IM

    IsabellaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome italian food, very recommended, love the ambience

  17. F

    Foodjazz

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Fabulous new find! Great neighborhood, off the grid, restaurant.

  18. RG

    RobinG

    Sacramento

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We always have fun at Serafina. It is an intimate and rather romantic restaurant. I really like the wait staff and the food is authentic tasting and fresh.

  19. MT

    MikeT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    owner was sour and got in a fight with our waiter, who cussed at each other throughout our dinner. food was mediocre.

  20. l

    lynnb

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent! Excellent! The menu and food spot on. Order lots so you have left overs. The ambiance and service were super and fun. Don't forget to look across the street at a spectacular view of the lighted Bay Bridge.

  21. d

    david

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    an excellent neighborhood restaurant. Outstanding and well worth a return visit

  22. SB

    SkiierBGS

    Jackson Hole

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visiting from AZ. The food was perfect for us, the service impeccable, and the owner/waiters are of fun character. We loved this place and would go back.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was amazing! Some of the most amazing service I’ve had in a while! The food was amazing and reasonably priced (for the area). Will definitely be back.

  24. JE

    JED25

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great table and delicious food! The burrata was perfect!

  25. SD

    SofiaD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing, we had a good time my friends and I for my birthday. Thank you !

  26. m

    marcoxxx25

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Disappointed a lot all Serafina are not the same. Pasta overcooked better Italians in SF

  27. a

    almacubano

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent restaurant and wonderful staff. The food was good.

  28. RG

    RobinG

    Sacramento

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    The owner/ waiter is charming at Serifinas. My husband and I like to walk to dinner. This restaurant is absolutely delightful for a relaxing date night.

  29. S

    Stevie

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Tried Serafina on a whim. So glad I did. Great mix of locals and it was so nice to see the staff and owners intermingle with the guests. If I lived in SF, this would definitely be a go to place for me. I had great food which was fresh and thoughtfully prepared.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfection!!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect for anniversary dinner!

  32. KB

    KatarinaB

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, home made and high quality. We will be back for more.

  33. OL

    OliviaL

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing local spot. The service is fantastic, and really authentic Italian food. Nothing fussy, just cleaned simple ingredients and traditional recipes done right. You can tell the owners pour their heart into it. I brought my dad here for his birthday and they brought us free dessert and sang to him.

  34. RJ

    RJPez

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Serafina never disappoints. Great authentic Italian food. Service is personal and attentive, menu has many traditional choices. I make it a point to visit each time I am in SF.

  35. EJ

    EnJoy

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Every course was prepared to perfection and the well curated wine list was great! Serafina transported us to Rome dish by dish. Buonissima!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the staff as they take care of you! Water is never empty table is never dirty (they come and wipe after every course) and just ambience is so nice! Love this place!!

  37. OL

    OliviaL

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    What an awesome neighborhood spot. Serafina is the kind of place you want to recommend to all your friends, but not have too many people find out about! It feels like a hidden gem! The restaurant was bustling, but still had an intimate feel. The owners / staff are all very warm and friendly. They really bring the spirit of Italy to the restaurant. The food is authentic, delicious and fresh. Grilled calamari are a must. Dishes are fairly traditional - not overly inventive, but so good! Prices are fair and portions are good. Every dish was as good as the next. Love this place and will come back.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best service ever, everyone here is so welcoming love it here literally my new favorite restaurant!

  39. KB

    KimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, wine, service and ambiance. I will come back often.

  40. GD

    GregD

    Atlanta

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We dined at Serafina on the last night of our New Years visit to San Francisco. We had an 8:00 reservation and arrived to find the restaurant empty and feared we were keeping the staff from having an early evening off. We were greeted and seated with good humor and assured we weren't interrupting any plans. Later, several more tables were sat so we then felt less conspicuous, LOL. The food was excellent too. We first ordered a bottle of reasonably priced Chianti (especially for San Francisco) which turned out to be delicious. For starters we had the Caesar Salad and the Beet Salad. The Beet Salad was excellent and a large portion. We could have had it alone as a shared appetizer and been well fulfilled. For entrees we had Lasagna and the Chicken Picatta. Both were excellent. For dessert we shared Nonna's Lemon Cake which was more of a tart presentation but was also delicious. The restaurant is in the Russian Hill neighborhood and a bit off the beaten path for tourists which made it a great choice for us as we love trying neighborhood restaurants when we travel. We definitely recommend Serafina!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from Serafina SF using the Order Online button. Serafina SF also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 874-1936.

Serafina SF is rated 4.7 stars by 190 OpenTable diners.

Serafina SF does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 19 times today

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Accepting orders for today at 5:00 PM

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Google Map for Serafina SF

1701 Jones St San Francisco, CA 94109-2110

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Fish

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is usually not an issue.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Umberto Cannarsa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 874-1936

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at serafina1sf@gmail.com for more info about private events. We will open for lunch events as well as dinner.

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