Serafin Cafe & Bar
- Tues 4pm – 10pm
- Wed – Sat 10am – 10pm
- Sun 11:30am – 10pm
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Serafin Tapas Bar and Cafe
11 Reviews for Serafin Cafe & Bar
We thoroughly enjoyed Serafin and would highly recommend it. It is great being able to have lots of different tapas dishes and also the Churros dipped in chocolate dessert followed by a great long black.
Good points, staff were polite and friendly and place itself was very nice.
The food was very little and we sure didnt get value for money. Servings very little, sauces terrible and we didnt get the 8 different dishes that the voucher promised. Infact very tapas place we have visited has had 3 of the items on the plate, allowing each of you to try the food, This was not the case with Serafin.
We wouldnt go back, Like previous reviews the food should be fabulous as that intices customers to go back.
Firstly, the positives — The restaurant is beautifully designed, especially the plywood ceiling. The size is intimate if a bit too loud (not their fault). The dessert we had were really good — Especially the marinated bread. The service was courteous and informative.
However, when you go to a restaurant, the most important thing is the food — and unfortunately we did not enjoy our food at all. The calamari was 3 deep fried calamari rings stacked together with some mayonaise based dressing, the same dressing they served with an extremely boring potato bravas which was just some roasted potatoes. Croquettes were good but was the only enjoyable thing we ate, the smoked salmon was boring, the meatball uninspired.
It’s possible that the other items on the menu are very good. But when you run a promotion you should use it to impress your potential regulars. We were not impressed. I would perhaps come back for dessert but would not be back for a meal.
1. Outstanding authentic Spanish food. Nothing like the typical kiwi interpretaciones sin sabor. Gorgeous choices, all full of flavour, complexity and con amor! The duck was perfect, the langoustines divine, and the Paella full of beautiful spice and attitude. 5 out of 5 for the food!
2. Perfect service. The two women that run the floor were gracious, fast, and knowledgeable about the food and wine pairing. YOU MUST TRY the Sin Palabras wine– expensive but well-worth it. IT will leave you Speechless (sin palabras) and it is the best white wine I have had in New Zealand, hands down. Gracias Espana for such a perfectly complex and cheerful wine!
3. Delightful owner. Serafin is a master at his craft, friendly, and obviously loves what he does. His food is so tasty, and reasonably priced, and the whole staff made it seem like a table of 20 loud family members, plus a restaurant full to the brim, was no big deal, we were warmly welcomed, beautifully fed, our noise and kids enjoyed by the staff, and farewelled with thanks and requests that we come back!
I would go there again and again if I could, but as I live in Wellington it’ll be a special treat when we’re in Auckland. Aucklanders, take advantage of what a gem this is, and give Serafin and the staff your gracias por la comida increíble!
Daniele Susan,& Isabella Marseglia
Easy parking across the road.