San Fermo

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4.7
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522 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian


Our reservations are designed to give you the first available table at your booking time. Please keep in mind that we do not reserve specific tables, or areas of the restaurant. We maintain space for walk-ins, so if you’re having trouble finding a reservation, please stop by when you get to the neighborhood.
We serve traditional and contemporary Italian in one of Seattle’s oldest homes. Our menu changes daily and features handmade pastas, peasant braises and traditional veal, lamb, and seafood dishes. We offer vegetarian and gluten free options daily.
Our reservations are for 2-hour time slots. We do our best to accommodate as many guests as possible, so please be considerate of other diners when you are finished with your meal.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.4

San Fermo is a charming Italian restaurant in an old house where an indie rom-com would take place. Use it for a first date in Ballard.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 522 People Are Saying
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CP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this place, portions are small but we go for special occasions

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

San Fermo has some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten. They take traditional dishes and make them their own by using non traditional ingredients. The flavors they come up with are genius. The service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is amazing!

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S
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a super brunch menu.

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FE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always wanted to try San Fermo and I was so glad I got the chance. Everything was excellent. The only thing better than the amazing service and ambiance was the food. I highly recommend.

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DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great. The service was not. We waited over an hour after our appetizer to receive our dinner. The table next to us has sat down, got appetizers, their dinner and their bill all in the time it took for us to receive our dinner. Food was amazing, unfortunately the service was not.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on the patio which was perfect! Service and food were amazing!

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CP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sitting outdoors on a summer night at San Fermo is a joy.

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DP
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious! Try the Bolognese and polenta/sausage.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to San Fermo to celebrate and it was the perfect place for our quiet two person party. Lovely on a weekday evening. The food was fantastic and all the staff was very attentive.

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We must have gotten a bad chef because it was extremely salty. I wish we would have made it clear it was not editable as we told waiter otherwise to avoid conflict in front of friends.

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CH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Really liked San Fermo and we’ll be back! This was our first time & thought the food was a little rich & the service was just good but we’ll definitely return. Cheers

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RH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful food. The service was lacking just a bit. Took a while to get our main courses. But overall, some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had. The carbonara was the best I’ve ever had, even above carbonara in Italy!!

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LS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The outdoor seating was wonderful. The food was spectacular. Wine list and cocktails also very good. Loved the burrata and Cesar salad.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food (and butter)! They greeted us with Prosecco for our anniversary. Fantastic service - wouldn’t hesitate to return or refer.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Seattle. Best pasta, never disappoints.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The music they played was horrible but everything else was very romantic! Just say no to ‘80’s pop on date night.

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food. Our server was very helpful throughout the entire night! Great ambiance and over all vibe.

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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Highly recommend.

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MB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kelly, was terrific! Great personality, efficient, didn’t over-pour our wine (we ordered a bottle to share), let us savor our appetizer before having our main course delivered. AND OUR MEALS WERE DELICIOUS! Thank You!!

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Yum -

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1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great! Food and service was also great but think smaller portions!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, highly recommended.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We had an overall okay experience because the food was amazing. The only downside was it was a warm evening and we wanted to try and sit outside but was told nothing was open which was fine. We get seated and then hear the host tell another couple oh we will have a seat outside in about ten minutes if you want to wait. We would have waited the ten to fifteen minutes for outside seating but where not given the opportunity. Other than that the food was really good and presented very classy.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and we really enjoyed it! The homemade pasta is a highlight and the atmosphere is very relaxed.

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KM
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place. Fantastic food. Great service. Reservations recommended. Has a back patio area fir additional seating but very small place. Food was really good.

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KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to San Fermo and we adored it just as much as the first. The food is amazing, very kind service. Cozy and cute atmosphere

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

San Fermo is always a win. The service is amazing, the food is outstanding, and the vibe is so cozy and nice. Highly recommend!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my parents here and it’s my moms new favorite restaurant when they are in town.
Amazing server and amazing food! A go to favorite!

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t
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere is always charming at San Fermo, but this particular evening the music was just a bit loud, which I think caused patrons to raise their voices to be heard. Our salad course was delicious and fresh, and the pastas that we ordered were of the season and perfectly prepared. Everything came out very quickly, and we were in and out in an hour (not exactly what we had planned, but OK). We will return to San Fermo another time.

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a
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, love the building! Thank you to the waitress who went along with my dad's jokes and brought us small forks!

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NO
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was fine...but it was so expensive. Food and drinks for 4 cost $250.00. It just seems like the food should be spectacular at those prices. And it was just fine. The patio seating was nice and it was not noisy so we could have great conversation while we dined.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The waitstaff (assigned to our table) was quite pushy, and seemed impatient about taking our order...
otherwise the place still remains a great local spot :)

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P
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We've been to San Fermo in the past and it was flawless. On our last visit we were entertaining my son from out of town. The food was excellent as always, but the service completely lacked the warmth it usually has. The order of food was rushed, our entrees arriving before salads were done. Wine order not being filled until entrees were half gone (and that was with an attempt to wait). Very very poor. They add a 20% service charge to the bill. I am in favor of that, but 20% is supposed to be for a service level above normal. This was well below. We'll likely return, but this definitely left a bad taste in our mouth. The gentleman at the table behind us, from the "industry" as we heard couldn't stop saying F-this and F-ing that throughout our meal. Really loud and annoying. Too bad for such a quaint little restaurant.

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LN
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here for Restaurant Week, the rabbit, spaghetti bolognese and bruschetta was delicious, and their panna cotta was honestly the best one I have ever have in my life. Our waitress was very attentive and provided suggestions for our first time there and the overall restaurant gives off a homey feel. Will definitely be back!

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P
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food quality was lower than we have experienced at least six times over past two years. Caesar salad was less tasty and pasta carbonara was gummy and too thick. Beverages and service was very good as usual.

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GF
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and ambiance. Some of the best Italian food in Seattle

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cozy place ! The variety in the menu is ok, I think it could have a few more entree options.
The food was very good.

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s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Small menu but they really focus on the quality. Very cozy and wonderful ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Discovered San Fermo through restaurant week, and I will happily return! The atmosphere and decor is modern yet cozy, and the open kitchen design allows an irresistible aroma of authentic Italian to waft through the restaurant. The menu is unique and often changing, ensuring fresh products and delightful dishes.

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1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The host was prompt and very nice, the waitress did the bare minimum, not even close to the good enough to warrant the 20% surcharge. The panacotta was was astounding best dish wall night and my pasta was perfectly cooked! Another great choice for restaurant week

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