San Fermo

4.7
446 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 446 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

we had a wonderful time here! Their was a slight miscommunication with our served once but overall we would come back.

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

Everything was awesome!

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S
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be one of the best restaurants in Seattle. LOVE this spot. Can't wait to go back again!

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Cool place! Had a nice intimate setting upstairs before the dinner rush filled up- then it got a little noisey and fairly shoulder-to-shoulder with the tables next to us, honestly. Service was great even at its busiest, very pleasant and knowledgeable staff. Food and cocktails were great, but for what we paid I would be very disappointed if they weren’t. I would say this is a place you’ve gotta try at least one time for a nice date spot.

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HM
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated Valentine’s Day a day early by trying San Fermo for the first time. Food was delicious and even though portions were small, the food was rich so it was just there right amount. The place is small and the time between courses was really slow. The stars of the meal were definitely the desserts. So, if you’re not in a hurry and are good with a small yet delicious meal, I highly recommend this place.

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TH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Jake was an outstanding aid in our experience. Small, intimate setting. They did an awesome job accommodating our pregnant friend with a one-of-a-kind cocktail creation as well. Will definitely be back!

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CC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a snowy Monday and my husbands birthday. Everything was perfect. We will be back!

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s
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

San Fermo is a great neighborhood restaurant.
Location is convenient; setting, service & ambience is first class!
Menu covers all tastes & food is excellent.
One of our favorites!!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Always!

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JD
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a couple dear friends visit from the east coast. Wanted to take them some place special. Everyone at San Fermo does a fantastic job at making you feel welcome and taken care of.
The food is always delicious and well executed. My wife and I work in restaurants here in town so rarely have a night off to go out to dinner. But when we do, we are always happy leaving San Fermo.
We’ll be back, again and again!

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RB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints, love this place!! The food is absolutely amazing.

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JH
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We love San Fermo and will be back. The brunch menu was a bit limited and hope it expands. The main issue is that in my party of 4, only 3 guests were served their plates. The 4th guest, me, wasn't served for 10-15 minutes after everyone else. There was an obvious error in the kitchen and the staff came out and both apologized and said "we are taking care of your order." But when the bill came, San Fermo did not take care of my order. They billed us for the dish that came out way too late. We thought that was a mess up. Don't say your going to take care of it and then not take care of it.

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Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday with my best friend. Amazing meal. Beautiful atmosphere. Wonderful service. Will DEFINITELY go again.

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KN
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and food was awesome, but I was a little upset with the Octopus salad. It was way over dressed and when the cook was sauting he drug the pan over the flame and incorporated the gas smell into the food. It was pretty much uneatable and that was something my date and I was so eager to try. Im from chicago and have worked under an incredible Italian Chef and the food really hit home to me! I will def. be back!

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, tried a few of the entrees and appetizers. Really excellent. Not typical flavoring to the sauces, but very tasty and unique flavors. Service was extraordinary: attentive and enthusiastic. Unhurried, nice atmosphere. My only quibble was the CCR music in the background. Ugh. ;-)

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C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic evening here! The food is great, ambience cozy and charming, and they always have the best music playlist. We usually dine family style and share a few dishes which gives us a chance to try a few different things. Service is attentive and knowledgeable. Highly recommend San Fermo!

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s
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Our experience was alittle hit-and-miss
Lovely ambiance, friendly, good service, supportive of local farms and other sources, nice menu selection. Chicory salad was delicious. Ordered the bolognese and the carbonara. The bolognese was delicious but surprisingly spicy. I would have preferred it less spicy. The herb--sage?-- was a bit strong. Portion was good. Carbonara was too salty, herbs too strong and sauce wasn't creamy and delicate. Kind of sticky. Overcooked? Portion was really small. Just seemed like more precision and care is needed in the kitchen. Might have been an off night. We will probably give San Ferme another chance because there were some very nice things about dining there.

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B
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

It was good but not "wow" good as I had expected. The antipasto was uninspired and the saffron Bolognese, a supposed signature dish, was mush.

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JC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ordered Saffron Spaghetti Bolognese, it was tasty, but spaghetti was rather mushy. Also had Branzino, which was good, but pricy.

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JY
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very comfortable setting, very good food. Need several more characters to meet the opentable requirement

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S
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great pasta. Best I have had in Seattle.

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j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and top-notch, friendly service. If only they had their own parking lot the evening would have been perfect.

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d
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had one issue, the noise level was quite high. We were upstairs, the music was quite loud and we asked our server to turn it down a bit, which he did. There was also a large group of 6 who were quite loud, laughing and talking and it is such a small space upstairs that it was difficult to talk to my wife in a normal voice. We have been to San Fermo 5 or 6 times and the food has always been excellent, pasta, meats and salads.

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JP
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fourth visit in as many years. The staff are first rate. The kitchen maintains a very high standard. We were are party of three. We all had different dishes and they were all excellent. On this visit we all had a pasta. They were right sized and perfectly prepared. I personally hate being served a portion that needs to be shared or part taken home. This was not the case at San Fermo.

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D
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner here for New Year's Eve. Table was set and ready for us upon arrival. I had a festive pheasant dish that was the nightly special that was presented well.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

New Year’s Eve

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for New Year’s Eve and could not have been happier with the experience and the food. I loved the slower pace to the dinner as well. Highly recommend and can’t wait to go back.

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TK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Love the ambiance. Wish the portions were bigger!

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JL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here for our family Christmas season dinner the last three years, and also come for other special occasions. It's cozy and the portions are, refreshingly, appropriate. Taste and presentation are outstanding.

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MS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took there my sister who came to visit from California. We had brunch on Sunday and absolutely loved this place. The portions were not large, but absolutely delicious. We also treated ourselves to grapefruit mimosas- yum!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, service was outstanding!

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BM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate place in an old and historic house. Small menu but done very well. Staff was attentive and helpful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was quick and tasty, with the perfect portion size. We sat in the back area which has a fabulous cozy feel. Service was attentive and helpful!

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HG
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

San Fermo was great! Went here for date night before going to see the Nutcracker. We were very dresses up, but the dining can be casual or dressy. The dim lighting made for a very romantic night. Food was great! The black cod was delicious! Cozy seating and the service was great! Would definitely recommend!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best neighborhood gem of the century. Grateful I stumbled upon it. Must must must order the octopus and pork belly salad to start.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service wasn’t great and food ok. Did not like sitting in attic.

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SW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great quality. Portions a bit on the small side so order extra bread.

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t
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat at San Fermo frequently. The food and the service is always excellent.

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Charlotte
117 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Very small portions and very pricey for the portion size.

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