Sapori Italian Restaurant – Marina del Rey
Sapori Italian Restaurant – Marina del Rey

Sapori Italian Restaurant – Marina del Rey

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sapori-mdr.com/
  • Phone: 3108211740
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30/10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Pierpaolo Mattei
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We do offer catering services, please call for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Stefano Baccianella 3108211740

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Two hours free with validation. Make sure to park straight between the white lines and pull in forward, or risk getting a ticket from the county parking enforcement.
A word from Sapori Italian Restaurant – Marina del Rey
Come to our restaurant in the early evening and watch a beautiful sunset while munching on some appetizers like our pan-fried shrimp and sipping on some Italian Sauvignon Blanc. For a main course try our Branzino fish with some sautéed vegetables. Then to finish off a delicious meal and a beautiful night try our Zabaglione with fresh strawberries and a pastry. You will not be disappointed!
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Sapori Italian Restaurant – Marina del Rey reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (20)great for outdoor dining (14)neighborhood gem (14)romantic (12)great for lunch (12)special occasion (9)fit for foodies (9)notable wine list (5)good for groups (3)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • nice location ok food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The servers were all very nice and seem authentically Italian. They were attentive and patient not rushing us but making us feel welcomed. My wife had to take a conference call in the middle of our meal and they were very understanding as she excused herself from the dining area for the duration of the call. The food was not especially savory possibly lacking in seasoning but the portions were ample and the presentation was pleasing.The waterside location was pleasant and comfortable even on a hot day but the plastic table coverings give a not so elegant feel to the what could be a very nice environment. Over all it was a pleasant time spent but the food was the low point in the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow!
    Nemesis
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Beautiful, romantic, friendly, delicious! Truly a hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MillerTimeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I always feel like I'm sitting down at my long lost relatives home for dinner. Food is always wonderful and the staff are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need Better Air Conditioning
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Management honored our wish-a table facing the marina,very nice. At 1 p.m. much of the air conditioning escaped through the patio door.The dining room was getting to be too warm to the point that I had to fan myself. They needs to consult an a/c firm to see what they can do to improve this situation. Very often, facilities do not realize that they are paying electricity bill for the a/c they are not receiving. The pasta with clam had about 8-10 pieces of clam meat,inadequate ingredient to satisfy anyone's pallet. An additional meat sauce cost $3 additional to finish 2/3 of my pasta. They were nice to allowed us to stay for 2 1/2 hours and we did not feel the pressure to leave. We will return, but the a/c has to improve.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely setting, fine food
    Slowboy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    While the Northern Italian fare is well-prepared and somewhat innovative, the star attraction is the marine setting. This quiet, small room is a few feet east of the Marina Del Rey boat channel, so diners have a front row seat to the passing of assorted pleasure craft, seals, pelicans and tourists. The food is somewhat pricey, especially given the location inside the moribund, kitschy Fisherman's Village mall, but it's worthwhile if you're into civilized, adult dining with a view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect.
    Noterbelg
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A great way to end our weekend in LA. Authentic Italian cuisine and abundantly friendly service made this a visit to remember. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful food and service; Pasta was superb! very surprising at this tourist location; will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bon Apetito
    WinstonVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The family had a superb luncheon last Thursday when I asked the gracious owner Stefano to preset a menu for us. The food was spot on as was the service. Sapori is a small Italian restaurant in the Marina del Rey area that is worth the effort in having lunch or dinner. They know how to cook fish and provide fresh pasta.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinneratMarinaDelRey
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Recommend the prosciutto wrapped chicken stuffed with artichoke, spinach, and cheese with mashed potatoes baked in a pepper. Great good bye dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorites...
    Rich
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is a great go-to place for us. ALWAYS reliably great food and a warm and enviting environment. All the staff are friendly and very knowledgable of the food there. Great wines and they are always willing and able to assist in selecting a wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sapori
    HillyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    How dispppointing! What happened to Sapori? The food was less than mediocre. The eggplant app. was just a pile of eggplant parm. and the chicken dish ordered , obviously prepared very, very well in advance, maybe weeks, was a poor example of wharever it was supposed to be. The dish presented did not resemble in any way the menu description. The pasta dish, well, let's not even bother with that. You would think an Italian restaurant would fare well here, no brainer, right? Wrong!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian
    Radagast
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was a wonderful restaurant right on the, water in the fishing village. The meals were unique and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marina Del Rey Charmer
    denverdiner
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    You can't beat the location for this lovely intimate Italian restaurant. Located in Fisherman's Village right on the boardwalk, this charmer offers all the Italian flair you would expect. The service was attentive and the menu was not overbearing. The Italian wine list also included some California wines. Needless to say the meal was delicious and plated nicely. It was great to relax, sip a glass of wine and watch the sail boats from the window table. Save room for the dessert tray. Suggest reservations this time of year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WLNOVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Week nights seem to be very slow could be a good bet for last minute plans.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Sapori Italian Restaurant – Marina del Rey reviews archive.
  • Delicious
    Eric
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This restaurant is officailly our favorite. We had the Alaskan sea bass with scallops special and the pork loin special. Both were cooked and seasoned to perfection. We had the ice cream with espresso dessert which was too runny, melted ice cream in a tall glass. Wine was excellent and reasonable priced. The view of the sunset over the marina was gorgeous. I only worry what will happen to this treasure when Fishermans Village is overhauled, I am afraid it will turn into boring restaurant chain city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sapori Restaurant
    disappointed
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We went there for a birthday dinner and on the booking form it asked if it was a special occasion, and we indicated a birthday, but when we arrived they didn't even seem to know that we had a reservation less alone a special occasion. Fortunately there was a table spare. The food was average. My husband's shell fish was overcooked and tough. We saw that other people had recommended the tiramisu but honestly it was nothing special. We were disappointed as this restaurant had been recommended to us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    babs
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food was delicious and the setting was perfect for 3 friends to talk and chat the day away.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient to LAX
    ct2camom
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I chose this restaurant primarily due to its proximity to LAX (5 miles away) because we had to pick someone up from the airport. Its a small, simply decorated room that is situated on the water in Marina Del Rey. The afternoon sun required the shades to be closed, so no view. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. The traditional Italian food was average. I was going to order spaghetti with clam sauce and the waiter talked me into ordering a special, which was pasta with a mixed seafood sauce. Honestly, it was terrible. The tiny bits of calamari and octopus were so tough I couldn't chew them. The broth, which is usually the best part of this kind of dish, didn't have much flavor. If I go back, I'll stick to something more basic.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food and REAL Italian!
    RRRRVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Too many great items on the menu to mention, but we love the branzino, caprese appetizer (like you have never seen before) and the crab cakes (made with risotto)! Small wine list, but some very good bottles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    KiaraS
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The waiter was very nice and helpful. The food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would say that we felt a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I would say that we felt a little rushed and the service was just ok. The server actually didn't make it to everyone for our order. But the food, location, and ambience is great so we'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    The service is prompt, friendly and professional. Portions are good sized and quality and taste are very good. Beautiful scenery overlooking the water in a cozy space. Could use some updated decor but overall we loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Eric
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We kind of forgot about this place, so convenient, no crowds to fight. We got the crab cakes, made with pasta, not much flavor or crab I had the sea bass special with roasted vegetables, they fileted the fish at the table, best I ever had My wife had the best bean soup ever. we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic and lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Sapori is a hidden gem--tucked away in the Marina, with a beautiful view, exquisite food, great service. I'm reluctant to let people know about it...but reluctant too to keep this great place a secret.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walked out
    MagicVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We experienced a really disappointing evening due to the lack of coordination of my prix fixe menu order with my wife's ala carte order. My wife was finished eating her dinner and ordered coffee before my main course was served. We requested that the orders be served at the same time to no avail. Neither my wife or I felt comfortable remaining in the restaurant for my dinner to arrive after she had finished her dinner and her coffee. We paid the billnd walked out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marina del Rey gem
    FIFE4EVER
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    A quaint Italian restaurant at the waterfront. Food was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pet Friendly
    Becky
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    I go to Sapori's on a regular basis because it is easy to get to, comfortable, has good food and is pet friendly. There is a nice view of Marina Del Rey and the staff is very accommodating. All of the menu items I have tried have been good and well-presented.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place for special occasion
    JLPOD
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    We go to Sapori for special occasions frequently. Always given a great table with view of the harbor. Service makes it an excellent experience. For example: when our appetizer was bigger than we expected and we had ordered salads too, the waiter suggested he split one salad rather than bringing us two. Very thoughtful!! Always attentive and considerate. We love this place and, since it's kind of hidden, it's seldom crowded.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Excellent, attentive service and food. We had an antipasto, salad rustic, lamb ragout risotto special, and sea bass (whole fish) special. Everything was carefully prepared and the fish was cooked to perfection. It was a good choice. A bit more expensive, closer to $$$ than $$, than online menu indicates. The restaurant looks out right on the marina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a little better
    nyjackie
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Food good - not great - but think it could be just that little bit better if the chef puts more heart into it. Charming hosts and wait staff. Comfortable ambience. Lovely views.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food on the water
    Becky
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    The food quality was outstanding, servers very accommodating and a beautiful view of Marina Del Rey. Great Place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian food in L.A.
    Synistasia
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    There is nothing not to like about this awesome restaurant. Been coming to Sapori every trip to L.A. for more than seven years and it has never disappointed. Food is outstanding, wine list is excellent, service is akin to having dinner at a long lost friend or relative's house... if they lived overlooking the beautiful marina. And there is nothing that compares to the zabaglione here for dessert. Try it and you will forever be hooked on Sapori!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was very good - freshly
    roadwarriorVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Dinner was very good - freshly prepared and tasty! Service was attentive but not intrusive. The restaurant was on the water but because of the cement wall, you could not easily enjoy the view from the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerry
    Jerry
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Wentfor a girls night birthday party, we had a perfect round table near the window easy to talk and food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great foo - great views
    Aimee
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Everything is very well prepared - best Italian in la
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good news and bad news
    gtoira
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    We arrived at opening and had to be gone by 12:45 PM. (This was in the reservation.) Despite the entire outside dining area being empty, we were told ALL the tables were reserved for a private party, due to arrive at 12:45. The appetizer; eggplant parmesan ($9.00 ?)was atrocious, a gooey, risotto-consistency breadcrumb "porridge" topped with some sauce and cheese. It could hardly be cut. Another party was seated in the cul-de-sac corner next to us. That area is surrounded by 3 hard walls, so every word anyone of the three diners said echoed at double volume. If you want a quieter meal, be sure YOU are the one in the corner. The entrees arrived and were excellent. Service was fair-too busy with the non-existant other party. We left at 12:30.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like Nonna used to make
    NancyM
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    The food at Sapori was amazing and took me back to my childhood growing up as part of an Italian immigrant family in Brooklyn. The sautéed mussels and clams appetizer in a garlic white wine broth with Tuscany style beans was fabulous and begged for dipping to enjoy every bit of broth. My entrée - super fresh sea bass prepared in a light garlic lemon caper sauce - was extraordinary. For dessert I had the not-to-be-missed Torta Della Nonna, an Italian delight combining rich yet light pastry, delicate custard and toasted pine nuts. It was truly special. The staff also was outstanding. This restaurant is 3 hours from my home but I'll be looking for excuses to get back to Sapori. Thanks for an unforgettable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great setting on the water!
    TJ22
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Nice outdoor seating - on the water. Service was very good - responsive and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good and
    VegasLocal
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    The food was very good and reasonably priced. The wait staff was attentive, and dealt with food allergy needs at the table. Only complaint would be that it is very loud in the restaurant - not a place for a quiet romantic dinner. Otherwise, it was great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    buongusto
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Great views, charming deacor, and attentive serice enhance the dining experience while a selective wine list, well-prepared food and an innovative Italina menu make this restaurant on the water a destination for my family and friends. We recently celbrated a family birthday, which could not have been more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate