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

Sapori Italian Restaurant – Marina del Rey Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sapori-mdr.com
  • Phone: (310) 821-1740
  • 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 (310) 821-1740

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!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service; Pasta was superb! very surprising at this tourist location; will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Recommend the prosciutto wrapped chicken stuffed with artichoke, spinach, and cheese with mashed potatoes baked in a pepper. Great good bye dinner."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was a wonderful restaurant right on the, water in the fishing village. The meals were unique and well prepared."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Week nights seem to be very slow could be a good bet for last minute plans."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the setting was perfect for 3 friends to talk and chat the day away."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The waiter was very nice and helpful. The food was delicious!"
    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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "A quaint Italian restaurant at the waterfront. Food was wonderful!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "The food quality was outstanding, servers very accommodating and a beautiful view of Marina Del Rey. Great Place!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Wentfor a girls night birthday party, we had a perfect round table near the window easy to talk and food was excellent!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Everything is very well prepared - best Italian in la"
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "Nice outdoor seating - on the water. Service was very good - responsive and prompt."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "The specials are creative and fresh. The wine list has choices that pair well with each entrée. Desserts are delicious. The waitstaff meets your needs without being intrusive. My favorite get-away restaurant when I'm flying out of LAX in the evening."
    Dined on 7/11/2013
  • "I have always enjoyed my lunches and dinners at Sapori. You can count on this place for a good meal and good service."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "This the fourth time that I have been to this restaurant and I live in Scottsdale, AZ. A small but true Italian restaurant that serves good food."
    Dined on 7/5/2013