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Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach
Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach

Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saporinb.com
  • Phone: (949) 644-4220
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Maniaci
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jamboree
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach
Established in 1989, Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach is a culinary experience unique from any other. Owner and chef, Sal Maniaci, has brought his firsthand knowledge of Italian cuisine to Newport Beach. A genuine Mediterranean setting coupled with experienced and knowledgeable waiters add to Sapori's authenticity. The remodeled patio featuring a fireplace and outdoor heaters creates an intimate atmosphere perfect for romantic and warm outdoor dining. Signature dishes include penne otero, farfalle salmone, scalloppine gorgonzola, and several other original pasta and meat dishes. Traditional Italian appetizers and desserts such as calamari fritti and tiramisu and an excellent wine list complete the menu.

The restaurant is perfect for special occasions, private parties, baby showers, and weddingsContinued

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The sea bass there is the most amazing dish!! All their food is good and very fresh."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food , nice setting. Really , this is a hidden gem. I take people fr out of town and locals and everyone remarks about the unexpected good food and pleasing atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "None of our 19 children/grandchildren, who all live out of town, will consider a visit to Newport Beach without at least one dinner at Sapori! Ann and Sal were most gracious about accommodating our last-minute reservation for 4 on Fathers' Day. The patio was filled to the brim with families celebrating dads and grads. Our server Paolo was in rare form, managing to keep everyone happy. The food was outstandingly delicious, as usual. Now we even do takeout from Sapori when we're too tired to come in after a long trip!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Usually we have very prompt service but this time we sat for a very long time without anyone coming to our table to take our drink order - we had to ask another waiter for someone to come by - we the waiter finally came he asked how I was and I said I was thirsty and he asked me what I wanted before asking the girls - not very appropriate conduct"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great attention to my daughter on her 18th birthday"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "As always fabulous! They are like family and we share all our special occasions with Sal and his team! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The service is always top notch and so is the food."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Great staff, great food, and a nice atmosphere! There was a sophisticated ellegence about the restaurant and they were very accommodating as well!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Coming from New York, we have had a difficult time finding quality Italian food in OC. This place has IT!!! Great service, fantastic food (veal picatta was the best I have ever had!!!) and we look forward to making this our "go to" place for dinners out!!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We love this ristorante for the food and the outdoor dinning. The food is great."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "It's a wonderful neighborhood resterauant with owner management, nice and courteous waiters and excellent food. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Its pretty average here. Don't know if I will be back or not. That's my true honest opinion. Salad had way too much dressing and the Chicken Picata was average at best."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food (best Caesar salad we've had in years), the attentive but not clingy service, the patio surrounded by shrubs and vines giving it a private dining feeling. This was our first visit, but we'll be back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Always a pleasure dining at Sapori, be it with a family party of 8 or a nice dinner for 2. The service is welcoming and accommodating, the patio lovely, and the food fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Once again, Sapori was the perfect setting for our family celebration! So much fun for all ages and a fun atmosphere for a celebration. The food was delicious and the ambience great but what makes this place so special is the staff and service - impeccable and attentive in all ways!! They made our evening a great success!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We hadnt been to Sapori in years altho just down the street. It was a Very enjoyable experience, ambience was crowded but not too loud, everyone's food was delicious and served In a timely manner. We will be back soon"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We felt like the waiters and management staff were determined to close at 10:00 promptly. They started to clear our table without asking, did not ask if we wanted anything else, turned off the fireplace and turned up the lights as telling the last few couples that it was time to leave. The food was not very good. We would never return to that restaurant."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've tried them all. Sapori is the best in OC. It's similar to the great, chef owned, small places in NYC, SF, and Seattle. Great food, great service, the owners greet you, and their caring surrounds you."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I found this restaurant searching online. The restaurant looks great and seemed like a good place to have date with my Girlfriend. The food look good and seem appetizing. When we got there the place looked good and the staff was friendly. We had an in time. We had the Mozzarella caprese, bland even for a caprese, and the Beef Carpaccio which was also ok. I did enjoy my lamb chops. Cooked and seasoned well but overall all experience was moderate for the price I paid. Dessert was also ok. I was not horrible disappointed but also not blown away."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I have been a customer for about 15 years. Sapori Ristorante is a great restaurant for its food, service and ambience. A hidden gem tucked away on Bayside Drive near the entry bridge onto Balboa Island."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The service at Sapori Ristorante was very, very slow. Our waiter came by infrequently and only when prompted. While the restaurant was crowded, due to the Valentine weekend holiday, it seemed that there was not sufficient staff to serve the number of guests. My pasta dish came out cold and had to be remade. The second attempt, it was not at the appropriate temperature. Overall, the experience was disappointing."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Good food but you have to wait long for a mediocre service. Better take out."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My daughter came home for the weekend and we planned a special dinner with her grandparents. When we arrived, our table wasn't ready so we sat at the bar. During our wait, not one bartender asked us if we wanted a drink (the bar is very small) and when we were finally seated, we sat at the table for 15 minutes before a waiter came to the table. The service was finally ok but rushed during dinner however it was so noisy and loud we couldn't hear each other unless we talked very loudly! It wasn't a very good setting for us."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Considering it was Valentine's day everything was perfect. Very unusual for that holiday. Very enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "we had a great time, good food and service, moderately priced. nice table spacing with indoor and patio seating."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It's a shame the food isn't good since the service was wonderful and the atmosphere was charming. This restaurant has the makings of being great if it weren't for the poor quality of food. I ordered the gnocchi and asked for a gorgonzola cream sauce. The cream sauce wasn't on the menu but since I know how to make the sauce I knew that this was a simple request. They did accommodate me but the gnocchi itself was awful. No flavor and the dish was basically a gelatins mess. My husband's meal wasn't any better. It was a disappointing night."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant. You would not think a great restaurant like this will be in a shopping center. Beautiful setting, great food and wonderful time!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Nice place and probably better for dinner. We were there for lunch and just about had the place to ourselves. Unfortunately, the gnocchi was a disappointment. The gnocchi themselves tasted old and the gorgonzola sauce barely tasted of gorgonzola. Otherwise, the salads were fresh as well as the bread."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My parent's 40th wedding anniversary dinner was perfect out on the outside patio near the fireplace. It was a chilly night but with the heat lamps and the fireplace we were all very comfortable. My family eats here regularly and the food never disappoints! Great savory Italian dishes and great wine list."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Always great Italian food. Patio is beautiful and cozy with fireplace."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great place to enjoy a relaxing delicious meal with friends. Service was good and food was delicious. We all had something different and loved it all."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Staff and food were good. Very friendly. Great location."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Not bad but not great. Service was good, but food was really just plain generic Italian food at a more expensive price. They had a nice but not excellent wine selection"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Sapori is true hidden gem. One of the finest Italian restaurants in Southern California. We often take visiting friends and the food and service never let us down."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Little things impress me like qualityof bread, authentic salad dressing, etc. The Veal Piccata is nicely done, no clumps of flour in the lemon sauce which is rendered right from the saute pan. Accompaniments are delicious roasted potatoes and a plentiful portion of green beans (served plain except for the garlic, which I personally could do without. Veal Piccata is delicate and I find garlic on the same plate a distraction to the palate.)"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great food and atmosphere. Best Italian in Newport."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We come here often to celebrate birthdays but regardless of the occasion, we are always welcomed warmly, with excellent service and food...and they ALWAYS remember our family!!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We had a delightful experience at Sapori. What sets it apart is what ever you are desiring for dinner that will attempt to accommodate you. We have not opened a menu ever."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Always friendly, always reliable, and always good. Sapori never disappoints with its fresh, flavoral italian cooking. I like the simple fish preparations served with perfectly cooked vegetables, and many of the pasta dishes are notable."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Great spot. We had not been there since they remodeled. Great food and service. A little pricey for Italian."
    Dined on 11/21/2013