Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach
Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach

Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saporinb.com/
  • Phone: 9496444220x
  • Hours of Operation:
    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 weddings

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (28)neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (17)romantic (14)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (11)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wow, just lovely
    foodie4life
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed everything about our experience here, and we are tough critics! Pino our server was knowledgeable and patient with us as we wanted to take our time. Minestrone soup was phenomenal, as well as the sea bass and tiramisu. Espresso was in true Italian fashion as well. We enjoyed a lovely Chianti with our meal. Ambiance on the patio was quaint and the music set the feel. Can't wait to go back, definitely a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    sherylenVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I wish I could have a good report...its a beautiful restaurant and close to my house...but it just was not very good and we paid alot for mediocre. My husband wanted to just go to our usual haunt but I wanted to go to Sapori for a "date night" type of restaurant. we sat next to a very loud group although there werent many of us there, our spinach salad had this very tart/sour lemon dressing that was not good, my salmon was totally raw in the middle and had to be sent back. It was delicious when it returned but they offered no free coffee or anything else for having to send back...my husband's meatballs were just ok, nothing to write home about. All in all, a beautiful place but mediocre food at best...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suzan
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I haven't eaten here in several years and thought to give it a try for my mom's birthday. The lovely outdoor setting was very enjoyable.It was so delicious and everyone enjoyed everything. I had salmon that was particularly good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Voyager
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Entrees were quite good (risotto and sea bass) although the salads were less so - dressing on the house specialty less was a tad off (and the use of iceberg lettuce on a salad of some price was surprising). Service was very attentive and friendly. Dessert (carrot cake) was also very good. Noise level was much, much more than energetic, and made it quite hard to converse..it may just have been our misfortune to be there on a night when several parties of 4-6 ladies were having a night out and felt obligated to share their raucousness with everyone
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood FIND!!
    LindaMarieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love Sapori! Marriott never heard of Sapori! I found it on OpenTable...and I knew they would not stear me wrong. Happily I was correct! Our server, Pino, was outstanding,as was the friendly owner, Sal. Food was authnetic Italian and followed the meaning of Sapori, which means " the flavors". Prices were very fair for an upscale, white table cloth Italian restuarant. Homemade pastas and sauce,perfectly prepared veal chop,lamb chops, and lasagna. A must go if you are in Newport.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here!
    bb4sc
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food! Everything on the menu is delicious. And get a spot on the patio, if you can. They are the best seats in the house.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Italian Dining
    BelleDiningVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Sapori Restaurant is one of my favorite spots in Newport Beach, the food is excellent, the service is impeccable, as well as an intimate dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LIsle
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The sea bass there is the most amazing dish!! All their food is good and very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a satisfying experience
    Bushy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family's Favorite!
    Ohma
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tclaw
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 199 reviews are from the Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great attention to my daughter on her 18th birthday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mamagaines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    As always fabulous! They are like family and we share all our special occasions with Sal and his team!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Love2dinee
    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!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic hidden gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The service is always top notch and so is the food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic little restaurant!
    NYC2OC
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love2you
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We love this ristorante for the food and the outdoor dinning. The food is great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tony4848VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    It's a wonderful neighborhood resterauant with owner management, nice and courteous waiters and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food here is good not great.
    ccffVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Chilipepper
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure
    MicMozVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS FABULOUS!
    King
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Away too long
    sherylenVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We felt like the waiters and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply the best
    Zorro
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow at Sapori
    Molly
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food Can't Lift Poor Service
    Foody2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Good food but you have to wait long for a mediocre service. Better take out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed Diner
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Considering it was Valentine's
    BunkerVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Considering it was Valentine's day everything was perfect. Very unusual for that holiday. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    we had a great time, good food and service, moderately priced. nice table spacing with indoor and patio seating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Five Star Gem
    JB007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time at this restaurant.
    Mar1na
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place and probably better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great Italian food.
    Pinhead
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Always great Italian food. Patio is beautiful and cozy with fireplace.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    Teri
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad but not great
    KywnVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Staff and food were good.
    Sapori
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Staff and food were good. Very friendly. Great location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    whhiv
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.