Sapalta

4.5
175 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
At restaurant SAPALTA we stand behind simplicity and the best ingredients. Ingredients and products made by our neighbors, Finger Lakes farmers and some of our closest friends. Picked, packaged, and delivered to us at the peak of ripeness with incomparable flavors. Our local goal is to craft them into a great meal for you, so come down to the lake, have a drink, and dine with us.

*When booking a table you will need to choose a Regular or Outdoor table. Our outdoor space is not covered and in the event of inclement weather we will move your party to an indoor table if one is available. You may experience wait times, as guest that booked regular tables will have priority. If you choose a regular table you will be sat at an indoor table; we will most likely not be able to accommodate changes as our outdoor seating is extremely popular. If the system is not giving you an option to choose between the two this means all outdoor or regular tables are booked for that time slot.



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 175 people are saying
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JamesB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Outdoor seating steps from the lake.

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MarkS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and drink and nice ambiance. Caveats: Like many places these days they are a bit understaffed and the service can suffer because of it. The menu is a bit limited, but they do offer some specials in each category to augment. The use of local products—the complete wine list for instance—was nice to see.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. Wait staff was very knowledgeable about the dishes, wines/beers and even the landscape. Would highly recommend.

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Mike
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hannah was a great server!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner out on a lovely late summer evening. Food was fantastic and service was excellent. Thank you Matty and Salpalta for a fabulous meal and experience.

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capfoodie1
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our group of 6 had the most delicious dinner here. We all had the soup of the day which was a tomato basil. We all loved it! For entrees 3 people had the swordfish,two had the pork chop and I had the gnocchi. Everything was so fresh and tasty!

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MarianneD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef is innovative using local foods. Lakeside dining with a beautiful view

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RichardD
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding and food delicious . Portions could have been a little larger for the price of entrees.

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Foodguy
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great staff. Nice venue. Food doesn't match price. Overall I'd recommend because of great staff and ambience

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LisaG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our time began waiting for 20 minutes for a server to greet my table. Tables that were sat after us were waited on prior to us. Had I not approached the hostess I’m not sure how much longer we would have waited. The noise level was the highest I have ever experienced to the point I could not have a conversation with those I was with.
What I did love was the farm to table concept using all local ingredients and wines from all of the local vineyards. The food is prepared thoughtfully, plated beautifully, and delicious.

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RomanL
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Although the setting is nice, the noise level was so bad that the waitstaff had to repeat everything twice. Some simple rugs or wall treatment can easily solve this. The four of us ordered three different meals. Except for pasta dish which was flavorful, the pork chop was over cooked and the scallops were average.

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Stermer
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We were blown away by the quality of both of our dining experiences at Sapatla this weekend. Space doesn't allow me to say all of the great things I want to say about the quality and flavor of the food at this great place on Seneca Lake, so I'll just say it was OUTSTANDING. Service was sketchy, i.e., the server didn't come around frequently enough. We would have ordered twice the amount of cocktails we eventually had, but the server was no where to be found after our salads and dinners were served. This also hurts the owners' profit margin. Also, Sunday night we decided to share dessert. When it was served with only one cookie on top I remarked to the server, "My wife and I will have to fight over it". Instead of simply getting us another one she said, "I'll leave while you two fight over it." In total, we spent close to $200 each night For the money we were paying, she should have given us another one. I'll chalk that up to her immaturity.

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MichaelC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. A little pricey for overall

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PPFoodie
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot on Seneca Lake with great food and service. Staff was very nice and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious.

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VictoriaW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience. Love our meal and it was clear the level of care put into every dish.

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MargueriteM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our server Maddy was great and very apologetic for delay in food coming out from the kitchen and overcooked steak. Mahi Mahi was good. Nice place but understaffed like every other restaurant. We’ll be back.

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JamesH
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Setting is excellent in good weather. Service is always excellent. Food is usually pretty good. Still, $27 for a fatty pork chop laid on a bed of polenta (and that's all) is a bit steep. The plate should at least have some sort of veggie complement.

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KENB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is first class and the best we have found in the area........eating outside was superb

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PattiM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My daughter and I had an outstanding meal. The humus appetizer was so good and I had the shrimp and my daughter the scallops, both cooked to perfection. We had a seat at the window with a beautiful view of the lake and grounds. The only issue was the service as they were down several staff members but our waitress worked tirelessly and with a smile. We will be back!

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marbees
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting overlooking the lake with incredible farm to table food.

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ThoughtforFood
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyable meal from start to finish. So kudos to chef and staff. Waitstaff do a good job. Wine list could be improved and expanded.

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ColleenH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, friendly service. Definitely recommend!

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DavidC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service

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CathyB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic from check in to dessert! Great, friendly service, fabulous food and beautiful setting. Highly recommend!

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Kathiy
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and although our server, Ariel, was busy she gave us all the attention needed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and fantastic service with Hannah, our server. One of our favorites.

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JeffreyL
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good experience. Service was excellent. Ordered two mahi mahi dishes. One was dry the other was ok.?great coffee and desserts

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good server and food

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vipCsmith
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

After reading previous reviews, we were really excited to try this place, but it was extremely disappointing! The place was empty and we still waited 2 hours to get our food. On top of that, our appetizer never came and the entrees that we finally got were subpar. The mahi was bland with no seasoning and very overcooked. The mushroom chicken entree was lacking flavor. They tried to make up for it by comping drinks and dessert but it was just not enough to get us to ever come back.

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LauraB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was fresh and delicious. Service was outstanding.

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vipivettes
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

spectacular

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Mark
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Loud. We’re to eat outside but raining.

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erdoc
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Surprised by the quality of the food. Our server, Alex is a gem. Sadly we will probably never be in the Finger Lakes area again but recommend highly.

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vipMeghancm
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Sapalta for our anniversary dinner and couldn’t have been happier with our decision. We came on a really rainy night, which was unfortunate since the view from the restaurant is typically gorgeous, but we really appreciated that they wiped down the window for us so we would still have a view of the lake. Our waitress was wonderful and had great recommendations. We got the crab bisque, shrimp and gnocchi for our mains and a lemon tart for dessert. It was all delicious and extremely fresh. Would recommend for anyone in the area looking for a special meal. We can’t wait to come back and sit on the patio!

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vipNosam
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great vegetarian options!! Highly recommend salads and any of the appetizer apecials

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crgnyc
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at Sapalta during a heavy downpour that almost made it impossible to get there due to slick, winding roads. We were all glad to be inside and dry though, and once the food arrived, we were even happier. A delicious meal of shrimp accompanied with risotto and summer squash followed a charcuterie and cheese plate. We had a dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes which paired perfectly with the main course. Dessert was a delicious lemon tart with fresh fruit and a pannacotta.

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ClaireA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a rainy night so couldn’t appreciate the beautiful view as much as we would have liked to, but didn’t matter, food was exceptional and service was extraordinary, highly recommend

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MarcK
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went on a very rainy night so we didn’t get much of a view of the lake that’s nearby, so that was unfortunate.

But almost everything else was terrific.

The charcuterie board that we started with was varied with meat and cheese and all were very tasty.

My wife had a shrimp dish that she loved and I had the gnocchi and meatballs dish that was OK, not great, and it was s little skimpy with the number of meatballs.

We shared a wonderful ‘brownie’ that was more like a molten lava cake. It came with a sugar cookie as well which I loved.

Our server (Ananda?) was prompt and gracious and checked in with us several times.

The only downside was that we were seated next to a couple of 20somethings who seemed to talk loudly enough so that everyone in the small room knew every detail about their date. Rude.

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DanielW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, tip my hat off to the Back of House & Front of House staff. You all brought the best to a post engagement dinner. Maddie, Thank you for your hospitality & service, you deserve recognition for the best of what the finger lakes represent. Food exceeded expectations, bravo BOH! Thank you Sapalta, keep up the impressive work your team is sharp!

FAQs

Sapalta offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (607) 243-7535.

Sapalta is rated 4.5 stars by 175 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.