Sapore Restaurant

4.9
95 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
"Welcome to Sapore, simple yet elegant. Having a small intimate and client/ chef friendly dining atmosphere attached to a renowned Culinary Institute where patrons enjoy superb entree's has been a life-long dream of Master Chef Loretta Paganini. We believe we have achieved that dream at Sapore. Discover and experience for yourself great service, inviting atmosphere and authentic Italian cuisine. From house made fresh bread, pastas and desserts to locally sourced multi course tasting menus, we let the true flavors of the dish speak for themselves in the literal meaning of the Italian word ""Sapore"". Private parties and catering is also available. Located on the east side of Cleveland, in Chesterland just 30 minutes from downtown. "
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Thursday - Saturday: 5pm-10pm
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Phone number
(440) 729-1110
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Takeout, Wine
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JD
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful gem of a restaurant that always delivers on excellent food, ambience & service!

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R
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one, great restaurant! This was our first visit and everything was outstanding!!

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K
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, attentive service and a personal visit from the chef - all at reasonable prices. Definitely worth the drive.

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L
Cleveland
62 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sapore never disappoints. Its worth going seasonally to catch menu changes. Best restaurant in Cleveland. The food is awesome. Pasta (homemade of course) is outstanding. Service is perfection and because it is small the meals are carefully crafted and layered with flavor.

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with delicious food and outstanding service

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. Delicious appetizers - boar meatballs and leek/onion strudel. I had the pork scallopine marsala. My wife had the pasta trio . Topped off with a shared pumpkin roll that was out of this world. Waitress was fun and friendly. Definitely will return,.

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

This was our first time at the restaurant. We arrived early to enjoy a cocktail only to learn the bar has no seating. I am not sure you could get a cocktail without being seated as there was no bartender. We soon found out the hostess, waitress, bartender and bussing were being done by one person. There were approximately a dozen tables that required service. Understaffed. The table water was warm. All that aside, the food was delicious. Dessert was good and the coffee arrived after the dessert was eaten.

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a bit late with my review for Sapore as my group dined there on September 15th. This was our second experience at the charming and intimate restaurant. We found the food to be consistently of high quality in both taste and presentation along with exceptional service. This particular evening was busy but our server was highly attentive and focused on personalizing service for each table.
I read another review from that evening commenting on not having a “bar to sit at” and getting “warm water” as their basis for a 2-star rating. Anyone who is going to a new restaurant should have the forethought to check the website prior to going to see what the experience will be like. As far as “warm water” goes- really?

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WP
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menu, but well done. It is a small restaurant. We dined early on a weekday and we were the only diners for 1 hour. The almond gelato was excellent.

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D
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Sapore; I couldn’t wait to go back. We brought another couple with us, as we’ve been raving about the entire Sapore experience since our first visit. Wendy is the perfect Server; she is friendly, efficient, and it is evident that she loves her job and customers. Once again, the food did not disappoint— it was delicious. The guys each ordered the bone-in pork chop, my friend had the ravioli with the peaches, and I had the pasta sampler trio (ravioli with peaches; pesto linguine; Maccheroni with grilled eggplant in a spicy tomato sauce), and the key lime pie with raspberry coulis and coconut cookies for the table to share for dessert. It was a delicious and fun evening, and our friends raved about it, saying they want to return again very soon, as do my husband and I.

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t
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One always feels welcome at Sapore. Friendly and attentive, without being over-bearing, the service is perfect. The food is even more so! Tastes of old world Italy combined with flavors of today make everything delicious! You can’t go wrong here!

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B
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The first time we went everything was perfect. We thought the food was good but definitely nothing special this time

They have to work on the salads. The Caesar salad was overwhelmed by the anchovies.

The natural deliciousness of the scallops was covered up by whatever they were treated with.
The service is always impeccable and the Ambiance lovely.

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S
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food except for the pork chop not as tender as it could have been.

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W
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, fresh and flavorful.

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L
Cleveland
63 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a restaurant to return to seasonally as they change their menu. We brought some die hard Italian foodies who continue to rave about it. You can't beat the quality of the food, should be pricier but it its not. The prix fixe is a bargain, but go hungry. Love this place. Favorite restaurant in all of Cleveland.

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JV
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time to dine at Sephora and all four of us were very pleased. It will be one of many times we dine there.

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C
Cleveland
48 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food, exquisitely prepared!

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H
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Disappointed in the quality of our meals. Two had the scallops and one had the veal and one had lamb shank. Everthing was tender but very little flavor. The salads had too much oil and the greens were too soft. The desserts were excellent. Not an upscale restaurant.

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CG
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service , has become my favorite restaurant in northeast Ohio

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L
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu was great , food was outstanding. Farm to table options. Heard menu will change second week in July . We will be back. Service was personalized and excellent. There is only one server and she is fun, knowledgeable and very efficient. Highly recommend. Only sorry that it is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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m
Cleveland
36 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I had dinner here with four other people on a Saturday night. One had lamb shanks and ranked them as excellent. One had lobster ravioli and ranked it as good. Two had the fish special [walleye] and both were disappointed, saying the fish was quite overcooked. I had veal scallopini which was ok but not scallopini as the veal pieces were quite thick. The soup special, cauliflower bisque was very good. As the evening wore on, the noise level was very high, precluding normal conversation which is always a negative for me and my friends, but the room is small so that is to be expected, I suppose.

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PS
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sapore is a hidden gem in Chesterland. Everything we were served was made from scratch ,from the delicious bread to the scrumptious desert . The food was absolutely Devine!

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AD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Came for a friend's birthday. Nice room, friendly waitress, good food options and tasty food. We really enjoyed our evening

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JD
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was as always delightful by Loretta and her team - love this place!

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G
Naples
29 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was pleasant and attentive. Chef/ owner greeted us with a small delicious appetizer. The restaurant was charming and quaint. Love the white table cloths,enhances the cleanliness and charm. Enjoyed Caesar salad, warm bread to begin with followed by sea bass special for husband. Very nice. I enjoyed the 3 choice of pastas, specifically the beef and vegetable filled pasta. We ended the meal with a moist, light & generous carrot cake.

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JC
Cleveland
30 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great find! Personal service and made from scratch food! What an excellent restaurant!!

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MC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were three of us and we were the only ones in the restaurant due to bad weather! The service was fantastic and the food was even better! The tastings of the pastas were delicious as was the veal scallopini. Super nice and friendly people.

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MG
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my wife's birthday. She loved it, she says it was the best braised short rib she ever had. I'm not sure when, but I will be back.

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The kitchen, with quiet confidence and attention to detail, always puts out a beautiful, and creative, menu with the use of local and seasonal foods: delicious. We took friends for their first visit who were totally captivated by the hidden, neighborhood gem. The front room is managed in a confident manner; they compliment the kitchen nicely.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the chef's special of the day, which was scallops, and were hands down the best I have ever eaten. The accompanying sauces were spectacular and severed in the perfect amount. Gourmet food at its best and not outrageously over priced for the quality of the food. The dining room is small, seating only twenty something, but tastefully decorated was soft American / Italian music in the background. We will most certainly be visiting again.

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e
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall tasty meal. I had a delicious piece of grouper that was prepared well. The home made bread was a big disappointment The caesar dressing was way too fishy. Could not even eat it.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Valentines Day at Sapore a couple of days late. Our second visit was just as great as our first. Outstanding food, service and romantic ambiance are all hallmarks of this wonderful restaurant.

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P
Cleveland
105 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Sapore and we were very impressed. My wife had lobster bisque and veal marsala and I had a stuffed oysters special app and the three pastas entree. We finished with Opera Cake.
Every dish was excellent and compared very well to Dante in Tremont, Chinato downtown and Trentina in University Circle. The good news for us is that Sapore is much closer than the other three. We will definitely be back.

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p
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fresh locally sourced ingredients, beautifully presented, and totally delicious! Worth going out for on a cold, icy winter's evening!

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P
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small and intimate restaurant. Great atmosphere amazing food and awesome service. Everything tasted so fresh. Another gem in Northeast Ohio dining scene

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TS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The flavors were outstanding. If you've never been there, make it a must.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A friend and I had a lovely meal at Sapore. The food was nicely done and delicious. Overall each course could have been hotter in temperature, things came out of the kitchen tepid.
The flavors were very good and especially the pasta dishes were authentic.
I thought the drinks were very expensive, good selection but expensive.
Overall well prepared and delicious. Making reservations was easy and painless on line.
More advance warning of the parking situation would have been helpful. In the dark the driveway is hard to see and luckily i did not pull into the small lot with only a few spaces. Some directionals would be nice.
Will return for another meal.

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LY
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic dining experience. This isn't a venue you can afford every week, but definitely worth the trip.

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E
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!! If you want a true dining experience with EXCEPTIONAL CREATIVE cuisine along with great service - spend an evening at Sapore! Embrace the experience - not recommended if you are in a hurry - one of the pleasures is relaxing and enjoying a everything Chef Loretta and her team have to offer!!

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S
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent meals, well prepared, friendly and good service, very nice experience

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