Sapore Restaurant

4.6
78 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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"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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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Takeout, Wine
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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

I love Sapore. It’s small but puts on a great spread! Great options for small or larger appetites. I like that you can choose a small or entree portion of pasta. I couldn’t decide between entrees, so i had a small pasta as my appetizer! Prixfixe meat and seafood menus available. Small bar available for basic cocktails. Some wines by glass or bottles I’ve you prefer. I love this restaurant and will return again ...and again!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

fantastic ambiance, food, and service. can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Had the most wonderful evening, the food was mouth watering and the owner very gracious and Italian. Going back for more. Don't go if you are in a hurry- this place is meant to enjoy.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was amazing! We were there for a special occasion and Sapore did not disappoint. The food, atmosphere and staff were excellent! Would highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Not impressed, Food was salty,waitress was pushy. I realize the restaurant in in a renovated home, but was musty smelling

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

What a hidden gem! Our food was perfectly prepared and presented and delicious! I had porchetta, my husband had the prix fixed seafood dinner. Portions are generous - we took food home. Sapore is affiliated with local chef training school ICASI, and chef Brandon Walukas is an instructor there. We will definitely be going back!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

A true gem small setting with and a great wine list. It is a place that we keep on coming back to time and time again

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Always an excellent meal with pleasant, engaging service.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

As always, Sapore does not disappoint. Food was fresh and delicious, wine suggestions appropriate.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Just excellent. This was my second visit in a month. Everything was delicious. It is nice to be able to order either seafood or meat as a prix fixe dinner, or order separate courses off the menu.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

While it is not inexpensive, it is well worth it. Our waitress treated us like we were family. She was very helpful and attentive. Loretta cooked us up a meal that I wish I could do half as well at home. Overall, our experience was delightful.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

A wonderful locavore dining experience from start to end. We found many tempting items on the menu which we will have to return to try

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2017

we have eaten here before but this visit was planned at the last minute. They were so accommodating as our group was 10!Wendy was wonderful as was the food! Soft shell crab outstanding as was walleye! We will be back soon!

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2017

After all the hype about the place it turned out the food was just good...not exceptional. The best part of the meal was the app. We shared the crab cakes which were very good and flavorful. The walleye was cooked perfectly....however it lacked seasoning. My son had the scallops with risotto...again they were cooked perfectly, but was very bland. Our tab for three of us was 240.00 which included a bottle of wine. All in all none of us were totally impressed. There're many other places I'd rather go.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Sapore is one of our favorite Italian restaurants ever! The pasta is made fresh daily and at least 5 different pastas are featured! They offer full and half portions, as well as a trio sampler of your choice of three. They offer 2 fixed price menus that are exceptional values at $60/person for five courses, not including the amuse bouche at the beginning of dinner, and a sorbet intermezzo (to cleanse your palate). And, although all of this sounds very high-falutin', the restaurant is very unpretentious and operates out of a cozy little house in Chesterland, Ohio.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Unique, beautiful food. One of the top restaurants in Cleveland.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

The food is always delicious and creative. The service is excellent and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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