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Sortino's Italian Kitchen, Sandusky, OH

Sortino's Italian Kitchen

4.2
4.2
294 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Sortino's Italian Kitchen is a new age red sauce restaurant where old-school Italian cuisine meets the modern age. Sortino’s Italian Kitchen is a casual restaurant and bar that brings the Kalahari a tradition of hospitality established by Giorgio and Giacomo Sortino more than 60 years ago when they opened the original Sortino’s Little Italy restaurant in downtown Sandusky, Ohio.

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Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (419) 433-6653

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chad Vandegrift

  • Private party facilities

    We don't have a private room, but we accept parties. Please contact the restaurant for more details. 419 - 433 - 6653.

  • Neighborhood

    Sandusky

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 294 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Kid Friendly

  • Cleveland

    Kid Friendly

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  1. TB

    TinaB

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was great. Server was polite, but we definitely felt rushed.

  2. RC

    RachelC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1

    Our chicken parmesan had something hard in it and the sauce was not that good for the price.. Also the pizza had a lot of oil.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Food,Great Atmosphere!!!!

  4. N

    Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing!! Right down to the food, service and drinks. Our waitress Dehvon was nothing short of amazing. She was the sweetest and most attentive waitress. Check this place out we had the Chicken Parm and it was delish.

  5. MP

    MichelleP

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional!!!! Food is fantastic staff is fantastic Highly recommend this gem at Kalahari

  6. EM

    EvetteM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were staying at Kalahari Resort in Ohio and this was the only restaurant available to make a reservation. It did not disappoint. Everyone in our party loved their food.

  7. PF

    PenelopeF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Definitely recommend dinning here.

  8. KW

    KristiW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service! Would definitely come back!

  9. JS

    JessicaS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lonell was a fabulous server! Our food was amazing and it was perfect for a large group with kids!

  10. J

    Jordan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    All of our food was cold. The wait staff was just okay. He forgot some of our drinks and food.

  11. LT

    LarryT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food was excellent. We ordered old fashions for drinks and had to send them back. We received a rocks glass with a slice of orange, cherry on a cocktail strirrer that was watered down and did not taste like an old fashion. It was missing bitters, sugar and club soda. I have never returned a drink ever until this visit. The waiter was very apologetic and had the drinks re-made. He said a different bartender made this round and they were actually good. Try the pan seared walleye. It is exceptional.

  12. KS

    KatieS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5

    Couldn’t eat my dinner after taking one bite of my entree, due to the taste of it, and I still paid the $33 for it in addition to the glass of wine I mentioned to the server tasted like it had been opened for a while. (Yes I did me tell someone that I couldn’t eat it). It took 25, yes a real 25 mins, we watched the clock and didn’t see our server to grab him, to get our checks. I was told I would have to call the next day (today) to speak with a manager.

  13. JW

    JessicaW

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience1

    Very over priced for what we got ... also not really kid friendly in food choices

  14. KK

    KathyK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    Very over priced, small portions, pizza was so entirely greasy it was inedible.

  15. JJ

    JeanaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food! I normally get the Chicken Parm at every Italian restaurant but the server told us about the Chicken Limone and I had to try it! It was so light and refreshing but filled me up :-)

  16. HS

    HeatherS

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kelsey was our server and she was amazing. We had a birthday in our group and I was able to bring in a cake! Great experience!

  17. DM

    DeMayne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    To be inside a family resort, this Italian restaurant is a gem. The old man cam out to greet us in his velour jogging suit and pinky ring. He was great. The food, although very pricey around $30 for a plate of pasta, was amazing. Our only dislike was our waiter seemed distracted as if I’d had somewhere else to be. I felt like he should have been more in tuned since he was serving up a $200 dinner check and expected a $40 tip. They old man and the flavor saves the day for this Italian gem.

  18. K

    Kwinks

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was fast. Food was good. They brought out our 5 years olds dinner with our appetizers so that made it easier for her.

  19. AR

    AshleeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress Amy was the best! She was so pleasant and friendly. The food was delicious. My husband practically licked his plate clean. We were there celebrating my sons 8th birthday and this visit sure made it special!

  20. AH

    AmberH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great. My husband and I where very happy with the food.

  21. DG

    DianeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent! The atmosphere and staff very nice! Will definitely eat there again.

  22. JM

    JulieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So good, so authentic! Meatballs were huge, sauce was amazing.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was so gentle with the children (Which is always hard to find). He came enough time to refill our drinks and suggested others. The food was amazing, which was not what I expected, from experiences outside Kalahari. I would totally recommend and come back.

  24. RG

    RickG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4

    The food was not that good. My wife’s food was bland and she took one bite and said it wasn’t good. I got the chicken parm and it was tough to cut through. After I got to my room to finish it I realized it was pink inside. Not fully cooked and that’s why it was hard to cut.

  25. AB

    AnthonyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Food was okay. Not as good as it used to be when they were on Cleveland road. Service was fast

  26. KW

    KatieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The atmosphere is as amazing. Made my reservation and the table was ready and waiting. Our waitress, Miranda, was so cool. She was amazing with my son and my fiancés horrible dad jokes. The decor was unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. The tomato cans on the wall was so cool. The lighting was great. The food was phenomenal!! I was almost turned off by the price of the food but oh man was it worth every cent!

  27. DH

    DaveHan

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun family atmosphere and/or date night! Great service and food is top shelf.

  28. AJ

    AntoinetteJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and ambiance was amazing. My family of 4 chose Shrimp & Chicken Alfredo and it was great. So was our waiter Amy. We would certainly dine here again.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food.

  30. TR

    TR2000

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    Terrible food. Chicken so overcooked. No flavor. Bolognese worst thing I’ve ever tried to eat.

  31. TB

    TracyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service. Food was very good. A little pricy but as to be expected for a water park restaurant.

  32. BT

    BT1215

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4

    Convenient location and good atmosphere. Food was okay and not on par with cost.

  33. PS

    PatrickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Overall it was outstanding and exceeded my expectations with service and food. Ambiance was a bit bright and open for my expectations on an Italian kitchen. Also loud due to the open nature. But being at a water park some of that is expected, although completely avoidable.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Ambiance was GREAT! Our server was great! Unfortunately the food was average in general. It wasn’t outstanding. Ultimately we expected more from an authentic Italian restaurant. Chicken was way over cooked!

  35. CS

    ClarissaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    We waiting for someone to greet us at our table for 15-20 mins. A gentleman can and took our order it wasn't his table but he was great to us.

  36. M

    Megs

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Jonathan was our server and he was great. The food is really good and the portions are huge. It was around $170 for 5 of us (including a few bar drinks and kids meals). I would recommend!

  37. BC

    BreeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Get a lot of food for your money. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It was easy to make a reservation and we got in quickly.

  38. GL

    GeniaL

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    We loved it that George still enjoys meeting his guests and telling jokes.

  39. RM

    RichardM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The food was pretty good and our server was very nice. It's expensive for what it is though and our order was messed up multiple times. There's an Olive Garden right down the street so next time we stay at Kalahari and want Italian, we'll just drive down to Olive Garden.

  40. HF

    HeatherF

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Loved being able to make a reservation online.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Sortino's Italian Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (419) 433-6653.

Sortino's Italian Kitchen is rated 4.2 stars by 294 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Sortino's Italian Kitchen

7000 Kalahari Dr Sandusky, OH 44870-8628

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sandusky

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chad Vandegrift

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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