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Sortino's Italian Kitchen, Sandusky, OH

Sortino's Italian Kitchen

4.4
4.4
330 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 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 330 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Kid Friendly

  • Cleveland

    Kid Friendly

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was an amazing dinner. Everything we ordered was wonderful! The stuffed banana peppers and antipasto salad were so flavorful. I highly recommend the Chick-a Chick-a Boom also. And their house wine was a perfect addition to the meal. We will definitely be back.
  2. BJ

    BrittanyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was amazing! I used to live in Europe and eat spaghetti bolegnese. And this was one of the best I ever had!! Also thank you antwan! He was super amazing! And kept up with our service!
  3. K

    Kelley

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went with a group of HR people for a work conference. The food was really good! I highly recommend the meatballs and Eggplant Parmigiana. The drinks were reasonably priced, and the service was good. It was a welcome change from the chicken tenders at the water park.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was really shocked to see any negative reviews for this place . Hidden gem in kalahari! The ambience is really nice as good as any Italian place not usually expected at a resort . The espresso martini and margarita Italiano were delicious . My husband also enjoyed his beer . I got the chicken Parmesan and my husband got the steak and they were both absolutely delicious and very big portions . Kids meal was decently priced and the other items were as well. Not cheap but normal for the portions and type of restaurant. We got complimentary warm bread and olive oil which was also really good and fresh . Our waiter was excellent too! Again I can’t believe some of the complaints about food I saw on here . We are foodies and we have Been to many high end restaurants and this is really great. We absolutely will go back next time we go to kalahari!
  5. JL

    JoshuaL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The food was very expensive and mediocre at best, the server and atmosphere was great.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Great food. Owner is awesome. Will continue to return here.
  7. AA

    AAB2022

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The food was sub par, the prices were high. Loved our waitress Amy she was the best part of the entire meal.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing the food was amazing and everything came out in a timely manor. 10/10 would recommend to others and we can’t wait to come back!
  9. NC

    NicoleC

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Service was great and super accommodating. Our server was very pleasant to us. The menu wasn’t catered to differ palates or to the health conscious. Not many of the healthier options that are found in Italian cuisine. Sometimes a more basic menu with refined plates are more appeasing to such a diverse clientele. Sidenote, Filet medallions cooked perfectly but couldn’t enjoy bc they were ruined by the copious amount of sauce on the plate. Overall it will probably deliver to the more inexperienced diner.
  10. T

    Tacomom

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious but the service was even better. Very caring and attentive waitress. Serving sizes were large.
  11. WR

    WendyR

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing. Meatballs the size of a hardball. Great experience. The Fettuccini was delicious. Highly recommend.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, service was just as outstanding!
  13. SG

    SharonG

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Such a great experience. Owner came and introduced himself, he was just so personable. The appetizers and meals for absolutely delicious. The servers are taught proper to serve matriarch 1st! I wish this sauce was bottled for purchase and that there were franchises closer to us!!
  14. KK

    KatherineK

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious variety of traditional and more modern itialian classics. The bread and oil was AMAZING 😍 The calamari was really nicely done. Big booths and quick service!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We came here on 2 nights from out of town. First night was the last hour of service and we get it the server was ready to leave, as we were equally ready to eat and go home. We had several errors on our order (a whole pizza instead of a kids pizza, whole pasta with salad instead of a side) that made it feel as if the server was attempting to get the bill larger for larger tip. However, the food was very good and we came back second night with reservations for earlier. I can’t have dairy and asked several times (it was almost uncomfortable) if my plate came with cheese) and it was made clear it does not and I said even if it does I don’t want it to come with it. It came with cheese, he apologized and took it back. It came back out it appeared good. Family was already done with their meals, I ate most of the food and then I find more cheese (large shaved Parmesan in the meal) it was almost as if they tried to pick it out. Thank goodness I don’t have an actually food allergy, only sensitivity, but don’t go here if you do have a food allergy, they will not take it seriously. Made it uncomfortable to keep asking for alterations.
  16. J

    Jules

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Our waitress had no personality. No laughing or joking. Tried to talk us out of ordering 3 calamari appetizers. Then she did only bring us two! I was so mad! I looked forward to the calamari all day then only got about 3 pieces because she decided 3 was to many for our table.
  17. PB

    PBliven

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service. Highly recommend for authentic quality Italian. Huge portions, too.
  18. LS

    LaurieS

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service was as well, meatballs are the size of baseballs! Loved the warm bread. Don’t over order. Portions are large.
  19. K

    Katiesreview1

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    All meals where very bland . The chicken Parmesan was very bland ! Wish there where more options of noodles !
  20. TD

    TheDownings

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were at Kalahari for a birthday and decided to make a reservation here to try it out. So happy we did! Warm and inviting, charming and welcoming, with nods to the owners family via tastefully placed photos on every wall. The owner himself greeted us at our table and made us feel like guests in his home. The room is well lit and also has stringed lights above, however, it is not overly bright or harsh lighting. The decor is clean and modern but very welcoming. We ordered the wings and the garlic bread to start. They were so delicious and more than plenty for our family of five to enjoy. The portion sizes are HUGE, fyi. Our children ordered the brick oven pizza and it was outstanding. I ordered the chicken parmigiana and it was amazing, although, I could’ve easily shared it with 1-2 other people and been completely satisfied. You can feel the love that went into this place. I would very highly recommend. It was an excellent dining experience.
  21. SD

    StormieD

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Elisha (sp?) was AMAZING! Best server we have ever experienced in our life! Food was really good but very overpriced in general. Only con of dining at this place!
  22. BP

    BillP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and food were outstanding. We had a party of 11 and were able to be seated at a large family table. Our server Melinda was excellent. We were never in need of anything.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Large portions
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent again!
  25. CK

    ChristopherK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Made a reservation with the resort app open table only had a few minutes wait. Menu was expansive and offered some signature dishes that I had never had before. I selected pasta mafia and was very pleased with the quality taste and the portions were huge. The kids loved there classic spaghetti and meatballs, and all the other meals at the table tricked as well. Owner stoped by to say hello which gave it a personal feel and service was good. I would definitely go back as all people in my dinner party were impressed.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their cannoli was so good. Good food as well too.
  27. NG

    NikkiG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely delicious with big potions. Must get the bruschetta, fettuccine Alfredo, and carbonara. Pricey, but well worth the splurge.
  28. JT

    JenniferT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere! Excellent service! Outstanding food!!
  29. DC

    DaveC

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a very nice experience, even though we got off to a bad start. Two of us arrived about 10 minutes before our reservation time, but because the other four of our group had not yet arrived, we could not be seated per the restaurant policy, we were told. Such a policy makes sense if the restaurant is busy, but in this case the restaurant was far from busy and management should trust its staff to make intelligent decisions, rather than forcing them to abide by a rigid policy.
  30. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was excellent. My wife has a slight food allergy and the waitress was patient and thorough through the ordering process. The food was fantastic, enjoyed by all. If you visit Kalahari, this is a must try.
  31. CH

    ChadH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Eggplant parm is a must, whether you are a vegetarian or not, this dish is outstanding!!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The stuffed banana peppers were great, something different to try. Manicotti was subpar, veal parmigiana was chewy. Service was slow and they had several empty tables so they weren’t busy! Very overpriced and I would definitely say Olive Garden is better than this!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Came here for a bday dinner. A party of 13, nasty food, no flavor. The waiter was rude, impatient with an attitude. Will never return
  34. AR

    AmandaR

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent & food was amazing. I was pleasantly surprised as this was my first time to Kalahari and I didn’t expect much. I have picky eaters and they cleared their plates! Order the Tiramisu!
  35. TB

    TinaB

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was great. Server was polite, but we definitely felt rushed.
  36. 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.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food,Great Atmosphere!!!!
  38. 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.
  39. KF

    KatieF

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    We called ahead and asked if they could accommodate for food allergies (nut) and they said yes. When we got there I reminded them of said food allergies and they said they were good to go. When I told the waitress she said no problem. She then brought out the bread. I asked if it was safe she said she “thought so”. I said could you check with the kitchen chef? She said that she would. Came out and said it should be safe, then a few minutes later said it probably wasn’t safe because it may have almond flour in it! Thank god I trusted my instincts and told my son it wasn’t safe from her first response. Then by the time out food came out they confused all the orders and couldn’t tell who got what. So they guessed…. That was a red flag. Thank goodness my son ordered speghetti and that was easy. I got eggplant parm. It was so salty that I couldn’t even eat it. The chef came out and asked how everything was and I just knew they messed up but didn’t want to admit it. I just wanted to get out of there and not make a scene. It was disappointing. The staff had no knowledge of food allergies. Just say you can’t accommodate next time than take a risk. Just not a pleasant experience and was a expensive dinner for something you couldn’t eat. People were nice and all but for the love of God education is key for food allergies. Educate your staff please.
  40. MP

    MichelleP

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional!!!! Food is fantastic staff is fantastic Highly recommend this gem at Kalahari

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 4.4 stars by 330 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 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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