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Sortino's Italian Kitchen, Sandusky, OH

Sortino's Italian Kitchen

4.3
4.3
553 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 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 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 553 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Kid-friendly

  • Cleveland

    Kid-friendly

553 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love sortinos , we live in Pittsburgh and look forward to eating here everytime we come to kalahari!! Absolutely delicious!!!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded 2 days ago
    Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  2. HaydenW

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was really amazing. The food was great, the service was great, and it was not very loud at all. Totally recommend Sortino’s!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded 2 days ago
    We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit at Sortino’s Italian Kitchen! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  3. JohnB

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome Food!!! Very good service. Wedding soup one of the best.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on April 13, 2024
    We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit at Sortino’s Italian Kitchen! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  4. CMSR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and Lonell is a great waiter! Very patient, knowledgeable, and attentive.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on April 13, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words. We realize that our associates are the key to our business success and appreciate you taking the time to recognize them.

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  5. George

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The portions were way too large. Most people there were on vacation and had limited uses for take-home boxes. The prices were on the high side, but probably could be lowered if the portions were more reasonably sized.

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  6. RosalieO

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The best meal we have had at Kalahari! And we’ve been coming to Kalahari for 9 years.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on April 13, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is very nice if you’re looking for a family friendly atmosphere that can also support a good date night. The food is delicious and the wait staff very attentive.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on April 7, 2024
    Thank you for choosing Sortino’s and sharing your feedback with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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  8. LisaC

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was alright but over priced. I’m would not recommend this restaurant. The a la cart vegetable sides are large enough to feed more than one person.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on April 7, 2024
    Hello, we are sorry to hear this was your experience. I'd like to gather more information. Would you kindly email us at OHDining@KalahariResorts? Please include your name, phone number, date of visit, and reference of your review. Thank you!

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  9. SilviaB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, I would definitely eat there again.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on April 5, 2024
    We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit at Sortino’s Italian Kitchen! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  10. CandaceP

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Found a hair wrapped around a piece of broccoli in my Pasta Mafia. I imagine it would have been taken care of if I had said something but I didn’t want to ruin the others meals at my table so kept it to myself. Our waitress was fantastic though!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on April 2, 2024
    Thank you, Candace, for sharing your experience with us. While we do prefer guests let us know of any issues with their dining experience during the time of their visit and allow us an opportunity to resolve them, I will be following up with our team to ensure that your concerns are addressed. I am happy to hear that you and your family were able to enjoy your time with us. Thank you again for taking the time to share your feedback. We hope to see you soon.

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  11. KrystenP

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Italian right inside the resort. Service was a bit slow to arrive at the table but food came out super quick.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on April 13, 2024
    Thank you for choosing Sortino’s and sharing your feedback with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Clayton was our waiter and he did a phenomenal job. The Eggplant Parmesan was outstanding.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on March 31, 2024
    Thank you for choosing Sortino’s and sharing your feedback with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    It was okay. Food is typical midwestern Italian. Nothing wrong with it just is what it is. No fresh pasta, no tangy sauce, etc. bread was okay but they put way too much balsamic in the olive oil dip. Service was fine. It’s a hotel restaurant so exactly what was expected. Very expensive for the quality of food you get.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on March 31, 2024
    Hello, we are sorry to hear this was your experience. I'd like to gather more information. Would you kindly email us at OHDining@KalahariResorts? Please include your name, phone number, date of visit, and reference of your review. Thank you!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Hair in food. Never eat there again No one did anything about it. Nasty.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded 6 days ago
    Hello, we are sorry to hear this was your experience. I'd like to gather more information. Would you kindly email us at OHDining@KalahariResorts? Please include your name, phone number, date of visit, and reference of your review. Thank you!

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  15. JennyK

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was overpriced. My eggplant parmesan had a thin layer of eggplant. Too much breading, couldn't taste eggplant at all. Alcohol was overpriced.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on March 25, 2024
    Hello, we are sorry to hear this was your experience. I'd like to gather more information. Would you kindly email us at OHDining@KalahariResorts? Please include your name, phone number, date of visit, and reference of your review. Thank you!

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  16. BrynnC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Hailey was so wonderful! The food we ordered was fantastic! We will definitely be going back!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on March 24, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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  17. SarahM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the best meal out in many months! Excellent service provided by Lonell. He was attentive and was pretty busy. Fun and lively environment with families having a great time all around us. The pasta mafia was excellent. And I'd like to compliment management. Very young and fresh and vibrant. Happy to tell us how to give compliments to our server!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on March 24, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words. We realize that our associates are the key to our business success and appreciate you taking the time to recognize them.

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  18. Brandy

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our service was good but it was a slow night so it was hard not to be. Our server was polite. The food was salty. Our waiter did take something we didn’t like off the bill so that was nice. Chicken parm was dry and pizza was soggy.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on March 24, 2024
    Hello & thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. While we’re happy to read that you enjoyed the service quality, we are disappointed to read that we fell short in other areas. I would like to connect you with a member of our leadership team. Would you kindly email us at OHDining@KalahariResorts and include your phone number, date of visit, and reference your review? We look forward to connecting with you.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great friendly service, and the food was outstanding.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on March 12, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Brazil

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Madison was an excellent server! She went above and beyond.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on March 12, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words. We realize that our associates are the key to our business success and appreciate you taking the time to recognize them.

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  21. MichelleD

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience!! Very pleased with everything. Food was delicious!!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 27, 2024
    We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit at Sortino’s Italian Kitchen! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  22. KimL

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We miss the charm of the original location. Doesn’t feel the same at all. Loved seeing George and chatting with him out our table. The cabinet doors behind our both continuously got slammed shut. You could hear it and feel it. Why????
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 26, 2024
    Hello Kim. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We continually strive to improve our business, grow our team members & improve processes. This information will be used for that purpose. Thank you again for sharing your feedback. We hope to see you soon.

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  23. roniek

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was not that good at all we were group of 9 and 7 of us were not happy with the food while the other 2 were semi ok with it Chicken Marsala was so sweet and tasted weird the chicken limone was bland
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 26, 2024
    We’re sorry to hear that your experience was disappointing. We’d like to hear more about your experience so that we can do better. Could you please send us an e-mail at OHDining@KalahariResorts with your name, phone number, date of visit, and the reasons for this rating? Thank you and we look forward to connecting soon.

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  24. Anthonyk

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The meatballs were delicious !! Lasagna was great as well !!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 26, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly server and staff. Good experience and great place to eat when at Kalahari
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 21, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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  26. Jmoo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is always wonderful! I guess the menu was being changed and there were a few items not available. (Malbec wine, root beer, strawberry Italian soda...) Extremely expensive.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 19, 2024
    Hi Name, thank you for choosing Sortino's Italian Kitchen and for taking the time to review us. Please know your feedback will be shared with our teams. I am happy to hear that you and your family were able to enjoy your food. We hope to see you soon.

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  27. JenR

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was fantastic!!!!! Good was huge portions- and delicious. Surprisingly good value!!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 19, 2024
    We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit at Sortino’s Italian Kitchen! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  28. Lodell

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed it very much. The food was very good and we had a great waiter named Clayton.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words. We realize that our associates are the key to our business success and appreciate you taking the time to recognize them.

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  29. Duane

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food quality, their spice is unique and makes the meal! Many gluten-free options.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 26, 2024
    Thank you for choosing Sortino’s and sharing your feedback with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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  30. cmhfoodie

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Anthony, was amazing and food was very tasty.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 12, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words. We realize that our associates are the key to our business success and appreciate you taking the time to recognize them.

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  31. BubbaBrain

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Not like the old Sortino’s in Sandusky but at least they still had the bread and herbed oil at the beginning of the meal.

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  32. AbelH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down the most authentic Italian restaurant we have ate at- down to the owner walking around greeting everyone personally
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 5, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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  33. JosieP

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After a long day at the waterpark, this was a great dining option! Food was super fast and so good! Highly recommend especially with small children!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on February 5, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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  34. MegJ

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Food was excellent and there was a great selection on the menu. Fast and friendly service. Overall great experience and value.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on January 29, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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  35. AngieG

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great if your party has no food allergies or only gluten issues. Watch out if you have egg and dairy allergies to manage, staff did not handle well.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on January 29, 2024
    Hello, we are sorry to hear this was your experience. I'd like to gather more information. Would you kindly email us at OHDining@KalahariResorts? Please include your name, phone number, date of visit, and reference of your review. Thank you!

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  36. KatieT

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service and really great food! We got kid’s pizza, kid’s spaghetti, manacotti, and a mushroom tortellini dish. All so good!
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on January 28, 2024
    Thank you for choosing Sortino’s and sharing your feedback with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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  37. TimP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The bread & olive oil they brought the table was delicious! Best bread!! The lasagna was very very good & a huge portion. We had 7 people & everyone loved their meals. Service was efficient speedy & courteous. We will go back again. It’s nice to have a lovely sit down restaurant to choose from at Kalahari.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on January 27, 2024
    Thank you for choosing us for your family time, we appreciate it and hope to serve you for many years to come.

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  38. Cville6

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Italian food! Great service and reasonable prices all right off the Kalahari main lobby. Awesome dining and a break from fast food while visiting Kalahari and a nice restaurant in the Sandusky area.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on January 27, 2024
    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good. The server seemed agitated to see our youth age daughters with us. She appeared bothered we didn’t order speciality drinks or appetizers with our meal. We probably will choose another option next time we come to Kalahari. We were highly recommended this place the past few years of coming to Kalahari.
    Sortino's Italian KitchenResponded on January 27, 2024
    Hello & thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. While we’re happy to read that you enjoyed the food, we are disappointed to read that we fell short in other areas. I would like to connect you with a member of our leadership team. Would you kindly email us at OHDining@KalahariResorts and include your phone number, date of visit, and reference your review? We look forward to connecting with you.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Experience was good. 20% automatic tip for a 8 person group at a place where you are probably going to be getting reservations of 8 or more people 40% of the time is a bit odd.

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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 4.3 stars by 553 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 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sortino's Italian Kitchen

7000 Kalahari Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870-8628

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Sandusky
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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