Sabatino's

4.2
1952 reviews
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Italian
Located in the heart of Baltimore"s famous Little Italy, Sabatino's has been serving Baltimore locals and tourists delicious Central and Southern Italian fare for over 50 years! Whether you're out for an intimate dinner for two, a family gathering, or hosting a larger group in a Private Dining Room, Sabatino's gives you the ambiance you're after. Sabatino's has been consistently voted the People's Choice for Best Italian Restaurant and recently received the Editor's Choice for Best Italian Restaurant by the Baltimore City Paper. "Consistency and integrity are what drove us to give Sabatino's the Best Italian nod... This is Italian without apology: Tongue-tingling Penne and Vodka Sauce; Veal Florentino avalanched in dreamy cheeses; piquant scalloppines, and crisp-baked parmigianas - This is the real deal, served in an environment (a row house int he heart of Little Italy) that's as honest as the food. Join us for lunch, dinner, or late-night dining! Buon Appetito!!!
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HM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal. We celebrated our friends birthday and she summed it up as we were leaving,
this way...'this is what a restaurant should be like'.

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Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We haven’t been to Sab’s for a while and I’m disappointed to say I won’t rush back. The service was very good. The food was just, ok. Not outstanding. The lasagna had little meat, the bookmaker salad was skimpy on protein and the bread was not worth eating.
I’m sad that it wasn’t better.

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Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We saw a mouse scurry across the floor and the two servers that both also saw the mouse ignored it. It seemed like it was obviously a regular occurrence!

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DC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated an older person’s birthday. Asked for a quiet space and were nicely accommodated.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Not good! Gnocchi was way over cooked, was basically mush. Chicken parm had zero taste. House dressing was off had a gritty feel, like too much corn starch or baking powder. Service was fine but this is a hard pass in the future.

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kitty, was awesome!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible food served with gallons of over sweetened marinara sauce.

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LP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I went hear after a concert at Royal Farms arena, so it was pretty late and choices were limited. Apparently they do karaoke every night so if you like karaoke this is a good place to try. The singing range from horrible to very good and a decent mix of types of music. The food and menus were confusing. I ordered some things off the late night menu and some off the regular menu but I feel like the prices were different. Everything was over priced. For example a small portion of eggplant Parmesan was 18 dollars and did not come with spaghetti . The side of spaghetti was like an additional 7 dollars. My girlfriend got the salmon which was good but like $30. The mozzarella sticks were horrible and the buffalo wings were okay. The ambiance is that of a bar, but the prices are fine dining. There are much better places to get steaks and Italian food for the prices they charge.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Will be back when we are in town!

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HD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not a place I would recommend. Service was very rushed and the food was not good. I felt like I was eating in someone's house that hasn't been updated in 30 years.

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DW
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sabatino’s is always good, and their Bookmaker Salad and house dressing are delicious, but they are a bit pricey. The restaurant itself is dated, but homey.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We went to Sabatinos with a friend when we were visiting Baltimore. The food was mediocre at best and quite expensive for what we got. The house dressing which is touted as amazing (and has an upcharge) was chalky and tasteless. The service was fine, but nothing special. The restaurant is in an old building which could be nice if it was kept up. The bathrooms were not very clean, which just underscored my lackluster impression. I won’t go back on my next visit to the city.

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KL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was absolutely amazing...We cant wait to go back...

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PG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bookmaker salad was as I remembered. The room was comfortable and our table was next to a window. We could look out at the colored lights strung over the street. Nice dinner.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Garlic bread and salad was amazing!!

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there as we don’t live in Baltimore. The food and the service were wonderful and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

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LL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Bookmaker salad has always been delicious, it's my favorite salad for sure ! Food last year was great making us want to come back. This year for valentines day we were very disappointed in our entrees. Food did not seem fresh like usual.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Valentines Day food was good as well as service.

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food! Awesome Atmosphere! Superb Service - Peachy ( 45 years of Service) was the best! What a wonderful, delightful server - made the meal/experience/atmosphere that much more enjoyable!

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and the server was delightful. I recommend Sabatino’s as a great place to dine. The Bookmaker salad was large enough to share and the dessert, a chocolate encased ice cream treat was perfect.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it except I went for escargot and they ran out. Otherwise great!

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Disappointing that the escargot was not available but on the menu (and is some of the best.) The shrimp dish had only five shrimp and little prosciutto for $24. The homemade pasta made up for it. The only other concern is this occasion was a teenager birthday celebration with a date and his grandparents. The Open Table reservation included this information but the staff did not acknowledge the occasion.

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our bookmakers salad, calamari and our entrees. The garlic bread was incredible. Our server, Diane, was very accommodating. My only disappointment was that when I made our open table reservation, I had stated that it was my son's 27th Birthday. Typically most restaurants will bring a dessert with a candle and sing Happy Birthday. This did not happen so why ask if we are celebrating a special occasion?

Lynn S

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed with sides of spaghetti as well as main dish: shrimp Juan and veal

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Nothing special...not bad just nothing to write home about.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The service was average at best and the food was very bland and over priced. I'm taking into consideration the lack of quality ingredients which is also another factor in my scoring model.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. Wait staff was very friendly and personable. The Canollis and pasta were unbelievably delicuous!

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We have always loved Sabatino’s and even after friends saying bad experience go somewhere else we said no way we love it there. Well we wish we had gone elsewhere. Service was horrendous, food was mediocre at best, we had no refills on drinks and asked twice for carafe iof water - that I ended up getting from the bar myself. It was awful. Even our go to regular food one was great and the other plate horrible. This is not even close to how bad it actually was.

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RE
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Been a Little Italy staple since 1955, get the Bookmaker salad and pasta, pasta, pasta. Yes this is a real Italian meal, you will love the bread and the sauce.

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B
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always reliable, a "go to" place. You'll always get tasty food at a good price with competent service. We go in of-hours to avoid the crowd and usually can find parking on the street

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice thank you guys

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TH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a delicious dinner, the service was just great. I can't wait to go back!

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Sabatino's has been our go to restaurant in Little Italy for over 30 years. We've always enjoyed the warm reception, the family-like service and tasty meals. The service has not changed but the quality of the food sure has. We shared an order of the hot seafood antipasto which was watered down. The lobster had no flavor at all. We also shared some clams casino which was dry and over cooked. each of our pasta dishes were bland and the pasta was over done to the point it was mushy. Even the bookmaker salad was watery. Sad to experience this at what was once an icon of the Baltimore restaurant business.

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BO
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming here for many many years. I can always count on the service, food and ambience!!!

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MD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bookmaker salad was excellent, so was the cannoli!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Waitress was friendly and food came out very quickly. The selection of food was good, but the taste wasn't anything remarkable. Would consider eating there again - just not for restaurant week.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable all the way around

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Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Disappointing. We went for lunch during restaurant week. I was super excited about the menu and had my order all picked out.
Upon entering the restaurant, there is no signage to the hostess stand, which is tucked away up some stairs and around a corner. The décor is dated and a bit shabby.
The Italian bread came out w/some frozen butter pats. Keep it around, you'll want it. I ordered the clams casino which came out stinky and reheated. I sent them back and got a salad instead. Pretty basic, but fresh. My entrée was veal saltimbocca. The breaded veal was a tiny portion, dotted w/a few pieces of prosciutto, covered in melted cheese (the highlight of the dish), drowning in a salty pan sauce. It came w/a medium size side of spaghetti in a red sauce (I took this home to my husband). Dessert was tortoni ice cream, which was served very frozen, so hard to get your spoon into, but it was delicious.
The service was good.
Would I go back? Never. There are too many good restaurants in Little Italy to visit.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real highlight of our trip
We been coming here for 20 years during the mid Atlantic nurseryman trade show. Once again the food was delicious, fast and reasonably priced. All Serve with a smile and a welcoming atmosphere

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been coming here since I was a small child. Food has been consistently good. Love the garlic bread and house salad dressing.

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