Sabatino's

4.2
2224 Reviews
$30 and under
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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DelawareKelly
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic!! The bookmaker salad is the absolute best!! Chicken parm and the baked rigatoni out of this world!! Service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m from out of town and used to live in the Baltimore area ii go back many years that the family has been going there. It’s skill just as good as it was many years ago. Everyone just enjoyed the food and the atmosphere

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WilliamF
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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Player9
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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CoryH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food

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JohnR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were outstanding! Would definitely come back!

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vipValiant1000
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good Italian fare and typical old fashion Italian Restaurant. Good food and reasonable prices. Will definitely go back when in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great old fashioned Italian dining experience. Sabatinos still delivers after all of these years. Yes, the dining room and restroom may have seen better days, but it feels nostalgic and comforting. The food and service was top notch. Haven’t been there in years but it didn’t disappoint. Best eggplant parm ever!

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partyof5
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We walked in and were greeted by the host who had our reservation hand written in a spiral notebook which was our first indication of the old time charm. After being “brusquely” escorted to our table in the midst of a crowded room we knew the old time charm was authentic. Our waitresses may have been with the restaurant since the beginning of this establishment as they were knowledgeable about the menu. We had 2 large parties seated near us and the waitresses and servers constantly buzzed by us and we needed to move our seats again and again to stay out of their way and did feel like we were imposing on their ability to do their jobs. The noise level was very high. Apps and main course all came at once (we waited a while) and our small table was filled with a lot of cold food that was sitting in the kitchen far too long. My chicken parm may have been tasty had it been served when hot but the cheese formed a very tough barrier to the chicken beneath. The shrimp cocktail was the same room temp as the entrees. When we finally asked for the check the sweet waitresses really wanted us to wrap all of our uneaten food while they pushed the desserts. We enjoyed ourselves despite the chaos as we were entertained by the extreme hustle and bustle of the wait staff who tried to please. We all agreed that a mid week dinner here when things were slower would present a better experience

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vipEasyP
Washington DC
198 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Came for a bookmakers salad and simple Italian fair. Food was good as always. I think the server we had was split between 2 rooms so our service was a bit poor. I think management is at fault for this. Not our server. Only downside to our visit this time. We have been dining here for decades.

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Mindy
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sabatino’s is my all time favorite. The food is fantastic and the staff make you feel at home.

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JuAnHy
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Got in right at tome of reservation. One of our party of 4 had special requirements and it took awhile for that meal to arrive. I expected crusty bread with olive oil & parmesan but it was generic white French bread with butter. The gnocchi melts in your mouth. Caesar salad plenty for 3 or 4.
Server seemed harried/distracted and it was very early for dinner. House red cab was good.

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Mark
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bland food. No spices at all in sauce. Calamari also had little taste.

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JessicaT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect ending to our visit to Baltimore. Food was delicious, service was prompt and friendly. Atmosphere was relaxing.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been in a years, place still amazes me how wonderful they are.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The place needs an upgrade to its food and interior.
People are very nice but found the food to be sub-par.
The bathrooms not the cleanest. The whole interior needs updating.. looks stuck in the 70’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Double sided garlic bread was awesome, entrees were average

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was terrible. We sent everything back and left the restaurant. Do not go here!!!

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Moo19
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible inedible food!

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AdinaG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First time eating here and I will NEVER go back again. After being seated it took a while for our waitress to take our order. My friend attempted to order the chicken noodle soup and the waitress literally said “you don’t want that, it’s so salty it’s unbearable”. Then when I tried to order the lasagna she said the same thing “you don’t want that, it’s honestly not the best dish on the menu. I’d hate for you to get something you didn’t like and then have to send it back”. Ok, went with the veal parmigiana instead which was absolutely flavorless! The veal cuts were tough and hard to chew, the only thing I liked about it was the sauce. The noodles came in a separate bowl, was over cooked and wasn’t even hot! The bread was store bought, the butter was wrapped in foil and not spreadable and the salads looked like something you would get straight from a bag at Walmart! Our waitress didn’t even come to see if we needed anything else until we were ready for the check. Very disappointing! They need to lower the prices for the cafeteria food they serve there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My steps dads bday dinner. He enjoyed

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vipCB17
Baltimore
43 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Sabatino's is the traditional Italian red-sauce restaurant in the heart of Little Italy in Baltimore. Nice sized drinks, great menu selection, excellent food. Best red sauce around. The rooms are small, and on Saturday nights, they pack people in. Service was average, we've had faster service before, but we were not unhappy, unlike the couple seated behind us who were obviously annoyed at their server for being ignored. But it was a Saturday night and their busiest night. My Clams Casino and Veal Parm were excellent, served hot, my wife's pasta was just as good. Parking is easy, as their is a $5 parking garage right around the corner. Best Italian in Baltimore!

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cindyt
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow and seemed annoyed he had to wait on us.

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Cjg012
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! The service was fantastic, our wa8ter was very attentive and personable. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice night out.

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vipPhillyFilly
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eight friends and I from out of state chose Sabatino's for a long awaited reunion dinner while we were all in Baltimore, and enjoyed a wonderful evening here. The service was warm and attentive throughout the evening. We started out with an assortment of appetizers - mussels, clams casino and calamari - with their terrific bread, and then enjoyed a wonderful dinner. We were in a smaller room making it very homey, and admired the ambiance and warm decor. Our appreciation to the waitstaff and to Reneto and special thanks to Lisa.

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nycDeke
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Old style Italian food—lots of red sauce. Lots. But the sauce is a very good one—not too thick with a fresh, tomato taste. Servings range from adequate to ample. Service is casual but courteous, attentive and efficient. This type of food is not my favorite, but it sure is good to have now and then. I would definitely go here again.

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vipLoriS
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

If you’re looking for really old school Italian (basic) it’s fine. Portions ok (some a bit small) shrimp & mussels were over cooked (2 separate dinners), decor definitely seen better days.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress, food was excellent. The restaurant was very busy but everything was great. Great to see the restaurant is doing well. One of our favorite places.

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CycleRob
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Italian that continues to earn its well deserved reputation.

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RitaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We drove an hour to enjoy a bookmaker salad. It was wonderful as always. Portions are very generous, dinner was delicious and always tastes home made.
Special consideration was given for handicapped member of our party.
We love this place and hope to return soon.

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PaulaD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought in 3 clients (author's) for a conference and were looking for a nice sit down restaurant for a relaxing dinner after working all day.
Our waitress "Peachy" did a fantastic job and we enjoyed hearing that she is also an author.
The food was amazing!! The wine...even better.
We highly recommend Sabatino's!

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BillG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Waitress was not very attentive, perhaps she had too many patrons.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We recently moved from Maryland to Arizona. We couldn’t wait to come home and enjoy all our long time favorites. Sabatino’s did not disappoint! The food was amazing. I love the consistency of this restaurant. The sauce is delicious and the bookmaker salad is to die for! Honestly, I could drink that homemade dressing! Our waitress was Peach and She is as authentic as Little Italy. We enjoyed her as much as the meal.

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ShannonS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I haven't been to Sabs in over a decade and missed it. Now, I know I do not need to return for awhile. While the waitress made sure our dishes came out quickly, they were less than flavorful, my grilled chicken in my pasta tasted "off," there is no other word to describe it, and both dishes did not have much of a taste. The waitress was nowhere to be found, leaving us wanting drink refills and needing to pay, with the bill being taken care of incorrectly. All in all, while I love to support small businesses and Little Italy, I will think twice before coming back to Sabs again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Ask for Peachy...Excellent server!

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Theresa
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All time favorite in Little Italy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Lasagna had sour ricotta cheese in it. Staff didn’t seem to care. Slow service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food is bland, covered in cheese. Service was quick but not attentive. Too 40 music playing does not fit. Only went there because La Scala was booked. No comparison.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iv been going to Sabatino’s for 40 years. Love it. Total comfort food that is great with a well trained staff and very good prices.

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ERIC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sabatino's never disappoints, great atmosphere, awesome service and the food speaks for itself.

FAQs

Sabatino's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 727-2667.

Sabatino's is rated 4.2 stars by 2224 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.