Sabatino's

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$30 and under
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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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KK
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting Baltimore and had the pleasure of dining at Sabatino’s. I was greeted at the door and taken to a nice table by the window. I ordered the fried mozzarella and eggplant parmigiana both were delicious. On a recommendation of a previous review I ordered the garlic bread, it’s delicious. The service was excellent. I hope after this Corona virus mess that people go and support these small businesses because they need your help to survive.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food, our waitress, Peaches was excellent

KM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our waitress Lauren was great. I had a really nice time

OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food was excellent

MJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great experience!! Love the lasagna, best ever

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The place was great accommodating our loud toddlers. Food was ok. Not sure if it's better than the other restaurants in Little Italy with similar menus. Our server, Billy, was excellent. One big complaint is the valets who stand right outside the door do not open the door to the restaurant if you are coming in or when they see you exiting. Even if it's not part of their job description they could be courteous and open the door.

BH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Chicken parmigiana was overpriced, too firm, not enjoyable to eat. The spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs was a better experience- I was happy with this. House salad dressing lacked much flavor, just too thick and cheesy. Service was not attentive- entered and exited room without acknowledging our table during and after the meal; had to waive down a different server to take care of the check and was never offered dessert or after dinner drinks. Overall felt we overpaid, on a Saturday night no less. I expected top service and top food for the price. Disappointed.

T
Baltimore
94 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time we go to Sabatino’s Restaurant, we are greeted kindly, have family-friendly service and fabulous food.

BS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I have been going here for over 35 years. I still love this place, but they have made no updates to the dining experience.

L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was amazing. The ambience was beautiful. Our waiter was incredible. The food and portions were phenomenal. Authentic Italian Food, at its best. My birthday was wonderful. We got the baked Gnocchi and Chicken Alfredo. It was truly the best we've ever had. We have found our NEW spot.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Party of 8, great service and a fantastic atmosphere to celebrate a birthday, would recommend

BH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable venue for excellent Italian food, service, and value.

WL
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Can't go wrong with (in my experience) eggplant parmesan with veal, pan fried shrimp parm, and my husband craves shrimp Renato. Good is excellent, service is almost always great. Restaurant is a throw back to yesteryear... But I come for the food, not the ambiance.

C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service was too quick, food was average in taste and quality; portions were nice size.

MS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go every year for the anniversary of our first date. Always enjoy our dining experience.

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was horrible. It made me wonder how they have been able to stay in business all this time. The salad was bag lettuce. I expect fresh cut lettuce. The pasta had standing water in the bowl. I won't go back.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Very disappointing dining experience! We have eaten in several restaurants in Baltimore’s Little Italy and haven’t had a bad meal...until now. The food was just not good at all. My daughter ordered a steak and while it was a generous portion and cooked to proper temperature , it was the worst steak We’ve ever tasted.....no seasoning, no flavor, poor presentation. I mean, how can you screw up a steak? My husbands veal saltimboca was very tough and chewy. The portion was small. My shrimp dish was mediocre at best. I would not recommend this restaurant at all.
Sincerely, your friends from Jersey

TM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was as good an eating experience as we expected. Highly recommend Sabs.

BR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We hadn't been since high school over 20 years ago.

TG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We were sat in the bar area at 6 pm on a Saturday. We were the only ones sat in this area until 7:15 pm. It was grand central station. Loud, servers calling for bar drinks and walking back and forth through the tables. Why we were sat there when they had so many other dining rooms is beyond me? You pay $95 for a meal for two people, you expect to eat in a restaurant with a bit of ambience - which it looked like the other rooms had.

It made the good food disappointing because all I could focus on was how much server activity was in that area. Bummer!

Oh - final mention - garlic bread is SPICY - as it has red pepper flakes on it. No mention on the menu and our server didn’t even know. If you are going to tout your bread as being the best ever - you might want to tell people it has red pepper flakes in the herb mixture. About blew my head off! Another bummer!

DR
Baltimore
333 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family dinner celebrating Valentine's Day! Our server Dotious was great - friendly, efficient and took care of everything! Our food as always was excellent...I dream about the Bookmaker Salad between visits! Highly recommend! It's most excellent that you can count on your favorites not changing!

A
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

In years past, we had a 5 star experience. This year, the experience was 3 star. Needs a fresh decor, clean bathrooms, energetic staff. Ministrone was sent back. Shrimp were good, large portions, garlic bread was just okay.

J
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice old time Italian restaurant that needs a little updating. Overall, everything was average. Our greeters were very friendly. The table service was ok but lacked some details that we overheard other patrons getting. The food was good but bland. I hate saying bland, as it sounds so generic and of personal opinion, but our group of 5 all agreed. I would give it another try but in no hurry to do so.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waiting over 30 minutes to be seated which was acceptable but then waited an additional 30 minutes and our waiter never came back to take our order. We were brought bread and water. It was Valentines weekend and our anniversary. We told the older gent who had sat us in the upstairs area and he did apologize. As we were leaving, we told the other older gent who was wearing a red sweater and was initially taking the names of the reservations, and he just shrugged and said nothing. I find it hard to believe this is family owned and has been open so many years. I did read reviews that many said it has been going downhill in recent years but my husband did like the menu. My first impression of the older gent with the red sweater was not one of warmth, “welcome to my home” kind of feel that we get in Little Italy in New York. That is where we are originally from. We were so disappointed that we never ate dinner on our anniversary. We even took a 930pm reservation, hoping it would not be so crowded and overwhelming and it wasn’t. It was just poor service and understaffed. I would never recommend this place and will tell the hotel that we are staying at that also.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor food. Everything freezer or can quality and flavorless. Pasta in oil was mainly water and gross

H
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I understand Valentine’s day is a busy day for restaurants, but the experience we had here was just terrible. We made a reservation for 9 PM, we were not seated until 9:35/9:40. From then our waitress only spoke maybe 3 sentences to us, and we genuinely felt like she treated us poorly for no good reason. She was an older woman in a seemingly bad mood towards us, even though we were not impolite and didn’t complain once about the hour wait for our food once we actually had the chance to order. The tables were extremely close together, it felt cramped and uncomfortable in the restaurant, and the food was not good enough to warrant the prices charged at all, as it had next to no flavor. When we finally received and finished our meals, I politely asked if we were to get dessert, would the wait be comparable to the wait for dinner. Our waitress responded rudely with “No no no there’s no wait for a dessert” and looked at us like we were crazy or like we hadn’t just waited an hour for our entrees. I will not revisit this restaurant, hopefully their normal service isn’t this bad for the people who go on non holidays.

C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took my wife here for a date to celebrate Valentines Day. Our reservations were for 8:30 and we arrived at 8. Understandably, they were running behind on seating and there was a long line. The gentleman at the front door was polite and did his best, so it was about 8:45 when we were actually seated. Not too bad. It was really good that the patrons took the situation in stride and that no harsh words were spoken to make matters worse.
We had the mussels in the white sauce but the sauce was too heavy. My wife had the Fettuccine Felicia which was excellent. I had the rigatoni which, also, was very good. The place was packed and it was a little noisy, but again, under the circumstances, understandable. Service was attentive.
1 cocktail and a half carafe of the house red wine (good) total tab just shy of $100.
All things considered, we’ll definitely return on a quiet evening in the near future.

MM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Will go back eventually to give it another chance... but not on Valentine's Day or any special occasion. The place was excessively overbooked...crowd outside (about 15 couples) all with the same 8pm reservation time. Took over an hour to be seated with a reservation...but I gave it slack since it was Valentine's. Biggest upset was the service. Waitress was obviously drained and tired for the day..... and unfortunately she took it on us... had to complain about her attitude to management. Food did not come out until after 10pm... a whole 1 hour after we sat down. When food came out, the pasta that came with my dish is no where to be found... waited another 10 minutes to get (after complaining). Don't bother asking for more bread and condiments like crush pepper, you might get your waitress upset.
Management and bartender were however very polite, professional and apologetic.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Valentine's day. Full house. Great food. Great server.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Meatballs were outstanding.

PD
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was great but the service wasn’t very good. The server really seemed to care.

B
Baltimore
107 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone at Sabatino’s was so welcoming and helpful. A very nice dinner. It was Valentines Day, so very busy. The food was very good but the pace of the meal was wrong. Our salads arrived and within 60 seconds, our entrees arrived. Worse yet, my entree arrived luke warm. The apologetic waiter had the meal remade. All in all an acceptable experience, but we think the hectic evening set the restaurant and its kitchen off its usual competence.

R
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great red sauce Italian food. Chicken parm, baked Ziti, baked cheese sticks, and salads fantastic. Waitress was helpful and made sure we did not order too much. Grand daughter 11 thought all food was great. She can be selective on what she eats. It an old Italian restaurant which is what we like. Gone there many times over the past many years.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Food was tremendous.

RJ
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very disappointed, most of issue was not the food except that a super small portion of pasta. Service was marginal from the moment we walked in the door. Was planning on getting engaged this day , but the mood wasn’t great .

CP
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed Sabatino's, a Little Italy icon. Our waitress, Peachy, took great care of us and the food was excellent. I love the Bookmaker's chopped salad.

H
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately our experience at this restaurant was not nearly as good as it had been in years past. Well I’ve not been there for at least five years, I didn’t expect such a big change in quality of food and quality of service. There certainly is opportunity here for improvement and get back to where you once were.

CR
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was good! I would have like a better selection of drinks, they didn’t have ginger beer to make a mule! The food was good and plenty of it at a generous low cost! I noticed the restaurant could use a update! The gentlemen at the door greeted us with a friendly welcome and hugs were given upon leaving!

5
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, food and price.