Sapore Italiano

4.3
579 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic

Sapore Italiano is a relaxed Italian eatery known for its tasty bread and hearty cuisine. The restaurant serves everything, from pizzas and salads, to veal scaloppine Marsala and tiger prawns with a basil and white wine sauce.

Try Sapore Italiano's homemade meat lasagna or signature insalata Sapore with greens, chicken breast, raisins and sliced apples in a balsamic vinaigrette for lunch. Sapore Italiano's dinner menu includes irresistible antipasti like carpaccio Veneto with raw beef, shaved Parmesan, arugula, Dijon mustard, olive oil and lemon. The restaurant's rigatoni with ground sausage and vegetarian pizza are both standout dishes. A large wine list includes a nice variety of Italian and Californian wines. Sapore Italiano also serves gluten-free and whole wheat pastas.

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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Dessert
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 348-3277
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Angelo Cucco
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Catering
Private party catering for over 20 people. Call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
El Camino Real
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Parking details
Metered parking is available on Burlingame Ave. and behind the restaurant. Free parking after 6:00 pm.
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Public transit
Caltrain - Burlingame Station. Head West on Burlingame Ave., restaurant will be on the left side of the street. Next to Walgreens/Safeway.
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Entertainment
One television located at the bar and another television upstairs in the private dining area.
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Special events & promotions
Please join us for… Birthdays, Anniversary, Baby shower, Bridal shower, Graduation, Wedding Reception and any other special event that you would like to celebrate with us.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The culmination of experience, expertise, and passion for fine food has resulted in the warm atmosphere and exceptional service that is Sapore Italiano. Book your party in one of our two private rooms and we'll help you create a dining experience your guests are sure to remember.

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What 579 People Are Saying
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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Waiter was just okay.

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Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stay at the San Francisco airport Marriott waterfront hotel whenever we travel out of SFO. This restaurant is a short drive from the hotel and we always eat here the night before flying out. We generally have friends meet us here as well. It’s consistently excellent Italian food (and authentic).

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Birthday - no candle nothing. Had to go to bar to get our drinks as service was horrible.

Had to ask for water refill. No one checked in on us.

Bread was great!

As there are a lot of Italian restaurants in the are I probably won’t go back and would not recommend it to anyone.

Food was mediocre for price.

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h
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

I love this restaurant, I had business meeting lunch, dinner with my colleagues, dinner with friends. I recommend to many diplomat friends, the food is great.

But on the 6/17/18, I was very angry with the service, the waiters/waitress took our foods and put it on a wrong table! but after sometime the other table told them that it was not their food, so they brought it to our table.
Imagine? When it came to our table was already cold, I was about to react very angry but for the sake of my family I stoped myself. Then When I want to pay for my bill, asked three people and waited for all most an hour very bad...

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t
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, service is very professional and Elio the owner makes everyone feel so
welcome!
We love it! Our friends do too!
Catering is an added bonus!

Keep it up!

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D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bland tasting food, including spaghetti, pizza, calamari. Service failed as server was unattentive. Upstairs was hot, dark, poor ambiance. One of the worst restaurants ever!

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M
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

When traveling, one way to tell if a restaurant is good is by how many locals are eating there. From what I could tell, we were the only non-locals at Sapore the night went! The staff and the customers seemed to know each other very well, which I feels says a lot.

The food was delicious! Came out piping hot, obviously freshly made. Great selection - beyond the typical Italian restaurant choices, which I greatly appreciated.

Highly recommend!

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Pasta sauces are so delicious never disappointed

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M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great friendly service🖒🖒🖒🖒🖒

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W
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good Dirty Martinis! And Eggplant Lasagna. The upstairs is pretty nice to sit and people watch.

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SL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place in Burlingame

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great, delicious meal. Ordered pasta Rustica, very flavorful and filling.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went at an odd time. 2pm. Place was empty, but food was great!

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel here for work, but it’s one of my favorite places to eat. The hardest thing when traveling is not being able to take some home

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Excellent spinach stuffed ravioli. Disappointed in the “folded pasta sheet” stuffed with”vegetables.” Only vegetable was mushrooms and sauce was very bland.

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ML
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place a little hard to get reservations. They have a great bartender and the
food is always wonderful

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Friendly staff

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b
San Francisco
220 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hard to beat for excellent home made pasta specials, attentive but not intrusive service and a very congenial atmosphere!

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CV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Had a reservation on Valentine’s Day that I had made many hours prior to arriving for our dinner. Couldn’t even get past the giant line of people that were cramped in the doorway to talk to a host. When I finally forced myself ahead he said it was going to be a 30 minute wait. We left.

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had to wait a bit but it was Valentine's Day. Great Waiter and great food.

Location is perfect on Burlingame Ave.

Check it out for good Italian.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our go to restaurants.. Ambiance, Food Service all excellent.

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b
San Francisco
220 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic home-made Italian cuisine wonderfully prepared with excellent, not intrusive service!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Veal was very good. Would prefer with served with ravioli/pasta vs. potato

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

So disappointed. Lunch crowd was small, yet the service was terrible. Waiter acted like he was doing a favor waiting on us. Lunch prices a bit high as well.

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n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Noisy and a lot of traffic through the dining area

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place

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San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Have to admit we didn’t have a great first experience. I asked for a quiet table and we were seated dead center in a noisy restaurant. Started off with a mixed up drink order (beer and Cabernet, not Chardonnay). Then the wrong salads were delivered. Lastly we got the wrong bill! No apologies just craziness. The menu was changed for New Years Eve but not forecast online. Very expensive for ok food and little atmosphere and mediocre waitstaff.

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RA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Main course came before the appetizers. Therefore we cancelled the order for the appetizers. It took to long for the food to get to our table, same for several tables. Service just took too long.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Been here many times, always good food. Service level was off tonight, perhaps due to the holidays

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NJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good Italian food - and our waiter Oscar was pleasant and efficient and also made a great recommendation on the pasta dish

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LO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine 🍷. Noisy, though. Lovely staff.

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b
San Francisco
219 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderfully prepared home made Italian entrees, attentive service and reasonable prices make Sapore Italiano something of an undiscovered treasure! In the world of "flashier Burlingame Avenue restaurants" Sapore can get a little lost but don't mistake "flash and a scene" for good food at reasonable prices!

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BA
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious locally owned authentic Italian food. Delicious raviolis, salads, and meat dishes.

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OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Several times when I had dinner at this restaurant the waiter would bring the main course before the appetizers/soup are finished

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great as always. Waitress was exceptional even though it looked to us that staff was lacking on a Friday night

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L
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meatballs and SACCHETTO VEGETARIANO. Enjoyed it.

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b
San Francisco
219 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authentic home made Italian specialties combined w an attentive but not intrusive staff.

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JE
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We asked for the salad dressing to be put on the side, but the salad came dressed. The pasta was drenched in too much sauce and the pizza dough was very tough. Only the gnocchi was good. The service was attentive at the beginning, but servers were not available at the end of our meal. The noise level was deafening.

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DF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! We had the gnocchi, spinach ravioli and the cacio de pepe gnocchetti. All three were exceptional!

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