Sapore Italiano

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$30 and under
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Italian

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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viplovetoeat
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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ClarisaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservations on Valentine’s Day and the place was so packed and crowded that I couldn’t even get through the crowd to check in. It was madness. Poor operational planning on the restaurant’s end. Don’t allow people to make reservations when your restaurant can’t handle it, totally defeats the purpose.

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Foodie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent Food. Loved my arugula salad with Shaved fennel, oranges and champagne dressing. Because it was Valentine's day...it was packed and noisy. Also generous but unusual they were not serving dessert just giving free tiramisu to go. It would have been nice to sit, talk be romantic...but I understand they were trying to get as many people in as possible. We were out in 45 minutes.

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TerryB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!!

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LCMUNCH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorite restaurants! Always excellent, we’ve never been disappointed! We went for an early Valentines Day dinner and it was the best ever! Thank you Sapore for always being spot on!

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vippeterc
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Best Rustica I have ever had.
Will return for sure

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fast and friendly service and a charming atmosphere. An overall wonderful dining experience for me and my team!!

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vipDavidA
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good meal which we would try again.

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JamesB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really really great! Will go back here many times!

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Emjay
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

After posting a sub-par comment of my experience in January, the owner of Sapore immediately contacted me and apologized for the experience I had and offered us to come back for a complimentary dinner. We spoke and he fully explained what happened. I appreciated the learning curve he was experiencing with his new help.

I revisited the restaurant with my wife this time and met the owner. Our experience was so much better this time. The service was extremely good, the food was excellent. My wife had the salmon and I had the prawns.Both were sensational and were generous portions too. I will leave what I first wrote below, but want to share that the owner and his team were so kind to make up for the bad experience and this has definitely changed our mind about Sapore.


Haven't been to Sapore for a few years. When we came in and asked for our reserved table we had 3 (not 2; 1 would suffice) people ask us if we wished to be seated. Yes, sounds nice, but it was evident there was very poor communication among the staff. When we sat down we initially had 2 people ask us if we wanted something to drink. What was troublesome, again, is no one knew what the other was doing. Finally we had multiple staff ask us for our orders. C'mon!

My dish was "okay". Linguine Vongole, not much to criticize. Pasta was fine but really no spices. Many tiny little clams and some broken shells as if they were dumped into the dish first, and then the pasta.

Finally, what really annoyed me was as the dinner time got more crowded ( we had a 515-520pm seating) another person, not any of the 3 waiters we encountered, came to drop the bill on our table. No request for dessert! Sorry, this was truly insulting. Would love the manager to see and respond!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants on the Peninsula!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post holiday celebration

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vipService
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Husband’s Birthday celebration was delicious & friendly environment with best slice of lemon birthday cake!

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FrankH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great waiter. We had 7:00pm reservations, we arrived on time and we were seated right away. What better service!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter s BD

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Willette
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

everything WAS VERY GOOD. The only thing that bothered me was that we were seated at the very last table next to the kitchen with a view of the 2 back tables that weren't cleaned up. Not the most wonderful view....but will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food you can count on.

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vipRobertM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been eating there for over 18 years....one of the best places in Burlingame, Elio the owner is a trus friend and great man.....the staff all know me and my wife (whole family also)....I will continue to eat at Sapore until I'm dead and buried...:)

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vipOliviaG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner & good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining here, but it will not be my last! My son and I celebrated Christmas Eve here. The food was delicious and the service was good. Angie was the perfect host and made sure we were well taken care of! It was beautifully decorated for the holidays which made for great ambience. It was a bit noisy but that wouldn’t keep me from going again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good. They can get packed so make a reservation.

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DonaldS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good time....we closed the place and never mentioned a word to wrap it up.

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Hollyb
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have eaten at Sapore on two occasions before and it was pretty good. This last visit I had a fish dish that I was not happy with. Some of the scale/skin was left on the fish and there were bones as well that I had to try to pick around. I do not want to have to deal with that in the event I accidentally swallow any and getting them stuck in my throat.

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vipMargot
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Noise level was beyond manageable. We had sore throats from having to practically yell within our party of four! I asked twice for oregano and it never arrived. Food was good but not great.

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JulieP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Always love coming here.

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vipShelly5459
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Comments from owner and waitress that they were quite busy!
You don’t tell customers that are excited to come to your restaurant this!
It’s the holidays! What would one expect!!
Food delicious but not hot

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DeborahBD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything about the restaurant is just fine - food, service, atmosphere, and when we went (outside of busy hours) it was quiet, one of my top criteria for a restaurant. Not too many vegetarian options and almost nothing vegan.

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Joyr19501949
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As first timers at this restaurant, it was a pleasant gastronomic experience!! The food was excellent and the bread was perfect. The waitress Julia was exceptional!! Will be back for sure!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Owners love the customer. Always feel welcome and known. Truly a cozy environment and delicious food. Salmon superb. Ps get new printed menus.

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pattyF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were looking for a place to have an Italian dinner and found this restaurant thru Open Table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was great, but it was difficult to enjoy the meal with my family as the restaurant was quite noisy. We were sat in the back where the door was kept open so there was a chilly draft. Our server lacked presents. Examples are handing appetizers to someone in our party, when it should have been placed In center for the entire table and we had to repeat ourselves multiple times when talking to her at times which was frustrating. She lacked common sense.

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vippaulr
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place for Italian comfort food. Their pastas are excellent, among the best in our area. The fish is always excellent and the Rigatoni Rustica is unmatched anywhere. The servers are fast, competent and friendly.

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mtm000
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently took clients to celebrate a home purchase. Sapore is always THE place. Food, service and ambiance - excellent!

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best italian food in the bay area! No exaggeration

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vipdebraB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food! Wonderful pastas and other dishes. Very generous pours on the booze. Helpful wait staff. I’d come back!

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vipsffood18
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent salmon, lovely setting, great salads, would return again.

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NinaK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious and our service was very good... For a local neighborhood restaurant - it is truly a joy!

Also, reasonably priced....

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BDeA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy this restaurant whether we go as a couple or with a family group or with friends -- Good food, pleasant service, relaxing location.

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vipMMG1
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

We went on a week night. The ambiance was pretty bland - maybe because it wasn't quite dark yet and the place was not too busy that the decor was so obvious. It could use more festive decor. The food was good, but not great. I feel the caesar salad had too much dressing. The chicken took too long to cook. It took a while to get the food as a result. The kids pasta was not that kid friendly - too many big chunks of tomato versus a puree. Service was very attentive and friendly. Prices were high given I was not impressed with food or ambiance.

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Jared413
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food served quickly in a place run by Italians.
We had gone to Sapore a month or two before and had some sort of prepared dish and a pizza. The prepared dish was amazingly good and the pizza was B-.
Took two friends there Friday last, and it was excellent (no pizza this time).
I had a sautee'd fish and two had the prawns. Everyone was happy.
The waitress (and her minion) were efficient and unobtrusive.
I had an affogato for desert and was happy. Four dinner w desert and one glass of wine at a good price.

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Sapore Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 348-3277.

Sapore Italiano is rated 4.5 stars by 693 OpenTable diners.

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