Sapore Italiano

4.5
588 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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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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 588 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sapore has been a family favorite for many years. Consistently good service + imaginative menu items.
The menu for daily specials adds a variety of items for regular diners. Fun spot for weekday special lunches + cozy, comfortable venue for dinner.

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T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our second time at Sapore. The food is very good, but with service being so slow, it was hard to enjoy the dining experience. Also the noise level was off the charts.

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II
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sapore provides good value, well-prepared food and attentive service. We go there for lunch many times and are seldom if ever disappointed.

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G
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A good Italian restaurant that stands out, in a town full of them. I don’t usually go to Italian restaurants, because I find them typically uninteresting, following a formula. But Sapore is different - a smaller space, efficient and relaxed service, good wine, wall art of Italian scenes, good food. They have all the usual Italian meals, that are great, and add some choices outside the norm. If you want the Caesar salad, fettuccini bolognese, it’s here! If you want something a little different, it’s hrre too.

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SK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We have been to Sapore many times over the last few years and were very disappointed with the service. We had to wait well over an hour for our dinner after ordering. The food was very good, but the wait was not acceptable.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good authentic Italian food for the family. Good flavour portions and value.

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OT
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The gnocchi gorgonzola was great and so was the spinach and cheese ravioli

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SF
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb, we will be back I’m certain!! The food was fabulous, the service was impeccable and the menu selections were absolutely perfect!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, and not too pricey. We had kid's with us and they had a kid's menu that made it perfect for a family!

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Waiter was just okay.

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OT
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
18 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
5 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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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OT
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
223 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
223 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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KN
San Francisco
2 reviews
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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place

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F
San Francisco
34 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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JE
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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