Sapori Italian Restaurant – Marina del Rey

4.5
262 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Come to our restaurant in the early evening and watch a beautiful sunset while munching on some appetizers like our pan-fried shrimp and sipping on some Italian Sauvignon Blanc. For a main course try our Branzino fish with some sautéed vegetables. Then to finish off a delicious meal and a beautiful night try our Zabaglione with fresh strawberries and a pastry. You will not be disappointed!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30/10:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 821-1740
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pierpaolo Mattei
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Private party contact
Stefano Baccianella: (310) 821-1740
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Catering
We do offer catering services, please call for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lincoln Blvd
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Parking details
Two hours free with validation. Make sure to park straight between the white lines and pull in forward, or risk getting a ticket from the county parking enforcement.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 262 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My girlfriend and I had a very delicious lunch and the service was good, we ate outside on the patio, it was 12 o’clock and was not busy yet on a Sunday! We had a long lunch but nobody was rushing us to get out of there which we appreciated.

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A
Palm Springs
77 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good flavored food items, just not sure if everything was prepared fresh to order. Pasta dish was a very basic tomato sauce with very little spice to it at all. Needed more Italian spices. Wife had the chicken dish which was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very efficient and friendly. The excellent food just upped the level to an already great evening.

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DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in LA and my go-to for special occasions and to make out of town guests happy and satisfied

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DD
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose this restaurant because we had dined there previously on a few occasions. It was just as good as we remembered and although we sat inside, we might give outdoors a try next time. Delicious!

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WP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Grouchy host, not accommodating. Service was slow - big price - not big value. Won't be back.

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M
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance- ocean view in MDR. Service was great- just wish food was. My grilled Jumbo Wild prawns were medium sized at best and very difficult to take out of the shells bc so small. My husbands lobster risotto was average. But sitting outside with a view was worth it!!

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. It was authentic Italian cooking! We were visiting from the East Coast and found this gem of a restaurant. Meal was freshly made, outdoor dining was beautiful.

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c
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service today was accommodating and attentive. they took the trouble to cool the wine for me.
Parking is validated and there is plenty of room.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food. Great service, though they're a little understaffed. Only complaint is that it was a bit warm inside. Tight quarters and the patio doors closest to us were closed. Still highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Food was delicious. Service was great.

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JM
Charleston
57 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. Try the Lemon ice in a Lemon for dessert - excellent

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T
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little bit disorganized but that made them truly Italian. Very charming and great food.

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JP
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fisherman's Village is so wonderful and lunch at Sapori makes it even better.
Good food, friendly service and music on Sunday afternoons.
Our favorite way to spend a Sunday!

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TK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambiance
I look forward to my next visit

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CB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came across this place while staying near the airport before a flight. We were a family of 5 and they were very accommodating for our little one. The food was very good and the service was excellent. The prices were reasonable given the location. We would definitely go back and recommend this spot if you are.lookibg for good Italian by the marina.

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b
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good, owner is on top of his restaurant,

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BL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a family of 5 from Toronto stuck waiting for 7 hours between flights from L.A. to Toronto. Knowing this, I booked a dinner reservation in advance to travel to Marina Del Rey for the late afternoon and evening and was hoping for a nice dining experience near enough to the airport. This worked out really well because the Uber was a short 15-20 minutes drive to Sapori and we were by the water and enjoying an authentic Italian dinner. The memories created to end our 2 week vacation were etched in memory for ever! We'd love to thank the staff and the chef for an amazing evening of dining. The food was delicious and authentic and the portions generous. The wine list was extensive enough. The desserts and coffee a terrific end to our meal. The staff were accommodating and friendly and polite. I would recommend Sapori to anyone who's visiting the area to pay a visit and enjoy all that the restaurant has to offer. Thanks again Sapori for helping us make a memory that will last forever! Hope to see you soon...

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MJ
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often go to this lovely restaurant on the water in MDR. The food is great and the personal touch with service is amazing

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Thought the service was lacking, the food was poor quality and the owner was extremely rude. I would highly recommend going somewhere else. I eat out all the time and was one of the worst Restuarants I’ve ever been too.

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KK
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful restaurant with a nice view and yummy food!

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w
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I was here for a business meal. There were 6 of us. 4 people really enjoyed their meal and 2 did not at all. The specials were incredible. We had the burrata prosciutto special appetizer. The salads were very bitter. Too much arugula and nothing to mellow that flavor. The grilled chicken was the best part of the salad even though it was quite dry. Everyone seemed to enjoy their pasta. Their house choice for Pinot Grigio was very nice. The patio view is on of the best the marina. The staff was attentive and accommodating.

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JH
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good and reasonably priced. Lasagna was excellent. I had the appetizer special -veal stuffed zucchini. It needed a sauce or more seasoning as I thought overall it was very bland.

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AZ
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian, very well ran with scenic marina view.

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I
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had not been to Sapori in years and had good memories of it.The view of the marina is lovely and the decor is also attractive. It was very loud, even though it was half empty and other guests were not particularly loud-it is the acoustics. So, if you want to have conversation, this may not be the best restaurant for that. The bread was delicious and fresh. My salad was delicious and enough to split as an appetizer. My entree, a Agnolotti Tartufula, was also delicious and the perfect portion size. Unfortunately, my companions did not fare as well. One was warned by the waiter that her pasta dish was very cheesy and he was not exaggerating. It was very rich and she could only eat half of it. My other companion was brought the wrong entree and had to wait 10 minutes as we ate ours. The waiter apologized, but charged the full price, so we will not be returning.

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MM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating! I've been several times & look forward to visiting again soon!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are now regulars here! We ALWAYS make it a date night stop when we are in Marina Del Rey! VERY authentic from the Italian elderly owner to the Italian staff! Great wine and great company!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing quick service. Such good food!

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DN
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Sapori several times over the years, always for special occasions, and we have always been super happy about our choice. The food and service are both excellent. We usually are a group that includes (by now) middle schoolers all the way to grandparents, and we have always all been happy. The Marina location is, of course, very special, too. Definitely, recommend the place. We look forward to celebrating at Sapori again in the (hopefully near) future!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Some of the best Italian dishes around (you'd never know it but true)

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C
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Your will feel welcome. Al special requests will be fullfilled. This is our favorite local Italian restaurant.

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j
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was atrocious. All vegetables in all dishes were canned vegetables not fresh, thus, dishes with vegetables were beige and gray in color. My husband had a prawn main course and the prawns were all shell almost no flesh, it was so extreme it almost looked like a prank. Dreadful.

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

i Sapori's dishes were some of the best Italian food I've had anywhere, including Italy - even Northern Italy, which is what the cuisine was. The noise level inside when we arrived was VERY bad, but we had been wanting to sit outside, anyhow, which was very pleasant.

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PJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A last minute find on Open Table when we needed a place to lunch with a relative from out of town. Could not have been happier with our choice. Even at lunch, the extensive menu made our choices difficult but each of us was so pleased with our meal....one even ordered a meal to go for her spouse! I wish I had gotten the name of our waiter.....he was excellent as was the entire staff. Can’t wait to return.

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EG
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came the evening of our 27th anniversary. The ambience is beautiful and peaceful. The food was very good and the service was wonderful! Would highly recommend!

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PS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great view and wonderful service - 4th time a friend and I have met there for dinner, probably go again in a few months. the seasonal specials are particularly interesting.

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AO
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised by the entire dining experience. None of our party of four had dined there. I can say very strongly that we will dine there again. We all ordered different items and to the person, the result was magnificent. We brought our own wine and the corkage charge was very reasonable.. The service was also excellent.

Highly recommend!!!

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MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic home made Italian food with amazing views, a must go!

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OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place for a relaxing and delicious lunch and/or dinner

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