Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach

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672 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Established in 1989, Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach is a culinary experience unique from any other. Owner and chef, Sal Maniaci, has brought his firsthand knowledge of Italian cuisine to Newport Beach. A genuine Mediterranean setting coupled with experienced and knowledgeable waiters add to Sapori's authenticity. The remodeled patio featuring a fireplace and outdoor heaters creates an intimate atmosphere perfect for romantic and warm outdoor dining. Signature dishes include penne otero, farfalle salmone, scalloppine gorgonzola, and several other original pasta and meat dishes. Traditional Italian appetizers and desserts such as calamari fritti and tiramisu and an excellent wine list complete the menu.

The restaurant is perfect for special occasions, private parties, baby showers, and weddings

What 672 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great as always and Roberto, my waiter was very pleasant and accommodating.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at this restaurant!

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CL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sal and the wait staff at Sapori are the best. If you want an authentic trattoria restaurant with an outdoor patio and the best Italian menu this side of Sicily, this is your spot.

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BB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sapori consistantly outstanding in all areas! We have been regulars for 20+ years! Sal has made it feel like a family when we arrive. Best patio dining spot in Newport Beach!

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1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining out at Sapori. The cuisine is beautifully prepared and delicious. Ambience is perfect when sitting by the fire on a warm patio.

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AM
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for a nice dinner ; beautiful ambiance good food very Italian Sorrento feel !!

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JG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants! Great food and excellent service.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good local dining experience. Food is consistent and staff are exceptional

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JT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our food server Emily. She was so personable and at the same time customer service oriented. Love the cozy atmosphere of outdoor patio to enjoy a delicious lunch with a dear friend. Definitely will return for future lunches followed by a stroll on Balboa Island.

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PK
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. We enjoyed the evening with our friends.

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OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Been coming to Sapori for over 15 years. Amazing patio and fireplace seating. I love the people here, specially Sal.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent

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r
Orange County
102 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sapori is now our go-to italian restaurant in Newport Beach. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the food is delicious and there is a broad range of meats, fish and pastas. The swordfish is exceptional as is the arugula salad that was suggested by our wonderful waiter, Roberto. They bring an entire tray of desserts to the table to choose your favorite. Too many choices but all delicious. The outdoor area is very nice, relaxing.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimo was our waiter and along with the rest of the table staff , they were very doting. Order the veal chop, a tomahawk cut cooked to perfection with a wonderful mushroom brown sauce. Can’t wait to go again.

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TL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sapori has excellent food, great atmosphere and terrific service. We are frequent diners at Sapori and it never disappoints.

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JE
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our families favorite place to dine everyday or special occasion! Food is fantastic and service is top notch! Go!

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l
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We found the noise level a little load for us but we enjoy the food and service so much we
can tolerate the noise level.

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OT
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful!

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NS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are the best! We always over serve ourselves when we go to Sapori! The waiters are the best and we love the wine list! We always get everything and the food is always great!

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b
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and quality of the foos is always excellent at Sapori!!

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MG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Sapori, and wonderful service from Pinot!

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B
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best lasagna I’ve had in years! Going to come back more often. Live by the Balboa Wedge so there’s no excuse !!!!!

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service by Pablo as always , incredible food .

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d
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites for a great dinner out. The service is attentive and authentic.

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j
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always spectacular...

Great food, great people, super ambiance...

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M
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value with quality food and large portions.
A nice family restaurant

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V
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, quality, professional, delicious.

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C
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was such a disappointing dinner. Our waiter, whose name wasn’t given, was so impersonal, almost to the degree of being rude. He is a bald, thin man is all I know. Our minestrone soup was luke warm. Our friend had the sausage and peppers with pasta and the sausage was thin and burnt. The waiter should have noticed this when he delivered the meal. It was obvious he couldn’t be bothered with us so there wasn’t any point in sending the meal back. This restaurant was a complete letdown. 👎

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p
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening. Nice atmosphere, very good food, excellent service. Thank you!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Waiter not very engaging .

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DA
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Famous Italian food and great service. We have been going to Sapori for over 20 years.

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T
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant evening at Sapori. Tasty, well done, friendly and it just feels comfortable there.

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F
Orange County
81 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best of the best Italian restaurant in NEWPORT BEACH.

Great food, Amazing service, fair prices.

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RW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best lunch spot in Newport Beach, California. Dinner is wonderful too!

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j
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect experience! My favorite local hot spot that beer disappoints!

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KK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Felt rushed as if they wanted to turn the table over quickly.

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Our waiter did not get our order right, brought me the wrong dish, and spoiled our planned evening out. We left because my husband’s food was served, but mine would have taken at least another 20 minutes to prepare, and we did not want to eat in tandem. The proprietor did not try to apologize or offer us any compensation.

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VG
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this quaint restaurant within walking distance of our house. Always great food!

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MB
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time visiting and it did not disappoint. Wonderful and comfortable setting with tables nicely spaced. Food was great, especially the homemade sausage. Service was excellent and ideally spaced between check ins. Outdoor setting looked elegant but it was just to chilly to do so.

Defiantly recommend without hesitation!

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LL
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon and pasta dish I had was fabulous- the salmon was perfectly cooked and the tomato cream sauce was equally delicious. The mascarpone torte was decadent- I would gladly eat here again.

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