Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach

4.8
823 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

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vipJoyceC
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

As a frequent diner at Sapori, it has been one of my favorites for a long time.

For a number of years, a friend and I meet for a celebratory holiday dinner. We have dined at Sapori numerous times as well. Understanding Covid, we have not been out for months. We were reminded several times of the new one hour and 30 minute table time. SEVERAL times.

Unfortunately, with dessert, we ran over our allotted time at the table. We felt the staff could have handled this more kindly. As a matter of fact, we were treated in a rude manner, which was unnecessary.

I will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat in Newport. Amazing food and cocktails! Great staff

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vipconnies
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it can’t wait to go again. A special occasion restaurant, wish we lived closer. Our waiter was fabulous, Nice background music,

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DawnielleK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sapori's is alway's an outstanding meal with fantastic service and great ambiance. Love the people and setting....they never disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Food was mediocre, the service was SLOW AND VERY RUDE. From the hostess to the wait staff, the feeling was if you were not a regular, you were scum and imposing on them by eating there. It’s a shame the atmosphere is nice but you can’t eat atmosphere.

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vipLaShandaB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I drove from LA just to come here and it didn’t disappoint me. Everyone was so wonderful. We had a great server named Massimo. I will be coming back soon

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vipAndreaT
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved it great food so delicious and top service.

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vipFernando
Orange County
153 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and really good service.

Paolo is the best, ask for him.

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vipMonaMikhael
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience celebrating our daughter Birthday

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vipRitaB
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice dinner and good service. Thanks!

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vipScottC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a gem. The atmosphere is wonderful with outside eating, small lights and fireplace. The service is outstanding and the food is wonderful. It is nice to take a short walk on Balboa Island prior to eating. It sets a nice tone.

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vipMarco1gourmet
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good solid standard Italian food

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TAnd
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS FANTASTIC!

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vipSusanR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When in Newport, we always visit Sapori. Always have great food, good wine and a friendly atmosphere...love the staff and owner.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, super friendly professional staff who know and understand all aspects of making the evening memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with family. Great fresh food and great service.

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OCEventPlanner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable patio dining with COVID social distancing protocols in place. Service was prompt & attentive. Food was delicious. Nice way to enjoy dinner out while still doing appropriate social distancing. Reservations recommended!

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ThomasD
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived for our reservation on-time and were escorted to our table immediately. Our Server, Paolo was attentive, cordial and on it...without a rush. The food was delicious, courses spaced nicely. Looking forward to my next visit.

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vipJohnD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our anniversary and the staff did not acknowledge it. I understand with Covid the extras are probably difficult to include.

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vipKathiG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner with our family. The food was amazing as always and Paulo was great. We will be back again!

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vipgarthb
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sapori has been a hidden gem on Bayside Drive in Newport Beach for 30 years. The setting on the patio is magical and guests could easily feel that they are in Italy.
The food is consistently excellent and the team led by the owner, Sal is outstanding.
They deliver a wonderful, friendly dining experience. The mark of a great restaurant is quality, ambience and a well trained team of professionals.
I highly recommend Sapori for a romantic evening or dinner with friends and family.

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NancyH
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our neighborhood gem...

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SusieH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

disappointed...reserved through open table giving me a choice of 4:30 for 8:45. Took 4:30 but the restaurant was pretty empty at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00. I don't like the time slots made available to me while many empty tables were open by the time we left dinner.

Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach
Responded on July 20, 2020

Thank you for your patronage & perspective. Due to very limited seating because of covid-19 restrictions, we've limited tables available on OT. We're blessed with many longtime, faithful customers in our 31 years, who have sustained us during these trying times and we need to have tables available for the calls we receive daily. I looked back on the 16th and most of the tables were seated by the time you left before 6:30 & we were booked for the later slots when you made yours on the 13th.

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vipxoxoraf
Singapore
30 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent job with distancing & masking on outdoor patio during Covid-19.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful hidden gem in the heart of NewPort. Looks like a locals favorite and is definitely an amazing experience for myself and my date. Would definitely recommend. The food and service was amazing provided by our waitress Ali.

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vipKathiG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Also awesome. Food and service.

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vipBobbyD
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Very responsible with respect to social distancing. Good distance between outdoor tables.

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vipcdmfoodie
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We dine here often. Our waiter was personable and very nice . Several pastas and seafood were a bit over cooked .
A nice local place!

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vipBobbyD
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are excellent. Very responsible with respect to social distancing. Kudos to the owner, management and staff.

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tommy
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great evening....Grazie Sapori

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vipLuvtodineout
Orange County
113 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time here, they brought bread but didn’t offer oil and balsamic, we noticed other tables getting some after we had been there. I ordered the house special penne ala vodka, it didn’t come with much sauce and since we were eating outside it dried up quickly. My wife loved her lasagna. Our server was not the most friendly person I’ve ever met.

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vipFoodie
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We've been dining here for about 30 years. There is no better, more friendly place in town.

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lizm
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great locals place with good food and good service!!

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vipMARIAC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was Slow.
Our reservation was 7.45 pm and no many busy tables so I don't understand why the service took to much time to serve the food.

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vipgarthb
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sapori was excellent as always. Great service by Paulo, Sal and team.
Food was outstanding.
I highly recommend Sapori !

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OCCat
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reasonably priced. Food quality , taste and presentation was excellent. Staff were friendly. Would definitely revisit.

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vipDianaD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, and ambiance were all amazing!! Beyond delicious and authentic Italian quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing veal chop. So delicious !

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vipOhma
Orange County
93 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was as excited as a high schooler on her first date: back to our favorite restaurant after a 10-week hiatus! Sapori never disappoints; the seafood pasta (wherein I requested substitutions of angel hair for linguine and pink sauce for red) was absolutely succulent. My partner thoroughly enjoyed his veal saltimbocca. Paolo's service was friendly, fun and impeccable, as usual. Although we enjoyed many takeout meals from Sapori during the lockdown, we cannot help but chant, "Welcome back, Sal and company!"

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, ambiance and staff!!

FAQs

Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 644-4220.

Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach is rated 4.8 stars by 823 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.