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About Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach
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
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach Ratings and Reviews
There were 8 of us at a nice round table. We were seated right away and the food was good. The service was very slow. Once we received our food, no one ever came back to the table to see if everything was okay, to see if anyone wanted anything else. Everyone was sitting there with empty glasses, and no one even asked if anyone wanted another drink, glass of wine, etc. We had to flag down our server to get another glass of wine. Also, my meal was not very hot. I got the impression it had been sitting in the kitchen for a while before bringing it to the table.
The food is the star as it should be at a restaurant... the service is a little slow and very common for a Newport Beach restaurant. I think every single restaurant in NPB feels like they don't need the customers... it's a weird thing that is very noticeable in San Francisco and NPB. Would I go back? Yes! I would just lower my timely expectations. Not a big deal.
Very disappointed in both food quality and value. We ordered seafood dishes and they were both very dry. I also felt they overpriced. Almost $40 for a pacific swordfish that was average at best.
I've dined here before but was quite disappointed on this visit.
Romantic seating on the patio with fireplace/candles and trees lined with white lights. Loved it! Service, food, and ambiance are all worth the trip. Veal Saltimboca and Pasta Bolognese were both great choices. Would highly recommend for a quiet romantic dinner or just a relaxing place to visit with friends. When in the area will be sure to stop in again..
Sapori never disappoints! It is one of our favorite Italian restaurants. The eggplant appetizer is filled with aromatic goat cheese and perfectly grilled. We usually also order the calamari and bruschetta. We enjoyed the house pasta and a pizza. The bread is Ana big. Be careful not to fill up it! The wines by the glass are reasonable. We love the outdoor patio and Pino is our favorite server. It's delicious food served on a beautiful setting. Relax and enjoy your time there !
We dined at this restaurant to celebrate a birthday. We had requested a quiet table but found one does not exist in this energetic restaurant. Large tables of diners were quite loud and the acoustics in the restaurant seemed to magnify the volume. The servers were quick and friendly and obviously very busy. Our seats near the kitchen were bumped into most of the evening.
My husband chose the lamb chop special and said it was "just okay." The sauce on my Parpardelle alla Bolognese was delicious but the large pasta ribbons were over-cooked and fell apart when trying to lift it with my fork.
The wine list selection is large enough but wines that we normally purchase at Costco for $16 were sold here for $57. We opted to bring our own favorite Italian wine; we even shared a taste with our server. We were STUNNED by the $25 corkage fee on our bill at the end of the evening! We expect this amount at a fine dining steakhouse or in Vegas but not from a strip mall restaurant. The free birthday dessert was a kind treat but we probably will not return.
I am very sorry to say that the food here was very disappointing, and for the quality exceptionally overpriced. Frankly the 3 pasta dishes our party had were no better than what you could get from supermarket pasta and sauces. I cannot recommend this restaurant.
VERY loud, we waited 8-10 minutes after being seating before anyone acknowledged us being there. No drink offers nothing. we actually thought we had been sat at a table without a waiter assigned to our table (which has happened before at other restaurant). Did I say LOUD, yes very loud, seemed like a local hang out where regulars felt like they could be as loud as they wanted like they were sitting in the our kitchen party.
Food was par but then again we just had spaghetti & meatballs & price was fair which ultimately saved the overall experience from being the worst ever.
To make it worse the night before we had the BEST service EVER at another restaurant in town, they set the bar very high & don't think this place on its best night could have come close.
I don't like writing bad reviews, just sharing our experience.
This is the second time we dined at Sapori with a group of 5 or more.
The service was lacking once again. We had to ask for bread 3 times, nobody came to give us more water or even ask if the food was to our liking.
The specials are way overpriced.
Very disappointing for a dining experience.
One of my favorite things about this restaurant is that it isn't too noisy, the food is good and they don't hurry you. My salad had too much dressing even though I had asked for light dressing but other than that I have no complaint. Halibut with lemon and capers was terrific.
Was excited to plan and make reservations to share this favorite restaurant with out of town guests . In the past I have only experienced excellent service, great Italian food, and a warm atmosphere. Unfortunately, the evening started out with being greeted at the entrance with the grumpiest, "Can I help you?" Followed by underwhelmed, mediocre flavor entrees. Trying to stay positive ordered dessert (cannoli) only to bite into a hard, tough outer shell with unimpressive flavor; maybe they were from yesterday' s dessert plate? Server smiled, showed no follow through but spent extreme energy satisfying the needs of an adjacent table . Very disappointing!
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