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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

1080 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Jamboree

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 644-4220

Website:
http://www.saporinb.com/

Executive Chef:
Salvatore Maniaci

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
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Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Hot Spot (5)
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Tasting Menu (3)
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Local Ingredients (2)
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was a little slow this visit unusual for Sapori

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great service and good

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We've been coming here for over 25 years.......never a bad experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Have been to Sapori many times. Service and food are always good. Great atmosphere!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

As always the food at Sapori was excellent. We had a lovely dinner on the patio with friends and everyone had a great meal.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Sapori is a place we feel good about taking anyone because we know the food and service will always be excellent and the patio is a beautiful area to eat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We love & frequently eat here! It's great for 2 or a group! Very upbeat & you hear each other unlike most other places!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We elected to share a salad and two different entrees. They divided them in the kitchen for us and they were delicious. We travel to the Newport area annually from Tucson and always make this a stop for dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Eight ladies. Good friends. Perfect dinner. Good service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always one of my favorite local restaurants featuring the best food and service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always a great meal

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I have traveled to Italy many times and Sapori's food is the real deal.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We've been dining here for at least 27 years and it simply keeps getting better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Again ,another beautiful evening at Sapori.
Thank you for the hospitality ,you make us feel like at home .

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 13, 2017

First time there and glad we did it. We will be back. Made reservation via open table. Seated immediately. Saltimbocca was fabulous as was the pasta my husband had. Quite a little gem

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Food was, as usual, excellent! Our waiter was attentive and friendly. Patio seating was so enjoyable and relaxing. Thank you!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (El Paso)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Was craving Linguine and Clams so I Googled that and Sapori came up. Some of the best I've ever had. The Veal Picatta was outstanding as well! We will be back on our next visit!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We got seated in the pizza area because we arrived at 915pm

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food & service were excellent. Our server was especially helpful with the wine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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 !

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.
This is the best italian restaurant in all Orange county.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Casual, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Second visit and a great date with my wife. Very cozy patio dining and nice service. Great salads and seafood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Have sent private message to the restaurant about our experience which is usually wonderful.
Quite noisy inside...outdoor patio is better!
Service level was way off this time...not the usual.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had a very enjoyable dinner at Sapori last Saturday. Service, food, ambience were all great!

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Paolo was terrific! We come here often with friends. Great food and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Real deal Italian meal. The staff is from the Mediterranean. This is the staffs passion, not a side job on the way to something else.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 8, 2017

THE BEST Italian restaurant in O.C.
We always have the best time at this place with very good food and excellent and funny service.
Ciao e grazie.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We were never offered a refil on iced tea or coffee. Not very much service. Never went to a restaurant before who didn't offer a small dessert and candle when they knew it was a birthday celebration luncheon.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

The service was really poor! Give me a call 949-375-2846 and I will explain in detail why The service was so poor!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 31, 2017

This place from a score of 1 to 10 they deserve 20 Stars .

Amazing food , ask for Paolo "The Best" and asking him to show you the pizza oven and introduce you with the Chef .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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