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Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach

4.6
530 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 644-4220
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Salvatore Maniaci
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jamboree
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 530 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Good traditional Italian menu with a California freshness, like the Caprese salad with three colors of heirloom tomatoes. Do come hungry; the portions are large. Nice open room with indoor and outdoor (covered) seating, and excellent service. We all enjoyed!

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

First time at this restaurant in many years. Expected much more. The food was very ordinary. Service was pretty good. Overall, not interested in returning or recommending.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was very good. Server was a bit neurotic He tried to rush us out of the place at times, despite us telling him we planned to order more food and the table next to us staying over half an hour after they closed their bill. We ordered a bottle of wine, and the man at the table next to us felt it necessary to bombard us with his unsolicited opinion of our selection. That’s not the restaurant’s fault, but he said that he was a regular so that should tell you something. We ordered the capellini and veal piccata, both of which were delicious, as well as tiramisu they brought for my birthday. Basically, the food was wonderful and this is a great place if you can stand having to interact with obnoxious people.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food and appetizers 👍👍

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious great service. Lovely place

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We have continued to come back to this restaurant because of its consistent quality of Italian food. They always have wonderful specials.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The waiter was very kind but maybe too busy to check out table.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

we had a marvelous time and enjoyed our delicious meal

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Nice evening.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My guests were delighted with the atmosphere, the food and the service and will return, I am sure. I loved being secure in the fact that they would have a wonderful experience. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Piano is a super server and the hostess is very helpful...
John

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great experience, fantastic food

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great meal, service and Ambiamce

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Overall great experience.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We have been going to Sapori for many years and it is always the best. We took friends and they will now be new customers. A great dinner and lovely ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Our server, Peno, is the best... He is helpful, friendly, and his suggestions are right on...

John

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We love this neighborhood restaurant. Always good food, cocktail, energy. Paola takes excellent care of us every time.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Sat outside in front of the fire place foos was delish

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Service was poor-very inattentive. Slow, we were seated fo 20 minutes before we were acknowledged.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We've been here before and the food is always great and typically the service is good. On Saturday night 2/17, we had terrible service and were mostly ignored, food was still good but service hopefully will improve.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Best Italian restaurant in Newport Beach by far. Hostess, waiter and food were unmatched. Vibe was uplifting. Pace was perfect. Can’t wait to return.

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Very disappointing!! We chose Sapori for our Valentine's Dinner. First off we were seated in a table off in the corner of the outdoor patio, and basically were forgotten. The service was fair at best. We chose a bottle of wine, which had to be put in a bucket of ice, since it was too warm to drink. The entrees that we ordered were okay, nothing special - and we were shocked when the bill came and found that one entrée - off the list of Specials for the Evening - was priced at $45!! About twice the price of other entrees and DEFINITELY NOT WORTH IT!
Would NOT recommend this restaurant and shall not return!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Tried Sapori for the first time for Valentine's Day. The outside patio is definitely the best ambiance for a meal. Great service and great Italian favorites!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Always great. Been eating here for 20 years! Favorite Italian restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food can't wait to come back. Make a reservation and you will get seated quick if it's busy

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

They need to work on their service. Two people ordered the same dish but got different side dishes, neither of them were asked which side they would like. Not checked up on through out the evening.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Father-Daughter Dance night dinner. Roberto treated our daughters like princesses.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food, very nice environment and very attentive and friendly staff

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

A relaxing lunch, wonderful ambience and food.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Had a very pleasant experience. Service was excellent, and the food was prepared perfectly.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Consistently great service and food at Sapori. Ever disappoints...

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Love this place! Excellent service and wonderful authentic Italian food!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Great standby Restaurant. Food is consistently very good.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Friday casual dinner

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Sapori continues to be our favorite go-to restaurant in Newport Beach. Never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years eve

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Great meal!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

My fave place to go for old school Italian with a modern cozy feel! The staff is always friendly and the food great! I like that you can go in sweats or dress up! Great for a romantic date or a birthday.

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2.0Dined on December 27, 2017

I used to love coming to Sapori when I lived close by. I hadn't eaten at Sapori in a long time. I was disappointed in the quality of the food, the portion size of the carpaccio and the overall dining experience.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Went here with family over Christmas Holiday! We really enjoyed the food & ambience of Sapori...I would go back!

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