Cafe Sapori

4.7
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288 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
With an electric atmosphere, Cafe Sapori is an exciting, vibrant restaurant located in the heart of Gladstone, New Jersey.

The cuisine upholds the philosophy of new southern Italian dining. With fresh fish and seafood, varied meat and poultry entrees, traditional pasta offerings, the European sense of healthy and balanced proportions is maintained.

The menu is seasonal, and in addition to the selection of superb dishes to satisfy any palate, daily specials are also featured. Dining at Cafe Sapori is simultaneously an evening out, yet similar to eating with a friend who also happens to be a culinary marvel.

The beautiful patio is now open for outdoor dining.

BYOB. Reservations are highly recommended for large groups (four and up) especially on the weekend. For your convenience, free parking is available.

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Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM

What 288 People Are Saying
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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and the service was top notch.

LL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

we dined as a party of 4 with a 6:30 reservation on 2/15. We arrived at 6:22 and were seated promptly. our wine was opened, water poured then we sat and waited and waited until the owner finally came over and asked if we were given menus. When we responded no, she sent someone over with the menus. our order was promptly taken by about 6:40. We waited until almost an hour after we had been seated for our soup and salad to arrive. Those plates were put on the table on top of the butter dishes which we had to ask some other waiter to remove along with the empty bread basket and all of the used beer and soda glasses. We then waited another hour before our dinner came out. In that timeframe, we finished our two bottles of wine, bottles of rootbeer and regular beer which we had to pile into the table side wine bucket because no one in 2 hours came to clear the table, refill the water, ask if we wanted more bread, ect. Only after we asked 3 different waiters and the owner herself when our food would be coming out and only after we mentioned that we were about to walk out did our food arrive at 8:30. The $32 lamb special which was supposed to be medium rare was grey, overdone and the bones were so burnt that they broke when my son picked it up the eat it. When I expressed our disappointment to the owner she kept blaming the kitchen saying that she didnt know what was wrong with the kitchen tonight! when we asked for the check she offered us complimentary dessert but we were afraid that that too would take to long so we went elsewhere for dessert. She should have comped us something off of our check which she did not do. I emailed her that night expressing my displeasure with what was supposed to be an enjoyable dinner out but she has not responded. We will not be returning.

NM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We arrived to an extremely crowded restaurant. The volume was ear piercing and could barely have a conversation. Service was very very slow. Salads came out in decent time, but we had to wait almost an hour for our entrees, even though we spoke to the server a few times to check on the order. The entrees didn't seem to be a full plateful, as if they were afraid they'd run out of food, so they skimped. After we ate, I had to leave the table to ask for our checks. This was our third visit to this restaurant and each time seemed to be issues with either the food or service. Three times was not the charm, so we're done with this restaurant.

D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very busy Valentines night. Dinner was very good and delicious. Will definitely keep in mind for another night.

LW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was incredible. The staff very nice but the restaurant was overbooked and the reservation of little importance. We were seated fairly quickly and received salad and appetizers in a timely fashion but the entree took over an hour and we had to wait a little while longer for the check. We plan to go back on a non-holiday evening to gauge the service level.

WD
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, lovely ambience with excellent service makes the a terrific place to dine.
Great that it’s a BYOB.

ND
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful experience. Food and service were great.

DK
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since I have been in the restaurant business or related industry all my life, my critiques on restaurants, if I even wrote one, were generally negative. If the atmosphere, food and service were good, that's to be expected in my opinion so I rarely wrote anything.

The other evening my wife and I had our anniversary so I said, "We have never been to Sapori, let's go". She agreed so we went and did enjoy the restaurant 100%. The service led by Peppa was phenomenal yet not pushy. The food, other than the Clams Oreganata was superb. The Veal Piccata and Chicken Balsamico were outstanding. We finished up with a Creme Brulee which was obviously truly "HomeMade"!!
Thank you Matthew & Money (Hosts) for a very memorable evening. We will see you again soon on an ongoing basis!

BG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Cafe Sapori numerous times, usually for lunch but also for dinner in the warmer months because the restaurant has a patio for outdoor dining. The prix fixe lunch, that includes appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee, is an incredible bargain at $15 per person, since one of the entrees is an excellent veal dish. Service is impeccable. And the setting is splendid. The restaurant provides a warm and welcoming dining experience, one that is not to be missed.

IO
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the sea bass special.....it was so fresh and delishes.

m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This my second time here with my family. The lady who served our table was FANTASTIC--I regret that I didn't catch her name. Service was speedy & attentive, food was awesome (we got the mussels in white wine, fettucine portofino, veal bosciola, ribeye, and then the apple tart), prices were super reasonable. Our server even heard my parents wish me a happy birthday as she passed by, so when they brought out the dessert they lit a candle in it and sang me happy birthday (neither of my parents had said anything to her explicitly!). The main dining room was packed tonight and LOUD, but the hostess gladly seated us in the back dining room with one other party there and the noise level there was perfect. Very very happy with the place, we will be coming back often.

SC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual

c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In one word perfect! If I need two, deliciously perfect!

E
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

15 ladies luncheon

GS
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional good service great food

BG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was excellent at lunch, service was impeccable, the dining room is beautiful—with various prints on the walls and fresh flowers on the tables. Overall it was a memorable experience. Every time my wife and I have lunch here, it’s an event to savor. We’re waiting for warmer weather so that we can dine on the terrace.

DK
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite was delicious

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Great menu. Staff was willing to make swaps based on preferences which was appreciated

M
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duck was fantastic. Our waitress was attentive without being intrusive, absolutely great dinner and evening.

SC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

1st time I’ve had a waiter tell me he has to take a complete dinner order or he’ll get in trouble. Thought that we (4) wolf be rushed but the seem to recover nicely.

SM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Sapori is a fantastic Italian restaurant. The menu has a good mix of old favorites, and some great adaptations, as well as some non-Italian favorites that are also expertly prepared.
You will feel welcome from the moment you walk in, and the attentive and efficient staff will take excellent care of you and your party in a very friendly manner.
Hospitality and great food, this is a must try for anyone in/around the Somerset Hills of NJ.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent service. Very welcoming.

U
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local restaurant. We split our time between Gladstone , Florida and the Upper Westside. Cafe Sapori measures up to our favorite NYC restaurants

N
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Restaurant (and OpenTable)Totally Overbooked for New Year’s Eve. Everyone was packed in waiting for a table well after time of reservation. We had to wait 45 minutes to be seated, plus additional time to see menus, order and finally be served. It was cramped and noisy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

NYE. I have been to this restaurant several times prior and have always had a very good experience. This night The restaurant was overbooked and the owner did not manage open table and phone reservations. When approached after waiting 45 minutes to sit past reservation time she did not seem to care.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They overbooked New Year’s Eve and didn’t handle it well. Everyone was nice but didn’t appreciate not knowing when we would be seated.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service coupled with fantastic food. A hidden gem for sure.

SC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual our dinner was fabulous. Cafe Sapori is our go to place!

RI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this restaurant for a very enjoyable evening. You are made to feel most welcome from the time you enter until the time you depart. You leave with the feeling that you definitely want to return. The hostess/owner is truly a joy to meet. The food is prepared and presented to you with much care. I truly look forward to my next visit.

JD
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and attentive service was fantastic as always

AA
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Find out for yourself! You will not be disappointed unless you normally eat at fast food restaurants and don't appreciate excellent food and dinning. The owner is always at the restaurant and is very warm nice person. The entire staff work very hard to make everyone's dinning a great experience. Bravo!

S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good but Christmas Eve experience was very hectic and Chaotic. Seems the reservations were overbooked.

MB
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family tried Cafe Sapori for the first time. It was amazing. The fresh pasta with meat ragu was at the top of the list! Just excellent.

AA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place excellent service

MH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service, restaurant never fails to deliver excellence. Highly recommended!!!

KB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way as always! Thank you Matt and Monie and staff

CH
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our Christmas Book Club Luncheon was held this year at Cafe Sapori. We were pleasantly surprised, never having been there, by the warm welcoming. We each chose something from the Du Jour menu. Everything was delicious. I had the veal and it was so tender. The wait staff was attentive and pleasant. The service overall, was very good. The ambiance was congenial for conversation and it was quiet. All in all, a wonderful afternoon.

JD
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always consistent and very good.
Definitely a favorite
Will definitely be back