Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach

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720 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We had a terrible server. He didn’t make the experience fun at all

JC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great spot, excellent food, service is very good and easy parking.

DM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places ! Always great food ! Very accommodating.

G
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got together with friends (6) for an evening dinner. The food and service was great. Not to much noise. We could also hear each other!

j
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in all Newport Beach!

Food, service, and always a friendly place to enjoy exceptional food...

SJ
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess asked if we preferred this or that table. Nice. Next time, we'll request a table on the patio, and bring a light coat if it's a bit chilly. Looks very pretty outside.
Our server, MASSIMO, is the consummate professional. Attentive without hovering. Massimo made good suggestions, watched us to ensure prompt and smooth service and made us feel welcome.
We highly recommend the Carpaccio and Capellini Checca (with even more garlic next time). The fresh basil and parm were great on the pasta.
The diced tomatoes, black olive paste, capers and basil on the bruschetta tasted fresh and nice. Next time, will request thinly sliced bread, lightly toasted.
The bread in the bread basket was warm and very good, too.
Wine: La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 was perfect.
We very much appreciate the birthday cheesecake, Massimo, and your warm suggestion to us to come back. We've already chosen our next entrees.
Self parking right outside the front door. Overall, very enjoyable evening.

TH
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live just across the street from this restaurant, so we think of it as one of our defaults. How fortunate we are to regard it so, for the food is invariably well prepared and ample and the staff is warm, attentive and sensitive to one’s wants and desires. On this occasion we had one of the better versions of calamari fritti we’ve had in some time and excellent branzino and linguine in an oil and garlic sauce with shrimp and scallops, all prepared excellently. Sapori is a great choice for any occasion, special or otherwise.

j
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent...

Nothing better!

RR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was worse than bad, but it usually is. Don’t know why I keep going back to that restaurant because the food is only average. It is convenient however. Parking is never a problem.

DW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food selections are amazing. Something for every taste. Really enjoyed the evening.

S
New Orleans
69 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sapori has it figured out. High quality food, nice ambiance, knowledgeable and service focused staff all at reasonable prices.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

DM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellent dining ! We love eating here. We arrived a bit early but were seated immediately at a great table. Definitely an advantage of eating a little earlier....

SC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Be sure to ask about the specials, which are outstanding!

j
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent...

Our favorite place!

Great for two or the whole fam damily!

Thanks for being so good...

LP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent god and service. All around great experience. Highly recommend

OT
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time dining at Sapori would most definitely return. Food was excellent, portion size was very adequate. Didn’t feel rushed! Nice menu options.

NH
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I have been here many times. Once you get beyond the snooty older slim blond hostess there is always a happier ending. Give the benefit of s doubt because let’s face it we all have bad days but every single time I go here with and without reservations this hostess Always has an attitude!!!!
I’m not sure if it’s because I look young or my ethnicity or what....but clearly management needs to address this!
Onto the food I’ve just about tried everything on the menu and they are all excellent - you can’t go wrong.
Service is sketchy sometimes excellent sometimes too many tables assigned to a server to get good service like water glass refills or bread baskets.
Go for the food but not the hospitable warmth an Italian restaurant should have !

IG
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Such an enjoyable ambiance on the patio. The bread is amazing and we ate too much before our entrees arrived! Can’t wait until
Next time!

b
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time. 6 of us. Food was great. Service even better. It was Friday night and it was loud because everyone in the restaurant seemed to be having a great time. We will be back!

j
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian in NB...

Great location, Italian specialities, and wonderfully thoughtful servers. And you really can have any combination of preparations you desire...

A special place for a special occasion.

NB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to SAPORI’S for almost 30 years! Lately we haven’t been regulars and went back last week and had the most amazing meal! SAPORI’S has the most delicious food. Life had taken us away for awhile and we were so happy to go back. Sit on the patio for spectacular ambience!

r
Orange County
112 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a busy Saturday night and we had to wait a half hour for our table but it was well worth the wait. Our server, Roberto, made us fell at home and the food was delicious! The special house pasta was delicious and the salmon was cooked perfectly! The wines were excellent and the very light dessert was the perfect way to end the evening. Unlike most restaurants, we never felt rushed and it was a very nice evening on the patio. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem!

JN
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! Sapori is our go-to restaurant with close friends and family!

j
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent with great food and wonderful staff... Super Italian food with a wonderful selection.

Nice wine selection and full bar...

LD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pappardelle in bolognese was one of the finest pasta dishes I’ve EVER had

TM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our pasta dishes....light flavorful sauces and properly al dense pasta. But the Star was the brushetta....wow! I could eat a whole plate of it (4 pieces) by myself....the best ever!
service was attentive .....we arrived at 1 for lunch and stayed later than they liked as they close mid afternoon for dinner prep. Great patio area.

L
Orange County
244 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I hadn't been to the restaurant in a long time so I was disappointed in the raised prices and smaller portions on some of the dishes.

T
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice experience. We mistakenly showed up very early for our reservation and added a person last minute. They were far more accommodating than I would have been ! Thanks for another nice evening.

JJ
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent experience. Service and food quality are best in class.

Regards,

Jim

KE
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in Newport Beach. Anyone who is hungry will love it.

OT
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our 22 year old recent architectural graduate from USD to celebrate. The pasta dishes were great and the drinks well poured. Our waiter was outstanding as are all the others . They all speak Italian and really know their food. It is thought to be the most authentic Italian food!

N
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had family visiting from out of town and thought of Sapori. Good food, atmosphere and service.

O
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had requested patio, where it is usually quieter but unfortunately for us on a Thursday night - they had 3 large tables of dinners with each table with young screaming children. Needless to say, it was not quiet but normally, patio dining is quieter. We remembered the pasta being better - that night, an off night perhaps, very average. Probably will not go back during the summer months...

VG
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite neighborhood spot to eat! Service is always good, love the patio!

r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asked for outside on Open Table.........they said .....not true.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, as always.

O
Orange County
84 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sapori never disappoints.

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d
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, flavor, ambiance, service! Hidden gem.

K
Central Coast
39 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place for the two of us-just a Sunday night dinner.

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