Sapori Italian Restaurant

4.5
341 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
Sapori Italian Restaurant began with one simple idea, create a comfortable environment where families can come and enjoy authentic Italian food. Sapori by definition means “Flavors.” Sapori’s concept is to reintroduce simple, flavorful, authentic Italian foods. True Italian food isn’t supposed to be complicated and is often improperly prepared! The Italian culinary experience began at home with family and friends coming together at the table and enjoying natural foods and tradition.

At Sapori, we strive to offer our guests the same experience. You can go anywhere and get a dish of pasta smothered in sauce and cheese but once you experience Italian made better… you will never go back! At Sapori, Chef Salvatore has assembled a menu of fresh flavors with the best ingredients. His classic Italian recipes have been perfected at his own restaurant in Italy and are now being shared with you at Sapori.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(586) 786-4674
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Chef Salvatore
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What 341 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, with great food. Have been there several times, and it never disappoints.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great dinner Friday at Sapori.. The waitress was a little busy (not a big deal) so the owner noticed right away and took great care of us.. Food was delicious :)

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t
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very good. I would return. Ambiance missing that candle light Family Italian. The best cannoli I have ever tasted

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j
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time! Our waitress was fabulous and able to answer all our questions. Food was excellent !

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e
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

A Sicilian friend told me this is not real Italian. We, however, decided to decide for ourselves after having read a positive review in The Detroit Free Press. Having lived in Italy, I have a high bar for what constitutes 'real Italian'. This restaurant fell short. We had to ask to be served water after having been seated for ten minutes or so. A short time later, the waiter brought my husband's beer first and my sparkling water close to 7 minutes after that. We had to ask for bread which our waiter told us was in the oven. When he brought it to us it was certainly not out of the oven - it was room temperature. I was assured my pasta would be al dente. It was mushy. I told the waiter as much when he asked how our meals were. He offered to have another plate made but I declined. He took away my food barely eaten. I ordered gnocchi to go and asked for it to be ready by the end of our meal. He told me 'no problem', yet, we had to wait a good 10 minutes to get it. It was not good. If you don't know Italian and are starving and in a bind, do not order any pasta if you're picky. Otherwise, pass; it's the equivalent of Olive Garden. I don't know anyone who works at or owns this restaurant. I'm writing this on my own volition based on my experience.

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CC
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My group of friends enjoyed delicious food and the service was outstanding. We never felt pressured that we were taking up table space. Our server Len was gracious and attentive to our group. We will definitely come back again.

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GC
Detroit
98 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We hadn't been to Sapori (flavor in Italian) so, being in the neighborhood, decided to give it another try. We came early, around 5:00pm, but weren't the first arrivals. A surprising number of folks dined early there. Menu selection was good. Our selections were prepared promptly and arrived at the table hot. Compared to other similar Italian offerings, they were above average, but not top of the line. There are one or two better Italian restaurants in the commuting area. Wine choices were very good. We did not try any spirits. Overall, when we are in the neighborhood again, we'll be back.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

EXCELLENT service. Our waiter Tony was absolutely top-notch. Our food was prepared and served promptly, and the kitchen staff even added a “Happy Anniversary” detail to our dessert plate. The food itself was wonderful - best caprese I’ve ever had, and the Nutella brownie was to die for.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I took a couple of friends for dinner and we loved all the food and the service. We were especially gladly surprised when they went above and beyond to take care of my husband's dinner (he has Celiac Disease), avoiding cross-contamination and even getting him gluten-free bread, which we didn't know they had! I don't recall the name of our server, but he was super helpful and attentive throughout the whole meal! We all agreed about recommending Sapori Italian Restaurant 100%! :)

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d
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is phenomenal every time we go. Angela was our server and she was wonderful. Highly recommend.

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b
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food as always was outstanding. Sal is the best. Our waiter Lee was exemplary. Attentive and polite. Have been coming here since they opened and have been enjoying Sal’s food even longer. Front of house and reservation seating system continues to need some work. Have frequently waited after reservation time or not had request be accommodated. Hostesses can be impolite. Will probably have to stop using Open Table for reservation here and call directly. Shouldn’t be necessary to get good service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tony was awesome.

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KK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Emily was an AMAZING server. I’m in the business and this was the BEST service I’ve had dining out (at any level of restaurant) in quite some time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual the food was amazing and the service was excellent! My husband and I have dined there several times and have had a good experience every time.

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IL
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

As always food was fantastic, as well as wine selection. Stuffed zucchini blossoms were not as tasty as usual. Love pasta arabiatta (not on menu anymore) but will still make when requested.

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NS
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and outstanding service, just a bit pricey.

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CB
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night at a new place!!

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LR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a Great Time celebrating my daughter’s 50th Birthday!! Food was great and our server was very personable. He checked on us to see if we needed anything, but was not “pesty”. A very cozy atmosphere to enjoy family and friends!!!

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VB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding, authentic Southern Italian food. Many gluten-free options and a knowledgeable staff made this place a new go-to. We will be back and highly recommend.

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SD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good restaurant overall. The food and service is always outstanding. It is now one of our go-to restaurants.

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DV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food. Quick service. Enjoyable .
Made reservations online. No issues

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RA
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The food and service were very good. We ate outside and were comfortable. Getting to the restroom was a little tricky as it seemed there were too many tables inside for the size of the dining room and I had to dodge waitresses and other customers along the way even though they weren't that busy. Overall, very good though.

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DP
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

NICK WAS OUR SERVER. SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING. MY HUSBAND HAS AN ALLERGY TO GARLIC AND THE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN VERY ACCOMADATING TO HIS NEEDS. THIS WAS OUR THIRD VISIT.

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SG
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very friendly and attentive wait staff. Even though one of my favorite dishes is no longer on the menu, the chef was willing to make it for me.

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BG
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Attentive wait staff. Good food.

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OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very good - not spicy which was refreshing.Service was excellent.

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ER
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved our dinner! The food was beyond EXCELLENT!!! The atmosphere is happy and modern with a touch of Italian charm. Don’t skip the gelato for dessert. You will feel full at the end of your meal, but get the gelato anyway! Service was friendly and attentive!

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RP
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Service was very good. Our waiter was helpful with the menu and the team is attentive. Food is ample and good.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Very good restaurant. Could use a better cleaning. Seating had a terrible amount of crumbs left from previous diners. Overall very good food and restaurant.

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I heard this was a great place to have a business dinner. I was able to make reservations online by clicking the button on their home page. The staff was great and friendly. The food was fantastic and timely. I will recommend Sapori Italian Restaurant to friends and family.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Music was a bit loud making it difficult to talk but the food was excellent

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CB
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The crab legs were excellent

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WR
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

I was disappointed in food choices! We were very pleased with ambience and service! I was entertaining friends for the first time and his steak was tasty but tough! We had a nice lunch previously but this was our first visit for dinner ! Too pricey for quality and choice!

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t
Detroit
35 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Been to Sapori many times and its always pretty good. The entrees are good portions and decent quality with pretty good balance. Very nice wine list. Good but a long way from Great but always consistent.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First off once we saw your restaurant website we were hooked! So we went to your website and made our reservation for the same day. And within seconds our reservation was confirm. And once we were inside your wonderful restaurant, it was even better then your website! Your friendly staff, your menu. The food and wine from beginning to end, made the two of us very happy. And we have let some others know that they too need to book your restaurant soon! So thank you, so much for our GREAT DATE NIGHT. GJ

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First time timers with friends. Good food, great service.

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AN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was excellent and our server was great! Quite cramped seating and hard to maneuver through people and tables to get to restroom

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Small portions for the price. Everything is a la carte. Glasses of wine were less than 1/3 full while costing $9-12. Wait staff was fair. Although the food was pretty good, there are many Italian restaurants in the area that offer much more. We will not be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and variety

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service Linda is outstanding the tasting menu is something new every week . Outstanding

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