Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant
Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant

Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cottowinebar.com/
  • Phone: 203 914 1400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Late Night Menu: 10:30pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas / Small Plates, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Cotto Wine Bar And Restaurant can cater to any type of event. Our private party menus can be found on Cotto's website.
  • Entertainment: Cotto Wine Bar And Restaurant will host a variety of events such as Wine dinners, cooking classes, Porchettas, and Beer dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: from Main street to Atlantic street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant
COTTO which in Italian means "Cooked" is the Ultimate Italian Food Experience! Located in Stamford CT, Cotto recreates the flavor, design and easygoing lifestyle of Italy through boldly flavored italian entrees small dishes, pizza and wine bar. A wide list of world wine will seduce your palate and complete some of the most amazing dishes never brought before in the US.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (29)romantic (25)neighborhood gem (22)great for outdoor dining (21)fit for foodies (20)special occasion (13)hot spot (11)good for groups (10)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I are going to Cotto time to time and we really love it!!! This is one of our favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre food
    mediocrefood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went for restaurant week. Restaurant week menu options were disappointing. Food was very mediocre. But service was very good. Everyone was very attentive. Don't plan on going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seriously Great Service
    jhs51
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had a superb dinner on the outside chesterfield, which was delivered with great attentiveness. Very good wine list, mostly Old World (which I am less familiar with) - but the server offered great guidance. Definitely worth a visit - and you will likely find yourself returning time and again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Freshness of Italy Close to Home
    AlwaysontheroadVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    With so many great things on menu, it's no wonder this is a Italian Tapas restaurant. The Tapas allow you to taste many things and explore your inner foodie. The charcuterie and cheese is amazing with the Porchetta and Pecorina taking top awards. Add to that, amazing salads, pasta, meat and dessert dishes and you have 5 stars. It won't take long before there is a month long waiting list for reservations - maybe people will auction reservations on eBay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    JohnnyC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went there for dinner in the evening...great ambience, romantic, great music and style, excellent food, wine, and service. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This was my fourth visit to Cotto. The food, as always, was excellent and the service attentive without being in-your-face. We ate outside and it would have been completely lovely had not there been two cigar smokers at the lounge end of the patio. Even so, that will not prevent me from coming again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • realdealVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It was a busy night when we went to this restaurant. We had a large group of people dining with us. The staff did a great job keeping up with our orders. They had a large food selection, and everyone was able to find something they liked. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Nika
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    After reading reviews on Yelp, my husband and I dined for our "date night". Service was attentive and food was delicious. It would have been nice to be asked when seated if we had dined there before, because we did have menu questions as "first timers". Its easier when a server can offer guidance in navigating a new cuisine and with the expansive menus if various tapas and entrees, that is invaluable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I felt like I was dining in little Italy. Excellent food. Good service and great location. To note, lamb sliders and the house made pasta are heavenly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was fantastic. Loved loved loved the lamb sliders. Pulled tender lamb meat sandwiched between two perfectly crisp yet creamy polenta cakes= heaven. Loved the burrata cheese from the mozzarella bar and creme brûlée as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cotto Is A Great Addition
    StrategiesVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Cotto offers very good authentic Italian food in a good atmosphere with good service. The prices are fair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • garyz
    garyz
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Cotto has been one of our favorites since it opened. Always delightful food and the specials are always absolutely wonderful. The beef steak tomato stuffed with risotto was really a great idea. Large enough for 2 to share as an app. The grilled octopus delicious. When you dine here be a bit adventurous as it will always be worth the daring. And the staff are really very well trained and well versed in the menu offerings...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fair Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Pizza was good and the frozen espresso shots for dessert were great. Everything else was okay, nothing special. Bread was dry, wine wasn't chilled (and this is a "wine bar"). Also, when serving the wine, the waitress didn't offer to have anyone taste it first. I probably wouldn't go back since there are much better places in the area, but if you are going to go, just stick with the pizza.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The restaurant has a friendly atmoshere, with good service, and also the food & wine list is great. Will definitly come again
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Meaning for "Hot" Spot
    FloeyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food here is very good and usually so is the service, but on this particular night it was sorely lacking! It was a Sunday so maybe they were short staffed - don't get me wrong, I usually LOVE this place, but it was so hot inside that the slow service seemed even more uncomfortable. Slow service is only part of it though - it was sporadic. Meals came out staggered and one was forgotten. One person got a drink order in but the waiter walked away without asking the other six people at the table. Maybe it was because we had two children with us, but I hope that was not the reason. Everyone has a bad night occasionally, but please turn up the air conditioning and pick up the pace and get back to your usual stellar performance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worth going back
    listen2me
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    As there are a million restaurants and I like trying new ones I will be back to this one. While it was quiet on July 5th the food wine and service were all good. We sat outside, enjoyed our food and wine. To me there are basically 2 reviews not good enough to go back and worth going back and/or worth the price. This one is worth going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Have been here a couple of times now and always enjoy! The olive bread they serve should be baked and sold! The veal meatballs are probably the best I have ever had and the sauce, simply delish. Too full for desert so ordered the Tiramisu to go- YUM! Great food, service and a gem in downtown Stamford.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Friends
    Lizknits
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We've eaten here 3 times - once alone, twice with friends. The food is always good - some items are outstanding. The Tuna Tartare is different and terrific. The chocolate lava cake is better than most. Very amenable to diet restrictions. The manager is excellent. When I mentioned that I prefer my drinking water at room temperature he made sure that someone tended to it throughout the meal. Servers are friendly, well-informed and willing to offer their opinions about both wine and food. Happy to return! Just a warning for older customers - like all places these days, it can get loud, making conversation difficult; and the menu is printed on a darker background and can be tough for older eyes.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    boneman
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We booked dinner for three on a Monday night. As one might expect, getting a table was quite easy and most restaurants in the area were far from capacity. They are noted for their wine selection, bottle and by the glass, and this was correct. The two glasses of Babaresco I had were quite nice. We split some fried eggplant and zucchini which was so so. My mate had a pizza while my partner had the lobster ravioli and I had the paparadelle with boar. Mains were quite good. Service was attentive and helpful. This place is worth trying, I'd recommend it to friends and if in the area, will eat there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scandalous Scallops
    JG50VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    With a price tag of $34 for scallops I was turned off to the prices at this wine bar/restaurant. I have seldom if ever seen prices like that for scallops and surely not at a restaurant I'd rate as good and no higher. Pleasant enough place but not worth the price. Perhaps Open Table should add VALUE to the star rating.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    saraml
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I was looking for a restaurant close to the Stamford nightlife and searched on Google Maps. Had never heard of Cotto and made reservations without hearing anything about it. Loved it! The service was great, my friends and I all marveled at how cute the inside of the restaurant was! The food selection was amazing, I couldn't choose between three dishes! Ended up loving what I ordered. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT place to eat!!
    CottoRocks
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My girlfriends and I were looking for a quiet but welcoming place to grab tapas. Barcelona is way too loud for us - Cotto was the perfect place to eat delicious tapas and drink delicious wine. We can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Cotto is on a quiet street in Downtown. We have gone several times and always sat outside, while on the street, its not as noisy as you'd think. Its actually quite charming. The FOOD... where do I start? The sauce reminded my husband of his Italian grandmother's sauce. The pasta was fresh! Everything was just delicious... it is now our 'go to' place in Stamford when we dont' know where to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 117 reviews are from the Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Never again
    PAF234VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    When we made the reservation through OpenTable, every half hour was showing as available. When we arrived five minutes early for our 8pm reservation, we were told it would be at least a 20 minute wait. We finally sat down only after pointing out an available table to the hostess. Not two minutes after we signed our check, a waiter came over to tell us we needed to leave because they needed the table. We were there for just about an hour. When we asked to see the hostess, the waiter returned to say she would not come over. When we insisted, she could not have been more rude. This was our first visit to Cotto after recently moving to the area. Never, never again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Knew just what to do....
    bpiecho1
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The service was incredible, the food was amazing, and the everyone involved from beginning to end knew just the right amount of interaction to engage in with their customers. Truly a gem in Stamford, we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • had a slight oops
    PeterMVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Our orders got switch on delivery to the table and it took a few bites for us to realize it. The only tip off was the fact that my wife ordered crispy bacon and instead she got my Siciliano with prosciuto. Both panini were delicious and Danielle our waitres was knowledgeable and attentive without being over zealous.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall we had a great experience.
    bridge
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Overall we had a great experience. It took sometime for the server to come over and get our drink order. However the food was awesome and unbelievably amazing... and the desserts were to die for. Overall we had a great dinner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Times Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in the tri-state area. Always a great meal, the staff is so friendly. I feel comfortable sitting at the bar and having a drink and something to eat by myself or while waiting for friends. Try the baby lamb chops, anti- pasta. All the pasta dishes are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere and design.
    JRegine24
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great atmosphere and design. Impressive wine list. Very busy. Server was attentive but lacking as far as experience, and education on the wine and food. Most questions about the wine and food that we had were mostly answers that were made up. Food itself was standard fare for a typical Italian restaurant but had higher expectations going by the design and wine list. Fish special was disappointing and lacking in flavor.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    Mimi
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This neighborhood restaurant is a gem. The food was excellent and service attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cotto saturday night
    bozer
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food and service was excellent. the noise level was quite loud. The hostess was very nice. Wine by the glass is a bit on the expensive side.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to go back!
    liza1022
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This was our first time trying Cotto. We started with mussels impepata which were good but could have used a bit more "oomph" in flavor. The burrata platter was SO delicious. For entrees, I had the chicken milanese which was a big portion. At our table we had 2 seafood pastas and a pepperoni pizza. Everyone said they were happy with their food. We were ambitious with our dessert selections: zeppoles with nutella, creme brulee AND tiramisu. We didn't realize how many zeppoles come in an order...(it's A LOT!). They were slightly greasy....but that's also why they were so good! The creme brulee was creamy and smooth with just the right amount of sweetness. The tiramisu was our least favorite of the 3 - there was just nothing special about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some of the food we ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Some of the food we ordered wasn't what we expected unfortunately but the AMAZING service made up for our overall experience! the menu is so diverse and all sounds so good that we plan on going back multiple times in order to try everything that we'd like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went to cotto with a couple
    RizP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Went to cotto with a couple of girlfriends and sat at the bar which was perfect. Bartender very friendly and had great suggestion of his white sangria which was very tasty. The food was fabulous from the over abundant amount of tapas choices to the tasty entrees. Great place for sharing. Ordered the pappardelle pasta with Ragu sauce and chicken scarp. Both excellent. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little Place!
    GC204
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    A group of friends and myself chose to try this place out as we get together for dinner every few months. The staff was very attentive and friendly, the food was very good and the ambience was also very good. All in all a great place for dinner with friends, a date-night or any special occasion!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We did not get our food as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We did not get our food as ordered, although that was quickly fixed. My Panini had all the ingredients but was cold; the cheese was not melted My Proseco was expensive, but had no carbonation. I suspect that the food is pretty good, because the half sandwich I took home was good when I cooked it properly. Nice people, helpful, but needs attention to the food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre at best
    Abby
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Food was very uneven. Some under sauced or greasy. Some over sauced, even though the sauce itself was good. Wine selection was good.s
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best places in stamford.
    Horatio
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Run by nice, smart creative people. Good food, interesting specials. Very cool small place with really nice staff. Have been 4 times and always been good...and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food. Terrible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is the best Italian food I've had in a long time. I have been here several times. Unfortunately, I know going into the experience that I'm sacrificing experience for food. I can't stress enough how good the food is, but the place packs way above capacity, and the service reflects this -- repeat orders several times, slow drink service. One caveat - if you have a small group (2-3) you can sit at the bar, and usually still get good service as long as you don't mind people bumping the back of your chair
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for Singles
    Charlie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I thought COtto was young vibrant and energetic. hard to hear and service just okay.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic