Sotto Sopra
Sotto Sopra

Sotto Sopra

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sottosoprainc.com/
  • Phone: 4106250534x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00 - 9:00pm Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Riccardo Bosio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Opera Night: Once a month on a Sunday evening, Sotto Sopra offers a multi-course pre-fixe menu along with live opera performances. Check our website for each month's menu.
  • Special Events: Monthly Live Opera Nights with a multi course dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mulberry and Franklin St.
  • Public Transit: Downtown Trolley - Free Circulator
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking
A word from Sotto Sopra
Sotto Sopra is an Italian restaurant housed in a beautiful 19th century building just blocks north of Baltimore’s Harborplace on Charles Street. Sotto Sopra specializes in true contemporary Italian cuisine adapting farm to table. We buy local whenever it is possible. The perfect risotto, handmade pastas, roasted meats, local seafood, and regional produce are here for your total enjoyment.

Join us for our Power Lunch, featuring what's freshest and best in Italian cuisine. Two courses from our full lunch menu, $18.

Sotto Sopra invites you to dine for lunch, Monday through Saturdays and dinner every evening. Eat.Drink.Sleep.Dream--Italian
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Sotto Sopra reviews from OpenTable diners
213 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (150)fit for foodies (138)romantic (135)neighborhood gem (103)notable wine list (73)good for groups (30)hot spot (19)great for lunch (16)late-night find (12)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • great spot
    mrtjt
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Service and food were first class. In house lobster ravioli was great, all staff are cheerful, candle lit ambiance, good wine, we will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend to Sotta Sopra for her birthday and she loved it. She had never been, but we will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great; service in the weeds
    Foodfan
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Waiter's recommendations were spot on; however, he was juggling too many tables and scarce at the outset. Had to ask hostess for more water and nudge our waiter on the way to the men's room about our wine. Once the food started coming, out mood quickly changed. Every course was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John
    John
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    A winning recipe of hospitality, atmosphere, and delicious food creates an unforgettable cuisine experience. Whether a fun night out or a special occasion, Sotta Sopra’s staff greet you as someone special and are attentive throughout the night. Food is excellent; a cozy atmosphere whether at the bar or a quiet, romantic corner; and reasonably priced. The pistachio ice cream is to die for. John
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Fabulous!
    BurkbobVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My wife and I had some time to kill before the concert at the BSO and decided to dine at Sotto Sopra. The service and food were both outstanding and the desserts decadently rich. Every time we have dined at Sotto Sopra, we have tried something different and we have never been disappointed. This is a restaurant that takes its food and customer service seriously and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian Restaurant!
    Kathy
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    In fact, my favorite restaurant in Baltimore. We have never been disappointed in the food, the service or the ambiance. I've hosted client events, a wedding reception, attended opera nights, stopped by on a weeknight and planned special occasions. They really know how to treat their customers. This time it was a weeknight birthday celebration. The waiter steered us to the most delicious specials, exchanged a glass of wine when I realized it was sweeter than I like and clued us in to the most scrumptious crime brûlée ever. If you haven't tried SS, do so! You'll never go back to Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    omgal
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I've wanted to try this restaurant for a long time since I see it is usually very high on Baltimore Magazine's "Best Places to Eat" issue. The food was absolutely fantastic and our service could not have been better. We had a full meal from appetizers to dessert and enjoyed every bit of it. I'd recommend without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting tastes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This was not our first time dining at Sotto Sopra, so we know it is very good but this evening the tastes were exceptionally good. We tried the prosciutto special - it lived up to its claim of being the 'Ferrari' of prosciuttos. It was accompanied with bread, dressed greens in a cheese basket and the tastes blended so wonderfully. My Pork Osso Bucco was just the right amount of rich mushroom sauce without being too heavy and fall-off-the-bone tender meat. It all worked so well with the wine that our server recommended. Desserts were delicious as well, with the Tiramisu being another exquisite blend of flavors. Service was exceptional, as well. We left feeling why did we wait so long to come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    titoVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    the duck as excellent, the ossobucco was just perfect. We have been coming to Sotto for a few years, my only complaint now days is too many Italian wines on the wine list, few other choices for french/spain/ or south america. Otherwise, great dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    Courtney
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We chose Sotto Sopra because it was recommended on Open Table and many friends also liked it. It was great. What you would expect from one these "fancy" places. However it was not stuffy! And the calamari was among the best I've had. Love the tempura fried lemon slices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    AlanP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Took my wife here for her birthday over Memorial Day weekend. Very impressed by the service the food and the overall experience. We sat outside so I can't speak to the dining room other than to say that it wasn't very crowded. My wife keeps talking about it and we'll most certainly return. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 122 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 828 reviews are from the Sotto Sopra reviews archive.
  • Ambiance
    Thot4food
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent food, perfect ambiance for a romantic birthday celebration! The staff was very attentive to all details and very welcoming and friendly yet professional!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Victims of their own success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This used to be our favorite restaurant. They're so popular now that it's affecting their service. We waited 10 minutes for our table to be ready (two parties were seated before us, as soon as they arrived), and then waited 10 minutes for the server (the hostess finally came and took our drink order). The food is very good though (although skip the espresso) and was served at a good pace, and everyone was friendly.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant
    LocalGal
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Sotto Soprano is my favorite place to go for a special occasion. The food and the service are excellent. The atmosphere is perfect. There is a beautiful picture window allowing you to see the neighborhood that bustles at just the right pace. Beautiful colorful flowers bloom just outside. Overall this is a warm experience that shouldn't be missed. If you like Caesar salad, you will love the fun presentation (and it is yummy).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique dining experience
    cbfreeVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We attended Opera Night at Sotto Sopra. The food was excellent, the service exceptional and the singers superb. It couldn't have been a nicer experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atmosphere, food and fun!
    Martin18611
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were guests on Sunday, May 18, 2014, and it was a fabulous adventure. We enjoyed the food immensely, especially the Snapper and Asparagus dish. Although we are not real opera fans, the tenor and soprano were so engaging and interacted with the diners- who cared if we did not know what they were singing, they were so very enjoyable. The isles were somewhat crowded and the wait staff did their best to avoid crashing into diners- it was a little annoying- but the staff were excellent and pampered us. We especially enjoyed the requests that the singers did. I'd recommend it for a fun special occasion and it was very reasonably priced for a show and dinner. Nice job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Treasure
    Marty
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We have been to Sotto Spora a few times. The menu from start to finish has abundant choices and all are prepared exceptionally well.the staff is most pleasant, accommodating, and attentive. It is one of our favorite destinations in Baltimore
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sotto Sopra- Perfect for lunch
    SeniorSamII
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    A perfect place for in-town people to meet for a leisurely lunch or to gather for an enjoyable evening meal-starting with a toast of wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dining experience
    New2dcVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Great food, fabulous waitstaff, lovely atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great romantic restaurant
    Duke
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    My wife and I dined here for the first time celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. The service, food and stmossohere provided for a very romantic evening. We will definitely return and bring friends, food was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Most under-rated spot in Baltimore!
    mrsmilli
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Simply the best! Food is amazing. You'll be sorry you waited so long to try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite for celebrations!
    VirtualPilgrimVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We always choose Sotto Sopra for family birthdays, Mother's Day, and since they opened, for Christmas Eve, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    GeneJenie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My husband and went for out for a much needed date night. The restaurant did not disappoint. Great food in very stylishly decorated restaurant. The only pro / con -- depends on your preference, is that is is very cramped and you are just about sitting with the people next to you. It reminded me quite a bit of the Italian restaurants in New York City -- so like I said pro and con. In one sense I think I rather have a bit more space between me and my neighbors, but on the other hand it gave the place a more urban feel to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Theatre Gem
    Miked
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A gem. Superb service, exciting menu, wonderful flavors. Allowed two hours prior to Hippodrome show and had plenty of time without feeling rushed. Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My wife and I have been to Sotto Sopra on several occasions. The food has always been excellent, inventive and delicious. The service has been attentive and helpful. On our last visit, we thought we should return more quickly than usual. It is probably one of the best Italian restaurants in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Traditionalist
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Over the years, it has shifted from an excellent authentic Italian restaurant to more of restaurant catering to an Italian American clientele. Pasta swimming in sauce and not al dente. Unfortunate
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Experience
    vallard1
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I had dined at Sotto Sopra before, and my second time at the restaurant did not disappoint me. I won't use superlatives to describe the food, service, or atmosphere, because the restaurant is not breathtaking, but everything lived up to my expectations. My meat was cooked rare, just as I ordered it, for once! Service was efficient but bizarre. Our waiter seemed to be trying a little "too hard," so to speak. Clearly not an Italian native, he still decided to hum Italian arias as he set our plates down or cleared the table, and every choice we made (wine, appetizers, main courses) was either "beautiful" or "wonderful." This did nothing to detract from the good food and company, and overall I am once again more than satisfied by Sotto Sopra.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Special Occasion Retaurant
    Jaccortibrooks
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Whenever we have special occasion to celebrate, we make reservations at Sotto Sopra. Graduations, anniversaries, birthdays. The food is so wonderful. The staff is always delightfully friendly. Scott our waitperson this past Monday made the evening so fun. The interior is really pretty and romantic. Sotto Sopra is a very special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closer to Milan than Little Italy!
    DinerDoc
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Set back in time of European bistros, Sotto Sopra definitely turns your dining "upside down". Don't miss the Polenta di Riccardo; a incredible palate pleaser with custardy polenta, leeks, prosciutto and egg. The pastas were Italian (not american) perfect; silky and al dent with soothing flavors. The bronzino simply flaked off the skin and melted in your mouth. The dessert special, a brandied cherry bread pudding finished off a terrific dinner. Check into the new suite of interesting cocktails as well. This is art and food for the lover!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great Italian restaurant. Always great food. Recommend to any high end Italian food lovers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in a While
    EvilIncarnateVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Had the opportunity to dine here for the 1st time in almost a decade. Menu looked promising. Wine list filled with a plethora of mediocre Italian varietals. Food was good, with the exception of the Duck, which was dry and tasteless.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening
    BillVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The first time we visited we were with friends who knew the owner and our food and service were quite splendid. This time we came alone and unknown, but were treated equally well. It is a handsome restaurant with beautiful murals in the main dining room. The wait staff was attentive without hovering. We made a meal out of five shared Italian appetizers and then finished with pastry and espresso. Not inexpensive it was, nevertheless, memorable.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chrisVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Our server was very attentive and informative on the food and wine. I had emailed that it was my husband's birthday and he remembered. The food was absolutely wonderful.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner!
    dine2gether
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Sotto Sopra is an excellent restaurant with wonderful food and service!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done
    Hammer6
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Wonderful experience - relaxing. Lovely breath of choices expertly executed. Scallops are truly perfect, the best I have had in several years. The Seafood Risotto was outstanding, joy to behold and so freshly seasoned. The Lobster Ravioli was impressive. We were not rushed. Spent a leisurely four hours and truly enjoyed ourselves. It was a European pace. Well done and thank you.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time!
    WeazyVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My friends and I had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was great. The decor has a nice feel to it. The food was excellent. Our waiter, Tavis, was very attentive to the ladies needs. I will definitely return. Bravo!!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Pre-Theater Menu
    breakfastloverVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Outstanding restaurant. The server was fabulous, knowledgeable, and helpful. The bread was warm and soft. The grilled octopus salad was excellent; the ceasar salad was good; the sea bass was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the ossobucco was terrific. And the coffee was hot. And the kitchen paid attention to our pleas to not put additional salt on the food. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sotto Sopra
    gladwedid
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    First time there. had a great time. Services was great and the food was outstanding. Out group of four enjoyed everything we ordered. The waiter was a great help giving us tips and recommending food he thought we would enjoy and was always there when we needed him. I would go back for any occasions at any time. I am sure any one that tries Sotto Sopra will enjoy there experience as much we did. Thomas Van Damme
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • even impressed guest from Italy
    disappointed
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    One of our Baltimore favorites keeps getting better. Contrary to the Sun ranking we put Sotto Soprano in the top five.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Our waiter was very professional and knowledgable regarding the menu. The food was top notch and the atmosphere sophisticated and romantic. A great place for Date Night!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall