Sotto
Sotto

Sotto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sottocincinnati.com/
  • Phone: 5139776886x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef : Jeremy Lieb, Chef de Cuisine : Danny Combs
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking directly in front of the restaurant beginning at 6pm daily.
A word from Sotto
It is a concept of casual intimacy and communal romance. Sotto is the art of simplicity, a steward of restraint. It’s undressed, gutsy and human. It is fire, meat, wheat, and laughter. Above all, Sotto is Italian.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Sotto reviews from OpenTable diners
351 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (264)romantic (210)special occasion (206)hot spot (186)good for groups (139)notable wine list (112)neighborhood gem (94)vibrant bar scene (60)late-night find (48)great for lunch (5)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Few words
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    WOW- everything, WOW- Service, food, drinks, menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    place was great, very friendly, great atmosphere, very romantic, over all excellent
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    ilove2eat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This restaurant really met my expectations, especially being a sister company to Boca. The food was really good. I have to say the best things we tried were the goat cheese and honey bruscetta, the Fusilli bolognese, the Branzino, and the doughnuts for dessert. The restaurant was dimly light and a little noisy giving it a rustic cellar feel. Our server was awesome and made several recommendations. A must try in Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world!
    drfoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had been recommended Sotto by Cincinnati locals before we came into town last year but could not get reservations at that last minute. This year since it was s special occasion we booked ahead of time and boy was it worth it! The food and service were out of this world : fresh ingredients served simply and beautifully. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed Sotto. The atmosphere and service were top notch; attentive, but understated. The food simple but outstanding, it reminded me of the early simplicity Mario Batali brought to life on Molto Mario. The grilled Blue Oven Bakery bread was so good, and the textures of the house made pasta were magical. Then wrapping up with the donuts that were as soft as clouds. We've already booked our next night to Sotto. Top notch night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE it!
    YummyinDenver
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Amazing experience at Sotto. Fabulous service, ridiculously delicious food, great options. Only thing I could possibly say was "bad" is that it is very dark...but that definitely adds to the ambiance so nothing I would change. Recommended 100%!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Char
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday; everything was really good. Our experience was enhanced by our waiter, Seth. It was our first time dining at Soto, he explained everything and made great suggestions. He is a plus for the restaurant. We will all definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food great, but too loud, dark
    IrishAlways
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We sat at a perimeter "barrel" style booth which were even more dimly lit than others. It was so dark you could not possibly read the menu. Server suggested that we get the flashlight app from apple and use that (?), when she figured out that was impractical to ask of us we were brought a candle which made it possible to read. Strange dichotomy of very "low light" ambiance and very loud rock music throughout. So it can't hit the "romantic" either. Very beautiful reclaimed wood and stone on walls, but could barely be enjoyed in poor light. Place was empty at 5:30 but we were told would be jammed in 10 minutes. Many folks must have ditched their reservations. Still much less than half full when we left at 7:00pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sotto
    Audreybg
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Beautiful restaurant and excellent service. Menu is very limited.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good
    KindleVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Just go. You can not go wrong with any aspect of the evening. Wonderful. It is loud though which may bother some.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here
    heroVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Totally awesome place for wonderful food, wine and conversation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Sotto's exellent
    Mare
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had been trying to get a reservation for a while and finally enjoyed a great evening at Sotto's. The menu is a bit difficult as many terms were not easily recognizable, however our waitress was very knowledgeable and explained things in great detail. She also made a few recommendations that we took, and we were not led astray. Food was excellent and we had a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite Italian restaurant
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    So impressed! I loved eveything about Sotto. The Italian Pinot Grigio was the best I ever had, and perfect for my birthday dinner with my husband. We had the tuna bruschetta (mmm!), the melon antipasti (yummy), the short rib cappellacci (wow), the aglio olio (just right), and the chocolate budino (nothing better!) by candlelight at a side table by a drawn curtain. It took us away...for a nice little while, anyway.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sotto First Night Out
    CYB88
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Being new to the area and not knowing what to expect in the area Sotto is a very nice pearl to find. Starting at the entrance you could tell it would be unique. What looks like a cellar door you go further down and you get a very homey feel from the place. You can see the pipes above you to give you that cellar feel which I personally enjoyed. You are greeted at your table to a legitimate candle (not an electric one that is not classy at all), and some goblet looking wine classes which are fun to look at. For food we had 2 bruschetta dishes (goat cheese and hazelnut and a chicken liver mousse), while the mains were good they were overshadowed by the ricotta donuts. A stunning dish. A true gem in the midwest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Warm, delicious, and charming
    Linda
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been regular customers over the years at the other two rest., Nada, and Boca. Both of which make sure that service is personalized, on time, and correct, which in turn makes you feel very special regardless of your budget. This is the first time we have been at Sotto's with no exception to service. The food was always the freshest it could be, and pasta made on site was a real plus. Great place as far as atmosphere, very charming and rustic. It is a sure revisit, although reservations are really tough for particular time frames sometimes, but well worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Weezee
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The most flavorful restaurant ever! Wonderful, wonderful. I have eaten in some of finest restaurants in the country from CA to NY and Sotto's ranks right up there with the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    fairVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was excellent...however portions are small... noise level was high. We had great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great 2nd Anniversary
    1T0J1D3
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our second anniversary dinner at Sotto a couple of days ago. It was a darker, but cozy atmosphere with low noise levels and pleasant staff. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu, as well as the wine list. Everything was *very* tasty, from our food (great for sharing multiple smaller plates) to our cocktails and wine. I would gladly recommend this restaurant to friend or family, and will return soon to try out the lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent Food!
    sakramer2004
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We arrived at the restaurant 15 minutes prior to our reservation time and they seated us right away. We were "newbies" at this restaurant and the waitress was very helpful in assissting us to read the menu. We ordered 4 dishes plus dessert and shared the plates. The plates are small and sharable for two people, but the taste is impecable. The Plalenta is amazing, breaded pork loin with fusilli bologness is magnificent. And don't forget the donut holes......gooey goodness in the middle with side of 3 sauces to dip. This is an upscale Italian restaurant with lots of flavors in the dishes. I highly recommend this restaurant for a night out. Reservations are a must.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodiefriend
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Although the noise level was very loud from all the people present that evening, our group of 4 had a very enjoyable dining experience. The waiters were attentive but did their job 'behind the scenes' very well because we were very engrossed in conversation. The waiter suggested we get several of each course to share and we found that to be a good recommendation. The food was all prepared very well and very delicious. Hard to name a favorite because they were all so good, but the fusilli with bolognese may be it. Italian food raised to an art form. As a person who makes pasta from scratch, I was disappointed that no one was making it that night to observe from the viewing window. It gives me another excuse to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this Place
    BEAN
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Menu is short but oh so sweet! Shared plates with friends and each plate was better than the last.... Melon salad and ricotta donuts are a must
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We took our time eating and everything was served and prepared perfectly. A little more easy going than the mother restaurant upstairs, but the food is truly amazing...and you get to be underground literally. Seth was our server, and was a pro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite in Cincinnati
    eat2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Sotto -- great food and a knowledgable waiter. The house made pastas were near perfect as was the breaded pork tenderloin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • skinnermjVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have been to Sotto numerous times and always order the bistecca. Unfortunately, this time the bistecca was awful. It was cold, undercooked and inedible. Very disappointing. We pray this was an off night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Resaturant for Celiacs
    DJC1
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have celiac disease and can usually find a salad to eat when going out to a nice dinner. I would highly recommend Sotto's if you do have celiac and are looking for a nice place to eat. While it's a little pricey, the food is awesome and the staff was highly knowledgeable on celiac disease. In fact, the waiter said that they take all food allergies seriously. I was able to get gluten free pasta and it was delicious and I was told that none of my food came in contact with any of the gluten food. I would definitely recommend Sotto for dinner for anyone looking for a nice dinner experience out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    Stash32VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Enjoyed a Monday night dinner around 8 PM. The place was packed, but the service was excellent at both the bar and table. Had the pork loin for the first time (recommended by the lady seated next to me at the bar) and it was indeed fabulous. Add that to the other menu items we love, like the short rib ravioli and other pasta dishes, make this place a winner. Servers, hostesses, and hosts couldn't be nicer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovetoeat
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    we had a wonderful evening had family with us who had not been they loved it
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific
    jdm00VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food and great atmosphere. The service was top notch. They even found a sombrero for a member of our party who was having a birthday when I jokingly suggested they bring one as part of a birthday celebration. Everything and everyone went above and beyond. Because of the space and popularity, it can be quite noisy. But that just adds to the wonderful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Fantastic
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food, service, ambience....all outstanding. Recommended highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Like2Eat
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The staff was attentive and friendly and the food kept your taste buds alert. It was a little loud but that didn't bother us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed everything about dinner
    KatieB
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Sotto is a great before or after a play spot for casual Italian dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exactly what we wanted
    Greaseon
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Sotto was a great experience all around. We went for my husband and his brother's birthday and got what we were looking for. The dimmer feel with the candlesticks on the tables was romantic. Loved the carafes of water on the tables so we could fill as needed in between the freely flowing wine. The service was outstanding, and food was delicious with just right portions. I would definitely recommend to friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely, the best! Love Sotto!!
    wrathie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been here on several occasions and love it! The service is great and the food is to die for! We love to cook and go out to eat. The chefs at this restaurant are amazing...to say the least!! Honestly, it is simple food but made with great care and attention to detail...we had dinner on Saturday night and were still talking about it on Sunday afternoon. It's that good! The bruschetta appetizers were great, then the bread salad - YUM! We had the pepper pasta, the pesto dish and the pork at our table. All was delicious!! Don't forget to order the donuts for dessert - a must every time! Enjoy! You won't be sorry!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Sotto
    LunchGuy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My second visit to Sotto and enjoyed it once again. Had the short ribs ravioli pasta and loved it. My friend had the pork loin and it was great as well. William was our server and he did a great job. Knows the restaurant and the menu well and had good recommendations. We sat in the back room which was very quiet - I prefer to sit in the bar area or the main part of the restaurant - didn't care for the back room. If you want a very quiet dinner or have a group, the back room would work well, however. Think it would be good to add a few specials to the menu weekly or to expand the menu/change it a bit. Hadn't been there in 9 months and although I haven't tried everything on the menu, would like to see some updates/additions from time-to-time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Evening
    Nparker810
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I had been wanting to try Sotto for quite some time, and it was everything and more than we expected. The ambience of the restaurant creates an intimate and perfect atmosphere. I have never experienced service from a restaurant's staff like I did from Sotto. Our waitress was not only knowledgeable of the menu, but could describe each item with such detail it made me feel like I was watching the Food Network. Our waitress, Alexa I beleive was her name, helped us build a memorable meal paired with some wonderful wine. We cannot recommend Sotto enough. If you like food, wine, and a unique setting, Sotto is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had a group of 14 business people and we did the family styled dining and it was an awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Candlelit dinner+Italian=Fabulous
    LuckyInKentucky
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I love this place. I tried something from each section of the menu except anti pasta. The breaded pork loin was delicious--so tender and tasty. I had a glass of Pinot Grigio, which paired nicely with the entire meal. Go here for a date or special occasion and you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TheKingsGirl
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This was my first time to Sotto after returning back to Cincinnati from the Northeast. What a great addition to the Cincinnati restaurant world. We had to get a reservation very early at 5:15 to book a table. I was meeting a long time friend I haven't seen in 3 years, who was in town from New York and I was concerned we would be rushed along. Boy, was I surprised. Sotto took care of us and treated us like Queens. I had the most delectable, delightful, wonderful experience underscored by the fabulous food, wine, and service. The food and wine--was amazing, amazing, amazing from start to finish---the bruschetta, salad, ravioli and the donut balls. Delectable. Can't wait to get back and delight might taste buds again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    BentleyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Service was great, food was great, served at good intervals so that we could enjoy it all. I asked our waiter to recommended a wine that would accompany the meal I ordered and did so very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good except for the last drop
    Eatandeatandeatandeat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent food. Superb menu knowledge by the server. Attentive staff during the meal. Server disappeared after dessert and we sat for about 20 minutes without drinks, a check or anyone stopping by. Left an unfortunate bad taste, by I'm sure it was just a one-off occurrence (hopefully). We weren't wowed by her absence. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.