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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Sotto reviews from OpenTable diners
356 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (257)special occasion (236)romantic (225)hot spot (185)good for groups (132)notable wine list (112)neighborhood gem (88)vibrant bar scene (67)late-night find (50)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was very tasty. Size of some portions were small, especially the salami appetizer which was $21 for a ridiculous small serving of shaved cured meats for 4-6 people which really was a single serving. Quality of food & service was very good, however. Noise level from music was too loud, so based on all the other comments I have read about the noise, consider turning it down a few notches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • crazy4foodVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was quick and friendly, food was ok but notting to write home about (Nicola's is much better), restaurant decor was great and music was superb!! (Arctic Monkeys, Led Zeppelin, The Ramones anyone?). Will go one more time to give food a second chance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kate
    Kate
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had a great evening at Sotto with some good friends. Great atmosphere, funny, upbeat and very good waitress! Fabulous food will be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect except noise
    perfectnight
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was outstanding in quality, uniqueness, presentation, and quantity. Service was engaged, supportive in arranging what to order and guiding us in quantity and type. Price was high but less than anticipated from previous times at Sotto's. Restrooms clean, unique. The only issue was the noise level -- hard to carry on conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food is amazing, but the restaurant is very loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ambiance
    Yumm
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Sotto has great energy and the atmosphere is fantastic! Their Chicken Liver Mousse and Pistacio bruschetta was phenomenal and I would recommend to anyone. Their pasta was good, but not great. Overall it was a fun experience and the staff was attentive and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy, but Nice
    Hungryfoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Sotto is a very loud ("energetic") establishment. That said it's excellent for drinks after work or late night, and the pasta is wonderful. Friendly and attentive associates round out a great evening. I prefer upstairs (Boca) for "romantic" and really special occasions, but Sotto is just the right place for casual group gatherings in the evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food was outstanding and our server was great. The only thing that surprised me was that we told our server that it was my mom's 66th birthday. You would think he would have offered her some kind of complimentary dessert. Scoop of ice cream? Nothing. I was surprised by that considering we had already ordered so much in the way of other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    From the ambiance to the service and food, every aspect was a 10/10! We were visiting from out-of-town and read the positive reviews. The experience exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Date Night
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our visit to Sotto. The service was perfect and the food was even better. It was the perfect choice for our monthly date night. This month was my pick, my husband is concerned he won't be able to top it next month!! Thank you Sotto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best in town!
    Theshooter23
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Sotto is amazing! One of my favorites. Close to, if not the coolest place in town! Get the doughnuts!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Sotto provides a terrific dining experience every time we visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food & Great service
    CincyBest
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food is well prepared and the portions are such that two people share each item enables one to taste many items on the menu. The waiter knew each item on the menu and was willing to make recommendations suggesting we try certain items that we normally would not have tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    AtrulyWowdinner
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have never been to a restaurant where the term Wow was used so many times. Our waitress suggested we order various items and share them at the table. Great suggestion! Everything we tasted was a Wow moment. We'll be back. Kevin Kurtz
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Extremely happy with overall experience. Staff from front to back did a great job, they are friendly, knowledgeable and eager to help. Server (I believe Trevor) was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, my wife selected a wine but wasn't sure, he helped with other choices (wine lists can be difficult for staff and customers), then went through complete menu and answered our questions and had recommendations for each section. Food was excellent, unique, and overall thought prices were reasonable. Restaurant is a little dark and is a little loud (not enough to be a problem) but also interesting atmosphere. Will definitely go back. Difficult to get a reservation for a reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, romantic night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My boyfriend took me here for my birthday, and we had a great time. The family style way of ordering is my favorite, and Sotto has the perfect set up. Staff is very friendly and our server, Kate knew the menu very well and made great recommendations. The dark, intimate setting made for an awesome date. The only complaint I had was that they had a strange choice of music for the setting (lots of Rolling Stones...?), but that was pretty inconsequential to the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of Town Visitor
    EnjoyableVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We wanted to show a friend from Atlanta how things were changing in downtown Cincinnati. We love the idea of OTR but not the parking and long waits so we went to Boca for drinks and Sotto for dinner. The entire evening was wonderful and much better for those of us on the older side. Our drinks and food were delicious. We shared the chicken liver pate bruschetta, the pork loin, plus several other pasta dishes, and the gelato. Everything was perfectly prepared and we are still talking about the food and the place. I highly recommend all of David's places on this vibrant corner but especially Sotto.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cincy best
    Foodies
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We now have a new favorite restaurant The small plates of each course was perfect for two. The homemade pasta and presentation of each course was perfect. We will be back with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as they say
    JtrooVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had dinner for the first time here. The sazerac I started with was great and had another later. With the two of us we shared the goat cheese and honey bruschetta (simple but delicious), mixed salad (light and refreshing), polenta and egg (very savory), short rib cappellaci (good), and tonarelli (amazing! simplicity at its best...i ended up sopping up all the sauce). We were stuffed but had enough room for the donuts too. I really like the pistachio sauce and I'm usually a chocolate girl. Pricey but worth it. Service was nice. As most people have commented, it is dark and pretty loud but we didn't have any trouble with holding a conversation. I wanna come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sotto does it right
    SradVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, great service, great value... Sotto does it right every time. They show how much can be done with a relatively small menu done well. Always worth a visit when in Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jenna
    Jlee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing. Habanero pasta, pork loin and donuts were to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner at Sotto
    RayC
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My girlfriend and I recently went to Sotto for our 2 year anniversary. It was unbelievable. Our server started by making a great recommendation for a white wine that we enjoyed with our garlic bruschetta. Then we ordered the polenta that is topped with an egg and prosciutto that was beyond delicious. To accompany our dinner we had the half craft of the red wine blend that was quite tasty. My girlfriend ordered the rip cappellacci, and I had the penne alla vodka. The thing that seperates this place is that you can just tell how their pasta is made fresh. Its so soft and fresh. For dessert we finished with the ricotta donuts. Our server recommended dipping it in caramel and pistachio, and man that was a great call. Incredible experience!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Really nice atmosphere. We met for a birthday dinner. Server was great. The bread and oil was awesome. Meal reasonably priced. Food portions nice. I thought the music was too loud - hard to have a conversation. I liked the music, just volume too high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Kristinl
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Glad to finally try Sotto. We had a wonderful time and meal. Our pasta was delayed, both our server and manager apologized and comped it. Totally worth the wait will go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My first time there and it was quite an experience. The food was wonderful, the service spectacular! Loved the ambiance of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dollarjr
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Of course I forget the name... But the pasta with fresh tomatoes and habanero oil is so delicious I won't order anything else from now on. Very simple flavors that come together and make something exquisite. Probably one of the best pasta dishes I have had... And I've eaten pasta all through Italy, so that's a statement!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and atmosphere
    mcgowasa
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was amazing and or server wisely suggested the two of us share courses and it was perfect. Especially loved the seasonal melon salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but Loud
    ChiVisitorVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There is a limited menu. The food items are good, but the appetizers and main courses are small. The noise level is very high and the lighting is very dim.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining experience
    BobM
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Really enjoyed Sotto yet again. The food was fantastic, and the service was very attentive but not too much so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food at Sotto
    WineMe1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food is always delicious and interesting. Some innovative touches that really awaken the taste buds. We always leave saying, let's come back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodiemanVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    honored wife's request for caffeine free diet cola made in advance. little too noisy and could use more a/c.overall very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and service were both great! Our waiter was Patrick and he was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Everything that he suggested was terriffic. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    There were 5 of us for a birthday dinner. All of us self-proclaimed "foodies". The food was very good and the service (Seth) was outstanding...all of Seth's recommendations were spot on! Absolutely LOVE this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Too Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food is very good. Wine list is a bit sparse. This restaurant is basically in a basement. The walls are all brick/cement. Thus the incredibly loud music just bounces off the walls and beats you over the head during your meal. Turn it down a bit. It's a restaurant, not a dance club.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Fantastic!
    Suzanne0220
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was my second time at Sotto, they are setting a level of excellence each time. Service is was beyond great, Seth was personable, funny, knowledgeable and on it. Never had to ask for anything, anticipated our needs and meet them. Food is out of this world and price point is unbeatable for the level of culinary achievement your are eating! It is a MUST!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great but too noisy
    Paulo
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A really good experience except for the noise level. Experience would be enhanced by incorporating sound absorption material would improve the ambience significantly. Servers have been knowledgable, personable, and energetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • easy dieting
    je3105
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Love the brazino, I can eat out here and not gain weight...If I can stay away from the yummy bread and pasta
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    First visit and we will be back again and again and again and again!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome atmosphere
    mabk
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was mouth watering and the atmosphere was cozy, cool, and current. Loved the underground hideaway feel. I would call it romantic also,but it did get a bit on the loud side , so it's not the quiet type romantic place. But at a table of six, we were still able to talk and hear everyone. Can't wait to go back...food and ambience...aahhh
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    LRJ125
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My girlfriend and I decided to go to Sotto and we absolutely loved it. It was our second time there and we split the 35oz porterhouse and it was incredible. And the donuts are a necessity for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.