Sotto
Sotto

Sotto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sottocincinnati.com/
  • Phone: (513) 977-6886
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Sotto reviews from OpenTable diners
350 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (265)romantic (205)special occasion (198)hot spot (192)good for groups (141)notable wine list (108)neighborhood gem (95)vibrant bar scene (65)late-night find (48)great for lunch (7)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • One of Cincinnati's best!
    Nick
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The wait staff is very knowledgeable about the menu and is very helpful with wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The foot, ambiance, and service at Sotto were great. However, after ordering two appetizers, two entrees, and dessert, we left Sotto ready to eat another meal. When we splurge on dinner, at the very least I expect to be full when I leave. While the entire experience was excellent, I felt that I didn't get my money's worth here. Next time we will be going somewhere where we get the same quality AND more bang for our buck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jimbus
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Love the atmosphere and sharing all of the different courses with your friends. The selections are really good and everything we've eaten there has been fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a quick bite or a relaxing evening out
    Jody
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We had a pre-theater dinner at Sotto this week and were impressed by the service and attention from the moment we entered the door. While the menu is a bit limited, there were several options we considered. The penne with vodka sauce and pork loin with beurre blanc turned out to be the perfect choices for my husband and myself. Sotto must be distinguished by the attention to detail and emphasis on friendly service. Lauren did an excellent job and was supported by at least 2 other staff members in making sure our food arrived fresh and hot. The assistant manager also stopped at our table to be sure we were pleased with the food and service. We are already looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The description of the menu items was not clear. You shouldn't need a translator to explain pasta noodles in a red sauce.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never disappoints
    Cityqueen
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Sotto is always changing up their menu with seasonal selections. The butternut squash ravioli in brown butter melted in my mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near disaster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We enjoyed the food and wine. Too dark. My son nearly ate a doughnut with the pistachio dip after the server told us that there were no nuts in the desert. We asked our waitress a few moments later to confirm that the dip was pistachio, and my son spit out what was in his mouth. The waitress apologized (therefore aware) but no further mention of the potential blunder was made. Nothing off the bill. I didn't complain, because it was my wife's birthday and I didn't want the evening to turn contentious. But I was very disappointed. If my sons allergy was more severe, we might have spent the night at the hospital. All wait staff should be aware of food allergies, and Sotto should take more accountability.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noise level
    Deafening
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The restaurant is entirely too noisy. Hard to have a good table conversation. Why not soften the walls and ceiling?
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    OpentablerVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    First time for us at Sotto, it exceeded our expectations! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rick
    Noiselevel
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Noise level in this restaurant was VERY HIGH. Our party of 6 could not converse with all of our guests. Our conversations at the table were limited because of the noise level of the restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Night Out
    ZMan
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Terrific, creative menu, with a young, vibrant staff that bends over backwards to help you and each other out. Great music piped in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Other options availabl
    deejal01VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The menu lends itself to a simple Italian trattoria offering simple plated dishes with an embellished flavor profile. Overall, the food is flavorful but the plating leaves a lot to be desired. The menu does not mention that gluten free pastas are available, however, if you ask the server for gluten free options, they will be pointed out to you! Very nice!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dollarjr
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Seth was awesome - he thoroughly explained every single dish on the menu and never let us sit with an empty drink! He also taught us how to make some of the newer additions at home. Food was amazing, per usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    repeatper4mance
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The first time I went with a friend who is a died-in-the wool foodie. She ordered for both of us. Had a problem chosing wine - server brooght out samples of the three we were considering! This time my wife and I went with friends. The menu is "mostly" in Italian. The server took the time to describe EVERY dish. The food was amazing, We were not rushed. We will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Romantic Night Out
    Suecraig
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I spent Friday night at Sotto. Everything was fantastic and the ambiance can't be beat. One of my favorite places to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Amazing
    thistlepup
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This is my second time back and if I could eat there every night I'm pretty sure I would. Tried the pork loin and it was amazing so tender and the acidity from the lemon caper sauce set it off. As always the short rib pasta is heaven in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Everything was perfect except the noise level was a bit loud. and I didn't think the music fit the scene. otherwise food, service excellent.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    AML2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Love everything about the experience from the food & the service. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Great food and ambiance. Wine list is extensive. Doughnuts for dessert!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't miss pasta
    Woody
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Try any of the homemade pastas and you won't be disappointed. If you are there with a small group, order a few items from each section of the menu and share so you can try different menu options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fan-Freakin'-Tastic!
    kipsanddip
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We went there for our anniversary dinner, and were treated like royalty! Our server was extremely helpful in finding the perfect dishes for us, and he even found a wine that we both loved based on our likes/dislikes in wines we have had previously. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. The restaurant itself is really beautiful...exposed brick, our table overlooked the wine pit, dim lighting, natural wood...just amazing! We already want to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great service! It was a little loud in the main dining area and our party of 8 had a hard time hearing everyone at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better everytime
    Foodies
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The quiet table was perfect for an Anniversary dinner. The service and time between courses is always perfect. While there we scheduled a family dinner the evening before Thanksgiving. Our kind of place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Few words
    Seddy
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    WOW- everything, WOW- Service, food, drinks, menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great atmosphere
    blody2525
    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.
  • Cincy diner
    westsidedinerVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Wonderful service, incredible food. Will most certainly return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • luvinlf
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was so disappointed:( Im not one to complain at all so I feel bad to be 'Debbie downer' but I didnt love it in an instant!We walked in, was seated right away, which was nice.my husband and I tried to talk to each other but it was way too noisy . Our waitress wasn't having a good day( hey, we all have bad days). We ordered the goat cheese&honey appetizer, not impressed. Dinner, short rib pasta, didn't love that either:( I was so bummed because literally everyone that I talked to prior to going couldn't say enough about this place.the only thing that I can rave about is their doughnuts (pretty yummy).Im not completely set against trying it again but it definitely didnt knock my heels off!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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