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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Sotto Sopra reviews from OpenTable diners
229 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (161)special occasion (160)romantic (141)neighborhood gem (111)notable wine list (86)good for groups (36)hot spot (23)great for lunch (14)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (7)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • An Amazing Italian Gem
    Italia22
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My Fiance and I were in Baltimore this weekend visiting due to a possible move to the city. We looked extensively trying to find the perfect restaurants to try. And we hit the nail on the head when we found this gem. Immediately entering Sotto Sopra, I loved the ambiance, with the dim lighting and romantic feel. The food could not have been more amazing, I had the Fettucini alla Bolognese & my Fiance had the Pork Ossobuco. The housemade pasta was some of the best I have ever had, and his pork was tender and fell off the bone. We both shared the Creme Brulee for dessert. Our only complaint was the service, it was very slow all night, and we waited 40 minutes from the time we finished dessert until we got our bill from the waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lou
    Louigi
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Not our fist time here, and definitely not our last while I'm able to enjoy very good and usually different food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Kiki
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Loved our waiter - he couldn't have been more helpful in terms of wine recommendations and dietary restrictions. Thanks for the great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-concert early dinner
    MinervaTakesaBite
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I was impressed that our server seemed very knowledgable about the wines. Her recommendation was excellent. My husband's salad and pasta a la carbonara were terrific. My duck breast was a bit bland (the sauce looked lovely but tasted mostly of salt and thickener), and the skin/fat wasn't at all crispy. Food service was prompt and we were out in plenty of time for the Symphony. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blown Away!
    BaltFoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Sotto Sopra completely exceeded my expectations. Not only was the food beautiful, flawlessly prepared, and delicious, but service was a perfect balance between being attentive but also giving us time to just be together and talk uninterrupted. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and made fantastic recommendations. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic and although the restaurant was packed, the noise level was great and we could all hear each other. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molto Bello!
    DanGVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Overall, very nice meal and experience with only a few minor things making it slightly less than outstanding in each category. Ambiance was very inviting, but the a/c vent over the table made eating with coats on required for daughter and wife. In restaurant's defense, they did turn it down when we mentioned it, but it came back on 5 minutes later and was notably chilly. Food tasted terrific with only flaw being that the pasta noodles were very stuck together. Seemed like could have been remedied with a simple stir of the pot while cooking. Service was very good and waiter was friendly and helpful, but took longer than it seemed it should have to seat us (the table was open and set) and then for the waiter to finally get to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Italian
    Tourist
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    With a great server, Alex E., fantastic food including pasta from scratch, great art on the walls, what is not to like? It's hard to imagine not having a great meal and time here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a favorite, but ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    service is a mixed bag. We're regular enough that we have a regular waitress who's very attentive, and the food is always good. But some of the servers need more training.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous dining pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Sotto Sopra is a gem! The food and service is always impeccable. The specials menu changes regularly and our favorites on the regular menu are always newly delightful. Easy choice for where to dine in Baltimore - Sotto Sopra!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic all around
    fooddottieVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Wonderful dining experience from our delicious meal, attentive service to the warm inviting atmosphere. All around a fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian Gem
    Leptodora
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was our first time at Sotto Sopra. It had great ambiance and knowledgeable staff, though a bit slow, as if they were understaffed. Given it was a Monday evening, perhaps they did not think they would be that busy. Interesting food, though I probably should have stuck to the pasta the first time out. I had the duck breast. The duck and cherry sauce was great, but the butternut lasagna was a disappointment. The blue cheese it was stuffed with over powered the squash. Though the waiter thought there would be just a hint, I had lumps of blue cheese--not good. I think even a hint is not a good choice. It needs something like nuts (hazelnuts, perhaps), mixed into the ricotta to let the squash shine through.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    When our children were both in town at the same time we wanted to celebrate...never a question as to where we would go as SS is our favorite spot. We've been fans for 15 years, have hosted client dinners as well as wedding receptions there and have enjoyed several Opera nights. The food never disappoints! Best Italian restaurant in town! And the murals and huge mirrors makes it such a lovely setting. We had four different entrees including fish, pasta and meat and all were fabulous. What a lovely evening...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NO SURPRISE HERE
    ELF9
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    As we were driving home from NYC to DC, we decided to stop for dinner in Baltimore. Our "go to" had always been one of the many restaurants in Little Italy, but I was intrigued when my Open Table app listed Sotto Sopra as one of the search results, b/c it wasn't in the neighborhood we are so familiar with. I checked the menu and was very impressed by the unusual selection of dishes (from rabbit roulade to braised duck with cheddar sauce). The decor was beautiful, in keeping with the 1920's, the ambient music was low, the bar was gorgeous and tables were nicely spaced apart. There was an extensive menu and the food was beautiful to look at and delicious. The service was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always great
    cramadia
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant is consistently fabulous. My first go-to spot whenever I'm in Baltimore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    foodie4real
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The waitstaff at Sotto Sopra was out of this world. So friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. We went for my boyfriend's birthday and it was very special for him. He loved the sparkler in his dessert! Nice touch :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a nice Baltimore restaurant
    ArthurJacobVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    One of my favorite places when I am visiting the city. The food is consistently high quality and the price point is reasonable for what they offer. One dish was overcooked and was sent back, which am loathe to do, but done without too much hassle, otherwise given an excellent rating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Birthday Dinner
    Birthday1
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We always love coming to Sotto Sopra and again they did not disappoint. Everything was so enjoyable from the friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, to the tasty and well executed dishes to the ambiance. It was a Monday night so a little quiet than normal, but suited us fine that night to celebrate a birthday and we were able to talk comfortably. We have been many times including to their Opera nights and always enjoy Sotto Sopra. It is a place we like to return to time and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Must!
    luckyfind
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Don't put any weight behind any negative reviews. I have eaten all over the world and this experience could stand right up their against the top restaurants. The food was very very well prepared. Pricing was very fair given the quality of the ingredients. Sure it's not cheap but have you priced top shelf olive oil, buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes or prosciutto? The service was exceptional - timely, personable, and extremely knowledgeable - a bit of a surprise given the young age of our waiter. Really, what more could you want in a dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite dining experience
    wineanddine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We selected Sotto Sopra because it was highly recommended by Baltimore Magazine. Our first visit, with out-of-town guests, left everyone raving about the food, the service, the relaxed, quiet atmosphere, the beautiful décor - everything was outstanding. The Super Tuscan wine was a super-star, too. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic!
    8vapiccolo
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Creative menu and wonderful authentic Italian cuisine add up to a heavenly meal. Also excellent service. I dine here frequently and have never been disappointed. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner before a show
    foodfor2
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The menu selection was interesting and everything ordered was absolutely delicious. The ambiance was quiet, romantic. The service was very good, knowledgeable, timely but "hovered" a bit too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the same
    HerkyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Having not eaten here for several years I was looking forward to an experience like my previous one. I should know better. The decor is tired and the pasta, while nicely made, was finished with a salty sauce. It didn't help that my server moved me to an upcharged wine that wasn't worth the price.
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  • Great food, amazing serivce
    Alex
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything about this meal was perfect. The manager, Mallory, greeted us with complimentary glasses of persecco. Mussels in curry sauce were phenomenal as were the squid ink pasta and tomato risotto. Cocktails are creative and tasty as well. Impeccable service with attention to detail such as wiping down the table between courses. One of the best meals I've ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    beetreaux
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Came to Sotto Sopra for our Anniversary Dinner and we were, yet again, completely blown away by the food and the service. You can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Spot for Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is a nice spot for a business lunch--you can hear one another, the ambiance is elegant but informal, and the service just right. That said, the food was unusually hit and miss. The caesar salad and an arugula salad with fennel were just right, very fresh and not overly dressed. But, the special risotto with arugula had too many bitter tones, especially with the richly flavored chicken that accompanied it. We both finished every bite of the chicken but picked at the risotto. Everything else we liked . I do recommend this restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change is not always good!
    lvitalianfood
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our party dines at Sotta Sopra regularly about once a month or every two months. The Saltimbacca was prepared differently than on other occasions and not as good as the old recipe. The sauce for the ribeye was underwhelming. There seemed to be a problem in the kitchen that night since service was unusually slow. Other dishes were generally up to previous standards.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    NinerdawgVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Was I. Baltimore for business, went with four colleagues for dinner based on Open Table reviews. The food was outstanding, with great variations on traditional northern Italian cuisine. Our waiter was probably the best waiter I've had in the past several years. Great wine list and a fantastic set of deserts. Would highly recommend. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Discerning1
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Reserved for a small party business dinner; it hit the mark with my guests. Food was excellent, wine selection generous and well suited to Northern Italian cuisine, staff very welcoming and attentive. Plan to return for a more quiet intimate date night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    JorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is an excellent choice for a special occasion. I had the halibut and it was perfectly cooked, and the sweetness of the gnocchi and squash purée gave it a nice contrast. My wife had the veal saltimbocca and she loved it. We agreed that the grilled octopus salad is the best we have tasted, and we have tried octopus in a variety of ways coming from the Caribbean. Our server was very attentive. In summary, great experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant dining
    tobes
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time (again) at Sotto Sopra and were both very impressed by the dishes we were served. My girlfriend got the duck and ate it up rather quickly, while I enjoyed the Sacchetti pumpkin dish, and it was scrumptious. We both had room for dessert and enjoyed the crème bruele mightily. The restaurant also has an impeccable wine list to chose from and the service was exceptional. The one thing that kind of got to me was that early on (probably around 7pm), they decided to dim the lights considerably, which I thought was an odd choice. Of course this did not detract from the special evening we had but just wanted to point it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sotto Sopra is Superb!
    KenR
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We booked our reservation at Sotto Sopra for my son's birthday. It was our first experience and we enjoyed it immensely. It's a small restaurant with a medium bar in the rear of the restaurant, but it's no one is uncomfortably close. The only issue we had was when waiters/bussers passed behind us and bumped our chairs often. The beet salad was refreshing and the mint-infused pea soup was rich and minty. We selected the halibut, pork osso bucco and the pumpkin purses. By far the osso bucco was the best meal on the table. The pumpkin purses were tender and creamy with a smattering of sauce that was totally appropriate for the dish. It is wonderful place with a lot of character and ambiance. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food good servoce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was well prepared and good service--though waiter tried to "sell" all the time-- not offensive but...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    JunoVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I love Sotto Sopra. Lately it's been tough to visit them due to 2 little ones but as always the service was great, food was great, we love this restaurant. Malbec by the glass.. wow. generous pouring.. we did the tasting menu.. my main course was bit skimpy while my wife's main course was more than enough for 2 people. (She shared) But other than that.. no complaints.. we left full and we had a great time. It gets noisy when the restaurant gets full so just beware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stumbled but caught themselves
    Ladycloudbottom
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The restaurant was completely full on the week night we visited, apparently due to a conference at a local hotel. The additional and unexpected crowd meant that they were a little short-staffed. We waited almost 40 minutes before getting bread and cocktails. That said, the restaurant took full ownership of the situation, giving us our cocktails for free and not charging us a corkage fee for the bottle we had brought. After the initial hiccup, the food was excellent and we enjoyed everything we ate. It's the effort to go above and beyond when they know they're not at their best that makes restaurants like this stand apart from others. We would definitely come back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Italian
    mp6283
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great food with a diverse menu. Everything we ordered was excellent and the service was friendly and efficient.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It Works!
    kneesVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had a lovely time. Food preps were excellent along with attentive service. Classy but relaxed atmosphere. Bronzino was perfectly grilled accompanied by a tasty lemon confit...yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic grilled octopus
    Ischialover51
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We dined on a Saturday night after a baseball game. We were a party of four. We especially enjoyed the grilled octopus. One person felt it was the best he had ever eaten. The seafood and pasta were delicious and well done. The server attended us very well. There was one mishap, however. When the entrees were served, the two people in our party that ordered the fish special were not served and it was realized that the computer did not register their order. The server explained this to us, apologized several times, and quickly reordered their meals. They were delivered in a timely fashion, even though the other two diners were almost done with their entrees. All in all, a very enjoyable meal and a beautiful setting.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best homemade pasta anywhere!
    Galeberta
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ambiance had an old world European feel. Our waiter was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and gave us great service. I had a pasta dish that was so unique. Pumpkin filled pasta with crumbled sausage and a hint of amaretto. This dish was so light. We are going back 2 days later to visit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night gem
    DrGeorge
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Bf and I wanted to try a different venue for a spontaneous Monday night dinner date, and happened upon Sotto Sopra. Monday night venues can be slim, especially if you're trying to have a unique dining experience, but we luckily found this restaurant, and couldn't be happier. Service was great, unobtrusive but available and knowledgeable with food and beverage recommendations. Menu was diverse enough to satisfy any palate and appetite. I had the lamb osso buco with basil mashed potatoes and candied carrots: lamb was tasty, not gamey, maybe slightly dry due to our dawdling with our appetizers. Bf had lobster ravioli in a butternut squash sauce: lobster was plentiful, though the sauce was sweeter than expected. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    although we went specifically because we had seen the facebook post of Black Cod with butternut squash and lobster broth...and no one at the restaurant knew of that specific post...we were not disappointed with the dishes we ordered...to the contrary, everything was amazing!! the polenta with poached egg appetizer was outstanding, the grilled octopus salad perfect...the special fish, barramundi, and the halibut..perfection!! will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate