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Sotto Sopra
Sotto Sopra

Sotto Sopra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sottosoprainc.com
  • Phone: (410) 625-0534
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Three of the four guests at our table ordered pasta. Unfortunately, the pasta was overcooked for all three of us. We've eaten here on many previous occasions but this was the first time the food was unsatisfactory. Our waitress bent over backwards to make amends."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A true gem, this place had great service, classically fabulous atmosphere, and many unique meals to choose from. The highlight of the meal for me was dessert as it always is, the chocolate molton lava cake was complete insanity."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Excellent Italian food. Much choice on menu. Professional, friendly wait staff. 8 min walk from our Embassy Suites Inner Harbour hotel on St Paul Place."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful for a long luxurious and delicious dinner."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " A winning recipe of hospitality, atmosphere, and delicious food creates an unforgettable cuisine experience. Whether a fun night out or a special occasion, Sotta Sopra’s staff greet you as someone special and are attentive throughout the night. Food is excellent; a cozy atmosphere whether at the bar or a quiet, romantic corner; and reasonably priced. The pistachio ice cream is to die for. John"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Went here for dinner on Monday night; the food was just divine. We had the Fried Polenta and Fried Calamari appetizers, Grilled Beef Tenderloin w/ asparagus and mashed potatoes, and the Pumpkin Saccheti with crumbled sausage, fine amaretti cookie crumbs, and cream sauce, and we ended with the mint and chocolate Creme Brulee and Mascarpone Cheesecake for dessert. Everything was just perfect, my pumpkin pasta was a juxtaposition of sweet and salty, just heavenly. The grilled tenderloin was cooked to a perfect medium rare, with a glaze that was tangy but light and refreshing, not overbearing like many glazes are. But be prepared to relax and enjoy your wine, as the service is slower-paced, just like dining in Italy! We adored this place."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Incredibly impressed with food and entertainment. Chef very attentive to all details. Food presentation and diversity very well done. Waitress knowledgeable about different wine characteristics and helped make final selection - excellent choice; wine cost was as to be expected for a good Italian restaurant. The opera presentations were well done, with humor. This was our second trip and we are planning more. As an aside, one of the group recommended also trying Sotto Sopra during restaurant week to experience more of the menu. Though a backed up at the valet, since all were leaving, the chef came out with staff to expedite retrieval of our cars - image that! She is certainly attuned to assure nothing messes up your dining experience."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The menu is excellent from appetizers to dessert food was delicious. We tried the chicken and the scallops both were amazing. Its a keeper for us."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food amazing but out waitress was not very attentive at all. Bartender cane to rescue & was very pleasant, fast & accommodating!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "As always the food was phenomenal and our server Scott was that much better! Request Scott for a perfect night you will thank yourself!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "My wife and I had some time to kill before the concert at the BSO and decided to dine at Sotto Sopra. The service and food were both outstanding and the desserts decadently rich. Every time we have dined at Sotto Sopra, we have tried something different and we have never been disappointed. This is a restaurant that takes its food and customer service seriously and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Service and food were first class. In house lobster ravioli was great, all staff are cheerful, candle lit ambiance, good wine, we will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Waiter's recommendations were spot on; however, he was juggling too many tables and scarce at the outset. Had to ask hostess for more water and nudge our waiter on the way to the men's room about our wine. Once the food started coming, out mood quickly changed. Every course was amazing."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to Sotta Sopra for her birthday and she loved it. She had never been, but we will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "In fact, my favorite restaurant in Baltimore. We have never been disappointed in the food, the service or the ambiance. I've hosted client events, a wedding reception, attended opera nights, stopped by on a weeknight and planned special occasions. They really know how to treat their customers. This time it was a weeknight birthday celebration. The waiter steered us to the most delicious specials, exchanged a glass of wine when I realized it was sweeter than I like and clued us in to the most scrumptious crime brûlée ever. If you haven't tried SS, do so! You'll never go back to Little Italy."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I've wanted to try this restaurant for a long time since I see it is usually very high on Baltimore Magazine's "Best Places to Eat" issue. The food was absolutely fantastic and our service could not have been better. We had a full meal from appetizers to dessert and enjoyed every bit of it. I'd recommend without hesitation."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was not our first time dining at Sotto Sopra, so we know it is very good but this evening the tastes were exceptionally good. We tried the prosciutto special - it lived up to its claim of being the 'Ferrari' of prosciuttos. It was accompanied with bread, dressed greens in a cheese basket and the tastes blended so wonderfully. My Pork Osso Bucco was just the right amount of rich mushroom sauce without being too heavy and fall-off-the-bone tender meat. It all worked so well with the wine that our server recommended. Desserts were delicious as well, with the Tiramisu being another exquisite blend of flavors. Service was exceptional, as well. We left feeling why did we wait so long to come back."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I LOVE, LOVE Sotta Sopra. I have been there several times and will continue to dine there. I always make a reservation so there is NEVER a waiting period and the food is always mouth watering delicious . "
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "the duck as excellent, the ossobucco was just perfect. We have been coming to Sotto for a few years, my only complaint now days is too many Italian wines on the wine list, few other choices for french/spain/ or south america. Otherwise, great dinner. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We chose Sotto Sopra because it was recommended on Open Table and many friends also liked it. It was great. What you would expect from one these "fancy" places. However it was not stuffy! And the calamari was among the best I've had. Love the tempura fried lemon slices!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent food, perfect ambiance for a romantic birthday celebration! The staff was very attentive to all details and very welcoming and friendly yet professional! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This used to be our favorite restaurant. They're so popular now that it's affecting their service. We waited 10 minutes for our table to be ready (two parties were seated before us, as soon as they arrived), and then waited 10 minutes for the server (the hostess finally came and took our drink order). The food is very good though (although skip the espresso) and was served at a good pace, and everyone was friendly. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Took my wife here for her birthday over Memorial Day weekend. Very impressed by the service the food and the overall experience. We sat outside so I can't speak to the dining room other than to say that it wasn't very crowded. My wife keeps talking about it and we'll most certainly return. Highly recommend. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Sotto Soprano is my favorite place to go for a special occasion. The food and the service are excellent. The atmosphere is perfect. There is a beautiful picture window allowing you to see the neighborhood that bustles at just the right pace. Beautiful colorful flowers bloom just outside. Overall this is a warm experience that shouldn't be missed. If you like Caesar salad, you will love the fun presentation (and it is yummy). "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We attended Opera Night at Sotto Sopra. The food was excellent, the service exceptional and the singers superb. It couldn't have been a nicer experience."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were guests on Sunday, May 18, 2014, and it was a fabulous adventure. We enjoyed the food immensely, especially the Snapper and Asparagus dish. Although we are not real opera fans, the tenor and soprano were so engaging and interacted with the diners- who cared if we did not know what they were singing, they were so very enjoyable. The isles were somewhat crowded and the wait staff did their best to avoid crashing into diners- it was a little annoying- but the staff were excellent and pampered us. We especially enjoyed the requests that the singers did. I'd recommend it for a fun special occasion and it was very reasonably priced for a show and dinner. Nice job! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "A perfect place for in-town people to meet for a leisurely lunch or to gather for an enjoyable evening meal-starting with a toast of wine."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We have been to Sotto Spora a few times. The menu from start to finish has abundant choices and all are prepared exceptionally well.the staff is most pleasant, accommodating, and attentive. It is one of our favorite destinations in Baltimore"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great food, fabulous waitstaff, lovely atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here for the first time celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. The service, food and stmossohere provided for a very romantic evening. We will definitely return and bring friends, food was awesome!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My husband and went for out for a much needed date night. The restaurant did not disappoint. Great food in very stylishly decorated restaurant. The only pro / con -- depends on your preference, is that is is very cramped and you are just about sitting with the people next to you. It reminded me quite a bit of the Italian restaurants in New York City -- so like I said pro and con. In one sense I think I rather have a bit more space between me and my neighbors, but on the other hand it gave the place a more urban feel to it. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We always choose Sotto Sopra for family birthdays, Mother's Day, and since they opened, for Christmas Eve, too!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Simply the best! Food is amazing. You'll be sorry you waited so long to try it. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delicious meal with friends here before a performance at Center Stage. Our server was friendly, but seemed a little overwhelmed. The wait between courses was a little long, as was the wait for the check. "
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A gem. Superb service, exciting menu, wonderful flavors. Allowed two hours prior to Hippodrome show and had plenty of time without feeling rushed. Great ambiance. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I had dined at Sotto Sopra before, and my second time at the restaurant did not disappoint me. I won't use superlatives to describe the food, service, or atmosphere, because the restaurant is not breathtaking, but everything lived up to my expectations. My meat was cooked rare, just as I ordered it, for once! Service was efficient but bizarre. Our waiter seemed to be trying a little "too hard," so to speak. Clearly not an Italian native, he still decided to hum Italian arias as he set our plates down or cleared the table, and every choice we made (wine, appetizers, main courses) was either "beautiful" or "wonderful." This did nothing to detract from the good food and company, and overall I am once again more than satisfied by Sotto Sopra."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Sotto Sopra on several occasions. The food has always been excellent, inventive and delicious. The service has been attentive and helpful. On our last visit, we thought we should return more quickly than usual. It is probably one of the best Italian restaurants in the city."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Over the years, it has shifted from an excellent authentic Italian restaurant to more of restaurant catering to an Italian American clientele. Pasta swimming in sauce and not al dente. Unfortunate"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Whenever we have special occasion to celebrate, we make reservations at Sotto Sopra. Graduations, anniversaries, birthdays. The food is so wonderful. The staff is always delightfully friendly. Scott our waitperson this past Monday made the evening so fun. The interior is really pretty and romantic. Sotto Sopra is a very special place. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Great Italian restaurant. Always great food. Recommend to any high end Italian food lovers. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014