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
219 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (156)romantic (141)fit for foodies (140)neighborhood gem (105)notable wine list (74)good for groups (31)great for lunch (22)hot spot (20)late-night find (11)great for outdoor dining (10)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Hope to return soon
    amylbour
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was our first time here, and we really enjoyed it. The food is very well done and inventive. Service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another visit to Sotto Sopra
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've dined at Sotto Sopra a number of times. We love the food. Not only is it beautifully presented, but it also tastes delicious. Service is professional, for the most part. The one thing that I don't understand is why do we always have a long wait for a table, even though we have a reservation. It does take away from the enjoyment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Baltimore goes European
    FirozeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very nice, restaurant in the Mt. Vermont neighborhood of Baltimore. Large wine selection and very nice murals on the walls. The menu is extensive and varied. One look at eh menu and you know this is not Little Italy. Expect more upscale and very well presented items with a top shelf ingredients. The servers are very efficient, but they could use a couple more to ensure that a table of five get their items all at the same time. All in all a very good meal and fun evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice Italian Restaurant
    LarrydermVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A lovely Italian restaurant with well prepared food. The menu selections might be a little more varied, but there are many pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Homemade gourmet Italian food
    Luv4cibo
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I had the tasting menu and chose grilled octopus salad, hand made pasta with mushroom, cioppino, and tiramisu for appetizer, first, second, and desert course respectively. It was all outstanding! Sotto Sopra is probably the only Italian place I like in Baltimore (so far). It is pricey though, so not a place I would go everyday... But I want to go back a few more times to try other dishes such as the duck breast, pork ossobuco, and lobster ravioli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    dineDE1VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Dinner here was excellent - quiet weeknight dinner in the summer with 5 guests. No problems with valet and reservations...quiet during the summer. Service and attention was great! No rush, no need to hurry from one course to the next. Food was very good - go for the Osso Bucco! And they have some nice Borolo on the wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    ydoyouask
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food here was wonderful! We got tomato risotto and some kind of pumpkin pasta with sausage, both of which were fantastic. The waiter was very pleasant and entertaining, and there were surprisingly few other people there, making it nice and quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy
    Ssc3201
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed the food so much, we decided this was the spot for our sons graduation dinner. Bolognese was the best ever thanks to the light fettuccine. Osso bucco fell off the bone and paired with excellent risotto. Knowledgable waitress who suggested perfect wines. Sachetti was very pumpkin-y and sauce was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Jazzy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food in the Mount Vernon neighborhood! The service was a bit slow, but the food was flavorful, and tasted fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous restaurant
    cramadia
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went there on a Friday night, and almost went back the next evening. IT WAS THAT GOOD!!! Food was outstanding. Atmosphere was outstanding and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good!
    Wizbangs
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Returned to Sotto Sopra for my birthday (as it's a little pricey to be a regular stop) and it was excellent a second time. The wait staff are, without exception, the best in town: attentive, but not overly attentive & willing to make great suggestions if you ask. The new Octopus Salad app is the best octopus ever I've had (and I've tried it multiple times at other high end establishments). The recommended Pork Ossobuco was good & the Sacchetti do Zucca was phenomenal! (Home made pasta). Sotto Sopra will remain a special occasion spot for us!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    TerriVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Dining at Sotto Sopra was a wonderful way to end my birthday celebration and I knew it would be the perfect choice because they are consistent. I have dinned here many times before for special occasions and they have always impressed. The selection, presentation and delicious variations of Italian dishes exceed expectations. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sotto Sopra - Fantastic
    eatingoutfreak
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Out evening was wonderful and Sotto Sopra staff was very friendly and efficient. The ambiance was great and the food absolutely spectacular!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    calieatery
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My boyfriend took me here for my birthday, which was luckily at the end of restaurant week. The restaurant itself is beautiful with large mirrors and interesting paintings around; each table was lit with a candle. It's a little bit cramped as we were about 1 foot away from the next table on both sides and could easily hear their conversations. We had a reservation at 7:30 PM and we didn't get out until 9:45 PM. Most of the time was spent waiting for our food -- our waiter was missing for most of the time although the tables around us (with a different waiter!) came in after us and left before us. The food was too sweet and we spent too much time waiting for me to ever go again!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommended
    megantmorrison
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The best thing we ate was the pumpkin sacchetti--so good it might make you go cross-eyed. We also had a great cocktail made with gin, lime, and chartreuse. The mussels were the only weak point of the dinner; the flavors were muted and unbalanced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week. Good choice.
    fatskinnyguy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our 2nd time here and it was just as good if not better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Good Experience
    Dsakpa
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very good but slow to come out of the kitchen. It was restaurant week so I expect some delays. The service was attentive but not very professional. If they categorize themselves as a fine dining establishment more training is needed for the servers. Ladies first, food eaten with a fork is served from the left and with a spoon from the right...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummmm.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Took my boyfriend here for his birthday. It was definitely a great choice! A lot of restaurants limit their menus during restaurant week but this place had plenty of options to choose from. The food was fantastic and the restaurant itself had a great atmosphere. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    PyatachokVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went for a RW - our first visit. FOOD: bread - cold, not appealing; appetizers - just OK, entrees - great tasting and interesting, dessert - good, cheese - not. AMBIANCE: nice, but quite noisy, hard to converse, very tight sitting arrangement. SERVICE: "playing nice and entertaining", but attentive. Examples: hostess made us wait (having 8 tables ready) and only sit us down after seeing that we are not interested in her bar suggestion; water confused few things, assured us we can substitute one dessert for one cheese (the cost is the same), but AFTER we've finished the cheese announced that he can't do it and charged $8 more not even offering to serve another dessert that should be included. Not professional at all. Mixed impression.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Find
    BestSeafood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great service and very good food! Highly Recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service-Good Food
    Karen
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our waitress was great - even though there was a problem with a meal. Somehow they managed to make thin veal tough - but at least the manager told us not to try again because it would be the same. The second meal - ossobuco - was AWESOME. They have a very good wine list for various tastes and wallets. Was a little crowded and a little loud - most likely because it is restaurant week. Overall a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT
    OutinMtVernon
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in years. A little crowded, but it was restaurant week, and a little louder than I imagine it is normally. Still, excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience !
    Dude
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Went during restaurant week so place was packed. We were seated on time but hostess forgot to let our server know we were there so a bit of a wait. When things were straightened out our server brought us a glass of wine on the house and from then on the service was GREAT. Food was fantastic. Not a place to bring the kids. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Great Service!
    TirchioMangione
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was divine, the service was flawless, courteous, and timely - despite being swamped for restaurant week! My wife, Taccagna, and I, had a wonderful experience! As we say in Italian: "Troppi soldi per troppo poco cibo!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Find
    MMRS
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We have been wanting to try Sotta Sopra for some time now, as we are new to the Baltimore area and have heard good things about it. We wanted to try a new place for Baltimore Restaurant week, and perused more than a dozen menus before selecting Sotto Sopra. We chose them because of their reputation, their convenience to our home, and most importantly because they were only serving the Restaurant Week menu. We were very pleased with our food, and the service was excellent. Due to the nature of the room, the noise level is quite high. It would not be a place for a romantic evening. However, we do plan to go back there, as we found our meals, drinks and service to be well above average.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back often!
    enjoygreatfood
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I reserved a table for 3 from my home in Wisconsin for the evening my daughter and her friend moved to Baltimore. I did not know this was restaurant week and was very glad I had reserved in plenty of time. The food, the service, the pacing, and the energy were all outstanding. We had branzino, cioppino and salmon as our entrees and we can't wait to come back during a regular night to try their usual presentation, as all 3 meals were outstanding. Gelatto, chocolate cake and creme brulee were all excellent. Our server was very busy but found moments to converse with us and other diners. He knew the menu and answered our questions fully. I am looking forward to a future visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cpell
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Waiter was great with recommendations. Food was outstanding. Favorite Italian Restaurant in Baltimore by far!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times
    Br0wnP4nd4
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We went to Sotto Sopra for restaurant week and had a great experience. We had a party of 8 and our food came out in a timely fashion. The food was superb. Everyone at the table had great things to say about their meal. Would definitely recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    LLLong
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Sotto Sopra is my favorite restaurant. I could eat there every day. We recently went for dinner during restaurant week and were also celebrating my birthday. There was a birthday card for me at the table signed by Ricardo. Had three courses: Cured Salmon Tartare, Spaghetti Neri alla Chitarra con Gamberi, and Vanilla Creme Brulee. Everything was excellent. The creme brulee is always my favorite. I will have to restrain myself from visiting every day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like a trip to Italy...
    NancyN
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The pumpkin sacchetti were to die for, the service was perfection, and the room was beautiful--what more could one ask? From start to finish, a meal here is like taking a little trip to Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant Week experience!
    Foodiechick
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    It has been years since I've eaten at SS and for the life of me don't know why I waited to return. After a fabulous RW dinner last night, it will now be in my regular rotation. My experience with RW dinners is that there's usually a hiccup in service, food, or wait time. None of the above here. We picked SS because of it's fine reputation and very appealing RW menu. From the moment we arrived at the bar, the service was friendly and responsive. Recommendations were spot on. Highly recommend the mussels, salmon and cheesecake. My companions loved their choices, too. I was particularly impressed with the old school service. Refolding diner's napkins - so nice. The space is a bit loud, but great ambiance. A wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roger
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I was there during restaurant week. I understand that the regular menu is better. The fried polenta was extremely undistinguished. The eggplant in the sauce for the fish was undercooked. The Marcapone cheesecake was a stand out. It was light with fruit and sorbet that worked extremely well. The restaurant decor and ambience is outstanding. I'm going to try again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Restaurant Week WIN!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sotto Sopra continues to impress me with its Restaurant Week menu. It's inventive, delicious, and diverse - meaning I have more than three options to choose from for each course (thumbs way up for that!). Our server Sean was a delight; friendly, full of great suggestions, and not at all overbearing. Give the kid a raise, he was great. The only real complaint I have with SS is the lack of affordable wine options. I'm sorry, the least expensive choice should not be clocking in at around $40 (most are WAY more than that). Take note of other good restaurants in the area that offer affordable options at or under the 30 dollar mark. Or, at the very least, give you more options by the glass.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    have been here many times--one if our favorites--but will not go back any more during restaurant week---should offer reg menu as well as MEAL DEAL one--my cod was ridiculously small--must have been 3 oz at best.Was so hungry that I stopped at Whole foods and went home and made soup
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time the charm
    Redemption
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I was treating a friend and told her to pick the restaurant, I was a bit disappointed when she selected Sotto Sopra. The first time I went for restaurant week several years ago the service was not up to par. The food was so so. My experience on Sunday changed my opinion, I am looking forward to going back again. Each course was better than the previous. Thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even during restaurany weel-superb!
    KTBaltimoreVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Came on reataurant week and was pleasantly surprised that food was still amazing. Service was prompt and friendly and the food was impeccable. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive Restaurant Week Menu
    MaggiVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    What a truly unique experience we had at Sotto Sopra. Our dinners were outstanding on all accounts. We commend Riccardo on creating such an impressive Restaurant Week menu. The food was excellent and the service was spectacular. Thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Experience
    Jeremey
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Came here for the Restaurant Week pre-fix menu and had a wonderful dining experience. I was with a party of 4 who ordered a variety of options including fish, muscles, linguini, and pork. Each dish was unique and excellent. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Curtain call
    Sykes2nd
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A fast and energetic environment. Never have I seen workers scurry around so fast in such a fine dining environment. Fantastic menu, excellent wine, and fine people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great restaurant week experience
    bkeagle86VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    my husband and i celebrated my birthday at sotto sopra during restaurant week. we have been to the restaurant before and it is one of our favorites in the city. sometimes the food and/or service at restaurants can suffer during restaurant week due to the increased volume of guests, but this was definitely not the case at sotto sopra. the food was delicious (as usual) and the staff was amazing! from the hostesses who made sure that we had a roomy table (i am 9 months pregnant), to our awesome and attentive waiter, scott, to the runners and busers, the service was friendly and quick, but we never felt rushed. every time we eat there we say it was the best meal yet! highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic