Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant

4.4
341 reviews
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COTTO which in Italian means "Cooked" is the Ultimate Italian Food Experience! Located in Stamford CT, Cotto recreates the flavor, design and easygoing lifestyle of Italy through boldly flavored Italian entrees small dishes, pizza and wine bar. A wide list of world wine will seduce your palate and complete some of the most amazing dishes never brought before in the US.
Happy Hour Hours: Monday-Friday 4:30-7:00
OFFER: Half Price Beer, Cocktails, Glasses of Wine
3 Appetizers Sampler $15
SUNDAY: Half Price Bottles of Wine!!
What 341 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

When I compare my dinning at Cotto vs. other restaurants in Downtown Stamford, their a bit more expensive than most. The menu is limited and the flavor profiles are ok but at the prices offered, not worth it. I would recommend Cask, Fish, Barcelona, Flinders Line, etc., before going to Cotto.

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CA
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. We took Mom for Mother's Day. A very authentic Italian gathering spot. Loved the food and the servers.

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w
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We just went for Mother’s Day and everything was excellent!! Loved the Italian music playing too. Perfect!

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GD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food for the money. Bar tender seemed overwhelmed however. The owner sat at the bar working on the computer. Very impersonal. He missed a great opportunity to engage, as brief as it may be.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We had a 7 pm reservation and they did not have a table for us. Once we finally sat, they gave waters to 2 of the 4 of us and 15 min later we finally got waters for all of us. They brought out 1 appetizer and it took at least 10 minutes for the remaining appetizers to come out. They brought out 2 dinners and then it took a long time for them to bring the remaining dinners so the first 2 people's meals were cold by the time the other people were served. One of us had the lobster pasta. There was a lobster claw, it wasn't cracked and they did not provide anything to crack it open with. We asked for a spoon for one meal, the waitress said sure, and then never brought it. The food was fine, nothing special, and certainly not something worth sitting through such poor service for. We would not recommend this restaurant at all.

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CK
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really wonderful meal but it was way too noisy to have a conversation

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I’ve been to this restaurant and I love it more every time I go, it’s really lovely and so is the staff, I can’t wait to go back!!!

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CI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Charming little restaurant with great service. Try the cod entree. The wine was terrific as well.

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EM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice little restaurant in Stamford next to the mall. Food was decent and service w as good.

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CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to give Cotto a try as we liked the looks of both their cocktail and food menus. We weren’t disappointed! Each of the four dishes we had was equally delicious – couldn’t even pick your favorite. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was good and the place was recommended by a friend. Service for the most part was good but the server never told us about any of the specials, etc. As we were paying the bill the server near the table next to ours was explaining all the specials to them. It’s a shame.

Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant
Responded on April 20, 2019

Hi , Thank you for your candid review. I apologize that we didn't meet your expectations during your visit. It appears we didn't do a great job of explaining our specials to you and the style of serving. Please reach out to me directly, manila.ridolfi@gmail.c om, the next time you are coming in and I will personally make sure you enjoy your visit.

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CT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, good pastas but very mediocre veal Milanese.

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CB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I absolutely loved it! Staff was fantastic and accommodating. Can't wait to go back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food

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S
New York Area
319 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner very much and hope to return soon. Lovely place!

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KM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the mussels, cheese & meat board, and bucatini pasta dish. The cheese board was HUGE! The service was fantastic - he made great recommendations and always made sure to refill the bread. The mussels were really decent size and the wine sauce was amazing. I wish we were more hungry for the pasta but it was really good - a tad spicy for my liking but I have a pretty sensitive tongue. We will definitely go back (so many great tapas options to try), and we will be recommending to friends, for the great service alone.

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BK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant in Stamford

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great date spot with fantastic food and wine!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely server, delicious meal and good prices! What more could you ask for? Oh wait...and excellent at accommodating a food allergy.

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CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been going here for years and we always have a nice time and we enjoy the food! Love the owner too!

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CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good. The homemade bread was delicious. Hard to say which was better between the food and service. Our server was very attentive, and checked in regularly to let us know when our courses were arriving.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Had plastic in my food from
Packaging. Waitress pretty much ignored me when I mentioned it. Food was still good but I’ve never had such bad service after a bad event.

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JN
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem! The food, service, wine, ambiance were all excellent.

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CT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had reservation at 5:00 pm on Sunday. The restaurant was closed when we arrived. A young man opened the door and told us the restaurant was opening at 5:30 rather than the usual 10:00 because of an issue with the manager. I told him we had a reservation at 5:00. The manager was she also the bar tender.

He didn’t specifically say we could wait inside the restaurant til 5:30. Given there was no contact by the restaurant for the opening time change ~ no customer service, no bartender and concern whether the cook show up, we left. We won’t be back given the lack of concern for its customers.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We loved the food and the ambiance, it a great little spot, a hidden gem!

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KM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, very warm and friendly staff. Food was excellent and since my girlfriend is gluten free they were very accomodating with substitutions.

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d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We were first ones there and slower service than usual. Fried calamari and Chicken Scarp excellent. Mahi mahi good but over huge Lima beans. Would've preferred rice

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SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had a nice meal - pasta and salads and wonderful wine-by-the-glass. Also great cappuccino and a great waiter. What's not to like?

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good, but they have an opportunity to improve their air conditioning for large groups.

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LT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to Cotto and both times the dining experience was fantastic. The restaurant is right off main street with a nice modern ambience inside and parking around the corner. The food is very fresh, especially the seafood and nice wine choices. On our first time there the chef, came out to say hello and check if patrons were happy which I always think is a nice touch. The service was kind, attentive and not rushed. We sat outside and enjoyed the fresh air and topped our meal off with some delicious gelato.

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Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Great wine horrible food.

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p
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were the only people there for lunch. The scallops were done to perfection. My first visit and I will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Went for brunch and were the only diners in the restaurant the entire time! Bit of a weird vibe. Food wasn’t bad, but overpriced for quality.

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JV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the location because even though the outdoor seating is on the street, it's not on a main road, so there isn't as much traffic. Wish I could drink wine on my lunch break, but am happy to dine here anyway because the food is so good. I'm in love with their homemade pasta and grilled octopus salad--delish!

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NY
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A few in our party had the pasta special on the recommendation of our server. It was excellent as promised. Service was attentive and we all enjoyed the meal. We will be back! Very close to the Palace Theater so it was a great choice for a pre-show dinner.

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JF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Made for a great Mother’s Day! Service was very attentive and the extensive list of wines by the glass was a plus.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was overpriced for mediocre quality. Nothing really stood out. For the price there are better options in the area.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch. We arrived, had to wait and then were handed dinner menus. I asked the bus boy for the brunch menu and he told me to find the hostess. The hostess was nowhere to be found. The waitress came 15 minutes later to take our order. When I asked for the brunch menu she said “were only serving dinner because of the holiday.” Left immediately.

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RY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This restaurant is not what it used to be. The food is mediocre and cooked in a hurry despite the fact that it takes forever to get your food. The quality of the food has gone downhill. The service is HORRIBLE. Two plus hours for a short dinner. Won’t be going back.

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