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COTTO, Hereford, Herefordshire

COTTO

4.3
4.3
594 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Located in the heart of Hereford, COTTO is an Italian restaurant and cocktail bar offering contemporary dining in a relaxed and vibrant setting. Our food comes from the vast larder of authentic Italian cooking with an added modern twist. We really love what we do, mixing good honest cooking with great service. COTTO is all about quality, provenance and fun – and bringing tasty food to your plate.

You can watch chef’s in action at the open-kitchen bar or simply enjoy fine dining in the atmospheric depths of COTTO’s interior.

COTTO’s cocktail bar also brings the excitement and flamboyance of Naples to Hereford, with an expertly curated selection of Neopolitan classics, along with some old friends

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01432 264836

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Francesco Aldorasi Sanford

What 594 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. a

    amyb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, lovely atmosphere and really informative waitresses. Portions could be a touch bigger and had to wait quite a while for dessert but everything else came out at a really nice pace. Authentic Italian cuisine. Desserts were overpriced though…
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely food and attentive service
  3. SM

    SandraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening at Cotto for our office party. Really lovely food and revive. Had a great evening, we will be back!
  4. B

    Bethan

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Terrible service and terrible food, such a disappointing evening, will definitely not be going back.
  5. F

    Foodie88

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    The food was excellent, no complaints there. The decor is nice and although quite loud with people chatting, the atmosphere was nice. However our experience was ruined by poor service. The staff were inattentive, we had to ask each time to take our order, for more drinks etc. the drink we asked for never arrived and yet it was still put on our bill. And, they don’t sell olives. Never known an Italian restaurant not sell olives. Overall not impressed.
  6. D

    Denise

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    The staff tried really hard but seemed inexperienced and unfamiliar with basic things, like table number's etc Felt sorry for them but having to chase up after nearly everything does not a relaxed evening make. Two of our party had eaten there mid-week and had no problems, probably because it wasn’t so busy.
  7. RT

    RachelT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Service poor, starters arrived before initial drinks. We had to shout at our friends over the kitchen noise, not what it could or should have been.
  8. G

    Ggggg

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Really well decorated venue. They do great cocktails.
  9. KK

    KatK

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great atmosphere ! Service very good too.
  10. MH

    MelanieH

    Herefordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit, very good service and food lovely, staff very friendly and couldn't fault anything
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was great but very slow. It took about an hour and a half just to get 2 main meals
  12. DN

    DeniseN

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Table of four on a Saturday evening. Just the right level of noise to give ambience. Excellent food from Imaginative menu which is not the standard British style version of Italian cooking. Will be back soon! Thanks
  13. HA

    HayleyA

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautifully decorated restaurant, lovely friendly staff and fantastic food, first time visiting and will definitely be back!
  14. GM

    GillM

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited from out of town so had no preconceptions. We were greeted by friendly , polite and helpful staff and then received excellent service from the whole team, including the owners. Our food was fresh, cooked to order using good ingredients and was delicious. The best pizza we’ve eaten outside of Italy! We loved the atmosphere, the fact that we could watch the food being prepared and cooked as well as listen to great music whilst hearing the sounds from the kitchen. Well done Cotto, you did yourselves proud! Hope to see you again sometime and thank you x
  15. NG

    NickiG

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Staff were welcoming and accommodating. We picked a busy night and they were stretched, only one behind the bar, so wait times probably longer than normal. Seated in garden area, which was a lovely area. Bit disappointed that menu on the night didng reflect that on the website. Not a lot of choice for vegetarians.
  16. k

    koko

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The service was very slow, we waited 20 mins before a drinks order was taken. The starter was cleared by one waiter and straight away the main was put on the table by another another waiter, so we had to then wait for more cutlery to be laid before we could start our meal. The waiter had poor hygiene, which is unacceptable when people are trying to enjoy a meal. He was very clumsy, dropping cutlery into my lap when collecting plates, very heavy handed putting plates down. I could see he was trying hard but he clearly needs more training. The carpet upstairs to the toilet looked dirty and the rug outside the toilet was curled up and a trip hazard. This could be such a lovely place to go, but sadly it seemed so tired. I’m afraid to say I wouldn’t recommend or go back in a rush.
  17. AM

    AdrianM

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1
    My 7th visit, and the first where I and my guests didn't have a good time. Food was great, as has been the case with each visit. The menu whilst trimmed had sufficient options for most of my group. My lower than normal score boils down to. Too few serving staff, a manager and a trainee(new staff member) struggling with a full house, to the point that kitchen staff were having to step-in to ensure the freshly cooked food reached the table in time. A number of staff were visibly not in Cotto attire. Bar/Cocktail staff very visibly differed in attire, lumber jack shirt does not allude to the Italian decor nor fit with the black uniform of the waiting staff. Kitchen porter/helper was in a festival t-shirt on a stool by the kitchen for majority of visit polishing cutlery. My elderly guests struggled to hold a conversation without resorting to shouting across our table due to the loud volume of a number of tables within the area we were sat, whilst this was not directly the on-duty staffs fault, that they ignored a request to be moved to a quieter part of the restaurant (whether indoor or outside) is. I hope this visit is an aberration, rather than the new norm. The visit was on for an early evening (18:00-19:00 on a Thursday. I do recommend Cotto to you, purely for the food. Though ensure your booking clearly lays out any requirements, seating needs/accessibility. And remind staff on arrival, as our requirements were ignored.
  18. JW

    JimW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found the staff friendly and polite. Food was delicious and I liked the option of sitting next to the kitchen and watch the chefs prepare and cook the food.
  19. D

    Diner

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Great food but poor service! Waiting 5 minutes to be acknowledged, and another 10 to be seated. Understaffed being the problem. I hope it improves.
  20. BH

    BarbaraH

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous modern Italian cooking. Great ambience and friendly atmosphere. Light and airy, bistro-style. Lunch, dinner or a coffee. Lovely.
  21. CT

    ChrisT

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Good quality food but over priced for what you get, I paid 15.50 for a calamari stater, which consisted of about 6 small rings of squid on a base of Rocket leaves, with a side of dip. Nice but so expensive. Pizza was nice but small for the price of 16.
  22. o

    orsino

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Menu had become very pizza driven and limited Service was amateurish
  23. MC

    MarkC

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant in the heart of Hereford. The service was outstanding. Lovely, friendly staff who couldn’t do enough for us. The food was amazing so please do not be put off by the small menu. It is well worth a visit and we would definitely go back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Found the menu was limited and if GF would have struggled, that being said we did find options and it was delicious
  25. MM

    MikeM

    Herefordshire

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Found the decor to be very appealing, good start. The table service was second to none, staff very friendly and welcoming. The menu was very limited, being a italian restaurant you would expect a greater variety of pasta dishes. The starters were good, then we both selected pizzas because of the restricted pasta dishes. The pizzas were poor, my wifes Margarita was soggy based and not very tasty, it wasn't very appetising. My spicey sausage pizza was quite tasty, well the topping was but the base was bland. We both had nice sweets, but overall we were both disappointed with the dining experience and we have agreed we will not be returning.
  26. AC

    ACBi

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, amazing drinks and wonderful service, AS ALWAYS!
  27. ER

    EthanR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good service, food arrived quickly and great presentation of food. Would definitely recommend
  28. D

    Dominus

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    A little disappointing. The food was OK, but distinctly ‘average’ and not worth the exorbitant prices. Our two mains were over cooked: prawns had turned to mush and sausage had burnt in the pan. At £18 for a main course, one expects something better than one can cook at home. The service was fine, although the hostess was working noticeably harder than her staff. The main problem was that the kitchen is on full show—not usually a problem, but in this case we were able to see the utter chaos in the kitchen and overhear the rather loud disagreements between the cooks and the front-of-house. Not a very relaxing experience and we won’t be returning.
  29. SM

    SueM

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Cotto is an average Italian inspired restaurant. The starter (sardines) was okay, but stingy for the price. The mains were okay: palatable, but nothing special. The woman at the next table enjoyed her pizza, we had pasta. Not really to our taste, but many may like it. Lovely simple decor. Pleasant wait staff.
  30. JW

    JamesW

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Like so many places obviously understaffed, ordered cocktails at the bar whilst we waited for our party to join us, it took a full 20 minutes to get our drinks. The menu was very limited compared to their on-line typical menu, with very few meat options, that said the food when it arrived was delicious. If you don’t love seafood dishes then extra limited. Would not rush back, as the service although pleasant was just too slow.
  31. MA

    MikeAnne

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a lovely evening at Cotto. The food was all wonderfully fresh and delicious, also different from the standard Italian restaurant. Very helpful and nice staff, so we will definitely return.
  32. JC

    JohnC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was lovely, but service was quite slow - however, we understand that they were short - staffed on the night, so this was probably a one-off.
  33. KB

    KristaB

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully prepared food. Good portion size. We had a cocktail each too. Very good service. Would recommend
  34. M

    Mpro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    A little disappointed after this visit. We checked the online menu beforehand but the menu on the evening was missing the food that we were hoping to order. Apparently certain items are removed on weekends as take more time to make? Confusing as I would imagine that is the best time to offer their best menu.? Desert menu all very similar options. Did not have the drinks we wanted on the evening either as had sold out. Waitress was lovely but service was slow. Food we ordered was ok once arrived.
  35. CP

    ChristinaP

    Herefordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First visit we found it a lovely place to dine My vegan risotto was really salty but otherwise tasty My vegan dessert choice was limited and both were cocktails so disappointed despite effort to give me a third choice.. mother cocktail for dessert Everyone else happy with their choices
  36. 5

    5nakey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, friendly staff and tasteful decor.
  37. AP

    AndrewP

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service . Ambient venue with well thought out seating plan
  38. J

    Jules8

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always very consistent and reliably good. Ate early which was nice (5pm).
  39. W

    Whitestone

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Parked around the corner free on-road. Welcomed and shown conservatory table first, but then opted for inside table which suited us better, no problem to move us. Menu choices good, given sample glasses of wine before choosing. food delicious with friendly service.
  40. LF

    LocalFoodie

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice starters, range of cocktails, variety of mains/desserts

FAQs

COTTO is rated 4.3 stars by 594 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for COTTO

8 Broad Street, Hereford, Herefordshire HR4 9AP

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Hereford

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Francesco Aldorasi Sanford

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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