Sotto Sopra

4.6
2003 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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, $20.

Sotto Sopra invites you to dine for lunch, Monday through Saturdays and dinner every evening. Eat.Drink.Sleep.Dream--Italian
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(410) 625-0534
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Riccardo Bosio
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mulberry and Franklin St.
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Parking details
Valet Parking
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Public transit
Downtown Trolley - Free Circulator
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Monthly Live Opera Nights with a multi course dinner.
Credit card secured reservations required at 410-625-0534 (credit cards will be charged for cancellations 48 hours or less).
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The ambiance of Sotto Sopra's 19th century building in Baltimore's cultural district is the perfect partner with our contemporary Italian cuisine in creating special memories. Whether a rehearsal dinner,small wedding reception, family celebration or corporate events Sotto Sopra makes you the star.

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2,003 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
74%
Very Good
18%
Good
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Fair
3%
Poor
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4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JM
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

Second time I've eaten here and the food was excellent. Bon appetit!

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DS
Washington DC
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

Soto was surprisingly good food. In a city where a new restaurant opens everyday, this one will last. Great food. Not one item I did not like or would not order again. Fried Calamari is the critical test. Cook it too long, not good. The Calamari at Soto was cooked to perfection. Dinner was great, and the service was excellent. Will definitely go back.

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L
Jackson Hole
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Service was outstanding
Our meals were excellent - squid ink pasta!!
A very enjoyable evening

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OT
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Everything about Sotta Sopra is perfect!

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DD
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Service was good and the food was prepared well. I typically don't order dessert, but felt inspired to order a chocolate lava cake. It capped an excellent meal.

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AR
Austin
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

The service was excellent. The food was good.
Dinning room was too dark to really see colors of the food and appreciated the presentation.

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RW
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Met and,exceeded my expectations on,all levels.

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OT
Dallas
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

This was the perfect romantic spot for an important second date! The staff was excellent, friendly, knew when to help us and when to hang back.

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K
Kansas City
4.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

This is a quaint Italian bistro in just off downtown Baltimore district. Very old school in appearance but the staff was very attentive and accomodating and the food was very good. We certainly enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.

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OF
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

We were there for our Anniversary and were very pleased to have the best seat in the house for Opera Night. They even sang some Coloratura so I was very pleased. The food was delicious. It was a perfect evening.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Opera night is a singular event representing outstanding valu

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T
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

We sat at the bar, and our server/bartender was fantastic!

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D
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Sotto Sopra has wonderful ambience and a fantastic menu. Not too loud and didn’t feel crowded even though almost every table was full. Great service as well!

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Wonderful spot for special lunch gathering!

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C
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

We had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary. The service was amazing and they were so personable and acknowledged our anniversary and the surprise my husband had for me. The food was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our time.

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C
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent as usual! We are never disappointed. I am always excited to see the specials on the menu.

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s
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Anniversary

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OT
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

One of the best meals this year

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S
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

They took us although we were nearly a half hour late for lunch. The three of us had both salmon preparations; both were outstanding. Panna cotto was exquisite. Coffee very good. Service totally wonderful. Can't recommend Sotto Sopra enough. I've been there for lunch and date night and have sent business groups--all excellent experiences. One of my business groups said this is now the best Italian restaurant in the city.

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BP
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 12, 2018

It was our third anniversary and they treated us like royalty. This is and has been my favorite restaurant in Baltimore for a decade and it NEVER disappoints! I'll will be back for Opera night next Sunday!

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M
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Sotto Sopra is the restaurant we choose to celebrate special occasions. Tonight, we came to celebrate my husband’s birthday, and they went all out for us. We were treated to exceptionally flavorful modern Italian cuisine in a beautiful setting. We felt like we were dining in Italy! Patrick, our server, and Maciej, his assistant, took such excellent care of us. They really knew how to make us feel special. Lindsey, the manager, came by to offer her good wishes – such a nice touch. They paid attention to every detail to insure that we had a great dining experience. We started with two appetizers, the Goat Cheese Salad (arugula, baby beets, shaved fennel, goat cheese fritters in a tangerine dressing) and the Sotto Sopra Flatbread (3 pieces of flatbread topped with mozzarella, provolone, arugula and prosciutto). Both were fresh and delicious. My husband had the Honey Lavender Salmon (pan seared Salmon with sautéed broccolini lobster gremolata and mashed potatoes). The salmon was cooked just as he requested. I had the Fettuccine con ragu di Osso Bucco – my dish was loaded with meat. For dessert, my husband enjoyed the Chocolate Molten Cake with fresh berry sauce and vanilla bean gelato. The finishing touch was the Birthday gelato with fresh strawberries and a lit sparkler. We can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our dinners.

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PB
Cleveland
2.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

I went there for my 50th birthday celebration. I didn't really want to go, but our out of town guest wanted to go back. The food was good as always, but I was pretty disappointed with the level of service we got at a 5:30 on a Sunday night. Twice we had to ask somebody to find our waiter. We didn't even have dessert. Nobody wanted to wait. Considering the restaurant was half empty at that point, it makes no sense.

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B
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Food, service and ambiance were perfect. Loved it!

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MH
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

We been to Sotto Sopra many times over the years, and we are fortunate enough to dine on some of the finest Italian cuisine in Baltimore. Notwithstanding the fantastic food, which is always creative, fresh, demonstrating its Northern Italian roots, the service is always exemplary. Amanda was our waitress, and she was knowledgeable, courteous, and prompt; I that we are seated with her again in the future. The cocktail list was creative, and I enjoyed the Sangiovese that was the weekly special, greatly. All in all, I cannot wait to visit again soon. Lastly, this visit was to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday... the staff recognized the occasion, but in a very tasteful, polite manner.

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EH
4.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

We stayed at the Embassy Suites for my niece’s rehearsal dinner and wedding and Embassy recommended your restaurant. Easy walk, fantastic waitress, loved the ambience, but the young guy that delivered our pumpkin soup didn’t know what table to deliver it to. He then walked to the back of the restaurant and returned again still not knowing who got the soup. So I said to him “Is that pumpkin soup” and he then walked over to us with the soup. We had no soup spoons so as he was walking away we asked him for 2 spoons. The soup was delicious, but it was not very warm, almost room temp. That is our only complaint.

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WB
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

The whole Peter Beets jazz evening was fantastic in every way, starting with the quick, polite valet parking. Superb service, great drinks from the Moscow Mule variation to the fine wine to the Strega and Caffe Correto (Grappa), fine food such as the squid ink pasta, the duck and Fois Gras tostada, the delicate light homemade gnocchi, the warm octopus salad, the cheese plate with Robiola and honey and other accompaniments — and add to that the utter delight of listening to the Netherlands jazz pianist Peter Beets and his equally talented bass player — and you have the perfect evening. All of our party of four left saying, “We’ll be back very soon!” And we will!

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m
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Lili and her staff were wonderful. Mike the bartender knows how to my a Perfect Rob Roy.

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JT
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

Great food, great service. Would definitely go back.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

The bar, kitchen and staff are excellent. Can’t wait to return for our next occasion.

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N
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

Never disappoints - great food, atmosphere, ambiance.

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CF
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

The two course lunch special at Sotto Sopra always provides a wide selection and a good value. The servings are generous. The snails and polenta are a personal favorite.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 29, 2018

Great experience!

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b
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Consistently excellent, I took co-workers to Sotto Sopra to celebrate a job well done and once again the restaurant did not disappoint. Our server, Katie, was fantastic as was Jose. The service here is always the perfect mix of steady professionalism, attention to detail and friendliness. The food was terrific. In my view, the house-made pastas are the best in Baltimore. The salads were fresh and well-balanced and the drinks and wine were spot-on. My colleagues were also impressed and happy to learn of what they called a hidden gem--though the restaurant has been a downtown mainstay for quite some time. Cheers to a job well done!

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BM
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Early evening dinner prior to a show- quiet night before holiday weekend. Excellent food. Attentive, unobtrusive service. We will return to this place, one of our favorite spots for special occasions in Baltimore

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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on May 21, 2018

Delightful evening with family. Raw salmon appetizer was amazing. All of ordered pasta entrees and we shared bites-all were tasty, unique and pefectly seasoned Desserts and cheeses were excellent except pot de creme which was good but not quite chocolatey enough. We intend to return next time we are in Baltimore! Thank you!

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N
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We went to celebrate our anniversary for Opera night after having gone their earlier in the year to celebrate a birthday. Needless to say, we loved it the first time and that is why we came back.
This review is specifically for our Opera Night experience.
Service: Excellent.
Drinks: We got a couple of cocktails and both were really well made.
Opera: Incredible experience, we absolutely loved watching and listening to Paul, Karen and Tom perform.
Food: It was a prix fix 5 course (salad, risotto, sorbet, salmon entree and dessert) menu for $62/person. Picture of the menu is included. The salad and salmon for us were the 2 best dishes of the 5. The salad would've been even nicer with some crunch (pine nuts, walnuts etc.) and to help cut the acidity. The risotto was okay..it would've been nice to have at least 2 of the courses feature some meat/seafood. The pear sorbet was a little too sweet for our liking. We really enjoyed the salmon entree but the asparagus was too soft/soggy almost. Obviously, we were excited about the apple tart dessert but were sorely disappointed and it kind of ended our experience on a 'not too sweet' note. It was quite chalky and dry...we left most of it uneaten.

Overall, the experience was nice. Would recommend going for opera night but would not recommend the dessert.

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KK
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Great food!!! Wonderful staff!!! Love opera nights and broadway nights.

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EM
Baltimore
2.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Good appetizers, but unfortunately it ends there. Besides putting cream in Carbonara which no Italian would do, it was quite disappointing to find most of the ravioli without a filling and the Zafferano Tagliatelle with no saffron at all. A manager tried to explain that Zafferano is not to be meant as the saffron ingredient (actually she didn't know it was spelled like that in Italian !?) but it refers to a company in Italy famous for it's porcelains who then gave the name to this type of pasta. Italian here, and never heard of such thing. Creative explanation however. This place used to be good up to a few years ago but it seems it went down hill lately, at least if you are looking for authentic Italian food

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A
Baltimore
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Everything was perfect. The honey lavender salmon was amazing.

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f
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

I was somewhat disappointed in our meal. While our food was good, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be from the reputation I had heard about them. We were there to celebrate a special occasion, and I felt there was no added attention given to it. We were there for lunch, and for some reason, the host seated a majority of the larger groups all in the back of the restaurant, so there was no real ambiance to the dining experience. One party in our group ordered the lunch special salmon, and no lie, the portion of salmon wasn't as big as a playing card, that was VERY disappointing. This was a one-and-done experience, I think I would find other more worthy restaurants before I would go back.

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