Sotto Sopra

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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. Featured pastas for $10 and fresh salads with chicken, shrimp or salmon. Check it out!

Sotto Sopra invites you to dine for lunch, Monday through Saturdays and dinner every evening. Eat.Drink.Sleep.Dream--Italian
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JH
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, never disappoints!

H
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I was really looking forward to this birthday celebration for my son, but the experience was pretty mixed. We were 5 people squeezed into a four person table in the corner, one on the party was repeated jostled by servers walking by. The food was good but there was barely any room on the table for the dishes and wine glasses, and since two of the group ordered things that required an extra dish for shells, it was pretty much a nightmare. The food was good, but I think that for the money we paid, we should have had a better experience. Especially since I reserved the table more than a month in advance.

N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food!!!! The ambiance!!!! So outstanding!!! I can't praise it highly enough. Just go!!!

K
Baltimore
159 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been here in 10 years and I wasn't sure if it would be as good as last time -- but it exceeded my expectations! My husband and I spent some time at the bar for cocktails, which were phenomenal and the bartender was incredibly friendly and social. Once we were seated at our table, we got the calamari and the another app with fried artichokes and meat. Then our entrees were the pork ossobuco and pumpkin raviolini both of which had us just melting in our seats with enjoyment. Such great meals. Our server Katie was very helpful with recommendations, including a great glass of red wine.

S
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The homemade pasta was some of the very best I have had outside of Italy!

P
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was romantic. The server was friendly and attentive and accommodated our every need. My wife thought the ricotta gnocchi with pesto was light and not overpowering with garlic.

j
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We decided to eat at Sotta Sopra because of the jazz quartet. The food was excellent. Especially recommend the seafood bowl and cheesecake dessert.

s
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared the prosciutto and fried artichokes and it was a perfect way to start the meal. The artichokes were delicious. The main course choices were the lavender salmon, the pappardelle and the pork ossobucco. The ossobucco melted in my mouth and the risotto that was the side was creamy and good enough to be its own meal. The service was perfect. Not intrusive but still aware of what we needed. A perfect special occasion dinner.

MK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! I had the lobster bisque and boyfriend had the flatbread as an appetizer. The flatbread is more of a shared app just FYI. For our main course we had the squid ink pasta and the lobster ravioli. Also both delicious. The ambiance was also great. We went on Pea Body night with live music. Very fun! Will definitely be heading back there. The vibe is very romantic.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We come to Sotta Sopra most months prior to a play at the Hippodrome. We used to try different places, but once we experienced SS, were were hooked. Every meal has been wonderful and I just can’t say enough good things about the service—Derrick as our waiter provides superior service, no matter how packed the restaurant is, and all staff are exceptionally cordial and professional. Dining at SS is definitely the highlight of our month.

KG
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Beautiful restaurant with charm. Very delicious. We had the mussels in the coconut milk with leeks to start. I had the omelette of the day, my friend had the crab cake sandwich. Wish we lived closer. This was walking distance to CenterStage.

EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great! The food was amazing. The ambience was lovely. Very romantic place!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish I knew about this restaurant sooner. Fantastic fresh pasta, nice ambiance, good service and reasonable. Normally don’t go out on holidays but was traveling on Valentines Day. Had a wonderful experience and meal!

GS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic visit for Valentine’s Day. Everything about the meal was perfect.

DW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A culinary treat and bargain for lunch. Very pleasant dining experience.

JW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic as always. Everything was perfect.

SF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, great service but a little pricey

RD
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my husbands birthday! It was opera night. We enjoyed every course of the meal and the entertainment was an added bonus! Love the ambiance and service at this restaurant . They have valet parking or self park right across the street. Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Prices were good being they were specialty dishes.

j
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. From the time you enter and Jocelyn leads you to your table you know you're in for a great dining experience. Our table had the Pappardelle, the Carbonara and the Halibut special and all were excellent. This is my favorite restaurant in Baltimore, for the food, the ambiance and the services. If you haven't been, make it a priority.

8
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto Sopra never disappoints. Authentic and creative Italian cuisine, not the American “spaghetti and meatballs” fake fare. Excellent service, and remarkable consistency.

B
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Great staff!
Just anticipated what we needed.
Lovely

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening. Excellent meal!

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Went there for an anniversary dinner. We really wanted to like this place. Reviews were great, and we were looking for a new dinner spot to try.


While the server (Jose?) really did try, his friendly attitude and attentiveness couldn’t fix how bad the food was. Everything, spare a couple of things were just really bad.

First, the calamari was decent, but for a 13$ appetizer we probably got about 6 bites worth of actual calamari. The bulk of it was fried extra fillers. The first round of bread was burnt and the second one we asked for to replace it was better.

My fiancee ordered a moscow mule that was severely iced down and barely tasted like alcohol. This was a $12 drink. I ordered the ribeye after seeing the good reviews. This is an italian spot so I while I didn’t expect it to taste like Ruth’s Chris and the like, I did expect some form of flavor for a $40 cut of meat. The meat tasted honestly like it could’ve been served at a Denny’s and added some type of au jus to hide the blandness of the seasoning. It was a very cheap cut of “ribeye” that was barely salted, cooked on probably a pan and then given some kind of fake grill marks that made it taste burnt on the outside.

This was the worst $130 I’ve ever spent on a meal.

PC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance and service were excellent. Asparagun risotto was only fair. It needed salt, even with the grated cheese. The appetizer cheese plate and salumi were excellent. I would try pasta dishes next time.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always an amazing experience! The wait staff are always there to assist and the chefs continue to prepare outstanding and creative entrees! Bravo!

OF
Baltimore
61 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful opera singers. They even served my favorite, halibut. It was another perfect evening. I love Opera Night at Sotto Sopra and especially enjoy sharing it with good friends.

G
Memphis
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for opera night and the performances and the food were excellent. The pacing of the servings was just about perfect. The performers not only sang various arias but provided the backstory for each one so the audience could have a better understanding of the opera from which the came. Just an excellent evening. Well done by everyone from the chef, to the servers, to the performers!!

SA
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Best pasta I have had in my LIFE (Squid Ink).

We always make a point to take advantage of Restaurant Week at Sotto Sopra, it’s the best value in town! I really appreciate that the restaurant tries to have a affordable opportunities for patrons throughout the year.

Delicious food and amazing service is what makes Sotto Sopra our favorite date night dinner!

RN
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and attention to detail. Food was excellent. Great experience

CN
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Definitely a designation fabulous food. Cannot wait to go again. Service was very attentive.

s
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was fabulous. We just happened upon Restaurant week with a special menu. Our only "complaint" was too many fabulous choices! Everything we tried was delicious!

M
Baltimore
364 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were out of the country for Baltimore City Restaurant Week, but we really wanted to participate. Knowing that Sotto Sopra always goes the extra mile and extends their Restaurant Week for an additional week, we made a reservation for January 22. We were warmly greeted and seated at our favorite table. Lindsey, our server, is a delight: so upbeat, friendly and attentive. Riccardo, we compliment you again on always putting forward an interesting and extensive menu for Restaurant Week. You and your staff never disappoint.

We enjoyed a bottle of Impero Pinot Grigio. We each had a different appetizer. My husband had the finocchiona e Burrata (fennel salami / burrata cheese), I enjoyed beet caprese (red and yellow beets / buffalo mozzarella / basil pesto) and our friend had goat cheese salad (arugula / baby beets / fennel / goat cheese fritters / tangerine vinaigrette). We were thrilled – the appetizers were fresh and delicious.

We each had a different entrée. My husband had the carbonara alla Sotto Sopra ( egg/smoked Applewood bacon/cream/parmesan), I had the spaghetti neri alla Chitarra with shrimp (squid ink pasta with shrimp). Our friend asked if they could prepare something different for her entrée which they did without hesitation. She wanted spaghetti with oil and garlic (aglio e olio). I cannot begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our entrees! Of course, for our sweet ending, we enjoyed a Cheesecake with strawberries and two gianduja & hazelnut pot du crème. But, we were not finished: they surprised us with birthday desserts for myself and our friend in the form of vanilla and pistachio gelato with birthday sparklers! How very thoughtful and kind of Sotto Sopra to recognize us both for our birthday. What can we say, we thoroughly enjoyed our Restaurant Week dinner at Sotto Sopra. We were so glad that we were home to participate. Thank you so much for a lovely evening!

n
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best restaurant in Baltimore. I was so pleasantly surprised that I even considered living in Baltimore longer than planned just for this restaurant. Every bite was perfection.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was absolutely perfect!

c
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing menu for restaurant week, lots of choices and food delicious!

AR
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They always have a great Restaurant Week menu. This year is no exception. My only complaint and it is a minor one is that the restaurant was a bit too warm

CD
Baltimore
100 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the restaurant was packed for restaurant week, food and service were outstanding.

JC
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the restaurant week menu. Will be back again.

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