Sotto Los Angeles

4.7
1500 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
At Sotto, Executive Chef Steve Samson and Chef de Cuisine Craig Towe deliver an honest, market-driven menu of regionally-inspired Southern Italian dishes, including fresh housemade pastas and Neapolitan pizza cooked in an artisan wood burning oven. This wood burning oven was built onsite by Neapolitan craftsmen with traditional techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation and is the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area.



Our food is complemented by a fresh, seasonally relevant cocktail program with a strong background in the classics and the utilization of lesser known Italian liqueurs. We also offer an eclectic list of boutique wines from Southern Italy.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:30 - 9:30 pm, Fri and Sat 5:30 - 10:30 pm
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Phone number
(310) 277-0210
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Steve Samson and Chef de Cuisine, Craig Towe
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Catering
Sotto offers offsite catering - please email events@sottorestaurant.com or call restaurant.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Beverly Drive
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Parking details
Valet parking or limited street parking (please read street signs to avoid tickets)
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Special events & promotions
Sotto offers special event capabilities - large parties on our enclosed terrace, lunch or dinner buyouts, chef driven prix-fixe menus, wine tasting dinners, cooking lessons, cocktail making lessons. Please email events@sottorestaurant.com or call restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Chef Steve Samson delivers an honest, market-driven menu of regionally-inspired Southern Italian dishes, including fresh housemade pastas, salumi, and Neapolitan pizza cooked in an artisan wood burning oven.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

After several years and lots of hype, Beverly Hills' Sotto, one of LA’s great Italian restaurants is still warranting the praise.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1500 People Are Saying
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GH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience delicious food

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S
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We had an 8pm reservation. We waited 30 minutes to be served. It took another 10 for our server to greet us. We spent the rest of the evening waiting for EVERYTHING. When the salads finally showed up all but one showed up,10 minutes later it arrived. When the entrees finally came (which was at least 40 minutes after the appetizers) all but one came and that last one arrived 20 minutes later. The rest of us were done eating. The waiter opened our wine, we did all the pouring. He was a virtual ghost. They were cleaning the kitchen and the tables when they delivered our free dessert. The shame of it is, the food is really good. Just not good enough to come back. Sadly this will be a restaurant of one timers, no matter how good the food is, the service is not worth a return visit.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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LC
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was a bit charred but service was great. Will probably be back but get other things LOL

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J
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here about 20 times and every time is absolutely outstanding. Neighborhood gem that is a must visit.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a native of LA and foodie this is one of the best restaurants that checks all the boxes for a wonderful experience. The management and staff make me feel completely valued! If you have not experienced the restaurant you are truly missing a treat!

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d
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at restaurants thru Italy and love to cook, but must admit the food was exceptionally delicious! Best Margarita pizza I have eaten. I do wish they would add a seafood entree, a whole whitefish, or fillet baked w almonds, served with medley of veggies. Would love to go again with friends!

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LS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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FH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious, and loved the experience as a first-timer—from the street you really have no idea what you're walking in to.

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d
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Overrated. These days, upscale Italian restaurants like this one try to impress patrons with unusual dishes such as spaghetti with fish roe, and squid ink pasta, which make the chef look impressive and patrons feel sophisticated. However, the unfortunate fact is that these dishes often don’t taste great. And the chefs inability or reluctance to place simple classics like a well-done Bolognese on the menu, are a problem. And that’s what plagues this restaurant. Lots of sophisticated looking dishes, but nothing that tastes great. And certainly, none of the classics would tarnish this menu. Bottom line: Snobby and overrated.

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BV
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove past it because it’s a little difficult to see from the street and access down three concrete steps was a little unexpected but we still were able to overcome those minor setbacks. Once inside the ambiance was wonderful, the food was great, and the service was friendly and very helpful. A little noisy but all in all a great place that I would definitely want to go back to and recommend.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful vibe with perfect Italian cuisine. Local fave I hear, and I agree.

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Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the relaxed neighbourhood vibe. Delicious fresh authentic food, every dish was excellent. Good advice on the wine steered us in the right direction.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I have come on numerous occasions, and this time was not the best. The food was still delicious, but not the same level of outstanding as usual. The pasta lacked a lot of flavor, but was cooked well. I recommend the pork, any of the roasted vegetable dishes, and the ragu pastas. The Diavolina pizza is also incredible!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything always

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S
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I loved the Mixed greens and herb salad but wasn't a big fan of the Rigatoni because it was a bit too al dente

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of the food and service were excellent. Atmosphere is good for a date night (dimly lit, intimate tables, etc.). Portions were large and perfect for sharing.

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DC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A favorite of ours. Never disappoints. love all of the staff, so sincerely friendly. Fresh savory food and the negornis are stellar!

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RG
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly one of the most memorable evenings out with my partner ever. Certainly one of the best dinners. I would never have tried octopus anything, but the very helpful and friendly waitress directed me there and indeed, I could not have been more surprised how amazing it was. She also helped me decide on the main plate that was fantastic (lemon chicken over sausage and beans).

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LA
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, the food and service is always excellent. Never a disappointment, just a gem.

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sotto is a cozy tucked away downstairs restaurant with enough lighting to see your food or the menu and still feel like your in a dimly lit place. The food is solid and is clearly made fresh to order as the food takes the right amount of time to prepare and cook. My pasta dishes where hearty and hot with a good amount of flavor. Pizza was the same as pasta and had a nice chew. The sides were all very tasty and well prepared. This place is solid Italian with a few extras like a better than average bar and a few dishes put a spin on traditional. I will go back.

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IB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was excellent! Very freindly and warm. The food was amazing.....the pork was to die for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Timing of the service was great, and delicious cocktails. The pizza was really good but not the extraordinary that I was somewhat expecting from Sotto

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R
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiters are not only friendly and efficient, but also extremely knowledgeable about the food. The restaurant has an emphasis upon season foods. The dinner was excellent, as it has been each time we have been at this restaurant. We would recommend this to anyone who enjoys great food, often with original taste combinations that combine in an exciting way.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, great service. The Fiorata pizza (salami, provolone, honey!) was the star of the dinner so do not miss it. Can’t wait to come back!

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j
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I was really impressed by Sotto! The food was excellent ---and the service was amazing. Even if the food is great at a place, if the service is subpar, it can put a taint on the food experience. Our waiter was so helpful in explaining the menu and suggesting different items to try (his favorites) --you could tell he really enjoyed the food --and since I like talking about food (too much), it made me happy to try his suggestions, since he was so genuine about why he liked what he recommended.

The only negative, is the Valet's cost --the most I think I've every paid at a place --perhaps it's just due to the location of Sotto.

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BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brick oven fired pizza. Outstanding homemade oven fired bread and olive oil. Terrific service. Will return.

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V
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Used to be the best Italian restaurant in LA. It's certainly still a good option but it has lost a lot of luster over the years, probably in some degree due to the departure of Steve Samson not overseeing everyday operations. While we had a nice time on the recent version, I probably won't return. Most dishes were still great (clams, octopus, chicken liver pasta, guanciale pizza) but some were flat (all other pastas and some pastas) and the dessert was actually pretty bad (icy, flavorless gelato). There are just too many great Italian options in this city now they you can rely on to be a solid meal then to spend money on a risky meal. I give them credit because they have had a great run (7.5 years!) and it's hard to do that in this city, but they are just not executing at the same level they used to.

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G
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Sotto, their food is yummy, I love the chicken liver rigatoni, their bread is so good, they have amazing cocktails and the ricotta and berries tart is fantastic.

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JM
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time at Sotto—the service was always attentive without ever becoming overbearing. Drinks were inventive and delicious, and the pizza was some of the best around. I only wish I had more room to try other dishes... guess I'll just have to come back!

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KC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an Excellent Dinner with my Wife on our Anniversary. Squid Ink Pasta blew my MIND!

We are coming back often.

We got a free desert which was unexpected.

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CF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sotto is one of our "go tos." The kitchen consistently delivers top notch food. And, the wine list is excellent. The only complaint I have (and it's clearly not a huge complaint because we keep coming back for more!) is that the noise level makes it hard to carry on a conversation.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta was fantastic and definitely worth the price. We ordered cocktails and bread with olive oil to start, and both were overpriced and a little disappointing. The cocktails were small and made with pretty cheap liquor, and the bread, while thick and moist, was grilled, which gave it a bit of a bitter taste. It was also $7 for a side that at many places is complimentary, so I would not recommend the bread. However, the service was fantastic and the ambiance was great. Overall, it was perfect for a nice, romantic night out.

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RG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sotto offers delicious food and incredible drinks in a beautiful building right on Pico. We went on a Thursday night and appreciated the ambiance, despite the popularity of the restaurant also contributing to its noisy atmosphere. Would recommend for dinner with friends or a special night out with a significant other.

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BA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and wine. Excellent service. The menu is focus on south Italy essentials

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SK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Great food. Warm atmosphere, dimly lit. Feels like a New York restaurant. Great pizza and salad and the sweetest waitress. Will definitely be back for a romantic date!

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e
Los Angeles
108 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very friendly and on point. The pizzas are the star of the show! Of course the pasta dishes shine also. I had the chicken liver ragu with porcini mushroom pasta and will definitely come back again for it. Love this place!

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JA
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve had Sotto on our list for some time and it definitely did not disappoint! Food was amazing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

To much money for wine and happy hour wine that was offered was poor quality. Not enough options for happy hour food.
Wine was way to much !

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r
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick,Fernando and the crew made another night to remember 🙏👌🏼💛

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