Sotto Sopra

4.7
2122 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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).
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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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful space - romantic, elegant, upbeat, vibrant, modern music. Food outstanding and service attentive, friendly, and seamless. A Baltimore institution that hasnt lost its edge or flair for what is contemporary.

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KR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal on a snowy, windy night. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the waitstaff attentive and friendly. My veal saltimbocca was tender and flavorful, with a generous portion and not too salty. The bar is a nice spot for an after-work cocktail.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was so romantic! We visited this restaurant after Saturday Mass in Baltimore Basilica. Dark and cozy place to date with your lovely person.

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time eating here and I have to say the food was outstanding. The steak was well cooked and overall this is one of the best restaurants in Baltimore. Highly recommended!

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

AHHMAAZZING!!! I chose it because of one particular dish, and when I asked the waiter what he recommended, he said that dish! It did not disappoint. I almost asked if I could finish someone else's plate that had the same thing. Lava dessert was wonderful. Ask for Brandon. He was fantastic!

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MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I over the food and close proximity to our hotel will visit again

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J
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently amazing upscale Italian food that doesn't break the bank. Generous portions. The service is always amazing. Love David! And there is live Jazz on some Wednesdays. Plus the ambiance is so warm and cozy. Perfect date night.

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FH
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a consistently high standard here. Really appreciated our server’s attention to our need to attend Baltimore Center Stage evening performance on time.

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WH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

This is about the 7th time I have been. Sotto Sopra had a special: If you bring in your "I Voted" sticker, every pasta dish was $10, among other deals (e.g., wine and beer specials). Normally, the menu items range into the $20-$30 range, so this was a steal!

I brought my mom, and it was not too busy (Tuesday night on Election Day). The food was amazing, the deals were amazing, but our waiter missed the mark completely. He showed up to our table, visibly inconvenienced by having to speak to us. He never said his name, only asked what we wanted to drink and what food we wanted. We ordered one meal to go about 15 minutes after placing our order, but somehow it came out 2 minutes later, while our food came out 30 minutes later. The food, ambiance, etc. were great. Even another waitress tried to come by to provide service, to which our waiter dashed over to take over. I will keep visiting, but not on a Tuesday night when I know I could get stuck with this guy.

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

Our party went for the ‘I Voted’ pasta & wine special - they should do this once a week! Food was great as was the service. The three of us shared two appetizers, and a bottle of red wine, we each had 3 different pasta dishes, and shared the Tiramisu for dessert. The restaurant certainly didn’t lose money - if anything they gained. On an otherwise off night for restaurants, it would be nice to know we have a Tuesday or Wednesday night place to go in Mt Vernon for a reasonably priced meal. If they added a few entrees on special then those who steer away from pastas for dietary reasons, would still have an alternate choice.

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NS
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never fails !
From the wait staff to the bartender to the general manager - all on top of their game !
And the Chef always consistent!

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K
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Only complain was that the salad could have used an extra wash.

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U
Baltimore
54 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sotto Sopra is the best in Baltimore of upscale Italian. We've eaten here several times through the years and it continues to impress on all fronts. The food is great, taking some creative liberties while still keeping dishes simple. On this visit, we had the mushroom crostini appetizier and it was bursting with flavor. For dinner, we had whole bronzino and halibut - both dishes were winners. The restaurant has a nice selection of wine at various price points. Nice romantic atmosphere that also has good energy (i.e. the place is full but you can still have a quiet conversation). Service is friendly and knowledgeable; it was a little slow on this visit, but it was also Saturday evening.

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D
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son introduced me to sotto last feb for my birthday. I was blown away with entire meal. Ambiance lovely. I had my husband take us for our anniversary again delicious. Now on third visit brought friends who said it was delicious !!

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CZ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Sotto Sopra and we were very impressed! The food was fabulous and the wait staff friendly and experienced. Loved the décor and ambience! We will definitely be back...Perfetto!

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BM
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tasted was outstanding, from the veal to the pumpkin ravioli. A wonderful evening

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved this place. Great recommendation!! We will return with our friends next time we are in Baltimore.

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M
Baltimore
336 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So, we dressed in costume and went to Sotto Sopra for a Halloween Pasta Special. We feel so at home at this restaurant as the staff is always so welcoming. David and Derrick took excellent care of us.

We started off splitting the special of eggplant timbalo – it was hot, gooey with mozzarella, and just delicious. We devoured it! For my pasta entrée, I wanted to try something new to me, so I ordered the short rib ravioli – raviolis with shiitake mushrooms, pancetta, and sage in a truffle butter sauce. My husband savored the veal agnolotti – veal stuffed pasta with smoked bacon, spinach in a veal demi glaze. Both of our dishes were bursting with flavor. Thanks for a fun and delicious evening!

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sotta Sopra never fails to please! Food and ambiance is great and service is always good. Highly recommend for special occasions.

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BK
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always head here for a great smooth night of outstanding food and ambiance

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L
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sotto Sopra is always fantastic. We went because we were craving our favorite pumpkin ravioli. Had a side of brocolini and it was fantastic. Fennel soup was great too. I always get the soup of the day and have never been disappointed. Service is also fantastic. A great team on Friday nights. Looking forward to my next visit.

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TF
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Good space (spectacular dining room) - well curated menu but the service....
Waited with two other unrelated parties of two at the hostess-free hostess stand for 10 minutes. No other staff approached to say hello or "I'll find the maitre'd. Weird . Untrained.

Un-matched daily printed menus given out ("wait - that's not on my menu")
Stemware, cutlery not cleared promptly or completely ("would you mind taking this"?)
Small bread basket not tended for 4 people
Indifferent attitude of server
Not crowded but the same issues visible elsewhere in the dining room
8:45pm on a Tuesday the over head music was turned off (trying to hurry folks out ?)

The restaurant can take a long lesson from the Foreman/Wolf team and their alumni with respect to proper table tending. The room is beautiful, food decent. The competition has lapped Sotta Sopra - kind of sad.

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d
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for opera night. The performers were funny, explaining that most operas are tenor and baritone as friends, tenor falls in love with soprano, baritone gets jealous, someone ends up killing themselves. They hammed it up and we found it very enjoyable. They took requests. The eggplant appetizer (which may have been a special) was fabulous.

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r
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A Baltimore Classic. Still delicious and going strong after all these years.

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AM
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

For some reason they over booked. Several patrons waiting for tables. We were seated about 45 minutes after our reservation time.

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RE
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have dined twice at Sotto Sopra. The restaurant compares very favorably as a place for fine dining. The Italian cuisine was delicious and prepared carefully. Every course from salad to dessert was tasty, sufficient in quantity but not overwhelming and prepared with care. Clearly, the chef is topflight. The table service was outstanding and ambience was lively and reminded us of a past trip to Venice. We enjoyed the tasteful background music - the volume didn't interfere with table conversation.
One shortcoming is the restaurant's location on Charles Street, too busy a thoroughfare for fast, easy or safe car retrieval by the valet parking attendant who did a great job.

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JB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bolognese was exceptional!! The smokey bacon flavor was so good. The ambiance was very nice and the service was attentive!

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AG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catching a show at the Lyric, perfect time and place to grab dinner before hand. Service was great our waitress Tori was very prompt and helpful with menu suggestions. From the appetizer, to the salad, to the entrees and dessert, everything was spot on. Can't go wrong with either the regular menu or the specials. Thanks for a great dining experience.

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Sotto Sopro and always have a wonderful experience. The updated interiors and amazing service make it a memorable experience. I am vegetarian and my boyfriend is a carnivore and there's food for everyone! We would highly recommend Sotto Sopro!

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G
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way. I had the ceasar salad and halibut on pumpkin puree with gnocchi. Superb.

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SA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was at Sotto Sopra last week. Great place, good food and extraordinary service. I will definitely be back.

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ME
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small restaurant for authentic Italian cuisine. Nice for an intimate date night.

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r
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We come in town Baltimore once a month from the Beach in DE and we love Sotta Sopra. The food is always delicious. The service the past two times has been average. WE will likely come back due to teh exceptional food but you need to get some staff in there that can serve the tables better

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CH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here for our 10th anniversary and were more than pleased. First, they were able to change our original reservation time when our show ended earlier than expected.

Our waiter was very friendly, fast and helpful.

The food was amazing. They even brought us champagne (twice) and a small dessert (on top of the ones we ordered) with a sparkler to help us celebrate. We were really surprised when the bill came and we were not charged for the champagne and the desserts.

Will definitely eat here again!!!

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JM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant and it was very nice. Good ambiance, food and service. We will go back.

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k
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best dining experiences in Baltimore

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E
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been to Sotto Sopra several times for dining before a Peabody Conservatory performance. Consistently wonderful! Great food and thoughtful service.

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TS
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of my favorite dining experiences ever. Delicious food, wonderful service and exquisite ambience. The live jazz was an added bonus. I wish I was in town for one of their live opera prefix meals. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough.

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DW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to dinner for four before seeing Les Mis at the hippodrome, and we had an fantastic time! Our waiter was knowledgeable, generous, and provided many personalized recommendations. The staff were all very proficient and attentive. The food was amazing, fresh made pasta is like nothing else! The pumpkin ravioli was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before- it felt like a special meal. The polenta di formaggi was incredible. We will all be returning! Ciao bella!

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SM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been coming for years and always count on a good meal and excellent service. A long drive but worth it.

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