Sotto

4.9
5007 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
It is a concept of casual intimacy and communal romance. Sotto is the art of simplicity, a steward of restraint. It’s undressed, gutsy and human. It is fire, meat, wheat, and laughter. Above all, Sotto is Italian.
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.9
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFoodjunkie
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Too loud to hear others in conversations
Food was par and expensive.

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Anniversary
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto is wonderful every time we go! The food is delicious and the service is top notch.

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vipRandom
Miami
34 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as always. I feel that we have had some recent gluten cross contamination. Classically Sotto was great at gluten free. Recently, not as good.

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ashman
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambiance, and the best desserts. The food was well presented and the recommendations for wine, starters, and the main course were on point. Highly recommend a visit. We will definitely visit again.

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vipAnitaL
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time visiting. The only thing better than the delicious food was the excellent service!

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TedR
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always. Service was good. Still our favorite restaurant in Cincinnati

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vipRobbie
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s a reason why this place is so popular. Everything was amazing - zero complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice spot downtown. Service was great. Appetizer was the goat cheese, hazelnut and honey grilled bread. One of the best things I’ve ever ate. For pastas we got the Cacio e pepe. It was good, nothing mind blowing. We also got the cappellacci. The dish was just off in my personal opinion. The short rib just didn’t sit well with the dish for us. The breaded pork loin was the dinner saver. It was perfection on a plate. The lemon sauce, capers and arugula paired perfectly with the breaded pork. Donuts and gelato were top notch. Just FYI for anyone going, there is cheaper parking options down the street. $12 parking plus tip is a little steep.

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JuliaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointing! The seating time based on our reservation time was great and the food was amazing. Our favorite spot for sure.

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vipRandallL
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have eaten dinner at every location since 2001 when it opened in 2001 (then called Boca) and always had an outstanding meal. One minor complaint would be their wine list which could be a little more expansive.
Highly recommend this restaurant who wants a great Italian meal.

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vipJohnB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great food in an awesome atmosphere. Hillary was an exceptionally good server. Can’t wait to go back.

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KateJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure! Our server, Adriana, was an absolute gem and was both laid back and attentive the entire night. Even though we stayed until a bit after close, she never made us feel like an imposition and made great recommendations the entire time. Food was, as always, excellent. Hazelnut honey bruschetta is delicious, both the tortellini al formaggio and the capellacci were absolutely heavenly, and the quail was one of the most flavorful and tender dinners I’ve ever eaten! Ricotta doughnuts are fantastic (like eating little pillows!) and the gelato was silky and insanely enjoyable. The ambiance is very nice, low lighting and trendy exposed brickwork really makes it feel like a cross between a trattoria and a speakeasy. The only thing to note is that the music is relatively loud for ambient music, which might make dining here with the hearing impaired a bit of a challenge. But on the whole, I can’t praise this place highly enough. Can’t wait to come back!

JB
JenniferB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Cincinnati. Don’t sleep on the steak, it’s amazing too. The handmade pasta is to die for. The whole vibe is so pleasant you will instantly feel like you are on vacation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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AlexS
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great once again.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fabulous! Food divine and atmosphere was wonderful as it always is!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were phenomenal. We had Charles and can’t wait to come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. The staff treated us like royalty!!! It was such a great night.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience for a birthday dinner! Our waitress was very accommodating of my dietary restrictions and the restaurant even had a separate gluten-free menu. The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. Would definitely recommend.

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Kylie
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal for our anniversary dinner! Exceptional service, menu, and ambiance. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fayetteville
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Best cacio e pepe I’ve ever had. Our table sampled each others’ dishes and the pastas and flavors were flawless. Great wine flight as well.

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Cassie
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto is our new favorite place! We've dined with Sotto twice this summer both were birthday dinners and the atmosphere, ambiance, wait staff and above all else the FOOD is amazing! There is nothing we've tried that we didn't love. The black kale ceaser, breaded pork loin, and donuts are just some of our favorites. 🤤 Thanks for two amazing dining experiences!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Perfect Birthday Celebration

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GreggS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Sotto. Our waitress did a great job of making recommendations from the menu. We were with another couple and shared the goat cheese bread and an order of the tuna bread. We also had the octopus. All were wonderful! We each ordered a different entree so we could share. Everyone’s tasted delicious! My favorite was the tortellini with pesto. Next was dessert. We had the mousse and an order of the doughnuts. Both were great choices! I loved the atmosphere and of course the food! We will be back!

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BillR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very enjoyable evening. All the food was excellent. Our waiter Todd, was unbelievable.

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FrankT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!!

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GabrielaC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent, but it was very noisy and we couldn’t hear the waiter very well. A lot of air was blowing in the direction of our table , it was very uncomfortable

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vipRandom
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Sotto is always an A+. I will share that I was disappointed in the affogato. I feel like 2 years ago Sotto introduced me to the affogato and it was one of the most amazing desserts. When I had it recently, I was really disappointed. As it was being served to me the server shared it was with "Salted Vanilla" gelato in an apologetic tone. The presentation was not the same as I remembered it either. I would stick with their other amazing desserts, the ricotta donuts or the budino.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todd was the best waiter I’ve had in a long time. Food was perfectly prepared and plated. Will be back!

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ErinT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You want the best servers? Please visit this place for dinner! Absolutely delicious 😀

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was wonderful, and the service exceptional! We had a very nice waiter, and loved how quickly our meals were brought out. The only complaint that comes to mind - our table. The base/stand was not level and it made for a somewhat challenging dining experience. I’ve only been to Sotto twice, but have noticed this issue on both occasions with different tables. Unfortunately, I think we were just unlucky. 😬

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vipMoiraF
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was wonderful
The octopus was delicious
Everything we ate was amazing
Towards the end of our meal, our server was overwhelmed.
He had too many tables to continue giving us the top notch service we are accustomed to with Sotto
Of course, we will eat with Sotto again!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Always love the food and atmosphere, but had a reservation that we waited weeks for and our party of four was seated in the bar area. We could not hear each other over the loud music. Not the Sotto experience we love, so that was a disappointment.

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KellyW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Fun location. Perfect place for a back to school dinner with our college aged kids.

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MattD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service. Unique layout, have to walk downstairs to enter

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SamD
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went for dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. From start to finish it was an excellent evening. Since it had been over two years since our last visit the server walked us through the menu and helped guide us as we ordered. The entire staff was attentive and on point. The food was appropriately portioned and cooked to perfection, and the cocktails were both phenomenal. Our server, who had only been working there for a few weeks, did an amazing job. What a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Sotto many times and it never disappoints…but this time was absolutely remarkable! Best meal ever!

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ProfessionalEater
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto was a dream come true. If you’re looking to eat like you’re in Italy without leaving the USA, this is your spot. The food was incredible. The service was awesome. And the ambiance was super cool. The open kitchen was a great touch. I highly recommend this restaurant—you won’t be disappointed.

FAQs

Sotto is rated 4.9 stars by 5007 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.