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For 2
Date
Tue, 4/24
Time
9:00 PM
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Sotto

4.8
2484 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 977-6886
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef de Cuisine: Danny Combs
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Cross street
Walnut Street
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Parking details
We offer valet parking directly in front of the restaurant beginning at 6pm daily.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 2484 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 hours ago

As usual Sotto didn’t disappoint. We were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary and had an amazing evening! Service, food, atmosphere all were 5 Stars!! Only thing I wish is we didn’t wait so long between visits!

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5.0Dined a day ago

The Black Kale Salad and Branzino were spectacular. Love the ambiance. Top notch service.

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5.0Dined a day ago

I took my husband here for his birthday dinner. The atmosphere of this restaurant is energetic, modern, and unique. The design and architecture of this place is outstanding. Service was great. We had Anthony who was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave great suggestions. Highly recommend and will return.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Beyond the divine five course meal, our time at Sotto was elevated by the cozy and unique atmosphere and the extremely knowledgable staff. I'm not usually a review poster, but I can't stop singing the praises of Sotto--and we haven't even got to how incredible the RICOTTA DOUGHNUTS are! It's the perfect place for a date night, birthday celebration or drink at the cool bar. Worth every penny and more

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was okay but the music they play is to loud not calm and relaxing music. Plus the chairs are uncomfortable. I think it’s a good place for lunch not dinner.Dark room and Candles are cool could be romantic but again the music selection is horrible.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

New food items since the last time we were there. All very good. Enjoyed sharing items at our table so we could try everything. Great service. Good wine. Wonderful place.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent dining experience!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing service! Amazing food! A evening we always look forward to!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was amazing! Our service was the best! And the ambiance was very romantic. We did sit close to the fire pit/oven and did smell smoky the rest of the night, but honestly the food was so delicious, we didn't mind!.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Another great dining experience--Sotto never disappoints!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Had not eaten here in a while. I guess I forgot how great was this place. Loved the sharable bites. My salmon dish with beets was absolutely amazing. My business friend was looking for a dish that was off the menu for the season but our server went out of his way to talk to the kitchen and have it made for her.

The best part was the special dessert gift they provided. How delicious was this single donut hole with caramel sauce. Awesome!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Exceptional! Best restaurant in town.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Impeccable in every aspect. The service was untouchable. The food was delicious. The drinks were divine as well as the wine recommendations. I don't get here as much as I would like to. Thank you for being so consistent!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was outstanding. Our waiter put in the wrong pasta for us but corrected it immediately allowing us to keep the one in error. It was actually my favorite. We were there prior to a show and the server was very mindful of getting us there on time. We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Love this restaurant. Fabulous food and atmosphere. Knowledge server.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent service, the risotto/hazelnut/honey bruschetta and the tiramisu were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Outstanding food. Really loud room made it difficult four our 4-top to hear each other.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati. They could definitely increase their portion sizes though. We left drunk and hungry and spent $150.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Love the atmosphere. The food, from appetizer to dessert, was amazing. I highly recommend the Short Rib Cappellacci. The service was perfect.

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Cool atmosphere, but the smoke from the fire grill was overwhelming. My wife and I had to get all of our clothes and coats dry cleaned after this meal.

The cocktails we ordered (Lemoncellos), were far from authentic Italian, and in the best case tasted like a horrible medicine, it was undrinkable. Our server notices that we did not consume it and kindly replaced it with two glasses of prosecco, which was very nice.

The wine selection was nice, but highly overpriced. The food was disappointing, we will not be back.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great place for a special night out or simply a great meal. Ambiance cozy and romantic. Service is personable and attentive without being intrusive. Highly Recommend the following: Appetizers: Goat Cheese Bruschetta and Grilled Octopus. Salad: Insalata Baby Greens. Entrees: Special Lamb with Potatoes. Desert: Ricotta Donuts with Caramel, Chocolate, and Pistachio.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Hidden below the street level is a wonderful restaurant in the heart of Cincinnati! The perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening or celebrate a special occasion. Loved the chicken liver mousse with pistachios and the house-cured salumi platter for 2. The portion size for the breaded pork loin is very generous so be ready to share. The ragu was underwhelming-the only just ok item we ordered. Fabulous service with Eric-enjoyed our conversation. Looking forward to a return visit next spring.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Was the usual great meal. Thumbs up for clam pasta! My new favorite entree. Was slightly crushed they ran out of rhubarb crostata :(

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great ! Fooddd and serviceee aweesomee

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The service is second to none. Very attentive without being over bearing. We feel like we are at a friends house. Lauren took care of us once again.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic experience! Such a cozy enviroment with a simple but lovely menu. The wine list was killer. Get the donuts!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was our first time there and I was with my mom and two sisters. We loved the look of it, how we had to go downstairs and the entire candlelit, brick wall ambience. Everything we had was delicious. Our server was very good. We thought the place was very neat and would definitely go back. There was one problem and it bothered all four of us the entire dinner. It was so loud in there, some music that didn't seem to fit the look or mood of the place was playing loudly the entire time. We found it confusing and had to kind of yell to talk. It didn't seem to fit in with the place at all and just turning it off, or down, or another type of music lower in the background would all have made more sense. But regardless, it was a delicious dining experience in a really cool place and I will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and menu, highly recommended for a fun time with friends.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Food was outstanding! We all took bits of each other’s food and everything was amazing. Only downside, it was so dark that we had to get our cell phones out to read the menu

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

From the moment you enter the door and head down the stairs to the basement, the ambience of the restaurant tells you, this will be a good meal.

We arrived a few minutes early for our dinner reservation and rather than make us wait, the hostess immediately found alternate sitting for our party.

Our waiter was friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. The dishes were perfectly timed and all wine and food recommendations were spot on.

We started with the chicken liver mousse topped with pistachios which was melt in your mouth delicious. Our next course tender grilled octopus followed by short rib cappellacci home made pasta.

The combination of supreme service and excellence food made this is one of the best dinner experiences I have had in a long time.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Best restaurant in Cincinnati, hands down! Exceptional service, atmosphere, and menu! I’ve never had a less than outstanding experience at Sotto.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I love Sotto!

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Not recommended for a pre-show dinner. Service between courses was extremely slow. Our server clearly understood at the beginning of the meal that we had a 7:30 show. We had to rush to get seated before the curtain. Not recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Sotto never disappoints!
Took a friend for her 50th birthday and she was wowed!

Food was on point (as usual), service was above the top and you all helped make her big day very memeroable.

Thanks for always being a favorite dining destination in Cincinnati.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Best Italian food!! Very cool vibe! Excellent service! Highly recommend the short rib pasta with Amish butter. Literally the best pasta dish I ever had! Make room for their amazing dessert... Ricotta Donuts!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Perfect spot for sharing a meal with friends. Best to share everything. We ordered the salumi plate for 2-4 (melt in your mouth), blue oven bread, octopus, goat cheese & honey bruschetta, the cacio e pepe pasta, and the breaded pork loin. All were delicious and it was the perfect amount for four people. The dimly lit, private atmosphere is just what I love.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Our first visit and we will be back loved it!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

A lovely restaurant with an even better atmosphere. It was on the darker side, but it set a nice mood. The food was outstanding. That being said, the portions are a little small for the price. All in all though, the food was great and we will be visiting again!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Expensive but unbelievable flavors. Small portions but expected

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Everything was amazing! Hilary was our waitress and she made our first experience awesome! The doughnuts are a must!

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