Sotto

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$30 and under
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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Sotto is offering a pre fixed individual option menu for $70 before tax and gratuity. The menu will include 3-4 options for our guests to choose an item within each of 4 courses, featuring Sotto favorites and a seasonal special.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make sure we come by whenever we are in town! The best!!!

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

Amazing meal everything was SO good and best service. Thank you!

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A
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Deceptively simple, high quality food. Great ambiance. And those doughnuts...! Best cup of espresso in Cincinnati, which is not always easy to find.

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MP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good & really enjoyed it. Was surprised that we were not offered a desert since we were their celebrating my birthday.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hand made pastas always so delicious. Never been disappoint.

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KB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Please be aware my wife and I are not accustomed to "fancy" foods, so not liking the food perhaps could be on us. Anyway the restaurant is beautiful. I chose it for our 5 year anniversary, and upon arrival felt i absolutely made the right choice. Very romantic candle light quiet environment. I'd give a 10/10 for the building. However then we got food. It was expensive as expected, but left us very disappointed. Bread was good, salad was ok, Shaved meats was very good, but we got spaghetti noodles with a pepper kinda Alfredo sauce. The noodles were very under cooked and stuck in my teeth. And we got a fried pork loin in a cheese sauce which was very over fried. The server did ask how it was and i was honest, so they took it off my bill. So they obviously have good service and all. We just didn't like the food for the price. When i got home i ate leftover pizza to kinda finally fill up. So if your at all picky like me, or don't get fancy, i hope this helps.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great all around service and food

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L
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went Saturday evening for dinner. Our server, Chris, was excellent. When asked for recommendations he was spot on with the food and wine recs. We never felt rushed. Everything was delicious.

A family member happened to be having a group of her friends out for her birthday dinner. She said her server, Ryan, was also awesome. Everyone loved what they ordered.

You can't go wrong with the Bruschetta, Short Rib Cappellacci & Ricotta doughnuts!

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MR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was a delight and really knew the menu extremely well! The food was also delicious! This was my first time at Soto and I was very impressed. I will definitely be going back!

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B
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed cocktails at the bar along with the bruschetta. Then we had dinner at the table which consisted of a fantastic polenta appetizer with an egg. Then we had a wonderful pasta course and bronzino for dinner. Everything was delicious and the service was wonderful.

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SW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at Sotto. The service was excellent and the food was just as good. We had Abby as our server but every staff member who came to our table was professional and friendly. If you like bread and olive oil, I highly recommend trying the olive oil tastings while they are on the menu. We also had the black kale Caesar salad, the rigatoni con salsiccia, and the short rib cappellacci. All are recommended.

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Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick did a wonderful job serving our table of 4; We didn't over-order for the group and we had plenty to share and taste.

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SC
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our 3rd visit over the past 2 years, we had the best service ever - thank you Ashley!! She gave great suggestions and we were thrilled that she told us about the Anchovy appetizer. We couldn't stop eating it, but instead of serving with veggies, we preferred it with our bread. Another suggestion for the food - why are you not using Fresh Parmesan on your wonderful dishes? We will be back!!

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K
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

I ordered a pasta soup dish with meat, as it was recommended as one of the favorite by your staff. Unfortunately, it was way too salty. I felt as if I was drinking salt water. The servers were friendly and the atmosphere was great. It's unfortunate that my food was too salty.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Always love the food. The service was not as good on this occasion. I’ve always enjoyed our servers but this time we it did not feel like the same upscale dining that we’ve had in the past. Our server barely stopped by our table to replenish water and wine. I ordered several pasta dishes and asked that they be brought out as ready. All six were served at the exact same time, not the typical service. We had to get our servers attention to order a second bottle of wine. Overall, we love the food and atmosphere but our server was not a fit or needs additional training to measure up to traditional sotto service.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and attentive service.
One of our favorite restaurants

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, William was AMAZING! He was beyond helpful during our experience at Sotto - he broke everything down and gave us honest recommendations for our anniversary dinner. They typically have some specials that aren’t listed on the menu online too. You have to save room for the donuts, they’re scrumptious. We’ll make definitely be back soon :)

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had dinner

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NA
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Italian food. Staff was extremely helpful and courteous. One of the best meals I've had in a long time.

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JT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Met a friend here for lunch. The restaurant was lively but the service did not suffer. The atmosphere was conducive to conversation. The food was creative and delicious! I will definitely be back.

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NJ
Cincinnati
54 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had family in from out of town and wanted to share with them a great Cincinnati experience. Sotto did not disappoint. The appetizer and pasta entrees were outstanding while the service was excellent. Just a great time for everyone

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CD
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was average this visit, service was non-existent. A Monday night when the restaurant was less than half full, a really disappointing experience.

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JL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great dining experience. From the food to the overall feel of the restuarant, it is always a great time.

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SH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal. The food is some of the best I’ve ever had at a restaurant and the service is wonderful. The wait staff is extremely friendly and they help to make dinner a very fun experience.
I highly recommend this restaurant without any reservation. But, you do definitely want to make a reservation before you go. They can be somewhat hard to come by.

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S
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! The black kale Caesar has great quality ingredients. The short ribs pasta is a consistent favorite. And the affogato dessert was awesome

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L
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just simply love everything about Sotto! It is our go to spot for family celebrations. The atmosphere and delicious menu makes this a night to remember....always.

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CB
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sotto was a very good experience all around. My wife and I both got the short rib pasta. We loved it, however if you don't love salt like we do it may not be for you. It was incredibly salty, but pretty good because of it in my opinion. We also ordered the bruchetta and polenta. Those were outstanding! Very unique flavors on both. Bruchetta was a sweet and creamy dish whole the polenta was salty and savory, going back and forth between the two was just fantastic getting bite after bite of salty vs sweet. Finished with the ricotta doughnuts, which was the type of dessert you make yourself feel so full you feel sick because they are worth cramming in.

Everything was extremely enjoyable overall. Ambiance and service was fantastic by servers and managers alike. Only negative was the Amalfi cocktail. My wife's wine was good, my Normandie cocktail (basically apple cider and cinnamon) was GREAT, but the Amalfi (limoncello) was awful. It tasted like super carbonated Sprite with lemon juice poured into it and then mixed in the glass was leafy greens almost like mint but there were so many of them every time I try to take a drink I'd get lettuce in my mouth with the beverage. I saw that a lot of people had recommended this online so I tried it and it was not good in my opinion. However once again the restaurant step. And he completely took it off of my bill even after I forced down half of the drink because I didn't want it to waste. Simply put they were awesome and I think they would do anything to accommodate you to make sure your visit is pleasant and you would return, which we absolutely will without a doubt!

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, amazing food and amazing service!!!

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WF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite places to eat! Everything I have ordered has been wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant ... our favorite in Cincinnati!

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sotto has a wonderful atmosphere, in the basement of an old city building. The walls are stone which creates a unique ambiance. The food is all made in house and is perfect. I highly recommend Sotto for special occasions, a date night, or a family meal.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant!

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic anniversary dinner. You'll enjoy it trust me.

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B
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, cooked to order. Pasta is unreal and ricotta donuts are delicious. The waiter was having an off night. Very knowledgeable but no personality and kind of rude when we asked where the restroom was and when he came by to take the payment he just snatched it. After I signed the receipt he just snatched it again and didn’t say anything, thank us for coming in or anything. I don’t need to be thanked at a restaurant but when I’m paying good money, and tipping well, I expect a nice waiter.

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BL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very personable, the atmosphere was very cozy and the food was fabulous!

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D
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting and great service. Perfect for a romantic date

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the dark and candle lit atmosphere. Food is always top notch and often unique. A great variety of food and drink options.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Reservations were made but we still had to wait almost an hour to be seated. Everything else was top notch but unfortunately, waiting for so long put a sour mood on the front end of the night.

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JH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Wonderful. Love the place.

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MC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether or not you are here for a special occasion, it will feel special. A completely unique ambiance and delicious food! Our server was knowledgeable and attentive.

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