Sotto

4.9
3504 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sotto is a wonderful place for a nice dinner. It is a bit loud and dark but that all adds to the atmosphere.

MH
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sotto is our special occasion restaurant. Service, ambiance, and food were very good, and have been every time we've dined at Sotto. Overall, very good experience. We will be back!

OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Visited from out of town. Super cute space , small but delicious menu, wine list wasn’t anything special, we ended up getting a bottle of sparkling brut Italian rose, which was delicious! . Overall cute place, moderate prices and good portion sizes, I’d return again!

AP
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Food just a little off this time
However felt it was very poor form charging $2.00 for chili flakes for each person.
This was eventually removed from the bill but only after voicing disapproval
Also 3x mark up on wine was a bit much
Sotto getting just a bit cocky with their success

MU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was absolutely incredible.I wish I remembered her name, starts with an "M", recently graduated UC with a degree in Anthropology, has a new puppy.... Anyway, she really took the time to explain the food, how it was prepared, what she liked (and didn't like). She shared her experiences with the staff and restaurant as a whole so that we really felt like we were getting the entire experience. I would hire her in a minute.

The restaurant is below ground, the lighting and ambiance felt like we were in a very nice wine cave in Napa (where we live). Good good Cincinnati for having such a cool place to eat.

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

Great bar, stellar service, had the best steak I’ve had in a decade. Mercedes (our server) was friendly, helpful, and really on top of things. Best anniversary dinner in recent memory!

BV
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick our server was wonderful. He made sure we would have no surprises when we ordered and steered us perfectly! Our meals were superb. Great experience

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome lunch
Great bartender
Kale salad amazing

CI
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, as expected. The ambiance was great, being downstairs and in what looks like an old time bar area. Fun place.

m
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service excellent. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a nice dinner.

CJ
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another exceptional dinner at Sotto, daughter in from college and she chose Sotto, everything and everyone was perfect as usual, two, no three highlights from the normal stars, he prosciutto wrapped mellon, the tuna with capered mayo on toast appetizer and this simply amazing apple fig tart with a crust unlike any other I’ve ever had, really that good, after trying my daughter wouldn’t eat any more doughnuts, her favorite, because she didn’t want to lose the taste in her mouth! Until next time

MM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing, probably the best server that I've had. The food was fantastic, the only small critique I would have is for there to be more affordable wine prices, being on a budget I feel like we had to stick to beer in order to not spend an arm and a leg.

AB
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a special place with fresh food. Each item was well thought out and tasted amazing. I would almost just come to Cincinnati just to eat here. It was so unreal how good it was from the wine to the black kale Caesar to the cappelicini (not sure how to spell it) to the fresh donuts. Definitely one of my all time favorite restaurants!!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are thoroughly impressed by Sotto. The food was incredible and the service was terrific! We came in for our anniversary and they helped make our special day even better! Thank you! We will definitely be returning!

DD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding!! We were supposed to be celebrating my parents 50th but my father was unable to go due to his health so I brought my mom. Our waiter Ryan was sooo nice and went above and beyond to make the evening special for my mom!! The food was amazing as always!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything great. Do not prefer the music. It seems jarring in that atmosphere

B
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to eat Italian food and your brain to explode from all the deliciousness, you have come to the right place.

l
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful all around!

AM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! Staff was super friendly and attentive. The food was to die for! I've never eaten a steak that just melts in your mouth! Must try the ricotta donuts when there! I will definitely be returning next time I'm in Cincinnati

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special touch of birthday year remembrance sheet. Excellent service- savory food-the donuts always a favorite, with great wine pairing. Fantastic evening of celebration!!

RT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. We had a wonderful time.

SD
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We don't normally go downtown for dinner unless it is a special occasion, so my husband's birthday was the perfect opportunity. He's also part Italian and was eager to try the cuisine.
The ambiance is what makes this place truly unique. Tucked down in the cellar of the restaurant Boca, Sotto reminded me of the hideouts of the bootleggers in era of Prohibition. But with a classy updated twist.
The food was good, but not fabulous, and I though their menu was minimal. The cocktails were delicious and not over-priced. I would recommend going there at least once to try it, but we will probably not return.

KN
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian took excellent care of us. He walked us through the whole menu and helped us create a shared tasting experience. I've wanted to try Sotto for a really long time but always thought to book my reservation tik late, this time I booked over a month in advance. Book early!!!

M
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and service! We celebrated our anniversary and it was absolutely perfect!

MB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding! Don’t forget the house made Limoncello...

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy truffle pasta, everything was good quality. A tad expensive honestly. But yummy, needs more wine by the glass.

m
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing and love the delicious donut at the end of your meal. Yummy

JR
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here, and we cannot wait to return!

KK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service and scenery! The food is amazing and fresh!

J
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening excellent service and our server really helped make sure we made the best selections. Everything from apps to dessert was delicious.

BC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner! Wonderful waitress! Could not ask for more!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Ryan was AMAZING. It was a night out with old friends and he made it special. The food and cocktails were delicious.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Disappointed in new menu. Our selections did not reflect the previously delicious menu.

SZ
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! One of the best places to eat! We love Sotto!!

U
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Extraordinary cuisine. Charming atmosphere.

s
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG every single thing was amazing - pasta, risotto, the donut dessert!!!!! Great drinks. My vegetarian friend and my non-vegetarian self both LOVED this place on our visit to Cincy.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had a fabulous time celebrating tonight- Bryan thank you again!

PG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the absolute best restaurant!!! At least as good as Italy, maybe even better!!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was perfect. Food delish.

SF
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the food. It’s just always so delicious. The music was quite loud for 1130am on a Wednesday.

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