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About Sotto

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.

118 E. 6th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Closed for the holidays November 23, December 24 & 25, January 1

Cross Street:
Walnut Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 977-6886

Website:
http://sottocincinnati.com/

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking directly in front of the restaurant beginning at 6pm daily.

Executive Chef:
Chef de Cuisine: Danny Combs

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

Sotto Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (108)
Special Occasion (95)
Romantic (94)
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Good for Anniversaries (88)
Fit for Foodies (82)
Authentic (72)
Cozy (66)
Creative Cuisine (62)
Worth the Drive (57)
Pre/post Theatre (55)
Notable Wine List (54)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Hot Spot (52)
Neighborhood Gem (46)
Fun (44)
Business Meals (41)
Good for Groups (34)
Bar Seating (33)
Great for Lunch (29)
Casual (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Local Ingredients (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Late-night Find (16)
Seasonal (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Disabled Access (7)
People Watching (7)
Healthy (6)
Tapas (6)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

Sotto is easily the top restaurant I've been too in cincinnati. The service is top notch. The food is obviously hand made, and the ambiance is great for a date night. 5 stars

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

All four of us thought our food was too salty (beets that came with the salmon).

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

We chose a 1:00 p.m. reservation for our party of three senior citizens thinking that the lunch crowd may have partially cleared out. The place was still very busy upon our arrival, but it did clear out somewhat within a half-hour or so and that made the noise level less of a problem. Our waiter was excellent and exceedingly accommodating and well-versed on the menu and how each dish was prepared.

I would recommend Sotto for lunch to anyone wanting quality dishes at a reasonable price and served with class!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Best chicken Caesar salad I have ever had. Wonderful service despite The busyness of the holiday lunch crowd. Delightful complementary ricotta filled donut for dessert.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

AMAZING! had the cheese plate bolognese and a virgin cocktail was remarkable and affordable very sexy environment

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·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing food in an incredibly cozy atmosphere! We will be back soon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Great dining experience and the pasta was wonderful. I highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

One of our friends is vegan so I put that in the OpenTable reservation for our table of 5 guests. When we reminded our waiter, he seemed irritated with the request. From that point on, the waiter barely paid us any attention. He did get the chef to offer a pasta with olive oil, pepper and bread crumbs which our friend enjoyed. However, at the end of the meal when he handed out donuts, he did not explain how it was not vegan or offer to give our friend something else as a treat. He just handed the other 4 of us our donuts and just ignored our vegan friend. She was fine she did not get one but he should have at least explained why she was left out from receiving the treat or offered an alternative. Then he automatically put the lunches on 1 bill, without asking and dropped it off. He disappeared for a long time so we could not even ask him to split it. What a shame to treat us this way.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome place. Intimate atmosphere.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The best Italian food I ever had. Definitely order the cheese and meat board. The family style steak is another must go. The small donuts are amazing. They are warm and sweet.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Holiday lunch for my department. Too crowded and noisy to have a good conversation.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Sotto is a lovely place with a warm, friendly atmosphere. The food is excellent, a bit different, but not extreme. It's healthy and well done. The servers are thoughtful. Our group of 5 was served and out in an hour because we indicated the need to go back to work. I wish we could lunch there at times other than the holidays!

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Sotto is a one of our favorite go-to spots and never disappoints. The service was a little slower than usual, but overall a great dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Incredible, per usual.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Always excellent food and I love the servers!
One of Cincinnati’s best! ❤️

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·Dined 7 days ago

Had a nice dinner. Just note that It is loud. My mother-in-law couldn’t hear our conversation,which was sad, but she still enjoyed dinner. Very vibrant atmosphere. The bruschetta w goat cheese was delicious and I don’t normally care for goat cheese. Kale Caesar salad?? Awesome. Very spicy and I liked it. I had remembered the black pepper pasta from my first visit, but it tasted a little salty to me this time. Maybe just a fluke. Pork cutlet was fabulous. And best of all - the donuts. Unbelievable. Skip the other desserts. This one was a standout by far. Would come back just for the donuts alone. Thanks !

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined 7 days ago

Never disappointed! Can’t think of anything but praise from my taste buds to yours to try their braised rib stuffed ravioli. Then use the sauce for for dipping your bread in. Instead of ripping the bread in “trying to justify yourself for eating the bread”the olive oil. I mean if you eating bread you might as well add joy to the list of emotions you feel when you eat here.
Oh yeah forgot the Goat cheese and honey guess what it’s on bread as well!
I have been here a lot I don’t think I have had any dish that wasn’t amazing
You can’t go wrong!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

This place is RIDICULOUSLY good! Everything was wonderful. You will not regret you choice to dine at Sotto.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

My wife and I went to Sotto for the first time for our wedding anniversary. We had an incredible time. The ambiance and the food are truly amazing. The service is excellent as well. I had the breaded pork loin and it was the best meal I have had in a long time. A nice dinner will cost you around $100 for 2 but it is so worth it, especially for a special occasion. Highly recommended.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Sotto is so special every time we visit. We were out with our friends for a special occasion. Always excellent from the greeting to the service and most of all the delicious food. We have tried almost everything on the menu but always gravitate back to the incredibly tasty rag alla bolognese and short rib cappellacci - wow! Lauren the server is the best and always makes it a very fun time. It is so wonderful to have a restaurant of this caliber in Cincinnati!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have eaten at Sotto for dinner many time and the food is always excellent. I made reservations to treat my out of town guests for a special lunch to celebrate the holidays. The food did not disappoint, however, the service was very very slow.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Awesome, as always. First time going for lunch and I will most definitely be back. They got us in and out in an hour, which is perfect for a business lunch meeting. And the best part is they serve a complimentary ricotta donut hole with Carmel as dessert - SO GOOD!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Service and food was exceptional as always. By far one of the best restuarants in Cincinnati. Always recommend to everyone.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good for a Wednesday.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent as always! I always look forward to the donuts. I could make a meal out of them.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We loved our food. Pricing was good. The only complaint is the noise level, and it was too dark to read menu. We will return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was my third time to Sotto, and I’ve consistently had the same experience. Each time we get 1 or 2 appetizers, a main dish, bottle of wine, and dessert. Each time the appetizers have been delicious (this past time i had the polenta and hazelnut honey & goat cheese bruschetta). The apps are only big enough for 2 people, but are reasonably priced. Consistently, the main dishes have been excessively salty. To the point where I could not eat half of the dish. I’ve had a combination of dishes (some pasta, some meat) and each has been the same way. The best part of my experience is always the dessert. The doughnuts and the chocolate budino are amazing. The wine has always been good (I usually get one of the less expensive bottles of red). From now on I will return only to get apps, dessert, and wine. The main dishes are just not worth the money.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We live 40 miles north of Sotto and always make the trip once or twice a year. Food, service and ambiance are always outstanding.

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I think Maria is a great server. Love sitting in the bar area for lunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Super meal with outstanding service. Will be back as it was one of the best times we have had.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent as always. Matt the server was knowledgable, friendly and on point. The donuts and dipping sauces were amazing.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

My girlfriend and I went for an anniversary dinner and it was wonderful! I got the recommendation from a coworker, I actually hadn't heard of Sotto before, but we decided to go, and I'm so glad we did! The wine was amazing, we got a three course meal where everything tasted wonderful, and it was totally affordable. I definitely think we'll be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 27, 2017

kitchen missed up our food but the manager was great and comped our mean!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything about this place is cool. The atmosphere, the staff, the menu. It's an experience that is like no other place in the City! Our sever(Hillary) was sooooo helpful and her knowledge of the menu was amazing. Get the donuts!! Trust me! Just get them !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful as always! All of the food the table ordered was exceptionally prepared!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

A great lunch the day after Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for the great service and food. First time afternoon ambience was super.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Good experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food always!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The setting was unique and reminded us of a speak easy. The overall vibe was relaxing but a bit noisy. My wife and I went here for the first time for our 22nd wedding anniversary . The menu was very limited and our found was not what we expected. The food seemed bland and not we have experienced at other authentic Italian restaurants. While the environment was neat the food needs a lot of work. I wouldn’t recommend the food.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We love Sotto and can not say enough wonderful things about it! We sat at the chef's table the last time and Chef Megan was awesome!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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