Sotto

4.8
2842 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.
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 2842 People Are Saying
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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is beautiful, the staff was great, and the food was amazing! There’s a reason I keep going back.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Beautiful evening!

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JK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Fairly priced. Our server was very knowledgeable regarding the menu and wine. Will be back.

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SI
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, love the coziness but it was a bit pricey and I didn't enjoy my meal at all

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OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Soooo good

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SC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a dinner meeting at the restaurant seated in the bar area. I love the underground, rustic vibe. The waiters were amazing and very accommodating. One of the waiters, last name Bennett, kept checking on us and making sure everything was right. We had a truffle pasta dish that was the best I've ever had. I returned the next day with my husband and found out it wasn't on the lunch menu. We requested it and they gladly accommodated our request. If you haven't tried it, you need to check it out!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL. Had a bunch of out-of-towners and they loved it!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a ladies nice dinner out and lived every minute. Service is always amazing here, and food is wonderful. Ive been plenty of times and never had anything I didn't like. Ryan was our server this time ahs he was AMAZING, very informative for the ones who were first timers, and just overall fun friendly and prompt. Love love love it here! Highly recommend.

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c
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten here with my wife for our anniversary the past few years and we always have a splendid experience. Food is always amazing!

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GM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have ever ate at. The food is fire and the donuts OMG they bring tears to my eyes they are that good.

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f
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The cheese tray was wonderful, especially enjoyed the bread as well

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BL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and food. Fun place to eat for something different.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sotto is a must when visiting Cincinnati. Excellent every time!!

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KV
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!! We love comingto Sotto! Service is awesome and good is like nobody else’s authentic Italian!

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JL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to a week night dinner with my wife and daughter. Candle lit tables in a dim and rustic underground dining area. It was busy but still a relaxing atmosphere. From there we had great service from start to finish, made for an effortless evening. We had some apps, salad, pasta, dessert and drinks and none of them were anything but delicious. They even accommodated my young daughter with a child's portion for her meal. My only complaint is can be challenging to get a reservation, but I believe that is a good problem.

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E
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Repeat attendance. Liked that they have made more dishes and sauces "lighter.' Great pasta selections and I especially liked how many of the dishes were locally sourced and others made in house.

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SR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot say enough about the food, service, and atmosphere here. I would give it 10 stars if I could!

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DL
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and atmosphere

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ES
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way. The food, at every turn, was delicious. I will definitely go back. My new favorite restaurant!

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y
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to eat. We have yet to have a bad meal or experience here. The best is the menu has seasonal options so you can always try something new or go with your favorites. Great wine and cocktail list. Service is always on par. Again never left upset.

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JM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, just wow! Get the pork tenderloin and kale salad and bread....best things on the menu!

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B
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 starts all the way around. Our server, Chris, was awesome!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good and an enjoyable dinner prior to going to the Arnoff

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall good experience. Bummed we couldn’t order garlic bruschetta because of a broken oven/stove. We also sat in a drafty, cold area where they couldn’t change the temperature.

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BC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was impeccable as always! Great service too! One of my all time favorite spots for lunch.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for our engagement dinner. Service was excellent and very accommodating to all the phone calls we had to make. Even got a round of drinks on the house.

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OT
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took a friend who was in town to Sotto--had a hard time getting reservations. Got there 45 minutes early and was told our table was ready. we decided to go to the bar first anyway. despite the difficulty I had getting reservations, there were empty tables. the hostess told me that in the future if I have trouble getting a reservation to call them instead; I assume they 'hold' only a few tables for Open Table reservations...not sure. Food is good. Caesar was unremarkable. But my friend's short rib pasta was spectacular--apparently it's the most popular dish on the menu. I had the pasta with black pepper and cheese--last time it was very salty, this time it was perfect. Service was just fine. I'm not quite sure how this place could warrant a 5 on the review--it's just a notch below great. as you can tell, I'm not totally enthusiastic about this place, but I do like it.

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KM
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended during lunch hour for a work colleagues birthday. Our waiter was outstanding and very knowledgeable about the items on the menu and gave great suggestions. The ambiance is lovely and very unique. Will definitely be attending again soon food was outstanding.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasurable experience with wonderful cuisine!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Need to stop playing awful music. Otherwise, excellent!

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CG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was great as always, however on this particular day the service was one of the worst experiences I have ever had in any restaurant. I don't recommend going here during the week for lunch, it seems like their service is much better during weekends.

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LY
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sotto is just incredible. From the food the the atmosphere - it is a MUST visit. Hands down the coolest space a restaurant could be in. Walking into the place is an absolute experience all in itself. You feel as though you found a secret place from the prohibition days. The food is amazing and I have never had a bad meal. My absolute favorite is the bavette con bottarga w/ tomatoes, chili oil, and breadcrumbs. It is to die for and will leave you wanted to lick the plate. I hope this place stays forever.

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JP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for really good food, fresh pasta, donuts to die for and ambiance. The service is just wonderful. The only issue we had was no toilet paper in the ladies room.

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JS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were using a gift certificate. Our first visit. Loved it, will return

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DL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we come to Cincinnati we try to work in a reservation at Soto. The staff is excellent relaxed yet attentive but the food is just marvelous!

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CG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant In cincy. Highly recommend!

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Our server was pretty unfriendly. He treated us as though we were more of a nuisance. My dad had came in from out of town, and needed a little help dissecting the menu. The server vaguely went over the menu in a very rehearsed way. It took 20 minutes to get my second glass of Prosecco. As he forgot, twice. The first time he came to the table he said “oh your Prosecco! I’ll be right back!” He ran from the table, and we didn’t see him for another 10 minutes. By that point our food we had ordered came out (in addition to the side we added on when i order my glass of Prosecco). He came back to the table and quickly turned back to get my prosecco.. as he had forgotten once more. No apology was given. It was my birthday so I chose Sotto, as I had been once before and had a good experience. Probably won’t be back for a while.

Atmosphere is gorgeous, and perfect for a romantic date night. Food is solid.

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OT
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent as usual.

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PD
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sotto - upscale yet causal trattoria-style restaurant in the heart of downtown Cincinnati

The atmosphere, service and food at Sotto are wonderful - well worth a trip and stay in Cincinnati. The grotto-like location is warm, inviting and full of rustic touches throughout. This is the kind of place to go with friends and family to share good food, wine and conversation. The staff are friendly and attentive and you won’t be rushed.

Sotto is a busy and lively scene every night of the week, but the seating is comfortable with numerous cosy tables for conversation. Check out the private dining rooms for larger parties, the unique wine cellar and the outstanding reserve wine list. Many fine Italian wines in all price ranges. If you don’t know Italian wines, no worries, the servers have your back and will set you up with a glass or bottle you will love.

As for the food - it’s all good! The apps and deserts are topnotch, but pasta steals the show. Pasta is made in-house and every dish is a unique experience. Be sure to have the black truffle when in season.

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