Sotto

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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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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always one of my favorite spots for a lunch meeting!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience and amazing food! Would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area

F
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Sotto many, many times over the years, and it NEVER disappoints. The food is superb, the staff is impeccable, and the atmosphere is cozy. At peak times it can get a little loud, but this is a truly minor inconvenience for the experience you receive.

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

Sotto never disappoints. The food was excellent and our waiter suggested a lovely Italian white wine made by monks. We shared a selection from each course and it was perfect. We ended with the famous doughnuts and the night was complete.

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

Hilary was our server and she was fantastic. The food as always was delicious and we are looking forward to our next visit.

CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had forgotten that I was doing a 7 day cleanse when I made the reservations at Sotto before seeing COME FROM AWAY at the Aronoff. The waiter was very attentive and the Sparkling Water, Salad , Fingerling Potatoes and Brocollini were the perfect dinner for me! Thank you Sotto .... we will be backl!

AN
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

our waiter rushed us, we are accustom to a relaxing meal before the play and he seemed ready to turn his table although there were still empty tables.

N
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the wonderful evening, delicious food & drinks! Our server Nick was great!

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

Family Birthday was very well done. Very good wine selections.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had amazing service and the food was absolutely delicious! We are from out of town but will be back when we’re in the city!

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great and helpful staff! Delicious food and a beautiful restaurant.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian was our server and provided outstanding guest service. Every suggestion he gave was excellent!

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan is an awesome server. Amazing place and atmosphere . Hands down our favorite place. Always get the doughnuts!

H
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Outstanding date night spot. Bustling but still easy to have a conversation. All dishes are designed for sharing, with minimal presentation and helpful service. Great high-end touches (thoughtful pacing, fresh flatware for each course, smart recommendations) in a casual environment.

b
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience and our server Brian was excellent. He made us feel so comfortable. The food was the best in the city!!

c
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing, we were celebrating my 30th birthday and she suggested a mock tail which made me feel less lame for being preggo. She was kind and answered all of our questions. She never rushed us even though we were a late table. She really made us feel welcome, it was a perfect birthday dinner. Oh and the food was obviously amazing as it always is. The doughnuts tasted better than usual!

TS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sotto is named Cincinnati's best restaurant year, after year, and every time we go they prove to us again why they deserve that title. A rotating menu based on seasonal selections and what is freshest provides the best culinary experience you can have in Cincinnati.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every month and the food and service is nothing short of excellent

DD
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great to share with others! Always a great experience.

ML
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. (We ordered too much!) Hilary was out server and she was great.

MP
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are consistently warm, genuine and knowledgeable about everything on the menu. I especially appreciate their recommendations of wine which always pairs perfectly with the food. The food is fresh and delicious. I especially loved the ravioli. The pasta was whisper thin and light allowing the marvelous spice of the meat to come through. The half moon booths add romance to a date because you get to sit closer but you can still see each other. I love this place.

KS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible rustic Italian food in an intimate environment. Always attentive service

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

Son was in from college and looking for something different for lunch and found Sotto was open for lunch, no need for reservations though we had one, menu is smaller and different from dinner offerings but excellent and if you ask they will prepare non lunch items, I got cacio e pepe and apple fig crostata, thanks!! As always perfectly prepared food and exceptional service, by far my favorite restaurant in the city and with lunch no three week wait for reservations!

OT
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for a friend

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Service and the food was amazing!

BS
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not know Sotto”s was open for lunch, needed a good place for a business lunch, everything was great!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall wonderful night but our reservation was overlooked and we waited 30 minutes to be seated, only after questioning the hostess. Still would go back.

MT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservation for a birthday lunch. Service was wonderful and the servers all made a point to wish him a happy birthday. Food was amazing. Will always recommend Sotto. It's consistently good food and good service! Thanks again!

KS
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick was our server and his knowledge of the menu was outstanding. As well he did everything possible to insure that WE were absolutely delighted. We were not disappointed. The food was exceptional and we are already planning the next visit. What a great place

OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A favorite!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and great food, as always

IA
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of a month long Anniversary celebration. Food was outstanding. Will return when theatre time constraints are not a factor. Our server was aware of time constraints. We appreciate our wait being addressed. It is definitely a do over.

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

Good food (Italian with an American touch), nice ambience and very good service. I will return

AS
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner shared between 4 of us. New tastes and combinations- fun evening

AM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and outstanding service! This is by far my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati.

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

The food was amazing and the service was the best! Great experience!!

S
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary. We had heard such wonderful things about this place and I was finally able to get a reservation. The service and food were phenomenal and the atmosphere was perfect. I loved the rustic feel. I will definitely be returning.

JS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

We normally LOVE Sotto, but this experience was very sub par. The food was wonderful, as always...but everything came out way too fast. We were enjoying our appetizer (had just started it) when our salads arrived. We moved them off to the side to continue enjoying our appetizer. Then, just as we finished our app, our entres came out. We still had to start our salad. The whole evening was SOOO rushed. We wanted a nice quiet, relaxing meal and instead it felt like the pace at a TGIFs. It makes it hard to appreciate a $200+ meal when you have to eat it so fast. I was definitely bummed as we don't get out on a date night too often with 3 kids at home. We were home so early that they were all still awake!

JB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is literally one of our favorite restaurants in Cincinnati. We first enjoyed this place months ago, and we were floored that the flavors transported us back to our experience of the best flavors of Italy. Their shortrib pasta, rolled ricotta pasta balls with pesto, and their bourbon cocktails were excellent. Finally, their ricotta doughnuts with chocolate, salted caramel, and hazelnut dipping sauces are a must before leaving, and I am not a dessert person.

JC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with all kinds of character and textures throughout. One of FAV's! And I got engaged over the weekend in the restaurant so of course it's at the top of my list forever!

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