Sotto

4.9
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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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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! My mother celebrated her birthday over the weekend, and my gift to her was to treat her to lunch - thankfully she wanted to come downtown to meet me at Sotto (my favorite)!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine out often. Sotto is our favorite. The food is always divine. The service is top notch.

AS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible! The service was great. We will be back!

M
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is consistent and it is great! The service at first was a bit slow but then picked up.

r
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were having dinner before going to the theatre. Soto has a rustic atmosphere. The food and service were wonderful.

AS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and great food.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday lunch

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience5

Very noisy! Impossible to have a conversation. One large table of drunken millennial women were actually screaming at each other. Food uneven. We didn’t like the caesar salad much. My wife loved her pasta. I didn’t care much for mine. Service was very good.

KP
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the environment was cozy and our service was great! We will definitely be back!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve ever had hands down!

TF
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptional as is the service. You must have the goat cheese appetizer on the 16 bricks toasted bread

JH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed overall dining experience. Wine pairing suggestion by Brian was spot on!

OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as always with great service. I brought two people from out of town and they were blown away by the quality of the food.

KR
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just so solid. Every time. Took customers there for a business dinner. I raved about the place beforehand to them even though I hadn't been in about a year. Sotto didn't let me down and our guests understood my excitement being able to get in on fairly short notice in December. It might have been the best meal I've had there - every dish was better than I remember.

Sotto
Responded 6 days ago

Kimberly, We know it is a hard reservation to get, but we have a great team down here, who try to accommodate everyone we can. Thank you joining us the other night. We are glad you enjoyed and we look forward to your return.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was exceptional as always

OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I’ve been to Sotto many times and I’ve had wonderful experiences and meals in the past. My husband and I were visiting from out of town, and we were looking forward to dining at Sotto for months to get our fix. Overall experience was good, but not as good as it used to be. The timing of the dishes were off, and we waited 40 minutes for our dessert, which was very atypical, given the service experience we’ve had in the past. Whatever has changed, please fix it ASAP, as this has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Cincinnati :)

RT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, the environment was beautiful, and the staff were very friendly. This was an excellent restaurant and we will be going back!

KS
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We normally ask for Patrick but he was not working. Maria was your server and she didn’t disappoint. She was very knowledgeable of the menu and wine list and was spot on with her recommendations. I highly recommend Sotto and Maria for a server. We will be back.

CR
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto never disappoints- we were a party of 7 including two toddlers. Our server & entire staff were very helpful and attentive. All of our dishes were amazing and service impeccable.

h
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Sotto! It’s a must visit when we’re in town. Everyone is so nice and the vibe is so cool! We LOVE the food. It’s fresh, delicious, and every bite is perfect. Be back soon! Thank you :)

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best restaurants in Ohio

DF
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to kick off the holiday season and had planned weeks ahead to gather our friends and family together for a dinner. All were delighted!

T
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious and was the superior quality we have come to love and expect from Sotto. We were so glad to see the polenta back on the menu!

The service this visit was just ok. Usually our server goes above and beyond to make us feel valued, but this time things like our water bottle sitting empty for 5 minutes happened. I’m totally aware we could have stopped someone to ask, and someone did bring it to us, it’s just attention to little details such as your water being refilled before it’s even empty is what keeps us coming back.

We will for sure be back because of the unmatchable food, usually impeccable service, and ambiance, and hopefully this was just an isolated incident!

SH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a lot to be said that hasn't already been said. It's fantastic food, fantastic people, fantastic setting. Would highly recommend.

DS
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have celebrated our anniversary at Sotto for the last three years. The food is outstanding and this year our server, Brian, was amazing along with several other staff members.
The best restaurant in Cincinnati. We will return again and again.

CC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Patrick and his team did a great job.

JC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto is THE place we tend to go when it's a family type get together. With a vegan in the mix, Sotto works better than, say, a steak house. The staff is always extremely helpful, patient (we take a while to decide what we want so frequent "I'll be backs" are required of the servers), and knowledgable about the menu. The quality is unquestionable as is the "delicious-ness" if that's a word. We're not regulars but do get there three or four times a year and have always loved the experience.

B
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience. My second time dining there and every bit as good as the first time. Food, service and atmosphere were all great. Mercedes provided exceptional service. Sotto is hands down my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati

P
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I were greeted and seated right at 1 pm. We enjoyed shared plates and our waiter helped us gauge our order to be sure we had enough food. The goat cheese and hazelnut honey toast was delicious as were the short rib raviolis followed by the kale Caesar with chicken salad. We had the perfect amount of food and thoroughly enjoyed our reunion. We stayed beyond closing time but they didn’t rush us out at all. Great experience! We even were treated with a free ricotta donut hole each with caramel sauce for dessert! So nice:)

z
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing and the white truffle pasta is phenomenal as always. If it’s available on the menu, go for it!

BK
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in to celebrate my birthday and had an amazing time. The food was incredible, but most importantly our service went above and beyond to make sure we had a great meal. Rachel was so kind, polite and made sure my birthday meal was incredible. Will definitely be back!

JB
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience! Menu is a bit limited, but our food was fantastic. Good service, too. We went before an 8:00 pm concert and had a very nice dinner ... finished in plenty of time without feeling rushed. Highly recommend the black kale Caesar and the breaded pork loin!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun, upbeat place to enjoy time spent with friends! Relaxed atmosphere with friendly service and exciting modern twist on traditional Italian menu selections.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an amazing dining experience at Sotto. There is no question about the best restaurant in the city, it’s here!!! We want to thank the amazing staff and chefs that make Sotto so great.

PG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Cincinnati!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We have been to Sotto several times and have loved every meal and experience there. This last visit, though was an exception. While the ambiance was wonderful and the service was great, the food was so incredibly salty it was difficult to finish our meals. We were sadly disappointed and hope this was a fluke.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our mothers birthday and Jacob our server was fantastic. Thank you

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection... the reason we booked so far in advance and were not disappointed

SE
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful, the food was delicious and the staff was amazing!! I definitely recommend!!!