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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4.9
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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary!

DB
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best authentic Italian meal we've ever had! Our table of 4 ordered 4 appetizers and 4 main course items along with one vegetable. We shared and sampled it all. It was all outstanding food and the service we received was attentive and super helpful as he took the time to explain each dish when ordering. Dont miss out on this great dining experience.

l
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! The grilled octopus is a must. Love the branzino and the Cappellacci with short rib inside is delectable! 3rd time there and plan to go again.

MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambience was great, music was loud. The server was excellent and made good recommendations. Spaghetti was a little too salty but good. doughnuts were excellent!

r
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could eat a dozen orders of capellacci. This is truly our favorite restaurant for both the food and the feeling of being part of the family.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary and will now be our yearly tradition!

S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time at Sotto. I've never been disappointed! The food is delicious and the service is amazing. I'd definitely recommend getting at least one of their pasta dishes. We got 4 different ones and passed them around. All of them were amazing!

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was amazing! Truffle pasta, OMG.

s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I do not dine out 'fancy', often. The staff was very helpful, the food was superb and the experience amazing. Will definitely be going back soon.

BR
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Rachel was simply outstanding, and so was the food. The ambiance was its usual extraordinary. Truly love every experience with Sotto and the whole restaurant group.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Then food was wonderful and servive was fast but not reshed.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way! We LOVE going to Sotto for a special dinner.

ST
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Celebrated anniversary and everything was just great from our table to our waiter to the food. Could not have been happier

RT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trovare cibo buono e un ottimo ambiente. Non vi aspettate di mangiare italiano al 100%, ma non si fa disprezzare anzi, consigliato!!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was nothing short of outstanding! My friend and I sampled 5 different menu items. The goat cheese/hazlenut/honey grilled bread was wonderfully charred and crunchy with the salty-sweet creamy contrast of the toppings. The short rib Cappellaci was outstanding. The sauce was delicious! Also had the Parmesan-Truffle pasta which was rich and decadent (though the portion of this dish was rather small for $36!). The crusted pork loin with lemon caper sauce was crisped to perfection. The star of the meal was the Ricotta doughnuts...those lil things are heaven dipped in a crusty, fluffy, creamy, sugary amazement. Every bite was an experience, and a much enjoyable one, at that. Our server was informed, helpful, and wonderfully approachable. This place has something super special going on...by far my favorite Cincinnati dining experience so far!

TL
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience ... as always! My wife and sister and law went at my recommendation and came home raving about things. The details about their dinner went on for an hour. They loved the service, food and decor. They had two pasta dishes and the gnocchi (in the picture). They said the three dishes were more than they could eat but couldn’t decide. The loved the penne con salsiccia and the gnudi. The waiter was very friendly and thoughtful. He held on to one of the dishes and brought it out as a second course to ensure it stayed hot. The gnocchi was so good they are going back with another sister next week. Sotto is always wonderful!

C
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch, great food, one of my good lunch places.

TC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific restaurant. Servers extremely knowledgeable. Entire menu is a home run. Reservations are typically 6 weeks out.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sotto is one of our favorite spots for date night! The food is always fabulous and I love the atmosphere.

CC
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is impeccable. The food. I can't say enough good things about the food. Get the Goat Cheese Bread. And the donuts. OMG. So good.

TB
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sotto was once again an amazing dining experience for our party of six. The service is exceptional and the food was original without losing the flair of being authentic. The seasonal truffle pasta was absolutely incredible with an unbelievable earthy undertone. The Bistecca is prepared to perfection, filled with flavor while melting in your mouth with each bite. Due to the popularity of this restaurant, we made our reservations four months out and were not at all disappointed. Matter of fact, we have already made our next reservation. It's worth the wait to get in. The perfect ending to the evening were the powdered donuts served up warm with three dipping sauces. Bravo Sotto, Bravo!!!!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a perfect meal with excellent service. Favorite place in the city.

OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and the service (server Jake) was the best it could be. A++

E
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto is always a wonderful experience. They are very attentive and offer great service. The food is consistently excellent. The flavor profiles are always a perfect match. I would highly recommend Sotto for any occasion. Just plan ahead as Sotto is loved by many!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a great birthday experience. Food was pretty good. The ambiance is amazing and very romantic. My only complaint is the noise level.

TW
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Sotto many times. It is my go to for special occasions (this was my third birthday there in a row.) But I was a little worried this time because I just got back from visiting Rome and I wondered how my favorite would stack up. I needn't have worried. My meal was as delicious and enjoyable as every other time I visited but this time I had the understanding of how intelligently they deliver an experience that splits the difference between the Italian experience and the taste and expectations of American diners. I had a very popular meal of the goat cheese bruschetta, the Caesar salad, and the short rib cappalachi but I chose one of their bourbon cocktails over wine because that is who I am. I have had other choices in the past and everything is delicious, but popular is popular for a reason. In short it was another happy birthday to me and if you have never been before, my menu choices are a very accessible jumping off point.

EY
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing per usual!

JM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I asked for my salmon to be cooked rather well but they forgot. I asked to cook some more and they did but took a very long time. Asked for extra olive oil and it never came. This was my 5th time dining there but the first time that our table didn’t get quick nor much attention.

SF
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit and we had dinner reservations but, I changed this one to another lunch when I found out they only serve the butternut squash tortellini at lunch. OMG, it is delicious! I admit I like butternut squash but, this has amaretto cookies crunched up on top and gives it a sweet and savory flavor with the sauce, which I could have just drank. So we will come back for dinner because I do have my eye on a couple other dishes to try!

FF
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic overall experience. As a visitor to Cincinnati I trusted the advice of my Uber driver and she sent me to Sotto. I consider myself an Italian food snob and the pasta was fantastic. Homemade and delicious. Great atmosphere and service. This will be a place I am sure to visit the next time I am in Cincinnati.

PH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience value in Cincinnati!

AB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Server arrived shortly after being seated and was very friendly. Server didn’t make us feel rushed or ignored. Timing of arrival of drinks and food were great. Food was delicious! Looking forward to our next visit.

S
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time! The service, food, and “private dining” were all absolutely fantastic! Sotto never disappoints.

CF
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Sotto delivered an amazing dining experience for our holiday lunch. Jake was an amazing server who took care of our needs at perfect intervals. The different courses were timed perfectly and the food here is still one of our favorites in the city. Looking forward to the next time!

CM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto was amazing. The food, the ambiance, everything was great but, the one thing that was the best part of our meal was our waiter. By far one of the best waiters I have ever had the pleasure to interact with. I wish I caught his name because I want to call up the manager and tell them that our waiter deserves a massive raise. He was very knowledgeable and was so personable. He also surprised my wife and I with the kindest gesture when we mentioned we were expecting in July. 100% recommend this place and will definitely be coming back.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great but not sure the 2 month wait was worth it.

BC
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Despite having a hiccup with our food Mercedes and her team did an incredible job.

i
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply great food, impeccable service from Maria and wonderful ambience. With our group size we were seated in one of their private rooms which was nice, but being in the main dining room is great as well to experience the energy of the place. While several ordered dishes for themselves I topped it off with many dishes for the table and most everything ended up being shared. Its the best way to experience the great flavors of their cuisine. There was great care taken for the gluten free guests with us and the cocktails and wine were just icing on the cake. And speaking of cake - great desserts as well. Thanks for making our event so special.