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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4.9
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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Meal was outstanding but unfortunately marred heavily by the fact that the valet clearly used our car to eat fast food while we were gone - ruined an otherwise nice evening out to celebrate my mom’s birthday with our entire family. The car reeked of food the entire way home

TM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is everything you've heard it is - food and service are incredible. It's a hip spot, so the portions are a little small (only really bothersome with regards to value on pasta, still a minor complaint because the food is so good). Highly recommend you try the oil-packed tuna on grilled bread as an app.

J
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six of us had dinner before the show. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu. Food was prompt and tasted delicious. We were able to catch the show in time.

FE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all the way around. Each course was well prepared and delicious, and was served by a series of friendly and informative staff. Our primary server, Hillary, was both knowledgeable and very personable -- just a perfect combination. Definitely recommend the pork and the donuts. Both unbelievably fabulous. Caesar salad and fresh pasta were also excellent. Highly recommend.

GC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to Sotto -- had last been in the space when LaNormandy was in operation.
At Sotto for lunch had the salmon - on a bed of goat cheese etc -- it was perfectly prepared, super yummy and a one of a kind.
Service was stellar.
Will be back soon!!

C
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were an adult family of seven celebrating two anniversaries on our first visit to Soto. Petie, our waitress, was very welcoming and helpful in describing the menu and taking care of a member of our group with a dairy allergy. The food and the atmosphere were outstanding. Our family had a wonderful time and would always enjoy going back to Soto.

J
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing night at Sotto!!! Best service, beat food!! Love this place, beat in Cincinnati!!!

AM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Sotto! One of my favorite places to eat in Cincinnati hands down.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been dying to try this place and finally got a reservation for Valentines Day. Everything exceeded my expectations. The food was so amazing, I’ve eaten at Michelin Star restaurants in NYC and France and the food here was far more superior. Highly recommend.

j
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience5

It’s a great place to go to once. Portions are tiny and more as trendy place to be seen that a place to get full off a meal. Service was great and friendly though so that makes up for the food.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t speak highly enough about the staff and overall experience that is provided from the moment you enter Sotto. The food is always incredible and worth the wait. The staff are very passionate and make sure you have a good experience. Highly recommend for a special date night. Reservations are needed and book up fast so plan in advance!

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

William, our server was very knowledgeable and helpful. He didn’t pressure us and made us fee comfortable.
Atmosphere was cozy and unique- perfect for a date night or dinner with friends.

N
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual! Food was top notch as well as the service. Our lead waiter, William, was attentive and personable. Staff was also accommodating as we planned to go to Les Mis after dinner. One of the best restaurants in Cincinnati and it is always a pleasure to dine there!

B
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meg was an amazing host! We had a delightful experience.

MG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent italian pasta dishes. Desserts are even better.

SS
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect place to celebrate a special birthday!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Was a little loud since it was busy and full of pre show peop

JT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was excellent as always. Hillary makes the evening extra special when she guides you through the menu.

J
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely authentic Italian restaurant. A couple flights of stairs down from street level into an area that admittedly was very dark, but lit with candles and other lighting to set the mood. The smells were incredible. The staff was lovely. It was a LITTLE pricey, but for the environment and how delicious the food/dessert/drinks were, it was completely worth it. We’ll be back the next time we come to Cincinnati.

DN
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was terrific. Marie was very attentive and super-friendly. I have been to Sotto many times; food and service is always amazing.

BH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE Sotto! My go-to, #1 pick for any celebrations, special events, or just a night on the town! I can always anticipate fun, unexpected foods on the menu, like pureed liver atop bread that is DELICIOUS and expands my pallette, as well as crowd-pleasers like the "short rib stuffed ravioli"(my name for it, not the fancy Italian name). Also love that I can keep a meal for two under $60 if I want to be conservative, or I can splurge and spend $150+. I've gone with with a girlfriend for wine and dessert, and I've enjoyed 4 courses with my husband. Literally the perfect place, atmosphere, food & budget for any occasion!

L
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday spot!

S
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was wonderful, clean and delightful dining experience. However, our particular waiter was less than desired - but with how long we were waiting for things, my boyfriend and I noticed that other servers were much better than ours. We just got unlucky. We are still planning on returning, just hoping for better luck of the draw in servers

CB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had since I’ve lived here for the last 3 years. Unbelievable!! Thank you

R
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Sotto, we come here for special date nights, birthdays, anniversary...
We had the fusilli with sausage and the capavetti, both were amazing and the donuts are the perfect dessert!

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always, we love Ryan!

NW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not nearly as expensive as I was expecting it to be. Great atmosphere. Server was very friendly, very attentive, but not too overbearing. We had a great time.

JW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Sotto. We had heard how great it was, and we were so excited to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary there. The service was wonderful, the food amazing and ambiance beautiful. We can't wait to come back! Thank you for a fantastic night.

J
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This hidden gem is hands down one of, if not the best restaurants I’ve ever had the pleasure of dining in...fortunately multiple times...rustic European atmosphere, superb service by all staff, and...the food...let me just say that there are few words to describe how amazing the menu is at Sotto. Every flavor melds together perfectly creating a gastronomical experience that leaves you wanting more. Their Capellacci is the unequivocally the best dish I’ve ever had...an unforgettable experience that boasts a divine combination of flavors much like ambrosia, the food of the gods...I can’t recommend Sotto enough.

SJ
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the insalata di rucola, cacio e pepe, breaded pork loin w/ caper, lemon, broccolini, and ricotta donuts - all were DIVINE. Wonderful, cozy atmosphere and great staff. I couldn't recommend more!

C
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Can’t say enough positives. Can’t wait to go back

AS
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Sotto, I took my daughter after a show at the Taft. So much fun!! Very lively and fun atmosphere! The food was amazing and the service is like no other! Will certainly be back!

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fourth time at this restaurant. Nothing short of exceptional each time!

TF
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have loved Sotto for as long as it has existed. About 18 months ago I marked it down for just being too pricey for what it offered. Now, I've marked it up again, since everything except the prices is fantastic, making me think it's not unreasonable to charge that much. Don't be expecting haute cuisine! But peasant Italian food cooked perfectly is not something I've experienced outside the old country.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best date nights we have had. Hilary, our server, was beyond amazing. Very attentive, extremely knowledgeable about both dinner and wine menus. She made my boyfriend’s birthday a wonderful and memorable experience. The staff from the greetings we received when we walked through the door. The cocktail we drank at the bar before we sat. The incredible dinner we enjoyed so much. Until we finished our evening were fabulous. It was my first time there and w/ our experience, not only will it always be our special occasion go to, we’ll sneak in some other nights as well. Thank you to all the staff, especially Hilary. It was a night to remember!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as always

VS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Over rated

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. We had the black truffle dish for the first time, and I was blown away. The entire meal was wonderfully prepared and the service was outstanding.