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Sotto, Cincinnati, OH

Sotto

4.9
4.9
7066 Reviews
$50 and over
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 122 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (513) 977-6886
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chef de Cuisine: Jacob "Woody" Wood
  • Private party facilities
    Sotto offers private dining spaces for up to 14 guests. To request private party details, please visit http://sottocincinnati.com/private-parties.
  • Private party contact
    Event Coordinator: (513) 977-6886
  • Neighborhood
    Central Business District
  • Cross street
    Walnut Street
  • Parking details
    We offer valet parking directly in front of the restaurant beginning at 5pm daily.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 7,066 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Best Food

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Romantic

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Italian

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Most Booked

  • Cincinnati

    Best Overall

  • Cincinnati

    Best Food

  • Cincinnati

    Best Ambiance

  • Cincinnati

    Romantic

  • Cincinnati

    Italian

  • Cincinnati

    Most Booked

7,066 Reviews
  1. ToniaW

    Naples

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is simply the best restaurant in Cincinnati. You owe it to yourself to splurge and experience delicious food! Make the reservation!

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  2. StephanieM

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good it was not the best Italian I’ve ever had. Service was wonderful. I would definitely return but would try a different dish.

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  3. CourteneyF

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was top notch. Food was just okay. Definitely have had better Italian.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to celebrate a birthday last night. Our server Paxton helped us figure out how to course out our meal and offered great suggestions for wine pairing. All of the food was incredible, especially the octopus and tuna on bread with chili oil. Paxton was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient!

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  5. KathyS

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous experience! Paxton our server did a fantastic job and was so pleasant to chat with. My husband and I came to celebrate my birthday and enjoyed every course of our meal. We over indulged but worth it! One of our best culinary experiences since moving to the Cinci area. We will be back!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here and it was incredible! Our server helped us with the menu and made it so we knew exactly what we were ordering. Keep in mind, the dishes are definitely shareable. The ricotta donuts were amazing!!

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  7. BBQnPIZZA

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have Tori guide you through the menu, order and let the magic begin. I recommend all things pasta, and the Branzino is excellent. Broccolini was an excellent side choice. I'd start out with the oil packed tuna and the polenta with egg and speck. You have my recommendation so go enjoy Cincinnati gem. The staff will make it memorable.

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  8. MackenzieO

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mackenzie was fabulous! Gave great recommendations. We had a wonderful time

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  9. JillK

    Cincinnati

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So good, as always! Thanks for the 4 tier dessert for the 2 birthdays being celebrated!

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  10. Liberty

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    check out menu before going this is not your pizza and calzone restraunt. Hi end high quality and creative. Fun spot, if you cant get in try the 4 to 4:30 time slot

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  11. Steph

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sotto lived up to the hype! Celebrated our 8th year wedding anniversary and couldn’t have asked for better service. Our server Delaney was amazing and so was the rest of the staff at Sotto. They made sure to make it a memorable dinner for my husband and myself. Food was delicious and just the right portion. Highly recommend.

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  12. JessicaL

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the truffle pasta and the Cacio e Pepe and they were both sooooooo good! Service was great and the panna cotta was the best I have ever had. Thanks!

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  13. Juli

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined at Sotto for the first time and had a terrific experience! Tori was our server and not only was she so kind and very detailed when explaining every dish but extremely personable! The food was outstanding and came extremely quickly for how busy it was! Definitely will return! Thanks so much for a great time!

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  14. ChrisB

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service!!! Delicious food! What more could you ask for!

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  15. SBdiner26

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has been my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati for five years. The food is consistently amazing! I love the cozy, yet vibrant atmosphere too.

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  16. Lindsay

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and service. It’s very loud though.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place! The food was amazing and our server was so great!! Can’t wait to come back again!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Sotto & come here all the time. Our reservation was late and we had a few people come later than expected. Our server was nice and all the people assisting her seemed nice as well. However, it felt that they were rushing our service to get us out on time. Our appetizers and salads came at the same time, which caused a few minor mistakes. Utensils were forgotten and a few things we asked for were neglected. When our pastas came, my brother finished last and a few people came by and tried to take his plate before he was finished. Meis en place was taking place as we were eating. A number of people came to fill our waters to take the bottles off the table. Seemingly in order to do less clearing when we were gone. Overall, the experience was fantastic, the food was delicious as always and the atmosphere at Sotto is incredible per usual. But the service was not what I have experienced in the past.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fantastic! Delicious food, great wine pairing, perfect for a birthday celebration! The gelato is incredible!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was only outmatched by Joey our waiter. Impressive Soto Team!

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  21. Morganlatte

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service absolutely lived up to the hype I’d been hearing for years. That was the best Italian food I had had in a long time. The music was fine, but it could have been quieter. The four of us were not able to carry on a conversation at all due to the super loud music. Aside from the music level, the ambience is cozy. Loved it. We will be back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always! We always love Sotto for special occasions! 🫶🏻

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  23. AndrewS

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an amazing dining experience! The service and quality of food are unparalleled. We loved the bread, octopus, pasta, and the branzino! We will be returning as soon as possible.

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  24. SallyT

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great server, Brandon. Table was in back corner so a little tucked away for my preference. Every item we ordered was fabulous. Had my son with me for his first time so we tried a lot for him to get the full experience. Favorite restaurant in town.

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  25. AndreaT

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Octopus is one of the best dishes I've ever had! We go back specifically for it! Also tried the black truffle pasta and it was excellent!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Sotto! The food is outstanding! Highly recommend trying everything. Every time we come we try something new and have never been disappointed in anything we’ve tried!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Make your reservations early for this outstanding Cincy restaurant. We were a group of 5 well-traveled ladies who aren’t afraid to pay for fine food and superb service. First the food: every dish knocked our socks off. Perfectly prepared Octopus, polenta on toast. The small salami and cheese board is much larger than we expected. I ordered the truffle pasta which was delightfully smothered in shaved black truffles. Two of my friends enjoyed gluten free pasta and couldn’t believe how great it was. Best branzino they ever had as well. The finale was a salted hazelnut mousse, which in its simplicity was devine. Adriana was our server who earned every penny of generous gratuity. She took a keen interest in our group, our preferences and exceeded all expectations. In short Sotto is not to be missed when in Cincy!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant always meets and usually exceeds expectations. One of the best in Cincinnati.

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  29. DeborahG

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The multiple courses were totally satisfying. The service was cordial and professional. No criticism...only compliments!~ Love those donuts!!

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  30. salads

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Sotto. It is our favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. Jason is a great waiter as he is personable, efficient, and knows the menu well. Also, love the atmosphere.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server ERIANNA WAS FANTASTIC SHE MADE OUR NIGHT FOREVER MEMORABLE AND I DO RECOMMEND THAT YOU ALL ASK FOR HER IM A SERVER MYSELF AND NEVER HAVE SEEN OR EXPERIENCED SUCH ASTONISHING SERVICE !!! The food came out fast each meal came out appropriately! It was hot savoring and fulfilling.. I recommend the steak, short rib , caccio Pepe & the donuts. THANKS SO MUCH ERIANNA & the manager in the tux was very nice as well

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  32. PilarG

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were phenomenal. The only thing I would change about the restaurant is how dark it is.

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  33. ChadP

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was top notch and we felt like we got a great meal for only a moderate price. Service was spectacular! Our waitress was Meg. She was the best I've ever had!

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  34. TomH

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot, get the porterhouse

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sotto is one of our favorite places in Cincinnati.

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  36. GuidoB

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. The home made pasta was incredibly good. The service was very attentive and the overall value excellent.

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  37. AmyH

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVED THIS PLACE. THE FOOD WAS AMAZING, LOOKED BEAUTIFUL, AND I LEFT FEELING FULL AND CONTENT.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Every time I dine at sotto my experience is better than the last. My favorite restaurant by far!

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  39. KathyH

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was excellent as always and a wonderful experience especially as we were there as a family with two small children.

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  40. NateE

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We head down to Sotto 2 - 3 times a year. It's a cool spot - basement location and it's pretty dark. Cool bar with plenty of tables - even if you're close to another group, it's ok for conversation. This particular trip was the "worst" visit we've had. The atmosphere and service were excellent as usual. The drinks were fantastic (I'd recommend their version of a Negroni - they add amaro instead of Campari). The goat cheese/hazelnut/honey toast is awesome. The black kale caesar is the best salad I've had in awhile. But the pasta was just ok - we tried the new mushroom dish (tagliatelle con porcini) and a braised beef dish (picchiapo). Flavors were ok, but not great compared to our previous trips. I'll stick with the branzino and/or the short rib cappellacci... Overall, an awesome dinner experience, but would have changed main dishes in retrospect.

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FAQs

Sotto is rated 4.9 stars by 7066 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 122 times today
Google Map for Sotto

118 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Walnut Street
  • Neighborhood
    Central Business District
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We offer valet parking directly in front of the restaurant beginning at 5pm daily.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef de Cuisine: Jacob "Woody" Wood
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (513) 977-6886
  • Private party facilities
    Sotto offers private dining spaces for up to 14 guests. To request private party details, please visit http://sottocincinnati.com/private-parties.
  • Private party contact
    Event Coordinator: (513) 977-6886
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