Sotto

4.9
5258 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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LauraM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! First time we tried the breaded pork loin. So good.

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vipkWww
Nashville
42 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!!

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PATAP
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Service was very good. A little loud for us but the candle light added to the atmosphere. We both feel like we rushed them through the service because we were on our way to see Wicked at the Aronoff. We both want to go back!

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ShannonH
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is top notch. Waitstaff is fantastic, food is fantastic, ambiance fantastic.

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JaneW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and so was our server. Wish I could remember her name- had short blonde hair.

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eg24
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and the food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious & dessert amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent & unique food matched by top notch service!

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vipLeslie
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Sotto and it was my husband’s birthday. We couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate. The food is just as amazing as we’d heard and we were so full that we had no room for dessert. The server still brought him a candle on a plate so he could blow out a candle and make a wish. I would give ten stars if I could. We’ll be celebrating many important things here from now on and we’re already looking forward to next time.

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TayF
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto truly is a dining experience! Very unique. Certainly expensive to dine there on a regular basis, but well worth it for the experience and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around phenomenal

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MeganD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ever always. This has spread all over chowdown and has become a favorite for a reason

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LauraG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lamb was exquisite, I would recommend it 10/10

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MadisonH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVE Sotto. This is our 4th year making a reservation and eating at Sotto for our anniversary. We ordered the goat cheese hazelnut honey bread, Short Rib Filled Pasta and the Breaded Pork Loin. Each dish was amazing. We can’t wait to come back and celebrate year five.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a Birthday , the food was subpar which was very disappointing . The service was great and the ambiance was excellent. We might try again not sure

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broadwaybabe
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining here. Our waitress was very helpful. Her suggestions for cocktails and our entrees were spot on. We got our food quickly and we had plenty of time to sit and talk and enjoy Gelato for dessert before going to Wicked. Make your reservation well in advance because the place fills up fast!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Perfect date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful time celebrating our engagement here! Food was delicious, and staff was wonderful

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JessicaM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, wine and service were amazing as always! I just really wish they would change the music and lower the volume slightly. The music vibe does not match the ambience of the restaurant. It won't inhibit me from dining there again, but it would make the experience A+++.

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TheresaM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server excellent
Food delicious
Pricey but worth it

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing and delicious!!!! Great people!!! Love, Love,Love!!!!

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MadelineK
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot in Cincinnati hands down.

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MeganB
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service was amazing as always. Jack was super knowledgeable about the menu and took the time to go over everything for the guests in our party that had not dined there before.

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Stephanie
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - the grilled octopus and cappellacci are must haves! We will definitely be back. Great, romantic atmosphere for a date night too. Awesome cocktails too.

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KathleenR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto never disappoints. It has a great ambiance, although it can be difficult to hear everyone at your table. The food is excellent. Make sure you get the goat cheese bruschetta and the ricotta donuts. Every pasta I have ever tried has been terrific. But the cappellacci with short rib is next level.

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EricA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I've ever had. Have to get the home made doughnuts.

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austins
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, our server Noah was top notch. Even gave us a history lesson on the building. I had the short rib filled pasta. One of the best I have ever had. 10/10 would recommend.

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nairb
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary. Food and service was fantastic.

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AllisonB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve never had a bad time here. We go here every year for my birthday and it is always delicious, enjoyable, and a wonderful experience. We look forward to coming here and ordering whatever we want and enjoying a peaceful time with great food and ambiance.

They even gave us a onesie for our February 2022 arrival 💗💗

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vipWineandfood
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional along with the service.

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Brewski
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We went to a concert at the Aranoff center which is just around the corner from Sotto so we thought we would try it. At first glance we thought it was a very stylish setting in a basement environment so that was kinda different as opposed to your normal restaurants. When it comes to mixed cocktails they are definitely on the skimpy side so don’t waste your money on them there. We ordered a bread with Brie cheese and some nuts and honey as an appetizer to start and it came out just okay probably due to it being on the cooler temperature side and not warm. We ordered a salad with arugula and some prosciutto which was pretty good but just okay so don’t expect anything special there. We ordered a pasta dish with short rib meat which we were told keeps the lights on because it’s so awesome and it’s their best seller. Well the dish we received at the table was overly salty and non existent with any type of meat so at 23 bucks for a few pasta noodles with some cheese sprinkled on top I would definitely pass on that again. Bottom line if you want a place that is dark and feels like your in basement that’s kinda neat and you don’t mind getting taken to the bank for that atmosphere this is your place ! But if you really enjoy an excellent meal at a reasonable price there is better options for sure !

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vipCincyCAC
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistently good!!

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vipLaTraviata
Cincinnati
216 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing luck to have a 7:15pm slot for one open on the same day - nothing before or after until 9:30pm. Getting a same day table at Sotto is something you tell the grandkids about years from now. I had two course I have had several times in the past - that should be enough to tell you how good they were. Service, by Katy, was perfect. There is a romantic rustic charm to Sotto. The only issue one might have is that it is loud enough with energetic dinners. Thumping background music added nothing but more noise from this dinner's perspective. All in all, still arguably a strong candidate for best Italian restaurant in town and also a great value . If only so many others didn't feel that way also.

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vipJustinK
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love celebrating all of special occasions at Sotto. It’s definitely the place to go in Cincinnati. The ambiance is dark and romantic and rustic - just overall great. There is literally nothing on the menu I wouldn’t get which is why it always takes me forever to order since I want it all. You cannot leave without the donuts at the end. Our server was great as always. Literally have nothing negative to say.

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CarolE
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there since beginning of pandemic and it did not disappoint. One of our favorite restaurants in Cincinnati.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!
We enjoyed everything about the dinner !!

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vipMyfavnewspot
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally was able to dine here and it didn’t disappoint. Everything was outstanding and worth the 2 month wait for a reservation. Food. Ambiance and service all A+

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect reunion dinner with friends

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Mick
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food was delicious. Felt a bit rushed during dinner as we were still eating main course when asked if we wanted dessert and the bill. Very polite and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! Wonderful food and service in ever way.

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Sotto is rated 4.9 stars by 5258 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.