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Sotto, Cincinnati, OH

Sotto

4.9
4.9
7055 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

11:30 PM


Booked 100 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 7,055 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

7,055 Reviews
  1. ChadP

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. TomH

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  4. GuidoB

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  5. AmyH

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  7. KathyH

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  8. NateE

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  9. AmyB

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Well worth the wait! Our server was so helpful and knowledgeable. The cacio e pepe was delicious. Everyone recommends the ricotta doughnuts and they are right to do so!

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  10. PatriciaR

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Both the service and the food were spectacular!!! After we ordered, our server suggested a "tweak" to our order which we all just loved!! Food came out quickly and was the perfect temperature throughout the meal!!

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  11. BethT

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sotto was SO good! The pork loin, cappellaci, and tarjarin du tartufo were all amazing! We wrapped things up with affogato and chocolate budino. Service was amazing!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was amazing. He went thru the entire menu with us and made it a great overall experience.

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  13. RobinG

    Cincinnati

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Molly was our server and was fantastic! We had a great date night:) thank you!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was definitely overhyped but it was a very beautiful environment and 5 star service. The pork was bland. The short rib ravioli was nice but nothing to write home about. The kale Caesar was delish

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect, as always. Service was top notch and the food and drinks were delicious.

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  16. JohnL

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food and experience and we really loved our server!

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  17. AllisonK

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sotto is second to none! Best ambience, food is perfection. Service is impeccable. Has never disappointed me and likely never will. Best Cincy restaurant.

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  18. Morgan

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our Server, Molly, was great and walked us through everything since it was our first time. She made great recommendations and made the experience very enjoyable.

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  19. Zack

    Cincinnati

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1st time dining in at Sotto in a couple years but happy to say it's just as good as its always been. Say at the chefs table & the waitstaff/cooks were so friendly & made great suggestions. All the food was amazing. We got the garlic rubbed bread, octopus, cappellacci, a new stuff pasta dish en brodo and ricotta donuts. Everything was so delicious but that new pasta en brodo and octopus were definitely standouts. I had been craving Sotto since I moved out of town & was so satisfied with everything about this meal. Incredible

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  20. jeffreyw

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We first entered the greeting area and it was way to dark. The food flavor was good but not per all the hype we had heard about. We made these reservations 4 months ago. We were told by our server to have just called for a table that Open Table was not the best way to make reservations. The food portions for the cost were inadequate. This place definitely did not impress and won't be going back.

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  21. DaleC

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In my opinion this is the one of the best Italian restaurants in Cincinnati. And an unbeatable dining experience. Everything is always perfect. Food, service, drinks…always amazing.

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  22. Candy

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Our server was so detailed and we just loved it!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Place was a little dark, but the food and prices were excellent.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a late seating for a bar reservation, and were happy to find ourselves seated at a table! Food was amazing, as always! Best octopus in Cincinnati.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was perfect and the praline gelato may have been better than the donuts.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good as always! Fusilli con ragu was cooked to perfection, and enjoyed the usual truffle pasta dish!

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  27. ChrisW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    EFFIN AMAZING! I hit all the main must haves, Italian Stallion for a cocktail, Honey nut goat cheese bread, Braised octopus bean salad, short rib pasta, donuts. Each one of the food item listed was the best I have ever had. I can't wait to come back and try other items on the menu. For me it was as good of a meal and experience as I have ever had.

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  28. GraceE

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a pleasant atmosphere with amazing pasta and donuts! Staff was all very friendly and kind. Truly a great experience can’t recommend it enough

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  29. Caddy10

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience. Our waiter, Joey, was great. He explained everything in detail. He was highly attuned to our hearing needs and made helpful suggestions. It's no wonder this restaurant is so highly respected.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service. The overall experience is different from any other restaurant in Cincinnati.

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  31. ArringtonM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The short rib ravioli was delicious! As well as the goat cheese honey bread & ricotta donuts.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is excellent. Second time l have dined here. Our server, Edison, was fantastic. Definitely a place to recommend.

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  33. CincinnatiEnthusiasts

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful service and great food! Where we sat in a far corner was a little crowded and dark. Sometimes with noise from other tables and conversations with waiters we had a hard time hearing eachother. The food options were fantastic! The lack of pressure to choose certain things and make it "whatever we wanted to try" was so nice. Paxton was our waiter and was certainly a calming presence and did not make us feel uncomfortable or rushed at all. We have been to so many restaurants where it has been very busy, and the staff and waiter feels anxious or stressed, Paxton was the opposite of that! We had truffle pasta and short rib pasta as our main courses and they were top notch. The goat cheese focaccia bread was phenomenal, too! Probably our favorite was the doughnuts for dessert! I'm a type 1 diabetic and was concerned my blood sugar would be relatively high from all of the pasta and sweets, but I was happy to find out it wasn't bad at all. You all prepare amazing food! It was certainly a culinary experience and we can't wait to come back! Thanks!

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  34. BonyTutch

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance. Great food. Fun place for a special occasion.

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  35. AmyD

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant NEVER disappoints! We love this place!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We waited more than 1 hour to receive our main course. We had a reservation at 10:15pm and at 11:30 we complained stating that we only had a babysitter until 12. After complained everything arrived immediately but unfortunately it was too late. We had to take our food/wine to go. We have been to Sotto multiple times but this occasion was as a huge disappointment.

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  37. Mms01

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    See the personal note we sent. Food was great, service seemed very pretentious

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again the the food,service and ambience were exceptional. My favorite restaurant in Cincinnati!

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  39. Guest

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and excellent food. Can’t wait to go back!

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  40. alesham

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant that is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or meet up with friends. Service is top notch and the food is exquisite.

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FAQs

Sotto is rated 4.9 stars by 7055 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 100 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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