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Sotto, Cincinnati, OH

Sotto

4.9
4.9
6574 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 93 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • 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: Danny Combs
  • 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
    Hilary Morgan: (513) 977-6888
  • 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
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 6,574 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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    Romantic

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Italian

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    Most Booked

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    Best Overall

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6,574 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience at Sotto. Took my mother for her first time and she enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. William was a great server and we will be visiting again!

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  2. er28

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    William was an awesome server! We had great food and an overall great date night

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  3. MyFood

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful 4 course meal and great staff! We will definitely return in the future. Expect a packed house and casual evening.

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  4. SarahR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    We are hoping tonight was an off night as we have been here many times and have considered this one of our favorite spots in the city. We arrived and were told they were running behind and after 30 minutes after our reservation time we were seated. We ordered everything right away and at the same time so we could leave within a hour or so like we typically do. The donuts are one of the main reasons we come and we ordered those at the end of our meal and waited for about 20-25 minutes before asking our wait staff for the check as we were ready to leave at this point as it was getting late. We asked that the dessert be removed from our check and found out the dessert was never rang in to begin with. We left very disappointed as this was supposed to be a fun birthday dinner and was not by the end of the night. Our other food was very good as usual and again are hoping that this was an outlier experience.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is excellent! Very friendly and knowledgeable Staff!

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  6. ShelbeyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Molly was OUTSTANDING. From explaining the menu items to two Sotto newbies to going the extra mile of service, she was top-to-bottom amazing. Sometimes it can be hard to justify a $200 night out for two but the level of the food, atmosphere, and service it is totally worth it.

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  7. RandyM

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always excellent food, service and the ambiance. Special place.

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  8. Lgfilly

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Vibe here. Drinks were great, food delicious and service outstanding.

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  9. Nicole

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Short rib cappellacci and ricotta donut holes are my faves but I’ve never had a bad thing in the menu. A must stop whenever you’re in Cincinnati!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Heather was our server and she was phenomenal, amazing, knowledgeable and fun!!!! In fact the entire experience was great! The atmosphere is a bit loud but what a cool place and building. All of the food was well presented and prepared, and probably perfect, but some things I loved, and some not so much. I’m pretty sure it’s me not them though! Overall it’s a fantastic place with a staff who seems to love their job and do a great job!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great food and service. The only thing is I wish it was a little more light especially walking down the stairs

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  12. KatieN

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Our second visit and delicious as always! Was a little disappointed as we didn’t get seated until around 7:20 for our 7pm reservation. Did get bread as a sorry - which was delicious! Both tables next to us were seated after us, and given opportunities to order before us and finished way prior to us. Felt like our food came out a little slow and they were being served quicker, which made the experience drag on. Our server was overall excellent though besides that. Tried the ricotta donuts and they were amazing! Will of course be back but hoping for a better experience.

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  13. JohnL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Servie was exceptional. My wife has an allergy and they were very attentive to this. Food was fantastic.

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  14. KimberlyJ

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Brandon, made our family birthday celebration memorable! 5 stars!

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  15. CharlieV

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We had lofty expectations because of their reputation but were disappointed by the very high music and noise level around 6:00. The service was good, but the food was not great. The veal appetizer was so tough and undercooked we sent it back and the clam entre was just so-so. It was not the romantic experience we expected in a top of the line restaurant.

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  16. ZachM

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sotto’s atmosphere lets you know the food is going to be delicious, the service makes you feel recognized and welcome, and the food itself is superb. Everything was great.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single employee that we encountered was exceptional! They seem to all help each other out, so we had quite a few bring things out. Superb staff! The food was excellent. The atmosphere..the best. This place is so beautiful! Everything made for a top notch experience!

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  18. CaseyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Chef husband was very impressed with this restaurant o his birthday. Fabulous food and exceptional service. We had a great time!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Appetizers blew us away. Service was great. The pasta dishes were underwhelming and lacked flavor.

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  20. EmmyW

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our servers rushed us all evening and the other wait staff rushed us out of our table. We were there just under 2 hours. If there was a stated time limit on a table we would have complied but communicating that would have been appreciated. I still had food on my plate and my fork as they cleared our table and my plate. I had to tell them not to take my plate yet as I was still eating. Food was overly salted on all entrees. The tuna, octopus and kale salad were amazing. Too bad as I love this place. Maybe it was a fluke but it was an unfortunately hurried evening. We signed our checks and the minute the pen was put down the check was picked up. No coffee service with dessert. A hurried experience.

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  21. JoeR

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, selection was outstanding. Molly did a great job explaining the menu and that was a great help to first time diners. The staff was attentive, but not interrupting at all. Consistent checking with us was much appreciated. The meal flowed nicely with time to savor each course without feeling rushed. Highly recommend Sotto as a restaurant you must try. Will be back soon!

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  22. Csmitch22

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I’ve had by far. It was perfection. Every single bite. Our server Bailey was wonderful!

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  23. JakobC

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my partner and I's 6 year anniversary. It was fantastic! A great fine dining establishment with modern authentic Italian cuisine. We can't wait to go back.

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  24. sargent51

    Cincinnati

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We always look forward to the chance to eat at Sotto. The restaurant is beautiful, it’s rustic, and it has a great vibe. The cocktails are outstanding. Something as simple as bread and olive oil…outstanding! Last night was s little disappointing just because of the salt. A couple of our entree’s were SO SO salty. The Cacio e Pepe was really salty and our son’s “noodles with marinara” was off the chart salty. Molly was our server and was amazing. We had a timeline to make a concert, and she drew out dinner just long enough for us to enjoy the time completely. I’m old…I know…but the music is just a touch too loud…just a touch.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sotto always provides a great dining experience. The food is amazing! It was really noisy during this last trip so we had to yell for the table of 6 to be able to hear. We also waited 10-15 minutes for the server to acknowledge us. It probably took 30 minutes for drinks to hit the table after we sat down. But then it was entirely worth the wait when every single thing was exceptional. Definitely go- just not if you’re in a hurry!

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  26. TraceyM

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Restaurant in Cincinnati! You feel like you are in a major city dining in a gem!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is HANDS DOWN, the greatest food experience in Cincinnati! Quality is off the charts. Service is impeccable. General Manager deserves an award! Nothing bad to say. Whatever is above 5 stars is what this restaurant is deserving of. Michelin Star quality without the stuffiness of fine dining.

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  28. MDMom

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was absolutely fantastic. Impeccable food and service. Nice ambiance. Looking forward to our next visit! Definitely a must try in Cincinnati.

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  29. james

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, each visit surpasses the previous one. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve forgotten the server’s name, but she was incredible! We were there for my wife’s birthday after a disappointing flight cancellation to key west for the weekend. Mentioned that in passing while chatting with the server and she got word the the GM, Corey. They both went so far out of their way to make my wife’s day special! Sotto isn’t dinner, it’s an experience and everyone should try it as often as they possibly can!

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  30. LynnB

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sotto is a special Italian restaurant! We ordered 3 primi entrees: cacio e pepe, short rib ravioli, and linguini with clams. All were superb! Their dessert ricotta donuts with 3 sauces is not to be missed. Enough to share and served warm with powdered sugar -yum. My husband finished off hisdinner with homemade limoncello, which was much better than many we sampled in Italy. Make your reservations several months in advance!

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  31. AmyC

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sotto is consistently wonderful! Food & servers were awesome.

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  32. DerrickB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was so nice and accommodating. My table wasn’t ready because the people before were taking long on dessert but they were able to seat me at the chef’s table. Mackenzie my waitress was very attentive and gave me great recommendations. The hostess who sat me was very kind.

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  33. JenD

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the location and feel of Sotto; it’s a perfect mix between a big city place to be with the friendliness of your local. We sat at the bar and the staff talked to us like we were old friends. Great vibe, knowledgeable service, and incredible food! The pastas and donuts stole the show!

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  34. Foodie

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Manager is amazing...food exceptional, service is perfect

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chefs table is the best. Loved being able to speak with the chefs. It was such a treat. Food was exceptional. Can't wait to go back.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every staff member who worked with us, really enjoyed our food

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  37. Olivia

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from beginning to end is pure magic! Will keep coming back.

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  38. JohnH

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    My fav in Cincy. Food is incredible augmented by excellent staff. It is very dark and very loud. Knowing that I still give it 5 stars. I can handle the lighting. The noise level could be addressed, however. It is challenging to have a 4 person conversation.

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  39. JenniferJ

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and service was excellent. We were greeted right away by a server. The noise level was over the top. It was a crowded night (which is a good thing) but the background music made it difficult to hear our server's recommendations or listen to the person with whom i was dining.

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  40. JoeJ

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always hard to narrow down what I liked best at Sotto’s. The new gourd side and rabbit pasta were winners. The well curated wine list introduced me to a great moscato. Mitch’s service was great!

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FAQs

Sotto is rated 4.9 stars by 6574 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 93 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
  • 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: Danny Combs
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, 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
    Hilary Morgan: (513) 977-6888
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