Sotto

4.9
4867 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4867 people are saying
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4.9
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner at Sotto for our wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful experience! Katie, our server was great. Our food was outstanding and the ambiance is always our favorite. Thank you for always providing us a special place to dine.

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vipRandom
Miami
29 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Ambiance is so unique. Food and service are great.

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Jhah
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Came here for a graduation celebration. The food is great—everything is prepared well and our server was knowledgeable and energetic. I gave it 4 stars out of 5 because it is like a cave in there-VERY DARK (almost ridiculously so-people were using the flashlights on their phone just to see the menu) and it was quite loud-it was very difficult to hear people talking who were sitting across the table.

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Jennifer1
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always! My husband and I live Sotto. We don’t get there as often as we would like as it is very hard to get a table but when we do go it is a special treat. Sotto never lets us down. The food is always amazing and perfectly cooked. The service is wonderful and the atmosphere is the best in town. Thank you Sotto!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto is always exceptional. The service is outstanding. The best thing? Donuts.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dined at Sotto for her birthday and everything was perfect. By far the best dining experience I’ve ever had.

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ChelseaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto is a Cincinnati staple for a reason. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is romantic and the food is worth every penny.

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GenevaC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary and absolutely loved it. The food is stellar and the atmosphere is romantic, rustic, and cool as hell.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The food was amazing!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food will miss this place when I move

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vipLaTraviata
Cincinnati
187 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was very lucky to get a same day reservation at Sotto on a Monday night. (Most likely I tried moments after a late cancellation.) Ever since it opened I have never been able to achieve that victory of a same day reservation - and there is good reason for that: the restaurant is outstanding.
We ordered two appetizers, (the octopus and the "packed in oil" tuna", both of which we can't wait to eat again. We then each had a different excellent pasta, and again we will hard pressed to not order them on our next visit given the other great looking menu items. Our server, Katy, was superb, even to the point of having the kitchen use a different pasta for my partner's pasta dish. The atmosphere is very nicely rustic, with real candles. The noise level is high - the restaurant is full at virtually times - with music that doesn't seem to be necessary. I find Sotto to be fairly priced with an Italian wine list solidly in the under $100 price range. Highly recommended.

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

Excellent service and amazing food.

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vipEvan
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always! Service was outstanding, food was absolutely delicious, and coordinating with our family to surprise us with a gift card at the end of the meal capped off our perfect evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Soto! It was perfect for this very special occasion!

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vipMWINDY
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at Sotto is delicious. The portions are not large, but they leave you feeling satisfied. Service was good, but I felt like they were trying to move us along too quickly (probably to make room for the next reservation). We like to have a slow meal, we asked the waiter to pace our meal, but it felt rushed.

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Bethanne
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and great experience with good friends.

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Trudie
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant lives up to all of the hype that it is given! The ambience, service, food and drinks were all amazing! We started off with the bread and olive oil and it was delicious the bread was fresh and soft and the olive oil was so good! We then had the insalta with buffalo mozzerella and proscuitto which was also delicious! We each decided to have the short rib cappellacci which was incredible! The pasta was perfection, the short rib was amazing and so was the white wine sauce and parmesan to finish it off! We finished off our awesome meal with the ricotta donuts which were warm, soft, and sweet, we could not have asked for a better meal and more amazing experience!

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vipAmandaH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to celebrate! Highly recommend the Bond Girl cocktail and arugula salad with mozzarella and prosciutto. My kids think the cacio e pepe is the best in this city. And save room for the donuts!

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DougB
Cleveland
41 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another winning meal at Sotto. We've enjoyed Sotto multiple times and are always up to try something new with our standby favorites. This time our new dishes included the polenta appetizer and the short rib pasta. Both outstanding, as always. It wouldn't be Sotto without the goat cheese/hazelnut honey bread and of course the ricotta doughnuts. Service, this time led by Noah, was friendly, helpful and unobtrusive. We'll return next time we're in Cincinnati.

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vipMrjackson77
Cincinnati
59 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Love Sotto

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Kristina
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We split the short ribs and tortellini. It was amazing! The atmosphere at Sotto’s can’t be beat. We loved the donut dessert too!

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vipAdowntownfan
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are enjoying an after pandemic vacation so we reserved an airbnb in Cincinnati to enjoy some normalcy after a year of isolation.
Soto came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. The ambiance was amazing .. the food was excellent and out of the ordinary. We highly recommend Soto as a unique, cozy and an out of the ordinary experience. Enjoy ..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

36th Wedding anniversary

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GinaM
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique experience and delicious food!

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ValoraT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food were all amazing! Well worth the extra waiting time of our reservation. I would say that was the only downside, not being seated till 30 minutes after our reservation. My fiancé had never been to Sotto and we will be back!

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Mandirich
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The goat cheese bread is from heaven!!!

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KEKE
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Wonderful dining experience

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emptynester
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner at Sotto for a lot of family celebrations while our kids were visiting from out of town. Never disappoints!

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KimC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for our anniversary and it was the best dining experience, ever! The service was impeccable -frieldly, attentive and informative. The food was delicious! It was fresh and very authentic...no pizza, spaghetti or lasagne here. The underground setting makes for a unique ambience that makes you feel like you have left the country. We loved everything about Sotto and are already planning what to order next time we go.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Sotto to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Food was delicious and the service impeccable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Server Noah was outstanding.

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Maymef
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had to wait a bit for our reservation, but I feel that our waitress really made up for it. We loved the ambiance. My boyfriend ordered the see bass. It was crispy and cooked to perfection. The couscous was lite and also yummy. I ordered a pasta dish called the fusilli with ragu, but I did not like how cheesy it was. We ended up switching meals. Finally, we ordered the donuts for desert. I am not really a sweets person, but it was SO GOOD!

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carlan
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining at Sotto. Last evening my husband ordered a seasonal dish and was not very fond of it. He ate it but did not care for it. The waitress asked him how he liked it and he explained it just wasn't for him. She came back with a bag and had his regular favorite in there for him to enjoy at home. I would love to say unexpected however one of the reasons we enjoy sotto is definitely the staff and the way they care for their guests. I'll be back soon for some more short rib!!!

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Megan
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything! Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great experience!

HM
vipHeatherM
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect. The food was the best I’ve ever had-all of it! The drinks were incredible and our server was exceptional. I’d give it ten stars if I could!

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ErikB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic and the food was amazing. You have to try Sotto!

MB
MichelleB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto is wonderful. Knowing I had to make a reservation weeks in advance definitely added to the "special" feeling of the meal, but our entrees (pork loin and short rib pasta) were absolutely delicious and would have been in any setting. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and I was surprised at how reasonable my final bill was for two, even with a cocktail! We will return - the next time I can secure a good reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my mother in laws 60th birthday as well as my in laws 40th wedding anniversary. Sotto went above and beyond to make it special. We had a private room and were greeted with a celebratory bottle of champagne. The food, the service, the atmosphere was all phenomenal.

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JusttheBest
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed many family events over the years at Sotto. The food is always superb, service is exceptional. Alway at the to of our list of restaurants for special occasions.

FAQs

Sotto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 977-6886.

Sotto is rated 4.9 stars by 4867 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.