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About Sotto

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.

118 E. 6th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm

Cross Street:
Walnut Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 977-6886

Website:
http://sottocincinnati.com/

Parking Details:
We offer valet parking directly in front of the restaurant beginning at 6pm daily.

Executive Chef:
Chef de Cuisine: Danny Combs

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Sotto Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (114)
Special Occasion (111)
Romantic (97)
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Fit for Foodies (94)
Good for Anniversaries (91)
Authentic (80)
Cozy (79)
Creative Cuisine (71)
Pre/post Theatre (69)
Worth the Drive (59)
Good for Birthdays (57)
Hot Spot (54)
Neighborhood Gem (54)
Fun (50)
Notable Wine List (50)
Business Meals (46)
Bar Seating (40)
Good for Groups (40)
Great for Lunch (35)
Comfort Food (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Casual (26)
Local Ingredients (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Seasonal (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Late-night Find (14)
Tasting Menu (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Disabled Access (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
People Watching (7)
Healthy (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined a day ago

We had a great time celebrating our daughters 21st birthday. Hillary was our waitress and she was terrific. The food was fabulous- rustic, authentic Italian.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We were celebrating my fiancé’s birthday. The food was incredible, we shared a number of plates..the anchovies and hombre butter was probably my fiancé and I’s favorite. The server was knowledgeable and his timing was great. The only thing I would say is he was a bit loud..but the restaurant was noisy, it was probably hard to tell. Everything was amazing. We have been many times and will definitely be back.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I had heard many good things about Sotto and made reservations to try for myself. My fiancé and I were immediately impressed with the very comfortable and romantic ambiance. The food and wine were beyond outstanding. The servers were also very informative and attentive. Will be going back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Love the food, the wine, the atmosphere. Fantastic restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

We celebrated our anniversary this past weekend and chose Sotto. Ever time we go there the food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. Our server was absolutely fantastic. Cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Clearly everyone thinks the same because the place was packed! Get your reservations well in advance.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Sotto is a beautiful plate of food with amazing wines/drinks to pair it with! Just add good company and you have the perfect evening!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Enjoyed the ambiance. Great for a special occasion.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Sotto is one of our favorite spots! Since they've been booked out weeks in advance for dinner, we opt to go there for lunch instead. While offering a smaller menu, they still have a selection that accommodates everyone's wants/needs. The donut at the end is a also a special treat:) If you're new to the city or looking to try out a new spot, I definitely recommend. Book in advance for dinner!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 10, 2018

A little loud - even at 5:45 p.m. pre-show.....The music did not seem to fit, honestly.....it was a strange mixture of music that seemed out of place for the beautiful, cozy "nook" that we enjoy at Sotto!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Excellent food & service

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Everything was excellent and Abby provided excellent service! Noise level is pretty high anywhere in the center of the establishment . This lends to a vibrant scene but if you are with a big group and would like to be able to hear everyone you might request a seat away from the center as this may help for noise.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

As usual, EXCELLENT FOOD and great atmosphere! The donuts are the best!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

First time (finally) and it was a brilliant experience. Our server, Hillary, was excellent...walked us through the menus, made recommendations for us newbies, and was totally conscious of our theatre tickets.

Each dish was better than the next, all perfect for sharing and we enjoyed the entire experience.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food at Sotto is beyond incredible., very authentic and nothing like other Italian restaurants. Not only is the food amazing, but the atmosphere is extremely cozy and relaxing. Great staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

As always, excellent. Tried a bit of everybody's and wasn't at all disappointed with any of it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

We had a fantastic time at Sotto! We were already familiar with the restaurant and the menu through our experience working there and other BRG restaurants (Boca and Nada), but Sotto keeps us coming back, especially for special occasions. This time we were celebrating finding out that we are having a baby boy! Our server, Meg, was especially thoughtful and genuinely interested in our finding out, asking questions and giving us space to enjoy our small celebration. For dessert, she had the pastry chef turn our (delicious) doughnuts blue and wrote in caramel "Welcome Baby Revere" on the doughnut board. It really made our evening feel special and celebratory. We really appreciated the detail Meg and the rest of the staff took in making our evening special. Thank you!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This is the perfect place for a special occasion or romantic date night. The ambiance, service, and food are amazing!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Sotto never disappoints! Truly my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. Consistently excellent service, delicious food, and fabulous drinks. Our server Matt was great - very knowledgeable, but laid-back. We had a wonderful, romantic evening at Sotto per usual, and I know we will be back again. Hopefully soon :)

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great except noise level was a little loud

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great job all around. Even allowed for ordering the steak off the dinner menu which was AMAZING!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Brought four family members and they were very impressed. We have been talking about Sotto's to them for years and now they understand why. They loved the food and the ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Authentic, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Fun, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 4, 2018

SOTTO never lets me down. The food is delicious, the menu’s just right, and the service is always outstanding!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Maria is a fantastic server. I love the simple lunch menu but wish you’d add linguine with white clam sauce or linguine with mussels

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Simply great! And especially the totally great service!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We enjoyed our first experience at Sotto for New Year's Eve. I can't say enough. The food, service and atmosphere were all amazing. Not a thing we did not enjoy. We are looking forward to going back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food as usual. This place is always awesome and never disappoints.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great service by our waiter (Andrew) and the fresh pasta was excellent!

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vip
 (Bristol)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It's so hard to get a table here, and our rez booked weeks out was 9:15pm. On the slight negative, we sat in what had to be noisiest spot in the restaurant, but our late start had things quieting down within 30 minutes. And that's where the magic began. Food, off the charts. Service, immaculate attention to detail. This place is so well-managed, the cuisine so artfully expressed, and the dining experience so blow-away, that you immediately start plotting to get back asap. Keep up the outstanding work, Sottoans! We're proud to have restaurants of your caliber in our fair city.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food just like usual!!!

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Everyone said you need to go here the food is great ! .. We ate at lunch , I ordered (black kale chicken caesar
w/ parmigiano) my salad was good didn't really have Kale it was romaine, too much dressing I think to cover up the fact that the chicken was dry... I guess my expectations were that the food was supposed to be really good. Service was good , the waiter giving us donuts after our meal was great since I had my grandchildren. The atmosphere was relaxing and comfortable. But the food at lunch was fair...

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This was our first time in for lunch, and Brian, our server, was excellent. The food was wonderful, as always. We were even treated to ricotta doughnuts for our out of town guests.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Would be 5 stars, but the server was annoying...he read and explained EVERY ITEM - 12 in all - on the lunch menu, in great detail, without us asking about anything, AFTER I’d said I had been there before. It took seemingly 10minutes, and was not a great initial impression. It was a business lunch, and had it not been just after Christmas I definitely would’ve cut him off and talked to a manager.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was wonderful, we tried a few things that I'd never had before...such as octopus. The server was attentive, but not too much and he was very funny. The ambiance is so warm and cozy, a little dark but once you've used your phone to read the menu its not a problem. :)
Perfect place on a really cold night. Also, the table we were at was very quiet which made it easy to talk (and hear) to each other. Very much appreciated by my husband!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent service provided by Andrew! Detailed overview of vegan options for my daughter were offered with zero attitude- much appreciated- as other venues are not always as helpful. Delicious from starters through dessert.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Server seemed to want to rush a little which is not normal for this restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful place to dine. I highly recommend it. 5 stars

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I found this place very loud. The menu is very limited. Staff hard to flag down and definitely give you the feeling the place is something more special than it is. Food is very average for the pricing.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The dining atmosphere is unique and cozy - especially so in the Cincinnati winter months!
The pasta dishes we had were exceptionally tasty!

We had lunch there the week of Christmas, 2017. I had made a reservation online on Open Table approx 6 weeks in advance and confirmed it per phone 48 hours in advance, and still we had to wait approx 30 minutes, before being seated, which was disappointing. Sometimes I wonder if this is intentional so your guests order from the bar, which is less likely for our family, at lunch hour!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Second time to Sotto, this time for lunch. What a great place. Lunch prices were very reasonable and everything was absolutely delicious and unique.
For starters we had the grilled bread rubbed with and the prosciutto tasting, which was great (even the garnish was very tasty).
For mains we had the short rib cappellacci (which was a star again), the squash gnocchi (which my wife absolutely loved and didn't want to share :) ), the fusilli alla vodka (again very good) and the breaded pork loin (a delicious entrée as well).
All in all an absolutely great birthday lunch for my daughter.
Love, love, love this place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Fantastic meal and service. High recommend Sotto!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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