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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

Closed for the holidays November 23, December 24 & 25, January 1

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

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (114)
Special Occasion (102)
Romantic (93)
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Good for Anniversaries (92)
Fit for Foodies (82)
Authentic (71)
Creative Cuisine (66)
Cozy (62)
Good for Birthdays (60)
Worth the Drive (60)
Pre/post Theatre (57)
Notable Wine List (54)
Hot Spot (52)
Fun (48)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Business Meals (39)
Bar Seating (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Casual (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Great for Lunch (25)
Local Ingredients (22)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Late-night Find (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Seasonal (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Tapas (9)
People Watching (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Good experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food always!

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·Dined 5 days ago

We love Sotto and can not say enough wonderful things about it! We sat at the chef's table the last time and Chef Megan was awesome!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic place. Had heard so much about Sotto and was not disappointed. Love, love the warm, inviting , cozy atmosphere so hard to find these days. The staff was lovely, courteous and professional. Food was delicious. I had the short rib cappellacci so flavorful it melts in your mouth - to die for.
Also the bruschetta with Goat Cheese & Hazelnut Honey -delicious!
Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 14, 2017

As always - fantastic food in a casual setting with outstanding service. Keep up the great work!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Love Sotto. The signature donuts are a destination item. Lunch is fast and efficient, as well as delicious, and the atmosphere for an evening date couldn't be better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The food and service at Sotto is outstanding - easily my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. My wife and I ordered different courses and then split our meals, one dish better than the next. And the ricotta doughnuts for dessert are a must.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My wife and I had another great meal at Sotto. We start with an appetizer and then share one item from each of the courses. Everything is well prepared and delivered at the right temperature and nicely paced between courses. Although we're not big dessert fans, we always have room for the ricotta donuts. Don't miss them!
We love the warm, cozy atmosphere so much that we have been coming to this same place for 50 years, starting when it was LaNormandie and the bar floor was always covered with peanut shells from the bowls of peanuts that graced every table.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Celebrated our daughter's birthday here with friends for the last 4 years. Gets better every year!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My fiancée in town from Italy

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Outstanding Italian food in an old-world setting. Lots of energy in the restaurant, some might find it a bit noisy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful service, very attentive! You can tell there is great team work among the servers and management. The desserts were our favorite...DELICIOUS!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We always enjoy Sotto, but this was our first lunch experience and were very pleased. Restaurant was a bit more lit, smaller menu but still the excellent service and food we have come to expect.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Service was very good,. Lighting was a tad too dark for me. It’s quite a journey to locate the ladies room😅The salmon was perfection!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Delicious food and terrific service. A perfect spot for dinner before heading to the Aronof.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Love this place, the food, service and atmosphere are unmatched in the city!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

This was the first time my family and I have eaten at Sotto. We really enjoyed the atmosphere (although a tad hard to read the menu with the dark lighting) and the food was awesome. Our waiter (can't remember his name :( ) was awesome as well and made it fun. Would definitely recommend Sotto to friends for a unique place to eat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Romantic, Casual, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great Pastas as usual to go with the rest of a short but delicious menu. Service, by Alicia I think, was above and beyond the expected. We are frequent dinners here and will continue to be. There are two small drawback: 2) The restaurant can be very noisy which is a plus for a feeling of excitement, a negative for serious conversation. 2) Because the restaurant is so popular, it is extremely difficult to get a reservation. Plan ahead - especially for a weekend - weeks ahead.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Sotto. Even if we didn't love the food, which we do, the ambiance is to die for.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We were looking for a place to have dinner prior to a broadway show. We had walked past Sotto quite a few times so we decided to give it a try. Going down the stairs feels like you are in a new world. The food was fantastic and reminded us of being in Italy earlier in the year. Rachel was our server and she was fantastic and gave great advice on meals. We are excited to come back again and try more of the food.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The atmosphere was perfect! We came for a birthday dinner and they treated us great! I️ highly recommend and would love to return!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful meal as always. Coolest space in town

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We frequently dine @Sotto because its always a great time & the food is excellent. This trip we had an out of town guest from LA & she loved it as well. The bartenders & servers do a great job!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A local recommended Sotto to us. We loved the place! Our waitress, Lauren, gave us excellent recommendations. The food was outstanding. I highly recommend.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were seated promptly. It was a very busy Friday night and our group's first time there. Our server was good. We enjoyed her recommendations. The food was good and we enjoyed all of it. It was very loud. The server said it was louder than normal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything was delicious and the service from Lauren was great! Try the porchetta bruschetta - it is really tasty!

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This is my second time to Sotto and the food was again excellent! Combining the reviews here from both times. Plates can be shared family-style (which is what we did the first time). But this time, we opted to share an appetizer and get our own individual entree portions. The goat cheese & hazelnut bruschetta was again amazing ('melt in your mouth' quality). Sadly, the Caprese salad with amazing heritage tomatoes was out of season and no longer on the menu for an appetizer.

The pasta was perfection. Half of our table opted for the lamb rigatoni which was so savoury and the other half had the sausage gnocchi which was excellent. Last time, we got the short rib pasta was great as well. We also splurged on the porterhouse steak as a group and it was a perfect size to divide among four people. The meat quality was amazing and we ate everything off the bone. Sides were slightly salty that accompanied this.

Dessert to finish off with the donuts was good (the dipping sauces are a fun twist, but the donuts themselves are been set up for such a high bar that cannot be realistically met). Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great atmosphere . Get an item from each portion of menu. The salume is amazing. Great breaded pork. Don’t forget to save room for the donuts, they are the best desert ever.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great restaurant, great food and we enjoy having a work dinner here.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I have dined at Sotto 3 times now, and have always had a great experience and great food. They utilize soft lighting and natural building products (stone and wood mainly) to create a cozy cellar-like feel...it also helps that it is underground. The menu has a few staples, but rotates periodically for some variety. I encourage anyone who gives Sotto a chance to try something out of their comfort zone because all of it tastes amazing. The wine list is excellent, and the servers are very knowledgeable and can make good recommendations. They are also very good about asking you if you are celebrating something special, and elevating your experience if you in fact are.

My only warning is that you really need to book well in advance (sometimes weeks) if you are looking to dine there on weekends during peak hours. Definitely worth the planning and the wait, though.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 29, 2017

It was wonderful. We were there for our anniversary.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Sotto hits a home run each time we go. Bread,pasta,salads, desserts, and wine all first rate. Waitress Meg informative and nice. Manager Will Velarde very welcoming. A winning
Combination.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Been there before. Never disappointed. We were there for a birthday celebration. Everyone was pleased.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We live an hour outside of Cincinnati, so when we come in to town, we like to go to a nice place. Sotto is one of our favorites. The only disappointing thing about Sotto, is that lots of people like it as much as we do and it’s a challenge getting a reservation! We enjoyed everything from the valet parking to the dessert and coffee. Simple Italian menu with enough choices to keep us coming back. The ambiance is truly unique and fit for a date or a group of friends. And great wine selection by the bottle and glass!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food and service are first rate. My only complaint is the noisy atmosphere. It’s such a cozy space. It’s too bad it’s so loud.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I love all of the food at Sotto! Service was very good. My only request would be to turn down the music a little. We were tucked back in a corner - so it was more quiet than in the main dining area...but the music was a bit too much and difficulty in having a conversation. We were there for our anniversary and there were times we just had to wait for the song to end to be able to hear each other.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Sotto is consistently great, both food and service. Valet parking right in front on the street makes it easy to get in and out of town.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I took my girlfriend to Sotto for her birthday. I was blown away. The food was some of the best I have tasted. The ambiance was perfect. It felt like a prohibition era speakeasy turned romantic 5 star restaurant. Everything about Sotto was perfect.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We found a piece of plastic in our salad. We gave it to our server-he apologized and said he would let the manager know. No management ever came over to us until we paid our bill. When we asked the server what his manager said he said that they inspected the salad for future presets. We never saw management nor did anyone come over to apologize for the piece of plastic. When someone came to clear our desert plates he asked how everything was and we said we were pretty disappointed that no manager came over to apologize for the piece of plastic in our salad. The bill came we paid and the manager finally came to discuss and said that he could reverse our charges and that he had no idea that we had a piece of plastic in our salad. I said that’s odd since our server was well aware and even put it in his pocket to “show his manager”- when we told the “said manager” because he is not a manager that he was a lot late he stormed away!!!!!!! Storm away from a $300 bill???????? I am appalled that this was the treatment that we got-an apology felt m management would have gone a long way-I am shocked that this is how we were treated. I have been there many times and took out of town guests and am very disgusted with the treatment we received. Plastic in salad and no one from management comes over???? The manager tells us that’s the first he’s hearing about it?????????? As we are walking out ????????

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