Sotto

4.9
5124 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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AshPlz
Chicago
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Definitely recommend taking a “family style” approach and order a few dishes to share.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

All of us got sick from the food. Had out of town guests and raved on Sotto and the food made us all sick in the night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to Sotto and it did not disappoint! The ambiance is absolutely beautiful and the staff did everything they could to make us comfortable and make the night special! Our waitress, Mica, was absolutely fantastic - she actually spoke to the menu with personality and enthusiasm as opposed to the “chef’s special and menu highlights” so many other restaurants often have. The authenticity of the food was amazing and we were so pleasantly surprised at the reasonable pricing (for once!). This is well worth the long booking wait and I cannot wait to return soon!

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vipamren52
Cleveland
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So great to be back at sotto, and they have an incredible gluten free menu (which you would never expect at Italian) one of the few places worth ordering gluten free pasta!! The branzino and affogato were also fabulous. Our server was so positive and helpful, love the atmosphere just got stuck with a super loud girl at the table behind us 😜 otherwise perfect! Amazing anniversary celebration

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WilliamS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Cincinnati. We love going to Sotto and it’s my go to for anniversary dates.

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JadaL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy and comfortable. A gorgeous space with friendly staff that go above and beyond. Food was delicious and full of flavor, even for simplistic pasta dishes.

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happy
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto's food is fantastic. Always consistently delicious. The service is great and it is a lively energetic atmosphere. Love Sotto!

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MichelleH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and vibe were all phenomenal!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Excellent food.

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viplovegreatfood
Cincinnati
179 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another tasty meal at Sotto! Always a wonderful experience at our favorite place in Cincinnati. We were celebrating a birthday and Kenzie our server made the night extra special. Just try anything on the menu and you will find it super delicious. The pasta is the best - try Sotto ASAP!

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BruceM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very best restaurants in Cincinnati. It never disappoints. Background music a little too loud, but food, atmosphere and service was outstanding.

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vipMichaelA
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the best!

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HollyV
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had treated family to dinner. Lincoln was an outstanding waitress. Food was very good but entrees a little overpriced for quantity. We ordered appetizer, salads, entrees and dessert. We did not enjoy the ricotta donuts. Black kale salad and tuna appetizer was phenomenal!

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QuenS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best time ever at Sotto, from the moment we walked in the experience was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, drink, and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was excellent as always!

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Nicholas
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pasta and such a cool ambiance. Highly reccomend

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Nicsec
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my boyfriend there for his birthday dinner. He loved it! He was so happy he was in tears. Highly recommend!

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MadA
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at sotto and it was excellent! Wonderful and attentive service, lively for a Thursday, and excellent food.

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AVanS
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gluten Free is me. They have their own GF menu. 5 stars!!!

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Jill
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was amazing, and we will be back!!!

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BrittanyM
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto is THE place to celebrate. It’s not just the food and the wine and the ambience. The staff’s hospitality is unparalleled in this city. They’ve always taken care of the people I bring along with me. I love bringing first timers to enjoy the magic that goes on in this underground Cincinnati staple. Try all the food, especially the octopus. Share as many dishes as possible. I promise you’ll die happy. Every server I’ve had has been fabulous, but Michael E. was especially wonderful for our group of 7. Thank you, Sotto.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I’ve ever had

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BranK
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food focused dining experience. Lots of attention paid to the meals and how they are best enjoyed. Always consistent. For the quality, a value. I've paid 30% more for meals of lesser quality.

A little loud is my only complaint.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary celebration. We had a great meal and Todd was fantastic. He was able to share his thoughts on the menu, a few items that weren’t on the menu and of course suggested a few good cocktails.

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8There
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and ambiance of Sotto is unmatched by any restaurant in the area. Our waiter was so knowledge about everything from the wine list to the food. The food was fabulous! It is also a great value for the quality of the amazing dishes.

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loris
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto never disappoints! We especially love the tuna appetizer and the kale salad. Our server, Kyle, was great—knowledgeable and attentive, making it a very enjoyable dinner.

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LeahS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a table for my birthday celebration and they did not disappoint! Literally was so delicious it made my night. Wonderful experience. Cant wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always, from the service to the food and overall ambiance!

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MikeG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time with wife and son and his wife! Service from Noah was exceptional. He knew the menu and let us know what was always good. Also good with recommending adult drinks.
Food was not rushed and everything we shared was the best tasting Italian food we have had in a long time.
Highly recommend. Only drawback was the wait to get our reservation. They are booked! But I now understand why.

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vipjaniw
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Sotto is my all time favorite restaurant. I used to live in Cinci and now anytime I book a flight home, I also book a reservation at Sotto because there is nothing like it anywhere I have found! Highly recommend!!!

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Evan
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as always! Charles was an outstanding server, the food was delicious, and I can’t wait to find another excuse to get back as soon as possible. Now I just need you all to open back up for lunch! 😊

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MichaelM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipOliviaR
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Sotto! We visit every time we come to Cincinnati. It was great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noah was absolutely wonderful. He was extremely attentive and answered any menu questions we had. Will definitely return and ask for him!!

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vipDougB
Cleveland
45 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious! This time we had the cacio e pepe and the clam linguini. We also had the antipasto for two before our entrees and it was excellent and a great value. Loaded with great meats and cheese. We loved it. William served us with great care and attention. Sotto hires great people and makes them great employees. Everybody is always friendly and nice. If we have one small complaint it's that the menu is pretty constant. We've eaten here 4-5 times over last couple years and the menu is basically the same every time. Be nice to see some specials or new entrees and pasta dishes. Will be back soon!

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TriciaG
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Devon, was fantastic! As we were seated, she asked what time we wanted to be out of there as we had concert tickets. And she made it happen - with the kitchen! - for a party of 8. The goat cheese with honey and grilled bread was fabulous, as was the prosciutto-wrapped melon. Our entrees were good, but not exceptional. My husband was looking for more lamb sausage with his penne, and my tortellini had 1/2 of the filling I would expect. For those reasons, I didn't think that dinner was a good value. The asparagus was prepared very well.

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vipSandyB
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SOTTO never disappoints!!!! I took my daughter there for dinner before the Billy Joel concert. We had an amazing experience. Her favorite dish is the octopus. I love the arugula salad. The ambience is like no other place, so special! Hands-down, the Best restaurant in Cincinnati!

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vipHeatherT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was great to dine here. Food was fresh and delicious. Menu, limited. Very noisy. If quieter, we would consider going again.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service (Hillary), and an amazing atmosphere. We absolutely loved it!

FAQs

Sotto is rated 4.9 stars by 5124 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.