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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

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (109)
Special Occasion (105)
Romantic (100)
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Good for Anniversaries (86)
Fit for Foodies (83)
Cozy (82)
Authentic (75)
Good for Birthdays (64)
Creative Cuisine (62)
Pre/post Theatre (62)
Worth the Drive (57)
Hot Spot (50)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
Fun (48)
Notable Wine List (47)
Business Meals (41)
Bar Seating (37)
Good for Groups (37)
Comfort Food (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (33)
Great for Lunch (31)
Casual (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Local Ingredients (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Seasonal (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Late-night Find (10)
People Watching (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Disabled Access (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was excellent. Tony was our server & gave excellent service. A repeat visit is a must!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Bolognese and rigatoni are delicious! Ricotta doughnuts with the three dipping sauces are a MUST!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Most wonderful and most authentic Italian restaurant!
Wend for a business dinner with a colleague from Italy and he could not believe how authentic and fantastic Sotto is. He is a food lover and enjoyed every bite and so did I. The star is the ambiance, the pasta, the bread and the meat and cheese plate. But everything we had was perfect. Sotto keep it up like that and you will be #1 in Cincinnati soon, you are for me.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

The service was friendly yet professional; our lunch was fabulous--salmon was wonderful and cooked exactly as I requested. The server also brought us each ricotta doughnut with caramel sauce at the end of our meal-- unexpected and fabulous!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a great dining experience. My favorite restaurant in Cincinnati!

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 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

There is not a more beautiful, unique restaurant in town. The outside is unassuming. You descend stairs (and there is an elevator) to a beautiful, underground, rustic and sophisticated dining area. It's very beautiful and romantic. The food is all handmade and you can tell. I've never tasted anything more amazing than the food I have had here. I did not know chicken liver mousse could be so mouthwatering delicious. The hand folded pasta is a work of art. It's a very romantic and delicious experience at Sotto.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Love the atmosphere, tables can be a bit small though. Food is excellent with well matched flavors. Our service was 5 star.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We love Sotto, Boca, and Nada. Each of the restaurants is unique, beautiful, and serves absolutely delicious food!

We were lucky to get a last minute reservation to Sotto before heading to Playhouse in the Park for a show. Everything was perfect and we can't wait to come back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Spectacular meal. And Hillary is the best.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

We love Sotto- amazing tapas and atmosphere. So many great dishes but the anchovies bruschetta, pork loin and polenta are some of our favorites. Cannot forget the out of this world Ricotta donuts... OMG they are a must have!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing atmosphere! The dishes are small, so we got a number of them and most fantastic. Service was great, and we'll definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

We love Sotto!! Blair served us, and he gave us such a great experience! We will 100% be back and we will be requesting Blair, if he is working! Thanks for providing a great dinner!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2018

What an awesome and amazing dinner! William took the time to explain the menu. Perfect size plates and deliciously presented! We will be back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 6, 2018

LOVE LOVE LOVE SOTTO!! The food is always amazing.

We had an awesome waitress this time..... and she made great recommendations.

Will definitely be back!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Food and service are always wonderful! Andrew and Gabi were especially attentive and knowledgeable. Thanks!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 4, 2018

you just can't beat the pasta they serve anywhere in the city. the Truffle pasta that is about to go off the menu is a MUST HAVE.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

It’s great place but u have to eat dinner before u go there the food it’s more of sample than regular meal

Tags: Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Outstanding as always. Food and service top notch. Great value for all the food you get

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Portion is very small, but good food. Great place for business lunch.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. Good food great service.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Wife and I had lunch; first time at Sotto. The atmosphere is very "old warehouse". We remember eating at La Normandie which occupied the space in the 70's and 80's.
Our chicken liver mousse with pistachio nuts on bruschetta was quite good.
I had fusilli with vodka sauce and sausage. There was very little sausage. Wife had
ravioli with beef, shallots and cream sauce. Again, very little meat. We also got to taste the gnocchi which was delivered to us by mistake. Seems to be maximal pasta and minimal meat.
We received a complimentary dessert of a wonderful donut with caramel sauce. Very delicious.
The waitress was fantastic; excellent service is her style! We will eat there again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Everything was excellent as always, only downside was our waiter Greg was a bit rushed, long periods between visits and it wasn't the usual 5 star service we always recieve.

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·Dined on January 30, 2018

Always excellent! Service was great!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I brought my sister here for her birthday lunch and we both thought it was wonderful! Fantastic ambiance, delicious food and the attentive service was A+!!

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Modern and authentic Italian cuisine that is done well. We keep coming back and we have never been disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service made for a memorable luncheon with an out-of-town friend who was equally impressed. The short rib cappellacci was absolutely delectable and the side salad and garlic toast were perfect accompaniments. The ricotta doughnuts are out of this world. Sotto is a must!!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was our first time eating at Sotto. Matt was an EXCELLENT server. Very knowledgeable on every menu item. Made great recommendations on food & cocktails. He went above & beyond to help make our date night special. Thank you for the wonderful experience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We absolutely love Sotto - it is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Cincinnati. We have our regular favorite menu items, but this last visit - there were some items that we hadn't tried or they were new menu items - so we tried all new items. It might've been the best meal we've had to date! Keep up the great work & we'll continue returning again & again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great as usual. Can’t go wrong here!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Was extremely happy with the experience that my group had. The waiter was nice and very knowledgeable and the menu was well crafted. It was pricey but if you want a good quality meal/dining experience it was worth it. Definitely recommend it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I love this restaurant, the atmosphere is so cozy and relaxing, the service is great, and the food sublime.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Best lunch I've had in a long time.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Food was good - Cyrus was our waiter and he was attentive and suggested good items!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Arrived early and our table was ready. It took a while to get drinks but all other service was prompt , efficient and pleasant. The food was excellent and the portions were appropriate. It was somewhat loud but otherwise we had no concerns. I would definitely recommend Sotto.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2018

New favorite restaurant in Cincinnati! Absolutely everything we ordered was delicious. If you have not been, GO! Shareable portions and wonderful, unique Italian food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Amazing meal as always!! It was a perfect date night

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I have long counted Sotto among my favorite restaurants but this time I was extremely disappointed. “Energetic” is not a good description of the sound level in the restaurant. It was raucous. It was so loud it gave me a headache. My dinner — both entree and salad — was absolutely drenched in lemon juice. Much too much lemon juice. We ordered Tiramisu for dessert and it was not good. It usually is wonderful.

When I made the reservation, several months ago, I requested a table in the lounge area. That request was ignored.

I’m sorry to be so negative but all three of us were extremely disappointed in the whole evening.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was amazing as always. Our server was so patient with our group

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

My husband and I absolutely love Sotto! While the ambiance is wonderful the music is a little loud. But it doesn’t matter as the food is fantastic. The kale salad is fresh with small crunchy croutons and a lovely Caesar dressing. Our favorite was the branzini served with a cold bulgar salad. The skin was crisp with the perfect amount of char. Loved loved loved it! Will be back soon!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great food, excellent service. Great atmosphere! We will be returning!

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