Sotto

4.8
2887 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(513) 977-6886
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef de Cuisine: Danny Combs
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Cross street
Walnut Street
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Parking details
We offer valet parking directly in front of the restaurant beginning at 6pm daily.
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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

To bring in the New Year, Sotto will offer a 4 course pre fixed individual option menu, including antipasti (starter), primi (pasta), secondi (main) and dolce (dessert). Guests will have the option to choose 1 item from a list of 4 per course for $70 per person.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2887 People Are Saying
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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced. Pretentious menu “nickel and dime”s customers badly. All a la carte. Even bread is $7. And 2 of the 4 in my party didn’t care for their food. Not worth the $.

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S
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, atmosphere and service! Sotto never disappoints!

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with cozy, intimate atmosphere. Abby provided exceptional service for our party of six.

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CB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Sotto's. It will not be our last. The staff were very attentive to our needs, the plates were bussed off the table in short order. Our waitress, Maria, was ever so patient with us, explaining every detail of the menu and was very helpful with the wine list. The food exceeded our expectations! We got 3 appetizers to share, then shared each others entree. Everything was delicious. I can't say one dish was favored over another, each one was wonderful in its own right. We almost left without dessert until Maria told us about the doughnuts. Do not leave without trying them, they were yummy. We especially liked the caramel sauce, we had to get extra. Though the music seemed really loud when we first got there, as the restaurant filled up, it didn't seem as loud with everyone talking around us. We were not rushed through our meal. The experience was wonderful.

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DB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience and Hillary was a phenomenal server. She went above and beyond.

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DF
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service!

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d
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

The food was wonderful but the noise level in the small room the two of us were seated in was intense. There was a large party of at least 14 people and a few tables for 2 or 4. We could not hear our waiter describe the menu items and we could not converse with each other comfortably and were basically screaming. Understandably, it is the holidays and the entire restaurant was bustling but I would not want to be seated there again. A recommendation would also be to put a cushion on the wooden bench to add a bit of comfort. That said, the doughnut holes were a wonderful ending to the meal of short rib filled pasta.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and our waitress was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu.

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L
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Long waiting, very noisy, food too salty and without flavor. Fish was over cook, vegetables sticky.

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CM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant! We went here for our anniversary. It was a bit more casual than I remembered, but the food and service more than made up for the casual dress. The food is amazin!

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l
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the service was spectacular as always. 4th visit and it has been great each time

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent team lunch! Could not have asked for a better all around experience! Fantastic service and outstanding food! Thank you Sotto!

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our 1st anniversary. We both loved our meal and shared the doughnuts which were great also. We loved the atmosphere and will definitely be back.

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MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food with a great ambiance. We love going to Sotto for any reason!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always!

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B
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The short rib cappellacci is usually awesome but was only so-so this time. About 3-4 of the dumplings tasted maybe like liver. The salads were good. The bruschetta was good. The drinks were good. The service was 'okay', but no one ever asked how any of the food was.

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WD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I recently celebrated our 2nd anniversary by dining at Sotto. It was an excellent choice. Our servers were awesome and very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. For starters we ordered the bruschetta and assorted salumi board - everything was fantastic. For our main course we orderd cacio e pepe (very simple but delicious) and the short rib cappellacci (phenomenal - triangular stuffed pasta). All of the pasta is made fresh and in house, and it really shows in the taste compared to other Italian restaurants in town. For dessert, we ordered the ricotta doughnuts (saved the best for last) and gelato (of course, made in house). We enjoyed everything about the restaurant - the food, ambiance, downtown location, servers, and wine. We will definitely be back!

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JK
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. Food service a bit slow but fine!

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LL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was incredible. Professional but relaxed enough for conversation. Best meal we’ve ever had. Already booked for our anniversary in May! Totally recommend the short rib and the broccolini

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M
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing, as always. Ambiance is great as well. Perfect for a date night or to celebrate a special occasion.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Our server Casey was perfect. We went with her wine suggestions and they were spot on. Every food we had was amazing. The ambiance was wonderful. We can’t wait to go back

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter recommended Sotto to us for an anniversary spot. We came for lunch and we Loved everything!!! Thank you. We will be back!!!

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PS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We held a business meeting here and found ourselves in a corner which was perfect to talk. The food was incredible and just enough to eat. I will definitley go there again for business and pleasure!

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B
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and awesome service

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AC
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Seated quickly. Service prompt. Food wonderful. When I found my salmon was more rare than I liked, They had no trouble replacing it promptly and with a smile. It’s top notch.

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t
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch service

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UK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our overall experience was very "meh". Our waiter was nice, but the service team did not act as a team so if we did not have his attention there was no one else to really pay attention to us. The food was OK, just uninspired especially for a restaurant with the claim to fame that Sotto has in Cincinnati. The appetizers were OK though the honey goat cheese bruschetta is a bit sweet and heavy for an appetizer. The prosciutto was fine though hardly a 'selection' as advertised. The salmon was fine but nothing I have not had many other times. The rigatoni alla vodka looked like it was plated by my 10 year old nephew.

I just think for all the hype and prices they need to re-focus and kick it up a notch or be relegated to another so-so restaurant that gets by on past reviews. Sorry.

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p
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Get the truffle dish! Out if this world!

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HT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Really good food. Unfortunately we had an unattentive and somewhat condescending server.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found on a whim prior to business trip to the Queen City and it did not disappoint. Fantastic food and service - will certainly return any time I am in Cincinnati.

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OT
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent italian restaurant

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D
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! Everything was outstanding! Service food presentation everything!

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AT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect experience with excellent food!

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KH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It took us 8-10 weeks to get a reservation, but it was well worth the wait! Went with our neighbors & we all LOVED it! Looks like old world Europe, the service was great & all our food was spectacular! Will make another reservation for the next available spot right away. Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone who loves Italian food.

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E
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melt in your mouth food.
Excellent service.
Great ambiance.
Music was too loud and our table was right under speakers and next to the noisy kitchen. Will ask for a table in the other side of the restaurant next time.

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BR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food around anywhere. Great service and atmosphere. A must visit for us at every holiday or special occasion.

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RR
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reserved the vampire room for a family get together. Outstanding as usual.

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AP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went here the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving on a date. Ordered a cocktail and a glass of wine each, and one appetizer, one medium plate, and one pasta to split.

The cocktails were excellent and unique to Sotto. The appetizer—the salumi—was way bigger than the usual tiny charcuterie plate we've come to expect and we were extremely happy with it. The rest of the food, including the pasta, was very good and prepared with care.

Docking points on service because our wine came out WAY after our food got there. We waited for the wine so we could enjoy both that and the pasta at the same time, but our food got cold as a result. Overall this place is good—but not incredible as word of mouth would have you believe. What it is is very carefully prepared, familiar rustic Italian food at an extremely fair price. Would go again.

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GK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and very authentic...it felt like we were wisked away to Italy! Knowledgeable staff! Outstanding!

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