Sotto

4.9
3085 reviews
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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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Indiana
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mom there because she was visiting from Chicago. It was her first time. Abby our waitress gave us good recommendations on wine and food. Service was great and the timing of each plate was perfect! We had bruschetta with goat cheese, which was an excellent starter. My mom got the brodetto and I got papparedelle and both were excellence. For dessert we had to get the donuts which are by far my favorite item to get at Sotto! Overall great experience,

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OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Solid overall experience.

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HK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant! The black truffle pasta was so great. We also did the olive oil tasting flight and cheese plate. So great!

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CS
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a perfect evening!

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Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Breaded pork loin dish is a 10. Fabulous! Only wish there were a few more non-pasta dishes on the lunch menu or even just a few sides like a side salad or cup of soup for lunch. Or a “pick two” type lunch option like Via Vite. Service by Colin was great!

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AW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there prior to attending Hamilton. Server did a great job keeping us on time and executed flawlessly.

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

Sotto is always an absolutely amazing experience. Time after time I go and am amazed by the service, food, drinks, and attention to detail. It’s my favorite Italian restaurant for a reason! It’s the best!

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

Excellent experience !! Vegetarians like us had decent number of options to choose from.

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

As always, food is spectacular. Cacio e pepe is of particular note. My wife and I each have to order our own because neither of us is willing to share. Black Kale caesar is also very good. Only complaint is the lack of warmth from the hostess stand. Last two times we have shown up 10 minutes prior to our reservation and had to wait 15-30 minutes past our reservation to be seated. In both instances we were simply told that they were waiting for the previous reservation to leave. In each instance there were other tables open we could have been switched to. They never seemed too concerned they were making us wait.

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

Top notch as always! Great ambiance, great service, great food, reasonably priced...who could ask for more? I always enjoy the deceptively pedestrian entrance giving way to a "hidden" world of elegant coziness as you broach the door. But get that wood oven fixed to add that wonderful rustic smell again...lol

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DT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love most everything about this place. Only complaint is that some people in our party thought the menu was a little limited.

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

Everything from the atmosphere of the place to the food was absolutely amazing! The waitress was very helpful in explaining some of the dishes we asked about and making suggestions of what other people enjoy the most! The best part is all her suggestions were spot on. This is probably some of the best food i've ever eaten in a restaurant and i will definitely be coming back in the near future. I recommend this place to anyone who mqy be on the fence about or curious. You most likely won't be disappointed.

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

This was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had, especially with how amazing our server was. Sotto and it’s staff truly work hard to provide an exceptional experience for their guests, and this was no different. Thank you all so much for making my birthday an unforgettable experience. I appreciate it so much!

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J
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great all around

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LS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was AMAZING. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and polite. We had a cozy booth, perfect night. Highly recommend! Tip—make your reservation as early as possible to secure the day and time you want. I make my reservations months in advance.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Took awhile to be seated, despite that I put in our reservation 2 weeks prior, but I believe the manager (or whoever he was), accommodated us two - five dollar off coupons to the bar next door, Igby's, (First time there, great atmosphere, and we plan on coming back ) as we waited. Our waitress did a fantastic job assisting us, although the menu was a bit of a disappointment. We were given only their 'Valentine' special menu without notice, thus, restricting us from ordering their excellent truffle pasta we were longing for. The fish we had (sea bass) wasn't marinated well enough, tasted very bland and their pasta and everything else were decent, but nothing too special. We didn't feel their food justified the bill we paid for. The waitress was the sole reason for the 20% tip.

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DY
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent first visit. Delicious food in a cozy, casual environment. Strongly recommend the goat cheese bruschetta.

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EC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food with some great service. My only criticism is that the venue itself is too dark for my liking, but I absolutely love everything else. The goat cheese and honey bruschetta was to die for. I don’t think I’ve ever left this place dissatisfied.

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London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and ambience. Relaxed atmosphere, cool decor

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t
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally wonderful. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable. Food was outstanding. One of our best recent dining experiences. Treated us like royalty. Will come back as often as we can

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JH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were excited Sotto is open for lunch. Our only complaint was the noise level. The music was turned up louder midway thru our lunch. Otherwise it was a great experience.

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CO
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the service is attentive without being intrusive. I loved that we could talk, the noise level is very moderate. And the complimentary dessert ball at lunch was a nice touch. We would highly recommend the lunchtime menu as a way to try a new restaurant.

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SB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as always, and service was attentive and friendly

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DS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love them. Great food great service. I appreciated server asking time constraints at the start of the meal and she promptly brought the check for us to be on time for the next meeting. Always delivering the best quality all around.

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BU
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I consider this the best Italian restaurant in Cincinnati (not to diminish other great Italian restaurants out there). Any pasta is great. The Cavatelli with chicken broth is perfect for this cold days. If you go for dinner with a group that likes red meat I recommend the Bistecca Fiorentina platter (porterhouse steak). To finish the visit on a high note get the ricotta doughnuts.

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Z
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool atmosphere. The food was good, but one of the dishes we ordered wasn’t cooked quite right. Four out of five for that reason. Would recommend to a friend

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only bad thing I can say is that the table behind us at times were pretty loud. Other than that we had a great time!

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JE
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is my 5th time to Sotto-I love it and all of his restaurants. But, this past Sunday (2/10)-something was off. We were going to a concert and had 6:15 reservations and still couldn't seem to get out of there in time-they knew too. Service is normally spot on and usually exceeds expectations. Wait time for drinks, food and the bill were a buzz kill and had me leaving disappointed. I had to go ask for our bill even though our waiter knew we were on a time crunch and said he was getting it. We had brought friends with us that had never been and they were underwhelmed. Food was good but not the normal quality. They seemed rushed or shorthanded.... We'll be back but not on a Sunday.

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z
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always - great food. Very good value. One of the best if not best in Cinti and region

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G
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect all around

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was outstanding. Short rib pasta is a must. Server wasn’t great. There was a leak in the ceiling that dropped water on my date the entire night. Server just said “sorry” and brushed it off. We weren’t offered to move or even free donuts. Service and atmosphere weren’t great but food made up for it.

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SB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE Sotto! It is the perfect restaurant for an intimate dinner with OUTSTANDING food and service!

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P
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a fancy dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The bruschetta was amazing and the arugula salad was refreshing. The table was split on the red sauce dish – one person thought it was great, but the other 2 felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the truffle dish and donuts! Service was well-timed and friendly, cocktails were delicious and affordable.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was outstanding. Lived up to all of the hype and expectations. Thanks for a great evening and the amazing food!

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MC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Server Ryan was fantastic! Food was very good, we had the bombo and rig con sal primi dishes but could not find meat on these with a search warrant! Don't be so stingy! Overall excellent service and ambience.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The atmosphere/ambience is great for a couple or group

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved sotto. And it turned out to be a place my very picky husband enjoyed as well. We liked everything on the menu, although the Chocolate Budino with Caramel Hazelnuts was the highlight. I think the next favorite was my husband's primi, short rib pasta. Next time I want to try the polenta. The atmosphere is really special. You just can't force that out of a new building. Lots of Chaim. It was a very special date night. Can't wait to come back.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food per usual. Sotto is easily the best restaurant in cincinnati.

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Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for Birthdays

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious meal I’ve ever had. The short rib pasta and ricotta donuts were two of our favorites. Will definitely be our go-to spot for special occasions.

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