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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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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.
US$ 20 - US$ 50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Italian, European
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is amazing... the venue is neat.. with awesome decor... our waitress was amazing ... we all got a side .. for me the bruschetta was like nothing I had before ... we each got a pasta to share and the steak for the...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Shelly G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I choose Sotto often when I am downtown for dinner. It is a great place for visiting with friends, eating the most delicious food.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Nancylaws
Reviewed yesterday

We scheduled a combination family dinner and 21st birthday celebration for our daughter at Sotto and the staff was very kind and attentive. She had 10 friends join her and we reserved the back room to give them a semi-private party. As usual the food...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Fisherking1960
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In Cincinnati on a Sunday night we scored a table for two at the last minute at this casual upscale Italian restaurant. What a lucky break. Great service throughout was complimented by very tasty food. The Branzino was perfectly prepared and when I asked our...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank KennethT1693
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each summer for the past decade, I live on a lake in Northern Italy where the dining and wine is incredible. If I didn’t know that I was at Sotto in Ohio, I would have thought that I was at one of my favorite restaurants...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank P1203PUstevec
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My darlings, food is life. Chef Sotto already figured that out. Cozy womb of a venue. Brian, our waiter, was the most understanding and helpful as I tried to navigate my food sensitivities. I found the tajarin con tartufo truffle dish. It was a bit...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank TerrilynnMee
Reviewed 12 February 2019

Rustic ambiance, cool trendy restaurant with delicious food and great wine. Great place for a date or business dinner

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank encore192
Reviewed 11 February 2019 via mobile

Food made to order. Romantic setting for a long meal, perfect for celebrating with the one you love. Server was nice and made us sample the wine before we purchased the bottle. Food was made to order. Short rib cappellacci was a perfect starter, bite...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank sdircks051218
Reviewed 9 February 2019 via mobile

We loved the setting of this restaurant, a speakeasy Italian restaurant, located in the basement of a building with another great restaurant at street level. It really had an old time, but trendy feel, making you feel special just being there. It’s far from being...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank blanquita79
Reviewed 30 January 2019

The pasta, the fish, the chicken, the drinks, the fish. It was all terrific. Plus, this place is really pretty--downstairs, dark, beautifully-decorated. It is a great dinner place and a for-sure return visit when we get back to Cincinnati.

Date of visit: January 2019
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12 December 2018|
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Response from SANCarolyn | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Only one size. Sorry. But it’s delicious! Great to take home leftovers.
14 October 2018|
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24 June 2018|
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Response from George B | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't say so. My wife and I wore nice casual clothes, and that was fine. Some people were wearing business dress, because we were there on a weekday.
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