Sotto Sopra

4.7
2195 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Sotto Sopra is an Italian restaurant housed in a beautiful 19th century building just blocks north of Baltimore’s Harborplace on Charles Street. Sotto Sopra specializes in true contemporary Italian cuisine adapting farm to table. We buy local whenever it is possible. The perfect risotto, handmade pastas, roasted meats, local seafood, and regional produce are here for your total enjoyment.

Join us for our Power Lunch, featuring what's freshest and best in Italian cuisine. Two courses from our full lunch menu, $20.

Sotto Sopra invites you to dine for lunch, Monday through Saturdays and dinner every evening. Eat.Drink.Sleep.Dream--Italian
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Portland
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food! Spaghetti Negri best pasta I have ever had!!!

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CS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Get together with friends, old and new. The food was excellent.

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GI
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the food, service and ambiance was excellent. This time I tried the veal and it was delicious.

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L
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Restaurant week menu is extensive and everything was great. It was crowded so seating was a little tight.

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RB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service, cocktails and homemade pasta were all incredible! Always my go to for special occasions or just to grab a great lunch or dinner.

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AB
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always delicious and has the best restaurant week menu in the city!

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AB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, friendly bartender and server. Loved the pork Ossobucho.

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e
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We stopped by during restaurant week and the specials were good. I started with the lamb meatballs, but they were cold in the middle. The server was very pleasant and took them right back. I replaced that with a lobster bisque, which was very good. The chiappino was good, but the fish in it was a bit mushy. The shellfish in the chiappino was very good. The deserts were excellent and the service was very good.

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AK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Celebrated my and my son’s birthday during restaurant week. Had a wonderful dining experience, from the atmosphere, service, to the delicious food, it was very good! We will definitely be back!

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A friend and I came for Restaurant Week. I missed it the last time my group of friends went. It was worth the wait!!! I had the gnocci with Bolognese sauce and the fennel salami and burratta salad. The bolognese is so good, it will make your eyes roll back. There were other interesting things on the RW menu that seemed to have interesting flavors, e.g. the King salmon with honey and lavender...I was so tempted by that.

The wait staff were super attentive and offered great recommendations. It almost seemed like they were excited about the food and cocktails we were ordering. :-)

My only criticism is that there was no changing table in the bathroom. I brought my one-year-old son and had to lay him on top of the trashcan lid that was big enough to hold his head and torso and let me change his diaper.

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OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was Great!!!

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j
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food , atmosphere .. authentic !

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely find for a weekday lunch! The ambiance is delightful and the painted fresco like walks a wonderful sight! The cheeses were delectable and the roasted tomato soup a very heartwarming dish for a blustery Winter day. I look forward to returning for their opera nights where you can purchase a 5- course meal for just $65!

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B
Baltimore
139 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I think this is the most attractive restaurant in Baltimore, with its gorgeous art and decor. We've been there often and always leave satisfied. On this occasion it was crowded (with a special Northern Italian chef event in a back dining room) and so service in the main area was a bit frazzled, but still attentive and professional. We shared a beet caprece salad appetizer and my partner had a seafood ciopinno that was heavy on lobster and had a rich and spicy broth. I opted, as I often do, for saltimbocca, which had a bit more provolone than I remembered but was delicious. The mostly-Italian wine list has plenty of options. We chose a Moltepulciano that was lovely.

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Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every year we come to Tio Pepe’s for paella. Greeted at the door and talked with the chef.

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sotto Sopra treated their customers for a very special dinner form the Bergamo region of Italy. The chef (who is friends with the owner Riccardo) created a fabulous menu of Bergamo regional dishes that were completely wonderful and satisfying. This is only one of the fine events that Riccardo does on behalf of the Mount Vernon community. This was a completely unique and special dining experience!

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HW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went there for a special tasting dinner recently. The service is always excellent but the special menu was a bit disappointing giving everything we had were in a white sauce which made the dinner heavy.

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M
Baltimore
343 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On Wednesday night along with our neighbors, we attended L’Anno di Bergamo Dinner (The Year of Bergamo, Italy) hosted by Riccardo Bosio, owner/chef of Sotto Sopra. Bergamo is Riccardo’s hometown. During 2019 his restaurant will focus on his hometown cuisine of Bergamo with special dinners and cooking classes. So he invited his longtime friend, Chef Gianbattista Oldrati from the 4 star Piajo Hotel located in the Bergamo province of Nembro to visit to kick off 2019.

Upon arrival, we were treated to a glass of Prosecco which set the mood for the evening. We were able to have a chance to visit with Riccardo and to meet Gianbattista and Andrea Vavassori . Derrick, our server, is always at the top of his game and saw to our every need.

Our first course was Polenta’s Schisola. Gianbattista explained that in the past his ancestors used the polenta’s leftovers to make some little balls that were stuffed with stringy cheese. Today, they modernized the recipe and stuffed the polenta with salami and served it with taleggio cream. It was such a delicious and interesting taste.

Our second course was Casonsei de la Bergamasca – ravioli filled with calf meat, fresh salami, sultanas(raisins), lemon peel, grated bread, aromatic herbs and amaretti. It was topped with a sauce of bacon, brown butter, and sage with grated Grana Padano.

Our third course was Bergamasca’s Capu - cabbage rolls stuffed with cotechino (pork), grated bread, grated Grana Padano, parsley and eggs topped with a simple tomato sauce. Oh my, it was so different from what we know as cabbage rolls and fulling satisfying.

Our fourth course was the Torta Donizzetti – a typical Bergamo cake in the shape of a donut prepared with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, candied apricots, candied pineapples and maraschino. Plus an added bonus dessert called “Polenta e Osei”. Wow, what a finish to a totally scrumptious meal.

Our thanks to Riccardo and his staff - who really know how to kick off the New Year!

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food, outstanding service, and outstanding ambience. Never disappointed.

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O
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great homemade pastas. They offer half portions, so you can try more things!

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J
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food and service lovely!!

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SP
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dining at Sotto Sopra was fabulous in every way

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RT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just a beautiful setting, a sophisticated dining experience, and delicious food. I had the whole branzino, which was covered in a layer of carmelized lemons. Fantastic. We'll return.

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QF
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant. I always get the same thing squash ravioli. I do wish more items on the menu didn't have mushrooms, but the kitchen tries to be very accommodating.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding experience, delicious food.

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B
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A splendid Italian restaurant in town. Food tasted great. Lovely decoration.

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g
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the second time that I ate at this restaurant. It was amazing as the first time. The food is creative and interesting. The calamari was light and delicious. I had the branzino which was wonderful and the sauce with it was great. Everything I have eaten there is so wonderful. I can't wait to go again.

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E
San Diego
120 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wait staff was so professional and helpful!

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PB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I proposed to my girlfriend on 12/25/18. Both managers and workers were amazing. They became family during the planning and the proposal it self. The people who work here love their job and care about each person who enters. Great people, amazing vibe and delicous menu. Soto Sopra is superb🙏

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AM
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Terrific menu. Delay on getting seated, but wonderful food made it worth it.

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RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our most enjoyable Christmas Day dinners for both ambiance and menu options.
Don’t miss the fabulous Octopus Salad, the Whole Bronzino, and the most flavorful Ribeye ever!

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CK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I have eaten at Sotta Sopra on many occasions. The food is always delicious, and the wait staff is always attentive. Quantity is never an issue and I believe the value vs quantity of food is balanced. I have seen many of the same wait staff year over year, which tells me that the management team is strong as well.

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Many thanks to the Sotta Sopra staff for sitting us in a quiet, corner spot. My Wife is immuno compromised at the moment and the restaurant staff was aware of this and insured that we had a semi private area to sit it.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a perfect place any time of year but having Christmas dinner at Soto Sopra was even more special. Everything we ate was wonderful—the duck breast was elegant and cooked to perfection with a light cherry sauce and chanterelle mushrooms; the lavender honey salmon—always tender and light—is always an excellent choice here. We had guests from DC that want to return—one of whom selected the veal and raved, too. Beautiful environment.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The pastas are excellent, the cocktails well-made, and the service is lovely. It'll cost you a pretty penny, but for a special occasion it's definitely worth it.

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OT
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had to wait 15 minutes for a table, past time for which we had reserved. The food was average at best. The valet parking was an abomination - the last straw for an evening that was supposed to be special but was not in any way. Restaurants like SS need to have more discipline and not try to accommodate more guests than they are ready to serve. We would not return here.

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J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as we have always come to expect

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k
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time my wife and i dine here it is always so on point and delicious. Ricardo's crew is amazing.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday lunch with Boyfriend

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c
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our family was visiting from Nebraska. SS has always been a favorite. Lovely dinner and atmosphere. Waiter was very accommodating for 12 year old's dinner preferences. Thanks for making a nice memory for us!

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