Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant

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366 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
COTTO which in Italian means Cooked, is the Ultimate Italian Food Experience! Located in Stamford CT, Cotto recreates the flavor, design and easygoing lifestyle of Italy through boldly flavored Italian entrees small dishes, pizza and wine bar. A wide list of world wine will seduce your palate and complete some of the most amazing dishes never brought before in the US.
Happy Hour Hours: Monday-Friday 4:30-7:00 (@ the bar only)
OFFER: Half Price Beer, Cocktails, Glasses of Wine
3 Appetizers Sampler $15
Half Off all wine bottles Wednesday & Sunday night!!
SUNDAY: Half Price Bottles of Wine!!

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RobL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Cozy dining. Waiter was annoying though. Meatball appetizer was really good. Would recommend for a date gathering

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louie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food

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LaurenP
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really great experience! food was great, wine was great and they did not rush us out at all!

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Richard
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never misses. Menu reflects a good combination of classics and seasonal fare. Every meal is high quality, fresh and exactly what you expect when ordering.

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CB105
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!!

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vipCtmom
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great meal and great service!

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vipmclennank
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nobu was a terrific server and bartender. The Happy Hour menu was just right for our work group of six!

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vipSersfina
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice place with a large yet very expensive wine list.
Service pretty good however waiter forgot to tell us the kitchen was closing. We did get to place our order.

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Eric
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love this place! the food is always incredible. Couldn't recommend it enough.

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vipAmyN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cotto before going to a performance at the Palace Theater in Stamford. Parking is easy right around the corner in the Bell Street Garage, or on the street, and the food was terrific. That is one talented chef they have there! I want to go back just to have the delicious halibut with spinach again. Service was wonderful, too. It looked like it would be fun as a couple to sit at the bar to eat, but we sat at a table and that was fine too.

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MARTINB
Poconos
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Also New Years Eve dinner

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Sundayniters
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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annon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was a disaster. At first they couldn’t find our reservation. We ordered drinks and after 15 minutes 2 of the 4 were served. The vodka martini was pink in color and was very salty. The substitute bartender evidently put olive juice in it. He refused to make any more drinks and our waitress asked if we would skip the cocktails and just get a bottle of wine. We canceled our orders and left

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I am so disappointed with this restaurant and the horrific way I was treated by the manager. On Saturday evening, my husband and I had dinner here. When we got the bill, I saw that my meal was charged $34, but on the menu it had said it was $29. I grabbed a menu to double check I hadn't been mistaken, and saw that it did say $29 for the meal. I called the waiter over and politely pointed it out - I was not upset, mistakes on checks happen all the time. He responded that due to market price, it went up and he was "supposed" to tell me that when I ordered. I said okay, but you didn't tell me.. He said that he could not change the amount and asked if I would like the manager to come speak with me, so I said sure. I wasn't even upset, I assumed the manager would come over and honor the price on the menu - not a big deal. This is not what happened. The manager came over and immediately started yelling at me that she could not believe I am complaining about $5. She said that anywhere you go, the price will change based on market prices. The $5 charge is not even what I am upset about - I am upset that the manager literally yelled at me for questioning the discrepancy between the menu and the bill. The manager took the $5 off after yelling at me and ridiculing me for asking about $5. I responded that we would not be coming back to the restaurant after she treated me this way, and she replied "good - don't come back." I've never in my life seen a manager of a restaurant treat customers this way. It is unfortunate that the potential for a good restaurant is run by someone who clearly does not know anything about how to run a business. The restaurant was empty on a Saturday night and now we know why.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to celebrate the holidays! Highly recommend! Food and service outstanding!!

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vipChari
New England
65 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The place was very quiet but our waiter didn't check on us to refill drinks. We finally had to flag him down even though there were only a few people in the restaurant. The food was good and we will come again. Just would have appreciated a little bit more attention.

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vipMatthewM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place, good food and atmosphere never disappoint

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vipCozyItalianFind
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was excellent for my large group of diners. We had a group of 10 and everyone was pleased with the level of service and the quality of the food that we ate. The atmosphere was pretty good, for a weekday evening. I would definitely go back there again if I was looking for a large group dining opportunity.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around. Food was great and very attentive staff.

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CB105
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loyal fans!

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Gemini24
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We looked at menu online & made reservation. We ordered oysters, octopus & pizza, the pizza oven was broken so they couldn’t make & that’s what we wanted so we just got the appetizers. The octopus was small, it looked like it was the last piece & gave us what they had, not work the money plus there was a hair in it, the oysters were very good, but can’t really mess up. Overall over priced for the portions.

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vipChuckieB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great find in downtown Stamford. Close to cinema and other nearby attractions. Very good food and great service. Only negative was pounding music, which was a little too loud for the space. Young and vibrant crowd!

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SusanH
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was excellent but the service terrible. We waited 30 mins before even putting in a drink order. And when we said to the hostess that we thought the waiter forgot about us, instead of apologizing, she said no, he’s just busy?!!

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vipMaryY
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly owner, delicious food!

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vipPatricia
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation but when we arrived the restaurant was closed. Very disappointed.

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vipMrsY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for lunch, food good but somewhat expensive for lunch and overall portion size. In my opinion the menu is also a bit 'disorganized'. I might go back but I'm certainly in no rush. This area of Stamford has a pretty high turnover rate, this will be soon.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

When I compare my dinning at Cotto vs. other restaurants in Downtown Stamford, their a bit more expensive than most. The menu is limited and the flavor profiles are ok but at the prices offered, not worth it. I would recommend Cask, Fish, Barcelona, Flinders Line, etc., before going to Cotto.

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CASma
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. We took Mom for Mother's Day. A very authentic Italian gathering spot. Loved the food and the servers.

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wendanca
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We just went for Mother’s Day and everything was excellent!! Loved the Italian music playing too. Perfect!

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GeneD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food for the money. Bar tender seemed overwhelmed however. The owner sat at the bar working on the computer. Very impersonal. He missed a great opportunity to engage, as brief as it may be.

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Lovetoeatout
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We had a 7 pm reservation and they did not have a table for us. Once we finally sat, they gave waters to 2 of the 4 of us and 15 min later we finally got waters for all of us. They brought out 1 appetizer and it took at least 10 minutes for the remaining appetizers to come out. They brought out 2 dinners and then it took a long time for them to bring the remaining dinners so the first 2 people's meals were cold by the time the other people were served. One of us had the lobster pasta. There was a lobster claw, it wasn't cracked and they did not provide anything to crack it open with. We asked for a spoon for one meal, the waitress said sure, and then never brought it. The food was fine, nothing special, and certainly not something worth sitting through such poor service for. We would not recommend this restaurant at all.

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CarolynK
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really wonderful meal but it was way too noisy to have a conversation

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KaiC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time I’ve been to this restaurant and I love it more every time I go, it’s really lovely and so is the staff, I can’t wait to go back!!!

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CynthiaI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Charming little restaurant with great service. Try the cod entree. The wine was terrific as well.

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vipEikiM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice little restaurant in Stamford next to the mall. Food was decent and service w as good.

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CarolynB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to give Cotto a try as we liked the looks of both their cocktail and food menus. We weren’t disappointed! Each of the four dishes we had was equally delicious – couldn’t even pick your favorite. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food was good and the place was recommended by a friend. Service for the most part was good but the server never told us about any of the specials, etc. As we were paying the bill the server near the table next to ours was explaining all the specials to them. It’s a shame.

Cotto Wine Bar Restaurant
Responded on 20 April 2019

Hi , Thank you for your candid review. I apologize that we didn't meet your expectations during your visit. It appears we didn't do a great job of explaining our specials to you and the style of serving. Please reach out to me directly, manila.ridolfi@gmail.c om, the next time you are coming in and I will personally make sure you enjoy your visit.

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vipCTFoodie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service, good pastas but very mediocre veal Milanese.

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CindyB
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I absolutely loved it! Staff was fantastic and accommodating. Can't wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food