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COTTO, Hereford, Herefordshire

COTTO

4.4
4.4
575 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Located in the heart of Hereford, COTTO is an Italian restaurant and cocktail bar offering contemporary dining in a relaxed and vibrant setting. Our food comes from the vast larder of authentic Italian cooking with an added modern twist. We really love what we do, mixing good honest cooking with great service. COTTO is all about quality, provenance and fun – and bringing tasty food to your plate.

You can watch chef’s in action at the open-kitchen bar or simply enjoy fine dining in the atmospheric depths of COTTO’s interior.

COTTO’s cocktail bar also brings the excitement and flamboyance of Naples to Hereford, with an expertly curated selection of Neopolitan classics, along with some old friends

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Sat 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01432 264836

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Francesco Aldorasi Sanford

What 575 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. BH

    BarbaraH

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous modern Italian cooking. Great ambience and friendly atmosphere. Light and airy, bistro-style. Lunch, dinner or a coffee. Lovely.
  2. CT

    ChrisT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Good quality food but over priced for what you get, I paid 15.50 for a calamari stater, which consisted of about 6 small rings of squid on a base of Rocket leaves, with a side of dip. Nice but so expensive. Pizza was nice but small for the price of 16.
  3. o

    orsino

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Menu had become very pizza driven and limited Service was amateurish
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Found the menu was limited and if GF would have struggled, that being said we did find options and it was delicious
  5. MC

    MarkC

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant in the heart of Hereford. The service was outstanding. Lovely, friendly staff who couldn’t do enough for us. The food was amazing so please do not be put off by the small menu. It is well worth a visit and we would definitely go back.
  6. MM

    MikeM

    Herefordshire

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Found the decor to be very appealing, good start. The table service was second to none, staff very friendly and welcoming. The menu was very limited, being a italian restaurant you would expect a greater variety of pasta dishes. The starters were good, then we both selected pizzas because of the restricted pasta dishes. The pizzas were poor, my wifes Margarita was soggy based and not very tasty, it wasn't very appetising. My spicey sausage pizza was quite tasty, well the topping was but the base was bland. We both had nice sweets, but overall we were both disappointed with the dining experience and we have agreed we will not be returning.
  7. AC

    ACBi

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, amazing drinks and wonderful service, AS ALWAYS!
  8. ER

    EthanR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good service, food arrived quickly and great presentation of food. Would definitely recommend
  9. D

    Dominus

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    A little disappointing. The food was OK, but distinctly ‘average’ and not worth the exorbitant prices. Our two mains were over cooked: prawns had turned to mush and sausage had burnt in the pan. At £18 for a main course, one expects something better than one can cook at home. The service was fine, although the hostess was working noticeably harder than her staff. The main problem was that the kitchen is on full show—not usually a problem, but in this case we were able to see the utter chaos in the kitchen and overhear the rather loud disagreements between the cooks and the front-of-house. Not a very relaxing experience and we won’t be returning.
  10. SM

    SueM

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Cotto is an average Italian inspired restaurant. The starter (sardines) was okay, but stingy for the price. The mains were okay: palatable, but nothing special. The woman at the next table enjoyed her pizza, we had pasta. Not really to our taste, but many may like it. Lovely simple decor. Pleasant wait staff.
  11. JW

    JamesW

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Like so many places obviously understaffed, ordered cocktails at the bar whilst we waited for our party to join us, it took a full 20 minutes to get our drinks. The menu was very limited compared to their on-line typical menu, with very few meat options, that said the food when it arrived was delicious. If you don’t love seafood dishes then extra limited. Would not rush back, as the service although pleasant was just too slow.
  12. MA

    MikeAnne

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a lovely evening at Cotto. The food was all wonderfully fresh and delicious, also different from the standard Italian restaurant. Very helpful and nice staff, so we will definitely return.
  13. JC

    JohnC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was lovely, but service was quite slow - however, we understand that they were short - staffed on the night, so this was probably a one-off.
  14. KB

    KristaB

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully prepared food. Good portion size. We had a cocktail each too. Very good service. Would recommend
  15. M

    Mpro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    A little disappointed after this visit. We checked the online menu beforehand but the menu on the evening was missing the food that we were hoping to order. Apparently certain items are removed on weekends as take more time to make? Confusing as I would imagine that is the best time to offer their best menu.? Desert menu all very similar options. Did not have the drinks we wanted on the evening either as had sold out. Waitress was lovely but service was slow. Food we ordered was ok once arrived.
  16. CP

    ChristinaP

    Herefordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First visit we found it a lovely place to dine My vegan risotto was really salty but otherwise tasty My vegan dessert choice was limited and both were cocktails so disappointed despite effort to give me a third choice.. mother cocktail for dessert Everyone else happy with their choices
  17. 5

    5nakey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, friendly staff and tasteful decor.
  18. AP

    AndrewP

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service . Ambient venue with well thought out seating plan
  19. J

    Jules8

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always very consistent and reliably good. Ate early which was nice (5pm).
  20. W

    Whitestone

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Parked around the corner free on-road. Welcomed and shown conservatory table first, but then opted for inside table which suited us better, no problem to move us. Menu choices good, given sample glasses of wine before choosing. food delicious with friendly service.
  21. LF

    LocalFoodie

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice starters, range of cocktails, variety of mains/desserts
  22. RJ

    RodricJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cotto is a really lovely restaurant - our food was delicious, the atmosphere is always great. Have never had a bad meal here and always really enjoy it. Thanks
  23. T

    Tany

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant is always clean, staff are always friendly and helpful and the food is always amazing. Chef was so sweet and even made us extra because he knew we were sharing!
  24. T

    Tracy

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Not as good as usual. Was told we were unable to order pizza due to a dough issue only to find out it was still available and on the menu. Lobster pasta pretty salty. Salmon pasta not great. This has been a favourite go to restaurant recently and one to look forward to. Maybe just one of those evenings.
  25. P

    Popl

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Lovely looking restaurant but unfortunately the food does not live up to the same standards. Only one vegetarian option from the mains and absolutely no regard for any dietary requirements for my friend who was served food with something she is allergic to after being told it didn't. The waiting staff were lovely though. Expensive and disappointing. Would not recommend. I think they need to up their game.
  26. AM

    AnnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the meal and restaurant very much. The decor was tasteful, the staff very helpful, but unobtrusive. We would happily go again.
  27. VW

    VictoriaW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great - service was faultless overall a good night had by all highly recommended
  28. AC

    AndrewC

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was poor , an hour seated and only had starter , very little communication between waitress and customer. and that was the owner . Food was very good .
  29. IS

    IanS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent - both quality and presentation. A nice ambience. Good to see an open kitchen, which marks out a confident chef.
  30. NB

    NicB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food, great service, a little gem in Hereford. Highly recommend!
  31. EB

    ElizabethB

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious sea bass and saffron risotto. Also highly recommend the gnocchi, light with a tasty sauce. Friendly and efficient service. A favourite of mine in Hereford. Highly recommend.
  32. RD

    RachaelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty food and friendly service would recommend
  33. EJ

    EJane

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Avoid at all costs. Waited an unacceptable hour and twenty minutes for our 3 main courses (having chased for them several times). When they finally arrived, they were absolutely disgusting - Parmigiana was a sloppy bowl of tasteless mush and the Papardelle Ragu looked equally unappetising and had a very strange ‘chemical’ taste and smell to it. Both of these meals were inedible. The steak was cooked as requested but hidden under a bag of salad leaves and a total rip-off at £25. We decided to cut our losses and leave, so asked to speak to the Manager to register our extreme disappointment and frustration about the whole evening. To say he missed the class in Charm School when it comes to dealing with customers is a spectacular understatement. Rather than apologise and try and make things right, he rudely asked me whether I even knew what Parmigiana was. Excuse me?? He then went on to say he was from Naples and knew exactly how it should be served; that he served over 50 dishes of it each day and had never had a complaint. I pointed out that he had one now. Long and short of it was we told them we’d pay for the starters and drinks we’d had but we were not prepared to pay for the main courses that we’d left uneaten. The waitresses were brilliant and incredibly apologetic so hats off to them for trying to put things right. After a lot of wrangling about the bill, we left. We will not be returning.
  34. RE

    RachelE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Didn’t enjoy the food - the waiter was pleasant and friendly The lady at the bar was helping herself to spirts off the shelf and drinking it when the staff were serving
  35. D

    Danielle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was absolutely fantastic, all staff members were excellent and so pleasant. Only thing we thought could be improved was the timing. We waited over 90 minutes for our main which left us 20 before parking was up. Chefs were flat out and working hard but maybe they need either more people cooking or less guests in 🤷 overall tho food was definitely on point 👍
  36. J

    Jabyline

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We loved the style of Cotto, especially the cocktail bar. The wait for food was a little longer than we would have liked but understandable in the current circumstances. Everyone in the party enjoyed their meal and we will definitely return. If you like Italian food you will not be disappointed.
  37. ST

    SamT

    Herefordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here & it won’t be the last! Good food great service & a lovely settling!
  38. D

    Dicky

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my wife and her three sisters and husbands Saturday night evening was great food excellent well done all the team
  39. R

    Rose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, lovely atmosphere and brilliant service
  40. AS

    AndrewS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food luvly decour freindly helpful cheerful staff Firm prices but well worth it for special occasions

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COTTO is rated 4.4 stars by 575 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for COTTO

8 Broad Street, Hereford, Herefordshire HR4 9AP

Additional information

  • Area

    Hereford

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Sat 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Francesco Aldorasi Sanford

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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