Sotto

4.4
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144 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Charming and intimate, Sotto is an underground bar, restaurant, and live music venue brought to you by Ari Gejdenson and his Mindful Restaurant Group team. Recreating the experience in an old school jazz club, this hidden gem is located below sister restaurant Ghibellina, and it showcases artfully crafted cocktails, rustic Tuscan cuisine, and the best musicians in D.C. A great spot for either an intimate date or a large group gathering, and everything in between.

Please be aware of a few house rules:

1. We look forward to having you join us and are happy to hold your table for up to fifteen minutes. To contact us with a special request, please email info@sottodc.com
2. Ticketed events can be purchased in our website for $15 or at the door $20 per person to be included in your bill.
3. Your ticket grants you reservation only for the selected showtime.
4. Please note your ticket grants you a seat, you might be asked to share a table.
5. You must be 21 or older.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 17:00–22:30
Fri, Sat 17:30–23:30
Late Night
Tue–Thu 17:00–23:30
Fri, Sat 17:30–00:00
Happy Hour
Tue–Sat 17:00–19:00
Bar
Tue–Thu 17:00–00:00
Fri, Sat 17:00–01:30
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Phone number
(202) 803-2908
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Cross Street
Between Q and Corcoran NW
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Parking Details
Valet is available directly in front of the restaurant
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Public Transit
We are located in the neighborhood of Logan Circle and accessible by bus and/or metro.
The closest metro stops include:
*U Street African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo - Green Line
*Dupont Circle - Red Line
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Entertainment
Sotto offers free live music nightly - check our website for music schedule.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 144 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RO
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good music and good food, but a little loud on the sitting area. Food is overpriced.

SD
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the decor and the general feel of the place. The service impeccable and the food is always the best. It is my favorite restaurant and only a block away from lucky me.

KJ
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Attended the comedy show in the basement. Food portions are way too small for the price. Place is very dark and hard to read the menu. Food average nothing to brag about.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Not what we expected. Closes very early Sunday.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This place is okay if youve got nothing going on and want to be in a lively space. Basic lack of communication and mismanagement make this a mediocre spot at best. Wouldn't go out of my way to go here again.

DF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent entertainment

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DP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Came in for date night on a Tuesday. To our surprise we didn’t need a reservation since the restaurant was empty. In addition to a comedy show about to be performed. Overall everything was great but the food could use a little more seasoning though.

DL
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent music venue. Large stage for musicians. Good acoustics. Tables not crowded together. Food from Ghibellina is excellent. Service Outstanding.

f
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. The Bartenders are your guide to nirvana. The ambience was perfect and on Tuesday evening there is phenomenal comedy with great local and rising star comedians. Go, Eat, Drink, Laugh, Drink some more

SS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall4food3service2ambience3

The music is wayyyy too loud. I understand that when a band is playing that the music may be at a higher level however, on breaks, the house music was too loud. It was difficult for the bartender and servers to hear us when speaking.

AM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my son to get the jazz experience... it was everything we wanted and more. The food was phenomenal!

AR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Wonderful wait staff and great jazz music. The meal was delicious!

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I visited Sotto for a performance and prepaid for tickets. When we arrived there was no host/hostess to seat us. We found someone who was behind the bar and he sat us. Service was extremely slow. The waiter kept apologizing saying they were short handed. There was only 1 bartender working for the whole place. I enjoyed the musical performance and the food but the service was just too slow. I found the drinks to also be on the expensive side but I understand they have a happy hour.

p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The jazz group was young, hot and great musicians! The food...especially my pasta was excellent as was our pate....my daughter loved her salad....the service was a bit slow but I loved the ambience! Peggy M Spates

JM
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second pre-theater dinner at Sotto, and I still appreciate that the happy hour menu is available at the tables, not just the bar. The happy hour drink and food specials changed since our last visit, and everything we've eaten or drunk here has been excellent.

S
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We attended during DC jazz fest and the show and location was great. We had a large group but there were also small tables. Food, music, drinks and location was great!

OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great show, met new friends, food was delish, service was excellent & we will become frequent customers.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Sotto several times - for happy hour and most recently for dinner before a show. Lighting, decor and service all work together to give intimate vibes. Plus there’s live music which is always a win.

s
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time for my first time!! For food I had a cheese board and the spinach risotto it was good just a lot to finish!! awesome service from the bartenders can’t remember her name but she has a cut with a ponytail! Totally had a good time even though my date sucked lol glad they had jazz!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the black squid ink pasta was amazing! Ambience was sexy! Servers were good.

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Fun place in

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Live jazz.

VM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Music and Tap performance was fantastic!! Mr. Tyler Leak & Co. were Fabulous!! Awesome time for a mid week outing!! Drinks always superb!!

JM
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I like that we didn't have to sit at the bar to get happy hour specials. Food, drink, and service were all excellent. It was quiet when we arrived for our pre-theater dinner but was picking up as we left. We missed the evening music and the post-theater pizza specials, but we'll be back.

JD
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyes the happy hour food and drink options, service, dinner options, ambiance, live music, and location.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening - good music, great staff. My wife and I had a great date and will definitely go back the next time we're in DC.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice evening at Sotto, but I️ forgot about the live music when reserving and the occasion and group weren’t appropriate for the atmosphere. That’s on me, though. Aside from some occasional slow-ish service, our food and drinks were well done and enjoyed.

C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place to hang with friends. Food was great. small plates to share which was nice. We were able to make a reservation for 10 people online which is unheard of in DC so that was super convenient. The band was awesome. Not too loud but vibrant. Very energetic.
Make a reservation!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We were surprised to to find that we would have has to pay a $20 cover charge if our dinner reservation lasted past 9pm. We had 8 pm reservations! We ate quickly and left. The place was nice but very small and crowed. The wait staff seemed overwhelmed but the live music was GREAT! I would definitely go back just for the show next time

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sotto continues to be one of my favorite spots in DC. Creative cocktails; great food with satisfying portions; unique ambiance. Highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and live music was even better. Totally coming back in the near future.

FD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we had a good time. food was good. small portions. the band announced in the website was not the one playing.

B
Denver
104 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

very stylish place, good music--though generally too loud for talking.....tasty food but more like tapas portions, so-pricey for what it is

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a date. It doesn’t get crowded on Saturday night until around 9:00 pm. So make early reservations if you want a quiet dinner.

w
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, music, entertainment and atmosphere!

HO
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Music was great, food not so great.
We had apps during happy hour. - not very good, the cold calamari salad wasn’t cold and was mostly mushy potatoes.
We decided to just enjoy the music and skip dinner.
i would not go back to eat there.

KC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an around great evening. Nicole Saphos was terrific,

GW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The ribs and cauliflower were the only good plates to order. The sausages were over cooked but since I already sent back the pork belly since they were also over cooked and had more fat than meat, I ate some of the sausage. The cheese plate was good but it's hard to mess that up. The bar service was good so I will go back for drinks and music only.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a reservation for a group of 10 friends, some of whom had never met. We were given the semi-private space near the door. It was beyond perfect. We all ordered the craft cocktails (they are Beyonce themed) and everyone was very happy with their selections. The food was also excellent. We ordered 2-3 small plates per person. There was not a single issue with our orders, and we were a fairly demanding group (meaning, we were ordering a lot of food and drink throughout the dinner). The amazing live jazz music was the cherry on top. Our waiter was Dominic, and he was fantastic. Never dropped the ball, attentive but not overbearing, and accommodated all of our requests.

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very accommodating and nice atmosphere with band playing in the background.

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