About Sotto Sopra
Baltimore, MD 21201
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
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00 - 9:00pm Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
Mulberry and Franklin St.
$31 to $50
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Opera Night: Once a month on a Sunday evening, Sotto Sopra offers a multi-course pre-fixe menu along with live opera performances. Check our website for each month's menu.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly Live Opera Nights with a multi course dinner.
Credit card secured reservations required at 410-625-0534 (credit cards will be charged for cancellations 48 hours or less).
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The ambiance of Sotto Sopra's 19th century building in Baltimore's cultural district is the perfect partner with our contemporary Italian cuisine in creating special memories. Whether a rehearsal dinner,small wedding reception, family celebration or corporate events Sotto Sopra makes you the star.
Sotto Sopra Ratings and Reviews
Absolutely wonderful! Gorgeous old world setting and wonderful Italian food. We lucked out and it turned out to be live jazz night (Wednesday). The trio that performed would have fit right in at an upscale restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The restaurant was pretty full, so the service was a bit slow, but understandably so. We did the whole thing: cocktails, appetizers, main course, and dessert. It was all first rate. We will definitely be back.
I have eaten here a few times and is my go to spot...but this time when we went I took another couple with my husband and I and the service was horrible. The man who waited on us never said you're welcome when we said thank you, was annoyed we wanted seperate checks, never came back to see if our food was up to the standard, also came and got the checks after we had paid before we even left...RUDE. The food is usually really really good but this time our Flatbread was burnt and my squid inked pasta had no flavor, my husbands ravioli was not good either. I don't think we will be going back anytime soon.
Front desk was most helpful in planning for nine of us to celebrate a birthday. No plating charge for bringing a cake which is great. It was opera night and sold out which might be the reason our waiter was rushed. Drinks were finished and we hadn't ordered yet - had to flag him down a few times. The sauce on my appetizer was overly salty and the entree pasta a tad overcooked. Everyone else said their food was good. The opera singers were wonderful we all loved them they even sang Happy Birthday when cake was served. All in all a great evening even with the service missteps. Live music in a beautiful romantic setting makes this worth a return trip. A bit pricey but worth it.
My wife and I were just going out for a much needed date night, and we were thrilled with our experience. Everybody was so nice, we had a wonderful server, and even the people in the dining room were friendly. The food was incredible, and reasonably priced. We will definitely be back! Wonderful experience!
First time at Soto Soppra. Ambience is beautiful. Our server, Allison, was knowledgeable about the menu, attentive but not hovering, and was incredibly friendly. She recommended the pork ossobucco over wild mushroom risotto. The pork was mouthwatering and the risotto was rich and earthy. We shared the mussels to start. They were the biggest mussels we've ever seen! They were served in a coconut milk and curry sauce and were divine. We finished with the chocolate molten lava cake which was decadent. All in all amazing. Can't wait to go back.
The food, the waitress and venue is very good. However, with reservation booked we had to wait for 30 minutes.
Obviously those responsible reserved more tables than there is. It was very bad and embarrassing to have been through it. So I suggest people think twice before booking.
We dined her on Saturday night and it was crazy busy. We had to wait about 15 minutes despite having a reservation. But service was great and food was delicious. We originally had some concerns thinking that due to the craziness that the food or service would not be up to the usual -- we were so wrong. everything was perfect! especially the pistachio Crème Brule.
I've always enjoyed Sotto Sopra. The food is good and well-presented, and the price for lunch is reasonable for a fixed-price menu. We were there on the late side of the lunch hour and there were very few other people in the restaurant. Even so, service was very slow. I appreciate that the kitchen made each dish to order, but it took longer than it should have to get bread (for which you pay), unless they were baking it for us. Also, coffee after the meal arrived without cream or sugar. I drank my espresso without them because it would have been cold by the time the cream & sugar arrived. We were at one of three occupied tables in the restaurant by this point.
Surprisingly Good. The wife and I stopped by on whim after going to a tasting at a hotel that was horrible. We enjoyed the restaurant week menu. The wife had the salmon dish and I had the prime rib. Both entrees were delish! The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was vibrant. I think I will try to restaurant again...but this time with a little more planning.
We visited for restaurant week. The food was truly excellent. The chef's creations were delicious and visually pleasing. The fish was cooked to perfection. The number of selections on the restaurant week menu far exceeded those of other restaurants. The staff was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable and all food was served at the appropriate temperature. This was my first visit to Sotto Sopra and it will not be my last!
Excellent fine dining experience! Servers were friendly, and anticipated every need.
Food tasted delicious and food temperature was just right. Clean, classy, hot spot for fine dining on Charles street (historically known for nice great places to eat and shops).
The wait staff was friendly and professional. The meal timing was excellent. The cioppino was well put together with clams, mussels, fish, lobster, shrimp and just the right amount of vegetables with a delicious broth. Very nice. The room is gorgeous with murals, heavy drapes, and mirrors. Tables very close which made some of the serving difficult. All in all a delightful relaxing and delicious repas.
They overbooked and we ended up going to another restaurant . We arrived and were told that they needed 15 minutes to seat us. We came back in 15 minutes and were advised that they needed 10 more minutes. We returned and were asked to wait another 10 minutes. Once 10 minutes passed, we returned to check on the table, and the hostess said that we were next on the list but couldn't let us know how long it would take to be seated. At this point we decided to dine elsewhere.
We were seated an hour after our reservation - understandable because it was restaurant week but service could have been a little better. Hostess did ask us our preference in tables - we chose not to go for the tiny two-person table in the corner with no light by the bathroom! Food was worth it and wine list was great.
To be fair, I'll admit we did visit during restaurant week. I arrived early for my reservation and was told I won't be seated for 30mins.
The layout of the restaurant lacks a formal waiting area and bar seating was limited that night. Fortunately we only had to wait for 10 mins.
Within ten minutes of being seated our waiter demanded we place our order for all three courses. Besides that the service was somewhat pleasant.
The best Gnocci di Ricotta I've had in downtown Baltimore is what comes to mind.
Thanks Chef Cohen!
All in all it was a good experience, I visit again in the future.
This has been one of my most disappointing experiences at a restaurant. Sotto Sopra was our favorite until this last experience. I came here with my son for his bday the night before he was leaving for a new job/new life/venture. I chose a restaurant I thought would create a special experience and I wrote this in advance. Omg, it was the opposite. We were seated in the worst area, worst table- by the bathroom and kitchen. Noisy with a wobbly table. I had no idea it was restaurant week but thought it would still be up to par- not! The beet salad I've had atleast a dozen times here was half the size and disappointing. I told my son, they have the best Branzino- not anymore - this was a minuscule portion and the dish was sooo disappointing. I'd rather have had the regular menu if this is what they do during restaurant week- but they shouldn't have. To me the $70 was a waste and it was not special. I feel bad writing this but I'm honest and I was disappointed and should have gone elsewhere for this last meal and a bday meal that turned out not as special as I requested.
We arrived at Sotto Sopra for our 6:45 P.M. reservations to find the restaurant bustling – it was packed for Restaurant Week. The hostess apologized that our table was not ready. It seems the guests were having such a good time that they were not leaving. We can understand that. Riccardo offers one of the finest menus for Restaurant Week in all of Baltimore. He does not offer just a few appetizer, entrees and desserts; he presents you with lots of scrumptious choices. You are able to really get a sense of what the restaurant has to offer.
We decided we would take the first table that came available, and were seated in the front corner, which turned out to be a little quieter. Our server, Amanda, is a true credit to the restaurant. She was upbeat, welcoming and attentive. We know how busy she was; but she did not let it bother her at all. You would have thought we were the only ones in the restaurant, she was that good.
We each started with something different: Insalata Caprese (fresh mozzarella, tomato confit, with a balsamic glaze), Polenta Fritta Bergamot (fried polenta, truffle sea salt, with a paprika aioli), and Finocchiona e Burrate in Insalata (fennel salami, Burrata cheese and arugula). Our second courses were Ravioloni di Zucca con Salsiccia (homemade pumpkin ravioloni, amaretto cookies, and sausage, with an Alfredo Parmesan sauce), pan seared Salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes, wilted spinach, and a warm tartar sauce, and a pan seared Branzino Filet with sautéed potato cubes, spinach, in a salmoriglio sauce. They were beautifully plated and presented. We finished with raspberry and strawberry sorbets and 2 panettone bread puddings – a lovely way to end a fine dining experience.
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