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“Not all that”
Review of Sotto Sopra

Sotto Sopra
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Ranked #33 of 2,047 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Mulberry and Franklin St.
Transit: Downtown Trolley - Free Circulator
Description: 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 contemporary Italian cuisine adapting farm-to-table and incorporating regional specialties. 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, $18. Sotto Sopra invites you to dine for lunch; Monday through Saturdays and dinner every evening. Eat.Drink.Sleep.Dream--Italian. Check out our monthly Opera Nights with live performances and multi-course dinner.
Severn, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not all that”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We went to this tratorria style Italian restaurant for our (adult) son's birthday. He picked it because of the glowing reviews he saw online. We had reservations for 6:30. We were told when we arrived (on time) that our table was not ready but it would be about 10-15 minutes. There was no wait line when we got there. Okay, kind of annoying, but we smiled and said "fine." Thirty five minutes later, after several apologies, we were finally seated. As a gesture they comped us an appetizer. Not one that we picked mind you, but one that they just brought to the table. It was some type of bread (tasted like corn bread) with a sauce on it that none of us really cared for. We ended up ordering other appetizers, which we paid for. Our party of four each ordered different entrees, ranging from seafood to a pasta dish. All the entrees were rather small, but looked nice. They were all flavorful, but nothing special. We had a bottle of wine with our meal, one of the lesser expensive Italians, which was still nonetheless $48.00. Two of our party had desesrts, which were "okay," but again nothing special, and were also microscopic in size. The wait staff was courteous and attentive, but overall the service was exceptionally slow. The place was also extremely dimly lit, and for the prices charged, you normally would get a tablecloth covering the table. All in all, the Sotto Sopra was an "okay" expeience, but you could go to nearby Little Italy and get just as good, or better a meal at about half the price. I would not go out of my way to return: too expensive and mediocre, from food to service to atmosphere to decor, for the price. I'll wager that alot of the favorable reviews were done by patrons who went during restaurant week. Also, I think some people have the perception of a fantastic meal if they have to take out a loan to pay for it. If you want to find an Italian restuarant that you can't wait to re-visit, try one of the many fine eateries in nearby Little Italy.

  • Visited February 2013
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MD
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“great lunch, great value, lovely dining room”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We tried this because of restaurant week, but found out the lunch special is always a deal. The mussels were delicious, I asked for a spoon to finish up the broth filled with curry and leeks. Yum. Cheesecake excellent, and light as a feather. Husband had a pasta dish that truly tasted Italian, light and fresh. Nice wine by the glass selections. Server was excellent, good natured, upbeat, helpful, even during this busy week. I agree with another review - skip Little Italy and try this Mt Vernon place if you are in the mood for Italian. Portions for lunch not huge, just right, leaving room for dessert and coffee.

  • Visited February 2013
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baltimore
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“My favorite Italian restaurant in the city”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I used to live in Italy, and this place is fantastic! It's not your "Grandma's spaghetti and meatballs". It's true, authentic Northern Italian cuisine! It's a bit pricey but well worth the experience. Staff is pleasant, knowledgeable, and always go out of their way to make our meal pleasant!

Visited January 2013
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Bethesda, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“Lively townhouse with very good Italian fare”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Came in without reservations on Saturday night of Restaurant Week--totally booked but we were ushered to the bar for dinner. Found two spot at the end that proved to be roomy and afforded a great view of the lively crowd, probably a better view than from a table. While it was jam-packed with tables close to one another, we were surprised that two tables for two were empty throughout our stay--maybe no shows. We were most welcomed at the bar by the bartender and associated staff--she knew all about the food choices on the $30 three course fixed menu( appetizer/main/desert). Mussels and beet salad/ mahi-mahi/braised beef/bread pudding/pear tart were our choices--all very good and good value. Wouldn't say outstanding but the whole experience was greater than the sum of its parts. Would very much like to return to sample the regular menu on a not so crowded evening.

  • Visited January 2013
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Berkeley, CA
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40 reviews
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“Super-Tuscan food and wines”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This restaurant was a welcome respite from a cold January night. The decor is "classic" with a twist - huge mirrors on one side, painted murals with "broken" mirror pieces on the other. Very theatrical. The menu is the right size - not too large, and not so small the one feels restricted. The lamb tartare is a twist on a classic, as is the roast chicken with fennel and mushrooms. The semolina cake with figs was a perfect ending to a fantastic meal.

  • Visited January 2013
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