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La Grotta - Richmond
La Grotta - Richmond

La Grotta - Richmond Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lagrottaristorante.com
  • Phone: (804) 644-2466
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Owner-Chef Antonio Capece
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Restaurant closed from Monday, July 2, 2012 to Saturday, July 7, 2012. We will reopen on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:30 am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is available after 5pm in the parking deck on Virginia Street. Driving east on Cary Street, Virginia Street is located between 13th and 14th Streets on the right side. Other parking options include on-street parking and a variety of public parking garages within three blocks.
A word from La Grotta - Richmond
Seldom can you take a few steps in the South and find yourself completely transported to another continent. Yet, this is the experience of La Grotta. Take one step inside the door off the cobblestone street of Shockoe Slip and you’re suddenly in Northern Italy. Smell the roasted garlic and savor the rich flavors of innovative Italian cuisine paired with one of the fine wines that earned La Grotta the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Whether it’s a quiet romantic anniversary or a business meeting, La Grotta isn’t just dinner. It’s a destination.

Exclusive private rentals can be arranged for up to 134 guests. We also offer Semi-private dining or meetings in our Wine Cellar for up to 25 guests. Our Mezzanine level is perfect for parties of up to 42 guests. From Corporate meetings to Bridal Showers or Rehearsal Dinners, La Grotta will make your event special!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was prepared by chef (owner) Tony and was done to a "T". Medium rare filet was perfect as was the lamb chop. Our server, John, was very knowledgeable about the menu and exactly how the food was prepared. Never rushed us and was very atentative. For me the best was the pineapple cake Tony made. I could have eaten the whole cake! This is a place you should not miss if you like fine dining."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went for my birthday dinner on a Tuesday evening. From the moment we arrived everything was spectacular. We had reservations but our server allowed us to select a very romantic booth perfect for the occasion. The food was magnificent as was the wine and service. We will be returning to partake again. Personal note...the carpaccio was delicious...a must have.."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "It is kind of "old school" but very good and reasonably priced"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I came here on a rainy Saturday night, weren't sure what to expect... But it was perfect! Wasn't too bank breaking, but not something we could do every time we go out, huge wine selection, limited menu but we got two pasta dishes that were spectacular. Very happy with our decision to come here."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The last time I visited La Grotta was for a romantic dinner. It was wonderful, we were seated in the "grotta" and had wonderful food and service. This time, I visited for a luncheon with colleagues. Once again, the food and service were wonderful. This is one restaurant that over the years has been consistent in its commitment to service and fresh, original food offerings. My friend who has recently returned from a trip abroad, sat down and said "this is like being back in Italy!""
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "35 dollars for slimy cold Rockford with no shrimp as waiter described 'special' and three scallops that had actual sand in them. Go elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Always a pleasant dining experience at this restaurant. The food and the ambience can't be beat and is a perfect choice for dining in historic Shockoe Slip."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We found La Grotta quite by accident and it turned out to be the best meal during our 5 day trip. We recommend the 3 course meal with wine pairings. Do the math and you will see it is well worth the money. The chef knows what is in the food and can offer a wine that enhances every bite."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Dennis was extremely knowledgable about the food, what wine should be paired with each dish and was personable and accomodating. Has to be one of the best waiters we've ever had!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Our waiter Dennis was exceptional! Dennis was kind, patient and extremely informative. Dennis you made our visit to La Grotta a memerable one, you took the time to explain the dishes, wine, cheeses,, and gave us some history about the owner and the building.. The food and ambiance of the restaurant left us with an old world feel. We travel a lot and enjoy fine food, wine and the experience of a restaurants charm. Your restaurant meet all criteria. We will be returning and briging our friends."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent food and wine. Good set of selections. Excellent service without being intrusive. Very nice atmosphere"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "3 course wine dinner was a great option. Lots of choices and normal sized portions. Our waiter made several excellent suggestions."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday here. The food was good. The waiter was very knowledgeable and polite."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Great food and very good wine list. All pasta is homemade. Very friendly wait staff, good atmosphere. Somewhat pricey, so we generally go to celebrate some occasion."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary and it was amazing. Good wine selection. Food was amazing. Even put a little thing on our table saying happy anniversary. We got to set in the wine cellar area and such a good spot for a romantic evening"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was our third visit to LaGrotta. We brought dear friends that had never been. We chose the 3 course meal which was paired with wines for each course. Service excellent without rushing or long waits. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Great evening and we will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A great experience at the restaurant. Unfortunately, the other member of my party became very ill right after leaving."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First time at La Grotta. Nice atmosphere. Service wasn't overpowering, but our server was always around in case we needed anything. Seafood Medley was very generous. Can be very expensive according to your tastes. The wine list is extensive. A true Italian restaurant in Richmond."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had read great things, but we would rate La Grotta as one of our top5 dining experiences ever! Great fix prix meal options some that include wine. Service was excellent and the value was good. Homemade pasta was absolutely fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My meal at La Grotta was as delicious as anything I've had in Italy. Service was impeccable and the wine list was well selected and priced. The wine cellar room is perfect for a large group."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Chef is over the top and the service staff is very engaging, knowledgeable and efficient."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "In Shockoe Slip, great food in a nice atmosphere, fit for a special occasion. Good wine list."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "La Grotta is one of the top restaurants in Richmond and has remained so for many years. We had not visited in a while, but we found everything at the same high level we remembered. We were seated promptly--in the grotto!--and our server was quickly by our side to assist with wine selection and to provide us information on the daily specials. Prompt service, and superb food."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Era squisito! E un piacere. This was the second special occasion party I have organized at La Grotta. We were again transported to Northern Italy and will certainly return."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "For Fine Italian dining in historic Richmond there is no other restaurant that compared. There in house made pasta is perfectly prepared. Always opt for the special pasta of the day. I cannot eat coconut cake anywhere else in the country without being disappointed. This amazing desert should be given an award. I would recommend to anyone who has a true appreciation for perfectly prepared food. Thanks for another wonderful meal!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "La Grotta is the best Italian restaurant! Impeccable service & the food is to die for. Anything you order is prepared perfectly. Appetizer thru dessert is always fresh & delicious. A true dining experience. La Grotta was a special restaurant for us for years. We moved to Florida & try to stop in when we are in town. It has been 10 yrs since we ate there & this weekend was still tops. Please try this restaurant you will love it"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is a very atmospheric restaurant, like dining in a wine cellar. The staff are dignified and attentive, and the food is comparable to that I have had in Italy, as opposed to the American version. I have been there for both celebratory meals and romantic ones, and the ambiance works for both."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Wonderful !!!! Very friendly, warm staff. Great food."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I had noticed that La Grotta made Richmond's Top Ten Restaurants list a couple of years ago but hadn't had the opportunity to try it. LOVED everything about it. Honored our reservation in a timely manner, food was authentic and delicious (try the specials - yum!), service was impeccable, ambience perfect. You have to try it. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We were celebrating Mothers' Day, a college graduation and a wedding anniversary. Obviously, we wanted a special dinner to commemorate all of these celebrations. The food, service and atmosphere at La Grotta did not disappoint. Even though it was a holiday, our service was exceptional. Our server was friendly, helpful, and attentive. Everyone's meals were served hot and delicious. All in all, a delightful experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food is always delicious - pay attention to the specials! Service is attentive, and the noise level is subdued enough to have a conversation. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I brought my boyfriend here for Restaurant Week and we really enjoyed the unique and delicious menu. The fresh pasta was a great treat and the tiramisu was fantastic. It definitely has an authentic feel, from the decor to the great food. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Went to several restaurants taking advantage of the 2014 Richmond restaurant week deals. It was by far the best selection. We were quickly seated. Had excellent service. Despite the limited options of the menu our selections were well prepared and thoroughly enjoyed. Plan to come back again!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We did have to wait for our table despite having reservations. However, the food is always delicious, the service is top notch. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Went to La Grotta for Restaurant Week with some friends. I liked that the restaurant was offering both the regular menu and the restaurant week menu. Though our party all ordered from the special menu, it was nice to see what else they offered. Everything was delicious. Pasta was fresh, food was well cooked. I found myself using the mashed potatoes on my plate to sop up the delicious sauce left from the chicken. My only complaint is that the list of wine by the glass is really short, and way overpriced. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times and this was the first negative experience we've had. Our waiter was very inexperienced and unprofessional. He did not fill our water or wine glasses . He needed prompting to tell us the specials. I ordered a $34 bottle of wine and was told they no longer carried it. I ordered a second $3( bottle and was brought a glass. I was told that they only had a glass left. So that meant I had to move up to the higher priced wines. I suggested that since they didn't have the wines listed on the menu that the night substitute a wine for the same price and was told they wouldn't do that(this is standard practice anywhere I have ever been). My husband ordered the chicken with artichokes and received a WING! No kidding!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Good romantic spot to take your wife/girlfriend. Ambience was perfect. The waiters (at least ours and several others) actually spoke Italian, which made it even more cool. I felt a little underdressed with a polo and nice kahki shorts, but wasn't scrutinized. Look up parking online before you go, or call restaurant for details. It's free around the corner to the southeast. Food was spectacular. Service could have been a little faster, but it was a busy night. Overall, an easy 4 out of 5. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "When arriving, we were immediately greeted, and seated. Our waiter / servers were attentive and polite, as well as knowledgeable, but not overbearing or aloof. The wine recommendation was a perfect match for the meal, and the food was excellent. Courses were served with good timing, neither rushed or too slow. The home made ravioli (appetizer) was full of flavor, the sausage stuffed quail was excellent, and the tiramisu had just the right espresso kick. Food portions were generous without being too great, as we quite satisfied at the end of the evening. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "La Grotta doesn't look like much from the outside, but the inside is very romantic and beautiful. We were seated in the wine cellar and it was quiet. The food was delicious...I highly recommend the ravioli!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014