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La Grotta - Richmond
La Grotta - Richmond

La Grotta - Richmond Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lagrottaristorante.com
  • Email: info@lagrottaristorante.com
  • Phone: (804) 644-2466
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • 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
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our party of twelve was served and taken care of efficiently and we were very comfortable with our setting and not crowded in. Mehmet our waiter was helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "When we find ourselves in Richmond, we find time to dine at La Grotta. They never disappoint. We wandered into the restaurant years ago on a cold afternoon. They were not open for the day yet but prepared a cappuccino and biscotti for two chilled people - on the house. We made reservations for that night and continue to come back whenever we can."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We came for a bachelorette party and the staff was very attentive and kind - teaching us some Italian phrases, making sure the Bachelorette didn't see the check, and generally entertaining us. Then the hostess offered to take photos for us! Not to mention the housemade pasta was fantastic, and they have a great (but affordable!) wine list."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "From start to finish, everything was delicious. The portions were plentiful and the desserts were outrageous!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I surprised my boyfriend to dinner here to meet the chef as he shared the same family name and it was an incredible experience! The food, the service, the ambience were all amazing! Chef Antonio Capece was so gracious and shared some hometown stories with us :) La Grotta will see us a lot more in the future :)"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Delicious ceasar salad and Veal scalloppi with asparagus, tomato, etc. Very nice evening. Helpful, knowledgeable server. Suggested a good wine - Aglianico del Vulture to complement our meal. ."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The restaurant was closed when we went for our reservation. We tried calling but there was no answer. The hours on the door and on the phone said they should have been open."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Hosted a dinner for out of town corporate visitors. A VERY successful evening!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Once again, we had a VERY good dinner at LaGrotta. I'm so happy we found this reastaurant on open table a few years ago. The food and service are always perfect and it is so obvious that the Chef takes pride in every plate that is served."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Without fail, you guys always seem to knock it out of the park! From the service to food to the ambiance, you always excel at making us feel like part of the family! I highly recommend La Grotta for your next evening out in Richmond...truly old style Italian!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "My girlfriend suggested La Grotta's for Valentines dinner so I booked it. The food, atmosphere and staff were fabulous. She enjoyed the fresh made lobster ravioli and I had filet of sole. It melted in our mouth. We finished it off with a made from scratch coconut cake that was the best I have ever eaten. Great job by the chef."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Dinner was fine. Nothing incredible but fine Italian food with attentive waiter."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Love to hit LaGrotta when I come to Richmond. Great food, fantastic specials and great service. Wonderful place to eat."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "The first word that comes to mind is Outstanding. We couldn't have asked for a better server. The food presentation and quality was 5 star. A great surprise for my wife's birthday. Can't wait to dine there again."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "This was some of the best food I have ever tasted. The service was outstanding. I would recommend the La Grotta to anyone who is looking for a cozy & romantic evening with their special someone."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "La Grotta is a wonderful dining experience. A place where you can take a date and have conversation without distraction. It was delightful to find a place where people were actually interacting with one another without using a phone. The food is amazing, and the service is on point without being obtrusive."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great Food and Great Service as always. I have eaten here on many occasions and will keep coming back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our friends recommended this restaurant highly and it definitely lived up to our expectations. I would not hesitate to return and will recommend it to others."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The restaurant itself is lovely inside. Prefect for a special date or occasion. The food itself was melt in your mouth outstanding. I am shocked I had to find this restaurant by myself. I will be recommending it to everyone."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Went on a Saturday evening prior to a Broadway in Richmond show. All in our party enjoyed what they ordered--Stuffed Veal, Rockfish, Salmon Ravioli, and Seafood Linguini. Wine list is nice. Service very attentive without smothering. Very enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "On a slow night, the front desk staff had to be found to seat us. The waitstaff were attentive but the food was very ordinary. One guest discribed her pasta dish as Chef Boyardee."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "we enjoyed the restaurant week menus better than the regular menu……just average"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We frequently take interviewees and clients to LaGratta. Food is always excellent, quiet enough to have a discussion and never feel rushed. Wait staff always have good wine and food recommendations. Usually get one of the specials, but menu items are also excellent. Appitizers are very good. Roasted peppers are to die for."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Weird experience here with friends. Our server remembered my husband from a previous time and reminded him that he brought the check early and my husband make a comment about that. Then he proceed to remember the food he had previously ordered and also the wine. My husband was embarrassed and thought that this was rude to bring up in front of friends. He also brought my husbands appetizer later than the others with no apologies. It was not the dining experience we thought it would be. We love the authentic Italian food here but the service leaves something to be desired. We won't be rushing back:("
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "What a great dinner! The lobster ravioli special was incredible! And they know how to do the carpaccio just right!! Mahmet, our waiter, completed the experience! Very knowledgeable and eager to make our dining experience perfect! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I'd enjoyed dining at the bar on previous visits (very entertaining bartender by the way) but this was my first sit-down meal at La Grotta. Very knowledgeable server who made excellent recommendations (including the appetizer special: Italian parmesan and pancetta) while striking the right level of attentiveness and pace for our meal. The kitchen created a delicious and visually appealing product; I thoroughly enjoyed the Salmone Adriatico & my date, her homemade ravioli."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Food was top notch and the service as professional as any place you will find in Richmond. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Enjoyed our dinner there. The food was good, solid fare; service was attentive and cordial."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "La Grotta was great. I drank a some nice Sangiovese and my wife had a equally good Pinot Grigio (both by the glass). We both decided on the 4-course meal. The Agnolotti alla Panna (Homemade ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese served in a light cream sauce) was delicious (we both got it). My Filetto al Pepe Verde (Sautéed filet mignon finished in a green peppercorn and cognac sauce) was superb. Her Gamberoni e Cape Sante Con Polenta Fra Diavolo (Sautéed jumbo shrimp and sea scallops with crushed red pepper, saffron in a tomato cognac sauce was very good. Service was excellent as any waiter seemed available if needed. We interacted with couples on both sides of us, which made for a fun time."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food was very good, but we went early (6:30) and the pace was hectic and crowded even that early. Can't imagine what it would be later. I like dinner at La Grotto better on non-holiday occasions because it felt overcrowded. One problem occurred because there are few places for coats and the weather was cold so people had to put coats on chair backs or on banquette seats already crowded to accommodate extra people."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Just moved to the area and headr about this place. Brought my out of town friends with me for New Year's Eve. Everything was perfect - the service, the food, the ambiance, etc. Only drawback was the parking. There needs to be more spaces."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great dining experience!! I read a couple of negative reviews and considered changing my reservation - I'm glad I didn't! I'll recommend La Grotta to anyone looking for a great place to dine in Richmond. Great wine selection, great service, tasty food and real nice/warm atmosphere. That's about all I need."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Superb fresh pasta with clams. As I ate my simple salad with house vinaigrette, I kept saying, "This is the best salad dressing I think I have ever had." Another in our party couldn't stop pointing to her "best" salad of fennel and radicchio and claiming that it transported her back to her time in Florence. The quiet and warm interior allows easy conversation, often rare in restaurants. The Gavi white wine was a treat. The server was helpful. Overall, a perfect experience enjoyed by all."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great experience from start to finish. Waiter attentive with excellent descriptions for wine and suggestions on menu items,enu is full but not overwhelming, and all food was truly flavorable."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I cannot think of how this birthday celebration could have been any better. Everything-- from Brad the bartender, Kyle our server, and Tony and Andrea the owners-- they all personally made our evening a "10". Tony went into his hidden wine cellar to find a bottle of our favorite wine which wasnt on the menu. The absolute best house made pasta (cannelloni)and tiramisu we've had this side of Italy! When we return to Richmond, no doubt about our also returning to La Grotta!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Amazing homemade pasta, great specials, fantastic wine selection."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "First visit to Richmond, and this was a recommendation. Great meal, lots of food, well prepared."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "love having dinner at LaGrotta. the food is fabulous and always get the teramisu"
    Dined on 12/7/2013