La Grotta - Richmond
La Grotta - Richmond

La Grotta - Richmond

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lagrottaristorante.com/
  • Phone: 8046442466
  • 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: 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 WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
La Grotta - Richmond reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (39)special occasion (38)notable wine list (31)neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (18)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great Restaurant Week Pick!
    altumax
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Food was outstanding and expertly prepared, plated, and delivered. Great service also made this night a worthwhile and memorable one indeed. It was a little loud and was constantly busy since the layout was a bit strange and we were seated very near to the kitchen. Even with that, though, this is a solid 4-4.5 star pick! We will definitely be back again sometime when we come up with another excuse to indulge :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    always a favorite of ours....food was superb and so was the service from Ben, our waiter....Great for special occasions
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REAL ITALIAN TASTE
    MIRKOISN
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had the occasion to had dinner two days ago at La Grotta and I've really enjoyed the food. I am Italian so I can recognize if the food is real Italian tasting or not and I can say with no doubt that all the dish we've tried were delicious !! And the wine list is really remarkable !
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    Stevethecritic
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed this experience very much. The server, John, knew the menu and was very attentive and pleasant. The food was absolutely delicious, much more than we expected after viewing their web site. Our hat is off to the chef for a meal that was far superior, in our experience, to TV Chef Ramsey's NY restaurant. La Grotta's web site doesn't do their establishment justice, they need to get a different web master. The only complaint is there is not sufficient parking for the number of restaurants in the small locality. We parked 30 feet from a tow sign and there was a car in front of us and we still got a $60 ticket, it's a rip! The police have got to lighten up or get more specific with their signs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    While the atmosphere is very romantic, the food was very average. Given the cost of the entrees, one would expect much better. Richmond has become a foodie hot spot and this restaurant is in danger of falling way behind.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as always!
    DelightedDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The entire staff at La Grotta does such a fantastic job of making you feel extra special when you walk in. The service combined with outstanding food makes this a memorable experience. Thank you Andrea and Tony!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great place with a few warts
    LiveToDine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our son, a student at U of Richmond found La Grotta and raved. We went as a group of six. Suffice to say all the food in the restaurant is made onsite except the ice cream. Bread and pasta all made on site. We enjoyed a great bottle of wine. We were already planning the graduation party there when the check arrived and there were 3 problems: 1) When we ordered our meal the server asked which salad would we like, as if it was included with the meal. It wasn't - everything is ala carte. Salads are $8 per. 2) One person asked for sparking water and the whole table was poured glasses and refilled constantly. $5.50 a bottle. 3)The tip was listed on the check in Italian and hand written as 20% and assessed on the tax as well as the food. Why?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our Richmond favorites
    lovegreatfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything, from the prosciutto and cheese shared appetizer, basic (HA) gnocchi, to the stuffed veal special, had terrific flavor. Great atmosphere and attentive staff. We had a group of eight and they set us up so we wouldn't bother everyone else, but did not feel isolated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Grotta Visit
    Karl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The atmosphere was wonderful and the waited very friendly and knowledgeable. The food came ou quickly and was prepared as ordered. All in all a great experience worth repeating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific service
    Av8ron
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special night
    Youngatheart
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Andy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    It is kind of "old school" but very good and reasonably priced
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    Ashley
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    Dmccl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stick with basics
    doctorwindVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    35 dollars for slimy cold Rockford with no shrimp as waiter described 'special' and three scallops that had actual sand in them. Go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Grotta, Richmond, Va
    KleeVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice
    Loni
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter, Dennis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winemanVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    BY FAR THE NUMBER 1 RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN RICHMOND. FRESH PASTA--GREAT MEAT DISHES AND THE BEST SEAFOOD IN THE ENTIRE REGION. TONY PREPARES FISH BETTER THAN THE VERY BEST RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK OR WASHINGTON DC. ONE CANNOT GO WRONG EATING AT LA GROTTA!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dennis was amazing!
    LindalindsVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food attentive service
    Peter
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Excellent food and wine. Good set of selections. Excellent service without being intrusive. Very nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    3 course wine dinner was a great option. Lots of choices and normal sized portions. Our waiter made several excellent suggestions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    CharlesW
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday here. The food was good. The waiter was very knowledgeable and polite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Clark
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    moralesj
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious. Definitely recommend!
    charlie1
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    A great experience at the restaurant. Unfortunately, the other member of my party became very ill right after leaving.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 270 reviews are from the La Grotta - Richmond reviews archive.
  • Great, cozy spot for dinner
    FoodRookie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow!
    Markorangefan
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World-class Italian!
    Stephanie
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Experience
    towjl
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Chef is over the top and the service staff is very engaging, knowledgeable and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Nice Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    In Shockoe Slip, great food in a nice atmosphere, fit for a special occasion. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great
    Dmccl
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mille Gratzi
    epicurious
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always exceptional
    BBGillespie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Grotta
    Floridadine1
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, as always
    KPB23VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • richVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Wonderful !!!! Very friendly, warm staff. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    pickydiner
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Dinner for a Memorable Event
    Black5
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate