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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
  • "A great experience at the restaurant. Unfortunately, the other member of my party became very ill right after leaving."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Chef is over the top and the service staff is very engaging, knowledgeable and efficient."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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
  • "In Shockoe Slip, great food in a nice atmosphere, fit for a special occasion. Good wine list."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The pasta was the highlight of the evening. You can tell it is handmade and the red sauce is amazing. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "I've lived in neighborhood for a few years and finally had a chance to experience La Grotta. I'm so glad I did. It's a beautiful restaurant and has a very unique asthetic. The service was friendly, timely and extremely knowledgeable. As for the food, delicious. The pasta was fresh and delicate. The sauces were light and accompanied perfectly. I will be going back soon."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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