Grotto

4.8
2723 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Welcome to Grotto, a 25 rated Zagat restaurant serving Italian cuisine in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. We will bring back old world charm with a rustic setting, featuring cuisine rated by Phantom Gourmet as Best New Italian (2004), and Gourmet Greatness (2005).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2723 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.6
ambience
4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFenwayResident
New England
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grotto, as always, was the perfect combination of elegant, intimate, affordable, with terrific food and lovely service. 10/10.

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SpencerB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing, you are paying for the food, and it’s super worth it!!

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JoshuaC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ve never had a bad meal here! Their Carne dish is to die for, never a bad meal here. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again , We had an amazing dinner. Our waiter this time was Mr. West. He was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and portions were plentiful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing would go back tomorrow

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Nikkj
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I had such high expectations for the food and it really wasn’t good. My guest and I ended up eating less than half of our food. The waitress also lacked personality. I know it’s an upscale restaurant, but it makes your customers feel good when they know you’re somewhat relatable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent. We have oysters, escargot, fra diavolo, and spaghetti and meatballs. The oysters were fresh and great. The escargot was also delicious. The fra diavolo and spaghetti were okay (not as good as the first time we had)

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Justin
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grotto not only has fantastic food, but a great ambiance. Everyone in our party enjoyed all of their food, appetizer to dessert!

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EricJ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grotto is my wife and my favorite restaurant. I really think it is three or four of the best meals I've ever eaten. Go and enjoy a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Meal!!!
I just love anything I order.. appetizer was Escargot and Beet Salad with the fresh baked bread with olive oil which was amazing. The Chicken Parmigiano is one of my favorites.
My sister had the Fonduta. Salmon with creamy whipped mashed potatoes and spinach.
The servers were so sweet they came out singing happy birthday. They were not sure whose birthday it was so they put candles in both of our desserts. My sister loved the banana bread with caramel ice cream and I had Tiramisu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grotto never ceases to amaze me - great food, great drinks, great ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience5

Food was pricy for the very small portions, asked my girlfriend if this had been our first date would she be giving me a call back and she said no.

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vipJonathanS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I am very satisfied with its oysters every time I visit. It is very fresh and tasty.

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Kelly
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend it for a self-date (i.e. single diner, on somehow special days). It is not cheap but the food and service did worth the price.

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vipbfagelman
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot. Classic pasta dishes at reasonable prices with wonderful ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Great spot for a date, good food and ambiance and reasonable set prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious bolognese

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vipLovesgoodfood
Miami
99 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Now that the menu includes some of the best products from Marliave and the one dollar oysters, this is absolutely a wonderful place to go many, many times and always order something different. Went twice in 2 days and plan to return in 2 more days.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Favorite restaurant in Boston—never disappoints.

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NorthShore978
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was delicious. I had the Escargot to start, followed by the Short Rib Gnocchi and ended with the Budino. My date had the Sweet Potato Ravioli to start, followed by the Spaghetti and Meatballs and ended with the Chocolate Cake. Everything was well seasoned and portions were just the right size. The staff was attentive, but not overbearing. The place has a "hidden neighborhood gem" kind of vibe and is tucked away on Beacon Hill side street. If you're looking for elegant event dining, then this is not your place. However, if you're looking for a really good meal at a quiet and off the beaten path kind of place, then Grotto is just the place for you and I highly recommend it.

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vipWill
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always incredible and at a great value that’s hard to find anywhere else. Service was also very good. Grotto is consistently wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience! Definitely going again soon! Thank you!

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loveroffood
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the new ultimate meal of our life! We went to this restaurant close to 18 years ago on our honeymoon but could remember the name. It became the standard by which every other meal would be judged. We would say, that is close to the Boston meal. We somehow found the place again, ate there two days ago ... and after our meal we said, this meal is now the new standard! You won't be disappointed.

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BrendaT
Taiwan
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My husband and I went during Restaurant Week. We had cavatelli and confit duck leg for appetizers, carne and wellington for entrees, and budino and tiramisu for desserts. We loved both appetizers, but the beef in both entrees was not impressive--it's not even better than our average cooking at home. The risotto that came with carne was really good though. I didn't like the tiramisu and the budino was quite average.

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CrystalB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing restaurant week menu. Food and portions were incredible. The ambiance and decor are very romantic and give the feel of exclusivity. Had a phenomenal time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Can’t wait to go back

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vipkareng
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food, good service. Tiny little place. One of the best beef wellingtons around.

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Shonda
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great. I would definitely return to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Very good food experience but was discouraged on how the place looked especially the quality of the restroom, very run down and unkempt

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KatrinaW
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had three courses and they were all amazing! I had the best Espresso Martini of my life and there was an amazing underground ambiance

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KevinH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Grotto and will certainly not be the last! The service and food were absolutely outstanding.

The escargot were the best I'd had outside of France and the Fra Diavlo was just the right amount of spice and al dente, with perfectly cooked jumbo butter poached shrimp on top. The bolognese was also fantastic. Finished with very well prepared deserts.

Service was friendly, prompt and attentive, without being overbearing.

Only negative is that the wine menu is quite limited, so I hope that will be expanding in the future.

Great place for date night.

We'll definitely be back!

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Brian
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice cozy restaurant in Beacon Hill, food was very good.

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Deli
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was nice, though because it is a small restaurant, it seemed crowded.

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NatalieB
New England
52 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Each of the courses were good but not great. Would not go back again.

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Lisa
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food and a lovely relaxing atmosphere.

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JeffreyM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Will recommend for a nice atmosphere delicious dinner.

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SagarN
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Grotto is one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston. Love their Garlic soup, Chicken Parm and basically any Pasta. Great ambiance with the exposed brick interior and perfect lighting. Makes for a fantastic dinner date.

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seand
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and servers were extremely friendly.

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MackenzieV
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, drinks, and atmosphere. Totally recommend if you are looking for a spot for an intimate and romantic dinner.

FAQs

Grotto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 227-3434.

Grotto is rated 4.8 stars by 2723 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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