Grotto

4.6
2736 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 2736 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a great time and food was delicious! definitely dining again here

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TheIcingModel
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place to get a high end Italian meal at a reasonable price. Far enough away from the Common so it is a nice and quiet place to dine.

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vipjren
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, outstanding food!

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vipMiscHuman
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good date night location: quiet, dim, and intimate, hidden in a basement on Beacon Hill, Grotto has good food, and a decent wine list. Service can be a bit spotty; there were some unforced errors, such as dropping off our bill unasked-for while we were in the midst of dessert. I could understand if there had been a line at the door and we were lollygagging, but such was not the case.

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vipMarie
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Highly recommended! Service is great

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SteveL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, except they didn't tell us NOT to come before our reservation. We showed up 15 minutes early, and had to stand outside and wait. Otherwise, it was awesome.

LK
LauraK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

If you put some white table cloths out, get your staff out of Jeans and flannel shirts, and put some sound absorption panels on the ceiling, the ambiance would improve greatly! As it is now, it doesn't do the food justice; the food is simply delicious.

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SuzanW
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful from beginning to end. The best escargot I have ever had and I am old!!

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PedroR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservation on a challenging day, pre Boston Marathon day, but the service was spot on. The wife had tge scallops, tender, tasty and plenty. Tge daughter had the shrimp diavolo, big. I had the pasta bolognese, delicious with three types of meat. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Loud and chaotic. Food was only passable.

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Fortheloveoffood
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal, excellent service. The Parmesan risotto was excellent! We had beef Wellington and tenderloin - both were perfectly cooked.

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ChrisA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall good experience. A bit cramped and we were in a dark corner seated awkwardly. Food and service were good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was very efficient, food was delicious!

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IreneO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food with amicable staff. Warm ambience. Meat and risotto cooked to perfection. The price is a bit steep, and the size/volume of the lemoncello enormous! And I thought i was getting a small shot glass of the licor after dinner. Yes, would potentially come again.

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vipKaren
Seattle
62 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Attentive service, delicious food.
Sweet, private space with great ambience. Very large portions. Yes, we’d recommend Grotto!

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InkyCam
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner - server was wonderful. Her recommendations were spot on! Food was delicious and beautiful, and the wine was excellent. Will definitely come back for another meal.

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vipGatorGrl
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Italian restaurants. The ambiance is perfect, the food is amazing, and the price point is very impressive for the quality of food. I would highly recommend Grotto!

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ArthurG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I do not recall in recent memory having had a more satisfying meal than at the Grotto. If a culinary experience means to have eaten and been absolutely satisfied without feeling stuffed or still hungry then this is the place. My only regret is that I hadn’t eaten there before. I shall definitely return. At the Grotto the food is the only ambiance.

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RichardJ
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Unfortunately, what had the makings of a nice meal was spoiled by the horrible noise level in the dining room. It became so unbearable that we found relief only by leaving before finished. Management’s failure to provide a comfortable environment was somewhat unprofessional. Grotto turned out to be the only negative in our five outstanding days in Boston.

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MattW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and meal was as expected and very good. Unfortunately the desert was less than desirable and made a poor last impression. Stay away from the tiramisu.
I would return and recommend Grotto for dining.

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DavidP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been dining at Grotto since 2000. Have never had a bad experience. Food is always excellent and the service great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small, intimate place with great food! It has a great old city feel to it and the service staff is very helpful with the menu. Great date night!

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vipRDSQRL
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Poor food, small restaurant, furniture run down, ceiling looked like it was going to fall in.

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lilibet
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed Grotto very much. The food was very good and we had a lovely waitress. The place is cozy and welcoming. Would definitely go back.

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Celhob
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Server was very pleasant and lovely, just brand new.

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SteveF
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

On vacation in Boston. Referred by some friends local to Boston

MR
MR12345
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cozy, intimate atmosphere. Delicious food and a nice wine and cocktail menu. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding at this place. I don’t normally leave reviews but I’m going out of my way right now to say the Wellington was delicious, risotto was amazing and the fondue with steak melts in your mouth. Definitely will be returning here soon

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FunFoodie
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

I expected a different atmosphere when I arrived. It is more casual and tight inside than I would have preferred. Anyone claustrophobic should not dine there. But the food and the service were really goo.

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LynRon
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Small dining room. Our experience was ruined by man at next table talking business on his cell phone for 20 minutes.

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alirene
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This small, quaint restaurant was a nice surprise. We had dinner reservations for two on a Wednesday night. Our server was the restaurant manager and she was superb! Very friendly, fun and super helpful when it came to answering questions about the menu. The food was excellent. We ordered the Fonduta for an appetizer, I got the Fra Diavola for my entree and my husband got the Carne. The steak was cooked to perfection. Not only was the food delicious, but the drinks were great too! Do yourself a favor and have a nice, relaxing dinner here. You won't be disappointed!

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GeorgeB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was everything we expected. Quiet. Excellent, innovative food. Good wine at good prices. Outstanding service. And of course the location and ambience can't be beat. Plus, I found parking right across the street. In other words, a perfect Boston evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Loved the different options and ambiance was great. Enjoyed the scallops entree, great portion.

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KarminD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t returned to this place for over 20 years. I love the cozy feel, such a nice intimate feeling. Love the price fixe menu. Everything was delicious! We got the escargot- still indulgent with perfect pairing of garlic butter and grilled bread, Caesar salad was fresh and crunchy- beef Wellington and carne was perfection. The Budino was divine with the caramel ice cream. We had table envy when we saw the meatballs go to the table next to us. Can’t wait to go back and try other items.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

August 29, 2021
Before the pandemic the Grotto was my favorite restaurant in Boston. After nearly two years I returned last night to find that nothing had changed. The excellence of the food, the ambience, and the friendliness and competence of staff was everything that it was before the world turned upside down. It returns to the top of my list of favorite restaurants in Boston.

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colbyb
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Grotto used to be one of my favorite spots in Boston, but it has gone completely downhill.

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CherylM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had ravioli and salmon. Both were very good. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. We will be back

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KayH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, including ceasar salad and chocolate lava cake for dessert. I had tenderloin with asparagus & risotto, other had chicken parm. Goid bottle of Tuscan cab blend. Small restaurant with lovely ambiance.

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Mike
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and atmosphere. A bit pricey but worth it. They charge for Sparking water

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience. Loved the food and cozy atmosphere. Chicken parm was excellent

FAQs

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

Grotto is rated 4.6 stars by 2736 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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