Grotto

4.6
2733 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 2733 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot for Italian in Boston. Food and service was terrific. Everything we had was wonderful. Would definitely go back.

VK
vipVirginiaK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed eating here each time we visit Boston. Intimate little place that serves amazing food with wonderful service.

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ScottY
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a less-than-amazing meal here. The service, ambiance, and food were fantastic. This is our go-to date spot. A spot that impresses.

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vipBublebeth
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very warm hospitality and amazing food with an apparent attention to quality. A must try!

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foodlover
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific, intimate setting. Dinner with old friends, one visiting from out of town. Food and service were both spectacular. We shared the Fonduto, Cozze, Cavatelle and gnocchi, then the banana bread pudding and pannacotta for dessert, plus a couple of bottles of wine. Everything was delicious. Our server was professional, attentive but in no way obtrusive, and very gracious. Grotto was an excellent choice for our special evening. Thanks!

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RichardK
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the grotto
We bring friends there ftom out of town

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ConnieI
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful quiet atmosphere. Great food. Great service.

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RachelS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. A must if you are in Boston. Charming, wonderful food, great service.

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Shisha
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

We went to Grotto in August and found the food amazing. We visited Grotto twice in November and found the food very average. The staff is amazing and the service is very quick. However, on the flip side, the place is so nice that we couldn't even hear what the person sitting across the table is saying. Hope this feedback helps the customers and the restaurant to improve the food quality.

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Shisha
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food wasn’t good. Service was excellent.

JF
JuliaF
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Fairly simple menu, but the quality is outstanding. And the ambiance is very different from the loud hustle and bustle of restaurants in the North End. Tucked away and truly charming, I recommend Grotto to visitors whenever I can. The best bolognese I have ever had.

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LinaMagdalena
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, intimate, whole-in-the-wall, restaurant with top notch Italian cuisine to die for — great atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back!

PJ
PamelaJ
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Too small and the staff was not real helpful. There is construction in front of the restaurant and was almost impossible to find. The food was good but not good enough to overcome the location

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vipBrandon216
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jennifer was a fantastic server, really enjoyed meeting her. Amazing food and ambience as always, can't wait to come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious… Favorite date night spot

CH
vipChristineH
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Grotto was disappointing. The ambiance, which some find intimate or romantic, we found shabby and oppressive. There was a notable lack of elegance (poor lighting, no tablecloths or placemats, no place settings, just rolled-up flatware in a napkin, a single half-burned votive candle. The food was adequate. Plus points were the server, who was pleasant and reasonably attentive; certain dishes, such as the escargot; and the fact that we were promptly greeted and seated. On balance, I could spend the same amount of money in many other places that have more of a "luxe" feel to them.

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LarryZ
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Small basement location. Very friendly staff. Food was just ok

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TheIcingModel
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
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
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, outstanding food!

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vipMiscHuman
New England
41 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
14 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!

RD
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.

FAQs

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

Grotto is rated 4.6 stars by 2733 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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