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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KenK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Also loved the music. Great place for a romantic night out.

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BBRS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner at Grotto. Staff was terrific as usual. One of the most comfortable spots in the city. Food perfect as always (highly recommend their chicken parm).

JS
JenS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food with a quiet atmosphere. Would definitely eat here again.

JG
JayG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. The gnocchi was one of the best I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small little restaurant with amazing food and service. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable. We both had the Recula salad which was light and flavorful. The warm bread and olive oil with olives was a yummy beginning. My husband had the gnocchi with short rib which he said was amazing delicious. I had the recommended Bolognese which was fantastic. My husband finished with a banana bread desert I had a few bites of to finish this great meal. We both had a drink and were pleasantly surprised by the low price for the homemade food. We will be back. Recommend reservations as the place is tiny.

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BertoM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were just perfect, as well as the salad. We had the Wellington tenderloin which was amazing and the the short rib gnocchi was amazing. We will definitely come back when in Boston. This restaurant is a hidden gem.

JL
JasonL
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Fairly priced with a nice atmosphere. Will be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grotto was an amazing find on our trip to Boston. The ambiance was amazing, a really cozy, at-home feeling. The food was spectacular, by far the best dinner we ate in Boston. Everything we ate was fresh, from the bread they brought out at the beginning of our meal to the exquisite dessert to finish with. Do a favor and get yourself the spaghetti and meatballs, the best I’ve ever had. Definitely stopping here on our next trip to Boston.

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MaryA
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small space but delicious food and drinks! A lovely place for a romantic dinner.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect for date night. Delicious food, good wine, intimate setting so you can talk at a normal level and not be in a rush with all the courses you order. Definitely recommend!

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Darlina
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely lives up to the name! The restaurant is a hidden gem. The stairs take you down below the pavement of the street.

I'd recommend the prix fixe menu. I got the sweet potato ravioli, short rib gnocchi, and budino. The portions aren't huge, but the food is very rich. So I left the meal feeling extremely satiated. I wish I had more room for dessert because the budino was delectable.

JH
JessicaH
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg that Fonduta! But honestly, everything. Everything was amazing.

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

My girlfriend and I went for a nice date night. I didn’t know anything about the restaurant but wanted to give it a try. The food was incredible. Every dish was delicious. The portions were very large as well. Absolutely worth every penny.
As a bonus my girlfriend had a white jacket over the chair and they came and put a table cloth over to protect it. Every staff member was very kind.

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julypena
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic, portions are big and good for sharing. Service was really nice and the ambiance is lovely.

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SamS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is unbelievable. This was the restaurant I missed the most during the pandemic and I am thrilled that they weathered the storm. The priced fixed menu is a great value. The chocolate cake is by far the best cake I've had in my life. I compare all other gnocchi to the short rib gnocchi at Grotto. Such a cute date night spot!

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EricC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful meal. Wes, our server, was terrific and the food was out of this world. The restaurant is small but it has a nice atmosphere and we would recommend it, especially for a romantic dinner.

HB
HunterB
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Experienced servers who knew best menu choice!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls trip last dinner… fantastic and absolutely delicious!

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DanM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly service, very reasonable prices. The fonduta and the sweet potato ravioli were life changing.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be back in Boston at an old favorite I have not been to in years. Great cocktails, and prixe fix menu. Garlic soup and fonduta were great, the scallops fantastic and the gnocchi with short ribs was outstanding.

great night out!

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BiancaB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time dining at Grotto and I'm completely satisfied. If you like an intimate venue with great food and staff, this is the place. Definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish we ordered was amazing. Grotto is a hidden gem and is a great date night spot. We will be back often - highly recommend!

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Steven
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very cute, quaint and cozy little restaurant my girlfriend and I really enjoyed for our anniversary dinner. Would definitely return!

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SewWood
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, lovely staff. I loved the funky underground atmosphere. I had the gnudi- melt in my moth delicious. My husband loved the spaghetti and meatballs. We are looking forward to going again the next time we are in Boston.

EC
EdithC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Nice quiet dinner with really good service. Portion sizes a bit too big for us so could have shared more. Good selection of wines.

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Dan45
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, attentive, delicious. My date was vegan, and they accommodated her with huge beet salad, and vegetable dish w/ vegan pasta. Obviously much smaller than Marliave, but has the same quality, attention to detail, and quality. Covid safety 5 stars also!

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Xumbrega
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, awesome food, great wine. The site said "decadent. subterranean." and that was the perfect description. The place is ideal for 2 maybe 4. (The reviewer and their partner consistently travel around the world and visit good restaurants, talking michelin star caliber - just to add a bit of weight). Grotto is very adequately priced.

JH
JohnH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

MM
MayMay
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. The beef wellington and beef tenderloin were cooked perfectly. The banana bread pudding was delicious. Overall was very satisfied with my dining experience.

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Conor
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Quality has slipped over the past few years. I was told in prompted that the wellington would be medium and came out raw. Not going to be coming back.

JS
vipJonathanS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The restaurant told its popular one dollar oyster did not serve that day without prior notice when we were there.

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VinoB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious from the beet salad and duck confit to risotto, an amazing chicken parmigiana and a delicious short rib. An extremely efficient waitress and an organized and talented kitchen. Something to look forward to when we go back to Boston!

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vipFenwayResident
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JC
vipJoshuaC
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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ShlS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

I had a very high opinion for Grotto from a previous dining experience. It used to be an upscale restaurant in all respects. Now, the only upscale part seems to be the price, not the quality any longer. It is very likely that this may be due to the deep losses suffered by boutique restaurants such as Grotto. I wish it bounces back to the fine dining experience unique to this place.

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

Food was amazing and portions were plentiful

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

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing would go back tomorrow

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Nikki
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.

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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