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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).
Boston, MA 02114
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking is also available.
T Stops are Park and Government Center.
Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
Grotto Ratings and Reviews
Fantastic food and great service. It was far smaller and had a more "lived in" feel than I was expecting. Incredibly loud ambient sound from the other tables and hard to hear table conversation or if any music was playing. Menu was solid and presentation was exceptional. Would return but not for an anniversary or date where conversation in lower tones was a primary desire. Very reasonably priced for this quality of food.
Food was great. Fondue appetizer is totally worth it. Husband loved the muscles picatta. I found the short rib ghncchi underwhelming but the risotto and steak was AMAZING. I kept stealing bites off my husband's plate! The desserts were a bit underwhelming as well. We found the restaurant to be cozy but nice. Service was great when we first got there but slowed down considerably once they became busy. It is a very small restaurant. The night we were there there were only 3 servers for the whole place. We'll be back for sure- would definitely recommend reservations and an earlier seating.
It was a date with my husband. Sorry to say we didn't enjoy the food. The bolognese tasted like a box of Altoids. If i didn't order it I never would have known what I was eating. I felt like i had swallowed a box of breath mints. And i couldn't taste anything else. Too bad the salads were terrific. I think the chef got carried away with the herbs. The veal saltimboca was a bit tough. Food prices were good but the food wouldn't bring us back to try again.
The Cavatelle was very well prepared and the flavors were outstanding. The cream based sauce was light but held the dish together. The Pettini is an open faced ravioli with arugula, wild mushrooms and leeks laid across the bottom ravioli. The blend of flavors went very well with the perfectly pan seared sea scoliosis. The Budino banana bread pudding with caramel ice cream was a great way to finish the meal.
This was an outstanding restaurant, with superb food, lovely ambience, and excellent cocktails. It is small, but a comfortable and well appointed dining room. The only area that could bear improvement is the service. The service is friendly and attentive from the moment of arrival. However, at times it is a little too attentive, and, as a customer, I felt a little over-serviced. A little more time between courses would also be appreciated.
However, overall, this was an excellent restaurant, which I would happily recommend to friends.
We really enjoyed our meal! It is a great choice for vegetarians, with many different options. The atomosphere is romantic and cozy. While it is a classy spot, it is not pretentious. Would recommend for special dates and celebrations. Dinner for two with a bottle of wine will run about 150, which I found reasonable for the quality of the food and the excellent service.
We went here after our elopement and they made it very special. Thanks!!
Grotto remains one of our favorite Boston restaurants, although we don't get there frequently. We decided to celebrate a special occasion there for the first time in a while, and were blown away all over again! The garlic soup was outstanding, perfect for a damp & chilly winter evening. The crab ravioli were also scrumptious. The lobster fra diavolo entrée could not have been more delicious, perfectly spiced or satisfying - no leftovers there! Some of the veal saltimbocco did go home and was enjoyed the next day. Finally, the cocktails were creative and the melting chocolate cake dessert just left us in awe. Bring your appetite; portions are hearty, but incredibly flavored and comforting, all at the same time. Bravo! We won't wait so long to come back next time. And the romantic setting is a bonus!!
The food was amazing, the service was bad. The gaps of time and the length of the amount of time between when we received our apps, dinner and dessert was atrocious. We made a reservation for 9pm and weren’t even acknowledged until 9:20. I felt rushed due to them running behind.
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