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About Grotto

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).

37 Bowdoin Street
Boston, MA 02114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Cambridge

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 227-3434

Website:
http://www.grottorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
T Stops are Park and Government Center.

Executive Chef:
Scott Herritt

Additional:
Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Grotto Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (58)
Romantic (53)
Special Occasion (39)
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Cozy (38)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Notable Wine List (20)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Authentic (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fun (6)
Casual (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Business Meals (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent service was perfect would come back again.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Everything was perfect! First time here and I will definitely be back! Looking forward to it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I love the food. However, I cannot stand the lighting. It is absolutely insane that there is no lighting. I cannot see the menu, I did not what and how was the food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Took my wifey out, it was dope

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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely restaurant, great staff, excellent service. I’ve been coming here for years and i will continue to do so!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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food4
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service4
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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food2
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Too dark, couldn't see food or menu

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food3
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service4

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Cozy & romantic. fantastic service. Lovely start to the evening.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A magnificent dining experience. Impeccable atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

some of the best food i've had. not rushed at all - we spent 2.5 hours there.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food was amazing!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went here for the New Year's Eve dinner. We had a very late reservation. We got the 3 course dinner. The food was worth every penny. They also served complimentary Prosecco toast at the midnight. Service was great too. I am definitely going back.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The duck was amazing. Perfect date night for New Year’s eve

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service3
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Can be drafty in the winter!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Absolute neighborhood gem. Great Italian variations on ubiquitous, touristy, "red sauce" joints of the nearby North End.
Romantic, quiet, well prepared, fresh ingredients.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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service4
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went there for Christmas Eve dinner.
Great food and service. Will definitively go back when in Boston.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Adorable little restaurant with amazing food. We had wanted to do the full 3 courses but ended up way too full for dinner. Definitely got a reservation here as it is small with no bar to have a drink while you wait

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our first visit. Outstanding restaurant.will be back.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Grotto is consistently excellent! Service, ambience and food are a delight.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Wonderful food! If you love chocolate cake make sure you order dessert! It is a bit dark which is romantic but does make it a tad hard to enjoy the food and company. Overall it was a great experience

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We love Grotto!! Their food is so good! Great for special occasions.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

One of our favorite spots in Boston. We go there for all our special occasions and have always had an amazing experience. We always recommend to out of town guest when they come to a Boston and they've always had a great time as well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Food was amazing. It was my first time going. Can't believe I hadn't been earlier!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was delicious! It would have been nice if we could have seen it and each other though. It was so dark!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was outstanding the service was as well. I would recommend this place to everyone

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Second time here. Pasta was great, calamari was so tough though, major disappointment.
Other than that, a real good meal.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had the Bolognese and it was fantastic! Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Grotto is great.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A really great neighborhood restaraunt that has an interesting menu, good service and a warm and intimate atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Was a terrific date night. Food and service was excellent and the old school decor and ambiance was fun. Will go again.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our waiters name was Brian. Get what Brian recommends. The Prix fix 3 course meal was perfect for my brother and me. It DOES allow you the entire menu of options which is not always the case at other establishments.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Other than the restaurant being rather dark, the drinks, food and service were excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Very high quality food. Nice that it was warm and cozy. Easy to have a conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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