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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
It was our first time to Grotto. I've walked by it a number of times and have read how it is a neighborhood gem. Well, we decided to take out a friend and his son who were in Boston visiting colleges. What a great meal. The price fix option is such a great thing. The wine list was exceptional, and the food was beyond anyone's expectation. It is such a romantic setting, and well worth making a reservation. We easily found an open table on a Monday night. And the place was packed for a Monday night. Kudos to Grotto. We'll be back again.
Food was ok. Tables are too close to each other- it's like dining in NYC.
Sent back a dish (lobster was kind of gross) and asked for bolognese. I then asked for it to be packaged to go as I didn't want to stay and eat it. They forgot. At this point, I decided to just let it go and simply not return. So basically, for $200, I got a bottle of Barolo and 1 1/2 restaurant week meal.
Not worth it. Go to the north end instead.
I went for the restaurant week promotion. However, I ended up spending more money on the meal than I would if I went on a normal day. On any day you can get an appetizer, pasta, and desert for $36- $2 less than the restaurant week special. The food was good, but not worth it for the cost.
Came for Dine Out Boston, definitely a good choice! Service was prompt, water glasses were kept filled regularly. Definitely small and very low lighting, but not so much that it was difficult to see. A bit loud because of the close proximity of others, but it wasn't really that much of a bother. The food was outstanding, the fonduta with beef tenderloin tips and mushroom was a must-get. My only complaint is this: when I booked the reservation, it was noted that I'd be receiving a call from them "shortly." I hadn't heard from them in a few days, so I grew a bit nervous and decided to call to check that they had indeed processed the reservation, especially because it was during Dine Out Boston, a supposedly reservation-heavy time. I was told that they call the day before, but that they would go ahead and mark it confirmed anyways, and whoever I spoke to was a bit short to me on the phone. I felt like I had a valid concern, but maybe I just read too much into the wording. Nevertheless, the call didn't tarnish the experience, and I would definitely recommend eating here!
Just the place to get together with friends in the neighborhood. Small, cozy, a nice selection of wines at 5 or 8 ounces. The menu is manageable and still has favorites from years ago and they still please.
The spinach beet salad had new presentation but the same great combo of spinach, beets and goat cheese. Two of us loved the scallops 'ravioli' and the short ribs pleased as well.
The four of us shared the molten chocolate cake for dessert. Just enough to satisfy our sweet teeth!
Nice to still have it in the neighborhood. GO!
We visited during Dine Out Boston week and were happy with the offered selections. The food was delicious. I especially enjoyed the crab ravioli. They have a nice selection of wines. Small, romantic tables for two but also easily accommodated larger groups. Service very good.
Service and ambiance were very good. I would go back there again but would not order any alcoholic drinks. They were way over priced. A 5 oz. glass of wine was generally more than $10. Sangria was $14. This is way too steep compared to other restaurants in Boston. Also, while the ingredients of my pasta dish were good, it was way too salty. My friend's dish was too salty as well. Next time I'll request no salt as chef had a heavy hand, and I prefer to salt my food if necessary.
A little pricey but worth it. Our server seemed a little disinterested but she was attentive and helpful in guiding the menu. Amazing food. Fondue was small but delicious. Salad nice. Risotto was the best I ever had. Steak was good but the risotto was even better. Bolognese was okay. Panama cotta was nice; banana bread pudding quite good. One of the best meals I've had in awhile. Recommended.
I brought a small group with a variety of tastes and food restrictions for a birthday celebration. The staff was extremely accommodating and even pulled together an off the menu meal to meet my father's dietary needs. The food was well prepared and nicely presented. Couldn't have asked for better service and it was a great overall experience.
Very romantic and magical- VERY dimly lit....
the food was absoluTely INCREDIBLE!!
We both ordered prix fixe and enjoyed our meals tremendously-
Cavatelle/carne / budino
Spinaci / pesce / ciacolatto
Robust flavors, artistic presentation - perfectly executed!!
Intimate, unique and rustic, relaxing atmosphere
I highly recommend
The decor was a big reason that I decided to eat at Grotto again. It had been several years since the last time, but I remembered the dark, romantic atmosphere, great for date night. I also remembered an awesome fondue appetizer. This time around, both were better than I remembered. But when the entrees came, O.M.G!! I had the pork chop and my date had the filet. The quality and flavors were amazing! It was one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Now I can't wait to go back!
Grotto is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. The 2 or 3 course menu pricing is a fantastic deal. The Lobster Fra Diavolo is the stuff of dreams. I love taking people there because they always love it and say they wouldn't known about it... it's one of Boston's best kept secrets but you definitely need a reservation because it is always full!
Wonderful small restaurant with North End-like basement entrance on Bowdoin St just behind the State House. Cozy tables and booths with nice quiet vibe. Food was excellent. Service was prompt but relaxed, waiter was very knowledgeable and proud of the restaurant. Gnocchi with beef rib ragu impressed with a deep, rich flavor contrasting nicely with lite as air gnocchi. Pasta bolognese lived up to the hype on the menu - creative use of rosemary to add high notes to rich, but fine-shred meat sauce. One of the best experiences so far in 2017
Quaint atmosphere, above average quality food, excellent service. I came here on my birthday with my significant other. He struggled to find a dish that he would be happy with as the main course options are limited. He did order a fish meal, but did say the sauce was a little to heavy for him. I agree the menu is limited, but there was enough variety that I would have been content with ordering at least 3 of the main menu courses. I did end up with a 3 course meal which you can buy as opposed to ordering a la carte. I thoroughly enjoyed my beef tenderloin w/asparagus and roasted potatoes. All were cooked to perfection. The banana bread pudding and ice cream was a slice of heaven. Loved it and would come back. Main drawback is darkness of the room making it difficult to see and read the menu, and the limited menu.
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