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Party Size
For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
11:00 PM
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Grotto

4.7
2307 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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).
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 227-3434
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scott Herritt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cambridge
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Parking details
Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
T Stops are Park and Government Center.
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 2307 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

I loved everything about this place; food was amazing, pasta was fresh, bread was warm; wine was lovely and the dessert to die for. My son who is a picky eater absolutely loved it. It was a nice surprise

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Grotto is our favorite Italian restaurant in Boston. The food is always to die for. It is our go-to date spot and we always bring our company there.

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StoshK 
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great fodd good service. Only issue is the lights. Too low - couldn’t see my menu or my wife. I understand the ambience aspect but a little brighter would’ve made it much better. Also lights down low means u get tired quicker and appetite disappears.

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vipChicho (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was excellent service was perfect would come back again.

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JmanofFL (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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Terri (New England)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Took my wifey out, it was dope

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vipSEAK (New England)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Too dark, couldn't see food or menu

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Riccadude (New Orleans)
5.0  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.

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LizD (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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JeffreyWWhite (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

A magnificent dining experience. Impeccable atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

The food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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.

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vipmmsc (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Can be drafty in the winter!!!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Our first visit. Outstanding restaurant.will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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Emilia (New England)
5.0  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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  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.

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