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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
The Grotto never disappoints. The atmosphere is dark (seriously... bring your phone to read the menu) and cozy, if not a little cramped, but the atmosphere is genuine and unique, the service is excellent and the food is rich, flavorful, and simply outstanding. You will want to sit in a comfortable chair and enjoy your food coma after eating here - don't plan on going out dancing!
Read the reviews and thought that this restaurant would be a hidden gem. It was definitely hidden but not a gem. It was so dark inside you could not see the menu or your food unless you turned on the flashlight in your phone. I found that to be a huge negative. I want to be able to see what I'm eating. Would not recommend it.
We went to Grotto for our anniversary. The setting is very cozy and romantic, with few candlelit tables in a dark room. The wine list was satisfying, and the food very nice. The Carozza as a primi was particularly fantastic. Overall very nice Italian food in a great environment, a little overpriced for my taste (the food was great but the menu not especially inventive) but I’m still sure you’ll enjoy your evening there !
My family and I wanted to try a new restaurant and came across reviews of Grotto, so we decided to try it. Upon arriving we didn’t realize how “cozy” the restaurant is and it was a tight squeeze for 5 of us at a table intended for 4...but it worked. The food was amazing! We enjoyed every bite from the bread and olive oil to the last drop of coffee (regular, too, and not a cappuccino). The portions were perfect. We tried each other’s meals and loved it all—will definitely go back!
Grotto is a cozy small restaurant. The candlelight sets the mood but make it a little dark, it was hard to read the menu given the light condition.
The food is wonderful, I had the "carne" that is beef tenderloin with risotto and wine sauce. The meat was great and the risotto with the wine sauce were the perfect combination.
This place is a treasure! Quiet, cozy, warm... the staff was excellent and the food was phenomenal. We each loved our meals. The Cavatelle was the best rich, creamy and delicious. The beef and pork dishes were savory, beautiful and just the right size. We also loved our salads. We had a chocolate cake dessert that was scrumptious. There is so much great food is Boston, but these meal was a true experience that we will not forget!
Oh, wow this place was amazing. I got the spaghetti and meatballs in their "amazing red sauce" --says this right on the menu, and they are not wrong. I wanted dessert so badly because it looked so yummy, but was too full for dessert. I plan to go back soon with a stretched empty stomach to eat everything all over again.
My husband and I went to Grotto to celebrate our anniversary, and overall it was a wonderful experience. The prix fixe options are an excellent value. I started with the crab ravioli, then had the pan roasted halibut, and ended with the panna cotta. My husband started with crispy confit duck, then had the steak, and ended with the chocolate cake. Everything was delicious. Portions aren't huge, but they aren't tiny either; we both ate everything and felt very satisfied. The restaurant is very small, and being below street level, I can see how it might be claustrophobic for some people, but I didn't mind. The lighting was low and it did get somewhat loud, but I also didn't mind that. It was a fun place to enjoy a really delicious meal that I think would cost more at other restaurants in the city. Service was very good; the staff seemed a bit harried and they did forget to give us spoons for our dessert, but those were only minor issues. Overall, I would definitely recommend Grotto.
What a cool, funky little Grotto! The food was delicious and service was perfect. The toughest part was deciding what to order. Everything on the menu sounded delicious and I was not disappointed with my order. The Insulata - arugula salad - came with a pile of parm and dressed to perfection. The veal was very tasty and would order again. I will definitely go back.
The food was excellent. My party did the price fixe menu and we all enjoyed all of the courses. Our favorites included the veal and halibut. This is a great spot and I will continue to come here. The only downside was that for such a small space, I was surprised that they accepted a reservation for a party of 12. There was a large, very loud group seated in the middle of the restaurant. It's not the restaurant's fault that they were yelling and being loud but I guess I was surprised that they would take a reservation that large when there is only one small dining room. That group basically took over the whole restaurant. We ended up taking our dessert to go since it was less enjoyable to sit and talk.
Our trip to Grotto was nothing less than wonderful. The space was charming and while small not cramped. The food was delicious from beginning to end. My friend and I both had the pumpkin risotto, which was served in a pumpkin. The wine list is impressive and the pie options allow you to try several delicious Italian wines. Overall fantastic experience. The only thing I would change is that the server accidentally ran our cards on the wrong table but it was fixed after we left and he was extremely apologetic when I called back the next day to ask about the different charge. Would highly recommend.
All about the ambiance! I knew going in that it was going to be a lower level restaurant with a darker setting, but was totally amazed with the experience. The low lighting didn't bother us at all because it really allows you to immerse yourself in the food and drink. Definitely take advantage of the three-course options at the top of the menu. Everyone at the table tried different items off the menu and the ones that really stick out are the fonduta, the bread pudding and the panna cotta.
I got the Pasta Fra Diavolo and it was so spicy one bite made my throat burn. I ate the lobster off the top but nothing else. The waiter never asked how the food was, if we enjoyed it, or questioned why I'd hardly touched my meal. Desserts were just so so. Salad was also so so but kind of dry and uninteresting. Not worth the $100 we spent at this restaurant.
Not a fan of the food. Huge portions make the food an alright value, but the sheer quantity is borderline senseless. I’d rather be charged less and served less.
Servers are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Great recommendations and good wine selection.
The timing of courses is excellent.
The scene is outstanding. Dark but not too dark. Very cosy, very romantic, but also an alright place to meet an old friend too.
Grotto is a place that I am always happy to come back to. It's been around for years and consistently satisfies. A broad menu with something for everyone, reasonably priced, indeed a bargain considering that it's on Beacon Hill. Grotto has the best fettucine bolognese I've ever eaten.
The service is good and the food is delicious , we were 4 at the table and the 4 ordered
Diferent entres, all of them were extraordinaire!
The bad thing is that the tables are not placed with enough space between one an another, and the last thing is the poor light the restaurant has, it is way too dark.
The food is amazing!, just try to give more
Space between tables and add some more light and this would make us enjoy your wonderful food as much as you deserve!
We had an enjoyable day-date here. Service was a little brusque, but not rushed, so that was nice. My dining partner's calamari in the insalata mare was overcooked, and the dessert was oddly plated (squiggles and dots and powdered sugar, oh my), but the crab ravioli was really excellent.
Went here before a concert at TD garden and it was a short walk both ways. Food was very good. I had the cavatelli to start and chicken parm for my entree. Both seemingly typical and staples of Italian cuisine but both different enough to stand out and taste amazing.
The restaurant location was a little cramped and dark but given the Grotto name they embrace the location. I would eat here again, many other menu items I wish I had room to try.
The service is good, the food is nice but really only ok for the price. The wines are expensive and we had one of the cheapest which was fine but you can get better value and even good Italian wines should not be that price, if you have ever been to Italy you will know this.
The lighting is so low we had to use the light on our iPhone to read the menu and we gave our iPhones to the elderly couple next to us who were laughing because they could not read a thing on the menu. This is a common issue i have noted with this restaurant. Overall it is ok but there are so many better value restaurants close by i do wonder why they don’t listen to the feedback and fix a few small issues which could make this a very good restaurant..
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