La Grotta - Richmond
Exclusive private rentals can be arranged for up to 137 guests. We also offer 2 private rooms that can hold up to 37 people each or can be combined to hold a larger party. From Corporate meetings to Bridal Showers or Rehearsal Dinners, La Grotta will make your event special!
Please Note: La Grotta does not offer outdoor seating.
Ravioli di Pollo con Panna
Homemade ravioli filled with chicken in a light cream sauce
Sautéed filet of Atlantic salmon with baby shrimp, leeks and diced tomato finished in a beurre blanc sauce
Fettuccine alla Papalina
Homemade fettuccine with prosciutto, shallots and fresh basil in a tomato cream sauce
Everything we ordered was simply delicious. Our server was helpful, professional, and full of personality. The meal was more than what we would consider a ‘casual dinining’ experience; it was priced accordingly, but we ended up paying less than what we would have anticipated. Highly recommend La Grotta. We’ve added it to our Richmond list. :)
Best italian in Richmond!
Absolutely delicious. The special seafood ravioli we shared as an appetizer was on point. I had the filet which had a bit of pepperish kick to it which was very good. My wife’s salmon and shrimp was really something special. We had three deserts, the coconut cake, strawberry cake , and chocolate covered creampuffs. All was great but the coconut was amazing. The service was excellent. Definitely will be repeating.
This evening, I and my family dined at La Grotta. We were celebrating Fathers Day and my parents 35th wedding anniversary.After walking in, stating my name and reservation time, and my party was met with confusion — seemingly because a table (for 5) hadn’t been prepared. Two more staff members, including the owner Andrea, came over and asked for my name (again). After some minutes we were seated — albeit within arms reach of another table.
I proceeded to ask Andrea if we could sit at a different table (because of the short distance between the adjacent table). She then said “We are really busy. You’re lucky you got a reservation.”
I’m lucky I got a reservation? Andrea you are lucky I decided to stay and eat it your establishment. You are lucky you received a tip at the end of the meal. While the food was prepared well, the unprofessionalism, and micro aggressions exuded by Andrea and the staff that served us made the entire evening unpalatable.
This reservation that you said I’m “lucky” to have was made over a week ago. You all had more than enough time to ensure you had a table (properly socially distanced) to accommodate 5 people. The level of service was suboptimal.
Needless to say, this is my first and last time dining at this establishment.
Fantastic meal. Chef will make dishes that are not on menu. Derrick, our waiter was exceptional. We had a wonderful experience. Will be returning soon.
First rate,great service and nice wine!
One of Richmond's best restaurants. If you are in the downtown area, go to La Grotta.
Tony Capese has a very solid Italian menu. Well worth the visit.
food was wonderful, server was very helpful, our first visit, very quiet, only table seated 1st 15 minutes, house chianti was very good same for dessert. we will be back
I think our server was having a bad night. The food was excellent and we observed the level of service we would expect being given at other tables.
Excellent dinner and service as always!
Dinner was delicious, our waitress was amazing. After I told her that I was GF- she was SO helpful in picking out delicious options from the menu- everything I had was delicious. Mixed Green salad and filet- was so good. We will definitely be going back.
RICHMOND'S BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT. TONY AND ANDREA CAPESE ARE REAL PROFESSIONALS. THE FOOD IS OUTSTANDING STARTING WITH OCTOPUS AND CONTINUING ON TO THE BEST FISH IN RICHMOND.
Birthday celebration; party of 11 in ages ranging from 5-95
By far the best service we’ve had at a restaurant bringing our children. The food was out of this world, the server went above and beyond taking care of our table, and the atmosphere was perfect. Thanks for a wonderful evening!
Unbelievable food and service! What a treat.
The veal special was a burst of flavor and tenderness. Perfect!
Always gracious service and fabulous food!
Lovely decor, pleasant atmosphere. Our waiter Zach was informative and gracious! The food was amazing! We all had the wine pairing meals and they w rate exellant!
We had an incredible experience as always. Mark was great.
The BEST restaurant in Richmond. Food is exquisite and service superb.
The drinks were mediocre, the food was mediocre, the service was rushed and flippant. We won’t be back.
Went there last minute right before closing, the food was excellent. Our waiter was very nice and informative. Definitely will go back the next time in town.
Our waitress wasn't up to making our dinner experience the best ot could be. She was stressed and nervous to the point she spilled a refill of water all over missing both my glass and my wife's. We waited too long to receive our drink order and there was no apology for making us wait. Food was very good.
I would definitely go again. Comments for the cooks.
Service was excellent. We had the carpaccio and the bufata and prosciutto for apps. The carpaccio was drenched with olive oil and the taste was buried. The prosciutto was great.
I had the tenderloin for main course. Wife had veal marsala. Her meal was excellent. The tenderloin was not well trimmed. It had a small tail on it that was inedible and the green peppercorns were over powering the steak.
Signor Capece is a great chef - we adore his creations. Thank God because the service sucks and some of the tables are so unattractive it is like you are sitting in the back of the house. The hostess/manager/whatever is rude...we call her "La Signora Non Si Fa"
Signor Capece...keep your delicious cuisine and clean out the front of the house.
Everything about our meals was wonderful.- The food itself, the presentation and our attentive server. We went for my husband’s birthday and could not have been more pleased with the restaurant.
Richmond’s best fine dining Italian restaurant, hands down!! The gnocchi, homemade pasta, Caesar, torreta, NY Strip, wine list, desserts (and the list goes on and on...) were all fantastic! Service is exceptional and ambiance is perfect for a romantic dinner or a family meal out.
Food was delicious as usual! La Grotta never disappoints! Waitstaff is exceptional and knowledgeable. We will be back!
We were in town for a night and luckily my husband chose this place for dinner. I had the salmon and my husband had the halibut and both were fantastic! We had a lovely barbera wine. The coconut cake and panda cotta were also wonderful! The service was very professional and courteous. Definitely would go again.
Daughters graduation dinner. Food and service were great!
It’s always a nice experience here. We asked to split a large salad, and they would split it for us. It was very awkward with all these large place and a small table .
Love this place.
LaGrotta never disappoints. Tender homemade ravioli and a full and affordable wine list
Fantastic waiter. Wonderful food. Terrific menu. Evening specials were outstanding (I had the soft shell crabs which were quite unique). Wine list a bit pricey. All in all, don’t miss going here when in Richmond.
The specials at La Grotta - particularly those with seafood - are superb on a regular basis.
The waiter was amazing. The chefs were understaffed so food took longer...
La Grotta is awesome. The food and the service is amazing. Next best thing to being in Italy.
Perfect place to recognize Mom on Mother’s Day. She felt special
We ordered an array of dishes and some were good and few weren't. Overall I thought they were over priced. Staffs and service were simple and fast.
We arrived for our 5:45pm reservation for three people. It was an empty restaurant and they put us at the worst table in the whole place, right outside the kitchen door. I asked a server if we could move and he walked off in a huff saying he would work on it. Then a woman comes out with him, looking at me, and he says abruptly “they want to move”. She was very snippy and rude about it and not accommodating, at all. I understand trying to coordinate reservations is difficult, but in no way should they be rude about it. She was not polite, just seemed bothered and could care less if we stayed or left. She gave us an option for another table but we would have to be out by 7:00. At this point it’s 6:00. We ended up staying at the bad table and during dinner watched as she politely accommodated a walk in party of 8! Are you kidding me?
As always the food was amazing, but do not feel we were treated well. Our server was nice but rushed. We spent $300 but unfortunately the experience was NOT worth it. I seriously doubt I will ever go back.
Always a favorite. Every time we go we swear it’s the best meal ever and then we go again and that’s the best meal ever. Every single detail of this restaurant is perfection. Try it! It will be your favorite within moments of being seated. ❤️
La Grotta - Richmond is rated 4.7 stars by 1476 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.