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About La Grotta - Richmond

Seldom can you take a few steps in the South and find yourself completely transported to another continent. Yet, this is the experience of La Grotta. Take one step inside the door and you’re suddenly in Northern Italy. Smell the roasted garlic and savor the rich flavors of innovative Italian cuisine paired with one of the fine wines that earned La Grotta the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Whether it’s a quiet romantic anniversary or a business meeting, La Grotta isn’t just dinner. It’s a destination.

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!

529 E Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday : 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 644-2466

Website:
http://lagrottarva.com/

Executive Chef:
Owner-Chef Antonio Capece

Private Party Facilities:
• Exclusive, private rental of our restaurant is available for up to 134 guests.
• Semi-private Dining Parties are available in both our Wine Cellar for up to 25 guests or on our Mezzanine level for up to 42.

Private Party Contact:
info@lagrottaristorante.com: (804) 644-2466

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

La Grotta - Richmond Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Cozy (13)
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Neighborhood Gem (8)
Casual (7)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

Birthday special dinner

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 (Richmond)·Dined 7 days ago

They did not have our reservation, made through your system, on their schedule. So who screwed up??

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·Dined 7 days ago

Very nice restaurant with huge wine selection. I wouldn't call it a date night place but more of a special occasion dinner. The staff was very professional and nice. We had a couple of allergy requests (gluten, soy). They had plenty of options and substitutes for us.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Services was outstanding as my daughter and I settled in for our quiet time together. We enjoyed the ravioli and the vitello. Excellent wine pairing from the wait staff.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had trouble finding parking, so we were feeling a little frazzled by the time we got to our table. But we all agreed it was worth the hassle once we settled in. We took my husband's daughter out for her birthday, and had a wonderful dinner. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The food was exceptional, and the portions were very generous - we all took leftovers home. We thoroughly enjoyed every bite of everything we ordered and we will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

As always, lunch at La Grotta was a treat! We were dinning with a very special friends celebrating a special birthday! The staff was flexible, spontaneously meeting our shifting needs to insure we were relaxed and comfortable! As always both food and service were great!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal - husband had ravioli and I had fettuccine. Both meals were very good and the pasta was perfectly cooked. Our server was very helpful choosing a wine that would complement the pastas.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Awesome!!!! Marco, our server was excellent. Atmosphere, food, service was exceptional. Thank you

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

While we enjoyed our meal very much and the server was very pleasant and good, we were not totally pleased with our table location. The first table we were seated at was by the front serving station so we asked to be moved. We were moved to another table right in front of the other serving station in the back. We decided not to worry about it and stay at the second table. But the ambiance would have been nicer at another location. I would still go back based on the quality of the food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. We all enjoyed the wine prix fix dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wine portion was too small for the price.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great dining experience. The staff very pleasant and knowledgeable of the menu.
The chef was out in the dining room mingling and serving the guest.
Wonderful night and selecting the chef's choice of meal made it even more intriguing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

You're not in Miller & Rhoads any more Richmond. La Grotta has created a wonderfully cozy atmosphere where you wouldn't expect one. Our waitress was great -- informative, helpful and attentive. After much deliberation, we decided on their "Three Course Meal with Wine" and we were glad we did. We were able to sample first course, entrée and dessert with wine pairings. Their filet was one of the best I've had and each wine was perfectly chosen to go with the dish. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our food was fabulous, especially the special red snapper. Service prompt courteous and special.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a birthday dinner for my husband with our friends. It was wonderful with amazing service, delicious food, and wonderful wine.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Ravioli was good.
Veal chop over cooked and in brown gravy (kind of weird)

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Enjoyable experience. Our Fifth visit and we brought another couple for their first. Food was delicious, reasonably priced and attentive service. Are always pleased with La Grotta and will continue to frequent the restaurant.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food.Nice atmosphere. Service was good. But I was sitting too close to the bar which suddenly as a group of co-workers arrived became way too noisy. I was getting ready to leave but they were obnoxiously loud. Would have appreciated a table further away from the bar. Love and learn.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I was very disappointed in this restaurant . Our table was way in a corner and I sat across from someone which looked at a wall it was very loud as well which I don't mind normally but it was extremely loud . The service was slow it was a Saturday night took forever to get our drinks and the waitress kept wanting to take your order before even got a drink ? Food came it was very tough overly spiced and seasoned . Then the worst game they were six of us and we each wanted our own checks it took 30 minutes for them to get straight what was on each person's check on believable . I will not return

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I happened upon La Grotta when searching restaurants in Richmond. I was told by a friend that it was "standard Italian fare". It was anything but standard. The wine selection was excellent. Although the menu was not vast, the focus of quality and taste on the food prepared was beyond measure. The food was delicious and the presentation was a perfect match. Well worth the money spent.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Fantastic restaurant! Took my Wife for her birthday & it was a top notch experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Restaurant was very nice about accommodating our party when we were 30 minutes late..did call first. Service was spotty on checking back for drinks, food, as always, was better than average and the chef made a special dish for one guest. Not the best LaGrotta experience, but a good solid meal for a fair price.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Angela & the Chef picked our wine & courses - and all was outstanding!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The service was fantastic, the food came out quickly, and everything that I ate was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Over all our experience was very good - as usual. Only glitch was the dinner was delayed causing us to miss the first selection at the symphony

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great meal and phenomenal service, courtesy of our trrrific server, Leroy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were staying at the hotel and for convenience wanted to eat somewhere close by. This was a great choice! Good food on the menu for varied tastebuds.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 11, 2018

My wife and I were in town for my business visit. We had a chance to have dinner just the two of us, and decided to try La Grotta. Beautiful place with an award winning wine list. What could go wrong? Answer was the food - we tried the wine dinner menu - and wine pairings. The appetizers were OK but not memorable. We each ordered for our main course the veal offering with a cream sauce. Big mistake. Neither of us could finish half of it. Cloying, luke warm sauce that completely hid whatever might have been the quality of the veal under it. Then there were the wine pairings. The wines with the appetizers were excellent whites. Mine was a pinot grigio. The wine with the main course was a barolo. Just not from a good bottle. The deserts were fine. Service was competent and friendly. The main course and its wine pairing ruined it. Very disappointed. Won't go back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 11, 2018

A wonderful meal with great service. Always a great experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The staff is attentive and professional. On this trip I did not go too deeply into the menu, but high quality options abound. A solid wine list rounds out a very good experience.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I were traveling north from Florida to NJ, and found ourselves in Richmond on New Year's Eve. A little research led us to La Grotta as our best local option. The menu looked tantalizing, and it was very close to our downtown hotel.
We were disappointed. The decor and ambience were enticing on a cold evening, but the food simply did not justify the steep prices. It wasn't bad; it just wasn't very good. We hoped to be transported, but found our meal consistently mediocre. My carpaccio was over-dressed, with the vinaigrette overwhelming the beef's flavor. My quail was pretty good, but the sauce was overly salty, and the accompanying greens were rather tough. My husband's veal scallopini was standard, steamer-tray fare, in his estimation. He ordered frog's legs as an appetizer, hoping for a delicacy. They were adequate, but uninspiring.
My dessert (a chocolate bowl filled with berries, zabaglione, and vanilla cream) was fine; my husband's profiteroles were hard as rocks (over-frozen).
We do not drink, and so we can't really comment on the wine list.
We do not have a sense of Richmond's food scene, and whether La Grotta is, in fact, as good as it gets there. It is a restaurant with admirable ambition, but it needs to bring its standards up to the level of its pretensions.
The service was excellent.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

LaGrotta was wonderful from beginning to end. We went for New Year’s Eve and even though the restaurant was busy our table was ready when we arrived. Our sever was terrific and the food was delicious. The ambiance was lovely. Can’t wait to take my Mom there for her 91st birthday!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I must say I was disappointed to have selected this restaurant for our New Years dinner. I gave it three stars because it was OK. I love the setting. I think the "wine by glass" is very short - and weak. I'm not a fan of food covered in heavy sauces and such so I'd have enjoyed a pasta dish much more than a fish. The server was very nice but I think many restaurants rush the meal on big occasions.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Been coming to La Grotta for 5 years and always get a great meal, service and experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Chef Tony came out to personally make sure everything was to our liking. He gave us a surprise four course meal that not only was terrific but quite full as well. We look forward to coming back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had an incredible time on Christmas Eve. The service was beyond excellent and the best food imaginably fantastic. It just can't get any better. Tony and Andrea have done an amazing job on their new location and they should be very, very proud. I know everyone was going to miss their old location because it was so romantic, but after you have been in the new restaurant only a few moments you forget all about the old one.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was okay but not great. Service was bad. Bread came out after anti pasta despite asking and was not fresh. Waiter knew nothing about wine. One entree came out much later than everyone else’s. Slow and inattentive overall.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience on Christmas Eve with our party of 8. The food was delicious and our waiter was pleasant and very attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We took our family for Christmas Eve and had a very enjoyable meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our first time to La Grotta in the new location. This was Christmas eve and often there are not many dining options in Richmond on that night
We were pleasantly surprised and pleased by the nice ambience and good Italian food .
My husband really enjoyed the wine and three course meal that included calamari appetizer large enough to share, veal entree and dessert Tartuffe that he liked so much he never got around to sharing.
Our server Marco did a good job with the wine pairing recommendations. My salmon and asparagus were perfectly cooked and flavorful. The others in our party were equally pleased with their selections.
One suggestion is to validate parking for patrons to remove the obstacle people have to dining in the city now that there are so great dining options in the area.
Hope this restaurant does well in this new location. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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