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La Grotta - Richmond

4.5
904 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday : 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(804) 644-2466
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Owner-Chef Antonio Capece
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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.
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Private party contact
info@lagrottaristorante.com: (804) 644-2466
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 904 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 15 hours ago

Great meal, lovely ambiance, excellent service. What more could you ask for?

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic as always. The chef himself delivered our meals and we all cleaned our plates! We always enjoy going to La Grotta.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Perfection!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Everytime we have eaten at this restaurant it has been an amazing dining experience. Great food, service and value.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

enjoyed the atmosphere and especially the bar tender who was very nice. I enjoyed my food but my wife's was outstanding

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The pasta dishes were light but had so much flavor. The pasta could tell was made in house. Sauces were delicious and complimented the pasta dishes well. Had the tiramisu which was also made in house and was terrific. Wait staff was very pleasant and attentive. Overall experience was very enjoyable. We would go again if staying in the Richmond area.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Awesome meal. Loved the quail

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic, authentic Italian food. It rivals any restaurant I have dined at in Italy. We had the five course meal, asked for the chef to select each course and we were astounded how good it all was.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Everything was delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Dinner was excellent, service was superb. Great location, high end inside.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Pleasant atmosphere, attentive service and delicious food. Good value.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very noisy and tables were very close together. Lots of people there before Symphony Pops that night.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had dinner before the symphony. Waiter staff was very knowledgeable and the food was outstanding. We did the three course wine dinner. We'll likely dine their again next symphony season.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This was our first visit to La Grotta's new location. It is centrally located and easy to get to and you can use the valet parking for ease. The waiter was very attentive, and explained the menu to us. Our meals came out quickly and all of of us LOVED our meals.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants authentic Italian food. We will definitely be back again!

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Could have been good but seating leaves a lot to be desired. Restaurant is mostly empty and they sit you right beside other parties so you have no privacy. There were plenty of other tables available with more space between the parties.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Quite simply delicious. Fresh ingredients. Home made. Excellent Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner menus.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were seated in the corner with a nice view of the street through the large glass windows.
From the initial greeting, to getting our water glasses filled, answering questions about the menu and getting wine suggestions the service was awesome. We really enjoyed dinner and plan on going back. The food was excellent and the price was reasonable and felt for a dinner for two it was well priced. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a romantic date night out.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Seated on time for our reservation. Pleasant server. Mediocre food. The seafood special was delivered below room temperature - supposedly rockfish with mussels, scallops and shrimp. The rockfish looked more like tough monkfish. $35 entree. I had one mussel and the entire dish was lukewarm. I was celebrating with a friend and didn't want to create a scene so I just dealt with the mediocre food. In comparison to Edo Squid or Filemona in Georgetown - both of which I visited with friends over the past week - this was a total bust.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

What an exceptional dining experience! The food was delicious, the service prompt and attentive and the ambiance pleasant and comfortable.The menu included a variety of "unusual" and tasty entrees, along with usual standards, all well prepared. The location is well suited to dine pre or post theatre, and staff are able to meet that request without rushing the dining experience.We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Lunch after conducting other business downtown.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Parking is the issue, not sure where to park when all public parking are full

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The meal specials were over priced and we weren’t informed of the price. The lobster ravioli was average with average presentation.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My mother and I went here after going to the VMFA to see the terracotta warriors. Although there was parking all around the restaurant, it was all filled on a Saturday night. However, we found a spot and found out you can reserve a parking spot through a parking app. Good to know for next time! We were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere of the restaurant. It was loud, but in a family get together kind of way. We had a very nice bottle of wine and a four course meal. All the meals were prompt, presented like art, and were prepared perfect. Our waiter Andre was very attentive to us, regularly filling our wine and water glasses. I really fell in love with this place.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very good food and solid service 😃

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Amazing food and good service. The server came off a little snobbish, but overall a great place.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

This was the first time I had been to the new location. I liked the old building location better. Overall we had a good time and the food and wine was very good.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was good, but not the usual over the top good. We ordered fried calamari and it was under cooked. A lot of garlic in the gnocchi. The hostess checked on tables around us asking how their food was, but ignored us totally.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Not worth the prices. Food was average. Service was great.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We were seated right away when we arrived for our 6pm reservation. The service was good, maybe not great, but pleasant. I asked the waitress for a better description of one of the specials, and she didn’t explain the dish. Our calamari appetizer was not a standout. Good, but not particularly special. We ended up with 2 of the evenings specials. His lobster with fresh pasta was good. The pasta was cooked well as was the lobster. Interestingly, my boyfriend did not finish his dish. I don’t think he liked it very much. I had the braised veal cheeks -the dish she did not describe to me. Absolutely delicious. The veal was extremely tender and flavorful. We finished with a strawberry grand mariner cake and coffee. We actually had to track down our server at this point to get our dessert and check in time to get to our show at the Altria Theater on time. Overall, this was a great dinner in a nice setting.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

As always, the food was delicious and we had perfect timing to make it to the opera on time

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Excellent food with good size portions. Extensive wine list. Great for larger groups as well as an intimate dinner for 2. Perect for dinner before a Carpenter Center show...only a block away.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

As always, La Grotta is our favorite restaurant in Richmond. Excellent Italian food, very nice atmosphere and a first class waitstaff. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

It is hard to find authentic Italian food in the Richmond area. La Grotta definitely fits the bill. The sauce was equally tangy and robust. A little pricey but worth every penny

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Excellent food and friendly service, owner came out and went above and beyond

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

They could use more help in the hostess’ stand when welcoming and seating guests. It was a bit chaotic and stressful there. But the food was very good!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Outstanding

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We come here often and it never fails to be an amazing meal with superb service. While the nightly specials are good, we wanted basic Italian and were not disappointed. My fiancé had the ravioli stuffed with spinach and cheese in a cream sauce and I had the cannelloni filled with meats and smothered in mozzarella and bechamel sauce. Outstanding! We washed it all down with a delightful red wine from their extensive wine list. While we were only two, it is also good from groups and has a room that can be shut off by glass doors. One time there was a rehearsal dinner there.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Insulate Dell's create overdressed; I expected a reasonable amount of smoked trout and received a pile of shard that totalled less than a soup spoon's worth. In addition our meals did not come out together, which is not great service.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Birthday special dinner

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