La Grotta - Richmond

4.7
1355 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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!
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RossW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The two best restaurant experiences we have had in Richmond have been at La Grotta: food was tasty, hot, and served promptly.

MJ
vipMiltJ
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service!

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DanielA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are fantastic. Started with the trio of pastas (absolutely great) and beef carpaccio (also great). Went with the wine-paring three course dinner - outstanding pastas and veal - thin sliced and beautifully seasoned. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The food, the service and the ambiance. Sometimes the silliest things can deter from a perfect experience.... in this case, it was charging us $18 for 3 bottles of water. Noticed that the entrees are very reasonably priced but this “amenities” are not ... water $6 a bottle along with charges for little things that was just surprising. Now I know.

Would go again and do without the little things... like bottled water. Sigh.

KJ
KeithJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Team work dinner, always one of our favorites.

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vipTaster
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at La Grotta is always superb. Whenever my wife and I have enjoyed the specials that La Grotta offers, the cuisine has been beautifully prepared and delicious. One cannot find better than La Grotta for fine dining!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Highly recommend!

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Frenchy
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I highly recommend the $60 wine pairing dinner. The pasta trio appetizer was amazing. My husband had the tenderloin and loved every bite. I had the shrimp/scallop dish over polenta which was tasty and PLENTIFUL.

I take pride in baking a world class Italian coconut cake. The coconut cake at La Grotta just may have taken first place. It was superb!

BJ
BrianJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday and had a great time! Food was really good, and the service was excellent. Definitely would recommend for a special ocassion.

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vipRVAFineFoods
Richmond
88 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We three dined to celebrate a birthday! LaGrotta has become our favorite dining spot for a great meal in a very safe environment.
Our birthday celebrant enjoyed one of the fabulous fresh homemade pastas with lovely light Parma ham & other yummy ingredients!!
My husband had the chefs special seafood meal of the day oven steamed in butcher paper, a mix of fresh seafoods, Lobster to Grouper & all crustaceans in between. Dramatic table side presentation by the chef! Crunchy Caesar salad and Devine coconut cake along with excellent cocktails made this an evening & birthday to remember!!

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Andrew
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, friendly service and great ambiance. The quail stuffed with Italian sausage was delicious...and the fish special cooked in a bag (and opened at the table) was spectacular.

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Rmacs
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food was great. Thanks

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vipdcdiner
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not dined with La Grotta since leaving the Shockoe Slip. What a lovely dining room, the food is still delicious and very nice service. I personally appreciate the gluten free options!

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ShirleyS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service. I felt very safe as they had the tables spaced out well.

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vipShamelle
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I dined with two friend and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The entire staff was so kind and our server was great! I also enjoyed the wine he suggested to pair with my pasta.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, excellent service, and the perfect ambiance

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BruceM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All in all it was a very nice experience and the food was very good. We were all out off a bit by our waiter. He seemed to be very out of sync and totally out of touch with dynamics of the table. He was clearing food before we were done and almost pressing us to finish it so he could clear it off. I specifically annotated in the reservation that it was my daughters 16th Birthday dinner, but there was no mention to her or the typical special candle on a complementary dessert.

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KathrynD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diners were well spaced out and staff were following COVID Safety measures. The food was delicious and the wine was great too. Prices were great for what the food was... on the fancier side but not too expensive. We would definitely visit again if we lived in the area!

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CharlotteM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Authentic Italian Cuisine cooked to perfection... Quiet relaxing atmosphere made for a very enjoyable evening!

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Disappointed
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I had dined at La Grotta in the past and have a very nice experience. However, this past weekend was very different. My wife and I were pleasantly to find out upon arrival that it was restaurant week. This is typically when restaurants bring out their best to try to capture new regular customers. What my wife and I were served was mediocre by Olive Garden standards:

* Appetizers - actually started out ok with friend calamari
* Main course - we both got the filet mignon - fatty, tough and salty at the same time. One of the worst filets that I've ever had. Broccolini side was extremely salty
* Desert - cheesecake with blueberries was covered with some type of film. Nasty. Cheesecake itself was not as good as Kroger's

All around, it was a subpar experience. We won't be going back.

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vipadavis
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Grotta is a wonderful restaurant located in downtown Richmond. The food, service and attention to special requests, be they dietary or otherwise, are met with care to the needs of patrons. Their specials are to die for, especially the fish items. The halibut and salmon are so well prepared and a favorite of ours. Go, try it for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant. The wine list is extensive, the food is incredible and the service is absolutely outstanding. Thanks John for making both dinners wonderful.

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BrianW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and wonderful atmosphere.

JP
vipJayeP
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, upscale ambience, excellent service, great wine selection, and very good food. My husband and I had a lovely romantic dining experience.

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vipPatriciaD
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good Italian food and a comfortable surrounding. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for our anniversary and John, our server, was phenomenal! It is expensive but totally worth it! I highly recommend this place for any special event or for when you are just feeling fancy!!!!!

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Cinzia
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cannot say enough about this restaurant. What an amazing dining experience. The service was above and beyond expectation. The appetizers, entrees and desserts all exceeded expectation on presentation and taste. We enjoyed the wine selection and the time taken to share the knowledge. We were celebrating a birthday and the additional personal touch with the dessert was greatly appreciated. This type of pride in culinary art and attention to detail is not easy to find today. We'd highly recommend this to anyone interested in a true dining experience.

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vipbobD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

la grotta has become one of our favorites. the food and wine are always outstanding. the owner (tony) always comes out to help us select the wine and some of the food.
this time, we selected a wine that had a funny finish to it. tony asked us how we liked it and we mentioned this. after tasting it, he returned with a replacement bottle: same grape, better quality. and we didnt even ask for this!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service...excellent food...no complaints!! Great place for an intimate dinner or family Gathering!!

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kennethp
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, LaGrotta never disappoints. The Owner is so welcoming, and is always such a learned help with choosing perfect Wine pairings. . Likewise, the service is attentive without being overly invasive. The food is always fresh, tasty, and beautifully presented. In essence, LaGrotta is the upscale Italian Restaurant choice, for those occasions when you deserve the best Richmond has to offer.

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BobbyK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I typically do not go past the Stars when reviewing, but I feel it necessary to give this restaurant all the kudos available. Our server and the owner/chef were both incredibly friendly and attentive to our needs. The complete meal/desserts were excellent. I highly recommend this establishment and will be frequenting on a regular basis moving forward. Great job!!

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vipGinaP
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the highest quality food and service!

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vipadavis
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Covid restrictions were handled very well with placing of tables and service. Our dinner was delicious as always and the server made sure we six were served in time to make our 7:30 symphony plans at the Carpenter Center.
La Grotta is one of our favorite restaurants in Richmond.

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vipRVAFineFoods
Richmond
88 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining in La Grotta is always a special occasion particularly in Covid time!! We dined prior to the Richmond Symphony Masterworks concert!! Dinner was fresh, delicious and professionally served!! My husband had delightful homemade pasta with lovely light cream sauce, Caesar salad fresh & crispy, carpaccio d’ Manza delight!! Then fresh delectable coconut cake!!

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TonyH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like we were in Italy
Very intimate dinner.

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PERFECT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated by son's 30th at La Grotta Saturday night. Had to change the reservation time once and the number of people three times, but restaurant handled in with no attitude or problem. The chef attended to our table and was super awesome. He recommended a perfect wine, with plenty on stock for our complete party. The food was fabulous, from appetizers (try the octopus carpaccio!!) to desserts, it was all stellar! The night could not have been better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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vipRVAFineFoods
Richmond
88 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During this time of COVID-19 social distancing, missing gathering friends and strongest ever emphasis on cleanliness, dinner with La Grotta is a perfect gift to guests!!
Food, wine cocktails ambiance friendly professional service each superb!! This was our at least our 5 th visit since their reopening end of July!!

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EddieB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still liked the old place better for the ambiance but the food remains outstanding as always!

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vipbobD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous and the wine list is very extensive. But what makes la grotta truly wonderful is the overall service, and specifically the personal attention of the owner and chef. He helped us to pick the right wine and pare it with the appropriate food. This was not our first visit and it won’t be our last.

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La Grotta - Richmond is rated 4.7 stars by 1355 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.

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