La Grotta - Richmond

4.7
1476 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!

Please Note: La Grotta does not offer outdoor seating.
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ThomasW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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. :)

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vipCrystalK
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian in Richmond!

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RyanS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipAdaRx
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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repeatcustomer
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First rate,great service and nice wine!

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vipwineman
Richmond
224 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

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MikeD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAlanB
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent dinner and service as always!

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Steph
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipwineman
Richmond
225 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration; party of 11 in ages ranging from 5-95

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RachelT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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KimberlyC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food and service! What a treat.
The veal special was a burst of flavor and tenderness. Perfect!

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RichmondGal
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always gracious service and fabulous food!

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JanetS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ScotL
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible experience as always. Mark was great.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST restaurant in Richmond. Food is exquisite and service superb.

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vipMimzyD
London
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The drinks were mediocre, the food was mediocre, the service was rushed and flippant. We won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipduncan
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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.

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vipWilliamP
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

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.

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vipTommyP
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

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.

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SueB
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipZA12
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KimberlyR
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as usual! La Grotta never disappoints! Waitstaff is exceptional and knowledgeable. We will be back!

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vipmagoo
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipDaveS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughters graduation dinner. Food and service were great!

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vipJoBa
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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 .

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BridgetO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.

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DennisK
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaGrotta never disappoints. Tender homemade ravioli and a full and affordable wine list

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipTaster
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The specials at La Grotta - particularly those with seafood - are superb on a regular basis.

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Jocelyn
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was amazing. The chefs were understaffed so food took longer...

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RickM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Grotta is awesome. The food and the service is amazing. Next best thing to being in Italy.

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VicenteA
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect place to recognize Mom on Mother’s Day. She felt special

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RenK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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AngieMc23
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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. ❤️

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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.

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