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!
Not a negative word to say. Everything was perfect Would highly recommend to friends. The space is lovely and the staff is wonderful
We go to La Grotta often. The atmosphere and service are excellent. The special ravioli was way over sauced and the sole was buried under cooked vegetables.
Excellent wine list, our server was fantastic, the food was delicious. My friend has food allergies and she was easily able to find a meal that she could eat.
We usually love going to La Grotta as the food is excellent and the location perfect for attending performances at The Carpenter Theater. However, this past Saturday night, even though we arrived at 6:00 and told the server that the symphony concert we were attending started at 8:00, it wasn't until about 7:15 that our entrees arrived. I practically gulped my duck ragu pasta down which was a shame as it was quite good, I think. We sat for a full 1 hr and 15 minutes before dinner arrived. Many tables came and went and we were still there.
We were placed at the table I requested by the window and the server was nice. Don't understand, however, why the service was so slow.
Disappointed from the moment we sat down. Server not knowledgeable about wine list. Asked for wine to come out with dinner, and it was brought before we even finished cocktails (and the pours weren’t even 6oz). Then we waited...and waited...and waited for our appetizer...then waited for salads...and waited...and waited...for entrees. Get the picture? Food was sloppily plated. Pasta tasted fresh. Filet mignon wasn’t even pink when it was suppose to be medium rare. The veggies...yuck. Couldn’t bare to send it back given how long we waited for our entrees. Absolutely will not be going back or recommending to others. Many TOO MANY better options for Italian in RVA...including Olive Garden.
La Grotta remains terrific!
Enjoyed a pre-symphony dinner at La Grotta. The restaurant was packed, the noise level was cacaphonic, and the service was far-from-prompt. However, the food and drink were certainly worth the wait. Delectable appetizers and perfectly prepared entrees. Will we go again? Of course!
Great food, wine and service.
Awesome as always
Each course better than the one before! Best rockfish I’ve ever had and the coconut cake is a must! Homemade pasta got great praise from the Italians in our group.
The atmosphere and service was great. We met the owner and she was very accommodating as well. Food was 10 out of 10.
We went to La Grotta just prior to the theater and the entire experience was wonderful. I had the Veal chop which was a little overdone and my wife had the Quail which was great. Their appetizers were terrific and their homemade pasta was the best I have ever had. Service by Marko was outstanding and we loved the decor. When we left, the restaurant was almost full and the noise level was loud, but not deafening like it is with so many other restaurants. It was our first experience with LaGrotta, but it certainly will not be our last
I was given gift certificates for this restaurant by my employer and I'm going to have to thank them profusely for it. I took my sister with me so we could catch up without kids around and we both had an amazing time.
The food and the service were both beyond compare (I work at a 5 star, 5 diamond hotel, so that's saying something). Our server was extremely polite and professional, but also personable and very knowledgeable. Neither of us knew much about the wine selections so we asked him to choose something that paired well with our meals and he made perfect choices.
Our meals were cooked to perfection, the calamari appetizer melted in our mouths, the quail was impeccable, and the deserts were to die for (both the mouse and the strawberry crown royal cake).
Other reviews had me worried that the closeness of the tables would have us right on top of other diners, but I found that this was hardly the case. The tables were fairly close, but we never felt imposed upon by other parties present and could hardly hear the conversations of others there. All in all, the only thing even close to a complaint I can think of is that our server made everything sound so good we had a difficult time deciding just what to get, esp when it came to the desert.
LaGrotta never fails to deliver great service, atmosphere and cuisine. It is a fave of ours.
Very good food. Pretty space. Tables were way too close together though. As a result, people at other tables hitting into us. Because no room, waiter dropped a plate on my 87 year old mother’s head and spilled salad with oily dressing all over our sons expensive sport coat and pants and really wasn’t overly concerned.
The place was nice, but the meals we had were not well balanced in flavor, with sharp spice or over saltiness. Overall not memorable. The cappuccino was horrendous - like it came from a cheap machine.
Great food and atmosphere. Fantastic waiters named Marco and Enzo!! Can’t wait to go back!
Nice birthday dinner with family!
We had a wonderful dining experience. The whole package was wonderful.
We had a very pleasant dining experience at La Grotta. Atmosphere was excellent wait staff was great and the food was good too. Great to see it at historic building repurposed with a great restaurant.
Owned by a husband/wife team, La Gotta is the best Italian Restaurant in the Richmond area hands down, in my opinion. Great ambience with an intimate/romantic feel about it... the food is aways fresh and expertly prepared... great wine list... free valet parking at the Hilton next door. What's not to like! Easily one of the top spots in Richmond.
Excellent service, food, and fun
Our waiter Marco Antonio was outstanding ! Each dish was made with love. By far the best place to visit for Italian.
La Grotta was a treat. We arrived and were greeted by multiple people trying to make sure we were being helped. The food was wonderful - I had the tower of eggplant and mozzarella as an appetizer and it was fantastic as was the special Rockfish. My husband had the coconut cake for dessert and thought it was amazing. Everyone seemed to really enjoy their food.
My only complaint was the waiter - he was pleasant and efficient just not very interactive or friendly. I really cant complain - he did his job well. It is just that I would have liked more personality.
The restaurant has tile floors and high ceilings - all things that should make it loud - but it was not - despite being crowded it was quiet and made having a conversation with 5 of us easy,
Overall this was a wonderful evening.
Great Valentine's Dinner experience. Great food, Great service.
La Grotta was a fine experience, but when you order a dish where the best item on the plate was a fried potato crisp plunked into mashed potatoes that were overly seasoned, it is safe to say I was not impressed. Overall the waiter seemed nice, but came across a little belittling at times. Personally, I think if you are looking for a "upscale" Italian experience, just save yourself the money and go to Maggiano's in short pump.
Tony is the best chef! Always has something great on special. We had the veal chop, rack of lamb and lobster/shrimp pasta and they were all amazing!!! Great wine list to top it off too!
A lovely restaurant near entertainment venues. Food is very good, and depending on the server, service can be excellent.
Had the seafood special on Vday and the shrimp and lobster were tough. Tables were so close together my wife was getting bumped by the waiter. Had reservations for 3 weeks and got a lousy table. The hostess and reception area was disorganized and unfriendly. Had higher expectations of this fine restaurant on such a busy occasion like Valentines day.
We were celebrating Valentine’s Day. It was our first time dining with you all. We enjoyed the evening very much. I ordered the ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta, it was fantastic. My boyfriend ordered the buffalo ribeye with gorgonzola, it was delicious. He only wished it had been bigger.
We will definitely be dining with you all again.
Thank you for a very special night.
I was looking forward to this place my wife went here in the past for team lunch from her work, and I was looking forward to fine dining but it was not meant to be.
I reserved this for our 10-year anniversary and we didn't order food we started with wine but decided to leave after the experience with the server.
1. We got a table right by the server station and entrance, this was not pleasant the cold air from the windows and door was not helpful.
2. We asked the server for another table and she said that they are booked, but there were other tables that were empty.
3. Server never reviewed the menu until we started to ask questions about special, then she explained the special which came with different wines, but we had already ordered wine when she ask us for drinks in the beginning. My wife and I wished she would have explained the menu to us so that we wouldn't had to order more wine.
4. I placed an order for soup, this never came the server said she never entered my order for soup.
Finally, my wife and I decided to just pay for the wine and go somewhere else which we did.
Exceptional experience as always (I dine at La Grotta a number of times each year for important business client entertainment and special occasions & date nights). It is one of my favorite restaurants in the world
Lovely atmosphere and delicious food. Would certainly recommend.
Beautiful restaurant and we really enjoyed our visit. We had a great waiter with lots of personality. Get the tartufo at the end - delicious!
Our waitress was definitely the best! She provided an exceptional dining experience!
The food was outstanding. I could tell it was fresh and service was very friendly. My new favorite restaurant in Richmond. Never write reviews but have to for this place! Best Italian food in Richmond by far. Gnocchi melted in my mouth!
Classy, great food and service
Everything very Good
This is the second time we have been at La Grotta and both times were exceptional. The menu has a northern Italian flair. My husband and I both had the specials which were wonderful. The wine list is extensive. The staff were friendly and very helpful.
Phenomenal experience, ordered the five course meal off the pre-fix menu, full sized servings for every course so a lot of food!