La Grotta - Richmond

4.5
1101 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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!
What 1101 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
LS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a negative word to say. Everything was perfect Would highly recommend to friends. The space is lovely and the staff is wonderful

Report
Helpful
CR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
X
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
a
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
J
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Grotta remains terrific!

Report
Helpful
X
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

Report
Helpful
OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and service.

Report
Helpful
KR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome as always

Report
Helpful
OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
KM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and service was great. We met the owner and she was very accommodating as well. Food was 10 out of 10.

Report
Helpful
BW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
MM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
IU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LaGrotta never fails to deliver great service, atmosphere and cuisine. It is a fave of ours.

Report
Helpful
A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
JP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
SS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Fantastic waiters named Marco and Enzo!! Can’t wait to go back!

Report
Helpful
RM
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice birthday dinner with family!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dining experience. The whole package was wonderful.

Report
Helpful
B
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
P
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, and fun

Report
Helpful
OT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Marco Antonio was outstanding ! Each dish was made with love. By far the best place to visit for Italian.

Report
Helpful
p
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
KN
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine's Dinner experience. Great food, Great service.

Report
Helpful
JW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
A
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely restaurant near entertainment venues. Food is very good, and depending on the server, service can be excellent.

Report
Helpful
LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
P
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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.

Report
Helpful
JH
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
KH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food. Would certainly recommend.

Report
Helpful
CP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant and we really enjoyed our visit. We had a great waiter with lots of personality. Get the tartufo at the end - delicious!

Report
Helpful
S
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was definitely the best! She provided an exceptional dining experience!

Report
Helpful
J
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Classy, great food and service

Report
Helpful
m
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything very Good
Thank you

Report
Helpful
s
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience, ordered the five course meal off the pre-fix menu, full sized servings for every course so a lot of food!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
28

Tweets by La Grotta - Richmond