La Grotta - Richmond

4.7
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1289 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gnocchi was absolutely delicious. Our server was attentive and funny. I really enjoyed myself and would definitely go back to this restaurant again.

m
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best thing was the service the waitress was the best I have ever had in my life and I have been to many fine places in my fortunate life. She needs a promotion and compensation for sure. She made the party for us. Please tell her this for us. I cannot remember her exact name she had an accent.....Yuda or Hilda or.......

GS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian restaurant in Richmond can’t wait to return

a
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Grotta has become our favorite "go to" restaurant for the best of everything, salad, pasta, seafood, veal, beef and wine selection. The service is outstanding and courteous, very well trained, but never hovering. Highly recommended for all occasions or just a night out.

x
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service is always very good. Convenience to parking and the Carpenter Center are major pluses

P
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

The food was great, the service was amazing, but my wife and I were put in between 2 six tops, one of which was extremely "energetic". We'll be back, but I hope they take more care in how they seat their guests.

RS
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience! Wonderful ambience, white tablecloths, well dressed clientele, good excited vibe! The wine list was extensive, with excellent choices at all price levels. The food was spectacular! We had a salmon special and the ravioli of the day. Each was cooked to perfection, served piping hot, and seasoned to die for :-) Our waiter was attentive, well versed in all of the offerings, allowing us to enjoy our meal with little intrusion. We loved La Grotta and will return soon!

N
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. My first time there but it will not be my last. Our waiter was excellent!! Explained all the options and we didn't feel rushed to finish our meal, so it was quite leisurely. And that Tiramisu!!!! The best I've ever had and I've had lots!!

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Too expensive for the quality of the food. Pasta was overcooked, with creamy sauces that we found heavy and overwhelming.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Decent table. Thursday night. Kind of slow for 730 reservation. Some decent recommendations from the server but seems like he might have been pushing stuff the kitchen was trying to get rid of and wine that was over priced. Lots of “specials” tried two that were ok. Overall food was good. Not pushing any boundaries here. But executed well. 7/10.

DW
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to La Grotta and it was just as wonderful as the first. My wife'sFettuccine alla Papalina was excellent as was my Veal Scallopini Vitello Buon Gustaio). The setting is luxurious with white linens and subdued though not dark lighting but comfortable attire. The service is impeccable and the positive energy of the staff as well as the diners made this a gun, casual evening. We will definitely be back again!

LH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very warm and attentive staff and environment! Food was absolutely delicious !
Lovely decor ! Will definitely go back!!

D
Greensboro
80 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service by Marco. Upscale Neat venue and enjoyable views of Broad Street.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful meal with attentive staff!!!! Very nice for out of town guests and associates.

ML
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service from Robert and even better food!!!

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and service. Everything was prepared well and the menu was very diverse.

B
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner and service were exceptional. Our out town guests were pleased.

BH
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were late for our reservation because we were new to the area and had difficulty navigating the one-way traffic system. However, the restaurant called asking if we still required the reservation, they kept it open for us. Unfortunately, we were put in an area where there was a family birthday with noisy children. We understand families occasions can be very noisy-- but we could not hear each other speak. Twice we had to asked to be moved to a quieter area before we were moved to quieter table. We did appreciate the hostess finally re-accommodating us.

MP
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at LaGrotta was the ULTIMATE RICHMOND DINING EXPERIENCE we have ever had. Everything was perfect. My wife had the Chilean Sea Bass and I had the Salmone Adriatico. We both agreed, they were the two most delicious meals we have ever had. The setting and ambience was unmatched, the service was impeccable and the desserts( Grand Mariner soaked Cake with Strawberries & an Amaretto Panacotta) could have been enough of a reason to diner at LaGrotta if that was all we had. I cannot wait to bring my Family and Friends here at the very next opportunity we have.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I have been there several times this year, frankly the service is poor! I like the food and wine selection but the service was has really fallen off. I will probably not go back because the service.

JS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time, pleasant atmosphere , amazing food
Our waiter Marco was Fantastic! We will definitely go back.

AD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enzo our waiter was fabulous, thank you for a wonderful dinner!

P
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Liked being seated by wine rack, quiet and cozy. Great service except pushed for add ons such as anchovies on Caesar salad and charged more.
Food good but not best Italian we have eaten. Disappointed in frog legs appetizer especially. Was described as sautéed in white wine sauce with leeks and was a huge plate of tomato sauce instead! Not at all what was expected and not good, smothered toast of frog legs...
Quail was okay, oysters good and too much sauce on escargot appetizer.
Good bottle of wine.
Probably would not go back, was staying in Hilton and rainy so easy to eat in hotel....

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for being so flexible with our reservation! We never can get a good handle on time or number when the legislature is in session.

Perfect place for dinner!

JL
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our waiter talked very loudly, and everyone at our table commented that they felt like he was almost yelling at us. Perhaps he has a hearing problem. We did not know, but he raised his voice each time he approached our table, and we felt like everyone in the restaurant could hear him.

JL
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dining experience....a little crowded, but the excellent food and great wine made it more than worth it. Chef came out and assisted with wines and upon request prepared a veal saltimbocca that was out of this world good...

JS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent experience! Took my girlfriend for her birthday and La Grotta did not disappoint. From the ambiance to the food and especially the service, La Grotta goes above and beyond. Thank you!

OT
Washington DC
260 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had very good meal. Appetizers and salads were solid. Meat and fish entrees were tasty. Service was excellent. Didn’t realize it was a “hotel restaurant.”

F
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food in a wonderful atmosphere with Great Service!

A
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friend's birthday. Waiter's service was perfect; food was delicious! Can't wait for our next dining experience there.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Grotta is a bit of Italy in the heart of Richmond's downtown. The menu has something for everyone. Each dish was a luscious presentation of food wonder. Our waitress, Courtney, was a skilled professional. Even the desserts were delicious enough to justify the calories.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best Italian food I had ever had. The service was great. Just the right amount of space to enjoy the night with a loved one and to have food in timely and orderly manner! Everything here is first class.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Been to the restaurant dozens of times, waiter seem distracted. Good food —service was the worst I have experienced there.

OT
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner all around. Service, food, atmosphere all amazing. Excellent Italian restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Meh. It's the best I could say

JA
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We keep coming back. I guess that means this is one of our most favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, it is becoming "discovered". This time we went as a before theater dinner at 5:30. Empty. But 7:00 the place was jammed. And everyone looked happy.

SM
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Derek, was quite easygoing and knowledgeable. This was our second visit with him as our server. The food was delicious; the service was prompt with just the right amount of "relaxed." The calamari is perfect. I had the lobster ravioli, a special, with a shrimp-bisque sauce, which was lick-the-plate delicious (no, I didn't). May be our new favorite Italian restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Felt a bit rushed as they wanted us to get our order in as soon as we gotb there, and then they served us the wrong wine and didn't discount us a price. Will not go there again.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, great service

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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