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About La Grotta - Richmond

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!

529 E Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday : 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 644-2466

Website:
http://lagrottarva.com/

Executive Chef:
Owner-Chef Antonio Capece

Private Party Facilities:
• Exclusive, private rental of our restaurant is available for up to 134 guests.
• Semi-private Dining Parties are available in both our Wine Cellar for up to 25 guests or on our Mezzanine level for up to 42.

Private Party Contact:
info@lagrottaristorante.com: (804) 644-2466

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

La Grotta - Richmond Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

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4.5

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4.2

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Business Meals (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Good for Groups (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Authentic (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Great for Lunch (15)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (10)
People Watching (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Casual (8)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Healthy (5)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Scenic View (4)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic restaurant! Took my Wife for her birthday & it was a top notch experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Restaurant was very nice about accommodating our party when we were 30 minutes late..did call first. Service was spotty on checking back for drinks, food, as always, was better than average and the chef made a special dish for one guest. Not the best LaGrotta experience, but a good solid meal for a fair price.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Angela & the Chef picked our wine & courses - and all was outstanding!

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was fantastic, the food came out quickly, and everything that I ate was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Over all our experience was very good - as usual. Only glitch was the dinner was delayed causing us to miss the first selection at the symphony

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great meal and phenomenal service, courtesy of our trrrific server, Leroy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were staying at the hotel and for convenience wanted to eat somewhere close by. This was a great choice! Good food on the menu for varied tastebuds.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My wife and I were in town for my business visit. We had a chance to have dinner just the two of us, and decided to try La Grotta. Beautiful place with an award winning wine list. What could go wrong? Answer was the food - we tried the wine dinner menu - and wine pairings. The appetizers were OK but not memorable. We each ordered for our main course the veal offering with a cream sauce. Big mistake. Neither of us could finish half of it. Cloying, luke warm sauce that completely hid whatever might have been the quality of the veal under it. Then there were the wine pairings. The wines with the appetizers were excellent whites. Mine was a pinot grigio. The wine with the main course was a barolo. Just not from a good bottle. The deserts were fine. Service was competent and friendly. The main course and its wine pairing ruined it. Very disappointed. Won't go back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 12, 2018

A wonderful meal with great service. Always a great experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The staff is attentive and professional. On this trip I did not go too deeply into the menu, but high quality options abound. A solid wine list rounds out a very good experience.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I were traveling north from Florida to NJ, and found ourselves in Richmond on New Year's Eve. A little research led us to La Grotta as our best local option. The menu looked tantalizing, and it was very close to our downtown hotel.
We were disappointed. The decor and ambience were enticing on a cold evening, but the food simply did not justify the steep prices. It wasn't bad; it just wasn't very good. We hoped to be transported, but found our meal consistently mediocre. My carpaccio was over-dressed, with the vinaigrette overwhelming the beef's flavor. My quail was pretty good, but the sauce was overly salty, and the accompanying greens were rather tough. My husband's veal scallopini was standard, steamer-tray fare, in his estimation. He ordered frog's legs as an appetizer, hoping for a delicacy. They were adequate, but uninspiring.
My dessert (a chocolate bowl filled with berries, zabaglione, and vanilla cream) was fine; my husband's profiteroles were hard as rocks (over-frozen).
We do not drink, and so we can't really comment on the wine list.
We do not have a sense of Richmond's food scene, and whether La Grotta is, in fact, as good as it gets there. It is a restaurant with admirable ambition, but it needs to bring its standards up to the level of its pretensions.
The service was excellent.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

LaGrotta was wonderful from beginning to end. We went for New Year’s Eve and even though the restaurant was busy our table was ready when we arrived. Our sever was terrific and the food was delicious. The ambiance was lovely. Can’t wait to take my Mom there for her 91st birthday!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I must say I was disappointed to have selected this restaurant for our New Years dinner. I gave it three stars because it was OK. I love the setting. I think the "wine by glass" is very short - and weak. I'm not a fan of food covered in heavy sauces and such so I'd have enjoyed a pasta dish much more than a fish. The server was very nice but I think many restaurants rush the meal on big occasions.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Been coming to La Grotta for 5 years and always get a great meal, service and experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Chef Tony came out to personally make sure everything was to our liking. He gave us a surprise four course meal that not only was terrific but quite full as well. We look forward to coming back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had an incredible time on Christmas Eve. The service was beyond excellent and the best food imaginably fantastic. It just can't get any better. Tony and Andrea have done an amazing job on their new location and they should be very, very proud. I know everyone was going to miss their old location because it was so romantic, but after you have been in the new restaurant only a few moments you forget all about the old one.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was okay but not great. Service was bad. Bread came out after anti pasta despite asking and was not fresh. Waiter knew nothing about wine. One entree came out much later than everyone else’s. Slow and inattentive overall.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience on Christmas Eve with our party of 8. The food was delicious and our waiter was pleasant and very attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We took our family for Christmas Eve and had a very enjoyable meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our first time to La Grotta in the new location. This was Christmas eve and often there are not many dining options in Richmond on that night
We were pleasantly surprised and pleased by the nice ambience and good Italian food .
My husband really enjoyed the wine and three course meal that included calamari appetizer large enough to share, veal entree and dessert Tartuffe that he liked so much he never got around to sharing.
Our server Marco did a good job with the wine pairing recommendations. My salmon and asparagus were perfectly cooked and flavorful. The others in our party were equally pleased with their selections.
One suggestion is to validate parking for patrons to remove the obstacle people have to dining in the city now that there are so great dining options in the area.
Hope this restaurant does well in this new location. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our waiter was very slow. We had a noon reservation for lunch because we had a 2:00 show across the street —hardly made it in time after repeated requests to leave for show. Other tables coming in after us were served—it was a waiter issue not a kitchen issue

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

While the food was very good, the service for a group was spotty. On both courses, the food came out at different intervals and members of the group had to either wait to eat or eat without others having their food.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

My co-workers and I had a wonderful lunch at La Grotta today. Everyone said their dishes were excellent. Our waitress was very attentive. Loved the decor, too.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was over seasoned and drowning in sauce ( Veal scalopini, lobster raviloli, antipasti tower) Coconut Cake dessert was very good. Service was average. Server was pleasant, but our veal came to the table and we had no knife. Slow to refill water glasses. Bar service was extremeley slow for our pre dinner drinks. We ordered a bottle of white wine with dinner and it was served at our table without a bottle chiller. We had a table by the front window and the draft was so strong I needed to put my coat on and no one noticed. The server and owner both had no idea how to ring up a gift card and was frustrated with us over their lack of knowledge. And she asked us to move from our table while they tried to figure it out beacuase they obviuuosly didnt mange reservations correctly. After all of the above, we never would go back again, but I may have given the place a 3 star if the owner hadnt raised ger voice to my husband, called him rude and said " I dont want to deal with you anymore"

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The restaurant was extremely busy due to the holidays no doubt. We had great service and the food was excellent as well!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 12, 2017

It was good.. specials for Grouper was kinda pricey

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our service was wonderful, but our food was not. One of our guests ordered a caprese salad. (It was not on the dinner menu, but the kitchen kindly offered to make one.) The tomatoes and cheese were flavorless and the seasoning was almost non-existent. The chef made a second one. It was better, but still not good.

All guests ordered the seafood special with fettuccine, lobster, shrimp and scallops. The pasta was well done. The sauce was ok, but could have used more seasoning. The lobster and shrimp were overcooked and tough. The scallops were discolored. (One guest ate them and didn't say anything. The others declined. )

While the location, ambience and service were excellent, the food was barely passable. We travel to Richmond a lot on business and were happy to have found a new place to eat. Sadly, I can't imagine returning.

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Been here numerous times, never disappointed. Great traditional Italian fare. The calamari was outstanding. Great for pre show and post show drinks and apps.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Went before Trans-Siberian orchestra concert. Excellent food and service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Waiter got the order wrong on a simple salad - correct item did not end up being served until the rest of my 5-person party was almost finished. It being a business lunch, it made all in attendance quite uncomfortable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had 6 diners and all of us but 1 thought our entrees were average. The desserts on the other hand were spectacular! Loved the atmosphere and awesome service.
Entrees need improvement.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Love dinner at LaGrotta. Great food and service. great specials and the menu is expansive.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Organic
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Have been to 1st lagrotta for dinner food was much better than lunch
I liked the 1st restaurant on Cary st because it was unique.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very enjoyable. Good food and good service! Did not have a lot for children to chose but luckily not a problem.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food wasn’t served hot, just warm. Pasta needs to have excellent sauces at a restaurant like this. This was just ok, more like Olive Garden.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We met our son and his girlfriend at La Grotta to celebrate our son's birthday. Our waitress, Olga, was very attentive. The food, including dessert, was delicious. After dinner it was a short walk over the Carpenter Center for our program. Great location - great food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

LeRoy was great. We live in Fredericksburg and our dining experience was like we were in DC or NYC. Excellent!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food and service were outstanding!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service, wonderful food. We will 100% be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lovely evening with family before attending a concert. La Grotta was busy but the staff was attentive and we got to the theatre before the curtain rise. The lamb was delicious and the home made ravioli was perfect. Great ambience. Go and enjoy.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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