La Grotta - Richmond

4.6
1528 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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DHR1648
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Needed to lower the lights and insulate for sound -thus limited ambiance

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JonG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although expensive, the food was delicious and the service superb.

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vipHokieTim
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Based on reviews, we were expecting a fine dining experience in an upscale restaurant. We were seated for our 8:30 dinner in a loud, noisy, brightly lit room next to the waiter station. Truth be told, the entire restaurant was loud, noisy and brightly lit, hence the low marks for ambiance. Perhaps it was the seating time later in the evening, but service was rushed from the start. Waiter was rude, brusque, impatient and condescending. He kept pushing us to order, whether it be drinks, appetizers or entrees. We were expecting a relaxed , leisurely paced meal in a quiet refined atmosphere, and we got anything but. As for the food, it was incredibly unremarkable. The calamari was on par with what you might order at a chain restaurant. My steak, while not bad, was bland and under seasoned. Spouse’s meal was also so-so. Long story short, save your money and go to Olive Garden. Everything will be the same except the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and pro service

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RickoB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely will be going back. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her surprised dinner.

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AML2021
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere are as good if not better than the high end restaurants in a big city but with much better prices. Prepare for an exceptional experience, as well as warm and friendly hospitality from Andrea and her staff!

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KevinO
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was outstanding. IF you are looking for fine dining, please consider La Grotta.

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vipNeverdowntown
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food

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MicheleL
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and dining experience!

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vipKittie1cat
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and such a pretty place. Great, friendly service. We so love La Grotta!!

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vipRabbit68
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Grotta has been our anniversary dinner site for several years. Also great for a team evening meal. Sound level is good for conversations.

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Silverfox
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us raved about our dinners and deserts. The octopus appetizer was the best octopus dish I have ever had. Our waiter was courteous, prompt and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Took a very long time to get our table despite our reservation. Also took a very long time to be waited on and served. Food was disappointing and the room was incredibly loud.

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Amyanne
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding...some of the best soft shell crab I've ever had. There were delicious and unique appetizer options and our server, Kate, was terrific. Very quaint ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Meal was amazing and waiter was patient but wasn’t too attentive to filling drink in a timeline manner and wasn’t fully aware of what specials were out. Other than that wonderful experience

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KennethD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Venue was fantastic. Service was superb and the food exceptional. Food was delivered quickly and presentation of same was beautiful. To top it all off on my wife's and my 41st Wedding Anniversary we got the vanilla ice cream rolled in coca which as a taste of bourbon sauce spread around. Heavenly!!!!!

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KathyM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The waiter was spot on with wine pairing recommendations. Would definitely return

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ggirl
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely interior. Delicious food. Friendly service. GREAT dessert. Really enjoyable meal for a fun downtown date night!

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vipJoeG
Seattle
67 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food combined with exceptional service

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ByronF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our 30th wedding anniversary. We met in the old Miller & Rhoads building.
The experience at La Grotta was perfect for the occassion.

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KelleyM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth a trip downtown

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AprilC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time having dinner here and it was amazing. Everything was great. I will definitely be coming back again

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The weather was superb the food was impeccable. I will say that the lighting was a bit bright, and the tables were a bit too close together

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Marie
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good. I made a reservation to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday, even though I had the confirmation they told me that I was not on the list. The tables are very close (covid time), the place very noisy, very difficult to have a conversation. They could improve the space. Beyond that, it was fine.

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savannahd
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Service was awful, waitress was very inattentive and did not even thank us for dining or tell us to have a good evening at the end of our meal. I requested for “Happy Anniversary” to be written on one of the two desserts we purchased, it did not come on either. Calamari appetizer was delicious, entrées were pretty good and dessert was pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff and the food is unbeatable

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vipUkgirl
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pasta and attentive service!

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TRAGIK1988
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food wasn't to our particular liking.

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Chuck
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good people (Tony & Andrea). Will always go back when we’re in town.

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Fishing
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food, great service, waiter's very knowledgeable of menu dishes and wine choices. They work vigorously to make your dining experience beyond expectations.

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AmirS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great restaurant for a date. Food was excellent and service was wonderful. Overall awesome experience, and will definitely be back in the future!

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vipORANGE
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu was extensive and everything we tried was excellent. In addition, the daily specials sounded great. Too bad we couldn't try more selections. We definitely will be back to try more items. Our waiter was the best.

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ajcarp63
Sacramento
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were seated in the center of the room; therefore, it was naturally pretty loud, but the food was delicious and I plan to come back again to try other dishes.

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vipNone
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Considering that they were quite busy, our server did a great job of not leaving anyone uncontacted for too long.

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Paul
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Always a safe choice for Italian food and service is typically good.

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CynthiaD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and wonderful service. We’ll be back!

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RochelleA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was excellent. The food was great as well as the wait staff. First time here and plan on coming back again next time we’re in Richmond.

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HerbF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a small group of customers here. Food and service were both outstanding. Customers said it was the best food of their entire trip. Will definitely return next time I am in Richmond.

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Maggie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The restaurant is lovely and the staff efficient and professional. The number of specials was amazing and dinner was delicious. Our main concern during this time of the spread of the Covid D Variant was that there were simply too many tables occupied and too close together. So our party of 3 decided to skip coffee and desserts.

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La Grotta - Richmond is rated 4.6 stars by 1528 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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