Grassona's Italian

4.4
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388 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Brought to you by the Fairsted Kitchen team, Grassona's Italian serves creative Italian comfort fare inspired by a love of Grandma's red sauce cooking.

With heaping antipasto platters, hearty pastas, and tongue in cheek riffs on Italian standards, our warm and welcoming experience stretches from quick weeknight suppers to lingering weekend feasts. Come for our family style menu that makes group dining a delicious breeze. And bring the children for our Bambino's menu, with smaller portions of the same honest, scratch cooking from the dinner menu.

Find the perfect partner to your meal our deep Italian wine list overseen by Proprietor & Sommelier Steve Bowman. Or delve into our bar offering timeless classic cocktail alongside innovative house creations.

In the heart of Brookline's Washington Square, Grassona's Italian is convenient to many local colleges. We are a quick hop from BC, BU, Simmons, and Emmanuel, halfway along Beacon street between Kenmore and Cleveland Circle.
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New England
42 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good. The broccoli rabe was delicious and the cocktails were very good . The pastas were good but not exceptional. The ambiance is lovely.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I had the best Thanksgiving experience here! The service was impeccable—we were seated immediately (a few minutes before our reservation) and were swiftly brought water and drink menus and shortly after, some amazing rolls and the world’s best butter. Everyone was very kind and attentive the entire night. The food was so good: the turkey was so delicious and paired great with the thick gravy, Brussels sprouts and bacon were the perfect flavor, mashed potatoes and stuffing were second to none. We had a great time as the space was very comfortable and we had plenty of room at our table, and were not rushed at all. Lastly, we were both very happy with dessert—my sister had the pumpkin pie and I had the apple spice. So good with the heavy whipped cream. All leftovers were nicely bagged for us, including the leftover wine. Couldn’t have asked for a nicer Thanksgiving dinner!

NA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We very much enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal but would have liked a slight pause with our cocktails/appetizer before the main meal was served. The food was delicious.

TR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, friendly atmosphere and set thanksgiving menu was good. Food wasn’t as hot as I like but since it was thanksgiving I’m not unhappy overall.

DA
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous Thanksgiving dinner with great service -made us feel at home. Everything was outstanding including the fried cauliflower entree for my vegetarian daughter - made us all want to become vegetarians. This may be our new family tradition!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Excellent service and delicious food. Will definitely be back many more times!

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a great wine list. We always feel welcomed here. A great neighborhood restaurant!

KT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food and a vegan/vegetarian menu.. highly recommend !!

GT
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service at reasonable prices.

C
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lasagna and lamb raft outstanding. Mushroom sugo was a little monotonous. Wines excellent. Needs some sound absorption on ceiling. Great service. I would definitely go back and enjoy it!

OT
New England
55 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an excellent time. The staff couldn’t be friendlier, the food was very good, the beverage selection was fun and the ambience felt like Italy.

DS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was disappointing and the dining room was full of smoke when we were eating. He service was terrible, including a cook who brought my children’s food to the table in a revealing tank top who looked like he had not bathed in a week. I do not recommend this restaurant.

b
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

we have eaten at grassona's many times
it was clear that you were short handed
we did not get the salad we ordered, but, you were so busy we ate it anyway(and it was good)
but, we will certainly be back
it has always been good

c
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was exceptional; the lamb in particular was our favorite. No reason this place shouldn't be just as packed as Barcelona next door. Except, you can actually talk to other people at Grassona's because they don't have club music blaring out of their speakers. Nice outdoor seating too!

EG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Extremely nice staff, food portions were a little small for the price, but tasted good.

KL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This is as much an Italian restaurant as if I was Italian...And I am NOT.

MK
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful little gem with great service wonderful food and terrific music

JL
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Look it’s not cheap to eat great food, when they started talking about the branding and all day cooking of the sauce I was not moved, but boy did my mouth sing from creamy polenta and gravy with mixed meats of the kitchen...show stopper!
Smokey Caesar dressing on romaine Lettuce ...yum

CB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious and host and staff are so welcoming. This place is a gem.

KG
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our son seen the Tiramisu French toast on the Phantom Gourmet & said we had to try it. We come from the South Shore wasn’t bad of a trip from brunch on a Sunday so worth the trip. Food was awesome! My wife and son had the Tiramisu French Toast & I had the Confit PIg Tail Hash. I love hash for breakfast this hash is a great twist. Love it!! Of course I had a few pieces of the French Toast. Service was outstanding!! Will be back!! Also a pus is free parking on the street!

p
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening so the three of us chose to eat outside. We all immensely enjoyed the pasta with lamb and root vegetables; we agreed it was the best we had experienced. And that is from some well traveled gourmands! The service was prompt, pleasant, and enlightening about the wine and the menu.
Kudos to the chef and the staff!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was great..... the service and atmosphere were especially nice, and the food wasn’t just the usual boring Italian, but an interring take on classics.

DW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We heard about Grassonas and we're excited to check it out. The bread and appetizers were great but we were a bit disappointed by the main courses. Both the lasagna and the veal were very salty.
We will likely go back again to give it another try.

K
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food but the air conditioning is inadequate. It got to be uncomfortable to stay. I’ll definitely go back, but not until the weather cools off

F
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Gorgeous environment. Friendly staff. Chef trying to be clever but misses.

r
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a really wonderful anniversary dinner at Grassona's. I really appreciate that they have a vegetarian/vegan menu - it made it very easy for me to order comfortably. My husband got the lasagna and said it was fantastic. I got the fried polenta with mushrooms and broccoli rabe, which was also excellent. The cocktails were delicious and they have outdoor seating with is nice in the great weather we're having. All around a really great experience. Well definitely be back.

JF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Italian comfort food "hidden" in plain sight, next to Barcelona. The Bolognese was filled with tender, succulent short rib meat, sausage and veal that seemed like it was marinating in its juices for hours and hours. Home made Pasta was done perfectly. All was Excellent. Lots of great vegan dishes too. Our Server, Sam, was very friendly and attentive. Will be back.

PR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A different take on Italian food. Very good chicken under a brick. Good chicken parm, but different: chicken was tasty and tender, red sauce and noodles didn't float my boat. Great bartender but limited selection of vodka - Tito's was the best they had (no Kettle or Grey Goose). Good experience - not great.

JD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 8 and came at 6pm on a Friday in June. Still fairly quiet. Fully busy when we left but still able to chat fairly easily. Started with the large antipasto plate. Outstanding! They were happy to serve us family style so we got a mix of pasta and meat dishes plus an order of broccoli rabe from the appetizer menu. Every dish was terrific.

j
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very disappointed. Food was not good, menu, bar and wine offerings very limited. Not at all as advertised. Not a traditional Italian restaurant, not a restaurant with Italian comfort food.

JD
New England
56 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

It was ok, was looking for a more Italian experience including food and it was more American style. Even the music was hip hop - Italian is not hip hop - Italian is Italian - I want to experience Italian or Sicilian cuisine.

RA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great Italian restaurant, less pretentious than other places in the neighborhood but certainly worth visiting. Had a great meal

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Attentive service and great ambiance Thorough answers to all our questions. Really appreciated the separate vegetarian/ vegan menu. Will happily return!

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Excellent service but sadly very disappointing food.

b
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love grassona's
have been there three times in the past few months and always very happy
mark, now the maitre de is excellent and keeps things moving right along
the choices on the menu are for the most part unique and fun combos
thank you
beverly bernson

B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unusual and delicious menu. First rate service and some truly inspired cocktails. Highly recommended

B
New England
131 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Quiet place with very good food. The broccoli rabe and cauliflower were excellent. Folks enjoyed the Sunday “gravy “ and the wine was excellent . Blood orange granita dessert also delicious . Best of all I was easy to have a conversation as it is a quiet place!

MG
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This small little neighborhood Italian restaurant has great food, good cocktail and wine selections, excellent service and a really nice low key vibe. The menu is varied enough so there is something for everyone. Lovely outdoor dining during the warmer months is lovely,

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood favorite! Delicious food made with love in a cozy space.