Grassona's Italian

4.3
374 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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1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

KL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JL
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

KG
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

r
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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
54 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Excellent service but sadly very disappointing food.

b
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

B
New England
128 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Italian food and great service! Was a hit with the whole family.

RA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellen service and food, definitively goibg back so I shouldn’t recommend it so highly otherwise I won’t find a table anymore!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there just as good as the 1st

t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grassona's is a hidden neighborhood gem. Not only is the environment cozy and warm, but all of the staff are incredibly friendly, welcoming and knowledgable. The chef, Phil Dwyer, is absolutely amazing. He takes traditional recipes but utilizes innovative techniques, local grown ingredients and a gut instinct to create truly delicious plates. I would give them all of my stars!

AC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service, very accommodating of gluten and dairy allergies. Nice vibe, friendly and warm, but not noisy. Food was very good, the bolognese, in particular. Both salads and antipasti were excellent with each bringing something special to the table. I wish I had room for dessert. Will definitely add this to our rotation.

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful neighborhood gem. Great wine list to go with delicious food!

J
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely brunch with friends! Food and service are excellent.

R
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The very best hospitality in town, a crazy-fantastic wine and cocktail program, and gorgeous Italian soul food - Grassona's is *the* hidden gem of Boston and you want to be a regular here. The staff hits the just-right balance of playful and knowledgable. I feel pity for the folks walking in the place next door to pay out the nose for a corporate franchise with a hip brand. The charm and heart that Grassona's serves up will never go out of style!

KE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Grassona's a few times, and it is always a great experience! The food is excellent and the service is amongst the best in the Boston area. The waiters are friendly, and very helpful and professional. The ambiance is also great! Would definitely recommend this to anyone for a special occasion or otherwise!

e
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

horrible food Its a cafeteria No a restaurant no recomend

g
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was under cooked and when complained to owner was very rude......not a good vibe at all

CO
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great vegetarian options!

SW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The entrees of fish and lamb shank were perfectly prepared and presented. And the desert (blood orange ice with basil was creative and wonderful way to finish a meal.

It is a little tight for dining. When we were seated next to a family with very young children, I thought my dining out for a special occasion would be marred. Fortunately the children were well behaved. Would likely not come to restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night and would come earlier hoping not as crowded.

NV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic!

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