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Grassona's Italian - Permanently Closed, Brookline, MA

Grassona's Italian - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
398 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 Be

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Supper Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 396-8752

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Phil Dwyer

  • Private party contact

    fairstedevents@gmail.com: (617) 396-8752

  • Neighborhood

    Brookline

  • Cross street

    Williston

  • Parking details

    Many metered spaces are available on Beacon St on both sides of the street and alongside the center median. Non-resident parking is also available on Salisbury Road, which runs parallel to Beacon from Washington to Kilsyth one block behind Grassona's Italian.

  • Public transit

    Tappan St - Green Line C Branch<br />Beaconsfield - Green Line D Branch<br />

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 398 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. J

    Jamie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at Grassona's, so sad to see this place close. We had our first date here and when we found out they were closing we knew we had to go again! Grassona's will always hold a special place in our hearts. Best of luck with your next endeavors!
  2. PS

    PatriciaS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will miss my friends at Grassona's very much as I understand this was the last week-end it was to be open. Thanks for many years of great meals and fun! Pat Swaim
  3. SO

    SandyO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, good ambience, well prepared food with complex flavor in entertaining combinations. Expect to go back to explore the menu and sample their specials.
  4. G

    Gabe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve been to in a long time! I love how accommodating they were with my dietary restrictions—as a vegan with a tree nut allergy Italian is usually off the table for me, but not here. I’ll be back for sure!
  5. NT

    NatalieT

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful food , wine, and service! Love the vegan menu! Will definitely be back !
  6. K

    Kpovie

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great food. An undiscovered gem
  7. P

    Phyllis

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I stumbled across Grassona on the internet and I'm so glad I did. I think that it is my new favorite restaurant. The food we ordered was delicious and the wait staff were very attentive. There were so many choices for vegetarians and vegans, as well as for omnivores. My husband and I were deliberating about ordering one or two Ribolita (Tuscan bread) soups and our waiter suggested sharing and having the order split in the kitchen. It was just the right amount and so tasty. I don't usually write reviews of Restaurants, but I really thought that Grassona was outstanding.
  8. GM

    GeorgeM

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Wonderful atmosphere. too. I had the Bolognese which had a rich and hearty taste. I am a repeat customer. Good for dates.
  9. LC

    LoriC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just don’t understand how anyone can make broccoli rabe and cauliflower so delicious! My husband does not like risotto, but he enjoyed mine. We live in Somerville, but this is worth the trek.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Very knowledgeable staff. Recommended dishes were outstanding.
  11. s

    simcoh

    New England

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2019

    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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 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!
  13. NA

    NotAComplainer

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 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.
  14. TR

    TinkuR

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 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.
  15. DA

    DeeAnneJ

    Birmingham

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    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!
  17. S

    Sher

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and a great wine list. We always feel welcomed here. A great neighborhood restaurant!
  18. KT

    KarenT

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful food and a vegan/vegetarian menu.. highly recommend !!
  19. GT

    GeorgeT

    Birmingham

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service at reasonable prices.
  20. C

    Comestible

    Monaco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 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!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 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.
  22. DS

    DSWA

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  23. b

    beverlyb

    New England

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 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
  24. c

    clem

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  25. EG

    ErikaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Extremely nice staff, food portions were a little small for the price, but tasted good.
  26. KL

    KennethL

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    This is as much an Italian restaurant as if I was Italian...And I am NOT.
  27. MK

    MaryK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful little gem with great service wonderful food and terrific music
  28. JL

    JeffreyL

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 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
  29. CB

    CatherineB

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is delicious and host and staff are so welcoming. This place is a gem.
  30. KG

    KarlG

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  31. p

    papril

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  34. DW

    DaveW

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  35. K

    Kpovie

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 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
  36. F

    Friends

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Gorgeous environment. Friendly staff. Chef trying to be clever but misses.
  37. r

    ralu

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  38. JF

    JerryF

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 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.
  39. PR

    PaulR

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 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.
  40. JD

    JeffreyD

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

FAQs

Grassona's Italian - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 396-8752.

Grassona's Italian - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 398 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Williston

  • Neighborhood

    Brookline

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Supper Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Many metered spaces are available on Beacon St on both sides of the street and alongside the center median. Non-resident parking is also available on Salisbury Road, which runs parallel to Beacon from Washington to Kilsyth one block behind Grassona's Italian.

  • Public transit

    Tappan St - Green Line C BranchBeaconsfield - Green Line D Branch

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Phil Dwyer

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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