Grotto

4.8
2709 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Welcome to Grotto, a 25 rated Zagat restaurant serving Italian cuisine in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. We will bring back old world charm with a rustic setting, featuring cuisine rated by Phantom Gourmet as Best New Italian (2004), and Gourmet Greatness (2005).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2709 People Are Saying
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vipWill
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always incredible and at a great value that’s hard to find anywhere else. Service was also very good. Grotto is consistently wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great experience! Definitely going again soon! Thank you!

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loveroffood
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the new ultimate meal of our life! We went to this restaurant close to 18 years ago on our honeymoon but could remember the name. It became the standard by which every other meal would be judged. We would say, that is close to the Boston meal. We somehow found the place again, ate there two days ago ... and after our meal we said, this meal is now the new standard! You won't be disappointed.

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BrendaT
Taiwan
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My husband and I went during Restaurant Week. We had cavatelli and confit duck leg for appetizers, carne and wellington for entrees, and budino and tiramisu for desserts. We loved both appetizers, but the beef in both entrees was not impressive--it's not even better than our average cooking at home. The risotto that came with carne was really good though. I didn't like the tiramisu and the budino was quite average.

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CrystalB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing restaurant week menu. Food and portions were incredible. The ambiance and decor are very romantic and give the feel of exclusivity. Had a phenomenal time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Can’t wait to go back

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vipkareng
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food, good service. Tiny little place. One of the best beef wellingtons around.

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Shonda
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was great. I would definitely return to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Very good food experience but was discouraged on how the place looked especially the quality of the restroom, very run down and unkempt

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KatrinaW
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had three courses and they were all amazing! I had the best Espresso Martini of my life and there was an amazing underground ambiance

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Brian
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice cozy restaurant in Beacon Hill, food was very good.

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KevinH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Grotto and will certainly not be the last! The service and food were absolutely outstanding.

The escargot were the best I'd had outside of France and the Fra Diavlo was just the right amount of spice and al dente, with perfectly cooked jumbo butter poached shrimp on top. The bolognese was also fantastic. Finished with very well prepared deserts.

Service was friendly, prompt and attentive, without being overbearing.

Only negative is that the wine menu is quite limited, so I hope that will be expanding in the future.

Great place for date night.

We'll definitely be back!

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Deli
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was nice, though because it is a small restaurant, it seemed crowded.

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NatalieB
New England
52 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Each of the courses were good but not great. Would not go back again.

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Lisa
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food and a lovely relaxing atmosphere.

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JeffreyM
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Will recommend for a nice atmosphere delicious dinner.

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SagarN
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Grotto is one of the best Italian restaurants in Boston. Love their Garlic soup, Chicken Parm and basically any Pasta. Great ambiance with the exposed brick interior and perfect lighting. Makes for a fantastic dinner date.

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seand
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and servers were extremely friendly.

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MackenzieV
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, drinks, and atmosphere. Totally recommend if you are looking for a spot for an intimate and romantic dinner.

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AmyC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unusual but very good presentation of chicken parmigiana, and the seafood fra diavalo was the best I have ever eaten. Super friendly staff. Restaurant was full (as full as it can be in times of COVID) and very clean and a warm, inviting and intimate space. Good selection of cocktails and wine. Such a nice treat!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My wife and I went to Grotto for our fourth wedding anniversary. We ordered fondue and sweet potato ravioli for appetizers, beef Wellington, wild mushroom risotto and salmon fra diavolo for entrees, budino and ciaccolatto for dessert. Each and every item was absolutely cooked to perfection and on the money. The flavors were well balanced and seasoning was spot on. The only suggestion I would make is to make the pastry crust a little thicker for the Wellington and to not put the Wellington on a bed of reduction because it makes the bottom crust soggy. Also rubbing mustard sauce when the beef is warm will add more flavor to the Wellington. All in all it was one of the most satisfying dinners we have ever had. If you love Italian good this is as good as it gets. Definitely worth the price.

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susani
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is a little gem. Delicious food in an intimate setting. Good value as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very hospitable our waitress was amazing gave us time for apps as well as not rushing you or the party. Will be back again

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Jessica
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the atmosphere. Great date site.

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vipZachW
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, as always. This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Boston, a true gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pasta.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow.
Outstanding.
Server was excellent, helped me narrow my choices.
Loved the atmosphere.
Very clean.
Food was very good. Good value on prefixed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent!!

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SBSVA
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from out of state and found Grotto was a short walk from the place we are staying at and decided it was a perfect fit since we are obsessed with Italian! Hands down, this was an AMAZING first impression of Boston cuisine and we recommend everyone to give this place a try. (BTW the brussel sprouts as a appetizer was to die for.)

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CatherineH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here many times before but this was our first visit during COVID and it did not disappoint. Same DELICIOUS food and romantic atmosphere. Felt safe throughout the experience. Will definitely be back soon!

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SarahH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our New Year’s Eve dining experience at Grotto was amazing! My boyfriend and I got a romantic table in the corner, and received nothing but the best service all evening. The Caesar salad, Carne, and Bolognese sent us home happy and full of delicious food. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic date night or for a quaint dinner out with friends! I will be coming back!

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SteveG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location to celebrate our 20th anniversary! The food and atmosphere were excellent.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No need to travel to the North End for amazing Italian food. Grotto is pure perfection every time we are there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time dining here and once again did not disappoint. I was completely amazed by their garlic soup this time. Delicious!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grotto is my fav restaurant in Boston! Amazing food and wonderful service and ambiance. So, so wonderful!

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JaredL
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate, cozy, delicious. Place is tiny, but a gem. Will certainly be heading back. Wes, our server was a cool dude!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing!!!! Definitely coming back

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Brooke
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Food was good. Service was good. The lighting was so dark, I could barely see what I was eating. While signing the check...we saw a mouse run across the dining room floor. Completely ruined our experience.

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BookishFellow
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. The duck confit was outstanding, as were the accompanying Brussels sprouts - and that was just the appetizer. Beef Wellington was so tender and flavorful. Everything was perfect.

FAQs

Grotto offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 227-3434.

Grotto is rated 4.8 stars by 2709 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 bookings at the moment.

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