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Grotto

#85 of 2,673 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Beacon Hill
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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Cambridge)
T Stops are Park and Government Center.
(617) 227-3434
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 100
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
invitingly delicious!

Was there with the family to celebrate a graduate and the whole dining experience made the event more memorable. What I find is the outstanding balance of taste and presentation of Italian favorites! Excellent service! Place could be a little bigger but the ambiance was just right for a family... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
CGA42762
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Metuchen, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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186 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Italian first
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English first
Metuchen, New Jersey
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Was there with the family to celebrate a graduate and the whole dining experience made the event more memorable. What I find is the outstanding balance of taste and presentation of Italian favorites! Excellent service! Place could be a little bigger but the ambiance was just right for a family gathering.

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New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We visited Grotto based on prior reviews. We made reservations which was great because it fills up quickly for dinner. Good location is easy to get to. It is a cute, intimate place to bring family or friends. The stone walls inside made it seem rustic. The starter salad was tasty. The main dish of gnocchi was delicious and was... More 

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Pataskala, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

My husband and I are in Boston for the first time and went to Grotto for dinner. The staff was very attentive, and the meal was over the top! Arianna our server was very personable and helped us make meal choices - every course of both our meals was delicious: fondue, spaghetti, bread pudding, and crab ravioli, tenderloin, chocolate cake.... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We opted for the prixe fixe menu, which was delicious but way more food when we needed. The lobster linguini and chocolate cake was delicious!

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Toronto
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is a small little basement restaurant close to the Massachusetts State House. It offers prix fixe menu that includes appetizers, main and desserts. Four of us had the steak, duck, scallop ravioli and lobster pasta and they were all very good. The portions are large so we did not have desserts. The price is also very reasonable. Highly recommended.

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Oak Park, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My wife and I visited Grotto when we dropped our daughter off as a freshman at Boston University in September 2012. We had a wonderful meal then, which I reviewed. Well, our daughter graduated this weekend (in three years, thank you), and we returned, this time with her and two good friends of ours who had come to Boston to... More 

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Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We picked this place randomly and were so glad we did!! My boyfriend and I were seated exactly at our reservation time in a cute/romantic little corner of the restaurant. It's a quaint restaurant with red walls, small chandeliers, and candlelight. Food was phenomenal!! We had the cavetelli for starters and it was delicious! For dinner, the Fra Diavolo and... More 

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Clinton, New Jersey
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205 reviews 205 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Went on a Saturday night at around 6:30 with reservations. The restaurant is down a set of stairs in a below street level room on the fringe of Beacon Hill. Service was cordial and attentive. Our waiter provided excellent suggestions on dinner and corresponding wines. Appetizers were on the small side, but very fresh and tasty. Main entrees were very... More 

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Portland, ME
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I had lunch here on a Friday. It was busy but our service was very good and the food delicious. The bread was fresh with a delicious, chewy crust and tender bread; dipped in olive oil it was superb. We had salads and mussels, and everything was perfect. The tables are small but comfortable and we had plenty of room... More 

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Road Town, Tortola
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is our favourite eatery in Boston. It's underground/cellar location adds to the charm. The service is always perfect and the menu never fails to offer wonderful choices. A thoughtful wine lists rounds off what is a great dining experience. Highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
    (Cambridge)
  • Public Transportation: T Stops are Park and Government Center.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Beacon Hill
  • Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
  • Phone Number: (617) 227-3434

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?