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Grotto

#98 of 2,680 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Beacon Hill
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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Cambridge)
T Stops are Park and Government Center.
(617) 227-3434
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 122
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hidden gem in downtown Boston

My wife and I were celebrating our 10 year chose Grotto based on reviews and location. We were visiting from South Florida. We made a late 9pm reservation for Friday night 02/04/2016, at first we were concerned that the place would be packed for a Friday night, but after a short walk from our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
sonnyspop
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Sunrise, Florida
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Sunrise, Florida
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I were celebrating our 10 year chose Grotto based on reviews and location. We were visiting from South Florida. We made a late 9pm reservation for Friday night 02/04/2016, at first we were concerned that the place would be packed for a Friday night, but after a short walk from our hotel we were greeted with a... More 

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Brisbane
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I read about the Grotto on TA when someone suggested it as a place the locals go. We booked and turned up on time but our table was not ready, the staff quickly adjusted some existing tables and fitted us in. The food was magnificent, the crab ravioli was to die for, my daughter said that her Chicken Parmigiano was... More 

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Martha's Vineyard
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 5 had dinner at nGrotto a week ago, and we all loved it! The fondue is a must! Everyone loved their main dish and the desserts were excellent, too. Although I was pretty full after the fondue!! It was really fun. We loved the atmosphere...people talking , I don't think there was any music which was just... More 

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Thank bcdluck
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful dinner full of flavors. From the wine to the rissoto and tenderloin. Cant go wrong here. Small intimate setting that you dont have to go to the north end for great italian food and wine. I'll be back

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Thank Deannarph
Houston, Texas
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

My husband and I had dinner here and really enjoyed the cozy ambiance and knowledgeable, friendly wait staff. We had the fondue and crab ravioli as appetizers, and osso buco and tenderloin for entrees. The fondue was especially good, but all the food was delicious.

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Thank Nissa P
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227 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

I had dinner with a business colleague here on weeknight. He had the duck and I had the Osso Bucco. The food was tasty and the service professional. The restaurant is fairly small and the room while dimly lit was very nice. This is a typical small Boston neighborhood place with good food and relatively reasonable prices. Very similar to... More 

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Thank Dan L
connecticut
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

situated off the beaten path behind the state capital, this small restaurant was a nice find. Serving traditional Italian fare, the food was excellent. Service as fine. I had an osso bucco that was very meaty but underseasoned. My wife had some gnocci which she loved. We did not have the famous banana bread pudding as we were quite full... More 

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Thank RXMAN2
Springfield, Missouri
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48 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

My Birthday Dinner! What an amazing experience. Jesse recommended the perfect wine. Esteban was our waiter. He was the best!!!! The scallops were to die for, roasted cauliflower and risotto were splendid!!! What can we say? Don't pass up any opportunity to visit this amazing restaurant!

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Thank Lorelei S
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

I went there yesterday and had grilled steak and osso buco. The osso buco was very tender and brussels sprout were nicely cooked. The steak was also tender but slightly lack of taste compared to the creamy rissoto came with the steak.

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Thank Eun-gwang
Arlington, Massachusetts, United States
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

stopped in for lunch and the service and food were wonderful! We tried far too many things to list but everything was expertly prepared and tasted amazing. The Cavatelle: House prepared ricotta pasta, Sausage, Peas, Mushrooms, Pancetta, Cream was my particular favorite, but no matter what you choose you will not leave hungry. Our Server John was great, attentive and... More 

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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

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Miami Beach, Florida
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Beacon Hill

Neighborhood Profile
Beacon Hill
Visit this historic and ritzy Boston neighborhood to soak up its classic New England charm as you stroll down cobblestoned, gas-lamp lined streets. Bring your walking shoes, camera, and select a nice day to wander through the hilly neighborhood and check out its exclusive addresses. Louisburg Square, Mt. Vernon street, Chestnut street and the extremely narrow and widely photographed Acorn street make a nice walking path. Make sure to meander down Charles street to poke into boutiques and antique shops, cafes, and restaurants on this quaint shopping street. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse up close of the State House with its beautiful and iconic dome.