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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Beacon Hill)
(617) 227-3434
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Ranked #88 of 2,818 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Cross street: Cambridge
Transit: T Stops are Park and Government Center.
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87% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Beacon Hill has many good restaurants and Grotto is an underground gem. It was a perfect place to spend a rainy summer evening. Cozy and inviting. Service was good and the food was excellent. We were a group of 5 and all loved our meals. 3 courses for $38 was a value for a Boston restaurant with such high quality... More

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Surf City, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We very much enjoyed our meal, and sampled the appetizers, entrees, and dessert. The pans cotta was exquisite and a light end to a very filling meal.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went here on recommendation of a friend, and it was delightful. Incredibly romantic - low lighting, if any at all besides table candles, dark wood and red all over. Literally underground. Had cavatelli appetizer, misto salad, garlic soup (was amazing, practically licked the bowl), gnocchi short rib, tagliatelle with bolognese, panna cotta, and banana bread pudding. All was fabulous!... More

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Plainview, NY
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98 reviews 98 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Loved the ambiance and coziness of the place, especially on a cold and rainy night. Really liked the format of the menu: wine by the glass comes in three sizes, each size the same price no matter which wine you select. Same with the food: appetizers all $11, entrees all $22, desserts all $8. And there are a LOT of... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My wife and I were in the New England area recently and spent the last 2 days of our trip in Boston. We wanted to have a nice, quiet, romantic dinner our last night there. We chose Grotto based on things I read on the internet. We were not disappointed. The food and service were superb and the value great.... More

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Houston, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is a darling restaurant ... absolutely perfect for a date. It's small, the service is exceptional and the food is very good! I had a wonderful meal and really enjoyed this sweet restaurant!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Usually I only use Tripadvisor on vacation and trust my husband to pick our restaurants in Boston but...yesterday I decided to choose our dinner before the Red Sox game with the help of Tripadvisor . Grotto is wonderful...sorry locals...visitors to boston it is not hard to get to. Make a reservation. Room holds 45 people. Kitchen is larger than dining... More

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My husband and I had dinner in this charming little restaurant. The food and service were both outstanding. The homemade pasta with lobster was delicious. Good size portions as well. Cozy atmosphere. This restaurant is very small so I would recommend making a reservation.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

We had a party of 8 for dinner at this very small restaurant hidden along Bowdoin Street near the capital building. They offer 3 courses for $40 and a large wine list. A la carte is also available. We ordered a variety of dishes, so got to sample the different flavors by sharing bites. The short ribs with the gnocchi... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Delicious, fresh, innovative twist on traditional italian classics, nice wine list,excellent service. Quaint and atmospheric... Simply put it's a five star in my book!

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