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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Beacon Hill)
(617) 227-3434
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Ranked #91 of 2,820 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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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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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Best little italian restaurant, don't let the dark ambiance scare you. Try the scallops ravioli it's mind blowing, really! Only 33$ for a 3 course meal!

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Plano, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Good food, service and atmosphere. Not the best Italian I have had but good. Great wine list if they have it in stock. Tried to order a few different bottles but they were constantly out. Make reservations or be prepared to wait.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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