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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Beacon Hill)
(617) 227-3434
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Ranked #89 of 2,831 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cambridge
Transit: T Stops are Park and Government Center.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Grotto is a restaurant in beacon hill with a great choice of wines and good food. The menu for lunch and dinner are different, but all Italian recipes are delicious and very tasty

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Grotto is a tiny little spot on Bowdoin Street that you've likely walked by a million times and didn't know it was even there. It's practically underground,very small and intimate- perfect for a date or party of no more than 4. Everything I have tried on the menu is great, but the garlic soup is beyond amazing. However, if you... More 

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Limerick, Maine
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My daughter and I found this little restaurant on Trip Advisor last week end. What a surprise . Very small in a cellar but absolutely wonderful food and service. Very busy, definitely need reservations as tables were turning over with only a few minutes between parties.

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North Hampton, New Hampshire
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My husband and I went for a romantic dinner and we were quite happy with the overall experience! We took advantage of the fixed prix which offered several choices for each of 3 courses. The sausage cavatelli was excellent, as was the bolognese. It was quite rich and filling, but we had room for the molten chocolate cake with ice... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

I am so pleased to have found this darling place. The ambiance is cozy and romantic. There are not a ton of tables, so reservations are highly suggested. The fondue appetizer was outstanding. I will order it again if/when I return to Boston. The gnocchi and short ribs are out of this world , and the portions were gracious. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Me and my wife stayed in Boston for her 40 birthday and I took her to Grotto! Perfect night at a perfect restaurant, one of the best restaurants I have tried! I defenetly recommend this restaurant. A small cozy place with nice staff!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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118 reviews 118 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Our first night in Boston and we decided to stop here for a date night. I have to say... a very, very SMALL place so make sure you have reservations before heading here. Once you arrive... you'll notice that it will down and and underneath the building and once you're in... very dark in the establishment. Once you're in wait... More 

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I was hoping to like this quaint dark below ground small restaurant better than I did. Food is decent, well presented, but nothing special. Service by somewhat bored looking young staffers was okay but again, nothing to warrant any special notice. For me, as a woman eating alone, I got the worst table in the house right opposite the drafty... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The food here is fantastic but the prices reflect the quality. Lovely staff who will go the whole nine yards to ensure you have a great meal and a great experience. Can feel a bit cramped in a basement location but some will see it as cosy and intimate. Wine is very expensive and the choice not that great and... More 

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Minneapolis
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Grotto is a fabulous Italian restaurant. The service was great. All four of us had wonderful food. It is a very small space so reservations are a must. The prix fixe dinner price of $38 is a fabulous value.

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Additional Information about Grotto

Address: 37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
Phone Number: (617) 227-3434
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Beacon Hill
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40

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