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Grotto

37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Beacon Hill)
(617) 227-3434
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Ranked #97 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate finishing school and it was the perfect night out. The food was delicious and reasonably priced ($40 for three courses) and the wine list was extensive. The one downside was that it was really really dark in there. I understand the concept of mood lighting, but I almost needed a headlamp. However,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I live in Boston and dine out a lot. Grotto has been in my top 3 since I tried it for the first time 4 years ago. It is a cozy restaurant with reasonable prices (3 course dinner menu for $40 all year!) and a delicious menu. For appetizer, the cavatelle with mushrooms and pancetta are absolutely delicious and for... More

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