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Grotto

#108 of 2,873 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 95
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Comfortable atmosphere and delicious food

I had lunch here on a Friday. It was busy but our service was very good and the food delicious. The bread was fresh with a delicious, chewy crust and tender bread; dipped in olive oil it was superb. We had salads and mussels, and everything was perfect. The tables are small but comfortable and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Julia009
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Portland, ME
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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178 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Portland, ME
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I had lunch here on a Friday. It was busy but our service was very good and the food delicious. The bread was fresh with a delicious, chewy crust and tender bread; dipped in olive oil it was superb. We had salads and mussels, and everything was perfect. The tables are small but comfortable and we had plenty of room... More 

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Road Town, Tortola
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is our favourite eatery in Boston. It's underground/cellar location adds to the charm. The service is always perfect and the menu never fails to offer wonderful choices. A thoughtful wine lists rounds off what is a great dining experience. Highly recommended.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Sitting in the shadow of the State House and Beacon Hill, and overlooking Quincy Market/the North End, is Grotto. A very small (~800 sq ft), subterranean sister restaurant to the Marliave, the Grotto is a nice departure from the standard dining experience. With a Prix fixe menu for under $40 there is something for everyone to enjoy. Try to arrive... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Went there this weekend and there is no one to greet you at the door, or rather behind the curtain. We were never offered to put our coats/umbrellas away. The food was at best...ok! Maybe because it was restaurant week but we were there for a birthday not restaurant week. Will try when its not restaurant week but they really... More 

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Boston
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

What an amazing little find. We stopped in for dinner on a Sunday evening- we didn't have a reservation, so we went early, and they were able to accommodate us. Luckily we went early, because later every table was full. They have an amazing prix fixe dinner for $38 (starter, main, dessert), with many, many choices. We had salads, the... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

i came here for lunch on a friday afternoon with a friend of mine. we were seated in a very small corner which it make our dinner super private, romantic and akward since it was the first time meeting each other and we both have partners.... The food was extremly good, even though my ravioli entre only came with 4... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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169 reviews 169 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This was one of the best meals I've had in the Beacon Hill area of Boston. The Cavatelle was flavorful with each bite as good as the previous with a creamy mouthfeel and well seasoned suasage, peas and mushrooms in the mix. The Fra Diavola was filling with bits of buttered lobster and a linguine with a spicy tomato sauce.... More 

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Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Great romantic atmosphere led us to believe we had found something special. The appetizers were very good but the entrees were ok at best. My meal was way too salty and greasy. The other two diners I was with felt the same way about their meals. Waiter was friendly.

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Oyster
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

In anticipation of my upcoming visit, my daughter made a reservation for the Grotto. I must admit when I saw this restaurant from the street , I questioned in judgement. It is in the basement of a brownstone , and very small. The walls are painted red, and chandeliers hang from exposed pipes. That said it is charming, although my... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Gotto is very small and intimate, so you are at close quarters with your neighboring diners. The room, it is just one small room, is very dark which left us straining a bit to see the menus and what we were actually eating, but it did lend to a romantic setting (as long as you don't mind sitting close... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, 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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?