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Grotto

#114 of 2,856 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Beacon Hill
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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Cambridge)
T Stops are Park and Government Center.
(617) 227-3434
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 91
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 12
    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
Most recent review
It's all about the taste

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Adderley3C
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Worcester, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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172 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Worcester, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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195 reviews 195 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Very good trattoria, real Italian and yet modern sophisticated chef! Cozy atmosphere. (And for 38$ you can get starter, main, and desert). From the starters - the Cavatelle is a must ! The spinaci goat cheese salad is very good. And the crab ravioli is highly recommended too. Among the main: the Gnudi and the Gnocchi are really good. The... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Planned our evening because we had wanted their fixed price menu, and they had very attractive sounding sea-food. Got there, but were told that they had changed their menu and that sea food was now not available, and the only option was go a-la-carte, which we did not want to. No apologies. The waiter's tone was "take-it-or-leave-it". We left it... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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

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