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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Beacon Hill)
(617) 227-3434
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Ranked #113 of 2,852 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 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
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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121 reviews 121 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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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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