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Grotto

#81 of 2,689 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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 13
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  • 6
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
local italian -great food

It's small and dark but that adds to the atmosphere. It's tucked away down staris in Beacon Hill. We loved the Fondutina- (I think it's called) and the steak main course. The Fra Diavolo was nice but unspectacular compared to other lobster dinner in Boston.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

It's small and dark but that adds to the atmosphere. It's tucked away down staris in Beacon Hill. We loved the Fondutina- (I think it's called) and the steak main course. The Fra Diavolo was nice but unspectacular compared to other lobster dinner in Boston.

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falmouth ma
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had business at the State House which is about 100 yds from the Grotto. I had never been there and decided to pop in. What a wonderful lunch. Northern Italian and very nice. Located on Beacon Hill and in a brownstone half cellar (windows are street height) Small and cosy! I had Egg in Purgatory which is two eggs... More 

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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

When we travel, we like to try a local place. We found a gem in the Grotto. It is not fine dining but is a great little restaurant with excellent food and service. I felt like I was eating in someone's home and was part of the family. I had cavatelle with sausage, peas and asparagus that was delicious. It... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

My boyfriend and I used to frequent Grotto for date nights when we lived in Beacon Hill and it is the only restaurant in the neighborhood that we continue to visit after moving to Charlestown. The atmosphere is romantic - definitely more of a date spot. The food and wine are both excellent. My favorite dish is the bolognese, which... More 

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Denver, Colorado
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

small, cozy basement restaurant down the hill from the State House. Excellent menu of classic and contemporary Italian standards. My Fra Diavolo was excellent, and creatively seasoned. The service was slow and sometimes inattentive - waiters were sometimes in the back and could be heard chatting when diners were looking for them. But waiters were generally knowledgeable and pleasant.

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Dormagen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We were 6 guys, having dinner in that intimate restaurant. First of all, when we came in on time the table was occupied, so we had to go out and look for a place to wait. The meal was fine, a nice garlic soup followed by a sirloin steak cooked to perfection, finally a nice desert. The food was of... More 

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Was there with the family to celebrate a graduate and the whole dining experience made the event more memorable. What I find is the outstanding balance of taste and presentation of Italian favorites! Excellent service! Place could be a little bigger but the ambiance was just right for a family gathering.

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New York City, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We visited Grotto based on prior reviews. We made reservations which was great because it fills up quickly for dinner. Good location is easy to get to. It is a cute, intimate place to bring family or friends. The stone walls inside made it seem rustic. The starter salad was tasty. The main dish of gnocchi was delicious and was... More 

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Pataskala, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

My husband and I are in Boston for the first time and went to Grotto for dinner. The staff was very attentive, and the meal was over the top! Arianna our server was very personable and helped us make meal choices - every course of both our meals was delicious: fondue, spaghetti, bread pudding, and crab ravioli, tenderloin, chocolate cake.... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We opted for the prixe fixe menu, which was delicious but way more food when we needed. The lobster linguini and chocolate cake was delicious!

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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
Cuisine: Italian

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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
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?