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Grotto

#115 of 2,865 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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 59
    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
Most recent review
Should focus on Customer Service

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Mimelendez45
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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175 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
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
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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162 reviews 162 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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202 reviews 202 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 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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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?