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Grotto

#96 of 2,720 Restaurants in Boston
#106 of 2,934 Places to Eat 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
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 106
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Night at the Grotto. Quality Meal, attentive service

Booked at the last minute and they were able to accommodate our group of 8 on a Sunday night. 4 adults and 4 teenagers. Everyone liked their meal (even the pickier ones). Good quality homemade Italian food in Beacon Hill. Close to the Boston Common. But away from the Tourist area. Safe... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
JeffreyJ71-1
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived and were promptly seated, (there is no host/ess station); there is also no entrance way, so every time the door opens, the entire restaurant gets a rush of freezing/hot air (depending on season). We were sat in a cornerish table in the back of the restaurant, and this where the majority of my rating stems from; even after... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Booked at the last minute and they were able to accommodate our group of 8 on a Sunday night. 4 adults and 4 teenagers. Everyone liked their meal (even the pickier ones). Good quality homemade Italian food in Beacon Hill. Close to the Boston Common. But away from the Tourist area. Safe neighborhood for people walking. Wait staff were excellent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I suggest reservations if you plan on anything after 6:30-7 pm., as it is a very small place. I was asked twice if we had reservations. The wait staff was nice and friendly, and it seemed like all tables were being attended to by the 3 waitstaff working the floor, which indicated good teamwork. We had excellent meals salads, main... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

After nine hours of walking around Boston we walked by Grotto. It looked charming. A couple had just cancelled their reservation so we were able to get a table. The menu was prix fixe with lots of options. I had the starter arugula salad, bolognese and chocolate cake dessert. There aren't many tables so get there early. They also run... More 

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Beaver Bank, N.S.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We had read other reviews on Tripadvisor and decided to make a reservation (it's small so call ahead). Upon arrival we were shown to our seat by a friendly staff member and provided with a wine menu. We both decided to order the three items for $30 and what a deal!! I asked the waiter to brink what every he... More 

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Moscow, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This place is AMAZING!!! My husband and I both had an outstanding meal and my only complaint was that I couldn't taste more of the items. The staff was extremely attentive (in a good way, not that hovering annoying way) and the atmosphere was quant and romantic without being cheesy. We loved it so much we recommended it to people... More 

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Navarre, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

What could have been a great meal was a disappointment due in part to the acoustics, service, and food. After dining here I went back to other reviews and was surprised no one (recently) mentioned the noise level. At first appearance, it is intimate and quaint but it soon turned into a loud, boisterous room where I had to shout... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 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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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: Romantic, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?