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Blue Grotto

210 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1526 (Federal Hill)
4012729030
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Ranked #179 of 720 restaurants in Providence
Price range: $20 - $40
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Federal Hill
Cross street: Weeden
Description: Visit one of the oldest and most well known Italian restaurants in all of Rhode Island. Located on Historic Federal Hill, The Blue Grotto has continued to provide exemplary traditional Italian cuisine throughout it's 30 year history. In an upscale, but casual environment, The Blue Grotto offers attentive service in a relaxed setting. The wine list is one of the best Providence has to offer.
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1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I went to dinner with my roommate and her mother last Thursday night around 6pm. The place is decent size. It was quiet and not many people where there. Our waiter was very nice but did not check in on us that much. My roommate's mom wanted her drink refilled but the waiter never came back until we were finished... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Had a very nice dinner at the blue grotto! We bought a groupon and we were glad we did! We will be back.

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w. warwick
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The poor service was overshadowed by the lousy, overpriced food. The place hadn't been updated in 20 years Christmas decorations still up... Really???

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We went to the Blue Grotto on Saturday during the 2014 Providence Restaurant week. Had reservations for a lunch. Upon arrival, we have been made waiting to be sited for pretty long time. The restaurant was half empty and tables were available - looked like they didn’t have enough waiting staff. We decided to order from the restaurant week menu,... More

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Richmond, Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Four of us had dinner at The Blue Grotto last weekend. It was a Saturday evening and we were glad that we had made reservations, because it was packed, even at 6:00. Whether this is the normal state for the restaurant, or because it was Restaurant Week, we don’t know. We had all been to The Blue Grotto in the... More

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Coventry, Rhode Island
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Went to Blue Grotto upon the purchasing of a Groupon. Menu service and atmosphere was perfect. Just don't understand why the bad reviews of others experiences! This place was outstanding including the valet service. Will definitely be returning in the near future with family. BEST TIRAMISSO EVER!

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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63 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Went here for Winter Restaurant Week after reading all the reviews. They had more choices on the prix fixe menu then most places, which I definitely appreciated. Complimentary valet, seated quickly and as it was only 5 pm on a Wednesday night, no one else int eh large dining room. Bar was busy though and looked fun. Hostess sat up... More

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Bristol, Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I was a bit turned off by some poor reviews that I saw of the Blue Grotto but the menu looked delicious and taking a chance with a Groupon, we decided we'd try it. I was SO pleased! I'm not sure why bad reviews exist as the food and service were both wonderful. We had reservations for five o'clock, got... More

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Westport, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

Bread was dry and old Calamari dry tasteless Two veal dinners one was so bad I think it may have been fit for the trash

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

As expected the Blue Grotto in the Federal Hill region of Providence RI delivered with great food and service when we went for an anniversary. We both had appetizers but my antipasto was much too large, which was okay since we had for dinner the next day. Good wine list even for those getting only a glass full. I had... More

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