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Blue Grotto

210 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903-1526 (Federal Hill)
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Ranked #220 of 732 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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Rochester, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We took a simple cooking class at Blue Grotto from a groupon that I had purchased and was pleasantly surprised to how much fun it was along with being educational. Everyone was asked to fill out a survey about the class and in return you would be mailed a $25 gift certificate to return to the restaurant for dinner. We... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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283 reviews 283 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Whether it is the décor which is faded and worn, or the staff which seemed jaded and just making do or the just not quite sharp preparation of standard dishes this restaurant is living on past glory. I enjoyed my cracker crusted scrod and the saltimbocca was properly prepared but nothing special. Caesar salad seemed prepared in advance and there... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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83 reviews 83 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is supposed to be a "high end" Italian restaurant.,.what a joke. Place was empty--6:30 on a Wednesday. Server was completely absent during most of meal. Needed cheeses, black pepper...no where to be found. The pasta fagioli was out of a can--I was hungry--I ate it. The trio of polpetti (meatballs) was terrible--dog food, dry, no sauce...I refused it after... More

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Went to Blue Grotto on a Groupon. Spent $115 for 4 people for wine, soup or salad and an entree up to $35. The groupon is good for up to $230 worth of food/drink. Prior to ordering I asked the waiter if there were any stipulations to which he said, "no." Service was lacking and it took over an hour... More

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Rhode Island
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

My sister and I went for dinner. We both ordered the Linguine with Clams. We both requested it in a white wine sauce. It was TERRIBLE. The worst I have ever had. They did not have any italian bread but instead offered a bread with pesto. What is an Italian restaurant without Italian Bread!!! Don't waste your money!!!!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

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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Cranston, Rhode Island
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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26 reviews 26 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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