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#119 of 2,366 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Beacon Hill
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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Cambridge)
(617) 227-3434
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the second birthday meal during our trip. The food was good, the service was as well, but it was missing a wow factor. Maybe we went a bit too early.

Thank spygluze
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is excellent and the portions generous. The service is gracious. But it is probably one of the darkest places I have ever eaten. I am all for atmosphere, but in spite of all of us taking our mobile phones out to read the menu, I had to give up and just order what my friend ordered. I could... More 

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Medford, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Available street and garage parking for this basement restaurant close to Beacon Hill. Had a reservation and was seated right away in a crowded restaurant. Seating was tight, light was dim, place was a little hot temperature wise; but the food and service made up for all those shortcomings. Waiter was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the wine and menu.... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would rate our wait service a 3 but I do not want to penalize the establishment because of one aspect. He did not seem enthusiastic about his restaurant, his city, or serving us. The food quality, freshness, appeal, ambiance, decor, and location are a 4.5. This is an authentic, East Coast, neighborhood Italian restaurant as I remember from my... More 

Thank kensmith40
Santa Clarita, California
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We dined at Grotto to celebrate our anniversary and I think it was a great choice. It's an upscale restaurant with a very intimate, deep red interior you access by walking down a small flight of stairs from the street. The food was very flavorful and our waiter was friendly, however, I don't think either of us was exactly blown... More 

Thank Kristen F
Greenville, South Carolina
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144 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time to Grotto. Ok, I will start with the biggest negative thing about this place.... It Is Too Dark. No I am serious, EVERYONE in the place was using there cell phone flashlight apps to see the menu or even their food. The pics I am attaching show just how dark the place is. I'm sorry... More 

Thank borninthebronx54
Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've lived in Boston for nearly 30 years and have just discovered a new local favorite - The Grotto. Located on the back side of Beacon Hill on Bowdoin Street, this is a below sidewalk restaurant. It is a small space and reservations are highly recommended. The food was plentiful and came out fast. The spaghetti and meatball dish was... More 

Thank RichardR_Boston
Rio De Janeiro
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a romantic place for a couple. The location is great, good music and incredible Italian food. For sure we are coming back! The one reason it was not perfect, is that the waitress was not very friendly. That's all! I loved it!!

Thank renariq
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent choice for a romantic evening out! My husband and I went here for a date night and we would recommend it to anyone. We love Italian food and wanted an authentic experience. The service was wonderful and the food was outstanding. I had the Bolognese and my husband had the Fra Diavolo - we recommend both. The bolognese... More 

Thank Eman K
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120 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a selection of several items to choose from (a limited menu). There were scallops (delicious!), mussels (amazing!) pasta, and three dessert options - everything was delicious and the service was very good, especially since we were a group of about 30 and took up most of the place!

Thank Melissa I

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Italian, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
  • 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

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Staying in Beacon Hill

Neighborhood Profile
Beacon Hill
Visit this historic and ritzy Boston neighborhood to soak up its classic New England charm as you stroll down cobblestoned, gas-lamp lined streets. Bring your walking shoes, camera, and select a nice day to wander through the hilly neighborhood and check out its exclusive addresses. Louisburg Square, Mt. Vernon street, Chestnut street and the extremely narrow and widely photographed Acorn street make a nice walking path. Make sure to meander down Charles street to poke into boutiques and antique shops, cafes, and restaurants on this quaint shopping street. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse up close of the State House with its beautiful and iconic dome.
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