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Grotto

#138 of 2,355 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Beacon Hill
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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Cambridge)
(617) 227-3434
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Rich, flavorful dishes that will transport you to Italy with one bite. Knowledgeable staff, very intimate atmosphere, punctuated by a musical score seals the experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for an anniversary dinner with my boyfriend. I had read mostly good reviews, but some said it was too dark to read the menu and it was hot. Both of those turned out to be true but the atmosphere was still very nice. We like the cozy ambiance this place had. The problem was that before we even... More 

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Thank Rebecca B
Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Googled Italian restaurants & was so glad we chose this place! Seven minute walk from the Hotel Nine Zero & glad for the return walk to walk off our meal. Beautifully crafted & presented, our dinner was divine. It's small & the lighting was low which set the mood immediately. Very good service - only wish I didn't have the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

We went here because it was close to our hotel and we were very glad we did. It's hard to get Italian food very wrong, but it's also unusual to get it so right. The food here was just superb. I'm no foodie but even I was raving about it. My only complaint is that the restaurant is a bit... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

To its defense the food was very good as was the house Chianti and the waitstaff was reaonably attentivi. On the downside I had hoped for a comfortable place to carry on a conversation and everyone was conversing pretty much at the top of their longs making it impossible to fear withoutalmost shouting across the table, Additionally, except for unexpicable... More 

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Orchard Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Mussel appetizer was fantastic. Scallop ravioli was a great. Homemade spaghetti meatballs and sauce were worth the trip. Banana bread pudding dessert was the best I've had. I'll be back.

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Thank John S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

It's my second visit to Boston after 20+ years. I don't know that many restaurants, so my friend recommended Grotto to me. It's a tiny restaurant, very romantic. Our waiter was nice and friendly. We ordered couple appetizers, duck breast and beef tenderloin. They are all good. The risotto was so good and creamy that we need to order one... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

What a charming restaurant! My spouse and I have relatively high standards when it comes to Italian, but we were both very pleased with our meal at Grotto. First, we asked it they could make us Campari Spritz which they accommodated deftly. We ordered the grilled octopus for the appetizer which was scrumptious. We ordered the duck and beef for... More 

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Thank tudoepossivel
Boston, Massachusetts
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31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

The food here is amazing you have to go, but make sure you are not in a hurry. Everything we had was pretty outstanding and prices are reasonable. They have great choices where you can get an appetizer, pasta and dessert for $35 or an appetizer, main, and dessert for about $40. We had a gorgeous cream pasta starter and... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Before writing this review I read others and only came across two in the last few months that mentioned the dark interior. Sadly, we four visiting Boston came away with the dark being our primary impression. The restaurant is subterranean and small, and the chandeliers are cute, but you've only to look at the pictures on tripadvisor to get an... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$31 - $40
Cuisine
Italian, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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
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

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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.