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Grotto

#129 of 2,368 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
Beacon Hill
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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Cambridge)
+1 617-227-3434
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Grotto was such a great find for my anniversary dinner with my boyfriend! The restaurant is pretty small so I would recommend making a reservation in advance. It's very cozy inside and the ambiance of the low lighting and candles on tables make for a great atmosphere. It almost looks as though it's an underground cave turned into a restaurant... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Grotto is one of my favorite spots in Boston. It is very small and cozy, and is great for a date or intimate dinner. The food is SO GOOD. Everything is so well made, with high quality ingredients. The fixed price menu is super reasonable ($35 for app, pasta and dessert, $40 for app, entree and dessert), and the wine... More 

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Thank Elizabeth H
Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grotto is a tiny hidden gem of a restaurant in Beacon Hill. Couple things to note, important to have a reservation and there is no bar area or common area at all so it is not in your best interest to arrive early as there is no where to stand. The entire restaurant is about 20 tables. The food is... More 

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Thank LanieinBoston
Texas
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147 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A few blocks away from the Boston Commons, near the State House, is a little underground cave restaurant. We had several of the three course menus and found them all tasty and of good portion and value. It took a cellphone flashlight to read the menus but I suppose it would be a good romantic spot for a date.

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Thank L Frank
Alexandria, VA
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1,185 reviews
552 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 475 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

We came here with a group of people a couple of weeks ago. My wife and I would never go back, despite the good food. It is cramped in space, very noisy to the point that conversation is really difficult, and in a dark atmosphere. You can't read the menu unless you use the light on your cell phone. Unless... More 

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Thank VAChuck
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

Grotto is an excellent fine cuisine restaurant. Both food presentation, textures and flavors are exquisite. Prices are reasonable for a good restaurant in the heart of Boston. The only suggestion I can perhaps give to the restaurant owner and chef is to perhaps increase the ambience light as it was far too dim and we actually had to use our... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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101 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

We had a good meal. The restaurant is small, 16 tables, staff very friendly. Restaurant is lit by candles. Which makes it really romantic but it is hard to read the menu or even see your food. Choose the pre-fox menu for 35 or 40 dollars which includes a starter, pasta or fish/meat and desert. I had the beet spinach... More 

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Thank Ping1965
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Food flavor: Excellent Service: Courteous, but not sufficient resources Wait time: Average Ambience: Ok The place is too small and will be noisy when the place is full packed. You can hear everyone's discussion. You do not have a waiting area, so being there for your appointment on time is most recommended. If you are early and lucky, you could... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

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.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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95 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
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: +1 617-227-3434

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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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