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Grotto

#131 of 2,356 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
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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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San Francisco, California
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96 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Grotto is in one of those classic Boston cellar locations on a sloping Beacon Hill Street. The low profile gives it a feel of romantic mystery but the entry can be easily missed. I had an excellent grilled calamari appetizer and a very good sea bass. The house Chardonnay was also very good.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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93 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A small restaurant located near the Boston State House. Though this place would be great for a very nice intimate dining experience, they are able to accommodate a larger group with a reservation as I dines there with a party of 10. Food was excellent. Lighting a little dim for reading the menu. Would definitely go back for the Fonduta-beef... More 

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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to enjoy an inspired prix fix Italian dinner. Amazing scallops "ravioli;" to die for halibut with fingerling potatoes; steak and portobello mushroom cheers fondu; and mussels so good I wanted to drink the broth. Cocktails are old standards, new twists, and done perfectly! Service was prompt, professional, and knowledgable.

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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 August 12, 2016 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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Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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california
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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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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
Special occasions, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.