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#125 of 2,370 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Beacon Hill
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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201 (Cambridge)
+1 617-227-3434
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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Alexandria, VA
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1,107 reviews
529 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 460 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank VAChuck
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank neodill
Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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 

Thank Karthik S
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

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 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 

Thank DCMomInChief
Medford, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 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 

Thank AAUte
New Orleans, Louisiana
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

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 October 15, 2016

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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146 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

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

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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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