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“Great food and friendly staff”
Review of La Nuova Grotta

La Nuova Grotta
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Ranked #611 of 1,490 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Castello
Reviewed July 24, 2012

I am shocked by some of the reviews here on TA for La Nuova Grotta. The staff was what pulled me in, literally, and the food was a fantastic surprise. I had spaghetti with shrimp and artichokes and the shrimp were large enough that I did not have to hunt them out. The staff was attentive and did not charge me the coperto when I asked before entering. In a city full of over-priced, bad restaurants, I think this one stands out as a winner.

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1  Thank WanderlustWomenTrav
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

Food and service below average for medium priced Venetian restaurants. They charge you (in small print) 2.5 euro cover charge AND a 15% service charge .... so for an average dinner or lunch that is almost 25% extra over menu prices per person !!!

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2  Thank Jerry S
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

Our family of six ordered only past and salad.
Apparently the waiter lost interest, because we did not order seafood by which they can make money.
The pasta was at standard level taste.
They did not come to our table, unless we got to them and called.
The beer was not cold.
We were tired walking around and did not have much choice.
If we have planned well, never been to this restaurant.

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3  Thank Baltan
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

When we decided to go for a meal here, we should have been more wary of the very few people eating in this restaurant. We wanted to eat some fresh fish and they had it on offer here at a price!! The menu stated the fish (Sea Bass) was 7 euros per 100 grams and the manager said he would weigh the fish first and let us know. He did this and offered us potatoes and vegetables to accompany. The fish weighed 1 kg ie 70 euros cost to us which we thought was obviously expensive but decided to have it anyway. An English couple next to us eventually got their bill and that's when the proverbial hit the fan! They had crostini to start with, wine and water and a 1.6 kg sea bass to share, no veg or potatoes. Their bill was 250 euros!! Alarm bells started ringing with us as the manager explained to them that the fish cost 112 euros (you do the maths!) What we hadn't appreciated (and this was really our fault for not scrutinising the menu) that there was a 15% service charge on the whole bill! So to cut a long story short for half a bottle of rose wine, one large beer, small bottle of water, sea bass with a few slices of potato and vegetables (slivers of pepper and courgette) at an extra cost of 8 euros each, our bill came to 138 euros!! Fish was good but not that good!!! So be warned look at the small print for service charge and extras. Needless to say we didn't leave a tip!!!

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3  Thank Sally503975
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Reviewed June 4, 2011

We also were lured in after a day of sightseeing left us very tired and hungry ,Hadn't read the reviews unfortunately ,thought the seafood may be expensive but were not prepared for the large total.we have never paid that much for dinner for two in our lives.The food was just ok ,not worth the price .Bill was delivered not by our waiter but by a person who looked undesirable,probably so we wouldn't argue ,we paid & left never to return ,Please DON"T go there !!!!!!!!!!!

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2  Thank Tigerbeth
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