Grotto

4.7
2678 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Welcome to Grotto, a 25 rated Zagat restaurant serving Italian cuisine in a casual and comfortable atmosphere. We will bring back old world charm with a rustic setting, featuring cuisine rated by Phantom Gourmet as Best New Italian (2004), and Gourmet Greatness (2005).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2678 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.6
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipZachW
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, as always. This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Boston, a true gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious pasta.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and amazing food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow.
Outstanding.
Server was excellent, helped me narrow my choices.
Loved the atmosphere.
Very clean.
Food was very good. Good value on prefixed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent!!

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SBSVA
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are from out of state and found Grotto was a short walk from the place we are staying at and decided it was a perfect fit since we are obsessed with Italian! Hands down, this was an AMAZING first impression of Boston cuisine and we recommend everyone to give this place a try. (BTW the brussel sprouts as a appetizer was to die for.)

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CatherineH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve been here many times before but this was our first visit during COVID and it did not disappoint. Same DELICIOUS food and romantic atmosphere. Felt safe throughout the experience. Will definitely be back soon!

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SarahH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our New Year’s Eve dining experience at Grotto was amazing! My boyfriend and I got a romantic table in the corner, and received nothing but the best service all evening. The Caesar salad, Carne, and Bolognese sent us home happy and full of delicious food. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic date night or for a quaint dinner out with friends! I will be coming back!

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SteveG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location to celebrate our 20th anniversary! The food and atmosphere were excellent.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No need to travel to the North End for amazing Italian food. Grotto is pure perfection every time we are there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

2nd time dining here and once again did not disappoint. I was completely amazed by their garlic soup this time. Delicious!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grotto is my fav restaurant in Boston! Amazing food and wonderful service and ambiance. So, so wonderful!

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JaredL
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Intimate, cozy, delicious. Place is tiny, but a gem. Will certainly be heading back. Wes, our server was a cool dude!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing!!!! Definitely coming back

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Brooke
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience2

Food was good. Service was good. The lighting was so dark, I could barely see what I was eating. While signing the check...we saw a mouse run across the dining room floor. Completely ruined our experience.

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BookishFellow
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. The duck confit was outstanding, as were the accompanying Brussels sprouts - and that was just the appetizer. Beef Wellington was so tender and flavorful. Everything was perfect.

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John
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

I loved almost everything about the place, food was good, the staff was friendly, and it was quiet to have good conversations. Only compliant I have is it was very dark, but it matched the amibance.

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sophiab
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the ultimate date night destination. The food was outstanding. I will be going back and this is my new favorite Italian spot in Boston.

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PhilipV
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING food, great ambiance, and wonderful service. Highly recommend!!

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EileenS
New England
23 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice setting.

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vipLucia
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time at grotto and it is now one of my favorite places to eat when I am in Boston! Love the ambience. The food and the pace of the evening were perfect. My only complaint is that the wine list, although good, is very expensive with few choices below $70 ..... makes it hard to order more than one bottle.

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BrandonD
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food with great service. Would highly recommend

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ALateNightOut
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Food was well prepared and tasted good. The dining area was beautiful and cozy. However, I was disappointed while eating and witnessing a mouse running around the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner...great time

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ESLONG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Grotto for our anniversary dinner. The food was incredible! It's a tiny little place you have to walk down into. They have plexiglass between well spaced tables. Our waiter was great, don't ask for substitutions on the menu, the answer is NO. The food was amazing, the portions are huge! Highly recommend this tiny place for a romantic dinner.

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Amber
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their newly-launched brunch was awesome. We were the only table for most of our meal, and the service was fantastic. The cavatelle was delicious, as was the red sauce, eggs, and there were plenty of beverage options!

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Anna
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was DELICIOUS, the prix fixe menu was a great deal, the ambiance was beautiful and romantic, and the staff was sweet and attentive. Can't wait to go back the next time we're in Boston!

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Maxwell
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, brilliant clean atmosphere and kind staff

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viprachellek
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Great service. Romantic.

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NeerajA
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Fantastic quality of food and equally good service. Wine selection is a bit limited. Cocktail I tried was also very well made.

The restaurant is small and appears a bit rundown. We went there for a milestone birthday. I would have chosen a better ambiance restaurant over this however the food and service more than made up for that. If you can look past the shape the restaurant is in, then you are in for a treat.

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Becky
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice hidden gem. $1 oysters brought us in, and will probably keep us coming back. Wondering if the menu changes out seasonally.

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vipRyanA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the best in town, highly recommend have been a bunch will keep going

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Becky
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went for the $1 oyster deal but stayed to try some of the other flavors. Beat salad was delicious. Servers were very attentive. Never would have known it was there if I had not seen the oyster deal on a BostonChefs email. Not much in the way of parking if you do not live in the area, but not a far walk to trains and other parking options.

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EjaazJ
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time going here. Great date night spot. 9.3/10 loved the wine and the food selection was great

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JoshuaC
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, the Carne is absolutely to die for. So tender and all the right seasonings.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great, the food is unbelievable and our server Danny was amazing. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely! Everything was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent and the service couldn’t been better

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LauraO
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grotto is simply amazing! Classic Italian food with a modern twist. We love coming here!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

food took too long to come out

FAQs

Grotto does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Grotto also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 227-3434.

Grotto is rated 4.7 stars by 2678 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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