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Italian, Ligurian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there for dinner. The place looked nice enough. We saw that it was quite expensive but I haven’t seen my friend in 4 years so the occasion is worth it. That was a huge mistake. My friend took a “fresh cod” steak and...I chose something like “rare parts of fish in antique sway” or something similar for 38 euros. Unbelievably expensive so I was expecting something really special. What I actually got was a couple of mackerel tails, fried fish eggs and fishy smelling but tasteless flan. My friend’s cod turned out to be far from fresh. It was clearly preserved in salt before cooking and impossible to eat. The white wine was too acidic so we asked for something more fruity. We got served a local wine that by their words was the best. When it was pored, the color was almost orange and it was so bad that after half a sip we refused to drink it. The thing is that they don’t let you taste the wine. They just pour it. When we complained about the wine, a lady came over to our table and explained to us that this wine is very special, produced locally without any sulfites, basically implying that we were stupid and understood nothing in wine. Despite the fact that my friend has a wine shop and me leaving in France and knowing quite a lot about the wine, we didn’t contradict but didn’t touch this horrid thing in our glasses. We asked for a bill. They didn’t even have any grace to apologize or not charge us for our untouched wine. I think it was pretty much the worst meal and wine I ever tried in Italy. If I could give zero stars I would. Conclusion: avoid this place at any and spend your money elsewhere.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 14 April 2022 via mobile

We were stunned by how wonderful our dinner was! The local wine is delicious, But you have to put yourself in the frame of mind that it is local wine. That said, we had the fettuccini For starters and we were floored at how good...it was. I nearly hugged the chef that made it! I had the catch of the day cooked over olive wood, and I have to say it was simply delicious. They paired it with chard and a rhubarb purée. It was magnificent! My wife had the eggplant parmigiana - a light reimagined ethereal version. She nearly cried! When we left, we made one last pass at the kitchen to thank the chefs again for such a wonderful experience! We both agree that this was truly the very best meal we had during our two week visit to Italy! Buon Appetito!More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 31 August 2021 via mobile

Place looks nice, but as we quickly learned with our visit looks can be deceiving indeed. As we were seated we selected the wine, unfortunately the one we had chosen was no longer available so an alternative was recommended by our waiter. The wine was...tried by our party and found to be nice, however when the new bottle was opened a sour vinegar smell and acidic taste were present. We informed the waiter who dismissed our concerns and told us that as it was opened there was nothing he could do, the inconsistency in the rose was shown further as the glasses were poured as you may observe on the picture below. Same bottle but vastly different colour and extreme cloudiness. The food arrived which was a hit and miss with again a sour smell coming from amberjack fish which was frankly off putting and made us doubt the freshness of the produce. Would sadly not visit againMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 18 August 2021 via mobile

We got the chef‘s recommandation which was a fish special. The fish was good but the potatoes rather dry and there where only 3 aspargus on the side. The tiramisu was nothing special. Generally solid food but overprized and lacking some ambience.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 20 June 2021 via mobile

Really good pasta dish, fresh, tasty, lovely staff members. It’s a bit pricey but worth it. Definitely recommend the seafood dishes.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 9 October 2020

We had a lunch at La Grotta in July 2020. We had Tartufi pasta with clams, Octopus with asparagus or parsley cream? & the Pesto Genovese. As we’ve lived & traveled in Europe for 7 years, I was a bit disappointed. The octopus was overcooked...with a flavorless asparagus/ parley cream?, I love octopus, just not this dish. The pasta with pesto Genovese was overcooked & a bit mushy along with the potatoes & green beans, we couldn’t finish it. The Tartufi pasta with clams was the best tasting dish overall. The prices were surprisingly higher than I expected for a lunch vs other high quality restaurants. We left a bit hungry afterwards and disappointed as the rest of our restaurant meals in the area were fantastic. I hope the restaurant can step up as it was recommended by our stay who had not steered us wrong with other recommendations in the area. The staff was friendly and it really made us feel terrible to not enjoy our meal and leave a plate of food behind.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 8 August 2020 via mobile

Tasty food but poor portions Worst service ever by a guy blue eyed. Unfriendly and unwelcoming. In time like this he should learn that the price of a smile is zero!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 20 December 2019

We met another couple from the states in Cinque Terre and enjoyed a delightful dinner at Trattoria La Grotta. I had the baked flounder that was excellent. The potatoes stood out as a flavorful side dish. We will definitely return upon a return visit to...Cinque Terre.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 22 October 2019

Stop right here! Search no further for the best seafood in Riomaggiore. Trattoria La Grotta is it! Shared antipasto of high-quality steak tartare with a rim of tapenade on top, served with sun-dried tomatoes that was beyond our culinary expectations. My wife had the stuffed...mussels with tomato sauce entrée that was the best ever! I chose the mixed seafood spaghetti that was chock full of the freshest mussels, shrimp, clams and octopus. Tasted like the sea itself. Perfectly cooked and nicely presented, this was my best meal in Italy hands down. Our server Rajaa was friendly and efficient although she rolled her eyes when I requested some grated Parmesan with my seafood pasta. Yes, I’m aware of the old “rule” no cheese with seafood but my taste often breaks the rules. She arrived promptly with a smile and the grated Parmesan saying the chef didn’t recommend it, but I got it over his cautionary protest. The carafe of house white wine was quite good, like a nice dry pinot grigio. Mid-priced and exceptionally good food = awesome value at Trattoria La Grotta.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 17 October 2019 via mobile

Family owned and run, this was our favorite restaurant in Riomaggiore. Very comfortable inside and service was friendly and efficient. The fried stuffed anchovies were so good and the cioppino was delicious! The seafood was cooked perfectly and the broth was so good we couldn’t...stop dipping our bread in it to get every drop. Pictures on the walls are all family from generations past and depict a small slice of life in the Cinque Terre many years ago. Go here!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Trattoria La Grotta is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4