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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
+1 617-227-3434
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“gnocchi” (35 reviews)
“fondue” (19 reviews)
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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great, this is a small intimate location. Important to note the tables are close together and it can get noisy with everyone talking. BUT most importantly the food is delicious and great wine selection. The service was top notch, will definitely visit...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Terrific service, totally charming atmosphere! Overall, the food was excellent. Stick with the pasta dishes though. The folks in our party that ordered that were the happiest. It is a very small restaurant so make sure you make reservations.

Thank Experience783415
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Getting desperate to find a restaurant we decided to try this little hole in the ground. WOW what a great find. Excellent food and service. Small and poor view but that did not matter to our stomach.

Thank Victor D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went because we were staying close by. We are going back because the food, the service and the ambience are exceptional. Do not miss this jewel in Boston’s crown.

Thank black2313
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

This is a cute small romantic Italian restaurant on back side of Beacon Hill. You def need reservations as it's small, good and popular. I had the gnudi which was fantastic and my husband had spaghetti and meatballs which he said were good. I started...More

Thank susan s
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Probably the tiniest sit down restaurant I’ve ever been to. Really if you are a big person you will have a hard time navigating between the tables. But its ambiance was both romantic and cozy and the food was well done. Staff were very friendly....More

Thank cbarney2003
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Wonderful, creative, tasty Italian meal with fresh ingredients and attentive service. Wine selections were excellent. Would definitely come back again.

Thank RetiredBoomers
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Visited this restaurant with my wife. Used the reserve.com platform to reserve a table. The food is spectacular. Had the three course meal for 36$. Would highly recommend all dished ordered: garlic soup, fondue, spaghetti bolognese, pasta with lobster, melting chocolate cake, and tiramisu. This...More

Thank JosephA076
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Over it, felt like I had a 4 Star restaurant for 40 bucks. I got a 3 course meal and it was divine. The servers were attentive and the food was just rich, all freshly made pasta and melt in your mouth goodness. Great little...More

Thank Kiana T
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Very good italian restaurant. I'm italian and i can ensure that in this restaurant we eated better than in italy. The cost is right and you can choose also fixed price dishes. For 4 people we paid $ 180 include starter + pasta + dessert...More

Thank Fausto791
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12 October 2016|
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Response from horbs88 | Reviewed this property |
They have limited cocktail menu.
14 December 2015|
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Response from DaveJ8563 | Reviewed this property |
It is a couple of miles. I would take the Green Line on the T from one of the hospital stops to Boylston. It is a short walk from there.
Paul M
1 September 2015|
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Response from horbs88 | Reviewed this property |
Some on street parking is available in evenings and weekend....and there are a number of garages around that are reasonable for evening rates (i.e. $13.00 after 6pm).
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-227-3434
  • E-mail
DECADENT CUISINE. SUBTERRANEAN SETTING. Occupying an inconspicuous, subterranean spot on the back side of Beacon Hill, Grotto has earned itself high praise with imaginative, contemporary Italian cuisine. The dining room's exposed brick walls covered with artwork from local creative-types give Grotto an intimate and cozy feel that's hard to find anywhere nearby.
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