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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)
“duck” (26 reviews)
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Italian, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great prix fixe menu always (and we happened on a special reduced price). The cavatelle appetizer was great, and really would have been enough for dinner. And it's one of many choices. Carne was equally great. It's a little hard to find (and to find...More

Thank Jim-from-Salem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place ranks high as a most romantic, hidden gem type place. It is very small, and has a very intimate feel to it. You do feel like you've stumbled into a really wonderful secret that you share with just a few other lucky diners....More

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 28 May 2018

I live in Michigan and my son's girlfriend made reservations to eat at Grotto in Boston for their 2 year Anniversary. I called ahead and spoke with Jessie and arranged to buy them a bottle of wine, pay for their dinner, as a surprise. They...More

Thank lynnhall114
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

My son is a Bostonian who found this place and I was fortunate enough for him to bring me here. An open Price fixed dinner included appetizer, entree and dessert. I had crab ravioli appetizer. The pasta was delicate, with roasted tomato and asparagus. My...More

Thank Pamela P
Reviewed 25 May 2018

My husband and I made a reservation for 6PM as we were glad we did as it seemed to fill up fairly quickly. We both had the beef short rib gnocchi for mains and tiramisu for desert and they were both wonderful. Portion size was...More

Thank Lyndsey B
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Grotto is fine, fine Italian food preparation, measured against living three years in Rome. The flavors of the fra diavolo over linguini, and mussels' sauces were wonderful. Pureed white beans with the calamari and arugula as an appetizer was a fresh twist compared to the...More

Thank BRFVolpe
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

It’s a nice cozy little place. The garlic soup was good! I had the steak with risotto. Overall very good service and nice food, though a little salty for my liking but it’s tasty!

Thank mca04
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Had an early dinner here and enjoyed the food and service. Good value and well prepared food and not the normal italian menu so well pleased

Thank David282xyz
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent food and cool vibe setting. Had the gnudi and wine. Highly recommend this place. Server was very good as well. Will return next time in Boston.

Thank mdclemens
Reviewed 18 April 2018

Booked this restaurant for a pre-marathon meal. The food and service were exceptional. The prices were reasonable with a great ambience. We will be back.

Thank gllong2018
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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
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