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Grotto

37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
+1 617-227-3434
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“prix fixe” (24 reviews)
“gnocchi” (28 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
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1 - 10 of 289 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was very good as were the prices! I got the Carozza as an appetizer (Pan toasted buffalo mozzarella, Baby spinach, Black olives, Small tomatoes, Peppers, Caper berry), the Fra Diavolo as a main course (Butter poached lobster, Linguine, Spicy tomato sauce) and the...More

Thank Dd-Adriana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is good but the girl in charge of our table was a mess. She forgot our command twice and we had to wait 3 min for the second dish even when we told her that we were on a rush.

Thank MangosdBoston
Reviewed 1 August 2017

First meal in Boston after a long travel day. Near our hotel. Food was delicious! Interesting setting below the sidewalk.

Thank GSAustin
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

This is a hidden gem. Sub-terrain but subpar food. I had the garlic soup and the scallop ravioli which was absolutely amazing and worthy of 5 stars. However, the service was so so. We were not proactively greeted and we watched guest after guest be...More

Thank Kianta14
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Once you walk down the stairs to this very romantic intimate locale you will be blown away by the service, THEN comes amazing food. This is one neighborhood restaurant is wish I could keep coming to.

Thank Jack C
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

It was good food, quiet and quaint. Everything was made to order , fresh with homemade pasta. Fresh bread and good selection of wine.

Thank purvis55
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Pleasant downtown midrange Italian. Comfortable---good service---quiet enough to talk (and hear). Good food and wine reasonably priced

Thank DDS01
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed dinner with six colleagues while in Boston on business. This is a cozy, comfortable restaurant with a cool vibe. Made reservations and glad we did since it was very popular- even on the Wednesday evening we were there. Creative, tasty cocktails! The service was...More

Thank Coloradoav
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is a hidden gem that we found on our way from the Freedom Trail to Boston Commons. The sauces were superb, pasta fresh and the cook allowed us to mix-match their signature dishes to our liking . This worked well with our teen...More

Thank hellamd
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This restaurant was phenomenal. The price of the prix fixe really is a deal for what you get. I got the garlic soup, gnudi, and chocolate melting cake (the ice cream wasn't very good), while my husband got the piccata, fra diavolo, and the banana...More

Thank MKED1424
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Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with
historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through
one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston
Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling
statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the
pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
children and eager tourists through the pond. Have
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k8lyn629
13 October 2016|
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Response from horbs88 | Reviewed this property |
They have limited cocktail menu.
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travelbug68ny
15 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.
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Paul M
2 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
    (Cambridge)
  • 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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