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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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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I agree with the other reviews. I’ve eaten a lot of Italian food at very good restaurants this year, including 2 weeks in Italy. The food at Grotto was as good as any and better than most. The dishes we had included the pumpkin risotto,...More

Thank JFilardi
Reviewed 2 days ago

Grotto is my mom's favorite restaurant in Boston, so we make it a point to dine here every time she visits. We last visited on Monday, October 16. Ambiance: Grotto occupies an intimate space below street level - maybe 12-14 tables in the whole place....More

Thank Joe H
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 5 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 31 July 2017

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

Thank GSAustin
Reviewed 16 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 13 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 23 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
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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