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634 Watertown Ave, Waterbury, CT 06708-2207
+1 203-754-0295
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09:00 - 19:30
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Tue - Thu 09:00 - 19:30
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Wait staff was great. Food was average at best . I had heard many good things about this place and was looking forward to a great meal. I had the ravioli and meatballs the others had the same. I think the food here is more of a side and the baskets are the priority. Sauce was on the bitter side... More 

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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

It is easy to see why The Grotto has been in business for over 75 years.The owners here Joe "Salty" and Bernadette take great pride in the food they serve,and the customers that keep coming back.You enter into what is seemingly a throw back groceria,that then leads to a quaint gift shoppe,that then leads to a charming room,of custom painted... More 

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Thank frank_king99
Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I often come to buy sauce and meatballs and their home-style pasta. When I was a kid, the entire space was a restaurant. Now, about half the space is dedicated to their gift basket business and the restaurant isn't often crowded. It makes me a little sad because I remember when it was a bustling spot. Owned by the same... More 

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Thank TheSecretVagabond
Waterbury, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Delicious homemade Italian food and you can shop their specialty baskets while you wait. Great gift shop for that little something different. Small intimate tables without the hustle and bustle of a big open restaurant.

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Thank raoneil
Waterbury, Connecticut
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

I've been going there my whole life the food is incredible the owners are super and the service is great

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Winsted
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98 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

My Dad likes me to take him here for a Father's Day gift so this is at least an annual visit. I have been coming to the Grotto my whole life. It is a special Italian treat. The sauce is absolutely my favorite. I love their cheese ravioli with meatballs. Dad likes their version of lasagna which is basically a... More 

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Thank butterfly53
Wolcott, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

I'm a type of person that does not like jarred sauces but the grotto makes there own sauce and it is great. No need for me to make my own. I just go to the Grotto and get a quart of their freshly made sauce and their fantastic meatballs.

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Thank pertpat
Wolcott, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2015

Their meatballs and sauce are the best I ever tasted! A small but quaint restaurant. There is a great gift shop and they also make the best customized baskets. Take out available. They also have great home made raviolis and cavatellis

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Thank pertpat
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2014

I came here to celebrate my friend's birthday. She is a "regular" at The Grotto. The staff is attentive, very friendly, and warm, even before they knew we were with my friend. The food was quite good, especially the homemade pasta noodles. We also had a chocolate cake for dessert that was a chocolate lover's heaven, plus some. It's a... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

I went here for a quick meal with some co-workers before an evening meeting. The place is great and very cozy. I respected the lack of pretense and the feeling that this has been a family-owned Italian restaurant with a long-standing presence in Waterbury. With so many excellent Italian restaurants in Waterbury, it's hard to stand out in the crowd.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:30
Thursday
09:00 - 19:30
Friday
09:00 - 20:00
Saturday
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 634 Watertown Ave, Waterbury, CT 06708-2207
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Waterbury
  • Phone Number: +1 203-754-0295

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?