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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” (33 reviews)
“duck” (26 reviews)
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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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37 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114-4201
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely cosy intimate setting. Attentive waitress who offered lots of advice and recommendations. Gnocchi with short rib was absolutely delicious! Lovely meal on our first night in Boston!

Thank Mrs_BBuckley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited for restaurant week with a friend. We were very excited based on all the options they offer, which is also a good portion of their normal menu. The setting is quaint, as described in reviews already - basement setting with brick walls. Tables are...More

Thank shel90shocked
Reviewed 11 March 2018

Went here during the most recent Noreaster when it was pouring rain and blowing wind. Luckily the weather inside was significantly better. We could only get a reservation at 5pm when then opened and there was nobody else in the restaurant when we arrived. We...More

Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 26 February 2018

Ambience: The Grotto is the perfect spot for a business happy hour or dinner. Also a nice vibe for a romantic evening. Booking: Made fast and simple through Seated. Love that I get my Amazon rewards after dining. Food: For small plates we ordered the...More

Thank Jack E
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

We went to Grotto on a recent cold, rainy February night and it seemed perfect-a romantic, cozy candlelit den with brick walls. We had a reservation for an early dinner and when we arrived the place was nearly empty, yet they seated us right next...More

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Stopped off for lunch after a morning exploring Beacon Hill area. We were greeted warmly by our waiter who talked us patiently through the menu and made some excellent recommendations. We went for the two-course lunch special deal, which was delicious and excellent value. Fabulous...More

Thank bernig1
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Dinner with friends. My wife and I split a spinach salad, a plate of Gnudi, and the Halibut. Don’t know what Gnudi is? Neither did we! They’re light ricotta-based pasta dumplings. If you like ricotta, you’ll like these a lot. The halibut was terrific. Would...More

Thank Ed H
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

It seems like my expectations for restaurants have gotten a little out of hand lately, I am almost always disappointed. This is really a shame because I like going out for a nice meal. I am happy to say that Grotto exceeded my expectations in...More

Thank Alex C
Reviewed 1 January 2018

This tiny restaurant on Beacon Hill never disappoints. It's dark and cozy and romantic. Our waiter was excellent: helpful, flexible, attentive. Food was great: crab ravioli, scallop ravioli. I always look forward to coming here and am always glad I went.

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12 October 2016|
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Response from horbs88 | Reviewed this property |
They have limited cocktail menu.
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.
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
  • 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
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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