La Grotta Ristorante

Google Rating:4.4

La Grotta Ristorante
4.4 based on 411 reviews
  1. Nikki H. 2023/12

    This was the best customer service I’ve ever encountered at a restaurant! The food was amazing & the atmosphere was so inviting I’ll definitely be back here!!! My man proposed to me here the same night we went and the staff planned everything so beautifully thank you all!! We was the first proposal at there restaurant 🍾💍❤️
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

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  2. C H 2023/12

    Came here for a celebratory dinner. Made our reservation via the website; called to fix the amount of people from 5 to six with no issues. The manager answered the phone and was very nice.

    We came here via recommendation from an employee. She was not wrong, the prices are very high, but the quality of the food matched so we can’t complain. Special occasions call for opening your wallet with closed eyes!

    We would vote this the second best pasta in town; sauces and meats were divinely tasty/well done. Try the quail, it was incredible.

    Plating however was a bit silly for fine dining. As someone who has gone to fine restaurants around the globe, I find putting an orchid on my plate of pasta cliché and offensive (orchid production is highly problematic, feel free to research if you are unaware). Honestly unless the garnish works with the dish/tastes good with my food, it’s a waste of money. To top our pasta, why not use fancy parsley or oregano flowers or nasturtium? These are all edible and wouldn’t go to waste. We all agreed the orchids made us sad; they’re not even edible! I grow my herbs and love using their flowers as garnish/decoration of my dishes. Hope the chef sees and considers my hot tip! Orchids are so expensive; to be wasted like this.

    Their desserts were excellent, especially the pannacotta and the grand marnier cake (incredibly floral, to die for creamy highly recommend). The waiter talked up the tiramisu so much, it was corny. As a family that has visited Italy many times we found his fake accent and counting incorrectly in Italian endearing, but a bit over the top. Also highly doubt a true Italian would ever claim the Grotta tiramisu is better than an Italian one.😂

    Will definitely come back, but unfortunately have to agree with some of the other reviews in regards to sexism. Our waiter was a bit focused on my oldest daughter, kept reaching over her to serve wine and water, calling her pet names, which made her uncomfortable. Maybe just walk around the table to serve instead of reaching over guests.

    Also, when we received our bill, they charged us for a $65 bottle of wine rather than the $30 one we ordered. They fixed it once we pointed it out, but it was still a bit awkward. Make sure you check your bill before you pay!

    PS: My daughter would love to help you with your social media presence. Your instagram is very bland and does not represent your business accurately. This could help elevate your business; highly recommend hiring someone better to work on your website/marketing.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Food: 5
    Service: 3
    Atmosphere: 3
    Recommended dishes
    Panna Cotta, Grand Marnier Cake
    Recommendation for vegetarians
    Somewhat recommend
    Vegetarian offerings
    Not sure
    Vegetarian options
    Some vegetarian options. Zero vegan.

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  3. Steve Z 2023/12

    Made a reservation for my wife’s birthday. We arrived 30 minutes early and we were promptly seated. I had the Veal Medallion special which was super delicious, my wife had the Agnolotti alla Panna which was also very good. The Tiramisu was great, they even served it with a birthday candle and “Happy Birthday” written on the plate. The complimentary glass of Limoncello was unexpected and a nice finish to our evening. And, our waiter, Enzo, was amazing… he was very attentive, professional, and made us feel like we were visiting Italy again.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Tiramisu Cake

  4. Jeff DeSchon 2023/12

    Very nice meal, great service
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4
    Recommended dishes
    Three Course Meal

  5. Faye Gill 2023/11

    Such a delightful place!!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Salad

  6. Jamal Robinson 2023/11

    10/10 energy/vibes and outcome
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  7. Bill Nelson 2023/11

    Gourmet recipes delivered with an Italian family hospitality. We hosted a rehearsal dinner and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating and the food amazing!
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  8. Rachael Kambic 2023/10

    We had the the most amazing and enjoyable experience last night! The food and service were out of this world! The menu truly has something for everyone, without being too long. Every dish was prepared impeccably and we thoroughly relished every bite. We ordered an embarrasing amount of food, and loved it all, but a few favorites were the carpaccio (beef as well as the tuna special), the antipasto (we were all shocked by how delicious the grilled and marinated zucchini was, it the best any of us have ever had and is craveable) the halibut special with the champagne grapes, the perfectly light spinach ravioli (that looks like it should be heavy but isn’t), the filet mignon, the quail and the tiramisu. I really wish I remembered our server’s name (I am one of those people who is TERRIBLE with names), but I do remember how friendly and fantastic he was! So whoever served the 3 ladies last night who ordered WAY too much food, were a little too loud, and who definitely stayed too long at your fine establishment, THANK YOU! It was truly a perfect night!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  9. Clifford and Laura Deal 2023/10

    Amazing dinner!

  10. andrea zerbini 2023/10

    Siamo italiani ospiti dell’hotel Hilton, 2 persone , alle 8:56 ci siamo presentati al ristorante di sabato sera. Siamo stati rifiutati perché la cucina era già chiusa ( 9;00). Servizio a mio parere pessimo, elasticità mentale nulla. Veramente pessimo, specialmente la persona che ci ha accolto all’ingresso
    Service: 1
    Atmosphere: 1

  11. R W 2023/10

    Great atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Our server Lorenzo was very personable and a highlight of our visit. The coconut cake was the best we ever had. Only room for improvement would be the pre-meal bread. It was a bit bland and not warm (though the dipping sauce was good).
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  12. David Aponte 2023/10

    The best in Richmond Virginia
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  13. Chip Rea 2023/10

    Great food and service. We’ll be back.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  14. Jonathan Fink 2023/10

    I love this place. The staff and owners are great folks. The food doesn’t seem real. Wine section is amazing. Far out all the way
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  15. Kim tee 2023/09

    Loved everything about this restaurant! Can’t wait to visit again!
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  16. Abby 2023/09

    Best ravioli I’ve ever had !!
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

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  17. Judy Lyons 2023/09

    The food at this restaurant was amazing. We were in town unexpectedly and chose LA Grotta because it was close to the hotel and looked nice. We had the 3 course with wine pairing. What an excellent choice. My husband had the Carpaccio di Manzo. It was excellent. My entree was a seafood linguini with champagne sauce. Delicious! And the tiramasu was so delicate. The entire menu looked great! I highly recommend.
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+
    Food: 5
    Service: 4
    Atmosphere: 4
    Recommended dishes
    Carpaccio Di Manzo, Tiramisu Cake, Three Course Meal
    Kid-friendliness
    This is not the appropriate restaurant for children. The family next to us had a screaming toddler. Please don’t bring children.

  18. Bill Marsh 2023/09

    We found this wonderful restaurant on a Saturday evening about (3) years ago by accident. They happened to have an open table.

    Sometimes you get lucky.

    We now have a reservation on Sat evening August 19th, 2023. We can’t wait!!!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  19. selden haverty 2023/09

    This is the sort of restaurant that I would think that I’d encounter in my beloved Manhattan. This place was killer in terms of the food and service.
    I have relatives in Richmond so I will go back but if there weren’t cousins in Virginia’s capital, I’d make the 2 hour drive anyway.
    It was THAT good!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Three Course Meal

  20. zach clark 2023/09

    Absolutely incredible meal. The pasta was homemade and fresh and tastes incredible. The meats were fresh and delicious and the drinks were great. Waiter was incredible, new what the menu had, and new what to pair with different things. Top tier.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Three Course Meal, Gnocchi

  21. Jim Stallings 2023/09

    The service was amazing the food was okay but didn’t feel it was good enough for the price.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+
    Food: 3
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4

  22. Auntie Teylo 2023/09

    We stayed at the Marriott and ordered delivery from here. The order was correct, timely and delicious! Can’t wait to ‘visit’ again!
    Service
    Delivery
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $20–30
    Food: 5
    Service: 5

  23. Melanie Kirkpatrick 2023/08

    What a great experience! Excellent food, wine and atmosphere!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  24. Elijah Kaiss 2023/07

    Classy, old-school Italian place in downtown Richmond. Great wine and food menu, everything we had was delicious and ingredients were excellent quality. Service was super good and very friendly. Surprisingly refreshing menu with old classics but less common options as well. Great option for a fancier meal.
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4

  25. Adam Epstein 2023/07

    After a month or two of deliberation on where to eat for my birthday dinner, we finally decided on La Grotta to celebrate Saturday evening.

    Richmond has an extensive Italian food scene that includes handmade pasta and traditional fare at many of the local restaurants. In that regard, it is tough to stand out.

    La Grotta Ristorante, in our opinion, is the best Italian restaurant and one of the best overall restaurants in RVA.

    To start, we ordered dirty martinis which came out perfectly. Briny from the olive juice, 3 blue cheese stuff olives skewered, and well mixed to create a perfect balance. We also had old fashioned’s which were perfectly crafted by the bartender. Reasonably priced for an upscale restaurant.

    Bread baskets came out regularly and flowing with homemade focaccia, Italian bread, and it also included breadsticks. The showstopper here was that Calabrian chili pepper oil that was served with the bread. You could drink it by the bucket full.

    For appetizers we ordered the snails and the frog legs over polenta. The snails were served out of their shells on top of button mushrooms in a garlic, herb, and oil sauce. The frog legs were served in a light tomato and Chardonnay red sauce over top of polenta. These were the best frog legs I’ve ever had. Light, tender, and flavorful. The sauce reminded me of a well flavored cacciatore.

    For our entrees, we got the Quail, Spinach and Ricotta ravioli, and the special of the night; pheasant ravioli.

    The quail is a must try, as I think this is the best meal I’ve tasted in Richmond. It is juicy and packed with herbaceous flavor. A google review can’t clearly articulate how tasty this was. Just order it… now.

    The spinach and ricotta ravioli was well balanced and light even though it was based in a cream sauce. The pasta shells have a great chew since they are made in house, and the portions were plentiful.

    The special of the night; the pheasant, was perfect. It was not gamey, and you could taste the care that was put into creating a delicate bite. This should be a continuously rotating item if it isn’t already. I will have to order this again.

    Overall, the experience was perfect from top to bottom. If you live in RVA, or are just visiting, make an effort to get here.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Escargot, Frog Legs

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  26. Michael Stewart 2023/07

    My wife and I came here for a date night. We had no reservation but we called and the woman on the phone said there was a table in the bar and when we arrived it was still vacant. The atmosphere is wonderful. The building is old and classy. The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and attentive. The food is absolutely delicious and attractive. We decided to get a four course meal for each of us based upon the recommendation of our waiter. My wife had the oyster appetizer, which she liked very much, seafood ravioli with a red pepper sauce, which was wonderful, the red snapper special, which was very good, and slice of tiramisu cake, which she brought home and enjoyed. I had calamari, which was cooked perfectly, the seafood linguini, perfectly Al center with a wonderful sauce, ribeye steak, which was one of the best I’ve ever eaten, and an Italian custard desert with vanilla sauce, which was delicious. All in all, our meal was exquisite and we couldn’t stop talking about how good it was. I highly recommend La Grotta if you enjoy fine food and fine Italian. After our meal we met and spoke for a bit with the owner and she sent us over an after dinner lemon cello. It was a great experience.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Recommended dishes
    Three Course Meal

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  27. Mason 8r 2023/07

    Not cheap, but well worth it. Best veal I have ever had. The dishes are well thought out and balanced with delicious sauces.
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Grand Marnier Cake, Frog Legs
    Kid-friendliness
    The atmosphere was romantic enough for a date night, but not too stuffy for kids.

  28. Alhamed 2023/07

    جميل
    Food: 4
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  29. Mason Harbaugh 2023/06

    Got a reservation on a whim to take my fiancé and father out to a nice dinner. I had always heard good things, but was blown away by the experience. Excellent service, delicious food, great ambiance. We will certainly be back!
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

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  30. Christina McDermott 2023/06

    Our anniversary dinner with the best bottle of wine, a Barbaresco! Husbands dinner was the special seafood and pasta. It was awesome and came out piping hot! Perfect! Mine, however was the veal special that came out barely warm and the sides the same. There was an odd spice so after I sent it back and concerned they were going to just reheat the dish I decided to switch to the Rockfish special thinking it would come out fresh and hot off the grill. However, for $50 it came out warm not hot and overcooked!! I can’t ever remember having a dry Rockfish cause they normally are very moist. The giant prawn was switched to 2 small shrimp which were not as hot as husbands shrimp at the end of his meal! Oh and the sides were same as previously but were even colder! I didn’t complain a second time. But it was a travesty. The seafood my husband ordered was the same I had the last time we were there 5 years ago and it was delicious. You will not be disappointed with it. But if you order anything else and like room temp previously cooked sides then order a meat or fish fish. It was such a huge disappointment after ordering a $100 bottle of wine and then getting my dinner delivered overdone and cool after husband was finished with his. The cooks need to get their stuff together. I could have gotten that Rockfish for half the price elsewhere and prepared better. Sorry for the bad review but it ruined our special anniversary and the bill was $230 for 2 people.

  31. Michael Fichera 2023/06

    Food was good, waiter was aloof. He continually took away place settings if anyone got up to use the bathroom, knocked things off our table, etc. We had a large party in the middle of the room and waiters/bidders continually bumped into us (knocked someone’s purse off their chair 3 times). The entire night, there was a larger table in the corner that would’ve given the entire restaurant more room and prevented anyone from being bumped into

  32. Thomas Cannon 2023/06

    The owners and staff treated us royaly.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Tiramisu Cake, Four Course Meal

  33. Brian Johnson 2023/06

    Very good quality food. Best Italian I have had. Affordable. Very good service. Waiters are top notch and always coming by the table to do refills and very good at their jobs.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $20–30

  34. Jack “Jubbery” Roberts 2023/06

    Owners are so rude. For such a beautiful place, it is a shame that the ones who own this place go SO FAR to invalidate reviews. Maybe if they read the review, reflected on it, and ACTED on that (rather than snapping back with a rude snide remark) then this would be a great restaurant. But, alas, the owners choose to shut down anyone who genuinely had not-so-great experience. Grow up.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  35. Mary Ann Bruno 2023/06

    This was my granddaughters college graduation dinner. We wanted some place special. La Grotta did not disappoint. The service was absolutely top notch service, the food was EXCELLENT!!! This was the most wonderful experience. I felt like I was in Italy being with “Family”. Thank you for an absolutely enjoyable dinner!! I look forward to returning. Thanks

  36. Tj Hall 2023/06

    Loved this place. The hospitality was so warm and the food was delicious and in large quantities
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  37. Mel Anderson chapman (mindy) 2023/06

    It was an amazing experience.. Our waiter Jeremy was top notch . They went a little extra for my anniversary and it was much appreciated. A little pricey for the food but it was delicious..
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+
    Food: 4
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4

  38. Richard Wallace 2023/06

    I go to this restaurant every time I visit Richmond and it never disappoints! I always sit at the bar and dine because the bar tender is attentive and very friendly with fast service. I usually get the daily special which has been packed with outstanding flavor.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Three Course Meal

  39. Cynthia Speers 2023/06

    We walked in on a whim and were bowled over by the fabulous food and even better service. Enzo made my 70 year old uncle, who really doesn’t do fine dining, feel so at home. Agree with a previous reviewer the 4-course dinner is the way to go. So many fine choices you need to do yourself a favor and savor the moment with impeccable service (thanks again Enzo) and perfectly executed cuisine.

  40. Shana Newton 2023/05

    La grotta is definitely one of our favorite spots, handmade pasta, unbelievable steaks, and homemade desserts, everything you order is phenomenal! Waitstaff is very attentive and professional. 10/10!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  41. Josh Baker 2023/05

    Excellent service and atmosphere, came here for a late meal on business travel. From a food perspective the Caesar salad was a miss – had the Veal Scallopini and the flavors were great. Dishes are sauce heavy, and portions are large.

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  42. Antoine Waes 2023/05

    Awesome ! Very good food
    Thanks
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  43. Bennet Gaming 2023/05

    Well design Italian restaurant in downtown Richmond. Loved the homemade pasta and fish special.
    Cocktails where very good. Service seems a little spotty.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

  44. Theresa Stuart 2023/05

    Everything was delicious and the restaurant was beautiful.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

  45. Eileen Ferre 2023/05

    I cannot begin to tell you how delicious all that food. If you’re thinking about going make sure you do because you’ll really be treating yourself.
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  46. John Fratianni 2023/05

    Place has awesome pasta. I’ve always had great service. No idea what these posters are talking about. Place is a solid notch above edo squid in my book.
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  47. Joy Blake 2023/05

    Visited this wonderful establishment last week. The original resturant we made reservations with, was unable to accommodate us. With one day notice, this place was able to accommodate my party of 24 with both professionalism and excellence. The food was extraordinary, and the ambiance was just was needed to make the people in my party feel special. Special thanks to Jeremy for all of his help and hard work.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Four Course Meal
    Dietary restrictions
    We had several dietary restrictions not limited to Gluten free, various food allergies, and vegetarian. All were accommodated exceptionally!

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  48. rebecca gay 2023/05

    Fresh made everything. Delicious! Wine is top tier as well as service.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $20–30
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Gnocchi

  49. Erika Mann 2023/05

    One of the greatest places in Richmond by far. I’ve spent time in Italy and didn’t have food as great as this place. The owners clearly care. The food has so much heart 🖤 …

  50. Lexie St. John 2023/05

    Thank you especially to Jack! He provided the absolute best service and matched my energy word for word. As a young woman out by herself in Richmond, I felt at home and very comfortable with Jack, Roger, and Jeremy. Will be back specifically for these wonderful gentlemen! Lots of love 💛 …

  51. Janis Worth 2023/05

    Exceptional from the time you walk in to the time you leave you’ll feel pampered with delicacies and amazing service in a stunning restaurant! Highly recommended.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4
    Recommended dishes
    Escargot

  52. Kyle G 2023/05

    Just absolutely fantastic. La Grotta is a gem hidden in plain sight.

    Over the past decade, I have increasingly avoided Italian fare due to the utter lack of attention to detail by most restaurants, with boring palate considerations, or mortal sins like watery noodles with marinara. Why would one pay a premium when virtually any dish or sauce can be made at home that tastes far better?

    La Grotta has entered the chat! Their four course meal will blow you away. I experienced the first course, with two chef-selected pastas tastefully separated on the same dish, one side smothered in white sauce, with a counterpart of noodles in marinara. It’s an offering that you have to experience for yourself. I could not decide which one I liked better so I’ll have to, ahem (for research purposes), try this dish again.

    The salad was competently tasty. And the main course, Salmone Atlantico with shrimp, was done perfectly.

    Our waiter substituted my desired Malbec for a Sangiovese he said would be similar, and he was right. I know, reds and fish aren’t a typical pairing, but whites aren’t my thing. Lol

    The tiramisu was rich and had a finish. After-dinner espressos were fantastic, as well.

    I also want to recognize the professional waitstaff – these folks treated myself and my crew with a wonderful experience. They are truly vested, and it makes for a special night.

    Highly recommended that you visit La Grotta soon!!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Tiramisu Cake, Four Course Meal, Gnocchi
    Recommendation for vegetarians
    Highly recommend
    Vegetarian offerings
    Vegetarian menu or section
    Vegetarian options
    Very accommodating, and the vegetarian dishes looked AMAZING!!
    Parking space
    Plenty of parking
    Parking options
    Paid parking lot, Paid parking garage
    Parking
    Right across the street to the east, on 6th.
    Kid-friendliness
    Don’t bring a bus, and you’ll be fine.
    Wheelchair accessibility
    Looks good.

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  53. Shawn Melton 2023/05

    Our experience was incredible. I highly recommend La Grotta. The food and drinks were the best I’ve had in Richmond.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  54. John Massad, Jr 2023/04

    Great food and service
    Very accommodating
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $100+
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  55. Ms Piguet 2023/04

    Andrea , that manager is awful!!! I am not ever coming here ever again. Rude. Disrespectful, literal garbage attitude. No sense of hospitality. You shouldn’t be allowed to manage a restaurant with your awful attitude. It’s disgusting beyond belief!

  56. Dick Menendez 2023/04

    Richmond’s best! Great food and fantastic wine list.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  57. Sho Long 2023/04

    This was the one of the most horrible experience I had at a restaurant in Virginia. Me and a few people I was with are very upset, we will never come dine at this place again. The Manager, Andrea is the most entitled person ive ever met. Rude. Entitled. Horrible. no sense of hospitality.
    Price per person
    $100+

  58. Kenneth Beasley 2023/04

    Food was excellent.. romantic, and the service was great.
    Service
    Dine in
    Food: 5
    Service: 4
    Atmosphere: 5

  59. J Wanner 2023/04

    The food was pretty bad for the price. The seafood pasta we had we thought would be good, but the lobster actually made my mouth dry and was very bland. Also, when I made my reservation, I asked to be seated in the restaurant and they put me in the bar area in the smallest table in the corner and 2 inches away from someone’s face.

    The only redeeming qualities of my meal were the wine and the service.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  60. Michael Peddle 2023/03

    Food was good, but for what you pay I’m not sure it’s worth it. Plus I miss the old location. This place just doesn’t have the same charm. Service was great, parking sucked.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 4
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 3

  61. Kathryn Kostek 2023/03

    We celebrated our anniversary at LaGrotta and I was very disappointed in the food. Loved the waiter but the special Red snapper with Crab cake was bland and tasteless. Way too much sauce on the fish and still no flavor. Way over priced. The Cheesecake tasted like flour cake even though beautifully presented. Like other reviewers, I’ve traveled extensively in Europe, particularly Italy and never had such an unappealing meal. I liked the old, quaint venue better in Shockhoe Slip. Very disappointed in this meal. My husband had the Linguine with seafood and was also disappointed. Too much quantity but lacking in quality. 🫤

    Frank Kostek here, Chef Capice may well be a master chef but La Grotta has become a pasta factory like so many other Italian restaurants in the US. I suspect that it’s very hard to maintain consistent quality in such a large venue, then there’s the rising cost of ingredients. My huge, American sized dish of seafood pasta was over spiced making the whole dish taste the same, hot and not very interesting or flavorful. My pana cota and cappuccino were excellent, my wife’s cheese cake had no flavor, her red snapper looked and tasted like balsa wood. A gorgeous interior, lovely table setting, excellent service, and a few beautifully plated dishes do not make up for mass produced poorly prepared dishes. Your defensive responses to the many negative reviews we see here show that you are ignoring some truths and holding on to a once glorious past.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Parking
    Horrible to try and park, computer experience wasn’t intuitive.

  62. elizabeth baer 2023/03

    This restaurant is the best ever! Tony is the best chef in the world! We have traveled extensively in Italy and the food here is even better. This restaurant is our most favorite restaurant in the world! We are leaving in May for Venice and I bet we don’t get as good as what we had last night. The service is always impeccable also – absolutely perfect! La Grotta should be getting all 5 *s. I read some of the critical reviews today and they are just not correct! I know because we have eaten at La Grotta so many times and every single time has been perfect.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  63. Daryl Harvey 2023/03

    A very elegant and personalized experience! Dishes are works of art.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Recommended dishes
    Tiramisu Cake, Three Course Meal

  64. todd flowers 2023/03

    Always delicious, but plan on being there a while. Nearly everything on the menu is made in-house.

  65. Elaine Horton 2023/03

    Our waiter was awesome. It was a experience

  66. Thom Parynik 2023/03

    Outstanding service
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 4
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4
    Recommended dishes
    Three Course Meal

  67. Okuku Ochieng 2023/02

    My boyfriend and I went to this place. Called to set up a reservation and I was put on hold three times. Asked to call back and wasn’t a problem. On getting there, I was asked about my reservation, they couldn’t find it. I had given every detail and finally they found it using my phone number. On seating, our server was instantly prejudicial. We were ignored constantly by our server. We asked for clarifications on the menu which we weren’t accorded. We were treated with contempt the entire time. The only thing good about the place was the cheesecake. Everything else was subpar and overpriced. We got racist vibes from that place.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

  68. Diana Campolattaro 2023/02

    We came here no reservations and had to sit at the Bar. We remember the Restaurant from the old location and the experience was the same. Great food as we remembered. Jack the Bartender was amazing very professional and likable, great skills in multitasking, they are very lucky to have him!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

  69. Jules Dubois 2023/01

    Everything was amazing! The service isn’t quite up to par with what I would expect from this quality of restaurant, but it was fine. Just small things that added up and took away from the experience a slight bit. The food was so amazing though we didn’t really care.
    Food: 5
    Service: 4
    Atmosphere: 5

  70. Jeffrey Grissler 2023/01

    Amazing experience. I sat at the bar by myself.. I was in town for business. From my Nagroni to wine and food choiceThe experience and service was perfect. The veal may have been the best I ever had.
    Highly recommend
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  71. Joan Torreblanca 2023/01

    One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The homemade pasta was top notch. Will be back again!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+
    Recommended dishes
    Veal Milanese, Lobster Ravioli

  72. John Ziegler 2023/01

    Amazing food and top notch service – the best of Richmond
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

  73. Claude Ramey 2023/01

    I had the special – veal ossobuco – and it was the best restaurant meal I’ve ever had. Will definitely be returning for special occasions!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

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  74. Joel McCauley 2023/01

    Holy grail for fra diavolo 😳 just perfection. Love La Grotta.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  75. segun victor 2023/01

    Could have given a zero if there was one. This place gives really bad service to people of colour would recommend no person of colour to go there. They are very rude, dismissive and biased in their service.
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  76. Philip Allen 2023/01

    The medium rare steak was undercooked, if you can believe that. Not a good experience at all.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  77. Kelsey Huber 2022/12

    My mom and I had a great experience. Our server Jeremy(?) was the best server I have ever had in the city of Richmond!! He was so kind, explained everything to us and picked great wines for us to try with each course. Big fan of La Grotta and I will definitely be back!!!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Dietary restrictions
    Perfect for my gluten free mom, she got to try several dishes that normally she would not be able to eat, thank you!

  78. Philip Shea 2022/12

    Excellent staff! This is a great restaurant in high demand. We were dead tired and it was raining, and we had no reservation, but they made room for us, making is feel like family. Excellent service, superior food and wine. We will be back *with* reservations!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $20–30
    Features
    Dine in: Yes

  79. Charlie Culley 2022/11

    Delicious food great staff

  80. Wes Spruill 2022/11

    We had a terrific birthday dinner for my adult daughter this evening before a show at the Altria Theater. We allowed 2 hours to eat before the show and that worked out perfectly. Our server, Dereck, was absolutely excellent. We will be back soon!!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Parking
    Parking is a little difficult, but there is a pay lot at 5th and Broad that is only one block away so it’s convenient. $10 for 2 hours seems a bit pricey but I’m sure I could have driven around and walked a little farther and gotten free street parking.

  81. eric smith 2022/11

    The food was excellent! But on a side note we listened to the waiter tell someone he had 7 kids and then told someone else he had 2. My wife and I laughed about this for hours after we left. Great atmosphere and now we have a story to tell our friends!

  82. Mirtha Romero 2022/11

    We enjoyed , the services and food delicious .
    The atmosphere is great.

  83. Elena Sanzone 2022/11

    Wonderful service! The owners are amazing! La grotta doesn’t disappoint!

  84. Jackson Hearn 2022/11

    Get the panna cotta!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

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  85. Adel 2022/10

    Phenomenal food, service, and experience. Can’t wait to come again
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

  86. Todd Winters 2022/10

    The food and service are EXCELLENT

  87. Patrick Wright 2022/10

    Although I miss the ambiance of the original location in Shockoe Slip, the service and food quality are just as wonderful as always. If you want an excellent occasion place or quiet night out, check out the authentic Italian fare.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: No
    Takeout: Yes
    Delivery: Not sure
    Curbside pickup: Not sure

  88. Quintessa Garland 2022/10

    If you’re a person of color do not eat here. They do not like you or want your business. It’s as simple as that. It was so apparent that I didn’t even bother to sit or stay any longer than I needed to.

  89. Steven Penny 2022/09

    Excellent food and service
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  90. Chris Wright 2022/09

    Jack the bartender was fantastic so much effort into is drinks and his recommendations this place is literally 100 stars !

  91. John Moerner 2022/09

    We had a great time… great food… a friend’s birthday party…

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  92. Nathan Kaplan 2022/09

    Unbelievable. Amazing steak – juicy, perfectly cooked, and accompanied by the best mushroom in port reduction I ever had. The chicken breast with escarole was on point, as well.

    But all of that was eclipsed by the tiramisu. Truly a work of art. Perfectly balanced with the cream and the chocolate shavings, light and airy, just ideal.

    The decor, ambience, and service are excellent as well. A really nice upscale place for a romantic dinner. 5/5, excellent experience!
    Service
    Dine in

  93. Athena Sicario 2022/08

    Absolutely classy atmosphere and stellar customer service! Even when they are completely packed the staff make sure you have a most memorable fine dining experience. Highly recommend, they make their own fresh pasta, they have excellent wine, as well as delicious desserts!!!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: Not sure
    Takeout: Yes
    Delivery: Not sure
    Curbside pickup: Not sure

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  94. Francis Donnelly 2022/08

    This restaurant was good but I’m not sure that I would go again. The food was good but not amazing for the price point and the service was a little strange.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  95. Danielle Walker 2022/08

    Worst dine-in experience I have ever had, anywhere. I have never been treated so poorly in my life. I would give 0 stars if I could. I ordered the filet mignon, medium rare, and it came out medium/medium well. I have been to many fine restaurants and had my filet cooked the same way every time. I know what medium rare looks like. I always feel bad being that person to send food back, but it was not even close to medium rare and that was what I asked for. They took it back to the kitchen, and when they brought out a new plate, this one was even more cooked than the last. That had to be intentional. I apologized because I don’t like being a difficult customer, and asked if I could get one of their pasta dishes instead. The server clearly felt bad and went back to the kitchen with the plate. The chef, who also happens to be the owner, came out to our table with the same filet I had ordered, and had cut it into 3 large pieces. He proceeded to berate and humiliate me, telling me that this was medium rare and he would not cook me another dish. I was refused service. It took me a moment to process the rudeness of what had just transpired as he stormed back into the kitchen. My mother and I looked at each other in shock and disgust. The manager then came to the table and said the same thing. “That was a medium rare steak. Unfortunately we cannot serve you another dish because you will just send it back.” Excuse me, what? So, we paid the bill and left. Will never return and definitely will not recommend to anyone.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  96. Rami Ammoun 2022/08

    We had a party of two groups yesterday and we checked in at 6:00. Our first group got their entrées and deserts (and finished them) before our entrees came (our entrees came at 7:51). When I asked the waiter how come our food came when the first group is already done with their deserts he responded that we had two courses and kind of blamed our group, he was also unapologetic. I later heard from my coworker who was with the first group that they tipped the waiter $20 to get their food before us. While it’s okay to have the first group’s food before us, I feel the waiter delayed our food on purpose because of that. I was looking at other tables and most people got their food even the people who came after us. Our entrees came 1.5 hours after the appetizers. This was the one of the most horrible experience I had at a restaurant in Virginia. Me and a few people I was with are very upset, we will never come dine at this place again.

  97. Fran Crisafulli 2022/08

    This was our first time dining at La Grotta. My only regret is that we hadn’t eaten here sooner. I can’t think of one thing that was lacking in any way. A great dining experience from the moment you walk in the door. Wonderful appetizers, entrees and desserts. A top notch, helpful and knowledgeable wait staff made sure we were well taken care of. Do yourself a favor and enjoy an evening at one of Richmond’s best.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Parking
    Plenty of paid parking right on the corner well within walking distance.
    Kid-friendliness
    More adult oriented. Older children would enjoy dining here better.
    Wheelchair accessibility
    Wheel chair accessible without an issue.

  98. Marshall Jett 2022/07

    Great food and very high class establishment! Very pricey, but well worth it.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Takeout: Yes

  99. Paul Puccinelli 2022/07

    Been here three times for large groups. Each time service food and drinks have been exceptional. They take care of you here.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 4

  100. BRYAN CASTILLO 2022/07

    Soup was great, salmon was good. Bison only medium temp was ok.

  101. Zemmie Brown 2022/07

    Great time! Wonderful ambience and absolutely delicious food! Go and have an intimate time with friends and family!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  102. Heather 2022/07

    Absolutely my favorite restaurant in Richmond now. Stumbled across this place after an evening arrival into town. I was tired and hungry and this place was close plus had good reviews. The service and food were impeccable. The burratta was out of this world. Always ask about the specials because they seemed to be reliably amazing. Highly recommend this place.
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  103. Sonia Soni 2022/06

    Un restaurant typique italien tant par son decor que par les plats
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

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  104. kathryn Patterson 2022/06

    Good

  105. Paula Smith 2022/06

    My husband called for a reservation and was told we can be seated as soon as we arrive. When we arrived, the female employee (which Was revealed latter was the manager) asked for a name. I told her we did not give a name and was told to arrive immediately for a party of 5. She seemed to have an attitude. She seated my party and I had to say thank you twice before she responded. The food was good. The waiter was good and continued to suggest extra food items, wine, and desserts (which did not bother me). When we received the bill, the gratuity was added. The menu stated gratuity will be added for a party of 6 or more. We had a party of 5. When I addressed the manager, she stated “they should know better.” The waiter verbalized they did not change the menu and implied that it would take a lot to do so. The manager was silent and avoided eye contact during this entire interaction. Neither one of them apologized for not informing us at any time about the change to the gratuity policy. My husband and I do well financially and my husband tips very very well so I was offended that the gratuity was added without informing us of this. Honestly, my husband would have paid more than 20% as we were pleased with the service we had received thus far. The waiter’s explanation would make sense, but the fact that the manager of the restaurant did not verbally agree with his explanation makes me wonder if it was indeed truthful. Had the policy really changed or is this unfair treatment of minority customers??? Was this a case of bias based on racial profiling??? The waiter maintained his view that this is indeed the current policy, but the manager never indicated that this was the case. Needless to say – we will NEVER return to this restaurant!!!!!!!!! Everyone should be treated equally!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  106. Nick W 2022/06

    Some of the best food I’ve ever had. Ravioli was absolutely to die for. Great drinks as well, bartender was excellent.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Recommended dishes
    Agnolotti Alla Panna

  107. Emily Sayles 2022/06

    Recently did the three course meal and wine pairing (second time dining at this location since the move from Shockoe Slip) the food was excellent and served in huge quantities. Wine was just okay.

    My only complaint is that our waiter this visit was so loud, and so dismissive, hoping to sit in the main dining room area next time where the service is better.

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  108. Richard Ellis 2022/05

    Excellent
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Features
    Dine in: Yes

  109. Emily Bailey 2022/05

    So delicious, perfect for date night!

  110. Antoinette Alcazar 2022/05

    1 star only because zero not allowed. We just left with my daughter crying. Worst experience ever! We went to celebrate my daughter’s promotion….she serves this country in the army. She ordered a medium rare steak which was over cooked after sending it back, of course, It came back more cooked than the first time! Then the chef who is also the owner came out…ANGRY and argued about what a medium rare steak is and proceeded to tell my young daughter he was no longer serving her!!!! At $45 dollars for a otherwise $10 steak the customer should be able to eat it the way they want to eat it. From the business perspective…take the $20 dollar loss and have happy customers. I have traveled all over the world eaten at some of the finest restaurants and Never, ever have I seen or experienced such treatment. The owner is an arrogant entitled pr$#@! No other word for it. Our server was perfect and he felt bad we could tell. Thank God for soldiers like my daughter that sacrifice so much for the freedoms these type of individuals get to enjoy. This is one for the record for sure! But if you want to support a business that treats customers this way, I suppose it’s every one’s perogative. We for one will never return.

  111. Bryan Jarrell 2022/05

    La Grotta is fantastic! Had a short notice party for 15, including 4 preschoolers, and they were able to accommodate us no problem. The food was excellent – our party had the Buffalo Strip, the Veal, the antipasto appetizer, and a seafood ravioli special that were perfect. The staff and atmosphere were top notch. 💯 Recommended.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: Not sure
    Takeout: Not sure
    Delivery: Not sure
    Curbside pickup: Not sure

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  112. Lynn McGrath 2022/05

    As always, yummy food, great service. A favorite place for us to dine.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner

  113. Sean Moran 2022/05

    Great restaurant right inside the Hilton, really good menu, hard to find something that isn’t amazing. Bartenders are always great too!

  114. Sarah Bickford 2022/05

    The food was good and the atmosphere was nice but I spent $200 on a meal and could not get what I wanted. I wanted a filet mignon medium well. On the menu it stated that steaks would be cooked rare, medium rare and medium only. So I had to order something else because I couldn’t get the steak the way I like it. If I’m going to pay that much for a meal, I should be able to get what I want the way I want. My husband and I go out to eat several times a week but will never return to this establishment. I work hard to make $200 and if that’s what I’m laying down at your restaurant I expect to get the food cooked the way I like it.

  115. F Ainsa 2022/04

    Nice setting and excellent service. Nearby street and paid lot parking. Entire party was happy with their dishes and desserts.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: No
    Takeout: Not sure
    Delivery: Not sure
    Curbside pickup: Not sure

  116. Adam Brick 2022/04

    Bad customer service regarding event planning. We had a confirmed date for a wedding rehearsal dinner, and when we called to make the deposit, we were informed our date was no longer available. Very disappointed.

  117. Debra R.S. 2022/04

    Our group went here over a restaurant week. I love love love this restaurant the food and the ambiance. We were a group with both vegetarian and meat eaters. This restaurant was able to cater to both groups. The food was ample and excellent. We will visit again

  118. Rishi Bloemhof 2022/04

    Wondeful place! Delicious food, amazing service from Enzo. Even the to-go desserts were stellar. I only regret that I have but one stomach to fill.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

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  119. Amber Williamson 2022/04

    We went to La Grotta for my husband’s birthday and had a wonderful experience. The bartender and waitress were knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. The waitress was well informed on different food allergies and the chef even offered to make off menu food due to some allergies at our table. We will definitely be going back ASAP!
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  120. Shawn Robinson 2022/04

    I’m only leaving this review because my friend left a honest review regarding the level of courtesy we received this past Friday night. Her review was responded to with a very negative tone which was similar to the energy that we got at the front door. That wasn’t the purpose of my friend’s review. She was hurt and felt disregarded. She was the birthday girl and was not treated as so by the host. The host who presented as the owner missed many opportunities to give us a warm welcome. I don’t believe she meant any harm by her harshness. However, she was very concerned about her chandeliers despite that we got seated over 30 minutes after our reservation time. And, yes the chandeliers were a little dusty. Which isn’t being said to be hurtful but to help encourage you all to clean them before rudely replying to a Google review. Furthermore, if you are concerned about the chandeliers to the extent of missing an opportunity to be courteous then they should be dazzling. Back to my point, my mom always told me it’s not what you say it’s how you say it. The host obviously didn’t get that lesson. Either she do not care or is unaware of her delivery and discernment. This isn’t meant to slander La Grotta but it’s necessary for who ever is in charge of the hospitality to step their game up. Nonetheless, I would be remiss not to acknowledge that my steak was A-1, no pun. Truly delicious and the waiter–he won me over. He was personable, well versed in the specials and perhaps one of the best waiters I have ever had. Again, please take this as an opportunity to be better. All in all, I would definitely eat there again and I am looking forward to better experience by the host in the future. With much love from your somewhat dissatisfied customer. #Chefkeepslayinginthekitchen

  121. Jaysn Schaener 2022/04

    Great atmosphere and the service was excellent. The food was not as flavourful as described but the desserts were amazing. Definitely the highlight of the meal.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: No
    Takeout: Not sure
    Delivery: Not sure
    Curbside pickup: Not sure

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  122. Adriana Nichole 2022/04

    As a business owner, I am always hesitant to leave a less than perfect review, but after my experience Friday September 2nd , I am very compelled to.

    I arrived on time for my 8:15 pm reservation to celebrate my birthday. I was greeted by a not so personable woman (older, short hair). She informed me that the computer system allowed them to overbook, and that I would have to wait. It was a little frustrating being that I had a reservation, but I was also still waiting for 2 members of my party, so I tried to just shake it off and not make it a big deal.

    The other two members of my party arrived at around 8:25pm , and we weren’t seated until about 8:40 pm.

    Because it was my birthday, one of my friends surprised me with balloons. (4 balloons).

    While the woman was walking us to our table, she told me “Make sure your balloons don’t touch my chandeliers” I was so taken aback by her snide comment. It was so strange, and non welcoming.

    (Also the chandeliers were due for a good cleaning as they were dusty)

    Fast forward to the reason they are receiving 3 stars. The restaurant itself is beautiful. (Outside of the dust on the chandeliers)
    The food was amazing and the presentation of the food was five star. Lastly, our server was very knowledgeable, kind and friendly.
    He provided immaculate service.

    I will give this restaurant another try and update my review in hopes that it was just a bad night.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

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  123. James Smith 2022/03

    Authentic Italian food. Nice ambiance.
    Service
    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $20–30
    Features
    Dine in: Yes

  124. VN W 2022/03

    Awesome experience! Great food!!!

  125. Tricia Wright 2022/03

    Beautiful building and atmosphere. Horrible customer service. The hostess seemed put out that we were 5 minutes early for our reservation. The waiter spoke mostly to the only male at our table. The staff nearly dumped a bowl of soup in my lap when we took too long to tell her who had the soup. Literally, a seconds hesitation. The waiter rudely announced he couldn’t hear me as I placed my order. The soup was terrible. The Pasta was delicious. A terrible experience overall.

  126. Amye Brunette 2022/03

    This is one of our very favorite restaurants in Richmond! Our server, Marco was excellent, friendly and attentive, even though the restaurant was completely full. The food is always fresh and flavorful. We had wine with dinner and ended with a scrumptious dessert and delicious espresso martini. Cannot wait to go back! (mouth is watering!)

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  127. Katterin Reyes 2022/03

    I have been here multiple times with my fiancé with a dress and he wears a suit and tie but the one time We come in with jeans and a sweater and hat I go and get treated like a 2nd class citizen from my server. After telling him I was getting the restaurant week menu. The lack of attention and service was poor considering the experience I received when I came other times. I asked for a knife for my veal and he grabbed 2 butter knifes from another table. “A butter knife”. I had asked from small request like more bread and more water and got left waiting over 15 mins. And to top it off they added gratuity when they aren’t suppose to unless it’s a table of 6 or more. But because of the way I looked and dressed and order the restaurant week menu it seemed to him that I was not going to tip when on the Contrary I am very well tipper. 30% or more so it was upsetting to see he assumed I wasn’t going to tip. Overall it is disappointing because I got engaged in this place and holds sentimental value to me. Hopefully someone could speak to the serve about customers service and I will be back and actually enjoy my experience again.

  128. David Banks 2022/03

    Amazing food and even better service. There were so many great items on the menu, it became hard to choose. The four course meal is way to go.

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  129. Tony Jones 2022/02

    We had a fantastic meal and great service.
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    Dine in
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    Dinner
    Food: 5
    Service: 5
    Atmosphere: 5

  130. Christine Curley 2022/02

    The wait staff was as great as the food. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  131. Jane Ashburn 2022/02

    Visited for a family gathering. Very tasty food. Highly recommend the ravioli and the steak!
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner

  132. shan gui 2022/02

    First time (Dec 20th 2021) for me to try deer meat and escargots. They were so great! The nicest thing was a gentleman sit near us in the bar (we all didn’t reserve tables) paid our desert without telling us! (Thank you so much if you by any chance see this review! ) Richmond has lots of nice people!
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: No
    Takeout: No
    Delivery: No

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  133. tennisgal 2022/01

    We were a party of 8 with reservations at 5:30pm. The waiter was very personable. Three meals were served while we waited for the other 5 meals. By the time the last 5 meals were delivered, the first 3 meals were warm — not hot. They are no longer able to split checks — which was done previously — we were informed after the dinner. They automatically put a 20% gratuity on the check. It would be nice to be informed of the cost of the “specials” and that a 20% gratuity was already added to the check. The menus on the website do NOT reflect the current menu costs — which are about 15% + higher. We spent $825 or about $103 per person.

  134. rokasha vinson 2022/01

    Great and beautiful atmosphere
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  135. Edd Painter 2022/01

    Great atmosphere, food was excellent, Great service, Derrick was extremely watchful and aware of his customer’s needs. Free parking was a bonus.
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: No
    Takeout: Yes
    Delivery: No
    Curbside pickup: Not sure

  136. Dena Cornett 2022/01

    My husband and I had a delicious dinner here yesterday, our first time in Richmond. We started with their special oysters, followed by a salad with gorgonzola and walnuts. We indulged in an excellent bottle of Amarone della Valpolicella, while sharing a dish of house made ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach. For secondi, my husband has a veal chop while I had jumbo prawns and sea scallops in delicious spicy tomato sauce on a bed of creamy polenta. Dessert was a fig custard which did not disappoint. Marco and wait staff offered exemplary service, making this a truly enjoyable night out.
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

  137. Trey Thompson 2021/12

    Service killed my experience. The food all hit the mark for what it claimed to be. It was priced at downtown rates, but still good.
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+
    Features
    Dine in: Yes
    Outdoor seating: No
    Takeout: No
    Delivery: No
    Curbside pickup: No

  138. Nemer Muallem 2021/12

    The wine list is impressive, I enjoyed the internal decor and vibe. Pasta and apps were on point but the evening I dined here, it took a while to get a table despite a reservation on the books.

  139. Noel Hope Bryant 2021/12

    The quail was delicious and the waiter was fantastic, would no recommend anywhere better for fine dining. Hands down best dining experience I’ve ever had.
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

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  140. walter reyes 2021/11

    Loved it. Excellent service and good food.

  141. Ebony Nickens 2021/11

    The food was awesome but the hostess was rude and didn’t greet us. Thank God for the waitress who helped us get a table. We had a reservation.

  142. Paul Flammia 2021/11

    Amazing amazing amazing

  143. Roger Shields 2021/11

    Elegant and authentic

  144. david leber 2021/10

    Excellent food!

  145. Nicole Gauvin 2021/10

    Food is great. Service is not.

  146. shortpump threading 2021/10

    Nice food and great environment for special occasions

  147. Jaye Aster Broder 2021/10

    I went here after busy time on a week night because of a friend’s recommendation. The restaurant quickly seated me. I ordered the sole for my entree and tiramisu for my dessert. The portions were quite generous. I could not finish everything on my plate. The ingredient usage was lavish. I greatly enjoyed the shiitake mushrooms and pinole nuts. The tiramisu was artfully displayed with crunchy chocolate pieces rather than cocoa. Even the included eggplant plant dip with the 3 types of bread was delicious. Amber was very patient with my requests and questions. It was a delicious dinner and I would recommend returning.
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

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  148. Elissa H 2021/10

    Very nice restaurant. The sole fish entree was fabulous!

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  149. gabriele chelini 2021/10

    100% Italian experience. Must read.

    I am an Italian immigrant in US, I lived here 5 years and developed the habit of reading Italian restaurants menus to make fun of the misspelling and the awkward Americanized version of our food. During a road-trip I was looking for a restaurant in Richmond and noticed “la grotta” on Gmaps; I started reading the menu to make fun of it and realized joke was on me. First; the menu had no misspellings?!? Second; all recipes described looked very traditional. I read some complain about pricing, but quite honestly this place looked slightly cheaper than average, with the possibility of actual Traditional experience. Me and my wife decided to try it! Walking-in felt awkward at first… the place is very elegant and we were definitely not! However, the waitress didn’t seem to care and treated us very nicely the whole night. We ordered an appetizer (antipasto) to share, was good. Then we each got a pasta dish, and I was convinced now; this was the real deal. I could tell from the food that the chef had a 100% Italian culinary background. Everything was made to perfection. We concluded with a classic restaurant dessert -panna cotta-, also excellent. At the end, the chef (and owner) came out of the kitchen to meet me; turned out he was actually raised in Italy, that explained the accuracy of the food with the tradition. We talked a while, he offered me a (real) Italian espresso and had a really great time together.
    After 5 years in US this was my first time in an Italian restaurant and was worth the wait.

    To summarize: if you are an American in search of an actual Italian food experience or a fellow Italian in search for the food of our people this is the place to go; there are not very many like this on the east coast.

    A couple of PS notes.
    – I didn’t try it, but I would recommend the “petto di pollo alla potentina”. The recipe is from the chef’s birthplace, making it as accurate as it can be according to the tradition
    – lunch menu pricing is ridiculously inexpensive for what you get, I would go there regularly if I was living in the area.

  150. John Foster 2021/10

    Awesome experience all around. We came to Richmond for a long weekend and picked La Grotta Ristorante over many restaurants because my wife has a gluten allergy and their web site menu had many GF and GF options listed. We were not disappointed the meals were wonderfully surprising and delicious and the service was most attentive. Next time we are in Richmond we will eat here again.

  151. Tom Campbell 2021/09

    Held my rehearsal dinner. Great customer service and easy to work with. Steak was amazing.
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  152. Alexis Philips 2021/09

    Phenomenal all around. Food, service, and atmosphere. Not from the Richmond area but we randomly picked La Grotta based off reviews and they were not wrong! We did the four courses for each of us and not one item was less than fantastic. The head chef was continually out and checking in on each table as well. So many different options and every one was amazing.

  153. Deborah Bell 2021/08

    I has a chef’s choice or special and it was some kind of veal. It was Heavenly. I will be back.

  154. Claudio Ragazzi 2021/08

    Highest Italian cuisine, superb service, outstanding wine list… and I am a picky one when we talk about Italian food. Complimenti

  155. Rachel & Brian Gallagher 2021/08

    Excellent food and romantic atmosphere. Our waiter Zach was amazing, he even fixed the wobbly table without us asking!

  156. Gil Zuckerman 2021/08

    Just had an incredible 3 course dinner.
    Mozzarella stack with bell peppers,
    And filet mignon with green peppercorn together with fettuccine with a wonderful cream sauce
    Finished with delicious cheesecake 😋

  157. Fred T 2021/08

    It was amazing. The chef had personal favorites of vegan meals to choose from. You can’t go wrong with either. Second time coming and it was great.

  158. Taryn Randall 2021/08

    The service is always top notch and the food is next level. Staff is knowledgeable and full of useful recommendations and wine pairings for various budgets without ever being judgy if you choose a lesser priced option (bottles go from $50ish to $2500). The menu offers a detailed description of each item and I never have felt uncomfortable saying I don’t know how to pronounce something. We brought our six year old son once, who is not picky by any means, but our server had less expensive suggestions for simpler items not on the menu, like a half order of penne bolognese, which was much appreciated. If you can snag a reservation, this place is a MUST.

  159. Antonio Palacios 2021/08

    Food was awesome !! Definitely i will come back for more 🙂

  160. Scott Dalton 2021/08

    The food is incredible! Service provided by Melissa was outstanding! An absolute must whether you live in RVA or if are just visiting.

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  161. Jeff Crummie 2021/07

    Outstanding food. Great wine list. Nice ambiance. Good service.

  162. Kimberley Fiasco 2021/07

    Great experience! Tried for the first time. Amazing food and service. Best tiramisu ever!

  163. Brann 2021/06

    Every. Single. Dish was absolutely perfect. Trust the chef’s choice. Amazing
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Lunch
    Price per person
    $100+

  164. Kevin Goings 2021/06

    Excellent service and food. I suggest the tiramisu for dessert, it’s definitely the best that I’ve ever tasted.

  165. Nicole Saad 2021/06

    I came here once because I wanted to eat somewhere fancy with good service. The waiter was knowledgeable. I ordered the octopus carpaccio as an appetizer, and my face immediately started swelling up. I eat octopus regularly, out at restaurants, and I enjoy making it at home. I think that the octopus was not fresh or that it was not properly washed. Very sad for a restaurant like this one. I am not allergic to anything. I had to leave the restaurant and go to the ER. I had already ordered our food when this happened. Even though the food was not ready when my face was swollen, I had only had the octopus that ruined my upcoming week, and I had already shared that we were leaving, the staff did not offer not to charge me. They gave me a lousy $50 gift card (which I will never use because I am not going back there) and brought over the $150 bill for food I took to-go and had to throw away when I got home.

  166. Jenn V 2021/06

    Pretty nice Italian restaurant in downtown Richmond. It was within walking distance of convention center and downtown hotels. They have a nice selection of wines and bourbon. Excellent escargot. It was our first time trying snails and we were surprisingly pleased with our decision to do so. We were also pleased with the service.

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  167. Kevin 2021/05

    excellent in all respects.

  168. CrazedPanda135 2021/05

    Everything was amazing from the appetizer to the dessert. The chef took caution with my allergies and an overall great atmosphere and staff. 10/10 date night approved

  169. Sandro Cafasso 2021/05

    I’ve been here a few times now. Apparently any one who lives in Richmond will know La Grotta. Can you go wrong with Italian food? Not here you can’t. Every meal I’ve had here, has been on point. Professional staff and a wide menu for this price range. I decided to order off the specials menu when I visited tonight. Not to test them but because they sounded delicious. Both were extremely good. If you want a meal out need the choice to be good. Go here.
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $50–100

  170. Melissa Vine 2021/04

    Had a great birthday dinner. Delicious food and amazing service. Thank you so much!
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  171. Bob Bonham 2021/04

    First time at La Grotta since the move to the M&R bldg on Broad St. A very warm vibe of dark wood and white tablecloths. Attention to detail and flexibility with dishes not often seen. “Would you like half of your ravioli from the evening’s special and half from the main menu…no problem.” Our waiter was perfect…always there when needed, but never hovering. Entrees can range from $20-$40. I felt that $15 was a little high for a Knob Creek Manhattan, but I’ll live with it in this case. I consider La Grotta a cut above the rest.

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  172. Blue Ridge Phantom 2021/04

    Very good food and service.
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    Dine in
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    Dinner
    Price per person
    $20–30

  173. Luciana Paolucci 2021/04

    Wait for ever for the food, the salad was old and not very good. Was better years ago when it was at shockoe bottom.
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  174. John Boone 2021/03

    Delicious!!!
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    Dine in
    Meal type
    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

  175. Cristian Romero 2021/03

    Face mask is required in the entrance. But just to walk to your table. I recommend you to make a reservation . Food is delicious, and better with a nice wine. I tried the beef carpaccio. Really good. There is a parking lot just around the corner.

    Se requiere mascarilla en la entrada. Pero solo para caminar hasta tu mesa. Te recomiendo que hagas una reserva. La comida es deliciosa y mejor con un buen vino. Probé el carpaccio de ternera. Realmente bueno. Hay un estacionamiento a la vuelta de la esquina.
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    Dine in
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    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

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  176. MacMarine 2021/03

    Authentic Italian Cuisine, Atmosphere, and Hospitality

    This was our second visit to La Grotta, and honestly, there are no words to describe the incredible dining experience. This restaurant is perfect on all counts for its unforgettable cuisine, extensive wine selection, warm atmosphere, and gracious hospitality. The Agnolotti alla Panna, is to die for. Actually, all of the food was so mouth-watering, we both continued to think about it and crave it the next day. We will definitely return very soon.

  177. Mia Jones 2021/03

    Couldn’t stop thinking about the veal for DAYS. Our server was very pleasant and accommodating to a large group.

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  178. Evan MacGibbon 2021/03

    Almost 15 years ago I was fortunate enough to have dinner at La Grotta on my first night in town on a business trip. I ate there every night for the entire week! Last Saturday we drove 3 hours from NC to take our in-laws there for dinner to celebrate their anniversary. La Grotta has moved from it’s old location, but the new location – next to the Hilton and Marriott hotels – is just as wonderful! We had a 5 PM reservation – all that was available – but it gave me lots of time to catch up with the chef’s wife Andrea, who welcomes each patron with gracious open arms! I would suggest that you review the menu before going so that you are not overwhelmed by how extensive it is! I did and still had a hard time choosing! Every dish is simply delicious and prepared by Chef Tony from his roots in northern Italy. Save room for his incredible desserts, even if you don’t think you can have another bite. They are amazing! Dining at La Grotta is a remarkable experience that you will not forget! I just wish it had not taken me 15 years to get back there! Enjoy!

  179. maritza budet 2021/02

    Terrible staff an manager!
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    Dinner
    Price per person
    $100+

  180. Carla Erickson 2021/02

    When I wake up the next morning and can’t stop thinking about what I ate the night before, trying to replicate the deliciousness in my head…you know the place has to be special. I savored and enjoyed every morsel of my dinner, the bites of my husband’s dinner and then the dessert trio to top it off! Believe the hype, the food, the service, the ambience at this place are all that… and more. Very COVID safe… well distanced tables, staff all wearing masks. I wish I could pick this place up and take it back home with me to Connecticut, because it was real authentic Italian.

  181. Erik Salazar 2021/02

    Loved my dinner!!

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  182. Marcus Ray 2021/02

    My wife and I came to Richmond for a weekend getaway. The restaurant was across the street from our hotel. From the appetizer to the dessert, each course of our meals were absolutely amazing. Our host Zach was just as amazing. We’ll definitely come back again.

  183. Morgan Greene 2021/02

    Maybe this was a fluke but we had such an awful experience. This place gets so hyped so we made a reservation for a Valentine’s Day. The only good thing to come out of this dinner was that our table was ready when we came in for our reservation. We only saw our waitress, Heather, TWICE, once to take our order (which came out wrong) and again to drop off the check. The food is extremely bland. This place is overpriced and mediocre at best. Save your appetite for a worth it place, La Grotta Ristorante is NOT it.

  184. Antonio Hawkins 2021/01

    Amazing food and great service

  185. Keith Blackshear 2021/01

    Very nice Italian restaurant located in the lobby of the Hilton Richmond Downtown. Courteous service in an elegant atmosphere, along with excellent food.

  186. Aya Nath 2021/01

    I rarely leave bad reviews! We made a reservation here but after being treated quite rudely by the hostess and waiting nearly 30 minutes after being seated without being acknowledged or even provided with water (while other tables went through multiple courses), we decided to leave and try another restaurant. Leaving 2 stars since we didn’t have an opportunity to evaluate the food.
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    Dinner

  187. Rachel Nellett 2021/01

    Possibly the best meal of my life! Everything is made from scratch and is very fine dining. The atmosphere is also very romantic!

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  188. Anthony King 2021/01

    Best service, atmosphere, wine, and food i have ever experienced in one place. Must trying this place if your in downtown Richmond.
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    Dinner
    Price per person
    $30–50

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  189. Wilson Dowdy 2021/01

    Upscale restaurant, definitely for a fancier or a unique occasion. I didn’t see anything I really wanted on their menu, but ordered some fettuccini spaghetti and it was pretty tasty!! The bread came with some homemade spread and it made the meal. They don’t offer ranch dressing for their salads, but the vinaigrette was worth it; just as good, if not better.

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  190. Robert Busch 2020/12

    Never been there

  191. Roger Young 2020/11

    From the greeting at the door to the goodbyes from the wait staff, everything was done with excellence. The food was delicious and the service impeccable which made our dining a pleasurable experience. The spacing of the tables and the quiet background music gave us the feeling of intimate privacy.

  192. Cris Robinson 2020/11

    Terrific atmosphere, food, wine and service!

  193. Cole DeBenedittis 2020/11

    This was by far the best Italian food I’ve ever had in the United States, and better than most meals I’ve had in Italy. The chef was born and raised in northern Italy (and it shows in the food) and the hostess is a sweetheart who makes your day better simply by a conversation, and they’re married. The homemade pasta, which is all of the pasta, is to die for. The rack of lamb, a special, is better than every steakhouse I’ve ever been to. All of the desserts are also made in-house and are simply amazing. NOTHING IS FROZEN, EVER. The chef comes in early in the morning to butcher his own meat, make his homemade pasta, and craft his own dessert. I would give this restaurant a 10 star rating if I could. Best restaurant in Richmond, easily. Where is their Michelin Star?

  194. Melissa Colombo 2020/11

    Lovely restaurant with multiple cozy spaces for dining. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and wine pairings. We had the wine dinner and we were not disappointed. The servings were large and every bite was delicious. We were dressed for a casual concert at The National and it wasn’t an issue. We’ll be back for sure! Thanks!

  195. evan newbill 2020/10

    We tried the calamari appetizer and the veal appetizer on special. Both were delicious. Then we tried the quail and stuffed ravioli dinners. Both were delicious. Very laid back atmosphere with an amazing selection of wine to choose from. The server was great and he explained everything perfectly!

  196. Brendan Ryan 2020/09

    This was my girlfriend and I’s first time stopping in to La Grotta, and it only happened because everywhere else we tried to go was closed. What a magical turn of events that happened to be. We came in at 7:30 for a reservation, and by another struck of luck were sat in Johns section. John delicately went over the specials that evening, and really allowed us to just sit back and breathe over a cocktail while we took our time enjoying their outstanding atmosphere. Our food (beef carpaccio, my lady had the fettuccine alla Papalina, and I chose the veal special that evening) was out of this world. But what really made our evening so enjoyable was Johns attentiveness, kindness and person-ability. John has mastered the art. Thank you, John, and the rest of the staff all the way to the chefs. The most pleasant of surprises.

  197. Dorothy Metcalf 2020/09

    It was delicious. Staff was wonderful and had a great sense of humor. We will be going back.!

  198. Ashwin Doraiswamy 2020/09

    We had a late reservation for new year’s Eve. The waitress for us hustled us to get our order in before the kitchen closed in a polite but rushed manner – which begs the question why even take our reservation in the first place? Later, we ordered a bottle of wine of which they gave us the wrong one and didn’t even give us a price break for. Would not go again

  199. Pradeep chowdary peddineni 2020/08

    Loved the entire experience, great service and really yummy food. Been here for lunch amd ordered venison pasta 🍝

    Visit2: been here for office xmas lunch

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  200. Meghan 2020/07

    La Grotta was recommended to us by a friend and boy are we glad that did. This is the quintessential Italian date night restaurant. Great wine, pasta, and bread. We had the ravioli with ricotta and spinach and a fettuccine with creamy tomato sauce. Both were so creamy and delicious, despite being full we ended up eating all of the food! It was a great meal and we will be back if we are ever back in Richmond.

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  201. Patricia Moore 2020/06

    Ate dinner here recently with friends and cannot believe I had not been here before. The service is so friendly and the food is delicious. We all ordered different pastas and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. I had the cannelloni gratinati. My friends had the Fettuccini alla Papalina and the shrimp and scallops dish over pasta. We all asked the waiter to choose a glass of red to go with our meals. He did a wonderful job. I cannot say enough lovely things about my dining experience here. I will certainly be back.

  202. Jared White 2020/06

    Excellent food, Excellent service

  203. John Bjorklund 2020/06

    The cannelloni is beautiful and they have a good wine selection

  204. Stephanie Vazquez 2020/06

    Awesome service, great food and great wine selection! Our server Carolina was fantastic! We asked her to pick out our meal for our 5 course dinner and she did an amazing job. She also recommended our wine which was great! Very knowledgeable staff and great food. A must try for any Italian lovers.

  205. Peg Nelson 2020/05

    This would have been a fabulous experience Except for the fact that the bell cap ignored me at the door and refused to allow me back into the restaurant when it was 30 degrees outside!!! I politely tapped on the door for reentry from Broad street after stepping out to take a call from my daughter and he blatantly looked at me and turned his head. This turned a 700.00 dinner into a bad experience for no reason other than a pathetic lack of respect.i hope the restaurant owners see this review, and understand why I would never recommend their lovely restaurant to anyone!!!

  206. Lakesha Turner 2020/04

    Their Chicken Ravioli is amazing. The staff is always attentive and nice.

  207. Matt Harris 2020/04

    Pure perfection. I love our Richmond veteran in this competitive restaurant market. They’ve always had high quality food and a great staff!

  208. Jacob Coots 2020/04

    For the price it was just average Italian food. Nothing really special about it after $175 for two people for 2 pasta dishes, 2 salads, and 2 tiramisu. None of it I would call great and for the price 3 stars is being generous.

  209. D Hanson 2020/04

    Excellent food and service. I definitely recommend

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  210. Timø Prousalis 2020/03

    food is always phenomenal. authentic italian. very professional and knowledgeable staff. highly recommend this classy date spot.

  211. Mark Sanchioni 2020/03

    First time here and we chose the 3 course wine menu. It was great. They paired a different wine with each course. It was nice to try wines we otherwise might not select. Food was fabulous and plentiful.

  212. VA SLIMM 2020/03

    Awesome everything!!

  213. Miles Nardi 2020/03

    Although this dining establishment serves pristine hors d’oeuvres and entrées, I found that the caliber of the food and drink did not meet the lefty prices I was charged. The sparkling water cost simply too much and the waiters seemed to engage in agism, as they discriminated against me and my peers.

  214. Kyle 2020/01

    Classic Italian, slightly stuffy, reminds me 9f a scene out of Goodfellas.

  215. Chas Levine 2020/01

    Would have given it a five-star but when we walked in on a Tuesday night where it wasn’t that busy we got questioned whether we had a reservation and whether there was a table available for us when the place was fairly empty at the time. I had to point out a table to give us and it was then provided. Prior to showing up I nearly made a reservation through OpenTable but saw that there was endless reservations available at the time that we were arriving so I chose not to but was felt like I should have. I just don’t understand the attitude.. not necessary. This was not Xmas Eve but, Dec 3.

  216. Mathew Appelget 2020/01

    Service was great. Food was great and they are doing the best they can to accomodate patrons during COVID.

  217. Matt Alt 2020/01

    I have been wanting to bring my wife here for a date night for years. Finally got here for Valentine’s Day. The food and service were both exceptional. We did the 4 course meal for $50 each included a pasta dish, salad, entee, and dessert.

    I had a filet with a green peppercorn cognac sauce, a delicious beef, veal, and veggie stuffed cannelloni pasta with a bechamel sauce, house salad, and strawberry grand marnier cake.

    My wife had the New York strip with this amazing mustard sauce.

    All homemade cooked to order. They have a lot of seafood dishes. It’s Italian but real italian not Americanized. They also have a couple veal and chicken dishes.

    We will definitely be returning.

  218. Amy Crump 2020/01

    The experience and food was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed our waiter Enso and the food was nothing but perfection. Every bite was mouth watering. Everything was perfect! We left making another reservation!
    P.S. The Tiramisu is to die for!! Dont leave without having it.

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  219. Audrey Easter 2019/12

    Absolutely wonderful restaurant food excellent wait staff knowledgeable Robert was lovely great food and atmosphere anA plus highly recommend this place

  220. Arlon Martínez 2019/12

    Muy bien todo enserio q si

  221. Dr. Z. Michelle Hughes 2019/12

    Nice atmosphere

  222. Laura Ortiz 2019/12

    Waitress and hostess were great but I sent my gnocchi back because the sauce was so watery. Waitress was very polite about it and immediately offered a replacement but I declined. Then the chef/owner (?) came to our table and got inches from my face insisting I tell him what was wrong until I finally asked him to just leave. Never coming back. Again, waitress was excellent!

  223. Jiecheng Zhao 2019/12

    Upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Richmond, located at the neighbor of Hilton. You can use the parking lot on either side of the restaurant (remember to pay).

    The restaurant is suitable for dinning from two to the group of around 40. You can choose 3, 4 or 5 dishes or just select your entree. I’ve tried seafood, beef and chicken, all are cooked with great texture and flavor. Different wine choices. The dessert is the best I’ve ever had in Richmond. Chef is from Italy.

    Waiters and waitresses are professional. They tried to understand your need and give helpful suggestions.

    Reservation is recommended, especially if you have a big group or you are to take dinner. They have a view of the Broad Street.

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  224. JR JR 2019/11

    Service outstanding. Food was superb.

  225. Israel Leonardo 2019/11

    If you come to RVA this is the best restaurant to enjoy delicious pasta, and a exquisite selection of wine, and Carolina is so sweet, very greatful.

  226. Chelsey Snyder-Singh 2019/11

    Very good food and quiet atmosphere. The place is broken up into smaller rooms to slow for a cozy and quiet meal.

  227. Sean Case 2019/11

    This is a great Italian spot. Some dishes can be on the pricier side, but the quality is well worth the price. Wait staff was extremely nice and accommodating with our questions. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for top tier Italian food in Richmond.

  228. Joshua Staneart 2019/11

    My wife and I decided to go to La Grotta to celebrate our 15 wedding anniversary. We first arrived and were seated next to a large group that was extremely loud. We asked if we could move to another table and our server graciously accommodated. Little did we know that this simple request would turn into one of the best dinner experiences we have ever had.

    The owner/chef happened to be bartending and brought us our bottle of wine. He began to talk with us about what we were interested in ordering and suggested that we try the dish that included gnocchi, ravioli and one of the specials of the night. Our food came and was absolutely amazing. All of the ingredients are made from scratch and love.

    After finishing that dish we asked him for another suggestion and again he did not disappoint. He brought a rock fish with a dill cream sauce and dried grape tomatoes, as well as, veal wrapped in prosciutto along with another bottle of wine that paired perfectly with the veal. Both of the dishes knocked our socks off.

    You can tell that Chef Capece loves what he does and enjoys making his customers belly’s full. I would highly recommend going to La Grotta and treating yourself to amazing authentic Italian food.

    Thank you so much for making our Anniversary memorable!

  229. Elizabeth Kleva 2019/11

    It was ok. My family enjoyed it

  230. Maria Araujo 2019/11

    It was a very good food great service nice restaurant

  231. Pam Andrade 2019/10

    It was ok.

  232. glisella 2019/10

    Get the gnocchi.

  233. holly green 2019/10

    Best Italian restaurant in town! ! !

  234. Lou Berkowitz 2019/10

    So, upfront this is not an impartial review, but from my perspective an honest one. My friend and I come for lunch to La Grotta about four times a year. I know beforehand not to plan on doing anything else for the rest of the day. We sit at the bar, drink wine and eat some of the most incredible food that our friend, Tony, the owner, creates. We watch soccer, comment on the teams, players and coaches, and generally love life. It is one of the great escapes, a vacation day without leaving the city.

    You may not be able to enjoy my experience, but you will be able to experience exquisite cuisine, a world class wine list, incredible ambiance, and top of class service. Tony, and his wife Andrea, are exceptional people, dedicated to providing their
    clientele with a memorable dining experience.

    Buon appetito!

  235. Malik Mayo 2019/10

    Love coming here and the service is great. Applause to the staffs and the chefs for making an amazing experience for me.

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  236. Emily Seay 2019/10

    If you only go one place in Richmond to eat, this is a must-visit. Surprises me every time. I don’t know how they make food taste so good. We got the snails as an appetizer, the Duck Ravioli (amazing creamy sauce) and the Rockfish (simply cooked, topped with crab and spinach, multiple interesting though delicious sides) as entrees, which were both specials, and the famous Coconut cake as dessert. The wines were paired for us by request, and they went perfectly with the meal. I believe the Duck Ravioli was paired with Pinot Noir. I don’t remember the name of the white wine that came with the Rockfish, I do remember how dry and balanced it was, barely a hint of sweetness (just what I like). The service is experienced and helpful, they seem to really know what they’re talking about when it comes to pairings and preferences. A Richmond gem. (I’m not the best at pictures and we’d already started on the entrees but here they are).

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  237. Barbara Carter 2019/10

    I had the mahi mahi lunch special and it was perfect as was out waitstaff service.

  238. sure2rain 2019/10

    Great “Italian” restaurant. Menu offers good selection. Very good wine selection. Food was done to perfection. Staff was very helpful and pleasant. Visited for our anniversary. Will be a must stop when in the area

  239. Mary 2019/09

    I am sooooo full. The food was amazing.

  240. Kevin Bowers 2019/09

    A truly wonderful dining experience. Every thing was prepared just right and tasted exquisite. Staff were friendly, attentive and very helpful.

  241. Katherine Jester 2019/09

    Could not have enjoyed it more. The restaurant, a long time Richmond favorite is now housed in the former hosiery department of the old Miller and Rhodes department store. Large plate glass windows facing the street lend a contemporary touch but the mood is formal with soft lighting, brocade draperies and thick white napkins. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. We dined on a busy Saturday night with a Richmond opera event, families celebrating graduation and 2 large tables of kids in formals out for prom, but our starters still came out promptly and our server never let our glasses be empty. We brought a special bottle of champagne for a modest $20 corkage. When it was gone he suggested a Franciacorta which was excellent and we loved it. A note on their wine list: there are plenty of high end wines to splurge on but I was pleased to see MANY affordable options under $40 so there is really something for everyone. You can see their wine list online.

    La Grotta is not cheap: A $70 bottle of wine, 2 very large starters of seafood and beef, a Caesar salad, 3 main courses of lamb, veal and seafood, 2 fancy desserts, cappuccino, espresso and a specialty Grappa was $285 including the dreaded 11% Richmond restaurant tax. With tip it was $340. But their food was impeccable with good service, enjoyed in an inviting atmosphere. It was everything a night out should be.

  242. beth geddes 2019/09

    Excellent

  243. gerald fortin 2019/09

    Dinner party for 10. Service and food were outstanding. Can’t wait to return to have dinner again.

  244. Rocky Marciano 2019/08

    Great food, excellent service. Prices $$ (very reasonable for quality). I will definitely be back

  245. Patrick Quinn 2019/08

    Delicious and homemade food. Great service!

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  246. Camden Turner 2019/08

    italian food here – very good. It’s so savory. The service here is friendly.

  247. Mary Kate 2019/08

    Lovely restaurant. New location, but kept the essence of the former location. The tasting menu is a wonderful option. Truly a great place to celebrate any occasion.

  248. Leah Rampling 2019/08

    They were hosting several dinner parties. I waited about 5 minutes until the hostess arrived and seated me at the table with my friend. The food is authentic Italian. The bread basket was good and the sauce was delicious. I asked for oil and vinegar to eat with the bread. The bread basket had a variety of breads to enjoy. I order the cheese and spinach ravioli.

  249. Elizabeth Graebener 2019/07

    My Husband I had a wonderful dinner at LaGroots we had the fried calamari, Melt in your mouth good. We both had the homemade Ravioli spinach and ricotta cheese so delicious! Then a big salad with gorgonzola and candied walnuts so unique. I had the sole out of this world and my husband shrimp and scallops Fra Diablo’ which he said was fantastic large shrimp perfectly cooked and sweet scallops. Then desert cheeses cake like you never tasted . With fresh fruit topping.The waiter Marco from Italy was a delight, all his recoomadario s a home run. I highly recommend this restaurant NJ

  250. Gerald Carr 2019/07

    Slow service. Food was fair but not for the prices charged. Cold bread, butter hard as a brick, coctails took 20 minutes, appetizers another 15, salads another 15 and entrees another 20. Sounds reasonable but 10-15 minutes between having any table service leaves no time for coffee or desert in 2+hours. This was a week night. Time is money folks, especially when you’re trying to catch a show and paying $10+ for parking to walk by homeless folks camped out on a frigid cold night. Sorry but never again.

  251. Margaret Gehler 2019/07

    Amazing food wonderful service…loved our luncheon. Perfecto!

  252. J 2019/07

    I’ve been to some of the best resturants in the country, multiple Bobby Flay resturants, Gordon Ramsay’s place in vegas, etc etc

    This place was not only more expensive but the service and food were subpar.

    Really dissapointed, if I could get a refund I would.

  253. Nicole Davis 2019/07

    Always a favorite for their great selection of entrées and quality food. The atmosphere is good especially if you’re seated near one of their windows. We have frequented this restaurant when they were back on Main street, but as we’ve aged, this location is wonderful since there are no steps to navigate. The staff is always friendly (Anthony , was relatively new but terrific), and very knowledgeable. The owner/chef is great with his variety of dishes that traverse the Mediterranean, seafood, beef and even vegetarian pallets.Even on New Years Eve, the dining experience was quite positive, never feeling rushed or uncomfortable.Definitely a place worth visiting!

  254. Joanne Agresta 2019/07

    I enjoyed the salad, which had fennel and radicchio. I didn’t really think this was an Italian cuisine type of restaurant. The pasta dish choices were unique. I did order the steak. Sauce did not go well with the steak in my opinion. I asked for well done and it came out medium with a large amount of fat on it. Not trimmed at all. I was disappointed in the meal and price overall so I am giving it a 2 rating. I am not sure why this restaurant was rated this highly. My first and last time here. Best wishes on your dining experience here.

  255. Ruth ily 2019/06

    My boyfriend and I came here for a romantic dinner and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to have chosen this restaurant. From the beginning we felt welcome, as we were late for our reservation yet they held our table for us. Our waiter was friendly, helpful, and extremely accommodating. We had the five course meal, including delicious frog legs, Torreta, Liguine al Scogliera (which was one of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever had in my life, with PERFECTLY cooked seafood), quail and coconut cake. I simply can’t recommend this place more. We’re from very far away from Richmond but I will certainly come back one day!

  256. Terri Reed 2019/06

    Nice place with ambiance, good wait staff and good food.

  257. Jawanda Smith 2019/06

    Food was amazing but staff could have been friendlier.

  258. Betty Ragno 2019/06

    The food and service was great.a little crowded they need to expand their dinning area

  259. Brendan O'Neill 2019/06

    Food reasonable, service and decor very good. Adding 20% service charge unacceptable, service should be at diners discretion.

  260. Doug Jambor 2019/05

    Everything was great! They have a fantastic wine list to choose from

  261. Danielle Wormley 2019/05

    The food and customer service were great! Our hostess, Carolina, was fantastic.

  262. Brian Aigner 2019/05

    Delicious food!

  263. Giscar 2019/05

    Great place to eat

  264. Nicknack blove 2019/05

    Food was good but expensive

  265. Karen Nerden 2019/05

    Great atmosphere. Delicious food!

  266. Alane Ford 2019/05

    Drool worthy. Classy, old school, expensive. Great bartenders. Amazing desserts. Enzo has been our waiter on numerous occasions. He MAKES the experience.

  267. CeJae Vtipilson 2019/04

    Delicious and great for groups

  268. Lilli Gottschall 2019/04

    Waiter service was below average food was good.

  269. Seneca Smith 2019/04

    Above my class but nothing bad to say. Food was great. Im Not big on the selection but i found something.

  270. Carl Judnick 2019/04

    Great Italian cusine and. Super selection of wines.

  271. Robbie V 2019/04

    Absolutely fantastic food, service and drinks!

  272. April Melara 2019/04

    Beautiful atmosphere, kind staff (Carolina was so great), delicious food. Love this place

  273. Jessica Gathright 2019/04

    Amazing food. Service was quick and gave great recommendations. Would go back!

  274. D B 2019/03

    Just had the flounder for lunch, an excellent meal and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Will visit again next time I’m in Richmond!

  275. Emil Dimanchev 2019/03

    The food was good and the service was fantastic. I had to call back to get a receipt for my dinner and the staff helped me out right away.

  276. Kayleigh Crandell 2019/03

    Never have had such amazing Italian food. Worth every penny.

  277. Trripp Manglona 2019/02

    The atmosphere here is phenomenal, came to celebrate a co-workers bday here and our waitress Carolena (im sure its spelled wrong, lol) was excellent!! The bday girl had to have special accommodations for gluten and carolena provided her with every option she could. We all had a great experience and plan to return again. The calamari, fillet, quail, frog legs, veal, and all desserts was superb!!

  278. Allese Scott 2019/02

    Food was excellent, fresh and fast. Waiter Enzo was pretty funny and efficient. Food fairly proportionate to the price and the amount we ate as a couple; we had lobster as well. We ordered one entree each, one soup, water and salad/bread. The waiter/cook catered to me as vegan although the menu is tailored for that. We left a tip. I would recommend saving up at least $55 for a general meal. Not crowded at 6:15 p on a Thursday. Clean and romantic atmosphere. Parking was fairly close to the restaurant. Bathroom was nice and up to standard as well. Somewhat tight but handicapped accessible. There was an emergency fire as we were about to leave and the staff made us feel comfortable. We giggled and everyone including us looked confused. It was a beautiful evening for our anniversary.

  279. Gordon Bass 2019/02

    Always great food and service.

  280. Charles Horton 2019/02

    Ravioli was room temp…too much cream sauce….awful presentation.

  281. Thomas Garnett 2019/02

    The Pros:
    Excellent service from everyone in the house. Interesting selection of entrees, appetizers, and desserts. Decent wine selection as well.

    The Cons:
    The food was average, better food can be had for more reasonable prices at other restaurants in the area. A lot of what we had was under seasoned. Though I will say, the traditional agnolotti was quite good.

    All around a decent restaurant but a bit over priced for what you get in my opinion.

  282. Beth Banasik 2019/02

    Wonderful dinner this past Saturday. We were seated quickly. Our food came quickly. The Pasta Special, seafood over home-made pasta with champagne cream sauce, was delectable. My husband enjoyed his veal with artichokes and sun dried tomatoes. The Coconut Cake and Tiramisu were both delicious.

  283. Thomas Carlisle 2019/01

    Excellent local Italian restaurant! Great food and wine list! Highly recommend!

  284. Chris “Topher” Sympson 2019/01

    Very good food and cozy atmosphere. Went for my birthday dinner with my wife and had a great time and great service. I got the nights special wine menu with two dishes and dessert. It was hard to decide what to get but I bet you can’t go wrong with any of the choices. The calamari was crispy and delicious and my ravioli was amazing.

  285. Jim Hopkins 2019/01

    This is an EXCELLENT restaurant 😃 …

  286. Ivonne Chevere 2019/01

    Excellent as usual!!

  287. Peggy Dixon 2019/01

    Just okay, nothing special

  288. RVALaura 2019/01

    Delicious food and great service

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  289. Megan Murphy 2019/01

    Absolutely gorgeous restaurant, delicious, top-notch food, and plenty of options for wine! Our server was very informative and sweet. I had the most perfect date night here. Thank y’all! 🙂

  290. Rich Cappell 2018/12

    Great service and food

  291. Jessica 2018/12

    Excellent fine dining experience.

  292. Ron DeFoe 2018/12

    One of my favorite Italian Ristorante, just like being in Italy. Great food, great staff, and great service

  293. Ron Page 2018/12

    Nice traditional Italian restaurant. The food and service are both quite good. I had the veal Milanese, very tasty!

  294. Robert Lacy 2018/12

    As always, our dining experience at La Grotta tonight was fabulous. Chef Antonio Capece is a wizard, the wait staff is professional and engaging and I would challenge anyone to find a better Italian wine list. Thank you for another memorable evening!

  295. Kate Clocicova 2018/12

    Great restaurant, delicious food and friendly service!

  296. Brandon Goad 2018/12

    Excellent food and service. Lots of wine options.

  297. David Markham 2018/12

    Great food, support for restaurant week, excellent wait staff and wonderful deserts.

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  298. Peter Breil 2018/11

    Service was great but food was only ok. We ate there many times at the old location and always had wonderful meals. This time little things were missed. Tomatoes on the salad were not ripe in the middle of summer. The prosciutto wrapped figs were figs buried in a prosciutto quilt. We needed the waiter’s help to identify the vegetable puree served with the entree. Hoping they get back to their past greatness.

  299. G VP 2018/11

    Spendy, but worth it. Great service, great food, great wine.

  300. Kerrie Arkwell 2018/11

    Excellent service, Wonderful meal. Very accommodating gluten free options.

  301. Peter Bariteau 2018/10

    Incredible food. Impeccable service. A great experience.

  302. Coach Henion 2018/10

    Best Italian restaurant in all of Richmond!

  303. A W 2018/10

    White table cloth, elegant service. Extremely good for date night. A bit pricey, but it worth it

  304. JMaurice Patry 2018/10

    -Classy night with wife; La Grotta and Richmond Symphony
    -Wife getting ready; loses all sense of time
    -get to la Grotta with no time to spare
    -talk to Italian server who quickly guides us to amazing choices
    -expedites our order
    -food and wine show up faster than a self check-out line
    -eat our food at a relaxing pace
    -make it to the Richmond symphony on time
    -La Grotta and Italian waiter saved our night
    THANK YOU!

  305. T R 2018/09

    My mother and I went here after going to the VMFA to see the terracotta warriors. Although there was parking all around the restaurant, it was all filled on a Saturday night. However, we found a spot and found out you can reserve a parking spot through a parking app. Good to know for next time! We were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere of the restaurant. It was loud, but in a family get together kind of way. We had a very nice bottle of wine and a four course meal. All the meals were prompt, presented like art, and were prepared perfect. Our waiter Andre was very attentive to us, regularly filling our wine and water glasses. I really fell in love with this place.

  306. Sarah JaQuay 2018/09

    Great customer service. Friendly staff.. the food was amazing. Authentic Italian food. Romantic feel to the restaurant. The waiters and bartender was amazing.

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  307. Abhinav Laxsav 2018/08

    They have amazing Coconut Cake!

  308. Utkarsh Doshi 2018/08

    Nice ambience good food but slightly on the expensive side. Not a lot of vegetarian options excluding salads

  309. Dusty Boyd 2018/07

    Excellent food and waite staff.

  310. Tammie Hogan 2018/07

    Nice ,the food, location, parking, bathrooms,everything is totally great

  311. Jean Webb 2018/07

    Food not as good as past visits. Great service.

  312. Rick Riddle 2018/07

    A great experience with excellent service and an incredibly prepared meal.

  313. Ann Elliotte 2018/07

    A Great place to dine! Food, service, atmosphere are all wonderful.

  314. Carol Covell 2018/07

    Always great service and very accommodating. Andrea is the perfect hostess. You won’t be disappointed!

  315. Anthony Fratantoni 2018/07

    Inexperienced service, over seasoned food and poor management. Rude owner who tried to claim that an Amex gift card was bad until a knowledgeable waiter showed her how to charge it. She refused to say she was wrong.

  316. Herman Finkelstein 2018/07

    I had eaten at La Grotta before and enjoyed the food both times. I was surprised when I went there, it wasn’t there! I asked my phone for directions and found that the restaurant had moved to it’s current location on Broad Street. I enjoyed lunch there with a group of about 6 French the service was very good and the food was as excellent as ever. I had the veal Marsala and spaghetti with Bolognese sauce. Their Bolognese is even better than mine! I do miss the dining in the “subterranean” room at the E Carey location, though.

  317. Karis Milacci 2018/07

    We came to La Grotta for our anniversary and were blown away! The atmosphere was warm, welcoming, and just the right touch of class and sophistication. Our waiter, Enzo, was beyond incredible. He elevated the experience by providing the best service, tasteful suggestions, and some well placed humor! The food was as authentic as it gets and indescribably delicious. Our wine was paired for each course to perfection and dessert left us speechless! We recommend this restaurant with more than 5 stars and will be returning as frequently as possible.

  318. corby thomas 2018/06

    Food was Delicious, comfortable atmosphere!!!

  319. Barbara Salisbury 2018/06

    Attentive service and delicious app and entree. I went as a party of one while on a business trip. Started with a glass of yummy Chianti, followed by a great burrata and prosciutto appetizer. Was looking forward to some pasta, so I chose the fettuccini. The pasta is house made and fantastic! The only ding was the dip that was served with the okay bread, which I was told was pureed green pepper based (thought it was maybe artichoke heart) was kind of boring. I would think they could give a better flavor profile with less effort and expense… just my novice opinion. All in all a Good Find!

  320. Kelly Ferraro 2018/06

    I LOVED the entire experience of this restaurant. Firstly, the atmosphere was to die for from the wine rack that took up the far back wall to the gorgeous glass sliding doors. The food was simply incredible. We ordered the snails in the mushroom caps with garlic and basil. My husband ordered the chefs special which was pasta and veal in a walnut cream sauce. We will definitely be returning!

  321. David Schiller 2018/06

    An excellent dining experience in every respect.

  322. Eric Mayo 2018/05

    Not worth the price. I got the rockfish special and the blood orange was overpowering. There was no balance of flavor in the dish. I would save your money and go to Edos squid where you can get a much better experience

  323. Joseph Sanchez 2018/05

    Great food. Suit and tie is a good idea. As we went casual and were relegated to the bar. Not bad as the caps were on and its playoff season. Otherwise felt pushed there.

  324. William Neer 2018/05

    Fantastic food & great atmosphere

  325. Justin Collier (Mavrix#1795) 2018/05

    Exceptional Italian. Great wine list.

  326. Michael Hottman 2018/05

    Fantastic Italian food and very good service. Far more than just pasta and sauce. Can’t wait to go back.

  327. Yousef Jabri 2018/04

    To overpriced and I see a restaurant struggling to find an identity

  328. Jasmine Lewis 2018/04

    They don’t serve soda and waiters have standoff personalities.

  329. Claudia Gachet 2018/04

    Excelent service, delicious food. Definitely going back.

  330. Vernon Austin 2018/04

    This place is unbelievable do you want a really good dining experience this is the place to go. I can’t wait to go back again hopefully we’ll try for Easter if you like Italian like I do this place is superb.

  331. Mary Ellen Boesen 2018/04

    Great staff, knowledgeable and timely service. Beautiful delicious food. I miss the ambience of the original space which made La Grotta unique and Saturday three parking garages were full so we parked 3 blocks away.

  332. D C R E 2018/04

    Good food.

  333. Kimberly Cogbill 2018/04

    The Best Italian Food and it’s so good…We even get Lunch there for take out at The John Marshall Barber Shop!

  334. Morgan Benton 2018/04

    I used to work here 20 years ago. The food is still just as amazing now as it was then. Even if you need a box, you should absolutely make sure you leave room for dessert. I’m partial to the tiramisu.

  335. Maria Pruessmann 2018/03

    Great food and service.

  336. Bert Crielaard 2018/03

    Chic restaurant. Casual clothes not appreciated. Delicious meal. Expensive.

  337. Bob Franklin 2018/03

    Great service. I would greatly recommend the seafood crepe as an appetizer. Crepe filled the lump crabmeat. It is then cover in super rich lobster bisque type sauce and calamari scallops and shrimp. Wish I’d taken a picture.

  338. Chris Sorenson 2018/03

    Great place for lunch!

  339. Val Frenkel 2018/03

    Excellent meal. Don’t miss this place when in Richmond, VA

  340. John Kramer 2018/03

    Super service. Great atmosphere and quality food.

  341. Scott Smith 2018/03

    Great atmosphere. Great food. Our experience was the Italian plates were better than the steaks . Would definitely return. Celebtayed my wife’s 50th there and we had a wonderful experience!

  342. Jerrad Lee 2018/03

    Food was amazing, but the entire front of house was discombobulated. The host asked our reservation name 4 times, then without saying follow or anything suddenly did a lap of the restaurant and assumed we knew which table she meant. She quickly disappeared and we had to find her to ask which table. Wine took 25 minutes and then a vodka-diet took 3 reminders and 30+ minutes. Entrees took 45 minutes after we finished our appetizers (which took 30 minutes themselves). No apologies or anything. But, the check got here in 30 seconds when requested, lol.

  343. Karin Kraus 2018/02

    Staff was friendly and food was delicious!

  344. Jeremy 2018/02

    Excellent Italian food at a reasonable price. Highly recommend.

  345. DannyO 2018/02

    Excellent Italian food in a great atmosphere. Chief / owner is extremely accommodating to ensuring your meal is prepared as you require.

  346. Jeff Scott 2018/02

    This is by far one of my favorite high end places to eat with friends, family and business gatherings. The staff and service is excellent.. the food is fantastic from appetizers to the desert menu. Wine selection is outstanding! A must visit! I have been eating at this reasturant for over a decade back when it was located in shockoe slip on Cary St.

  347. David Aponte 2018/02

    Great food good service

  348. Robert Ziegenfus 2018/02

    Great food! Great service!

  349. Joyce Vuiller 2018/02

    Superior ☆atmosphere -food -service amazing

  350. Nelson Ard 2018/02

    Recommended. Stumbled across this on a vist to Richmond, the chef is from Northern Italy. The selections and portions are excellent, but listen closely for the soups on offer as they are exceptional. Had the celery soup previously, this time it was fava beans with tomatoes and soffritto (mirpoix). The veal medallions were cut more like a thick filet than a scallopini, in a truffle sauce with spinach and potatoes: the grouper was excellent. The service was attentive while not at all intrusive. Leave room for the house mase desserts.

  351. Johanna Leinmueller 2018/01

    Very disappointing dining experience and honestly the worst Italian food I ever got served.
    Further even old bread was offered and the white wine was gone sour! How can a restaurant owner do that to his and charge 190$ for it without being ashamed?

  352. Brian Quinn 2018/01

    Really good Italian food

  353. Carissa Chaves 2018/01

    Excellent ambiance and even better food.

  354. James King 2018/01

    Great atmosphere, service and food!
    If you like Italian food you’ll love this place.

  355. Elvis Cimpo 2018/01

    Took my fiance on a birthday dinner and the service was impeccable. Shay made sure we were taken care of from start to finish. We were blown away as to how polite and efficient everyone was. The food was beyond amazing, I ordered the 14 oz tbone steak which was absolutely melt in your mouth. She had gotten the lobster ravioli special which was possibly the best we’ve had. Shay had provided excellent service and reccomended a good wine pairing for each meal and made our dinner memorable. To top it off she had also had a cake slice with happy birthday written on the plate which exceeded any service we’ve had at any establishment. Definitely will be coming back for more of the best!!!

  356. Stephen Casper 2017/12

    Group of 6 ordered 5 different dishes for lunch, one better than the other. Would go back again, was that good

  357. Don Gantt 2017/12

    Great restaurant… Richmond is a go to destination for amazing food. La Grotta is perfect for special occasions or a intimate stop

  358. Cassandra Collins 2017/12

    A classy, but still relaxed atmosphere for lunch. Great ravioli.

  359. Jason Atwood 2017/11

    Wonderful authentic atmosphere !!! The owner is wonderful and very friendly!! Definitely a wonderful experience.

  360. Alton Simon 2017/11

    Such a great restaurant, management is so helpful and service is just great all around.

  361. Rachel Wood 2017/11

    Phenomenal food and excellent service. Even wonderful for gluten-free dining.

  362. Nick Apergis 2017/11

    I just hope people don’t think that it’s just another restaurant in a Hilton and they need to go out to do better. They cannot. It’s truly good news for Hilton to be attached to this five star asset.

  363. Alex G. 2017/10

    great service

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  364. Don Swofford 2017/10

    Great location…excellent service and attentive servers.

  365. Andrew Craig 2017/10

    Delicious. Went with my wife for our wedding anniversary. We had a three course meal with wine pairing for each course. The staff was very friendly.

  366. Kayla Driscoll 2017/09

    The service was spectacular and the food was absolutely delicious. Brendan set the tone for our dinner with his suggestions for wine and food.

  367. Riley Webb 2017/09

    Went here on Monday for lunch. We had one of their specials for the day, a lamb ravioli, the gnocchi, and the desert trio. Everything was delicious and it was easy to see that it was authentic and homemade Italian food. They serve a generous portion and at a very good price. I would definitely come back again.

  368. Floyd Rountree 2017/08

    Very disappointed. Food lacked taste and service was so so. Very nice atmosphere. They must of lost the keys to the spice rack.

  369. Christian Williams 2017/08

    Great food, about $20/plate. The service was okay, but not great. The Tiramisu is amazing!

  370. Camille 2017/07

    Speechless

  371. Connie Phillips 2017/07

    We visited during restaurant week and they were very accommodating with gluten free pasta.

  372. Joseph Kardas 2017/07

    This is one of the finest restaurants i have ever visited. I was there eith a party of seventeen and the restaurant was crowded. The service was incredible as if we were the only patrons. But even more amazing was the food. Each course of the meal was better than the previous course. It is worth a trip to Richmond just to go to this restaurant. Just INCREDIBLE ! GIVE IT 10 STARS.

  373. jonathan fraser 2017/06

    Creamy, for the expense. Excellent Old Fashioned and good seevice.

    Calamari-polpo (octopus) salad, bland, more marinating and or spices needed, while the cozze-mussels were excellent – sop up every drop.

    Their olive oil was sharp and bitter vs. Buttery and full, smooth. It was perfect that they brought a plate with fresh parm, sea salt and freshly ground pepper for dipping as requested.

    Fish and veal were as good as the pasta. Salmon may have been better than the fresh Halibut.

  374. Richard Ferris 2017/06

    Excellent food and service.

  375. Lorraine Reynolds 2017/06

    Wonderful environment! Great service! Amazing food!!

  376. Tracie Mooneyham 2017/06

    Very classy, upscale place with a great view of Broad. The service was good, wine selection was good, and the food was good. Good, not great.

  377. Carolyn Thompson, Broker 2017/06

    Thanks to Chef Antonio Capece, it’s the best food and service I’ve had for a long time. If you want to treat yourself or someone else (family, friends and clients), this is the place to go.

    Chef’s wife Andrea is brilliant! She knows how to run the front of the house and makes everyone happy they came.They make everyone feel special.

    I had already made plans to eat at this restaurant for dinner and ran into my friend, who had eaten there for lunch. She said that the food was wonderful, affordable and the atmosphere was delightful. She was absolutely right!

    I don’t like to go out to eat because my husband is a fabulous cook. The food never seems as good when I go out. However, both my husband and I enjoyed the food at the restaurant when we were in Richmond on a conference.

    I also don’t like to go out to eat because I don’t like the atmosphere, have to wait on the wait staff or am interrupted by waitstaff while in deep conversation to inquire how the food is. Nothing kills an intimate moment, like a third party injecting themselves.

    I didn’t experience this here. Other restaurants can learn from them. If the waitstaff is present/ attentive, they don’t have to interrupt to ask if everything is ok.

    It is in the Hilton building diagonal from the Richmond Convention Center.

    As more people learn about this restaurant, there will be a wait list for months.

    Many thanks for a wonderful time

  378. mitchell rivenbark 2017/05

    Extraordinary execution of an innovative menu.

  379. Adam Lynch 2017/05

    New location. Same great food and service.

  380. Floyd Rountree 2017/04

    Lack of flavor. Service so so.
    Place gone down hill.

  381. rachel b 2017/04

    Amazing atmosphere, great service, absolutely divine food.

  382. Wynn Malone 2017/04

    Excellent food, but I preferred the ‘old’ location in Shockoe Slip.

  383. Kristin Durst 2017/04

    Being mostly of Italian descent, this restaurant quite frankly nails it! Everything from the bread to the salad, pasta appetizer with spinach ravioli with fettuccine sauce and a small portion of Ragu Bolognese are so good, you want a second helping! The desserts, especially the tiramisu are to die for. Great wait staff and drink options. Very nice atmosphere.

  384. Jon Campbell 2017/03

    Fantastic menu and service, great new location. Authentic food and people, highly recommended.

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  385. Ruby Rodney 2017/03

    Nice food!!

  386. Bethany Lewis 2017/02

    Absolutely fantastic food and service. Great location in the heart of the city with the feel of a wine cellar. Went for lunch and will definitely be back!

  387. Alison Porpora 2017/02

    Awful. Made my entire family sick for the entire night. The bread was beyond stale, server forgot multiple dishes, we were served the wrong appetizer after a very long wait, pasta was overcooked and mushy. We will not be returning, clearly. Stay away.

  388. Richard Thackston 2017/02

    lovely atmosphere.

  389. Ben Rhodes 2017/02

    For our anniversary dinner my wife and I were extremely excited about this dinner. After reading the reviews we had high expectations. However, THIS WAS TERRIBLE. The service ranged from arrogant to incompetent. One of appetizers was so terrible we sent it back and asked that it be removed from the bill. The caeser salad tasted like a salad kit but we ate it along with the stale bread basket because we were starving at this point in the process. We were 90 minutes in when we got the salad and we had to ask for the stale bread and cold congealed olive oil mixture. All the other tables were given the bread upon arrival. We got that far in the meal hoping that the next thing would be better. That the service would turn around. That the salad would be wonderful. It didn’t and it wasn’t.

    We left before the entrees arrived and asked to pay for what we tried to endure. The floor manager proceeded to try and make it seem like the problems were ours and not theirs. She walked away and upon her return simply dimissed me. Thankfully we didn’t have to pay for this. Silver lining??? I have never in my life walked out of a restaurant mid meal.

    One waitress attempted to remedy the situation. She was kind, polite, and competent. Thank you to her.

    Finally, my wife is five months pregnant and cried the whole way home.

    Can’t wait for next year’s anniversary, where La Grotta won’t be involved.

  390. Darkeyes For you!!! 2017/02

    Our office hosted our annual staff dinner here this summer. The meal was okay…the time in between courses was way too long. Best thing about the experience was the wait staff.
    I coordinated the entire event. I had spoken with one of the owner’s Andrea, via phone and email on several occasions, prior to the event.
    The night of the event, after our meal, I wanted to thank Andrea and formally introduce myself. While approaching the bar and seeing her, I asked one of the waiters if he would tell her I wanted to speak with her. Here I stood for at least 10 minutes waiting for her to approach me while she is sitting at the bar looking at me and continuing to indulge in conversation with her husband. When she finally approached me, it seemed as if she were not interested in what I had to say but only wanted to know how we found out about HER restaurant. I have heard rumors that certain people of color are treated with disdain here and her approach only confirmed this rumor. We were a very classy and well-dressed group. This is 2017…..”judge people by the content of their character”. What you have today can be taken away from you tomorrow.

  391. Rosemary Mcdowell 2017/01

    A favorite place to have lunch with a friend. Have always experienced wonderful food in a beautiful setting. Love the pasta, the veal, the chicken, the wine selection and even the bread.

  392. Ben Tuckwiller 2016/12

    Wait staff was excellent- ambiance was great for our family dinner after a recent wedding. Prices were a bit high.

  393. Richard Zuvich 2016/10

    Food is a true testament to Italian cuisine. Not your typical lasagne and spaghetti.

  394. Dale Rinesmith 2016/09

    Great food and service. They went out of their way to make me a sweet tea. Home made ravioli was awesome. Will come back again next time in town.

  395. Angelina Thomas 2016/07

    I am a mixed women And my husband is black as soon as we walked in all eyes are on us not just once but many times and not in a good way people looked as we didn’t have enough money to pay for the meal and they are all around rude . Even some people that worked here felt the same way . So if you are of color beware of the stare . And show them you have your money together. All and all I left early because I felt disrespected and not wanted there at all . Good riddance 👎🏽but the food was good but never again

  396. Mike Tiller 2016/04

    Highlight was the deserts……unfortunately, everything leading up to desert was ho hum. Service was cold, indifferent, and rushed. Flavor development in all entrees was unimaginative and lacking in variety. Flavors of all entrees were not unique in that every dish tasted the same (salty and dominated by tomato and garlic). Price was very reasonable but have had much better food at Brio.

  397. Bob Golden 2016/03

    Fantastic menu and beautiful new location. We love La Grotta’s authentic Italian foods and wonderful service. Best Italian in Richmond.

  398. Juanita Hagerty 2016/02

    dinner was fabulous, service outstanding

  399. Thanh Trinh 2016/01

    It’s a great Italian restaurant, great atmosphere, and perfect for special occasion.

  400. Patrick Emerson 2015/12

    Great place. Went on a date with my girl on a Tuesday night and it was great. The waiter was great helping with wine and recommendations off the menu. The house special’s sounded really good and in fact we had one of the appetizers. I ate the veal and she had the rock fish, both off the menu. They were very good! The inside is quaint and intimate. Highly recommended.

  401. Verner Del Castillo 2015/04

    By far the best Italian food we have ever had! My wife is part Italian, so it’s not easy to impress her, but this place was amazing! Service was excellent, and atmosphere was romantic since we go to dine in the wine cellar. Try the Tiramisu, its out of this world! Best we’ve ever had. This place is on par with restaurants you would find in NYC. Will come again. Compliments to their chef from Northern Italia!

  402. sean evans 2014/08

    Kyle was an excellent server. Gave a great background of information of the dishes and wines. Only asked us if we needed any thing at the right time. Food was phenomenal. Gnocchi was great as well as the mousse cake.

  403. NomadicDancer Pilates 2013/09

    Most Romantic lunch squeezed in, in a slow but steady pace on a busy, business trips day. A surprise from my love for both of us to savor. The two of us shared a five-course, price-fix. A light batter Calamari, Cesare Salada, a ravioli, and the chicken entree (which at the time) featured a memorable chardonnay sauce. We requested at beginning of the meal for soup to replace the dessert course.

  404. Brandon Olsen 2013/08

    Wow! Food was absolutely amazing! Service was wonderful, except for the guy hosting… He gave us a weird look and asked if we had reservations but the whole place was empty except for one table, and he decided to sit us next to them… The food and servers were so good, everything about this place got an excellent from us.

  405. David D Bigness Jr 2013/04

    Exactly what an Italian restaurant is supposed to be. Bring your date and enjoy.

  406. Sopisa N 2013/03

    Love it. Best Squid ink pasta in town!

  407. Leo Somera 2013/03

    Came in 30 minutes prior to closing on a Thursday night. Staff was quick and responsive–did not miss a beat on service. The food was excellent. We had the frog leg appetizers over Polenta. And then the Rock Fish special…it melted like butter on the tongue. An instant hit was the sun dried tomato dip with our bread. Highly recommended.

  408. Sam 2012/12

    Bills tips before consulting customer, food quality was poor.

  409. Shockoe Dentistry 2012/02

    Great place for lunch. The lunch portions are perfect for a busy day and they are delivered very quickly. I enjoy the gnocchi.

  410. Melvin Kinaitis 2012/02

    Excellent food. Excellent service. Kudos to Trevor Wilson for being so informative and courteous.

  411. Rob Martin 2012/01

    If I ever need to choose a last meal, it will be from La Grotta. Easily the best steak I’ve ever had.

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