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About La Grotta - Richmond
Seldom can you take a few steps in the South and find yourself completely transported to another continent. Yet, this is the experience of La Grotta. Take one step inside the door and you’re suddenly in Northern Italy. Smell the roasted garlic and savor the rich flavors of innovative Italian cuisine paired with one of the fine wines that earned La Grotta the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Whether it’s a quiet romantic anniversary or a business meeting, La Grotta isn’t just dinner. It’s a destination.
Exclusive private rentals can be arranged for up to 137 guests. We also offer 2 private rooms that can hold up to 37 people each or can be combined to hold a larger party. From Corporate meetings to Bridal Showers or Rehearsal Dinners, La Grotta will make your event special!
Richmond, VA 23219
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday : 5:00pm - 9:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Owner-Chef Antonio Capece
Private Party Facilities:
• Exclusive, private rental of our restaurant is available for up to 134 guests.
• Semi-private Dining Parties are available in both our Wine Cellar for up to 25 guests or on our Mezzanine level for up to 42.
Private Party Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org: (804) 644-2466
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
La Grotta - Richmond Ratings and Reviews
I tried La Grotta for a Saturday night dinner as it was close to an event venue I was attending. The atmosphere was great, interior comfy and appropriate, and it provided great people watching of the 5th/6th St and Broad St area of Richmond during peak evening hours. Unfortunately, the food was barely more than passable. I expect a restaurant serving Italian staples at their price point to really nail the fundamentals: Don't overcook the pasta; Use fresh ingredients; Stay away from gimmicky presentation; etc... They failed on most levels.
The pasta was far from al dente - it was more like pasta from the can. For fine Italian, this is the most basic of failures. I ordered the cannelloni and it came out as what appeared more like enchiladas - yet even moister! It was simply a pile of mush. The meat filling was fine and traditional, but the sauce was incompatible and contaminated by a pile of béchamel and ricotta which overwhelmed the taste and texture of the dish. My wife ordered the seafood linguine and had the same fall-apart pasta. Overcooked is de rigueur here. I could hear the crunch of the single shrimp when she bit into it.
Other nits: 1) Great try on the Carpaccio - one of my favorite starters and I was excited by the substitution of salt/arugula with capers, but the delicate dish was overwhelmed by the over-zealous caper usage. 2) The ever-present and unnecessary bread basket contained stale bread. 3) Instead of the watery, the Caesar salad was surprisingly oily. High point here was the spot-on taste of anchovy in the dressing, but we missed the Parmesan sprinkling as it was also incorporated in the dressing and simply left oily leaves with a rare bite of disappointingly small croutons.
I hope La Grotta simply had an ‘off’ night, but this was a tough dine. I would not write-off another visit for a redemption dinner, but this is a tough one considering the restaurant is in one of the hubs of Richmond’s performing arts districts.
The four of us had an early dinner on Saturday, October 14th. Olga was our server and she was wonderful - attentive but not intrusive, quick to bring drinks and refills and was very helpful with the menu and wine list. BTW dinner was also fabulous - gnocchi and spinach ricotta ravioli. It made our already special night that much better.
This was our first time at the new location. The ambiance of the other location was far superior to this one, but we still had a nice evening. Our waitress was great, and the food was good but we did prefer the cozy, romantic setting of the older location in downtown Richmond.
Went here based on T/A reviews. For a restaurant located off a hotel lobby this place is very nice. My wife and I had a wonderful meal here with a nice bottle of wine. The wines here are a bit pricey and most of them are Itailan or French so do your homework their wine list is available online from their website. Definitely worth another visit when we are in Richmond.
Great restaurant with an excellent menu. Their three, four, and five course fixe prix choices are excellent although the menu should be clearer at what dishes are included. The ambience is an ideal combination of cozy and lively. The service was excellent despite being very busy. The food was delicious. We had the fillet mignon and veal.
We were there for a special occasion, my husband's birthday, and we were immediately greeted with a glass of prosecco. The dinner was delicious and we enjoyed both the first and second course. I had the special which was grouper and it was really outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We were also treated to a sampling of desserts which were all wonderful.
Despite having made a reservation for two, we were seated at a table for four. It was situated in the middle of what was clearly the main thoroughfare for the wait staff and main route for the hostess taking customers to other tables. The net effect was that we had constant foot traffic passing by our table the entire night. The wait staff seemed to be moving around the restaurant at an almost frantic pace. This was the exact opposite of the relaxing atmosphere that we had come to look forward to at the old location on Cary Street. For reasons that were never explained to us, we had two waitresses who did not seem to have any coordinated method of serving our table. Two different men brought our food. While the food is still good, there is nothing relaxing about dining there. Overall, very disappointing.
La Grotta is home-cooked Italian food at its best. They're in a new location, in the Hilton on Broad in downtown Richmond. The atmosphere is charming, the service personable and the food delicious. It was was our anniversary so ambiance was important. La Grotta is equally good for a romantic dinner or a business meal. The salads are inventive and delicious, the pastas are fresh - the gnocchi, our favorite, was almost as good as my Faggionato mother made! The wine selection, especially the Italian wines as one would imagine, was excellent. In a foodie town like Richmond is great to see an old standby holds its own for a fine and memorable dining experience. Buon appetito!
The homemade pasta was exquisite. I had the pasta special of beet fettuccine with asparagus and truffle oil. My husband has his favorite - the homemade ravioli with ricotta and spinach. The excellent wine list was filled with many great selections. The tiramisu is always the best in Richmond.
My husband and I travel for business and always look for a nice place to have a nice dinner. La Grotta has very good Italian food. We were very pleased and will definitely go back. We've already recommended it to family and friends. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.
We called about valet parking and we were told no. Meanwhile the restaurant has an agreement with the hotel. Our second car valeted with no issue. When I asked about it from the manager, we were told no yet half our party got validated valet parking. All the manger wanted to do was argue. No customer service. In addition to rude management, the wait staff was not as polished as expected for this level of restaurant.
Recently a group of 12 of us went to La Grotta to celebrate a few of our birthdays. As always, the food was fantastic and our server was nothing less than perfect for us. I wish I could remember her name. Everyone in our party loved their meal and we had a great time. Can't wait to go back!
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