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 off the cobblestone street of Shockoe Slip 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 134 guests. We also offer Semi-private dining or meetings in our Wine Cellar for up to 25 guests. Our Mezzanine level is perfect for parties of up to 42 guests. From Corporate meetings to Bridal Showers or Rehearsal Dinners, La Grotta will make your event special!
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary parking is available after 5pm in the parking deck on Virginia Street. Driving east on Cary Street, Virginia Street is located between 13th and 14th Streets on the right side. Other parking options include on-street parking and a variety of public parking garages within three blocks.
Owner-Chef Antonio Capece
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Restaurant closed from Monday, July 2, 2012 to Saturday, July 7, 2012. We will reopen on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:30 am.
• 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.
La Grotta - Richmond Ratings and Reviews
Enormously convenient for attending even ...
Enormously convenient for attending events at the theatre/concert venue across Sixth Street from it. We arrived at 6 p.m., had three courses without wine/liquor, and were out at 7:30 p.m. in time for an 8 p.m. curtain. It was a little to noisy for me, but not as noisy as many other places. Food was better than OK. Service was attentive, friendly, and accurate.
The new venue is absolutely beautiful! ...
The new venue is absolutely beautiful! The stone walls and wood accent on the ceiling give the effect of being in a grotto. Very much in step with the old location. As always the food is stellar and you never know what delicacies will be on special! The staff are all friendly and professional - they work together seemingly effortlessly.
This was our second visit to La Grotta. ...
This was our second visit to La Grotta. The service was not as good as the first time we were there. Two members of our party ordered appetizers, two ordered a salad to share. The appetizers were served before the entrees, but the salad was not served until the entrees arrived and the server was reminded that we needed a salad. We also had to ask for water refills. Finally, the sides with the delicious salmon enters were too salty to eat. The other entrees were very good. We will return; everyone can have an "off" night.
Always have an excellent meal at La Grot ...
Always have an excellent meal at La Grotta! Food is delicious and expertly prepared. I love their new location as it makes it easy to pull right up to the Hilton and valet the car. The new dining room is cozy and charming. Waitstaff is always the best especially Mamet! I always feel like family when we come in. Signed the two ladies.
Had a very pleasant evening meal prior t ...
Had a very pleasant evening meal prior to the opera. Good service and good food, served hot. A good variety of dishes on the menu along with some very tasty specials. The chef was very accommodating with our requests for changes in the menu items. Prices were very reasonable, my wife and I had a very substantial meal, with wine for about $100.
There were 4 diners and three had an exc ...
There were 4 diners and three had an excellent meal, appetizer, main course and desserts. Unfortunately one diner had the Vitelli Verdi and the veal was stringy and tough she actually should have sent it back. When the waiter asked how this were at the end of the meal she informed him and the was no acceptable response
I ordered the fettuccine alla something, ...
I ordered the fettuccine alla something, and the waiter said it was his favorite - that he brings it home to his girlfriend when she has a bad day. It was wonderful and certainly would cheer me up on a rough day.
Food was excellent, and we were impresse ...
Food was excellent, and we were impressed with the fact that the server asked about food allergies, then brought polenta in place of bread for our daughter. While our meals were delicious, it took a long time to get our food. Then two of our meals were cold when served, two were hot. We had a 5:30 reservation before attending a 7:30 symphony program, and barely got to the theatre on time, and didn't have time for dessert if we had wanted it.
We chose this restaurant for an early di ...
We chose this restaurant for an early dinner before the opening performance of the new Richmond Symphony Masterworks season (that featured Itzhak Perlman). This was our first experience at La Grotta's new location directly across the street from the concert venue. The cuisine, service, decor and ambience were superb and we certainly will choose to dine there before each symphony performance... if we can acquire reservations because I'm sure there will be extraordinary and well-deserved demand.
I frequented the old La Grotta location ...
I frequented the old La Grotta location in Shockoe Slip, and was initially concerned about the move to the Hilton on Broad Street. Having eaten there twice since the move, I will say that my fears have mostly been assuaged.
The food is as good as ever, classic Italian dining. The old, cozy, old world feel is gone, but it has been replaced with a clean and modern look that nods to the old location.
And so my favorite date-night location remains just as good as ever, despite the changes.
The experience was substandard. We thoug ...
The experience was substandard. We thought the food was so-so and was comparable to national chain Italian restaurants. Salads were below par. The calamari appetizer was no more impressive than something from the Trader Joe's freezer case. We ordered two pasta dishes which all agreed were gummy, not even close to al dente. Also had two fish dishes. Again, were deemed over cooked. Sea Bass was described as rubbery. Sole was completely oversauced. One person exclaimed, "This fish is swimming in its own sauce!" The only steak on the table was okay but not worth making the other four diners suffer through the experience.
This is a new location for La Grotta. Perhaps 30 days has not been ample to work out the kinks of a new kitchen. Our biggest disappointment was bypassing at least two dozen far superior restaurants for a comparable price...we spent over $300 for five people (before gratuity) and did not order dessert despite the fact that we were celebrating a special occasion.
Our server was the only real bright spot but doubt he had much control over the kitchen. Sad!
My husband and I used to eat at La Grott ...
My husband and I used to eat at La Grotta's old location quite often but since we had our son we don't travel to the city much anymore. So for our anniversary we decided to try them at their new location. The food is as terrific as ever, the service was excellent but the ambiance is not as good. The restaurant now has a view of Broad street with all the passing vehicles (buses, ambulance, motorcycles) which was rather distracting and the accoustics were terrible. I enjoyed the evening but was not thrilled with the noisiness.
While the food was good, the specials en ...
While the food was good, the specials ended up being very, very expensive. Would not think that specials should be 50% more than things on the menu. $15 each for the two special appetizers and nearly $40 for the veal medallions. The menu is more reasonably priced so if you are tempted by the specials - ask the price!! While good, not worth the price.
Visiting Richmond for a wedding and La G ...
Visiting Richmond for a wedding and La Grotta was recommended for a family dinner. Food was great and the service was outstanding! Our server "Shay" was unbelievable. Very accommodating and attentive. She went out of her way to make sure members of our party were happy with their drink selections and food orders even providing drink and food selections that were not on the menu. Highly recommend La Grotta and would suggest asking for Shay as your server.
Special occasion for us. Looking for up ...
Special occasion for us. Looking for upscale Italian and we found it. The ravioli and gnocchi were awesome. The pre-dinner bread was fantastic. Wife had the wine with each course deal, and I had the gnocchi. Each were outstanding. Waiter was very proficient and nice. Other staff was very attentive (water, plate clearing). We did go early (5:30pm) and there was not a very big crowd.
Our food was *delicious*. While we miss ...
Our food was delicious. While we missed the ambiance of the old location and it was noisier than we expected, it was still a nice location, and the quality of the food made up for the lack of atmosphere. The previous location had an old world charm & character that the new location won't be able to match, but for Richmonders, it was neat to be eating in old Miller & Rhoads. We'll definitely go back.
still one of my favorite italian restaur ...
still one of my favorite italian restaurants in rva. I liked the ambiannce of the previous location better but my wife preferred this more modern location. still some growing pains but all in all very nice experience.
Our first time since the new opening. T ...
Our first time since the new opening.
Thank you Tony for the wine recommendation. It was excellent. I was not familiar with the style but was told not was similar to a Brunello but from the region of Umbria.
We decided to do the tasting menu. We chose wisely Our first taste was a puffy pastry with creamy cheese and mushroom filling topped with fresh greens. It was crispy, creamy, hot and cool. A perfect bite. The second course was a lovely piece of fish, the fresh catch of the evening. This was my favorite. Flaky and moist with a lovely light and citrusy sauce. Yum
Pasta. Oh my! Three types. All fresh and homemade cooked Al Dente. Agnolotti, ravioli, and gnocchi.
What could come next? Veal! Falling off the bone tender with a rich and velvety sauce. We chose individual desserts. Although the were all lovely, my favorite was the fresh berries with the cream anglaise. A perfect, light, and fresh ending to a lovely meal. Already making plans for out return.
We wanted to try La Grotta because we ar ...
We wanted to try La Grotta because we are having our son's rehearsal dinner there next month.
My husband and I decided on their wine dinner, and we were most impressed with everything.
The food was wonderfully authentic Italian and generous in portion. The new location is elegant and warmly inviting. The owners, Andrea, and Antonio, are genuinely nice people.
We are looking forward to dining with them again.
I have been a huge fan of La Grotta sinc ...
I have been a huge fan of La Grotta since moving here to Richmond in 2015. While I don't get her as often as I like, I was excited to check out the new space. The location may be different, but the food is still top notch, service outstanding, and the staff just as friendly. This is maybe my favorite restaurant in Richmond and definitely once of the best Italian restaurants I have been too. Great job Chef Tony and team!
We were disappointed in the food. We or ...
We were disappointed in the food. We ordered the clams with linguine. There about 5-6 tiny clams on each plate and a huge portion of linguine with a bland white sauce, presumably alfredo sauce. The price was about $18 per plate which for the quality is overpriced. I understood that your reputation is built partially upon your Northern Italian dishes. This one didn't live up to my other experiences with Northern Italian in other restaurants.
This restaurant has had an excellent rep ...
This restaurant has had an excellent reputation for the last 22 years in it previous location. Due to ever-changing picture of the Richmond dining scene, the owners decided to relocate to a different venue which may turn out to be the new "hot spot" in Richmond, the downtown Broad Street corridor. Although we went during what they deemed a "soft-opening", the food was excellent, but we didn't feel that our server (who has been with the restaurant in the old location) was at his best that evening - slightly inattentive and somewhat lacking in table manner and personality. The air conditioning that evening was not in full operation which may have put a damper to the kitchen and their excellent chef, but that really should not have had an impact on the wait staff. Other wait staff and servers who passed our table seemed to be more outgoing and attentive. The owner Antonio and his wife were doing their best to make the situation tolerable for their guests. The food quality and presentation was superb, and as before, the taste was wonderful. Overall, I would definitely encourage dining enthusiasts to go to this new location and have what should turn out to be a very pleasant experience.
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