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
Our first time service and food outstand ...
Our first time service and food outstanding
But I would suggest that you ask to be in main dining room
We where in one of smaller room
And two larger party came in and with there excitement of the day and larger party was very loud try to out talk each other it was very hard to talk across the table
If back in Richmond I would try it again
But request to be larger room
I am leaving this review because overall ...
I am leaving this review because overall disappointment in my experience. I have worked the industry for many years so I can be critical; overall I tend to be more forgiving because of my understanding of the process of providing a dining experience. I will say that the food was excellent. it more than met my expectations. Service and ambiance; not so much. When I made my reservations I noted that it was my anniversary and I would like an intimate table. I understand that it was a 7 pm reservation and it was obvious that they were extremely busy. After what seemed like an interminable amount of time a hostess "greeted" us checked our reservation, and guided us hurriedly to our table, and dropped us at a two top in the middle of walkway leading to a private room with a large corporate party in it. I literally laughed and commented to my wife regarding how "un-intimate" the table was. The hostess just looked at me and quickly walked away, ignoring my comment. I recognized that the room was full and there was no point in asking for another table. I can only guess that they simply ignored our table request because of the timing and size of the reservation. Our server while experienced and knowledgeable, was so harried that he blurted through the specials so quickly I had to ask for him to repeat them. He did not quote the prices and I felt too pressured in placing my order to ask. We were abandoned for long periods of time between courses and despite the fact that we were not in a hurry we had to ask for water and extra plates to be picked up by passing waitstaff. the noise level was so high that conversation was difficult at best. I ordered a fish special and I was shocked at the price of when I received our bill. I would have made an alternate choice had I known. Additionally I would have chosen to come in earlier or gone elsewhere had I known that they could not accommodate my table request. A total lack of communication. I will not likely return.
We booked a table two weeks in advance f ...
We booked a table two weeks in advance for our 29th Anniversary. When we arrived at our romantic table , which was crammed into the corner next to a wine rack under very bright lights. I had to find a waitress after waiting too long. She found the switch to turn down the lights and moved us to better table. There was no bartender so the waitress made the drinks. Food was slow arriving, but ultimately good. They need to do better. Prefer the old location.
I was excited to try La Grotto at the ne ...
I was excited to try La Grotto at the new location-- and it is nice but I missed the ambiance of the Shockoe Bottom restaurant. Our service started off VERY slow and we sat for about 10 minutes before our drink orders were even taken. It was a busy night and they had a packed house with several large parties. We had 5:30 reservations (when they opened) and tickets to a show at the Coliseum that started at 7. We were getting a little nervous about getting there on time. The food was good but the portion on the ravioli seemed a little skimpy. I will go back but I am not sure they have worked out the kinks yet.
Beautiful space, excellent service and f ...
Beautiful space, excellent service and food. We had tickets to the theatre, so couldn't linger which was a shame. The waitstaff was very attentive and timed our meal perfectly so that we were finished in time without feeling rushed. Next time we will go without time constraints!
The seafood crepes were PHENOMENAL, and ...
The seafood crepes were PHENOMENAL, and the specials are always a difficult decision. Tony and Andrea have done a wonderful job transforming the new space into a vibrate space augmented by outstanding Italian cuisine. If you have a sweet tooth, try the Tartufo.
It was our first visit to the new locati ...
It was our first visit to the new location. While we missed the ambiance of the old place, this location is very pretty. The service was prompt and couteous, and the food was incredible. We were there for Restaurant week, and I was so glad. We never order dessert, but since it was part of the deal, we indulged. We're still talking about the delicious Tiramisu. I would highly recommend this restaurant
We dined at La Grotta for Richmond Resta ...
We dined at La Grotta for Richmond Restaurant Week and loved it. The new space is fresh with the charm of the old location. The food and service have not skipped a beat with the relocation. If the Seafood Crepes are on the menu for your visit, order them and don't look back.
Wonderful, flavorful food and impeccable ...
Wonderful, flavorful food and impeccable service keeps us coming back to La Grotta. Love the new location next to the Hilton in the old Miller & Rhodes building. Excellent choice for fine dining option and special occasion or birthday celebrations.
First time at new location in Hilton Hot ...
First time at new location in Hilton Hotel. Didn't have quite the ambience the old location had but the food was fabulous. Lobster ravioli with a light cream sauce for appetizer scrumptious and the sea bass melted in your mouth and out of this world. No words that describe the tarimasu. Bar tender was from Argentina and was delightful and funny. Wait staff very attentive and friendly.
Waiter Marco was very attentive and prof ...
Waiter Marco was very attentive and professional. We enjoyed our meal and having Marco as our waiter. Food was delicious. We had the chicken with sun dried tomatoes and artichokes and my husband had rockfish. We took our tiramisu home, and it was fabulous!
We love La Grotta and have been several ...
We love La Grotta and have been several times. This last time was our first at the new location and it was during Restaurant Week. The place was packed and the staff were very busy, so service was a bit slower than usual. However, the food was wonderful and the staff was friendly and attentive when they could get to the table. We're getting acclimated to the new location (there was a wonderful coziness and atmosphere to the prior location) but it should be a great choice for people heading downtown (especially around the corner at the Carpenter Theatre).
Enjoyed our drinks at the bar beforehand ...
Enjoyed our drinks at the bar beforehand - friendly, knowlegeable bartender from Argentina! Were pleased with our meals and waitstaff. Attractively set tables, and nice stemwear. The furnishings appear to be attractive, but the glaring recessed lights overhead detracted greatly from the ambiance. Dimmer lighting would have been nice. The lights leading into the restaurant from the hotel's lobby were absolutely blinding!
We'll try it again, though.
Server was terrific. Oliver warned us ri ...
Server was terrific. Oliver warned us right off that the kitchen was running low on one special which we ordered immediately. My veal chop with artichokes and sundried tomatoes with cognac cream sauce was fabulous. Seafood crepe appetizer was almost entree size. Space is nicely broken up by sliding glass doors to control sound. Once it is dark outside no one cares that the view is Broad Street. Great location for pre-theater dinner. Valet parking at Hilton is a bonus.
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.
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