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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 - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$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 think they have done a good job with the new location but to be honest, we really enjoyed the
Ambiance of the previous location. The food was good although we were disappointed that they did not box and save my wife's left overs after was asked the waiter to do so. The waiter realized the mistake and they supposedly remade her some fresh to go but it was not the same sauce and she had much more sea food left over. They only gave her one scallop and one shrimp. This was Wednesday evening and she had the spicy sauce and was given a plain sauce.
LaGrotta has been one of those great constant restaurants for over a decade now. Antonio's recipes are simple and straight-forward and perfectly executed. Pasta any most items are handmade in house. The food is simply outstanding. There is also an excellent wine list of nice impressive aged Italian's. I recommend turning your selection over to Antonio to choose. We enjoyed an amazing Barolo and conversation with the staff. It's like going to a good friends for dinner.
Recently relocated from the original location a few blocks away down in the Slip, the new dining space was much larger than it appeared from outside. Although I expected to order a traditional Italian entree, I ended up ordering a chef's seafood special. The snapper topped with crab cake was tasty and not overly seasoned. We will definitely be back!
This was a marvelous experience! The food was fantastic and the service just as good. My husband and I are serious foodies and wine enthusiasts. We were there on business. It was so marvelous to have a comfortable fine dining experience where our waiter, Brendan, guided us beautifully through our food and wine choices and took all the stress out of our day. We will certainly be back when we return to Richmond
We had high hopes for La Grotta. It had a good feel and a great look. I took my three teenagers and one of their friends to La Grotta for a special occasion. First, our waiter was less than honest about portion sizes so we ended up with too many starters. Then when I asked for a side of spinach as my main course, trying to watch calories and cost, he convinced me I needed to order a double portion. A mountain of sautéed spinach arrived. It was ridiculous. A single portion would have been too much after all the calamari etc that we had for starters. My "side order" of spinach ended up costing us $16. Finally, at the end of the evening when it came time to pay, I was mortified to discover I'd left my wallet at home. I know my credit card number by heart (we order delivery from Mary Angela's, etc often) so I wondered if we could avoid driving home to get my wallet. It was embarrassing but what I found extraordinary was the way the hostess reacted when I explained the situation and offered her the credit card number I knew by heart. She seemed convinced I was trying to get out of paying. I agree I did something idiotic by forgetting my wallet but we didn't need to be treated as criminals. The credit card went through as I knew it would. We paid a fortune for good but not great food and were treated rather shabbily. I'd rather cook at home as we usually do and go to less pretentious restaurants that offer food that's just as good without the deceitful Italian waiter, overpriced menu, and lack of customer service when I made an honest (albeit stupid) mistake AND offered a solution for that mistake. You've lost us, La Grotta.
First visit to La Grotta's new location. Such a lovely space and beautiful decor. We brought out of town guests to dinner and everyone loved their entrees. The waiter was attentive and recommended a most delicious wine. We are looking forward to our next visit.
Perfect pre-show dining location!
Excellent service! We visited as a group before we attended a show at the Carpenter Theater. The location to the theater is perfect, walking distance. The staff was amazing, our server was very nice, attentive and provided a perfect experience. The food presentation was beautiful and the food was fantastic. The beverages were very good, I had a margarita but others had wine.
This was our 5th visit to La Grotta. It is right across the street from the symphony and opera venue so is convenient for that. Also, the food is delicious and the service excellent. However, they cram so many people into the space that it is uncomfortable. Elbows from our table had to be in the way of the table wedged in between ours and 3 others. Previously, our table for 6 was in a corner that those of us in the corner part were claustrophobic. Also, this time my delightful spinach and ricotta ravioli were served just warm, which took away from my enjoyment. I didn't want to keep the rest of our table waiting for them to be re-heated, so I said nothing.
Very creative Italian cuisine -- not normal tourist Italian. Owner/chef brought out different wines when the one I initially selected was not available. He let us taste each wine and then discounted the one I selected. He also sent us a desert combination gratis. His attention to customers shows his attention to cuisine.
The snapper trading buttery smooth, the buffalo steak with gorgonzola sauce cooked perfectly,the octopus appetizer trading or of this world and the outburst of flavors from the Strawberry Gran Marnier desert left us all very happy and we will definitely return next year.
This was our first visit since La Grotta moved from down on Carey Street to the Hilton Garden Inn. The occasion was a wedding anniversary for our friends. The food was superb, selection plenty, flavors lingering, presentation memorable and service spot-on. What a change in ambiance was bustling but comfortable. I highly recommend this eatery. Italian cuisine to die for and when presented with the check - a round of lemoncello for our table.
Great service and great food. The wait staff was attentive yet not intrusive. Menu recommendations were spot on. This is a very good restaurant for a downtown business lunch or special occasion. We have visited La Grotta several times in the former Shockoe Slip location and believe the move downtown is a good one. Menu selections are improved. Dessert options are amazing.
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