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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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
• 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
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.
The food is as good as it always was, but the service had real timing problems, apparently due to the kitchen, not the servers. At a table for four, two dinners came out and then we waited for the third and even longer for the fourth - that's pretty amateurish and awkward. The tiramisu also involved a lengthy wait, and was surrounded by an overabundance of creme anglaise. Sitting near the window showed us how vibrant the downtown nightlife has become and was great for people watching.
Our 3rd time, but 1st time for the other two people we were with. We all had the 3 course fixed price with wine pairing. Food was outstanding, and wines were wonderful. Our server was enthusiastic and helpful. We did have to wait for the wines after each course was already served. He forgot the dessert wine and we had to remind him. Otherwise, it was wonderful and we want to dine there again.
The food was very good but not excellent. Portion sizes were large. Service was spotty and it might not be appropriate for folks who are in a rush. Our original waiter must have decided to take a bath in some stinky cologne which was not good for my wife who gets migraines around pungent scents. Finally, cocktail prices were quite high, so you might want to stop elsewhere before dining here to enjoy you favorite libation (half-bottles of wine were not available).
My date and I had reservations but came in early. They accommodated us by setting us at a small table by the bar. Service staff was wonderful. Everything was five star exceptThe entrée with the shrimp and scallops. Not as much of the shrimp and scallops as I would've expected for that price point.
The food was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was very helpful and patient since we asked him to repeat himself twice. My only downside: Ask the table if they want more bread and that sensational sauce. That was truly to die for! All good wishes and bon appetite!
The food was excellent & the ambience lovely but what made our dining excellent was our waiter, Mehmet; I hope I spelled his name correctly. When he found that my husband's red wine of choice was off, he brought a new bottle & poured us both a glass which turned out to be very good. We had thought the original wine was just supposed to taste that way! He made the extra effort to make us pleased with our dining experience. Well done!
If the food had been good we would have been happy to pay the price --- but there was nothing interesting on the menu. At an Italian restaurant you would expect several exceptional choices but not here. Dinner was lack luster as was the service.
No reason to return when there are so many other great places in Richmond.
This was our first visit to the new location and a great pick for our Valentines Day night out. Our server Brennan was spot on with everything from wine suggestions to food recommendations. We LOVED it! We will not wait for a special occasion to return, we would go back the next time we want a relaxing lovely dinner.
Server was very friendly and the food was great. We were not happy with the seating. We were cramped along a wall just outside of the entrance to the kitchen. There were plenty of open tables for four, but the hostess told us everything else was for four people. Parties of two were later seated in those spots that had four seats. So, that was a little annoying to us...
We had a wonderful experience at La Grotta. This was our first visit since their move, and the new site was as good (or better) than the old.
The service was exceptional and the food was second-to-none.
We did the five-course meal. Highlights include: fettuccine alla papalina (my favorite), the grand marnier strawberry cake, the fracosta alla moutarda, and the lumache alla piemontese. Everything was great, these items just stand out.
My wife and I have never been to Richmond other than driving through on I95. We decided to spend the night and I found La Grotta on Open table and it was highly recommended. The recommendation was absolutely right. Great food, good service, and nice atmosphere. You can't go wrong! Enjoy La Grotta!
Decor, atmosphere, and service were exceptional. Food and wine are always a matter of taste. Considering that, one of our entrees was exceptional and the other was just good. Our server was a great help navigating their extensive wine list; we actually settled on a wine that wasn't even on the list after we were allowed to taste. For our special occasion we thought the evening was perfect. BTW, as with all fine restaurants, allow yourself plenty of time; it's worth it.
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