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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
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
We enjoyed everything. Shea was great pe ...
We enjoyed everything. Shea was great per usual. Look forward to checking out the new location.
We were looking for a good Italian resta ...
We were looking for a good Italian restaurant and we couldn't have been more pleased with La Grotta. Even though we had never eaten at this restaurant before, we decided to give it a try and we were glad we did. The food, service and ambiance were fantastic. We will definitely eating at this restaurant in the future and highly recommend it to others.
Service very good, food very good, eveni ...
Service very good, food very good, evening was great! Read about prix fix in RTD and checked it out. Was a nice having wine pairings!
Our experience was excellent service, a ...
Our experience was excellent service, a delicious meal, and an overall fine dining experience. We look forward to visiting them when they open in their new location.
Had a great experience! The service, food and ambiance was excellent. I will definitely be back!
We go through Richmond every year on our way to the outer banks. This year we decided to try a different restaurant. The food was good but the waiter smelled of cigarettes each time he came back to the table. The smell was overwhelming and disgusting. Management must know this exists but allows it to continue. Sorry we wont be returning. Too many other good choices to select.
Everything was perfect from the moment w ...
Everything was perfect from the moment we walked in. Our server was very professional and very well trained. The food was excellent and there was plenty of it.
An old standard...shame it is closing
the restaurant is dated and a bit cold inside...with a moldy smell but it is an old standard and will be missed...the staff is always lovely and the food is good but often a bit heavy....but it has a homemade and family feeling that is lovely without having to go to a chain restaurant..can't wait to see the new place. Good luck
The food at La Grotta was tremendous. Ne ...
The food at La Grotta was tremendous. Never before have I cleaned my plate after every course. The homemade pasta wasn't heavy, but melted in my mouth. The salad was outstandingly fresh, and the dessert was to die for. It was my first time at this restaurant, but I plan to be back.
Return to the scene of wedding rehearsal dinner
Well for my wife's birthday, I thought we would return to where we had our wedding rehearsal dinner 12 years ago. I made reservations through open table. I dropped my wife off and went to park the car. Apparently the hostess was not very nice when my wife approached. She actually went right by her to welcome a party of 10 people. Our table was not ready....and we were about 5 to 10 minutes late because of shockoe bottom traffic. After waiting 15 minutes, she gave us an option of two table that were the "only tables left' one of them being right next to the door. We chose the other one, right next to the part of 10. The food was great! Our waitress was great! And we had a nice dinner, but he hostess need to step it up a couple notches and when I make a reservation, I expect a table to be ready!!
My daughter and her friend are here on Saturday 4/30 for their pre-prom dinner. Her friends mom and I tagged along at a different table. I had only been here for lunch in the past. We took advantage of the 4 course meal and it was by far the best meal i have had in years! The food was impeccable, the service was divine. I can't wait to come back with my husband for a romantic dinner
Hidden gem.. My new fav
I grew up in Richmond and live about an hour away so we visit often. We seek out interesting and new restaurants usually thru articles/websites...For some reason , I had never been to La Grotta! If I had only known what I was missing!! We have been 2 times since we discovered it and brought friends last Friday night that also loved it. Here are the highlights....Hidden secret , friendly neighborhood restaurant . Outstanding food. Branzino ridiculously flavorful with mussels, clams... Super reasonable price wine list , fun and attentive staff! Relaxing comfortable but not too casual. Nice small intimate bar . We wil be back since we stay at Marriott Courtyard on the next block! Cheers!
Everything was good except my filet was ...
Everything was good except my filet was a bit tough. Tables too close together. Couple next to us were super loud. Service was great. The salmon was very good and salad was great.
We went for Restaurant Week and chose a 3 course meal from their prix fixe menu. This was our first time there and the food did not wow me (although the tiramisu was very good). However, I would definitely give it another shot. I enjoyed the ambiance and location.
It had been a while since we had eaten at La Grotta - it was nice to discover that the wonderful food was still wonderful. We ate from the Restaurant Week menu but La Grotta is one of the rare restaurants that also offers it's regular menu during RRW - and what an extensive menu it is! If you are a fan of northern Italian food then you are bound to find something to your liking. The salad, entree (Chicken with Artichokes) and dessert (Tiramisu) were excellent.The only drawback was the service was a bit hit-and-miss; after giving us our water, our server disappeared for a long time. In her defense, it was Saturday of Restaurant Week and Prom Season! (at least 2 large groups). We are going to miss the ambiance, though we were told they will attempt to duplicate it as much as possible at the new location at the Hilton.
You won't find these dishes anywhere else!
La Grotta's standard menu is exceptional with so many stellar items but it is the nightly specials that are the true gems. No where outside of Northern Italy will you find these delicacies. Delicate pastry stuffed with a variety of seafood is a decadent appetizer as the Chicken Galletin. A Wild Boar chop with a blueberry sauce is beyond description as is the Veal breast with tuna tonnato sauce. I almost hate giving this review as I don't want the place to become so crowded I can't drop in when I want!.
Best Seafood crepe. EVER!
One of the biggest challenges dining at La Grotta is deciding what entree to order, and not filling up on the variety of appetizers. The seafood specials are always outstanding and the seafood crepe was phenomenal.
So many restaurants lower the quantity, quality or service when they participate in "Restaurant Week". Not La Grotta. The usual high standards were obvious. Thank you.
Our visit was during Richmond Restaurant Week, so the menu was limited but still good. Standouts that are on the regular menu include the gnocchi and ravioli. Two of the RR Week specials that were superb were the seafood crepe and the veal with tuna sauce. Maybe they run those as specials sometimes. If so, try them. Service was outstanding. Our server was knowledgeable, pleasant, and present without being obtrusive. Still one of our favorite spots, and we look forward to their move to the Marriott.
A perfect evening with colleagues from NJ and VA. The guests were very impressed with the quality and quantity of food. The service was great. Valet paring would have been great if existed. Worth visiting in their new location.
Great service, the food was wonderful an ...
Great service, the food was wonderful and the place is very cozy. Great option for a romantic meal!
We were so pleased by the whole experience. Our Servicer, Shay, was at least half the fun of the experience, knowledgeable and quick witted, she kept us laughing throughout the evening. The food was inventive and plated beautifully. There was nothing that was not a surprise for the palette,very creative.
Our first visit. The ambiance is great. ...
Our first visit. The ambiance is great. Sorry to hear they will be moving as I'm not sure they can take that with them. The only thing that was negative about our experience was that they were about 40 minutes late seating us from our reservation. Food and service was good.
La Grotta is great! Great food and ambi ...
La Grotta is great! Great food and ambiance. Sorry to hear that they are moving since I live in Shockoe Slip and love to stop by there to eat.
Best choice for a surprise dinner
It was fabulous. The presentation of the dishes alone was amazing.
Homemade pastas & tiramisu best in Richmond
The octopus tartare appetizer was very unique and delicious. The duck ravioli with mushroom sauce special was especially tasty. My husband's favorite is the homemade ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta. It is always the best thing on the menu. All the homemade pastas are excellent. The tiramisu is the best dessert in Richmond.
It's a really great meal, i went there w ...
It's a really great meal, i went there with my girlfriend and we had Snapper sautéed with butter and lime. It came with Mashed patatoes, some lime soaked mushrooms, this was thir specialty that night so overall - Exquisite 👌🏼 and the ambiance gives off a very relaxed and mellow feel that allows you to relax in your seat.
This restaurant proved to be one of the best dining experiences. When I casually mentioned a dietary restriction, the server went out of his way to accommodate my need. I was served a very delicious meal, and I felt like the staff at La Grotta were very respectful of the customer's needs. Dining here was truly delightful, thanks to the old world ambiance created by the beautiful decor, delicious food, great wine, and caring staff.
BEST MEAL EVER!
LaGrotta is one of my favorite restaurants hands down. I have been mostly for lunch but dinner was to die for! Servers make you feel like royalty and the food was absolutely amazing. I have NEVER had an even so so meal here.
We have been to LaGrotta several times now. It is a little pricey, but it is a nice place to splurge and enjoy a celebration. This our go to location for New Years and special occassions. We have been here on good nights and on bad nights (couple of people didn't show up) . But, no matter the owners are extremely classy, warm and inviting. A New Year'e celebration with them is like one enormous family. The husband spends most of the time in the kitchen, but is very engaging and vibrant when he comes out to enjoy his customers. The food is always great. The biggest problem is deciding what to order. There are so many great choices available. You can come back time and time again and still never enjoy them all. The classic Italian dishes are superb and the non-traditional are a close second. The bread before the meal could be a meal in itself, it is delicious and always cooked to perfection
Nice restaurant serving Italian food. Ou ...
Nice restaurant serving Italian food. Our waiter was outstanding, but the cuisine was not that impressive. It had simple goodness and it was pretty basic which rated 3 stars from me.
We brought a few customers to this location downtown and it was fantastic. The food was great and the staff was right on top of it. Great selection and the food was delicious!
RICHMOND'S PREMIER ITALIAN RESTAURANT
YES, it is Italian, but don't forget that the best seafood in town is here.
A Gem of a Find!
Using Google I searched an Italian Restaurant in the Richmond area for our 13th wedding anniversary. The look from the website of the inside and the menu caught my attention so I used the online reservation form to reserve a table. I called ahead and asked if I could drop off flowers to have them put on the table. Andrea Capece met me when I stopped by and allowed me to pick out my table and to set the flowers up on the table for our arrival. When we arrived, they knew right away when i told them my name and took my wife and I back to our table. Everything was perfect and our waiter (Mehmet I believe was his name) was attentive, charming and never once did we have to call him over. He knew when a drink was needed and when to take a dish. We both ordered the 5 course dinner and each and every dish was authentic and amazing. dishes were cooked as requested and presented beautifully in every way. For desert, they even wrote Happy Anniversary around the plate for us both. That was a really nice personal touch. Our entire experience; from planning, to setting it up to the people to the atmosphere was 100% perfect. Not a single negative thought comes to mind when i think of La Grotta other than I wish I could dine there more often. It will indeed be more than once a year!
Last Minute Find for a Group of 5 in Black Tie
Great ambiance, service, they were flexible as my group was running behind. The food was phenomenal and we did not feel out of place in our black tie attire. Will definitely return. Thanks for being so flexible and accommodating!
Excellent Italian in Richmond
Very nice ambiance and wonderful food. We enjoyed the special sea bass. Lovely preparation and presentation. Served with escarole that was delicious despite being only luke warm. A very nice evening that made a one night stopover in Richmond feel like a special occasion.
As always, the food was exceptional. We always look forward to eating there when we are in Richmond.
My wife and I both enjoyed our Valentine ...
My wife and I both enjoyed our Valentine's Day dinner at LaGrotta. Excellent, attentive, and knowledgeable service complemented the romantic subterranean atmosphere. To date, the best tiramisu I've ever had.
It was absolutely amazing and was a great surpise for my girlfriend and I on Valetine's Day. I was blown away by the food and service and the how nice the restaurant was. The bill was high, but you should expect that going to a restaurant with amazing fast well done service and food.
Very very slow when busy
We had reservations for 8:30, and arrived a few minutes early. We were seated in about twenty minutes after checking in, and had a hard time doing that quickly, since the hostess was indisposed. One of the other hostesses sat a person who showed up after us with the same reservation time right as they walked in. After we were seated, we were waited on by no less than three servers and it still took two hours to make it through the three course meal. The servers are very polite, and the food was good, but for the price, it was not a great experience.
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