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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 - Saturday : 5:00pm - 9:30pm
$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:
email@example.com: (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
Food is good but the service is not, seems very disorganized, then rushed, and takes a long time to be acknowledged. Lighting is too harsh for what could be an intimate, romantic atmosphere because the design is good. Seems like it has become a business dinner location. This was our second time and I would have said the same thing about the first. Maybe we will give it a try again in a few months to see if they have improved. But for the quality of the food, there are better places with better service and atmosphere in the same price category.
Sometime in 2004 I found La Grotta across the street from my office. It quickly became my go-to spot for interview lunches and then dinner with friends as well as family (4 young kids at the time). Being from NYC I know great Italian food and La Grotta to this day is still my favorite. This past weekend I had the chance to return, first time in nine years since we moved away. The new location was amazing, food absolutely fabulous and of course the home-made deserts are a must-have and we ordered everyone. Staff was quick and professional and Andrea even remembered me and my family after all this time. I highly recommend!!
This was my least liked visit to La Grotta - we have enjoyed so many wonderful meals but this time the food lacked that special taste and excellent preparation - my wife's evening special - Halibut was overcooked and dry. My Cannelloni Gratinati had very little taste. The caesar salad did not taste as fresh and flavorable as usual. The cooked spinnage lacked the garlic kick it usually has. My Taramisu was very average but my wife's panna cotta was 5 star. We love this place and will go back - we did not complain since they were very busy and we were celebrating our 49th anniversary with good friends who raved about their meal. Our service was also 5 star. We hope this will help one of our favorite restaurants to stay at the top!!
Food was great as was the location and ambiance. Waiter was focused on a group of "friends" that came in and we had to call for him several times for drinks; he did not check in to see if we needed anything, which was unfortunate because the place is great. The young man bussing the tables was more attentive than the waiter. If it weren't for this being a business dinner, I would have walked out....
I still would recommend this restaurant on the belief that everyone has a bad day and you should not let one bad apple spoil the bunch....
It was easy to make an online reservation for a lunchtime party of five that morning, and the restaurant is easily accessible from our office. More important, the portion sizes were large enough for most of us to take home leftovers, and there was no sacrifice whatsoever in terms of the quality of the food -- definitely an excellent value. That, in combination with the efficient and friendly table service, and the restaurant's restful ambiance made this group meal a pleasant, relaxing and tasty experience.
La Grotta has been one of our favorite Richmond restaurants since we moved here 7 years ago. We loved their old location with its Old World ambiance. It made for a truly romantic evening. We decided to celebrate our 42nd at La Grotta even though we knew the charm would be missing. We were wrong! They did a great job of transitioning from Old World to New World. We were pleasantly surprised. Of course, the food and service remained at its typical high quality. I highly recommend the stuffed quail and my wife is very partial to the ravioli. And, don't pass up the coconut cake!
It was a highly successful evening with the best of outcomes.
My wife and I went for our 21st Wedding Anniversary. The location was different from when we were married. We really preferred the old location in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond. The building was like being in a very rustic Italian country manor. The new building attempts to recreate some of that ambience but memory of the old overshadows the new. Our waiter, Angelo was very attentive, without being a pest, and had a nice exotic but heavy Italian accent. The food was wonderful. We choose the 5-course lunch and ordered as much variety as possible to sample everything we could. Overall, everything was delicious and my wife and I sample each others dishes. The 5-course meal proved to be way too much food for both of us and we wound up taking the last two course home and made two more meals out that. The bread was a definite top rating; fresh and yeasty. The sun-dried tomato and olive oil dipping sauce was lethal and set us up for having no room toward the latter courses. The chocolate mousse cake dessert is now one of our favorites. We will be ordering a whole cake for my Father's Day, hehehe. Good job La Grotta - you've lost nothing in 21 years!
Expected a great experience based on other reviews. However I was very underwhelmed. The food was decent but didn't leave enough of an impression to draw me back again. The server was very disengaged and distracted. Even to the point of walking behind me as he was asking if we wanted desert. And I mean he was walking away completely behind my seat, walking away and I heard him ask if we wanted desert. That left a very unprofessional impression.
Best calamari in RVA! They were more than happy to split an entree for us, and the service was exceptional. Solid menu with a touch of creativity while being very approachable. Convenient to The National for pre-concert dining. The National Garden Club convention just happened to be going on across the street, so the place was busy with sassy older women having a good time out on the town.
Well, to be honest, the shrimps in my meal were over cooked and chewy. I'm sure they're hard to cook just right when you have so many people to cook for but the scallops were a little rare. Wish it was the other way around. The service was absolutely the finest and fun personalities. The food was a little pricey for the quality but I would visit again on account of the fantastic service.
Delicious! We had been to their old location many times. I was worried that the quality would change but that wasn't the case. The food was delicious and the service was awesome as usual. The restaurant itself doesn't have the old world feel of the previous location but rather a more modern look. Great evening!
We had a wonderful experience. My wife and I went there for restaurant week and ordered off the regular menu. If you go there, ask for Tony. He was extremely helpful and attentive. He gave us great recommendations for food and treated us like VIPs. All the pasta is fresh made and the desserts are amazing. It was the best dining experience I have had in quite some time. While I enjoyed the ambiance of the old location, this still has an intimate feeling and the food is great. I recommend this to anyone in town as a great place to dine out. I thought the price was in line for the quality and quantity of food you receive and did not feel like pricing was too expensive. This was our fourth time dining there and we will be back for number five soon.
We were here for Restaurant Week. The service was attentive and friendly, but not obtrusive. Portions were very generous (especially for a prix fixe meal), and the food was very tasty. This is our second visit - we were here when they first opened Broad St location and it was a bit inconsistent. Glad we returned! We will be back.
We really enjoyed our meals, (seabass and veal ravioli special) the food was fantastic and the server was very attentive despite how busy the restaurant was. The specials were extensive, always a really nice suprise. The only downside was it was a little noisy, but expected given it was a busy night. We will definitely be back.
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.
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