About La Grotta - Richmond
Richmond, VA 23219
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!
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
My date and I had reservations but came ...
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 ...
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 lo ...
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!
First time going and I was absolutely am ...
First time going and I was absolutely amazed. The food is exquisite. You can taste the freshness. The service was amazing all around. The atmosphere is warm and romantic. I highly recommend and will definitely be going back.
If the food had been good we would have ...
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.
Not as good as the old one down in the c ...
Not as good as the old one down in the cellar, but they have made good use of the space. Food isn't as good as I remembered, but maybe I hyped it up in my head. Everything considered, it's still a nice place for a romantic evening with good italian food.
This was our first visit to the new loca ...
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.
We had a wonderful experience at La Grot ...
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 Richmon ...
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 exce ...
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.
Have been several times before the symph ...
Have been several times before the symphony. As the menu is very dependable the specials are even more exceptional. A special note that BRANDON our server made our dinner even a better experience. He added advice without being stiff, genuine interest in our likes and went out of his way to insure our night was great!
It was very loud, very difficult to hear ...
It was very loud, very difficult to hear my dear friends who I haven't seen for months. I felt crammed into a space that had too many tables in too small of a space. I requested a corner table 5 days before our visit and was ignored. The food was good but not amazing enough to make up for the miserable noise level and crowded room.
The ambiance of this restaurant is poor. ...
The ambiance of this restaurant is poor. The tables are too close together and everyone is out in the open. There is no coziness or intimacy. The tiled floor makes the noise level very loud. Although the food was OK and the service was very good, I would not go there again. Given that this restaurant is fairly expensive for Richmond, I would expect the ambiance to live up to the service.
Another delicious authentic Italian dinn ...
Another delicious authentic Italian dinner at La Grotta! Chef Tony never disappoints and always has both creative and familiar entrees on the menu. Andrea greets us like family. This is my favorite restaurant in Richmond. I always come here with my mother and we sit in Mamets section who happens to be our favorite waiter! Highly recommend and love the ambiance of their new location at the Hilton.
La Grotta is a beautiful restaurant with ...
La Grotta is a beautiful restaurant with beautifully presented plates. It is authentic Northern Italian Cusine. There are nightly specials as well. The service was too notch, which made our meal there a wonderful experience. To be honest, while my meal was delicious, I like simpler menus. If you are a foodie, or enjoy authentic dishes...you will love this place.
The "grotto" atmosphere of previous site ...
The "grotto" atmosphere of previous site has been transformed in a very swanky new location. The food remains excellent. Tried the wine dinner prix fixe. 1/2 glass wine with each course. Perfectly matched with each individual course selections. The pasta sampler appetizer was wonderful. The quail stuffed with Italian sausage was divine. Tried different desserts so we could taste each. Beautiful presentations. Too eager to eat to take photos. Cheers to Andrea and Antonio.
Our meal was delicious and our service w ...
Our meal was delicious and our service was excellent. We do however miss the cozy ambiance of the old location. The new location is convenient and beautiful but just not as intimate or as quiet. It was difficult to hear conversations due to the noise level.
The pasta here is fabulous. And the che ...
The pasta here is fabulous. And the chef clearly has a talent for fish, as the grouper was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Our server, Brendan, was also a pleasure - very attentive, knowledgeable, and polite. I do miss the old location though...
Great food, great service. Love the loca ...
Great food, great service. Love the location - an historic department store in downtown Richmond transformed into a wonderful Italian restaurant. The wait staff was very attentive and got us out in time for our event. Very convenient for The Carpenter Center and Altria Theatre.
This was our first visit to the new loca ...
This was our first visit to the new location. The ambiance was not anywhere near what the old location had.
The entre that I ordered was supposed to be "lightly seasoned" according to the waiter. It was anything but. I had to request extra bread to overcome the very hot seasoning.
My wife ordered one of the specials. It was overpowered with salt.
Overall we were disappointed, as we were there to celebrate her birthday with a special dinner.
First of all, the service here is EXCELL ...
First of all, the service here is EXCELLENT. From the hostess, to the food runner, to our lovely server. I can't recall any of their names, but everyone working on the evening of January 14th was so wonderful. It was the kind of effortless non-smothering service that while you're dining you're just thinking how pleasant everything is, then later you realize how hard everyone was working to make it so.
The food was delicious as well, really great antipasti plate, salads, gnocchi, ravioli. All the vegetables were perfectly cooked and so deliciously seasoned, and everything seemed very fresh. Great wine too, we went for one of the lower priced bottles and it was delicious.
The food was good and all was fine, real ...
The food was good and all was fine, really, with the exception of service. Our server was a bit abrupt. The restaurant was busy, I understand, but we felt like we were being rushed to make choices. When we asked for some time to decide, our server disappeared for awhile and we had to flag someone else down to assist us. He disappeared for so long while we waited to order dessert that we decided to skip dessert and have it elsewhere.
Staff are attentive, friendly and knowle ...
Staff are attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. The food is most excellent, and La Grotta doesn't want to be trendy with small plates that leave an appetite unsatiated. The restaurant has done a good job creating an ambience similar to its prior basement haunts.
Four of us enjoyed dinner here on a Frid ...
Four of us enjoyed dinner here on a Friday night, and it was a great occasion. The menu was interesting, and the food was excellent: peppers in bagna caoda, beef carpaccio, veal scallopini and filet in a peppercorn and cognac sauce were the standouts. The only knock on the evening was the pacing, which was quite slow. Our server was friendly and attentive; it just took a long time for the appetizers and entrees to come out. Furthermore, one of our four entrees was several minutes later than the others coming out, a big miss which is, thankfully, pretty rare in restaurants at this level these days.
We had reservations, and there were plen ...
We had reservations, and there were plenty of empty seats but we were seated 2 feet from another occupied table. We could easily hear their conversation, so I know they could hear ours. Just too close to enjoy our meal.
Our party of 6 enjoyed a meal and desser ...
Our party of 6 enjoyed a meal and dessert on a busy Friday night. The ambiance was very nice - energetic and festive but not too loud for conversation. Every table was filled by the time we were finished eating. By this time the waiters were extremely busy and we had to wait longer than appropriate to get the bill. Not a big thing considering overall service was very good. Three people enjoyed their dinners (Italian dishes) very much but the three who ordered peppercorn filets were not so happy. The quality of the meat was well below standard for the price. All three steaks were ordered medium - one was served medium, one was rare and one was well done. So we switched steaks around to make the best of it and avoid sending them back. The desserts were nothing special to be so pricy. Perhaps it was a bad day in the kitchen and they were one or two waiters short. We have eaten at this restaurant before (at its previous location) and the food and service was always excellent. We would certainly try it again but we probably wouldn't order steak.
What a wonderful evening the 2 of us had ...
What a wonderful evening the 2 of us had. If anything, our friends at La Grotta have upped their game since moving to the new location. Hard to accomplish that.
The night started off with a lovely greeting and warm attention by the hostess.
The food was at it's usual excellent standard.
The real treat was the incredible service that was provide by Brandon, David and Nan. It was a VERY busy night, not an empty seat. The 3 of them teamed our table and didn't miss a beat. Not too much attention, not too little. Their caring and conversation were spot on. Add the fact that the food was also perfectly timed and cooked.
The real mark of a professional, long lasting establishment is what they can do under significant stress. A+ is still too low of mark for what the whole team pulled off.
Kudos to all. Can't wait til the next time!
Doug and Jerri
This was a great first visit to the rest ...
This was a great first visit to the restaurant. We had an early reservation so had time to visit with our invited friend in a relatively quiet atmosphere before all the tables were filled with diners. The food was outstanding and the deserts were exceptional. We will be back.
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