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, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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
Our food was *delicious*. While we miss ...
Our food was *delicious*. While we missed the ambiance of the old location and it was noisier than we expected, it was still a nice location, and the quality of the food made up for the lack of atmosphere. The previous location had an old world charm & character that the new location won't be able to match, but for Richmonders, it was neat to be eating in old Miller & Rhoads. We'll definitely go back.
still one of my favorite italian restaur ...
still one of my favorite italian restaurants in rva. I liked the ambiannce of the previous location better but my wife preferred this more modern location. still some growing pains but all in all very nice experience.
We wanted to try La Grotta because we ar ...
We wanted to try La Grotta because we are having our son's rehearsal dinner there next month.
My husband and I decided on their wine dinner, and we were most impressed with everything.
The food was wonderfully authentic Italian and generous in portion. The new location is elegant and warmly inviting. The owners, Andrea, and Antonio, are genuinely nice people.
We are looking forward to dining with them again.
I have been a huge fan of La Grotta sinc ...
I have been a huge fan of La Grotta since moving here to Richmond in 2015. While I don't get her as often as I like, I was excited to check out the new space. The location may be different, but the food is still top notch, service outstanding, and the staff just as friendly. This is maybe my favorite restaurant in Richmond and definitely once of the best Italian restaurants I have been too. Great job Chef Tony and team!
We were disappointed in the food. We or ...
We were disappointed in the food. We ordered the clams with linguine. There about 5-6 tiny clams on each plate and a huge portion of linguine with a bland white sauce, presumably alfredo sauce. The price was about $18 per plate which for the quality is overpriced. I understood that your reputation is built partially upon your Northern Italian dishes. This one didn't live up to my other experiences with Northern Italian in other restaurants.
This restaurant has had an excellent rep ...
This restaurant has had an excellent reputation for the last 22 years in it previous location. Due to ever-changing picture of the Richmond dining scene, the owners decided to relocate to a different venue which may turn out to be the new "hot spot" in Richmond, the downtown Broad Street corridor. Although we went during what they deemed a "soft-opening", the food was excellent, but we didn't feel that our server (who has been with the restaurant in the old location) was at his best that evening - slightly inattentive and somewhat lacking in table manner and personality. The air conditioning that evening was not in full operation which may have put a damper to the kitchen and their excellent chef, but that really should not have had an impact on the wait staff. Other wait staff and servers who passed our table seemed to be more outgoing and attentive. The owner Antonio and his wife were doing their best to make the situation tolerable for their guests. The food quality and presentation was superb, and as before, the taste was wonderful. Overall, I would definitely encourage dining enthusiasts to go to this new location and have what should turn out to be a very pleasant experience.
The end of an era has come with the clos ...
The end of an era has come with the closing of LA GROTTA in its Shoekoe Slip location. A GREAT 22 YEAR RUN!!!!!! However, the good news is that sometime in early August 2016, LA GROTTA will emerge at a new location on Broad Street. All of us that had the pleasure of dining in the old location wish Andrea and Tony the best of luck when they open on Broad.
LA GROTTA HAS BEEN AND REMAINS THE # 1 R ...
LA GROTTA HAS BEEN AND REMAINS THE # 1 RESTAURANT IN DOWNTOWN RICHMOND. HOWEVER, SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2016 WILL BE THE LAST DAY IN THE CURRENT LOCATION. I WISH TONY AND ANDREA THE BEST OF LUCK IN THEIR NEW SPACE AT 5TH AND BROAD IN THE HILTON GARDEN INN. IF I KNOW TONY, IT WILL BE EVERYTHING THAT WE HOPE FOR (OLD ITALY AT ITS BEST)!!!! LOOK FOR A NEW OPENING BEGINNING THE FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST.
First of all we were given a bad table, ...
First of all we were given a bad table, so bad that it is right at the entrance. We had to wait for 20 min to get a decent table. Not too many options for Vegetarians. Chef's special is too costly with a moderate taste. Ordered some Fish fillet which I was charged $35 and it had just a small fish fillet, 5-6 prawns and some mashed potato with some savory sauce. Did not taste good though. However the chicken appetizer which chef customized for me was good.
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.
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.
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!
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!.
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.
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.
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