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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
Ok....just go. Chef came out to help us order wine....said if we didn't like it...he would drink it and we don't pay. We suggested a wine that was twice the price he picked for us! Then he volunteered to bring us free ravioli appetizer in a delicious walnut reduction...my buddy asked for a spoon to finish the sauce offf it was so good! Then the bison rib eye came and the filet. Both amazing. And another free side dish of wild boar....venison and two big lamb racks! Wow. Ok...we couldn't finish it all. But with the taste of everything to That point, we couldn't pass on amazing desserts...grand Marnier cake and chocolate mousse....both fantastic. Just go! And try the fifty seven year port....you won't be disappointed!
We were a part of eight who had just enough time for a quick meal before a show at the Carpenter Theatre. Our waiter was very sensitive to our time and we were able to enjoy a great meal, great conversation and yet not feel too rushed. Thanks for accommodating us!
The new location is a nice change. Floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful design make for very pleasant dining.
The food was stellar. A Fruit de Mer was excellent, and the sole was truly outstanding. The Italian escargot was great, served in mushroom caps was a nice touch. Plenty of standard and creative Italian menu choices means many return trips as this is the go to place for good high end Italian in my mind.
Only miss was the service was a little inattentive. We were not checked on, ever, during our visit. Each time we needed something I had to call our waiter over. Now,he was around, so it wasn't so bad, I just didn't like having to call out in a quiet restaurant. He didn't even look our way so I could signal. The other oddity was I asked to keep the wine list after we ordered drinks, as I knew we would want a bottle of wine. A short time later, I indeed ordered a bottle. And there the wine list sat until the food came and the food runner cleared it. I know I asked for it to be left, but you would think he would take it after I ordered a bottle. Perhaps a little picky, but it fit with not be checked on. Price range - Shared app, 2 glasses of wine, $40 bottle, 2 entrees, $165 with tip.
Bread and Salads were the highlight of the meal. The fish special was overcooked and covered in bland tomatos. all at a very high price! The mashed potato side was cold and had too much garlic. I am not sure what the cooked greens were but they were very stringy. Very Expensive meal that diappointed except for the service.
Our server was Oliver. He was very attentive. The food was marvelous. Not your average Italian fare-wonderfully different. My guests commented that it was the best dining experience they had in Richmond. Atmosphere was lovely and quiet allowing for some business exchange of conversation. Overall, I was very pleased with the experience
We came to celebrate my birthday and I was not disappointed! I ordered the special: Lobster and artichoke stuffed ravioli with a yellow bell pepper sauce. The dish was AMAZING! I literally had my entire party dip their forks into my sauce so they could taste it. Everyone got jealous. I win. Anyways, I loved the food and the atmosphere. Our waiter was actually Italian, too. I thought that was cool. Accent and everything...made my experience much more fun. :)
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....
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.
Somehow the food tasted so much better in their other location in the Slip. The wine was good, but overall the food was not. I had the mozzarella salad, and the cheese was sort of rubbery and flavorless. The pasta was the best part of the meal - I had the gnocchi. Finally, the filet mignon was awful. The sauce was too creamy and left a strange aftertaste, and the meat did not seem like a filet mignon cut. My husband says his octopus dish was amazing though!
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.
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