Richmond >Food & Dining > La Grotta
1218 E Cary St, Richmond, VA | Directions 2321937.535287 -77.433765
Mon. - Sat. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Shockoe Slip
Best Food EVER – Amazing is the word I use to descibe this place. They have the best food I have sampled on the east coast, and a wine menu that is quite simply astounding. The service is impecable, the food was to die for, and the atmosphere is unmatched in the city of Richmond. I can say hands down it is the best place in this city to dine out.
Wonderful Meal – My girlfriend and I were in Richmond for a little getaway, chose this restaurant for dinner based partly on its Citysearch rating, and we couldn't have been more pleased. The food was wonderful, in both its presentation and its quality. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and very attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere was perfect for a romantic evening. Best of all, the tiramisu was the best we had ever had! I'd recommend this place to anyone who appreciates fine Italian cuisine.
Taste the old world at Shockoe Slip's secret spot. – The Scene
With the Shockoe Slip location's proximity to the new Canal Walk, a stroll along the waterway will complete the illusion of a Venetian paradise.
The sauce has a wonderful flavor here, full-bodied and thick without leaving you weighed down. The desserts are decadent but sublime, and the wine list complements the food perfectly. The authenticity of total dining experience, from the Italian waitstaff to the food itself, will have you longing for a trip to Italy.
On par with Chicago's finest – After 3 years in Chicago, eating at many very fine Italian (and other) restaurants, I was disappointed when I moved to Richmond due to the limited quantity of exceptional eateries- until last night, when we went to La Grotta based upon a friend's recommendation. The service was excellant- actually had a waiter that not only knew everything on the menu and wine list, but was under 30 and not full of himself. Each dish was a delight to see and eat, the wines were matched to each of the 4 of us, and the deserts fabulous. No fried chicken or BBQ on the menu here! Definetely a "keeper"
Good all around – Dinner for 2, Saturday, 1/11. Good service, had reservations but didn't need them. Restaurant still half empty at 7:30. Cost: $50 for 2 pasta dinners, 1 dessert, no wine. Food was excellent, service was fine (very knowledgeable staff), atmosphere ok. Parking was a pain.
Try it once--you'll be back often – You know La Grotta is something special when you see other popular area chefs dining here. Chef Atonio Capece and his staff are marvelous, the food is awesome, and the desserts are the best in town. It's no wonder I look forward to going again and again.
Extremely Poor Service – My wife's parents are coming into town from California for New Year's. We make a dinner reservation for New Year's Eve a full month in advance. Day before New Year's Eve when I call to confirm the reservation, we have no reservation (I was sitting right next to my wife when she made the reservation...we both can't be crazy). We go ahead and make a reservation for a late dinner in case we can't find something else on short notice. Luckily, we get a slot at Hardshell. When I call back to cancel at La Grotta, I ask the gentleman if he'd like to know why I'm cancelling. His response..."No, not really". I plan to spread this 'word of mouth' experience to anyone who will listen.
THE Absolute BEST – anyone who rated Julian's, Pasta Luna and a chain restaurant like Olive Garden ahead of La Grotta doesn't deserve to eat in any Italian restaurant as they don't know what authentic northern italian is.....La Grotta has the atmosphere, the fantastic service (not too mention the great personalities and expertise of the waitstaff) and the FOOD, oh the food and the WINE to outshine these mediocre facsimiles of italian food
Good old fashioned italian food – Still my favorite italian place downtown. Prefer Mama Cuchina's and Chianti in the West End. This is nicer and more romantic though. Food is fresh and flavorful. Service staff is entertaining. Great wine at good prices. Good place for a business lunch as well. Also the best place for lunch downtown. Good service, great food and a business atmosphere for lunch. One of the few places you can get in and out under 1 hour downtown for lunch.
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