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Grotto, Thunder Bay, ON

Grotto

4.4
4.4
130 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Located in downtown Port Arthur, we combine time-honoured recipes with a modern flair.
Set in an elegant, sophisticated atmosphere.

Whether you’re celebrating a milestone, sharing an intimate date night or hosting a corporate event we will provide you with impeccable service, an incredible thoughtfully prepared meal & a wide selection of fine wines.

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2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (807) 767-3537
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Overall

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Food

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Service

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Ambience

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Value

  • Thunder Bay

    Good for groups

  • Thunder Bay

    Healthy

  • Thunder Bay

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Thunder Bay

    Good for special occasions

  • Thunder Bay

    Lively

  • Thunder Bay

    Most Booked

130 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were greeted with warmth when we arrived at Grotto. The atmosphere was busy and friendly. Our service was attentive. We both enjoyed our Polpette and Fried Burrata very much, classics , like all our food choices, which were Baked Chicken Parmigiana and Carbonara Carbonara. Both seconds were delicious, plated beautifully, and perfectly cooked, though could have been hotter. We finished with one shared Cannoli Grotto.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Magician visiting our table was entertaining and fun. Food was warm and very tasty. We had coffee with our desert, that could have been hotter, but it was very tasty also. Overall experience was good and I will go back again

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was very personable and the food was delicious. We went on a Wednesday night and were able to experience Mackinleys Delusions….he was fantastic.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Grotto has got delicious food. Also the staff is super friendly and so as the chef. I would recommend this place if you like Italian food. And if you like chicken and white pasta, must try their Chicken Fettuccine.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    There was 4 of us my first friend had chicken Parmesan and substituted pasta for the risotto loved his dish good size portions my second friend had vegetarian lemon pasta dish and added shrimp also loved her dish good size portions my 3 rd friend had spicy shrimp pasta the pasta was over cooked and mushy good size portion loved the sauce I had the carbonara the pasta was also soft and mushy portion size extremely small when I asked why there was no pasta I was told it is a rich dish left hungry sauce very runny so overall love the atmosphere friendly staff food 3/5

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  6. MarkR

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambience , you can actually have a conversation , service is spot on. Food portions on mains are generous .

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  7. Csue1234

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend this eatery! The courteous staff, superb victuals, and ambience all conducive for such a delightful evening out! And the dinner for two comes highly recommended!

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  8. R10th

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Chose Grotto to celebrate our anniversary and we extremely pleased with everything. I am not a huge caesar salad fan but it was next level! Everything ordered was hot and fresh.

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  9. DavidE

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an awesome restaurant! Service is perfect! The dishes were absolutely delicious! This is a “must go to” restaurant.

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  10. NikF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Marcus, was very attentive and polite, and always knew when to show up with the next course or drink. All our dishes were fantastic, but the salmon main and the cannolis for dessert were particularly memorable!

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  11. Heather

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food, service was excellent. I thought it might have more of a cozy atmosphere (dimmed lights) but still nice.

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  12. Chancesmom1

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my third visit and the best so far! Food was super good. We had the zucchini and eggplant fritti, ceasar salad, risotto, gnocchi and Chicken pa and everything was very good.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, and wife liked the risotto dish. My son and I added the meatballs to our meals, seemed a bit dry. Caesar salad was good as well as the desserts. Will try regular menu another time.

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  14. MarieF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and a quiet atmosphere. Service was attentive! Definitely going back.

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  15. SteveS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely beautiful presentations for all the dishes. Antipasto was very large and well worth the cost. House red and white were decent and reasonably priced. Our mains were stunningly plated, fresh, and very delicious. The desert was the most elegantly plated desert I have seen in the city and was incredible tasting. I also had a latte which was very nice with some hazelnut flavor. Will be back many many more times.

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  16. ShanR

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing experience. We had a wonderful server and the food was amazing! Will be back soon

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  17. TerryH

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My appetizer ravioli was barely warm& our Asiago mashed potatoes were the same. We did tell our server who then brought us hot potatoes, not sure how this could have happened. Our food was very good.

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  18. AndyF

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Didn't get all the items listed on the meal I choose, they missed the asparagus.

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  19. JaredG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience , great food and service ! Will be back

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  20. AllenP

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food wasn’t good. Extremely salty and not edible. Service was ok and design of restaurant was nice. Won’t be back again.

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  21. Tellitlikeitis

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Don’t waste your money! They can’t even make a simple ceasar salad. Food is terrible and overpriced for a “fine” dining restaurant. Would rather spend my money at the Keg or Giorg!

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  22. JasonW

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fast and friendly service, food was amazing. Will be going back again forsure.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and great service! It’s a bit dark in there but otherwise a great place!

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  24. MargaretC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the Melazzzni Fritti. Ho hum on the Lemon Linguini and Carbonara needed more guancale.

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  25. nickname

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food, great service, waitress was amazing !!

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  26. TrishG

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chicken parmigiana was excellent and love that it’s served with risotto rather than pasta! Short rib was very good however it was a small portion and would have loved to have more of it! Shrimp scampi was delicious as was the ravioli appetizer which had an amazing sauce! It could have been cooked a minute longer as it was not quite al denté - delicious flavour made up for that 😊 The service was excellent for a surprisingly busy Tuesday evening!!

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  27. ErinJ

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Serving size for the salmon was very small; therefore, very disappointing. Time to get meal was long. Service was great.

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  28. TraceyB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about the experience was fantastic! We will definitely be back!

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  29. AnnM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was awesome and helpful. Food was delicious , good portions and left you wanting more

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  30. KarynM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice choice on the appetizers. We love the carpaccio. The meatballs were okay but I would prefer if they were made of veal or a beef pork veal combination would be better and you would get a more tender moist meatball imo. The Caesar Salad is very good. The tomato salad not great. Tomatoes should be grilled more to make them sweeter especially during the winter months when access to tasty tomatoes is impossible. I am glad that they have included a fish item on menu. The gnocchi are excellent as is the risotto. A daily pasta special would be a nice idea. The Canolli are exceptional!!! Wow!!

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  31. TrishG

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Chicken Parm in Thunder Bay! My friends enjoyed their salmon and short rib as well. Wine Wednesday was a pleasant surprise with 1/2 price bottles - great deal!!

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  32. DeborahV

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Appetizers were very good (bread and name? platter, Caesar salad was very good, entree's were very good (shrimp scampi ? and Lasagna were very good. Would definitely order again!

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  33. JordanS

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a nice night out but there were some misses and service was very slow.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere, the calamari and ravioli apps were amazing! Dinner was good, but I would try a different dish next time…veal was good. Wine recommendation and desert was also good. I’ll definitely go back.

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  35. KathyW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at The Grotto and it won’t be our last. Amazing food and excellent service. Everything was great!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  36. PaulJ

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, fantastic service. Very nice atmosphere.

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  37. LindseyM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and wine, but even better service!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very enjoyable experience. Great server, excellent food and relaxing atmosphere.

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  39. JustPR

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is wonderful! Always great friendly service. My husband and I have eaten here several times, never a bad entree. Always warm and delicious! It is a quiet and calm surroundings. We will continue to partake of this restaurant in the months to come.

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  40. SeanM

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For the price point, this has become one of our favorite places to escape to for a great date night!

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FAQs

Grotto is rated 4.4 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Grotto

28 Cumberland St N, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4K9

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Thunder Bay
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
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