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Grotto, Thunder Bay, ON

Grotto

4.3
4.3
116 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (807) 767-3537
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 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

116 Reviews
  1. SteveS

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. ShanR

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. TrishG

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. TrishG

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. TerryL

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Best Caesar salad! Lots of food and everything was delicious from chicken Parm, lasagna and fettuccine. Lattes were a little pricy for what you received.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delicious food. Ambience was awesome.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and wine. Presentation of food was nice. No change to set up from last two restaurants in the same space. Magician entertainment going to each table was a plus. Waitress did attempt to charge double the price for the wine but immediately corrected it when alerted to the error.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely. Enjoyed the meal. The food was delicious. My friends enjoyed it as well. Friendly staff.

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  31. KarynM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It is a very comfortable welcoming environment. The menu has selections to appeal to absolutely anyone. The Beef Carpaccio was excellent. Nice to have it on the menu. The gnocchi were delicious and scrumptious. The Cannoli were show stopping! Wow! I only have one suggestion and that would be a fish of the day special.

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  32. bigsal

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    service is great, food was just ok, rather bland . they seem to be trying to create something over the top instead of serving good traditional Italian food.

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  33. DavidE

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We just had an amazing meal at the Grotto. There was not one thing to criticize. Taylor was wonderful. Her service was personable , courteous and highly informative. Loved her. It was a great evening and we will be back sooner than later.

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  34. MarilynC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The chicken Alfredo had very little sauce and had to request for extra. The lasagna was more like a manicotti with no meat on the inside but just in the sauce around the outside. The chicken parmigiana was good and so was the shrimp scampi and Caesar salad.

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  35. SUZANNEQ

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went out to send off our dear friend for the winter. We all loved our meals, the waitress was outstanding and McKinley’s entertainment was fun and amazing!

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  36. Karen

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing ! She was very knowledgable about the menu and offered great suggestions. All dishes were a perfect serving size and delicious . Very romantic, quiet atmosphere perfect for date night .

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  37. Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a disappointing experience. Appetizers were good but our meals were poor. The lobster in the pasta was so over cooked and rubbery. The chicken Parmesan was greasy. There is nothing special about the atmosphere. For the quality of the food, the prices were very high. The service was slow and not very attentive. We will not be returning.

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  38. 1234567

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Servers were attentive and good at describing menu items. Your website stated that there was a dress code of ‘business casual’ which we abided by. I was very disappointed to see next table over 3 individuals in jeans, tshirts and hoodies. Please enforce next time if you want to keep this restaurant classy and people coming back.

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  39. SeanM

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For the price point, the food and service was outstanding!

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  40. trie

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was quite good, bit salty. Service was excellent. The ambiance is not great but it never has been in that space regardless of restaurant. I think it's the lighting and just the general flow of the space. The paintings looked like dollar store last minute purchases to make it look "Italian". We were seated in the bottom portion by the door and it just feels like you're in a hallway. Very pricey for what it is. But what isn't these days. Overall it was good food and service though, so I would go back and recommend it if you don't mind paying a bit more than you want to for pasta in an OK space.

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Grotto is rated 4.3 stars by 116 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Grotto

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

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Thunder Bay
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
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