I went through some old posts on CH and found that there was a lot of love for Grotto but most of it was in the > 1 year mark.
I went recently and found the food to be a mixed bag, the service laughable, and the wine to be stored/served at room temp. It wasn't crazy expensive but the accolades seem far from warranted.
Was this a great place in the past? It was crazy cramped and far from the romantic hideaway reviews make it out to be (but I could see it being that way if it were less crowded, to be fair).
It's not often I go to a place and it's SO far from what I expected (based on Yelp and CH reviews) that I have to assume either a really, really bad night or there's been a serious decline in quality.
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