Our Space

Dino’s Grotto is a reflection of Chef/Owner Dean Gold’s passion for the simple foods he loves when dining at small family owned restaurants off the beaten path in Italy. Food made with ingredients that are responsibly farmed & fished, sustainable & traditional. Foods that reflect a culture, place & time.

Our location is in a historic old row house on 9th Street NW in Shaw featuring brick, tables & bars made from reclaimed 100+-year-old wood, & Edison lights to give us a rustic, homey feel.

Important info: We are a non-accessible restaurant. The dining room is half a flight up from street level and the bar & restrooms half a flight down. We are a tight & noisy restaurant. At Brunch & Weekends, there are no quiet tables!

When you reserve, please let us know if you have little ones or if any in your party has special dietary needs. We are allergy & special diet sensitive, but sesame, garlic, onion, capsaicin, and black pepper allergies are in many dishes and cannot be removed. Parking is very difficult in Shaw, please allow time or consider alternatives to driving: we are very conveniently located to the green/yellow line.

We have photographic displays from local artists {including a display of photos by local at~risk youth enrolled in Critical Exposure which teaches photographic and life skills. }  We do not offer scripted service from servers in uniforms with white table cloths: instead, we want you to feel as if you are dining in our home as guests.  Owners Dean & Kay are often to be found wandering the floor getting int he way of our servers!  Say Hi!

Our meats are humanely raised and mostly local. Fish & Shellfish are sustainable. We support a net work of local farms, coops of family owned farms & local farmer’s markets. We feature craft spirits, house infused spirits, local tap beers, and family owned and small wineries, almost exclusively from Italy.

Come taste the difference our passion makes!


Daily dinner and Sunday brunch reservations are available via OpenTable. Make a reservation today!

Large group dining

Have your Large Group Dining event at the Grotto!

A lot of people love us for hosting larger groups and parties, but please be aware, we do not have any private dining spaces or quiet areas. The Bar area, being much smaller, is actually quieter than the dining room.

Our total capacity is 76 seats. The bar area can accommodate 30 seated, 50 standing.

Our maximum dining room seating arrangement available thru Open Table Reservations is 46 Sunday thru Thursday and generally 10 for Friday and Saturdays. We suggest calling the restaurant if you cannot find what you are looking for on Open Table when it comes to parties of 9 or more. On Friday or Saturday Night, larger parties can be accommodated in the dining room with a minimum that depends on when your party starts/ends. The reservation will need to be guaranteed and a minimum guest count is necessary.

We can accommodate parties from 8 to 16 for special dinners. On Friday and Saturday, this will generally be in the Grotto Bar area at the commuinal table (capacity 12) and the adjacent round table (capacity 4). We can design a menu and drinks to suit your needs. Please call the restaurant for more information.


For larger groups, you can buy out the Grotto; either the Grotto Bar or the entire restaurant. There is no separate rental charge, just the food and beverage minimums. Please note, these amounts are a food and beverage minimum and do not include tax or gratuity.

Dining Room Buyout

You can buy out the entire dining room as follows:
Sunday: $3,000 | Monday-Thursday: $2,500 | Friday: $5,000 | Saturday: $5,500
These amounts are minimum against all your food and beverage purchases including alcohol. Tax and gratuity not included in the minimum.

Dining Room Capacity is 66 maximum

Grotto Bar Buyout

You can buy out the Grotto Bar as follows:
Sunday: $1,250 | Monday-Thursday: $1,000 | Friday: $2,000 | Saturday: $2,500
These amounts are minimum against all your food and beverage purchases including alcohol.  Tax and gratuity not included in the minimum.

Grotto Bar Seated Capacity is 25 ~ Seated/Standing Capacity is 50

Communal Table Reservations

You can reserve the Communal Table as follows:

Sunday thru Thursday $25 per person minimum for 8 or more.

Friday & Saturday, $40 per person for parties that end by 7pm. For parties ending after 7pm the minimum is $60 per person. The communal Table has a capacity of 12 and we can also reserve the adjacent small round table which has a capacity of 4.

Anything beyond 16 at two tables requires a buyout of the bar area.

Please note that we do not offer free corkage in the Grotto Bar.