BISTECCA – An Italian Steakhouse (formerly The Grotto)
BISTECCA – An Italian Steakhouse (formerly The Grotto)

BISTECCA – An Italian Steakhouse (formerly The Grotto)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bisteccasteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 9723180515
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Morris Salerno
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
  • Catering: Executive Chef Morris Salerno will customize a catering menu to fit any need....from a few people to thousands!
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Private Dining Room is perfect for Rehearsal Dinners, Company Gatherings, Birthday Celebrations or any Holiday Event!
  • Private Party Contact: Stacey Mahieu 9723180515

Getting there

  • Cross Street: FM 407
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from BISTECCA – An Italian Steakhouse (formerly The Grotto)
Welcome to BISTECCA - An Italian Steakhouse! Prepare for some of the finest dining and elegant atmosphere that you have ever experienced. You can expect an upscale adventure in New American Cuisine. Our Executive Chef, Morris Salerno welcomes you to enjoy a culinary experience. Enjoy!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
BISTECCA – An Italian Steakhouse (formerly The Grotto) reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)romantic (72)neighborhood gem (68)fit for foodies (50)notable wine list (44)good for groups (31)great for outdoor dining (20)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (9)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 2nd visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After 2 visits I confirmed how much I liked this place. A few weeks ago we celebrated our moms 77th BD. The owner asked how our meal was and when we said great but were looking at desert for grandma he took our 12 yr old nephew to the kitchen to whip up something special for his grandma. Great touch - + great specialty prepared meals. One of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knocks it out of the park, again!
    RagsVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Bistecca has morphed into THE place to go for that special occasion. The food was superb, as was the wait staff. The manager remembered our name as we walked in(we were there last week!), we were seated promptly and the goodness began. We started with the Sicilian oysters. Had not tried those before, but will definitely have them again! Excellently grilled on the half shell with great seasonings, but not so much as to drown out the oyster. Wife had the filet and it was a thing to behold. Perfectly cooked her way and large enough to take some home! My filet and crab was a great mix of flavors blended nicely. Serving sizes are not the huge ones you get some places, but that's OK with us. Highly recommend this restaurant to all foodies. Bella!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Scrapper
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went to Bistecca for our anniversary dinner. The food was fabulous! The cheesecake (although very small) was the best I have ever had! I ordered the pork tbone and it was delicious! My husbands steak was good but he thought it lacked a little flavor. Overall a great experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    TedM
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely meal at Bistecca on 8/21/2014. Perfect service, perfect food. Our steaks were perfection. The staff was so kind and attentive to my 93 year old mother on her birthday. We love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blown Away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We came to Bistecca to celebrate our wedding anniversary. What an experience we had!!!! From the amazing food of Chef Salerno, to the fine wine selection of the Sommelier and General Manager, Bryan and the attentive service of Christian, our night was more than memorable. The food is classic and innovative. We loved the crabaccino!!!! So creative and tasty. The entire dining experience was top notch!!! Thank you to Chef and his staff for making our night so special!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well prepared food mediocre service
    LAWRENCE
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was well prepared but the service was mediocre. Waiter was intrusive, busboy shook our hands to welcome us.Do not sit facing the door before sunset as you will be blindd. Very noisy, almost like a crowded bar.Salmon , ordered medium rare , came out well done. None of the staff was experienced enough or were not adequately trained for fine dining. Felt like going into an Olive Garden. Will not be back .There are better places with more value and better treatment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner
    sueherd
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Experience was above average. Food and food presentation was great. Only item of concern was the noise level, we were in a table near the kitchen and that was a bit distracting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUTSTANDING
    Meatlover
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Long time customers and friends, this is our first visit to the new Bistecca. What a great experience. Great new decor and improved wine list. Food was excellent. Then we watched the Hungry Investors show. It really made our visit more meaningful, knowing what they went through. Applause!!! Great team work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drive across town for this gem
    Happycampers4food
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have been hearing about this place for years from people I knew that really appreciated amazing food and they were right, the levels that the entire staff take to make it an UNBELIEVABLE expirence are unmatched at any of the finest places to dine in the metroplex. My wife and I have been in the service industry for years and when we brought our daughter they not only went out of their way to please us all but took her into the kitchen to make Desert that they bought I might add. What a touch, thank you Chef and staff for giving us a new favorite place for every occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining in the suburbs!
    HappyDiners
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We set a reservation through the website at the last minute, and we were seated by Morris himself as soon as we came in. Every aspect of our dining experience was pleasant and professional as well as delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better then Bobs for much less
    GreatGrotto
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Morris Salerno takes as much pride in cooking for you as he does for Presidents. I have dined in many of the top rated restaurants in the country and I'd put The Grotto up against any of them. Food is always consistently excellent and value is good. You'd never expect to find this quality of a restaurant in your own neighborhood. Five stars from me!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very good from the start...
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excited to try Bistecca. Didn't start well. We were ignored at the hostess desk the chef talking to the manager and hostess. This was resteraunt week so we went with the specials along with the wine pairing, $65 per person. We received our first course without our wine and had to ask for it. Our waitress said she had three tables but she definetly took care of the others better as they ordered off the regular menu. Never received explanation of wines when poured, or even new glasses between pours, juices from entree were dumped accidentally on the table by waitress and she didn't even bother to try and clean up and joked about it. Our portions were way smaller then the regular menu items. Not a way to gain repeat business.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week 1
    Maxwellhouse
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We did not know of this restaurant before Restaurant Week. It is definitley one to put on the list for special occasions. We went with the special menu and eventhough our entrees were a little small, they were delicious. My husband and I had a three course meal with a special dessert which was huge so all in all we were satisfied. I highly recommend the Sea Bass. The tap water and ice had an old taste, not good if you dont want to pay for your water. The service was excellent and professional and Master Chef Morris apparently makes several appearances throughout the evening, which is always a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    dspured
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We hadn't been to this restaurant since it was revived and had the name change. We felt that it was getting old and tired. Since the redo we had talked about going and checking it out and we are glad that we did. It was well organized and the menu has been updated and offers many different items. My wife had the sea bass and I had the rib-eye, both were cooked perfectly and the sides were well thought out and added to the dish. We both had salads and they were perfect. Carmen, our server, talked us into the desert and we had the white cheesecake and the chocolate mouse items. Couldn't be happier with them. The food was the star but the service was just right, thank you for being knowledgeable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising find in highland village
    foodnut
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great service. Good ambience. Not too crowded. We were there pretty early, so it may get busy later on. It doesn't really have the feel of a steakhouse, though. Maybe that is a future direction? It feels more rustic French than Italian. The veal was fantastic. Sauces were excellent. The risotto was too dry and sticky to call risotto. I had a lamb tenderloin wrapped in sweetbreads. It was enjoyable, but the lamb was overdone. The service made up for any shortcomings in the food. Our waitress really seemed to enjoy our company which is a nice change.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week review
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    went for restaurant week and were very disappointed in service and food. We choose the menu w/ wine pairing and our first course was completed before the wine pairing arrived. Then we rec'd our second pairing and a new wine glass was given only if you were going from White to Red waitress -it’s all the same! same glass for all 4. Wine was poured w no name given etc. The special menu portions were so small compared to others around us and didn't scream Italian Steakhouse at all. If u are going to do smaller portion use smaller plates, food was lost and the portions were so small I couldn't really get the flavors. Rec'd an email from Open table that we were a no show. Visited Grotto 10 yrs ago, gave it another to try, yep won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yogamary
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Loved the entire experience beginning with the grapefruit/basil martini to the"Mo's Chocolate Destruction Cheesecake". The presentation and flavor of the sea bass and lamb were outstanding. The service staff was attentive but not intrusive. A true gem in Highland Village.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oi812
    BisteccasNumero1Fan
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Best service and food in the DFW area! BISTECCA outperforms all others in choice of foods and wines during Restaurant Week!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    herrbarbie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a superb dinner. The steaks were amazing. And the white chocolate souffle was to die for. The wait staff were attentive, friendly and very accommodating to all of our requests, even before we made them. I like the new look of the restaurant. I can't wait for my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classey Neighborhood Perfection
    cindydm01
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    What a fabulous local place. We went for restaurant week last night but have also been before. The food is sooo good and the service outstanding! Upscale with neighborhood feel... Perfect! get the bomb for desert it will blow your mind
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    GreyHares
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was great, the chef stopped by to say hello, and the wine list offered a nice range of prices without being overwhelmingly long. The dessert was fantastic. Such a great little restaurant, we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistecca-best service&cuisineinDFW
    BisteccasNumero1Fan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Best in DFW for meeting friends and family to share a meal together or to have a business dinner. Staff is always courteous and provides what you need before you ask. Chef is always on the scene and always checks with every diner to insure the best has been provided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!!
    Lloyd2155
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My daughter had a craving for king crab legs for her birthday. Bistecca did not disappoint! The portions were large and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and service was excellent. Morris, the owner and chef came out to meet my wife and I during the meal. This was really great because we had watched him on the "Hungry Investor" and weere celebrating our wedding anniversary. Did i day the food was great?The food was great. Boyd
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistecca is one of the BEST
    Gretch
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by another chef in the area. A group of 11 --each and every meal was outstanding. Fantastic service from start to finish. Menu is limited but still a good selection of tastes and interests. Wine list excellent. Really enjoyed the night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Lizpdfb
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was amazing. I could not find one thing to criticize about our dishes. It took about 10 minutes for our server to greet us and take our drink order. It took a while to get our food.It was a tad slower than fine dining pace. We ordered one soufflé after being told it was peppermint. The server came back and said she was wrong, it was cinnamon. We don't love cinnamon, so we changed it to white chocolate.When dessert was served, it was cinnamon. She forgot to change it or the kitchen missed the change. We didn't complain since a new soufflé would take too long. Our server was very sweet and competent. I just think they have some service kinks to work out, now that the restaurant is busier than it used to be. We will be back though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing 18th Anniversary
    VufromtheDugout
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Halibut & Filet were perfectly done. Staff was knowledgeable about everything. I can't imagine you can go wrong with anything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I have dined here on numerous occasions for years. The consistently PERFECT dishes keep us coming. Every visit puts us both in awe of the taste of the food. I tried a steak with crab this last time. Again it was awesome. Chef Morris is our favorite. Of course, a kiss from the chef is always a treat!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful birthday experience
    localgal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were two couples celebrating the birthdays of our husbands. First visit and it was a wonderful experience. Dinner was excellent. Service was outstanding. Two of us had the sea bass, one had a veal entre, and one had a pasta (w/o chicken). The only negative I would have is that there are no selections for a vegetarian...unless something gets altered. Our waitress took our pictures after dinner. She also served us complementary desserts to celebrate the birthdays...very nice touch. Thank you for a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner!
    ChattyGirl
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband I went to Bistecca with another couple and it was fabulous! The service was top notch and the food was some of the best I've had! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cruisin49
    cruisin49
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Lovely birthday dinner, they take reservations. The presentation was spectacular and food was delicious. My wife had the tenderloin with crab, (manager's suggestion) I had sea bass and we were both impressed. The salad was beautifully constructed. The staff was attentive and professional. The manager and chef came by to say hello and make sure we were happy. We will dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We have been eating here for years, but this time was very disappointing. The quality of the food was poor. That was the opinion for all six of us. We had seen the TV show about the new investors and were excited to eat there again, but the experience was not what we had expected!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT STEAK!
    vwiniger
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The steak was GREAT! The brown sauce on top was a little salty but pushed it aside & the steak was still TERRIFIC!! Spinach salad was a great addition -- will definitely have this again! The baby veggies were a bit overcooked but still tasted ok. The strawberry pie was like non other I've ever had -- worth a try!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    One of the best restaurants in the area. Nice atmosphere, great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • mrjack
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We are never disappointed at Bistecca! The service, food and ambience are always outstanding. We love Chef Morris Salerno!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chris
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food. Would have given service 5 stars if we wouldn't have had to wait 10 minutes after being seated for our waitress to come over and introduce herself/give us our menus. Ambience rated at 3 stars b/c the décor is a bit outdated. Overall though, the food has never disappointed and will be back in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great...
    David
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Overall, the food was good but only the dessert really stood out as outstanding. The wine list is small for a high-end steakhouse, though they do offer a unique wine "flight" if you are so inclined. I had the Cioppino which was a good, but a bit... more bland than I expected. My wife had the Osso Buca (lamb) which was tender, but again did not stand out in any way. The creamy polenta served with it was very good, however. I've been told that the Osso Buca was actually removed when the "Hungry Investors" came through, but was re-instated after they left. Overall, I believe there are better steakhouses in DFW for around the same price with much better ambiance. Nothing I can really complain about, but it just didn't stand out...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Baden
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Numerous times we have decided to have a special event at Bistecca and we have never been disappointed. Chef Morris and team have a fantastic who make the meal an experience to remember. The food was fantastic and the server was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place.
    DavesReviews
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Staff were super - all the way from the hostesses to the wait staff to the chef. Great customer focus - very accommodating. This was my first visit and we were just in the mood for appetizers and drinks, but everything was great. Nice outside patio. Relaxed in the bar afterward, and same great service. Ambience was reminiscent of northeast style family-owned atmosphere . . . cozy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice anniversary dinner
    neighborhooddining
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We celebrated our 42nd anniversary at Bistecca and it was very nice . The food was very good. The ambience was good, the staff friendly. It was a bit noisy, though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.