Grotto - Houston
Grotto - Houston

Grotto - Houston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grottorestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (713) 622-3663
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Sunday - Monday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Dinner menu available all day
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ricky Cruz
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 610
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet and Self Parking available.
A word from Grotto - Houston
Inspired by classic Southern Italian cooking, Grotto features delicious veal, chicken, seafood and house made pastas – the signature Osso Bucco is not to be missed! The breath-taking décor features spectacular hand-blown glass chandeliers, whimsical murals and custom-made polished iron scrollwork. Wine connoisseurs will be impressed with the extensive collection of Italian and domestic selections. With our winning combination of impeccable service, superb cuisine and passion for detail, Grotto is the perfect location for Italian dining.
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Grotto - Houston reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (59)great for lunch (51)special occasion (44)fit for foodies (42)neighborhood gem (37)romantic (26)hot spot (24)great for outdoor dining (20)vibrant bar scene (19)great for brunch (18)notable wine list (17)kid-friendly (15)late-night find (11)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Really great restaurant
    Cberg17
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Really really nice restaurant, food was excellent, waiter was awesome, just an exceptional place on all aspects! Really recommend! Very convenient being across the street from The Derek where we were staying!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grotto
    Mezzanotte
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Grotto has amazing customer service. We arrived early with a group of 6 and were immediately shown to a table. I was unsure of what wine to select - a wine specialist appeared and assisted me and provided a sample in order to make a good choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    MemeVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    It was a great place management was great as was food and staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Food was excellent, and we had a moderately quiet table against a wall. Service was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mid-range
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A little pricey and small portions in food but good aver all experience for a chain resturant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was great but we felt like we were being rush so the table could be turned guickly
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to eat and meet
    GoodPlace2Eat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I decided to meet friends at Grottos for dinner and it all worked out very well. The service is good, food is good and ambiance is fine. Lobster bisque tastes great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific!
    KLam
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We dined at Grotto this past Saturday night. Our server, Celerino (hope I have that correct) was absolutely wonderful! Grotto is so lucky to have him as part of their team. He was energetic, friendly, and knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. I am also glad that Grotto has off the menu "specials". I usually try one of the specials because they are SO GOOD! I had a salmon, crab and spinach special that was absolutely delicious. The best salmon I have ever had. Cooked perfectly! We had wonderful service; water repoured, knives replaced, plates cleared, and food was delivered in a timely manner. Desserts were delicious! I always enjoy going to Grotto. Although it can be a bit loud, the food, service and ambiance win out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    LIZZYVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I really emnjoyed the eggs benedict. Delicious. I would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grotto's Great Again!
    VicDVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The combination of Grotto's great food and best-in-the-business service always adds up to an enjoyable evening! Excellent core group of ine waiters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite Restaurant in Houston
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I always have great service & incredible food at Grotto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio
    Mseyebrows
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    What a great long lunch on the patio. My clients loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong with Grotto!
    Pickypalate
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I lived near Grotto for over 10 years and had never been. So glad I finally went! I love the ambience, food, service and location. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Love this place! I was so upset when they closed the one in Dallas!!! It is the perfect place to take people for a special occasion, out of towners, or just to spoil yourself. We recently took a group of friends some had lived in Spain for years and they loved it! It reminded them of home they said. We had the antipasta bar for starters with a wonderful wine, I always love the wine here. And everyone got something different pasta, fish, pizza.. This is the only place I really must order pasta because it melts in your mouth. It was all enjoyed very much! In fact so much that while we were still eating we discussed going to their happy hour during the wk while we are still in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciousness
    CarefulConsumer
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We stopped by Grotto to check out their private event space and stayed for dinner. Everything from the bread to the salad to the pasta to the wine was delicious. I'm vegetarian so I had the ravioli, and after adding just a bit of fresh black pepper, the dish was perfect. I would definitely recommend dining here. Also, the service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Place to Dine
    ccoole
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The ambiance of the interior is lovely - perfect martinis - good food and great service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodating
    QueenB
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The waiters were excellent. What I appreciated most that for our table of 6 women, the waiter was able to ask for alterations in food prep. Specifically, grilled, less oil, no garlic, etc. My pasta with grilled vegetables and small amount of oil was delicious. One of my friends asked for dry-grilled fish and vegetables, which was prepared perfectly. Good ambiance and good food!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MY Fav!
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Grotto is my favorite restuarant in Houston! Food, service are excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good social gathering spot
    Pur31talianVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant has a nice open atmosphere where groups of two, four or more can gather and enjoy the energy of the restaurant. The food is good and there is somehting on the menu for everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday!
    Bbeni93
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It was our first time coming to Grotto, we went for brunch for my dad's birthday and it was a blast! Our server Alfredo was amazing! He delivered perfect service and made us laugh the entire time! The food was DELICIOUS! And the ambiance was great :) I loved it and my dad had a great time for his birthday! We WILL be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent food and service. Prices are reasonable for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be good
    Pablo
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Grotto used to be a nice mid-range restaurant under the Vallones. It is decidedly average to poor now. The pastas particularly were dreadful. My wife had to send back her angel hair pasta as the angels had apparently been overcoked into a stodgy mess. The lasagne was barely better. As for my out of town guests they were too polite to comment. Definitely a no-no until I hear a good report again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive Neighborhood Gem
    OfftheBeatenPathVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have been in Houston for a mix of business and pleasure and have been trying out the restaurants around town. This one exceeded our expectations in every way. The server knew her stuff, the pace was great (we hate being rushed) and the wine menu was quite extensive. We were pleased with everything we ate and found the seafood here to be better then any other restaurant we have tried so far in Houston. We loved how they get your wine selection completed and served to you before they give you the food menu. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to others and return when in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great mid-priced place to eat
    hungryeater
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have eaten here several times and the food is always excellent. Service is very good. I would suggest making reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    DonW
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had not been to Grotto in a long time, probably before it became part of the Landry's chain. That merger didn't help it. The mussels were overcooked with several that didn't open, the salads were short on dressing, the waiter was not quite with it (offered our coffee and dessert before we got our main course), the main courses were uninspired. We joined the Landry's select club to enjoy some discounts, but we're having a hard time finding member restaurants worth the savings.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely
    Bob77706
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    very good food and service priced just right will be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Certainly not what expected from the reviews. Waiter more interested in pushing a bottle of wine than getting us the wine list and actually menus so we could decide what to order. They make a big deal of their antipasti table-very mixed. The stuffed artichoke and stacked eggplant good but the seafood salad fair at best-hard rubbery calamari. The individual pizza was good and some enjoyed their main courses but my snapper was poor-dry and over cooked, left most of it. One way not to overeat when out with a group. Chose it because in the Gallaria area but there are better choices I learned of later
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Houstondiner
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Always a good experience when we come eat here. This is a great spot for a casual weekend dinner or a special occasion event.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tired Grotto
    DLEqui
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First visit in over a year - but again found Grotto to be a bit tired. The food was reliably good, but not overly remarkable. My salad was very tasty, with a dressing that complemented and did not overpower the greens. Our seafood linguine was also perfectly done. What is disappointing is the service and ambience. Service has definitely declined since our last visit, and is not as professional as we remembered. Noise continues to be the problem with this venue.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience during HRW
    Dcap
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    A little too loud/crowded for me on a Sunday night, but the meal was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    goodtaste
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I absolutely love this restaurant. This was my second time dinning there and again everything was up to standards as I expected. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasted half hour
    Ken1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had an Open Table reservation for 4 at 7 PM in my name. When my wife and I arrived I gave the hostess my name and told her we were a reservation for 4. I asked if the other guests had arrived and was told they hadn't. We were seated. After 30 minutes I texted the other couple to ask what happened that they were already 30 minutes late and they told me they had been at Grotto for 30 minutes and were already seated. When they arrived they gave the hostess my name and asked if I had arrived and were told we hadn't. So there we were, sitting at different tables for 30 minutes. I asked to speak to the manager and his reply was he'd give us one complimentary appetizer to split (there we 4 guests). Open Table doesn't work at Grotto.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal, as always
    RandSDineAlotVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is our go to restaurant for a great Italian meal. The service is friendly and attentive. The food is outstanding. We are regulars and will continue dining at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Festive
    PortofinoVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    On a Friday night the bar and restaurant were full, festive, and busy. Our table was ready 15 minutes late, but a cocktail timed it just about right. The wait staff guided us well to what was fresh, and also with the wine. Skip the caprese. Too salty and too little vinegrette. The pear salad was much better. The sea bass wrapped in prescutto was super. Don't skip the gelato.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a surprise find
    suraj
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have seen the Grotto during many drive bys going to other restaurants or nearby businesses. It was defintiely not on my mind as I was trying to find a lunch spot near the Galleria. However the Google search of restaureants near the Galleria came up with Grotto as one of the prominent hits. Since I have not been there earlier I decided to give it a try. It was defintley worth the while. Firstly it was very spacious and had very good, upscale ambiance for a strip mall establishment. Adding to the pleasant surprise was the service and food. It was very well presented, every dish very tasty, with the waiters ever mindful of our needs. Based on the experience, Grotto will defintiely figure prominently on my list of goto's for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The farwell salad was excellent. However the Pollo Arrosoto was coated in so much salt that it killed all other flavors. The spinach was obviously frozen and bitter. Waiter was inattentive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time around
    Bobbo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was my second time at the Grotto and the food and service both times was excellent. Plan on going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HRW
    Sue4dessert
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Meals prepared beautifully; fish was perfectly cooked; chicken was great; desserts were delicious-great value, too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • def not for kids. not romantic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Did not understand the whole "cheese bar" thing. Didn't see anyone using it - just weird.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    Vicreaux
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good food for a good cause. We had the shrimp pasta and it was very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.