Grotto - Houston
Grotto - Houston

Grotto - Houston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grottorestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 7136223663x
  • 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
140 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (52)good for groups (50)great for lunch (50)fit for foodies (34)hot spot (27)neighborhood gem (26)romantic (24)vibrant bar scene (22)kid-friendly (21)great for brunch (14)great for outdoor dining (13)notable wine list (13)late-night find (9)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time impression
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It is a friendly place. We all like the soup and salads here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never coming back
    houston
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I didn't like it at all it is the rip off in food and prize also I didn't like the way you organize the happy hours only on the some specific small table , never coming back to this restaurant or recommend anyone
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  • Customer Service?
    Houstonwehavelanded
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Ordered wine for a specific year, didn't have and didn't tell presenting the bottle for another year. Manager had no customer service orientation when pressed for an explanation, younger wine same price, too bad. Next selection didn't have the year. 2008 was a good year vs 2006 for wine, really? no explanation on price being the same,chianti 2006 versus 2008. If you list years then have the wine or a strategy to deal with it. Finished the appetizer server asked us if we wanted coffee and started to remove tableware before we had even had the main course served because she thought we were finished. Chicken overcooked; pasta advertised as rigatoni was penne. Point card that was $ for $ gave 79 for $268 b4 tip. Better choices in Houston
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  • Consistently good....
    BacchusBud
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Grotto has been a 'go-to' for us for years. Food is consistently very good, and if there ever is a reason not to like something, they will handle it well. Don't expect quiet and cozy, it's tight-tabled and lively. The outside seating is cozy as well, but next to a parking lot and Westheimer - enough said. But, if you want a great lunch, easy dinner or an anytime snack, their menu is diverse and all very tasty. Even their pizzas are excellent, as are some 'standards' like spaghetti bolognese. But go for some of the special items and the menu, and you won't be disappointed. Wine list is reasonably diverse, but the best bottles are often picked over (meaning, gone!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grotto/Westheimer - GREAT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was outstanding, surpassed only by outstanding service! Bartenders make great drinks! Miguel Rosas was our waiter and was terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't be back...
    Becky
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went there last Friday (8/8/14) and had 6 in my party. Granted it was during Restaurant Weeks, but the service was probably the worst I've ever had. I had to beg for menus, practically trip someone passing our table to take drink orders and then round him up again for our dinner orders. The food was over-cooked & not hot, presentation was not at its best and the noise level was insane. Our friends really like this place and go often, but my husband and I will not be back for dinner. Perhaps sometime for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • seating too crowded
    BJMC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    tables are too close together, can't even walk down the aisle without bumping into chairs. Too loud for conversation and sitting too close to next table for any privacy. Also we had reservations but had to wait for our table.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really like this place!
    TXDCBevo
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is one of the places you can't go wrong. It is nicer than many chains, it has great service, good food, good portions, not too stuffy but yet elegant enough to where you feel good! I love this place and La Griglia. I have never had a bad experience and I can go back anytime. That is a good sign of consistency.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food; service not so much
    MRLN
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was excellent but where we sat was very noisy and we wanted to have a romantic dinner and with the waiter coming and going and filling our wine glasses every time we took a sip; the waiters hanging out around our table and chatting in spanish which I understand and they were not saying nice things; the hostess kept scolding the bus boys; it was difficult to carry a conversation; the ceiling made it echo weird so that I heard exactly what the host was whining about to the service staff from where I was sitting. Too bad the service could ruin the excellent food and wine choices they have here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Fantastic food, fantastic service. One of the best meals I have ever had. We are going back soon again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient fun dining
    Houfoodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great spot for a quick business lunch or meeting a good friend. Food consistently good and good service too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    diningforfun
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday at the Grotto for three basic reasons. His favorite foods are: Wine, Seafood and Pasta. We were able to satisfy all three of his culinary cravings extremely well at the Grotto. We had a party of four and each of us ordered a different entrée, but everything from the pre-dinner bread to the exquisite desserts was exceptionally well prepared. Our waiter was attentive to our needs and the service, while a little slow, was overall very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ufnforgetable
    WalkingK
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Took a very special friend who I had not seen in several years. We both truly loved our experience at Grotto's. Will recommend to all our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and confortable place
    SlashVzla
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent food, nice place and good service. The pasta is real good and fresh made. We order some excellent deserts and Italian espresso coffee is good too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grotto
    TimmyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Attentive and knowledgeable service plus innovative dishes makes Grotto a Galleria area favorite of mine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappointed
    Kelli
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Have been eating here for 15 years. NEVER disappointed. Great staff, food, ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grotto does Not fake the funk
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Good food along with excellent service (Marco). He was very caring and concerned that everything was just right.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place to eat in Houston
    DasAuto
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great place to eat in Houston and conveniently located in the Galleria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food, atmosphere could be better, it's more a casual family setting than a romantic dinner type place. If you are sensitive to ambient noise, this place may bother you. The room wasn't full but the noise was pretty loud. I had to raise my voice to talk to my date. I had one of the sausage pasta dishes, and it was wonderful.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    NormVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always a great meal anmd the waiters really take great care of you in every detail.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    WildBillVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have eaten at Grotto 5-6 times, mostly at this location and have never been disappointed. The Antipasti bar is always great, although we passed in favor of dessert this time. They have a good wine list with many options under $50 and the service was attentive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So so.
    MarkCVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Live near the Galleria and I'm in Galveston often. The Grotto in Galveston is far better than the Galleria location.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    jjurassic210bc
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I took my entire department to this place and everyone absolutely loved it! The service was top notch. I highly recommend Alfredo as your waiter. He's one of the best I've ever seen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.