Grotto - The Woodlands
Grotto - The Woodlands

Grotto - The Woodlands

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grottorestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 2814194252x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am- 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francisco Juarez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Custom events are available and include full service and bartenders upon request. Plating, silverware and specialty items are also available for rent. For more information, please contact us directly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Robins Dr
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self parking is available in the lot behind our restaurant. Valet parking is also available.
A word from Grotto - The Woodlands
Inspired by classic Southern Italian cooking, Grotto features delicious veal, chicken, seafood and house made pastas.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Grotto - The Woodlands reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (40)neighborhood gem (36)fit for foodies (30)good for groups (30)great for lunch (28)romantic (25)notable wine list (19)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (13)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (8)great for outdoor dining (8)Show More
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Best Italian food in Houston! The pizza I had was to die for and the waitstaff were so attentive and polite... I never had this experience at any restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I scheduled a lunch meeting. The service was wonderful, and the food was fabulous. The noisy level was a bit loud for a group conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have been here many times but this was the first time sitting on the patio. My recommendation, don't sit on the patio because all their employees that smoke go in and out of the gate. Some of them light up before even being out of sight. Therefore, you can smell the smoke. Some of them even have colorful language when talking about other customers. I don't think I will be going back to this particular location.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beginning of vacation. .
    HappyHour1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We seldom have a day together but this Saturday we started a week of vacation and decided to try brunch. It was a wonderful decision. Your brunch menu is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Quality
    WoodlanderVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I usually come for the antipasti bar that never disappoints. Our server was attentive and created lovely presentations of food from the selections. The hostess seated us where I requested -- without the looks that some hostesses give you. She was warm and welcoming. We tasted meatballs, sausage and peppers, fried cauliflower and other traditional Italian foods. Since my husband is Sicilian and I am the ItAluan cook, taught by his mother, we have high standards that Grotto meets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific dining experience!
    Appreciative
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From the valet to the hostess, to the management...to the fantastic operatic bartender, not to mention the AmAzInG waiter ("D")...we truly enjoyed not only the food but also the incredibly attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The key to dining at the Grotto is consistency. Everything is at the highest level - service, food quality and presentation, ambience - all combine to make every experience a memorable one. We put it in our top five in the Woodlands for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place
    rwpaupore
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    good food, good service, nice facility. very authentic feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dining experience
    AmateurFoodCriticVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Grotto is a regular food source when we're in the Woodlands. Always pleasing and tasty. Great food, atmosphere and crew!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our waitress was delightful and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Huntsam
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I ate here for our first anniversary. It was our first time to eat at Grotto and it did not disappoint. With a formal-yet-casual atmosphere it is suitable for many occasions. We were dressed nicely and felt like we fit in well between other formal groups as well as more casual groups. The food was excellent and service was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When in the Woodlands
    AmateurFoodCriticVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We always go to The Grotto before a concert at the Pavilion but it's a great place to go anytime. Great food and crew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK, not outstanding
    SophieMom2
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I drove from League City to met a friend for a celebration of her birthday. The Tomato Basil Soup was good; however, my Italian Chopped Salad was not what I expected. The "prosciutto" seemed more like chewy, regular ham to me and the salad was dressed with a salty dressing that was strangely lacking in other flavors. Our waitress was well trained and did a good job. With the aforementioned, we enjoyed our visit but I will probably not choose this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table Saved the Day
    Heather
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our last minute reservation on open table was a life saver! We had a party of 8 for my daughter's birthday celebration and I was able to make a quick reservation. Food and service were superb. Manager checked on us several times and waiter offered to take a picture of the whole group. One of our favorites and will continue to be! Thanks for making her day special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as always!
    nicb1227
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We came here once for Valentine's Day, and so we had a special menu, well, this time, we got to choose from the complete menu, and it all looked too good to just pick one. :) LOVE that the portion sizes are good, not too big, not too small.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday night at Grotto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service was attentive without being overbearing. Food was served well within a reason able time particularly given how busy they were. The place is a little noisy for my taste but I did not find it to be unbearable. overall a nice vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Firefox
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything from our table being ready on time to the quality and taste of the food were excellent. I highly recommend Grotto, and get dessert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Haileybop
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Consistently good food. Excellent service. A little too loud at dinner and tables a little close together!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!
    jkfirefighter
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I had the chicken Marsala and it was the best I have ever had!!! This is not my Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very friendly
    bythewindow
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Grotto is always reliable for good food, good service, friendly staff, and Italian ambience. Fish dishes are delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch at it's finest
    2dine4
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a party of 4 and were delighted to find a brunch menu. The Eggs Benedict were a culinary experience. While others with me had a Bloody Mary I chose the Prosecco. It was delicately light and enjoyable but I should have selected the Bloody Mary! Everyone else was enjoying it so much. Our waiter Zach was phenomenal. Very knowledgeable and helpful with selections. A wonderful Sunday Brunch. A bit on the pricey side for Brunch but great for a special occasion. I would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great business lunch
    Houkahn
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Grotto is ideal for a business lunch. The waitstaff is excellent, a varied menu, good is fresh and of quality and you can hear each other. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels and clams
    LikeItalianFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Love the mussels, especially Mussels Marechiaro and Linguine Pescatore with mussels and clams. I went to the same restaurant twice over the same weekend, ordered the same food and it has been great. Very kids friendly. My kids were picky on the pizza (too much cheese or too little cheese). In all case, the restaurant staffs were helpful and friendly and thoughtful. Highly recommended. Did not get a chance to the try its wine selection.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not impressed
    doogie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Place was very noisy and crowded with the service a little slow. The price was a little high for the quality of the food. The shrimp that were used in our meals were not fresh [had been frozen] with little taste. Maybe a meat dish would be better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service was perfect
    Flann
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    My wife and I went for our anniversary, the food was absolutely perfect and the service couldn't have been better. The waiter found out that my wife had certain food allergies, and he was very thoughtful of that and brought her a sampler plate of a few apps for her to try. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dining experience
    AmateurFoodCriticVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Grotto has been a great experience every time. We went before the concert. The service was prompt and the food was great. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good Service and Food
    ForaginghoustonVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I can always rely on Grotto for impeccable service and food; whether it is the Galleria location or the one in the Woodlands. We wanted a decent dinner before a concert in the Woodlands and Grotto was the perfect choice for a nice meal that allowed us to get in and out in a relatively short amount of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ENJOYDINEVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Valet parking availability is an assett. Great Food and Great service continue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grotto For Dinner
    IlikeGreatFood
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Eh, Nothing to write home about. Typical Chain type food. No better / worse than Olive Garden.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service
    Vettegirl400
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Service, atmosphere and food were wonderful. Quiet enough to carry on a conversation with my guest.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All time favorite!
    mcd4food
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The Grotto is a favorite of ours since we discovered it 3 years ago. The service is always outstanding, my husband has special dietary needs and they will always go the extra mile to accommodate him. We recently celebrated his 50th birthday and again we were not disappointed with the food or the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional service
    Virgo786
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Waiter went out their way to provide outstanding service. Food was delicious! Will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Suz98
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Joey was our waitress and new but she was great! So cute and a great waitress! We will definitely ask for her again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Sunlover17
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Dined here on a Friday night about 8:15 pm for my husbands birthday, place was totally packed, we were dressed nicer than people around us (most had shorts & golf shirts typical summer dress code in woodlands) however our waiter was great, food was FANTASTIC, we had one if the night specials filet mignon with lump crab meat with a Gorgonzola cream sauce, highly recommend! Can't say enough about delicious food! We will be back and next time I'll wear my nice shorts :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miranda
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was very good and so was the service. However, we spent my husband's birthday dinner with no real conversation due to the noise. I couldn't hear the other 3 people at my table at all. We could barely hear the waiter. After much frustration we just quit trying to talk to each other, finished our food and left. I won't go back anytime soon - at least not for dinner. Maybe lunch is better?? What could have been a very lovely experience was ruined by the noise level. I might as well have been there by myself.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the Price.
    finewinepleaseVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Grotto's consistently is better than the average Italian restaurant. Delicious pasta and seafood and great atmosphere. The bread is delicious and location is perfect, wish they had another location on the north side of town. Service is attentive and love the big round tables they have for a group of 6. Glad they are now a part of open table reservations, makes reserving with them easier.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be better
    JustCallMeJersey
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had been to Grotto many times over the past few years, but noticed quality and service were slipping. The food had cheap substitutions in dishes that were once great (small, poor quality seafood now being used), and the service left a lot to be desired. We also had the "pleasure" of facing the kitchen while we ate... and watching a cook take care of some "nasal issues" and then immediately return to the line without so much as washing his hands. Needless to say, we gave the restaurant one final chance, but we won't be returning. It's a shame, as we always enjoyed dining here in the past.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisey and busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    While the waiter and service was excellent, the noise level, frenetic pace of staff, and busy restaurant was not relaxing for dinner and conversation. Personally, I like a quiet and calm place to eat dinner, relax and unwind. This may be a great place for lunch, but trying to hear above all of the noise, was just to much for me. Food was nothing special, but it was hot when it was served.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    Doug
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Service was awful. Our drink order took 40 minutes to complete. One person got the wrong drink and had to return it. One couple never got their salad while 3 other people received theirs. At least one entree order came with the wrong sides. Food was average. Closing out our tab took at least 30 minutes and contained items we did not order. We were so frustrated, we finally just paid the bill to get out. The noise level was high and it was impossible to hold a normal conversation. We will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience!
    bpkat1VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was awesome! They have gluten free menu items including GF spaghetti. I opted for the chopped Italian salad (which was GF). Great flavors. The salad dressing was added tableside. The wine selection was good as well. But the most enjoyable experience was out waitress Kiersten. She was very busy that evening with her tables but took the time to take good care of us as well as her other tables. Very attentive!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate