Grotto - The Woodlands
Grotto - The Woodlands

Grotto - The Woodlands

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grottorestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (281) 419-4252
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Grotto - The Woodlands reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (31)neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (26)fit for foodies (26)great for lunch (24)romantic (21)notable wine list (18)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (11)great for brunch (9)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Awesome!
    dinkyp
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I've been to this location 4 times now and it has been amazing all 4 times. Our server this past Sunday was great. Very attentive to our table, while not hovering over us. He offered suggestions on the menu that were all spot on and every dish we ordered, we enjoyed tremendously. I wrote a scathing review of The Grotto in Las Vegas, simply because this location had set my expectations so high. The Grotto in The Woodlands is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I had the Salmon, it was cooked perfect and was so delicious. My husband had the special, mahi-mahi, and he said it was excellent too. The service was a little slow in the beginning but got better as the evening went on. The waitress made recommendations on some wines, and we really enjoyed what she recommended. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner and would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Bruch
    MMJJ
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We went there for lunch, but the brunch menu was also available. Actually we ended up with delicious dishes from it. Great bread !!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply average
    Babs
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Atmosphere and surrounding area was very nice. Food was less than memorable and above average price for portion and food types. Drinks were very good and priced on par. Waiter and service was frustrating. If you're in a hurry and like being rushed through your meal, this is your place. If you want a romantic date night, I HIgHLY suggest you go elsewhere. If your're looking for a go to drink place in a nice setting, I would recommend. Life's short, choose wisely
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch spot
    Carpco
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The food was very good. I had the chicken special and my brother had a penne pasta dish which was a little spicy for his sensitive palate. It was not very crowded for a Monday @ 12:30-2-00pm. Our waitress, Hillary, was very helpful & attentive. I asked for guidance and she accommodated us with excellent suggestions to make the meal outstanding. The entire dining experience was so good I chose Grotto's Galleria location to provide a meal for some very dear friends who are staying in Houston while their son is being treated at MD Anderson for cancer. The take out order took a long time to pickup as it was not ready when it should have been. However, it was worth waiting for and my friends thoroughly enjoyed the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    They took great care of my family and friends. Service was professional and attentive. Great dining choice for a casual meal or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Grotto is a very average Italian restaurant with very average service. It is a chain restaurant owned by the Landry's restaurant group and although I was very excited by the looks of the restaurant outside - I was not impressed in any way. We had the calamari appetizer, a house type salad with avocado which was below average and a veal dish that was passable but nothing special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What's up with the baby shrimp??
    carmenchica
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A beautiful place to dine but the noise level high, so a quiet romantic environment is is not. I ordered Shrimp with asparagus and lemon sauce. The asparagus was sliced in 1" pieces totaling maybe 1 spear and every piece had tough fiber that could not be eaten. The manager immediately had it re made for me and the asparagus came out perfect. Also, the dish had 3 large shrimp on top and tiny shrimp spread throughout. for the price, i did not think it was worth it. It was a weekend evening and we expected the place to be really crowded and it was not. Cannot help but think they were cutting costs with quality of food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    UncleBob
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I had a great date night at the Grotto. The services was great and the food awesome! I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Appitizers were very good and service was great. The only issues were with the main courses. The lasagna and ravioli were alright, but could have been a little warmer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Ritter
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food, great servers! Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In Serious Decline
    Eatsalot
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Formerly one of our favorite restaurants, this is our second visit in past few months where the food was unsatisfactory. It was slow coming out of the kitchen, and just to be frank, tasted bad. Only one veal dish out of five plates was acceptable; fish, pasta, and chicken dishes were off the mark. Apparently, we are not alone. Whereas in the past, there was a long wait to dine here, on this Friday, restaurant was only 2/3rds full. Too many choices in the area; Landry's will have a hard time attracting us back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and delicious!
    JluvstheOz
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Perfect restaurant for a girls' shopping lunch! Great food, great service, and really good wine! The salads were terrific. The portions were excellent too. It was quiet enough to have a real conversation with my friend. The people at the next table were celebrating a birthday with an amazing-looking dessert with a sparkler on it! Really charming and fun!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    unconvinced
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Based on prior visits some time ago my expectations were high - but i was very disappointed on all counts - especially the service and the food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Pre-Concert Dining Spot
    DeereMan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    good spot for a light dinner before a concert at Cynthia Woods Pavilion. Easy walking distance, and open for a quick nightcap after a concert. Very good table service. Fast service and good food. Convenient valet parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome again!
    paskeeats
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Like eating at home with friends and family! Keeps us coming back again and again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    Naso
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    First time for brunch, go there often for lunch and dinner. Brunch was "not good"........my order was cold and wife's order was tasteless. Dishes were over price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    paskeeats
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I love to cook at home, so I was looking through the glass at the cook line and the chef waived me back...I got a tour of the kitchen, how it worked etc etc ...I was so pumped I wanted a job right there. We have determined that this it OUR spot!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So bland.
    Camilathrilla
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Everything we ordered was bland. My friend got the salmon and I got the ribbon pasta with a red sauce over it and it was missing flavor. Our server was also a little slow and we had to ask him to repeat himself after everything he said because it was so hard to understand him. I was expecting more from The Grotto, and I was left feeling disappointed. I probably won't be back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • May be Hazardous to Your Health
    DinesoutalotVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Cited for numerous health hazards by the Montgomery County Health Department in March, 2014, Grotto seems to go on without concerns for the health of its patrons. We tried this place again after the March health scare, thinking that such a significant restaurant would correct their breaches of proper food handling and hygiene. We were wrong. Main courses were accompanied by tepid to cold side dishes. Despite apologies from one of its managers, such disregard for the health of its patrons is disturbing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RedRaider1976
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Dined here on a Thursday night at 7:00. Lots of noise coming from the bar, which is located right in front of you as you enter the front door. Noise level was not too bad in the back corner where we sat. We had 2 waiters, including a waiter in training. Service was attentive. However, they stood about 10 feet from our table over in the corner and talked and laughed loudly throughout our meal, which was annoying. Don't order the Sea Bass here. Mine was about half the serving size, not as tasty, and $10 more expensive than the same dish I had at Kona Grill. House salad was good, ample size, and reasonably priced. Cocoanut cream pie was very good, an ample portion, and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Richie
    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.
  • Expected Better
    table42
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This very popular venue is far too noisy for anything but a group outing. Food was OK, but nothing special and the offerings are standard Americanized Italian choices you can get almost anywhere outside of Italy. The service was good or even great, which helped when we decided to make a quick exit to be able to talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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