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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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 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)special occasion (30)good for groups (26)fit for foodies (26)great for lunch (25)romantic (22)notable wine list (19)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our waitress was delightful and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • NOISY!
    Pearly
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Noisy!! Very disappointing if trying to carry on any conversation with those at your table, and this was on a Monday evening. The food was just okay, overpriced for what they served. If I return it will have to be during an evening when the temperatures are cool enough to enjoy dining out on the Grotto's patio area with the fireplace.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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 food!
    AshHa
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I had a friend visiting from Romania and she wanted Italian food, since her mother lives there. Great food selection and my server who was new, was very nice and approachable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet