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Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.5
4.5
1276 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Conveniently located at Avenida Houston and connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Grotto Downtown offers a chic, vibrant dining experience in the heart of Houston—within walking distance to Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center and Discovery Green. Unlike any other Grotto, Downtown offers a new look with a rustic, warehouse style interior and exposed brick. From small and shareable plates, fresh and local salads to refreshing and dynamic Italian cuisine, Grotto’s menu also offers a selection of curated craft beers, Grappa and wine—the ideal place for any occasion whether it’s lunch, happy hour, a business meeting or dinner in the city. Valet is available at the entrance of Grotto Downtown for $11 cash, or it can be added to your check inside. Self-parking is also available at the Avenida North parking garage, directly across the street on Rusk, where we will validate up to 3 hours for free.

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2 people

7:30 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 658-0752

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Conveniently located Downtown Houston in the Convention District, Grotto is ideal for your next event. Within walking distance of Discovery Green, Minute Maid Park & Toyota Center, our Italian inspired fares offer plates for all to enjoy.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (713) 658-0752

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What 1,276 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. RL

    RobertoL

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome meatballs!
  2. EB

    EricaB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and atmosphere. The food and service is excellent. I was hoping for a bigger wine selection.
  3. J

    Jlaha

    Mississippi

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alex was an exceptional server and Jennifer handled our group of 8 very well. We called ahead and the restaurant accommodated us well.
  4. K

    Karl

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Now on the list of one of my favorite Italian restaurants!
  5. J

    Jason

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great food, decent portion sizes, great design and clean restaurant, my only thing is the service could’ve been nicer i feel i was treaded as less important merely due to the fact that i and my date are a younger age
  6. HT

    HTownVino

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing. They were very busy and we never knew it. From the moment we walked in, we were taken care of and never had to wait long for a drink, wine, water or food. We have always gone to the Galleria location and enjoyed it as well but this was a better ambiance, along with addition of the outstanding bruschetta & charcuterie board appetizers, it was phenomenal.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In Houston to see Billy Joel in concert. It was wonderful to spend night #2 at Grotto.
  8. JD

    JohnD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Seating was bad and crowded. Restrooms were out of order. Very loud.
  9. LS

    LisaS

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was amazing! Tasty food and cocktails, too…
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Took forever to get our food and it was to loud. Our server rarely checked on us.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was fun and the food was very flavorful.
  12. TC

    TerryC

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The Grotto restaurants never disappoint. The food was great and service was just right. Restaurant was kind of loud but very full so it's not surprising. One of my favorites in Houston.
  13. NH

    NikkiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for our group dinner! They handled our group of 11 easily. Food and drink were great too!
  14. B

    Bruno

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and close to the Ball Gama for easy access to the venue and parking. A great value overall.
  15. C

    Cardo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent and flavorful pizza & pasta!!! We got the straw and hay as well as the capra, and the meatzza pizza for an app. The strawberry cassata cake was delicious too. Would definitely come back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Dinner before concert and it was so noisy, I could not hear our conversation
  17. CS

    CarolynS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Wish I could get in for next week but you are already booked.
  18. DF

    DallasF

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Came to Downtown Grotto’s before Lady Gaga concert. Ordered a shrimp entree. It was frozen medium sized shrimp instead of fresh big prawns. Rather have good quality food and pay extra than cheap quality food that is already pricey unfortunately. Grotto’s used to be so good. Unfortunately I understand Covid has affected many restaurants. Hopefully the quality comes back to par.
  19. L

    Lea23

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Friendly server. Loved the atmosphere
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This meal was delicious! First time and pleasantly surprised at just how good it was. Will definitely be back! Get the flatbread appetizer!
  21. VA

    ValerieA

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The pizza was really good and the happy hour had great cocktails.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience5
    Food was very slow coming out to us.
  23. SJ

    SherraJ

    Houston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was good except the calamari. The pasta we ordered was fresh and the drinks were delicious.
  24. BB

    BradB

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Saddened by the poor service received. We are an LSC member, and almost always have great experiences at LSC restaurants. Too dark, music too loud, server didn't greet us for 10 minutes (then used the excuse he didn't know he was assigned our area), appetizer took way too long to get out, husband ordered the waiters suggested angel hair pasta to go with his meal only for it to NOT come out with the meal and when he did finally get the pasta my husband was almost done with his meal and get the check to see the $8 charge for the pasta (we could have gotten boxes of pasta from the store for that price, and this angel hair pasta didn't taste any better than box version). Probably more of a management issue than a server problem. Either way, we will never return! P.S. The mussels appetizer was phenomenal and we did enjoy the adult beverages.
  25. g

    garyh

    Perth

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a pleasant evening with old friends. The food was great, cocktails good and the service excellent. It was pretty noisy at the table they originally took us to, but happily moved us to a quieter corner.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrifying and worst dining experience of my life. Do not eat here. Not a safe space. Staff are dangerous and threatening to customers. Brought important clients to dinner. Wait staff was completely overwhelmed, forgot orders and was disorganized. When the meals arrive two were the same dish, however, they looked completely different. One looked half eaten already with no visible shrimp or mussels. When we asked the waitress she quickly deferred us to a manager. The manager came out red faced and furious. Instead of asking how to help or make things right, he began screaming at our whole table. Swear if they weighed the meals and that they were identical. Wish I’d taken a photo because they weren’t even close. One looked like a lunch portion. This should’ve been an easy fix but the manager named Brian absolutely went nuts yelling at us until we felt unsafe. We asked to speak to the GM Sean Burlette. To make matters worse Sean thought it was pretty minor incident. We were a table of world traveling professionals with decades of experience all over 50. We aren’t young kids. We know what is proper behavior. I thought we were going to be assaulted. We left mid meal and it took the rest of the night to recover from such a bizarre experience.
  27. NG

    NeuraGirl

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Everything was good except for the steak. Don't get the beef. Get the seafood. Lots of good choices.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Very far from a real Italian cousin
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! Rick is the best server! Fabulous wine list. Would definitely come back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Good and ambience was great. Service VERY slow
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, from appetizer to dessert. Had a great time.
  32. SM

    StaceyM

    Houston

    156 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    156 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious options for Houston Restaurant Week. Very industrial vibe in the downtown location.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food the six of us got was amazing. The muscles Dish stole the show for sure. Pizza was fantastic and service was great!
  34. TM

    TrayMaae

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at Grotto. Our waiter, Mario, was extremely attentive and we never felt rushed to get through our meal.
  35. KB

    KenB

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, and absolutely perfect service. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive.
  36. L

    Latice

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grotto was a great dining experience! The inside was super nice. Our waiter was amazing. He knew the menu, suggested what to try far as the food and drinks. I most definitely recommend this restaurant for a date night or with a group of friends. We came for my birthday celebration and I am so glad that we did. I will most definitely be back! Thank you, Grotto.
  37. RM

    RMack713

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive staff, great menu knowledge, efficient service, amazing level of service from waitress, and GREAT food.
  38. CA

    CristieA

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely mean before our concert at Minute Maid Park.
  39. FS

    FredeS

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awsome service by everyone. Food was awesome. Enjoyed the charcuterie board
  40. AD

    AdeleD

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    I’m sorry to say that, although the food was excellent, the service was poor. The receptionist who seated me ( I was awaiting 2 who had not yet arrived ) was nice and my water glass was quickly filled. The waiter asked if I wanted to order a drink or wait for the others. I elected to wait. From that point the service was very poor. The others arrived. We were not acknowledged for quite some time. Eventually we were given a menu. My friend asked for the “restaurant week “ menu which the waiter appeared to resent. After we ordered my friend asked if we could have some bread while we waited. We waited a ridiculous amount of time for our meal. The bread was delivered AFTER we had gotten our meals. We had of course, as part of the restaurant week menu already ordered our desserts. I would guess that we waited at least 10-15 minutes for our dessert. It’s unfortunate that the service was so poor, because the food was quite good. My boyfriend actually works for Mr Tillman and was very unhappy with our experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Grotto - Downtown Houston using the Order Online button. Grotto - Downtown Houston also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 658-0752.

Grotto - Downtown Houston is rated 4.5 stars by 1276 OpenTable diners.

Grotto - Downtown Houston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 54 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Grotto - Downtown Houston

1001 Avenida de las Americas, Suite A, Houston, TX 77010

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 658-0752

  • Private party facilities

    Conveniently located Downtown Houston in the Convention District, Grotto is ideal for your next event. Within walking distance of Discovery Green, Minute Maid Park & Toyota Center, our Italian inspired fares offer plates for all to enjoy.

  • Private party contact

    Manager: (713) 658-0752

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