Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.4
413 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
Offering a fresh look with a rustic, warehouse style interior, Grotto Downtown’s dynamic menu offes a revolutionized take on Italian cuisine with vibrant flavors, small and shareable plates, as well as a selection of curated craft beers, Grappa and wine. Whether a casual social setting or special event, our ideal location is perfect for 1 or 100.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 11am-9pm


Happy Hour
Monday - Friday: 3pm - 7pm
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Phone number
(713) 658-0752
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Hochstein
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking Garage available with 3 hour validation.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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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.

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What 413 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Overall the food had too much red pepper, 3 dishes all way too spicy for what it was.

The service was way below average/expectations. Will not return.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We met some friends there before seeing the ELO concert. Perfect for what we were doing. We could park nearby and Grotto takes a reservation so we didn't have to worry about having a table. Great choice for dinner before a concert or sports event downtown. We will definitely go back. Very unique decor. Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food & service
Music could be turned down a notch

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

As always... phenomenal.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The waiter was very knowledgeable about Gluten Free and also but together a great option for another guest at our table with dietary restrictions.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

There were four of us. Two loved their meal and two did not. The chicken dishes were very dry and tough. The restaurant is nice and our waitress was awesome.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The environment, food and service was very good. I would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Fantastic service and food. Loved the silent waiter approach of the wait staff

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Only major complaint is that there is no valet available on the weekends. This makes going there very inconvenient if you are not already at the George R Brown convention center.
Food is delicious, and ambiance is very nice.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Very great atmosphere, many upscale choices to try some authetic Italian tastes.

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Service was terrible. We asked the server for a minute to look over the drink menu after joining our friends that had already ordered and received drinks. She promptly returned a few minutes later, at which point we already had a chance to look over the menu. So we ordered drinks and food all together. After which, the server disappeared and did not bring our drinks until after the food arrived, offering no apology or explanation as to the delay. Very disappointing service, first time I've had this poor of service at the Grotto Downtown.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Always enjoy exceptional service and high quality food here.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

this was a so so experience, slow service although making an effort, food was ok, nothing special, but not bad, very loud and uncomfortable

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

I liked it so much I went twice during my stay in Houston. Thank you for hosting the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 2018 Boule. Your staff provided excellent service to our members.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Very friendly staff. Service was good considering the restaurant was extremely busy.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Good service, good food, friendly staff our waiter went out of his way to describe the various items on the menu. Great dining experience.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Good. Food was good. Atmosphere was good. Service was a bit slow but the restaurant was packed.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Good food!!

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The food was delicious! I strongly recommend the chopped salad and lobster bisque at lunch. Service was slower than desired due to a large conference at the convention center. Our food took almost an hour to come but the staff was courteous despite the overwhelming crowd in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Very good food! Enjoyed how they hosted my sorority during our conference.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Server seemed distracted. They were out of the entree I ordered. Food was good. Overall disappointing first visit.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Sorority convention.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food and service were excellent. Calamari, pizza and chicken salad were all wonderful. Waiter was very attentive.

We have eaten here before and will keep coming.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We were very disappointed that the menu was totally different from the Westheimer location. The menu was very limited and didn't taste like the true Italian food at Grottos. I don't plan to visit that location ever again.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

That meal was fire. Service was fire. Dessert was fire. Coffee was fire. Whole place fire.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Had reservation but arrived 30 minutes early and they were able to accommodate for my party of 7. Pizzas are phenomenal!!!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Incredible. The service, the food, the decor. Everything about this place was amazing. We will be back.

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The free appetizer (flatbread) served on the table as we were sat down by the hostess was cold and we didn't have any drinks with us yet to enjoy it. After 30 minutes of waiting for our food, the waiter apologized to us because he forgot to place the soups from our order so they brought only the entrees. The valet parking had to be paid with our check, something we had to figure it out by ourselves so we had come back inside the restaurant to do it. Expensive place for what they serve. Left the restaurant hungry and disappointed. I do not recommend this Grotto Downtown and do not have the plan to come back. We have been before at the Grotto Westheimer in Houston and that is SO good!

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

a convenient Italian restaurant with good food, nice bar and wine selection, good service, tasty menu. Convenient to either Minute Maid Stadium or Toyota Center. Four of us opted to have several "small dishes" appetizers rather than a full meal before an Astros game. We enjoyed the casual atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food was delicious and service was great! We went with our little family and there was no kid menu and no changing table in the restroom. They were still able to make my daughter her favorite...spaghetti!

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great choice for pre-Astros game dinner. The Gamberi was delicious but a bit spicy.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Had a great experience dining here. The food was amazing and the drinks were too. The staff was very nice and professional. Would definitely come again!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We had dinner with my nephew, wife, and their toddler. The baby was getting tired and irritable. We asked our wonderful waiter if we could place our order to go since the baby was getting loud. Our waiter could not have been nicer or more accommodating. Our to go order was ready in about 10 minutes and we were on our way. By the way, our food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We had a wonderful waiter, Marcus, and the food was we tried varied from amazing to very good.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

I was concerned when we arrived. The hostess told us we didn’t have a reservation. Then she acknowledged that she had seated another party under our reservation. She did find us a table.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Excellent service and tasty food.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Eagles concert at Minute Maid. Lively location.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Dinner before Eagles Concert at Minute Maid Park

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We went to Grotto before a concert. The atmosphere when we walked in was very nice. The bar is large and awesome. The food and wait staff was very good. The menu offers smaller bites too so you can get a variety of things. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Loved it can't wait to go back.

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