Grotto - Downtown Houston

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815 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCindy8000
London
148 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so scrumptious here. The service is great too and they validate your parking

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RafaH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, quick service, friendly staff, and COVID safe protocols.

We always enjoy this place!

Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very limited menu, not many options for someone that doesn't eat meat

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AnitaM
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

We were looking forward to dining at Grotto after finally getting out of quarantine!
The service was great...very friendly staff!
The food was horrible...
We will not go there again!

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Bodybuilderwholovesfood
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live this place. My husband and I go every time we are in Houston. Every dish we’ve had has been amazing, although the margarita pizza is my favorite. Great wine selection and the cocktails are really good too!! The wait staff is awesome and are very helpful in selections. I highly recommend going here. It’s one of the best restaurants downtown

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was enjoyable but not a spectacular experience. Food was a mix of very good and okay. I did want more for the $200 we spent.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Short rib gnocchi OMG🤤! Limited menu due to Covid. Would like to go back and try more. Ate in the bar area. Service was top notch. Bartender (can’t remember her name) waited on us. Made great craft cocktails and was very knowledgeable about the menu. Good whiskey selection. Also ordered the meatball appetizer (loved how it was plated and had great flavor) Entrées were salmon (wonderful), straw and hay (very very good) and a meats pizza (thin crisp crust with good flavor). I’d absolutely go back and recommend it to friends. Thanks for being back open so we had someplace nice and different to try for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peach Bellinis are to die for! The interior decorations are so beautiful too. Had meatballs and some spaghetti. 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Music was a bit loud but I know that's how Tillman wants his high energy establishments.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, wine and cocktails, and the skewers were amazing!

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Julie
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food terrific best chef ever as well as bartender and hostess!
Manager must be new not friendly last one was really friendly
Thank you for being open
Julie

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and staff!! I will always return

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Jenny
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that Grotto’s is open for inside dining again! We had a fabulous dinner and felt really safe with their social distances. The manager, Sean, came by our table to thank us for coming in and made us feel very welcome and appreciated 😀. We will definitely be back again!

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SethGuy3
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with great ambiance

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ScottO
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Friends Group

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TerBer
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant near so much in downtown Houston! We had reservations (so glad as it was crowded) and were promptly seated. Server was amazing - he guided us thru the menu and had great suggestions. The only reason we did not rate the food 5 stars was the bread that accompanied our anti-pasta board. It was a little too smoky for our taste - a little overbearing. Wine selection is very good. We had a couple of small plate selections that were amazing. It was a wonderful dinner experience. We'll be back!

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LilyR
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Red Snapper was delicious!

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vipKLM2
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Very fast service! Waiter was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were sat outside, waited 15 minutes and no one came to our table. We left. Terrible service!

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DeeM
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food. Seated quickly. Not an overwhelming amount of options but good. Cheesecake was delicious.

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MKate
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent.

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JudeD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Grotto in Houston...what a find. Came upon it while walking by and decided to make reservations. Nothing but a positive experience and the food was awesome to boot.

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vipIab33
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was impersonal and transactional. The food quality was ok but pasta dishes had an appropriate amount of meat but barely any pasta. I heard multiple other tables mention this also.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. One of my downtown favorites. Any pizza is great. The grilled cheese and soup is the best!!!

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AnnV
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered 4 small plates. All were presented nicely and tasted great. Wine was perfect with everything. Favorite was the short ribs.

Server was very attentive. Gave us free dessert for our anniversary celebration.

Would definitely return. This place would also be great for a group.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service!

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vipLynnM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All of our entrees and salads were delicious! Fun atmosphere but a little too noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good date night with great food and drinks.

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KeriG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was wonderful!!! Do need reservations on those busy nights, but the staff was so wonderful to help!

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KathleenM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had first visited The Grotto two years ago and enjoyed it so much that it was the first place we ate upon our return. Everyone loved their experience! The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. It felt like visiting a favorite neighborhood spot! We can't wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for friends birthday, excellent service and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Overall was fine just not much attention to table or even raising our special occasion as birthday was on Valentines Day...not one mention from the host or waiter and was seating in high traffic area 15ft from the front door.

Food was great, host and wait staff could be more accommodating as appetizer plates were empty and still on table when entree arrived making it a challenge to place the entree down.

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Klein
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an incredible meal! Wine list is amazing. Small plate fav was the Short rib gnocchi, the Skewers were also fantastic. Delish! For entree the Capra and Osso Bucco were perfection! Highly recommend this place. Can't wait to return!

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vipSedona
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Contemporary restaurant in the heart of downtown. Frequent the Galleria location, but there is no comparison and this will be my go to from this point forward. From the appetizers to main course, everything my wife and I ate burst with flavors. The wine list is extensive and fit our "by the glass" desire. Traffic is heavy, so if you have the option of taking an UBER or similar, my suggestion is to do so as parking can be a headache given the nature of the area.

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Eatr
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! I loved the fettuccini Alfredo with chicken. We called ahead so that we could get our order quick, and that was very well accomidated

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MaryAnneT
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered a few of the small plates just to get a variety and it was wonderful. Butternut tortellini, steak bites, ceasar salad, Calamari and Short Rib Gnocchi. They all were delish!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and environment. The Lobster Bisque is a must try!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Valentines night and the atmosphere was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was amazing and quite easy to get there! I am so coming back soon!

FAQs

Grotto - Downtown Houston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 658-0752.

Grotto - Downtown Houston is rated 4.6 stars by 815 OpenTable diners.

Grotto - Downtown Houston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.