Grotto - Downtown Houston

4.4
608 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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LT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very diverse menu, with lots of interesting and delicious sharable plates. Great service.

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LG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice, casual atmosphere. The pizza and service were very good.

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HM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here many times and it doesn’t matter what day of the week I visit, the food the staff and service is always good. Thank you for giving Downtown Houston another great option.

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SS
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Grotto location is always fantastic. The food is great, and the service is very fast. Parking is validated for 3 hours, so you can also explore Discovery Green before or after dining for a nice treat.

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W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Went here for Mother’s Day, food was great but the lack of proper service is what brings the rating down...Taking too long to get order taken for dinner & dessert as well as
Not clearing off dirty plates from appetizers when dropping off dinner nor doing it for dessert...waiting way too long for check to be dropped off and had to flag down another service to actually pay my check...maybe the server had too many tables, that’s on management (which by the way did drop food off and didn’t help clear the table as well) I hope they import what service would hate for a place with nice ambiance & tasty food to go shutdown because of that

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G
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Horrible valet situation

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JS
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, good advice from server!
Valet parking folks were running around like crazy to help everyone and still were kind and friendly!

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Out server was inattentive & almost rude. It wasn’t hyper busy, but my meal came out cold. Our server never came back to check on things, so we didn’t have the opportunity to say anything.

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MS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place down by the GRB for dinner. Chef board rocks!

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LT
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! I'm a foodie and highly recommend it. She short ribs gnocchi are amazing! Tuna bruschetta is delicious. Everything is so flavorable... Your taste buds will thank you! Service was spot on, too. We ordered a bunch of small plates as out meal, which gave us an opportunity to the a variety... Definitely the way to go.

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KS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing but clearly over worked and had like 9 tables. It took 20 plus mins to get anything, our drinks even to our dessert. It was my birthday and our waiter told me “save room for your birthday surprise, I’ll be right back”. I didn’t see him for another 25 mins, at that point I just wanted to get out of there and get going to the next place but there was no waiter, server or manager to be found as we obviously were looking around. We eat here frequently and this has never happened. I was bummed that it took forever and luckily we were among great company.

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s
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

When downtown is busy (games + events) don’t bother going. While the food is good, they never seem to staff the restaurant to accommodate a busy night. Two bar tenders = a 20 min wait for drinks. A full restaurant = 15 min wait to even order!! We love going, but will never go back when it’s busy. It ruins the experience.

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K
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Grotto, as always!!!

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. All of it. Wait was a bit long considering there were tens of open tables. But it was worth the wait

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BH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go to before a Rockets or Astros game. Quick, great food, ok wine list, great service.

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KR
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bartender Darren, excellent old fashioned , waiter Zach excellent service considering our tight Volleyball schedule. Thanks to you both for another great Grotto experience.

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NW
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I recommend, but not fully. The fish entrees were overcooked and the music was too loud for a real conversation, but if you're looking for a lively place downtown this is it. Our calamari appetizer was good and the lobster bisque was excellent. We gave it a 4 overall.

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KG
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and of course the food was the best!

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RR
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The service was not great. We requested items multiple times and it took a long time for the waiter to respond. We could see him in the kitchen and he would get distracted or simply help another table. Around 9pm, the staff seemed more interested in getting the place ready to close than assist patrons. The service did not justify the price. Next time we will go to Papacitos down the street

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Got very lucky just walked by this place and decided to check it out was pretty busy but they shut us down quickly and got the food over pretty fast
Had an excellent spicy salmon with risotto and some meatballs it was so good we went back a couple of days later the service was a little slow but overall the food was great and definitely recommend

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PH
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. We will be back the next time we are in Houston.

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C
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great but it was really noisy which wasn’t their fault. It was prom night for some schools.

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LT
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Hostess was extremely inexperienced and placed my husband and I, despite the hearing aids, next to a table of 20 very loud and inebriated people, shouting, laughing and talking over each other, noisy din, when there were many other vacant tables in other parts of the restaurant. It seemed as though we were sitting in the crowded ball field!
After begging to be moved, we were finally given a quieter table.
The waitress, Bri, was awesome. The food was excellent (although the menu has fewer options than Grotto in the Galleria area).

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique creations and some favorites to treat you to culinary and comfort
Very conveniently located at the end of the convention center hall on the main floor, the restaurant will quickly and effectively treat you to a nice meal and great service along with a short walk after your meal, so you can get back to your convention center meetings
very well placed and good ambience
A short walk from the Hilton on the Square where the park is downtown, good job everyone at grotto and thank you for the great food 

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice restaurant... great for a last minute meal.

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KR
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great cocktails regardless the time of day.

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service & delicious meals! Try the Italian margarita — it’s divine!

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KE
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, and we got in 30 minutes past our reservation, and they still had a table for us.

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Busy night with robotics convention in town. Good food, nice server but hot pinot grigio. Was told "could not find anymore chillers" that you sit bottles in. Disappointed overall.

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KF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I will never be back to this restaurant. Service was terrible, food was awful, and I needed Advil to cure my headache because of how loud it was. Even in the restroom, loud music streamed... why?? Never again.

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LA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the location, the service and of course the food. We'll be back!

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BC
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great spot right next to the convention center to grab pasta and have a drink. It has a great outside seating area and the vibe was great.
I would definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

We were seated on the patio, which was a poor choice on our part, it’s a cool spot but not the greatest idea to try to eat your lunch with no table. The food was cold, one person in our party did not receive her food until almost everyone else was halfway through their meal, almost like they forgot her order? I would definitely try it again just because of the atmosphere though.

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R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very good experience dining in the Grotto before a recent Astros game. The location is excellent, staff was very attentive and the food & beverages reasonable. The setting at the edge of the George Brown Convention center was comfortable and totally enjoyable.
Their happy hour offerings are not as extensive as the other locations, perhaps to cater more to the downtown crowd fancying more cocktail options rather than small food choices.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Music too load
Spinach salad so small - had to order chicken because so few greens.
I think waiter forgot about us and we had to waive down for check.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience. The food was great and I loved the ambiance. The only thing I would note is that the knife on my plate had food on it, so I had to switch out with the plate next to me.

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MS
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a good relaxed place. Good food and service. Only negative is they were out of several fish we wanted to try.
Otherwise, very nice

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S
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, décor amazing and so was the service!

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PA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING. It was a great dining experience. We wish we could have stayed outside by the fire pits all night

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NP
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific

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